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Reigate Priory AC News 16th May 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 16th May 2022

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Mike Ormerod RIP

Unfortunately Mike has recently passed away. As well as being a well-known local councillor and a member of the local cycling club, he was also a member of Reigate Priory AC for a time.

There will be a celebration of his life on 26th May. If you wish to know more please contact Ginevra 

 

Advance notice: Reigate Priory AC Summer Evening 10K

This year's Summer Evening 10K takes place on Wednesday 6th July at 7:30PM. We will be putting out the usual plea for volunteers (watch this space), but put the date in your diaries!

Full details of the event can be found here.

 

Club Membership Renewal

Membership is now overdue and should be paid as soon as possible. Please remember to let me know if you wish to resign so I can update the club records.

Anyone experiencing difficulties paying, please let me know so we can help by emailing  .
 

Thank you to the mystery cleaner

We must pass on our thanks to whoever tidied up the container a week ago  - whoever did it, it's much appreciated!

 

Club Committee

Following on from the AGM the RPAC committee can be seen listed on our website here.
 
 

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 and Sunday 14th 15th May - Surrey Track and Field Championships, Kingston

A hot and sunny Saturday saw a busy schedule on the first day of the Surrey T&F Championships held in Kingston.

First up for RPAC were U13G'S Neve MacGregor and Florence Tombleson in the final of the 1500m. With the final divided into two races due to the number of entrants, both Neve and Florence finished 6th in their respective races. Florence's first 1500 but for Neve a big PB taking 15 seconds off her previous best time!

The heats for the U13G'S 800m saw Lisette Matthews, in her first 800m race, qualify for Sunday's final with an excellent time of 2.38.85. Isla Kinniburgh missed out on the final but her time of 2.41.68 took a full 19 seconds off her previous PB! Lisette returned on Sunday morning to finish 7th in the 800m Final. An excellent achievement having only turned 11 years old this month.

Max Orchard, (far right in the photo above) stepping up to U15 this year, took the Bronze Medal in the 80mH in a quick time of 13.20. Max returned on Sunday to finish 5th in the U15B'S long jump final with a PB jump of 5.13m.

The heats of the U13G'S 100m saw Eloise Matthews and Isla Kinniburgh (after her earlier 800m heat!) both finish 4th and just miss out on progressing to the semifinal.

Meanwhile, Michael Maguire and Mateo Mahop were in spectacular action in the U13B'S long-jump with Michael taking Gold and Mateo Bronze! Michael's jump of 5.19m was a new club U13B's outdoor record, and just short of his own indoor PB of 5.20m.


With the heat growing through the afternoon, the U17 800m heats began. All our U17 competitors have stepped up this year from U15 last year. Samuel Stapley eased through his heat in 1st place, and in the U17W'S heats, Lilah Unwin also came 1st with Ella Scrase 2nd to ensure all three qualified for their finals.

Cara Koutzaroff-Richards finished 5th missing qualification by less than 1 second, and Sophia Bryant also missed out despite a strong run and sixth place in her heat.

Late in the afternoon, a series of finals arrived with U17 Euan Willis first off in the final of the U17B's 1500m. A strong performance from Euan saw him home in 4th place with a PB time of 4.24.97! An excellent run in a very strong field.

Next up Samuel Stapley ran a brave 800m leading at the final bend and finishing 3rd to take Bronze in a quick 2.00.99. 1st and 2nd both ran in the 1.59's in a tight 3 way finish at the line.

This was followed by the U17W'S 800m final which saw Lilah Unwin take the Silver Medal and Ella Scrase Bronze! Lilah had another sub 2.20 time, and for Ella there was a big PB with 2.22.97.

Sunday was a lot cooler! There were more medals to come though.

Oscar Curry ran a fantastic race to come home 1st with a PB and breaking the 2min barrier in the final of the U20M's 800m! Gold for Oscar in 1.59.39!

In the U20M's high jump it was Gold for Dan Statham with a clearance of 1m.80, just short of his PB.

U13 Mateo Mahop returned on Sunday to compete in the 100m where a new PB time of 13.83 in the heat saw him qualify for the final and take 7th place. A good weekend for Mateo.

A good return of medals for the RPAC Juniors including three Golds at these major athletics championships.

As ever a big thank you goes out to all the officials especially those from RPAC with long hours put in.

 

Dates for the Diary

Ebbisham Boys League

The dates and venues for this year's Ebbisham Boys league are as follows:

Sutton - Sunday 19th June
Coulsdon - Sunday 17th July

This league has events for U11-U17 boys.

Surrey Team Quad Kids

This event is for school years 5 and 6. We need a team of 5 girls and 5 boys. The event is on Wednesday 15 June at the Spectrum in Guildford with a 5:30pm start.

 

Senior Section News 

Reigate Priory AC Grand Prix 2022

You may or may not realise that there is a club Grand Prix competition this year, and if you have not taken part in it yet there's plenty of opportunity.

With thanks to Rick Coles you can read all about the Grand Prix including the included events and current standings here.

 

Sunday 12th June Dorking Tens

Note that the Dorking 10 mile race takes place on Sunday 12th June, which incorporates the RPAC 10 mile club championship, the RPAC Grand Prix, the Surrey Road League and the Surrey Ten Mile Road Race Championships, and it's also a great race to boot. https://www.dmvac.org/events/dorking-tens/


MABAC Holmwood Common Sunday 19th June 10:00AM

This is our chance to regain second place spot in the league, but we can only do this if we get a good turnout.

At Farnham we lost out to Blackwater Valley because they had twice as many runners as we did. We particularly need more of the faster ladies to run.

As far as I can tell there are no conflicting local races so why not come and turnout for us?

 

Monday 2nd May Vitality 10K

Sorry - I missed this race result out last week. You can see our club results here.

 

Sunday 15th May Sutton 10K - Surrey Road League

Sunday saw the second fixture of the Surrey Road League at the Sutton 10k.

The Sutton 10k takes place in the beautiful Nonsuch Park and is run on a mix of road and paths in the park. 

The well marshalled race is a 2 lap course passing through Nonsuch Park Cheam Park and the surrounding roads.

Thankfully the weather wasn’t as hot as Saturday but still many found it humid and surprisingly hilly!

First back for the club was Tom Almond in 33.53 and 6th overall. Next and continuing his fine running form was Rob Wigley 36.51 with Neil Fenwick hot on his heels finishing in 36.59 and Alex Mansfield in 37.03 completing the men's team.  Steve Bass crossed the line in 38.44.  Ben Stanton 39.48, Jack Finn 48.57 and Malcolm Woodman 55.24.

Nat Wilson led the ladies team in with a time of 39.43 with Ginevra Stoneley not far behind in 39.58.  Jo Davey recorded a PB in 40.44 and completed the ladies scoring team.  Next in was Jamilla Ncayiyana in 43.29, Ruth Willis 45.13, Liz Mason 58.36 and Kelly Mason 1.01.

Nat Wilson picked up the prize for 2nd V40 and Ginevra 3rd V40.

 

Saturday and Sunday 14th 15th May - Surrey Track and Field Championships, Kingston

Eloise Bull won Silver in the SW 3000m in a time of 10.28.73. Congratulations Eloise!

 

Sunday 15th May Jurassic Coast Challenge

Kate Knight completed this event - very hilly and very wet in places she reports, but a fantastic event.

 

Dates for Your Diary

Sunday 12th June - Dorking 10's (10 mile and 10K races) The 10 mile is the RPAC Club Championship 10 mile race, a Grand Prix event, a Surrey Road League and County Championship too. See this.

Sunday 19th June - MABAC @ Holmwood Common

Sunday 26th June Richmond 10K which is a Surrey Road League event as well as a County Championship. See this.

Saturday 16th July - Elmore 7 which is in the RPAC Grand Prix and Surrey Road League. See this.

Sunday 24th July - Surrey Slog Half Marathon This race is an open race organised by MABAC. The profit from this race means that the regular MABAC league fixtures can continue. Please support it if you can. The course is described as "challenging but rewarding, hilly and undulating". More details are at https://running.mabac.org.uk/surrey-slog-half-marathon/ 

 

Surrey Care Trust - become a mentor and make a difference to someone's life - from club member Ken Packer

Surrey Care Trust is a local charity supporting adults, families and young people who would benefit from one to one support through some of life's challenges. There are increasing numbers of young people needing support and new mentors are needed to support the charity's work. You can see more about the charity at www.surreycaretrust.org.uk and for further information, please contact Emma-Louise Lowe on 07712 653 315 or email emma-louise.lowe@surreycaretrust.org.uk. The next training course takes place on Wednesday 8th June.

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 9th May 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 9th May 2022

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Advance notice: Reigate Priory AC Summer Evening 10K

This year's Summer Evening 10K takes place on Wednesday 6th July at 7:30PM. We will be putting out the usual plea for volunteers (watch this space), but put the date in your diaries!

Full details of the event can be found here.

 

Club Membership Renewal

You should all have received your membership renewal requests.  Prompt payment would be appreciated.  If you wish to resign from the club, please let me know at  so that I can ensure any pre-authorised payments you may have made, are cancelled.
 

Couch to 5K programme starts this coming Saturday

The next Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K Programme will start on Saturday May 14th - full details are here if you know anyone who would be interested. 
 

Southern Athletics League

We have the dates for the Southern Athletics League (SAL) confirmed and they are listed below.
 
SAL is a track and field league where the club teams up with Holland Sports AC and Dorking & Mole Valley AC to compete in Division 3 against other clubs from the South East of England.
 
The meeting is open to U17s, U20s and Seniors (Vets included). The typical timetable of events for on the day is attached.
 
Match 1       Sunday 22nd May         K2 Crawley
Match 2       Sunday 12th June         Lewes
Match 3       Saturday 16th July        K2 Crawley
Match 4       Saturday 13th August    Hastings
  
Please respond to us (the SAL Team Managers, Jo Davey and Ginevra Stoneley) if you would like to compete or if you have any questions. Either reply to this e-mail or use the e-mail address .

Hope to see lots of you at Match 1 in Crawley,

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The latest code will be shared in the email version of this newsletter. Please do not share this code outside of the club.

 

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 1st May YMCA Fun Run

Missing from last week's newsletter: Alex Anderson who came to Reigate Priory AC for the first time on Saturday 30th April came 1st in the YMCA fun run U10s with a PB of 6:46. Well done Alex!

 

Sunday 8th May - The Gatwick Family Run

Arthur Naish took part in the Gatwick Family Run on Sunday. It was a mile race and he was first boy over the line (and chip time) in 7:19. Congratulations to Arthur!

 

Dates for the Diary

Ebbisham Boys League

The dates and venues for this year's Ebbisham Boys league are as follows:

Sutton - Sunday 19th June
Coulsdon - Sunday 17th July

This league has events for U11-U17 boys.

Surrey Team Quad Kids

This event is for school years 5 and 6. We need a team of 5 girls and 5 boys. The event is on Wednesday 15 June at the Spectrum in Guildford with a 5:30pm start.

 

Senior Section News 

Saturday 7th May - Weymouth Parkrun

Annette Morris finished in 24:29 and was 2nd overall in the age grading table with 84.07%!

 

Sunday 8th May - Ranelagh Richmond  Half Marathon

Some impressive results from the day can be seen here. Bethany Higgins took 16 minutes off her PB!

 

Sunday 8th May - Gatwick Half Marathon

An excellent turn-out and great results for this one. You can see the results here.

 

Sunday 8th May - Gatwick 10K

More results from Gatwick that you can see here. Well done to Neil, Lisa, Derwella and Susie.

 

Sunday 8th May - Gatwick 5K

Steve Cheesman finished in 172nd place and in a time of 31:17.

 

Sunday 8th May - MABAC at Farnham Park

You can see a full report here.

 

Dates for Your Diary

 

Sunday 15th May Surrey Road League, Sutton 10K see above

Sunday 12th June Dorking 10's (10 mile and 10K races) The 10 mile is the RPAC Club Championship 10 mile race and a Grand Prix event (and Surrey Championship too) More details on the noticeboard soon. 

 

Wakehurst Willow 8k by Moray Carey

The 200+ hectares of ornamental gardens, woodlands and nature reserve at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, provide the spectacular setting for the Wakehurst Willow, an 8k race organised by Haywards Heath Harriers!

The race is officially described as a “challenging two-loop 8km long course on tarmac, woodchip and rocky earth paths winds its way around the perimeter of the botanical gardens, under massive redwoods, stunning lakes and past the world-famous Millennium Seedbank.”

There are certainly precipitous descents and ascents around the meandering, colourful course!

It takes place at 7:15pm on Wednesday 13th July 2022, one week after the RPAC Summer Evening 10k. Onsite facilities include plentiful free parking, toilets in several locations and refreshments.

As at 1600 today there are only 13 places left of the 400 race limit so, to if you want to secure one of the last places you will need to act quickly!

https://www.theentrypoint.co.uk/events/wakehurst-willow-8k-2022-j6d5P98gR4qRADn

 

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Farnham Park MABAC 8th May 2022

Farnham Park MABAC 8th May 2022

Category: Seniors News

MABAC Farnham Park Sunday 8th May 2022

With the competing calls of the Surrey Road League Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon and the Run Gatwick Half Marathon, 10K and 5K I feared that we would get a very poor turnout yesterday for the MABAC race in Farnham. I am happy to report however, that I was proved wrong and we actually got a very respectable turnout.

Not only did we get a respectable turnout but RPAC athletes finished in first and second place with Rob Wigley and Andrew Reeves finishing in 30:25 and 31:11 respectively. Frank O'Regan, Ben Stanton and Jez Greenwood were our other scoring men, all finishing in the top 20. Ruth Willis was our first lady home in 37:47 followed by Hannah Williams making her MABAC (and I think, club) debut in 39:52. We had a "Battle of the Pauls" with Paul Chandler finishing ahead of Paul Sapsard by just four seconds. 

The full team was Rob Wigley, Andrew Reeves, Frank O'Regan, Ben Stanton, Jez Greenwood, Alastair Swanepoel, Ruth Willis, Paul Chandler, Paul Sapsard, Hannah Williams, Andrew Patrick, David Winzer, Juliette Stern, Andrew Bamford, Sharon Miller, Fran Afonso and Ian Edmonds. 

My memory was playing up as well. I had assured people that it wasn't all that hilly, but I was wrong; it was pretty hilly and pretty warm too, but it was good to be out there. Farnham Park at this time of year (and at any other time for all I know) is beautiful.

Sadly for us despite the great performances, we have lost our second place in the league to Blackwater Valley who turned out in droves (it's their local run). They fielded 34 runners to our 17 and had some high scoring lady runners. We are now in third place with everything to play for.

Holmwood Common next month...turn out and help us get our second place slot back!

 

Ben, Frank and Jez - I think Rob and Andrew were too quick for the photographer.

Alastair and Ruth

Hannah looking like she's enjoying herself and Paul trying to dodge the photograph

Juliette and Paddy

Sharon and Ian both sporting knee braces, but still doing the full distance.

 

Reigate Priory AC News 2nd May 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 2nd May 2022

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It's been a busy weekend for RPAC with junior races and the Awards Evening on Saturday, the YMCA fun runs yesterday and I know a number of people took part in the Vitality 10K in London today. 

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Club Membership Renewal

You should all have received your membership renewal requests.  Prompt payment would be appreciated.  If you wish to resign from the club, please let me know at membership@rpac.org so that I can ensure any pre-authorised payments you may have made, are cancelled.

The Awards Evening Perrywood Sports & Social Club Saturday 30th April

This was our second joint awards evening and I think everyone who attended will agree that it was a very enjoyable evening and the venue was a good choice. Huge thanks to Usha Stevens and Mel Fulton-Bell for organising it! 

There are more details of the awards in the Junior and Senior Sections below and there is a full list of the award winners here.

A Message From Malcolm

On Saturday our former chair Malcolm Woodman, was awarded the Ted Baker Award. This award is made to the person who the members deem has made the biggest contribution to the club in the past year (current members of the committee are not eligible to receive the award). 

Malcolm writes:

“A massive thank you to everyone who nominated me for the 2021 Ted Baker Award – it’s a great honour to receive this, especially as I have simply been trying to give back something to the club which has supported & encouraged my running for nearly 30 years. Jo and I have lived in this area for over 33 years, so I have been a member for nearly all that time. When we finally complete our upcoming move to the wilds of Exmoor, it is not just the racing and training that I will miss, but all of you who have been such an important part of my life for so long. So much so that I intend to remain as a 1st claim member of RPAC and to reappear as and when I can – so the seniors who train at Battlebridge on a Tuesday evening should not get lulled into a false sense of security, I will be back to shout at you! 😊 Once again, thank you everyone. Malcolm”  

Sunday 1st May YMCA Fun Run 

As always there was a good turnout from RPAC in support of the YMCA with RPAC athletes winning prizes in each of the races. More details are in the Junior and Senior Sections below. 

Club Branded Kit

Several club members have asked about club branded training kit.  We have some training t-shirts (red & blue) available via Nat but all other branded kit is available via our kit partner, iProSports.
 
The range of kit available can be found and ordered via the iProSports Club Zone (https://www.iprosports.co.uk/product-category/club-zone/reigate-priory-athletic-club/).  If there's something you're specifically looking for and can't find available, please let Usha know and we'll work with the iProSports team to find if what you're looking for can be made available.
 

Couch to 5K programme

The next Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K Programme will start on Saturday May 14th - full details are here if you know anyone who would be interested. 
 

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 

 

Junior AAA Award Winners by Ashley Burridge 

Many of our junior athletes attended the RPAC awards evening on Saturday to receive their AAA Standards awards for their achievements during the 2021 track and field season.

The Amateur Athletics Association Standards scheme awards Grade 1 to the top achievers down to Grade 4 - a level which still outperforms the majority of junior athletes around the UK.

All the Reigate Priory award winners for 2021 were:

Max Orchard, Grade 1 in U13 800m, 75m hurdles and Long Jump
Michael Maguire, Grade 1 in U13 Long Jump
Buddy Kedgley, Grade 1 in U13 800m
Imogen Wheeler, Grade 1 in U13 60m (indoors) and Grade 4 U15 100m.
Lisette Matthews, Grade 4 - U13 600m
Eve Goulding, Grade 3 - U13 75m
Samual Stapley, Grade 1 - U15 800m
Lilah Unwin, Grade 1 - U15 800m
Shakila Keable, Grade 3 - U15 3000m
Lily Woodhams, Grade 4 - U15 200m
Ella Scrase, Grade 4 - U15 800m
Oscar Curry, Grade 4 - U17 800m
Eva Marsh, Grade 3 - U17 1500m

Some of these juniors reached grades in other events also, but only their top graded events are shown. Congratulations to all!
We look forward to many more top achievers during the 2022 season!

You can find a downloadable standards booklet and more information here: https://www.englandathletics.org/young-athletes-and-schools/aaa/
 

RPAC Juniors Triumph at YMCA Fun Run

There were winners' trophies for Will John-Cox (U16's), Florence Shade (U12's) and Gracie Shade (U10's) at Sundays YMCA 1 mile Fun Runs.

Milo Seals came 3rd in the U16 race and Charlotte Ebbs was 2nd in the U10's.

Great running by all!

 

PB'S Again For Samuel and Sammy

Competing in the South London Athletics Network (SLAN) Open at Coulsdon on Saturday, U17's Samuel Stapley and Sammy Rolaston both recorded new PB'S.

For Samuel it was his third consecutive 800m PB of the season with an exceptionally quick time of 2.00.23. A sub 2 minute 800m is surely coming.

Sammy took part in his second 3000m race and knocked some 15 seconds off his PB set two weeks ago with a new time of 9.39.83.

 

Surrey County Athletics Championships

A reminder that entries for the Surrey County Track and Field Championships closes at noon this Wednesday, 4th May. Don't miss out - there's medals to be won! 
Entries are now being accepted for the championships on 14th/15th May. Entry link via the https://surreyathletics.uk website 
  

Dates for the Diary

Ebbisham Boys League

The dates and venues for this year's Ebbisham Boys league are as follows:

Sutton - Sunday 19th June
Coulsdon - Sunday 17th July

This league has events for U11-U17 boys.

Surrey Team Quad Kids

This event is for school years 5 and 6. We need a team of 5 girls and 5 boys. The event is on Wednesday 15 June at the Spectrum in Guildford with a 5:30pm start.

 

Senior Section News 

Awards Evening From Usha Stevens

Usha writes:

"Thank you all for helping make last nights Awards & Social event a success.
 
The juniors enjoyed the outdoor space the venue offered and they pretty much all chose to go out and run around prior to handing out the awards.
 
Big thanks to Mike and Ashleigh for handing out the junior awards and to Andrew, Nat and Malcolm for handing out the senior awards and to Paul and Sam for creating the playlists.  It's a shame we didn't have more award winners attend the event to receive them.  Andrew took a large number of awards home so we now need to find a way of those winners to receive them; there are far too many to keep in the container at the track in its present state.
 
Huge thanks to Mel for helping with the whole event, from the booking and management of tickets via LoveAdmin through to last minute calls to the venue regarding the storage of the food and also assisting with the clearing up.
 
Thank you also to Colin for popping by and just helping with doing whatever we needed. 
 
Lastly, thank you to Ginevra and Colin for providing the evening entertainment - tequila shots and drunken dancing were enjoyed by a good number of attendees.
 
If anyone has any feedback on any part of the event, from booking through to the venue itself and the catering, please let me know.
 
Here's to the next one! "
 
Stop Press: I intend to come along to the track tomorrow evening to distribute awards to any recipients who are training. If you are not going to be there please let me know and I will make alternative arrangements to get them to you. 
 

RPAC Seniors Sweep The Board at YMCA Fun Run (more or less)

As always RPAC seniors turned out in force to support the YMCA and there were some outstanding runs.

In the 5 mile race Fran Dunham finished in first place in a staggering time of 29:37, followed by Steve Bass in 30:58 and Ian Stammars in 31:50. Laura Ebbs was first lady home, finishing in 9th place overall with a finish time of 33:24 (beating the next lady home by over two and a half minutes). Ian Burks  (34:44) and Annette Morris (41:49) were the winners of their age categories. Well done to everyone who took part and I am sorry that I can't mention you all without this turning into a list. All results will be on the club website soon.

In the Adult 1 mile race Rob Wigley finished in first place with a finish time of 05:37, Bethany Higgins finished in third place overall and was second lady home in 07:10, Linda Rodriguez was in fourth place overall and third lady home in 07:25. Well done to all of you!

Here are a selection of photos 

Steve, Fran and Ian. Fran receiving his trophies from the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead (Councillor Jill Bray), with Sue Carnell in the background 

Steve and Ian receive their awards

Laura and Annette receiving their awards.

Juliette with her race face on...

Rob and Bethany get their awards

Linda (Where's the club vest Linda?) getting her award

 

Surrey Road League Sunday 8th May

A reminder that the next Surrey Road League Fixture is the Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon this coming Sunday (8th May) 

Please let your team captain know if you plan to take part.
 

MABAC Farnham Park Sunday 8th May

A reminder that the next MABAC fixture is on Sunday (8th May) in Farnham Park.

Don't forget that we are currently lying in second place in the league so we need a good strong turnout to maintain our position.

More details are here. As with all MABAC races there are one lap and two lap options and you can decide which you are going to run on the day.  My recollection is that although Farnham Park is very hilly, the course itself isn't too bad as it mostly runs along the top of the hill.  The walk to the start is a different story. Please don't hold me to that as it's two or three years since I last ran it!

Car parking is limited so I suggest meeting in Bell St Car Park for an 08:30 departure. If you need a lift or you can help with transport please let me know 

Unfortunately this clashes with the Richmond Half listed above but hopefully the two races will draw from different pools of athletes.

 

 

Members' News 

 

Frank O'Regan set a new PB in the Limerick Half Marathon yesterday (1st May), finishing in 01:22:36. Brilliant time Frank, well done!

Kate Knight and her husband celebrated their 35th Wedding Anniversary by completing the Isle of Wight Ultra (106km). Kate's husband and son did the first half that is 102 marathons for Kate.  Well done Kate and many congratulations on your Wedding Anniversary!

Linda Rodriguez completed the Vitality 10K this morning and managed to avoid any Kamikaze squirrels (long story!) although she did meet some Egyptian Geese at the start. She finished in 46:06. Well done Linda - 3 runs in three days!

I know that a number of other RPAC runners took part in this race but I have not had the chance to analyse all the results yet. A special report will follow later in the week. 

Saturday Social running group

By way of an explanation the Saturday Social running group is a run / run-walk on a Saturday morning at 10:30AM usually from Reigate Priory, but is often replaced by the Couch to 5K session when the programme is running.

The schedule for the Saturday Social running group / impending Couch to 5K is as follows...
 
Saturday 7th May - 10:30AM start in Priory Park, and a 2nd optional lead-in session for the up-coming Couch to 5K programme also in Priory Park.
Saturday 14th May - 10:30AM start of the Couch to 5K programme in Priory Park, social running group are welcome to come to help and encourage.
Saturday 21st May - 10:30AM Priory Park, Saturday Social running group will be timed alongside the 2nd week of Couch to 5K to frequent the cafe afterwards.
If you'd like to join us for any of this do please let me know at     

Dates for Your Diary

Sunday 8th May Surrey Road League, Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon see above

Sunday 8th May MABAC Farnham Park see above

Sunday 15th May Surrey Road League, Sutton 10K see above

Sunday 12th June Dorking 10's (10 mile and 10K races) The 10 mile is the RPAC Club Championship 10 mile race and a Grand Prix event (and Surrey Championship too) More details on the noticeboard soon. 

 

Keep in touch

Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is   

Reigate Priory AC News 25th April 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 25th April 2022

Category: All Club News

Apologies for not getting the newsletter out in time for its usual Monday evening slot, but the Club AGM was held last night and there was insufficent time to complete it. The AGM was held at the YMCA Sovereign Centre and was attended by approximately 25 club members. 

All Club News 

Awards Evening This Saturday at Perrywood Sports & Social Club

You can still purchase tickets via LoveAdmin (under "Optional Extras"). The cost is £10 per person. The cut off date for purchase is 09:00 on Thursday (26th April).

Are you an award winner? See here to find out.

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.
 

Sunday 1st May YMCA Fun Run

We usually have a great turn-out from the club for this one.

The first race is the senior 5 mile race (also a Club GP event) which starts at 10AM and this is followed by an adult 1-mile race plus a number of 1-mile races for children of different age categories.

Every finisher gets a great YMCA medal plus a YMCA T-shirt and there will be free snacks too from the water station at the finish.

Anyone interested can sign up online where there is also more info at

https://www.ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk/get-involved/challenge-events/fun-run/

Online entries close at midnight on Thursday 28th April.

The YMCA are also looking for marshals from 9.30AM and if anyone is interested they can get in touch with  or  

 

Couch to 5K programme

The next Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K Programme will start on Saturday May 14th - full details are here if you know anyone who would be interested.
 
 

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 

YDL Upper Age Group at Eltham from Ashley Burridge

There were great early-season performances by RPAC juniors in the first match of the UK Youth Development League at Sutcliffe Park, Eltham on Sunday, 24 April.
 
Congratulations on their performances and commitment go to:
Euan Willis 1500m 4:32.66
Sam Rolaston 1500m 4:33.03
Ella Scrase 800m 2:28.81
Roman Thompson-Lamont 100m 12.26 and 200m 24.86
Oscar Curry 800m 2:04.08
 
Ella, Oscar and Roman waited around in the decreasing temperature to also compete in the relays with athletes from our joint team Holland Sports AC, adding valuable team points. 
 
The Holland Sports/Reigate Priory team punched above its weight finishing 7th, ahead of the enormous composite team of Victoria Heathside Highgate, all of which have full-sized synthetic tracks at their disposal!
 
We look forward to seeing even more Reigate Priory U17 and U20 juniors at our next fixture on 29th May at Bexley.

Ludo's Triathlon

Ludo Blennerhassett took part in the IntoTri junior short triathlon in Walton-on-Thames on Sunday (24th April) https://intotri.com/free-tri/. His Mum Rachel reports that "He came in a respectable 4th in his age group with an overall time of 17 minutes 42 seconds. He competed under the club's name so they will get mention in the scoring. 
If there is any way of passing on to other members that there are still junior places available for the IntoTri Triathalons over the summer, that'd be great. It's a lovely friendly event on a car-free course with a pool swim so no wetsuits needed. Places are free or very low cost so it's an excellent first triathlon and highly recommended for kids. We always have a great time." 
 
Here is Ludo....
 
 
 
 

Surrey County Athletics Championships

Entries are now being accepted for the championships on 14th/15th May. Entry link via the https://surreyathletics.uk website 
 

Ebbisham Boys League

The first Ebbisham Boys League match is this Sunday (1st May) at Kingston. Frist event is 1:00 and last event at 4:15.There are events for U11, U13 and U15 boys.
 
Please let Mike Gent know at  if your son would like to compete and in which events.
 
For U11s the events are limited to 75m, 150m, 600m and Long Jump. Each athlete can do 3 events plus a relay. There are no U11 relays.
 
There is no cost but we have to declare athletes ahead of time on Wednesday 27th April. 
 

Dates for the Diary

Ebbisham Boys League

The dates and venues for this year's Ebbisham Boys league are as follows:

Kingston - Sunday 1st May
Sutton - Sunday 19th June
Coulsdon - Sunday 17th July

This league has events for U11-U17 boys.

Surrey Team Quad Kids

This event is for school years 5 and 6. We need a team of 5 girls and 5 boys. The event is on Wednesday 15 June at the Spectrum in Guildford with a 5:30pm start.

 

Senior Section News 

Surrey Road League Fixtures

Jamilla advises that there are two upcoming fixtures in the Surrey Road League. These are as follows:

Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon  on  Sunday 8th May
Sutton 10km on Sunday 15th May
 
Please let the team captains know if you plan to take part.
 

MABAC Farnham Park Sunday 8th May

The next MABAC fixture is on Sunday week in Farnham Park. Don't forget that we are currently lying in second place in the league so we need a good strong turnout to maintain our position.

More details are here. As with all MABAC races there are one lap and two lap options and you can decide which you are going to run on the day.  My recollection is that although Farnham Park is very hilly, the course itself isn't too bad as it mostly runs along the top of the hill.  The walk to the start is a different story. Please don't hold me to that as it's two or three years since I last ran it!

Car parking is limited so I suggest meeting in Bell St Car Park for an 08:30 departure. If you need a lift or you can help with transport please let me know 

Unfortunately this clashes with the Richmond Half listed above but hopefully the two races will draw from different pools of athletes.

 

 Monday 18th April Boston Marathon, Lincolnshire 

We mentioned in last week's newsletter that Ian Burks, Mike Pocock and Jim Vince completed the Boston Marathon in Lincolnshire on Sunday 17th April. Ian Burks set a new club record for his age category with his run of 03:15:21, beating the previous record (set by Mike Pocock in 2016) by almost two minutes; Mike Pocock came 2nd in his age category, finishing in 3:39:15 and Jim Vince returning after a series of injuries, ran 4:38:27. Great results Gents! 

Members' News 

Anette Morris set a new age category record in the Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun last Saturday with her finish time of 24.41 (and age grading of 83.39%) . Well done Annette!

John Masterton reports:  "I did the Connemarathon half in Connemara over in the west of Ireland yesterday, result was a PB of 1:47:44 which on a hilly course, I was pretty happy with. Doing my bit for Irish tourism, I would highly recommend this event, particularly if you get good weather like I did. Although this is very much not guaranteed or even likely..." Well done John! 

 

Saturday Social running group

By way of an explanation the Saturday Social running group is a run / run-walk on a Saturday morning at 10:30AM usually from Reigate Priory, but is often replaced by the Couch to 5K session when the programme is running.

The schedule for the Saturday Social running group / impending Couch to 5K is as follows...
 
Saturday 30th April - 10:30AM Earlswood Lakes car park for a ~ 3 mile run, and an optional lead-in session for the up-coming Couch to 5K programme, also at Earlswood Lakes.
Saturday 7th May - 10:30AM start in Priory Park, and a 2nd optional lead-in session for the up-coming Couch to 5K programme also in Priory Park.
Saturday 14th May - 10:30AM start of the Couch to 5K programme in Priory Park, social running group are welcome to come to help and encourage.
Saturday 21st May - 10:30AM Priory Park, Saturday Social running group will be timed alongside the 2nd week of Couch to 5K to frequent the cafe afterwards.
If you'd like to join us for any of this do please let me know at   

 

Volunteer at Run Gatwick Sunday 8th May

If you are not running at either the Surrey Road League or MABAC events why not consider volunteering at Run Gatwick? 

 
The event is starting and finishing at Gatwick Aviation Museum - so driving there is required - Parking is free for volunteers.  As always a free place is offered in return for helping and this time the places can be transferred to a friend or family.
 
They are also looking for volunteers for Run Reigate and Ride Reigate, so if anyone wants a particular role now is a good time to sign up:
 

 

Dates for Your Diary

Sunday 1st May YMCA Fun Run There are 1 mile and 5 mile options for seniors.  The 5 mile race is a Grand Prix race.

Sunday 8th May Surrey Road League, Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon see above

Sunday 8th May MABAC Farnham Park see above

Sunday 15th May Surrey Road League, Sutton 10K see above

Sunday 12th June Dorking 10's (10 mile and 10K races) The 10 mile is the RPAC Club Championship 10 mile race and a Grand Prix event (and Surrey Championship too) More details on the noticeboard soon. 

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 18th April 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 18th April 2022

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Monday 25th April RPAC club AGM ***next Monday ***

The Reigate Priory Athletic Club AGM will be held on next Monday 25th April at the YMCA Sovereign Centre at 7pm. We are currently planning for this to be a fully in-person event with no remote option available, although this is of course subject to any rules or guidance at the time. We will be sending out further details regarding the AGM in due course.

 

Saturday 30th April Awards Evening @ Monotype Perrywood Sports & Social Club

Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the awards & social night which is being held on Saturday 30th April at Monotype Perrywood Sports & Social Club.

Numbers need to be confirmed by Saturday 23rd April for catering purposes so please ensure you book your tickets this week.
 
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.
 
 

Couch to 5K programme

The next Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K Programme will start on Saturday May 14th - full details are here if you know anyone who would be interested.
 
 

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 3rd April - K2 Crawley

The first Track and Field Open of the season took place at K2 in Crawley at the start of the Easter holidays. Ideal weather conditions helped for some outstanding early season performances.

With no 800m on the card it was an opportunity for some to run a rare 600m race and records tumbled! Samuel Stapley's time of 1.25.96 set a new U17B'S Club Record by some 6 seconds, whilst Oscar Curry set a new U20 600m record with 1.26.05.

Lilah Unwin also took 6 seconds off the club record, this time in the U17W'S 600m, with a new PB in an exceptional time of 1.35.76.

Impressive performances also from Isla Smith, Nicole Haycock and Cara Koutzaroff-Richards who all set new PB'S in the event.

There were PB'S in the 300m too for Samuel Stapley, Max Orchard and Isla Smith.

Two of our exceptional U13 girls, Florence Tombleson and Florence Shade, competed well in a gruelling 1200m race, their first experience on the track at this distance.

For Florence Shade there was a PB in the long jump and for her U11 sister Gracie, a PB in the 75m sprint.

U13 Mateo Mahop had a great day with PB'S in both the 75m and in the long jump which he won with a big jump of 4m46.

 

Sunday 10th April - Medway and Maidstone

Max Orchard, competing for the first time in an 80m hurdles race ran a great time of 13.14 to place himself 2nd (already!) in the club's U15B'S records for the event.

Lilah Unwin raced in the British Milers Club 800m and finished in a quick time of 2.19.07.

 

Monday 18th April - K2 Crawley

Another sunny day in Crawley with ideal conditions saw more PB'S with some exceptional performances.

First up was Sam Rolaston running in his first 3000m. Sam ran strongly throughout and finished with a great time of 9.55.29.

Next on the track the Tombleson twins both ran new PB's in the U13G's 75m with Florence coming home in a speedy 11.60 followed by Lara in a quick 12.52.

It's been a great start to the summer Track and Field season for 800m runners Oscar Curry, Samuel Stapley and Max Orchard.

All three excelled in the sunshine to each record a new PB! U20 Oscar 2.01.89 and U17 Samuel 2.00.80 both have a sub 2min time firmly in their sights! Max broke the longstanding club U13B'S 800m record this time last year, and bettered that with 2.17.92 in his first 800m as an U15.

Late afternoon long jump and 150m race results not to hand but a strong contingent of Tombleson's and Shade's took part!

 

Monday 18th April - Tonbridge

Switching discipline to 400m, Lilah Unwin ran a brilliant time of 60.73 which places her 2nd fastest in the clubs U17W's records for the event.

 

Good luck at Watford!

Good luck to those off to Watford on Wednesday for a late evening 800.

 

Calling all U17 and U20 athletes

A reminder to all U17 and U20 juniors who have yet to reply...

To get your requests in for the YDL-Upper Age Group match this coming Sunday, please email our Team Manager, Ashley Burridge, by Friday, 22nd April to let him know which events you would like to compete in.
 
Transport has been arranged for those who aren't able to make their own way to Eltham.
 
Team Manager: Ashley Burridge -  
 
 

Surrey County Athletics Championships

Entries are now being accepted for the championships on 14th/15th May. Entry link via the https://surreyathletics.uk website
 
 

Ebbisham Boys League

The first Ebbisham Boys League match is on Sunday 1st May at Kingston. Frist event is 1:00 and last event at 4:15.There are events for U11, U13 and U15 boys.
 
Please let Mike Gent know at  if your son would like to compete and in which events.
 
For U11s the events are limited to 75m, 150m, 600m and Long Jump. Each athlete can do 3 events plus a relay. There are no U11 relays.
 
There is no cost but we have to declare athletes ahead of time on Wednesday 27th April.
 
 

Dates for the Diary

Ebbisham Boys League

The dates and venues for this year's Ebbisham Boys league are as follows:

Kingston - Sunday 1st May
Sutton - Sunday 19th June
Coulsdon - Sunday 17th July

This league has events for U11-U17 boys.

Surrey Team Quad Kids

This event is for school years 5 and 6. We need a team of 5 girls and 5 boys. The event is on Wednesday 15 June at the Spectrum in Guildford with a 5:30pm start.

 

Senior Section News 

 

No Social and Recovery Session on Monday 25th April

As it's the club AGM there will be no session next Monday (25th April)

 

Sunday 3rd April Goodwood Running Grand Prix Marathon

Ruth Willis, veteran of the women’s cross country team, smashed the Goodwood Running Grand Prix Marathon, finishing the gruelling 11 laps of the fast, flat course in 3:27:08. Not only did she score a personal best for herself, but she was also the fourth woman over the finish and the first in her age category.

Ruth’s son Euan, the 14-year-old rising star on the RPAC junior team, came second overall in the 5K race at Goodwood with an astounding time of 16:51, making it his first sub-17 minute 5K race ever.

 

Sunday 3rd April Manchester Marathon

Three RPAC runners were grinding out the miles at the Manchester Marathon: Alex Mansfield turned out a brilliant 3:01:50, while Graham Bull finished in a swift 3:19:11, earning himself a 21st place finish in his category of male veterans over the age of 60. The unstoppable Kate Knight finished her 98th marathon in 8:04:35.

 

Saturday 16th April Park Run news

I've been nosing around some parkrun results from last Saturday - some great parkrun tourism and fantastic results.

Headlining our Parkrun results has to be Annette Morris who finished Brooklands parkrun (near Weybridge) in a time of 24:20, topping the age grading of 84.59% and toppling the W65 record.

Graham Bull finished Cannon Hill parkrun in Birmingham in 19:54 (with an age grading of 80.57%).

Brad Hammonds ran in Weymouth parkrun finishing in 20:22

Jack Finn ran in the Markeaton parkrun finishing in 23:07

Bethany Higgins ran in Clair parkrun finishing in 23:25

Valerie Burnley ran in Church Mead parkrun in 35:04

Melanie Fulton Bell ran in Sharpham Road Playing fields parkrun in 26:35

Andrew Walker ran in the Grove Fields parkrun in 18:49

Well done all - some great running there. Sorry if I've missed your result.

 

Sunday 19th April Mallory Park 10K, Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire

Eloise Bull ran the Mallory Park 10K on Sunday and was pleased to run her first sub 40, setting a new PB of 38.48. Wow - congratulations!

 

Monday 18th April Boston Marathon, Lincolnshire

Ian Burks, Mike Pocock and Jim Vince completed the Boston Marathon in Lincolnshire today. Results are not in as yet. Well done guys.

 

Saturday Social running group

By way of an explanation the Saturday Social running group is a run / run-walk on a Saturday morning at 10:30AM usually from Reigate Priory, but is often replaced by the Couch to 5K session when the programme is running.

The schedule for the Saturday Social running group / impending Couch to 5K is as follows...
 
Saturday 23rd April - 10:30AM Saturday Social running group to start in Priory Park led by Andrew Bamford.
Saturday 30th April - 10:30AM Earlswood Lakes car park for a ~ 3 mile run, and an optional lead-in session for the up-coming Couch to 5K programme, also at Earlswood Lakes.
Saturday 7th May - 10:30AM start in Priory Park, and a 2nd optional lead-in session for the up-coming Couch to 5K programme also in Priory Park.
Saturday 14th May - 10:30AM start of the Couch to 5K programme in Priory Park, social running group are welcome to come to help and encourage.
Saturday 21st May - 10:30AM Priory Park, Saturday Social running group will be timed alongside the 2nd week of Couch to 5K to frequent the cafe afterwards.
If you'd like to join us for any of this do please let me know at 

 

Sunday 1st May YMCA Fun Run

We usually have a great turn-out from the club for this one.

The first race is the 5 mile which starts at 10AM and this is followed by an adult 1-mile plus the usual 1-mile races for children.

Every finisher gets a great YMCA medal plus a YMCA T-shirt and there will be free snacks too from the water station at the finish.

Anyone interested can sign up online where there is also more info at

https://www.ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk/get-involved/challenge-events/fun-run/

The YMCA are also looking for marshals from 9.30AM and if anyone is interested they can get in touch with  or 

 

Dates for Your Diary

Sunday 1st May YMCA Fun Run There are 1 mile and 5 mile options for seniors.  The 5 mile race is a Grand Prix race.

Sunday 15th May (TBC) MABAC Farnham Park The date is still to be confirmed. 

Sunday 12th June Dorking 10's (10 mile and 10K races) The 10 mile is the RPAC Club Championship 10 mile race and a Grand Prix event (and Surrey Championship too) More details on the noticeboard soon.

 

Plogging - by Moray Carey

Plogging is an activity which incorporates picking up rubbish while jogging. 

The concept was pioneered in Stockholm 6 years ago by Swede, Erik Ahlstrom, concerned about the amount of rubbish littering the streets.  

Since then this eco-friendly enterprise has spread globally through social media and a number of British running clubs and groups have organised their own Plogging. Locally, Earlswood Running Club has done so.

On one social run a couple of years ago, fellow RPAC Member Shelia Craft and I were astonished that the small copse opposite Trumpets Hill, at the end of the footpath from LMEQ, yielded more rubbish than we could fit into the large bag we had taken with us!

Sadly, littering is widespread and the Reigate & Banstead Council encourage community litter picking, although they caution that participation is entirely at the Volunteers’ own risk.

The litter picking kits provided by the Council - subject to availability - comprise:

  • hi-viz jackets
  • litter picker sticks
  • litter bags


Although the Keep Britain Tidy “Great British Spring Clean” ran from 25th March to 10th April, would there be any interest in RPAC organising a future Plogging event?

Note:

“Plogging” is a combination of the Swedish words plocka (pick up) and jogga (jog). 

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 11th April 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 11th April 2022

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Monday 25th April advance notice of the club AGM

The Reigate Priory Athletic Club AGM will be held on Monday 25th April at the YMCA Sovereign Centre at 7pm. We are currently planning for this to be a fully in-person event with no remote option available, although this is of course subject to any rules or guidance at the time. We will be sending out further details regarding the AGM in due course.  

Saturday 30th April Awards Evening @ Monotype Perrywood Sports & Social Club

A reminder that we invite all junior and senior members of RPAC to our second combined awards & social evening to be held on Saturday 30th April 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.
 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The latest code will be shared in the email version of this newsletter. Please do not share this code outside of the club.

 

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 

Calling all U17 and U20 athletes

The track and field season is underway and Reigate Priory will be competing in the UK Youth Development League - Upper Age Group with our joint team partners Holland Sports AC from nearby Oxted.
 
The league gives you the chance to practice your skills against other teams in a less formal environment than championships. The first fixture is on Sunday, 24th April at Sutcliffe Park, Eltham - an ideal tester for the County Championships in May.
 
Please do your best to attend this and the other three fixtures through the season which are, 24 April at Eltham, 29 May at Bexley, 26 June at Lewes and 7 August at Tooting Bec.
 
Full details of the locations and timetable can be found on the Club website calendar. An email has been sent out so please check those Spam boxes if you haven't seen it!
 
Let our team manager know which event(s) you'd like to compete in. He'd be very pleased to hear from you.
 
Team Manager: Ashley Burridge -  
 

Dates for the Diary

Ebbisham Boys League

The dates and venues for this year's Ebbisham Boys league are as follows:

Kingston - Sunday 1st May
Sutton - Sunday 19th June
Coulsdon - Sunday 17th July

This league has events for U11-U17 boys.

Surrey Team Quad Kids

This event is for school years 5 and 6. We need a team of 5 girls and 5 boys. The event is on Wednesday 15 June at the Spectrum in Guildford with a 5:30pm start.

Local Open Meetings

There are some good local Open Meetings coming up if children want to get some competitive track experience

Tonbridge - Easter Open Meeting Monday 18th April

Crawley - Early Spring Open Sunday 3rd April

Crawley - Easter Open Meeting Monday 18th April

Entry is required in advance and can be made by each Club's website.

 

Senior Section News 

No Social and Recovery Session on Monday 18th April

As it's Easter Monday there will be no session next Monday (18th April)

 

She's Done It! Kate Finishes Her 100th Marathon

It was truly a marathon weekend for Kate Knight as not only did she complete her 100th Marathon at Brighton on Sunday, but she had also completed her 99th (The Easter 50 Challenge Ultra at Windsor) on Saturday.  She completed her 98th Marathon in Manchester last weekend too.

Well done Kate, you are amazing!

Here is Kate crossing the finish line and here she is proudly displaying her medals...

Kate raises money for various charities. If you'd like to find out more about Kate's journey to her 100 marathons you can read more here.

  

Marathon News

I suspect that a number of you ran in the Brighton Marathon yesterday (Sunday 10th April) however, the only results I have heard about (other than Kate's) are Mike Wylie who finished in a very speedy 2:52:35, Colin Kloes who finished in 3:32:14 (a new PB) and Siubhán Clines who despite a nasty fall at 23 miles, broke the 4 hour barrier and finished in 3:58:43.

Colin reports "Was aiming for 3:30, at least all my training was predicting this time. Managed to get 3:31 and a PB, super pleased with this time. The race went well, according to plan, although the last 5 miles were tough as usual. Weather was good, a little nippy at the start but quickly warmed up. Spectators as usual were awesome and certainly gave us the extra boost.

Next race to look forward to is the Gatwick half marathon in May."

Well done to all of you! Here are Siubhán and Colin with their medals...

If you did run at Brighton and I haven't mentioned you please let me know and I will add you to the results.

Meanwhile elsewhere George Roux ran the Rotterdam marathon and finished in a blistering 2:33:34. Brilliant George!

 

 MABAC Winterfold Forest Sunday 10th April

Despite missing a few MABAC regulars to competing events, holidays, etc., we still managed to field a team of fifteen runners and better still, we retained our second spot in the league (subject to confirmation). Neil Fenwick finished in third place in 33:35 and Ben Stanton finished in fifth place in 34:17. Bethany Higgins was our first lady home and fourth lady overall, finishing in 41:56. Special mention must be made of Joanna Penrose-Buckley who was one of our Couch to 5K graduates in December and was competing as a RPAC athlete for the first time. Well done Joanna!

The full line up was as follows: Neil Fenwick, Ben Stanton, Bethany Higgins, Paul Sapsard, Toby Kent, Gemma Frith, Philippa Drysdale, Jo Hennessy, Annette Morris, Juliette Stern, Ian Edmonds, Ryan Higgins, Mel Fulton-Bell and Joanna Penrose-Buckley.

Well done to all of you!

  

Dates for Your Diary

Sunday 1st May YMCA Fun Run There are 1 mile and 5 mile options for seniors.  The 5 mile race is a Grand Prix race.

Sunday 15th May (TBC) MABAC Farnham Park The date is still to be confirmed. 

Sunday 12th June Dorking 10's (10 mile and 10K races) The 10 mile is the RPAC Club Championship 10 mile race and a Grand Prix event (and Surrey Championship too) More details on the noticeboard soon.

 

Keep in touch

Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is   

Reigate Priory AC News 28th March 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 28th March 2022

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All Club News

 

No Newsletter next week (for Monday 4th April)

There will be no newsletter next Monday due to the lack of editorial staff. Next publication on Monday 11th April. We'll publicise the SportsShoes discount code on the WhatsApp groups when we have it.

 

Monday 25th April advance notice of the club AGM

The Reigate Priory Athletic Club AGM will be held on 25th April at the YMCA Sovereign Centre at 7pm. We are currently planning for this to be a fully in-person event with no remote option available, although this is of course subject to any rules or guidance at the time. We will be sending out further details regarding the AGM in due course.

  

Saturday 30th April 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 30th April 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.


National Running Show South - Farnborough 7th / 8th May - by Chris Beale

The National Running Show South is taking place at Farnborough International on the 7th and 8th May. It always proves to be a great place to bring the running community together and as well as all the running brands exhibiting their products, there is a fantastic line-up of Speakers, including Paula Radcliffe, Steve Cram and Jo Pavey (plus one very special speaker still to be announced!)

For more information and to get FREE TICKETS, click on the link in the email version of this newsletter.

 

Congratulations to Frank and Gillian O'Regan on the birth of Freddie

Bobby's brother Freddie was born last Tuesday 22nd March weighing 6lb 9oz. He'll be in an RPAC top before you know it!

 

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 26th March South East Schools Inter-counties XC Championships, Y7 & Y8, Chelmsford, Essex

Four young athletes from RPAC competed in the Surrey Schools teams at the South East Schools Inter-counties XC Championships on Saturday.

Having won selection through their high finishes at the Surrey Secondary Schools XC Championships held in January, they travelled to Essex to compete for Surrey against teams from Essex, Sussex, Hampshire and Kent.

Above: Max and Stanley @ Essex.

Well done to Neve MacGregor and Josh Emerson (Y7's) and Max Orchard and Stanley Phillips (Y8's) on running for Surrey!

 

Other Junior Results

At the Bracknell Young Athletes Open Meeting Mateo Mahop won gold in the U13 long jump with a PB of 4:46m

At the Reigate Park Run on Saturday James and Emily Beatty both improved their PBs with times of 21:07 and 25:17 respectively.

At last week's National Prep Schools Cross Country at Worksop College in Nottinghamshire Lisette Matthews was 4th in the Year 6 Girls race, Eloise Mathews and Livvy Heppenstall 9th and 15th respectively in the Year 7 Girls race, and Piers Matthews 16 in the Year 4 boys race.
 

Dates for the Diary

Ebbisham Boys League

The dates and venues for this year's Ebbisham Boys league are as follows:

Kingston - Sunday 1st May
Sutton - Sunday 19th June
Coulsdon - Sunday 17th July

This league has events for U11-U17 boys.

Surrey Team Quad Kids

This event is for school years 5 and 6. We need a team of 5 girls and 5 boys. The event is on Wednesday 15 June at the Spectrum in Guildford with a 5:30pm start.

Local Open Meetings

There are some good local Open Meetings coming up if children want to get some competitive track experience

Tonbridge - Easter Open Meeting Monday 18th April

Crawley - Early Spring Open Sunday 3rd April

Crawley - Easter Open Meeting Monday 18th April

Entry is required in advance and can be made by each Club's website.

 

Senior Section News 

 

Saturday 26th March Couch to 5K Graduation @ Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun

We had some wonderful support from the club on Saturday when our Couch to 5K programme participants ran the Ifield Mill Pond parkrun.

All participants ran the 5Km distance, and they are looking forward to running with the club.

The photo above shows the proud owners of  Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K medals together with the leaders of the group.

We finished up having a slap-up breakfast at Toby Carvery at Langley Green.

 

Thursday sessions in Priory Park are back - from Jas Dhanda

It'll be dark by 7:45pm so if attending please be ready to start the session promptly at 7pm.

 

A Plea for Consistency - from Andrew Bamford

Many race organisers provide a drop down list of running clubs from which you can select when filling out your race entry, but many do not. If you are entering a race where you can enter the club name in free form please can I ask you to enter the club name as "Reigate Priory AC". This would make it a lot easier to collate results and identify new club records, etc. I was recently looking at the results of one race in which there were four different varieties of our club name!
 
If anyone would like to discuss this please email me on . Thank you.
 
 

Friday 4th March Phoenix Running Track Wars VIII - Destiny endurance track event @ Elmbridge

Andrew Pringle finished this timed event around a 400m track 32.3 miles in 6:21:41 and 250 laps gives Andrew a 50Km time of 5:52:58. See his result here. Well done Andrew.
 
 

Saturday 26th March Kate's marathon 97 done

Kate completed the Running Tribe Series trail marathon at Chalfont St. Peter, Bucks in a time of 9:28:41, and ended up with two medals as she was first in her category. Congratulations Kate.
 
 

Sunday 27th March Rome Marathon

Ben Holden headed off to Italy to run his first marathon in Rome.
 
 
On a sunny day Ben finished the event in 5:10:34:34. You can see his result here. Well done Ben, and great photo.
 

Dates for Your Diary

Sunday 10th April - MABAC Winterfold Forest

The date is still TBC as permission has yet to be granted by the landholder which seems odd given that we held the "extra" December fixture here. 

  

Sunday 22nd May Ladies Hogsmill 5

Organised by Epsom Allsorts this is a ladies only race. See www.hogsmill5.com for details

 

Keep in touch

Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is   

Reigate Priory AC News 21st March 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 21st March 2022

Category: All Club News

All Club News

 

Monday 25th April advance notice of the club AGM

The Reigate Priory Athletic Club AGM will be held on 25th April at the YMCA Sovereign Centre at 7pm. We are currently planning for this to be a fully in-person event with no remote option available, although this is of course subject to any rules or guidance at the time. We will be sending out further details regarding the AGM in due course.

 

Couch to 5K Graduation at Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun This Saturday

We will be going to Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun this coming Saturday (26th March) to encourage our Couch to 5K participants around the route, finishing off with a breakfast in Squires Garden Centre, Crawley. Whether you provide encouragement or do your own running it would be great to see you at this event.

If you're planning on coming for breakfast can you please let me know  

 

Awards Evening 30th April 2022

A reminder that the date for the Awards evening is Saturday 30th April 2022. Tickets are on sale via LoveAdmin. 

 

Vacancies at Sport Systems by Moray Carey

Sport Systems are a local sports events management services company. 

They have a longstanding association with Reigate Priory AC providing Timing, Results and other services, especially for the Summer Evening 10k.

Last year there was a change of management and they’re now seeking to recruit staff to fill 3 vacancies following the retirement of long service staff.

They’ve asked if RPAC can circulate the following information about job opportunities for 1 full time and 2 part time positions.

Website: https://www.sportsystems.co.uk/

"Sport Systems are looking for part time and full time administrative and event support for our race timing company.
Applicants should be/have:

- happy to work at least 15 weekend days per year, with flexibility to travel across the UK to events
- good oral and written communications skills
- good interpersonal skills
- driving license with reliable car for travel to event meeting points (for which mileage allowances are paid)
- ideally live between Epsom and Sutton for our office base

We are soon to be based in Sutton following an office move, but as a lot of what we do can be remote work, there is the opportunity for a lot of stuff to be done from home, and visits to the office wouldn’t necessarily be daily.
Hence a preference on location but flexibility within that, as we are looking to fit people to work if that makes sense.

Please send an email to dean.ogrady@sportsystems.co.uk with details about yourself if interested.”

 

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 

It's a rare quiet week for the junior section this week. 

Dates for the Diary - Athletics Leagues

The dates and venues for the girls Lily B athletics league this summer are as follows:
 
4 June - Epsom
25 June - Guildford
9 July - Kingston
27 August - Sutton
 
This is relevant to U11 to U17 girls.
 

 

Senior Section News 

Sunday 20th March YMCA Y2Y North Downs Trek

RPAC was strongly represented in the two distances (Marathon and Half Marathon) in the annual YMCA Y2Y. The Marathon course started at the YMCA in Guildford and worked its way back to the YMCA in Earlswood. The Half Marathon course started at Denbies and also finished at the YMCA in Earlswood. You will appreciate that both courses have a fair bit of climbing involved! Well done to everybody who took part; you certainly had beautiful weather for it.

The people who I think took part in the Marathon distance are Frank O’Regan, Ian Stammars, Sue Carnell, Kate Knight, Alice Smith, Ian Burks, Mike Pocock, Jon Payn, Jack Finn, Leanne McKeogh, Paul Chandler and David Neumann. Apologies if I have missed anyone. Please let me know if I have.

I haven't seen any official results yet, but I have pulled a few times off Strava - David Neumann 5:36:18, Jack Finn 5:11:44, Frank O'Regan 4:44:09, Ian Burks 4:39:27Ian Stammars 4:33:28. I have used the moving times as opposed to the elapsed times - apologies if they don't reflect the true picture. This was Kate's 96th Marathon, number 97 is next weekend.

Here are some of our marathon distance participants near the start in Guildford. 

Angie Steadman and Ralph Tuckwell took part in the Half Marathon distance and finished in first place in a time of 2:37:30. Angie reports that it was  "A beautiful scenic run with perfect weather conditions with a lot of very tough hills."

I don't know if any other RPAC members took part - again let me know if you did. 

Here are Angie and Ralph at the finish. 

Members' News

Eastleigh 10K Sunday 20th March

Five RPAC athletes ran in the fast, flat, PB-renowned Eastleigh 10k yesterday. .
Steve Bass was over the moon after breaking the 35 minute barrier for the first time in 34:59. He was followed by Lee Savage who finished in 35:50
Ben Stanton broke his previous best by 2 minutes finishing in 36:44. Gavin Lawrence finished in 38:19 and Andrew Walker in 38:50. Well done gentlemen!
 
Hampton Court Half Marathon Sunday 20th March
Mike Wylie beat his previous best half marathon time by some 6 minutes yesterday, finishing in 1:20:22 and here he is on the towpath. Well done Mike!
 
  

 

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Sunday 10th April - MABAC Winterfold Forest

The date is still TBC as permission has yet to be granted by the landholder which seems odd given that we held the "extra" December fixture here. 

  

Sunday 22nd May Ladies Hogsmill 5

Organised by Epsom Allsorts this is a ladies only race. See www.hogsmill5.com for details

Keep in touch

Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is   

Reigate Priory AC News 14th March 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 14th March 2022

Category: All Club News

All Club News

 

Monday 25th April advance notice of the club AGM

The Reigate Priory Athletic Club AGM will be held on 25th April at the YMCA Sovereign Centre at 7pm. We are currently planning for this to be a fully in-person event with no remote option available, although this is of course subject to any rules or guidance at the time. We will be sending out further details regarding the AGM in due course.

 

Saturday 26th March Couch to 5K Graduation at Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun

We will be going to Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun on Saturday 26th March to encourage our Couch to 5K participants around the route, finishing off with a breakfast in Squires Garden Centre, Crawley. Whether you provide encouragement or do your own running it'd be great to see you at this event.

If you're coming to the breakfast can you please let me know of your attendance on 

 

Awards Evening 30th April 2022

A reminder that the date for the Awards evening is Saturday 30th April 2022. Tickets are on sale via LoveAdmin. 

 

Vacancies at Sport Systems by Moray Carey

Sport Systems are a local sports events management services company.

They have a longstanding association with Reigate Priory AC providing Timing, Results and other services, especially for the Summer Evening 10k.

Last year there was a change of management and they’re now seeking to recruit staff to fill 3 vacancies following the retirement of long service staff.

They’ve asked if RPAC can circulate information about job opportunities for 1 full time and 2 part time positions.

Website: https://www.sportsystems.co.uk/

 

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 12th March CAU National Inter-Counties XC Championships, Loughborough

It was a very early morning start on Saturday as four of our Junior boys headed to Loughborough with the Surrey XC Teams to compete in the UK National Inter-Counties XC Championships.

With three in the Surrey U15 boys team, they helped Surrey to finish 2nd against strong opponents from all across the UK. Samuel Stapley was the second Surrey runner home finishing in a brilliant 11th place with Euan Willis 3rd from Surrey taking 27th place. 301 county standard runners finished the race, and Sammy Rolaston was comfortably in the top half coming home 90th.

Oscar Curry ran in the Surrey U17 Mens team and was another comfortably in the top half, finishing in 77th place.

Well done to all four on their performances at these National Championships.

 

Dates for the Diary - Athletics Leagues

The dates and venues for the girls Lily B athletics league this summer are as follows:
 
4 June - Epsom
25 June - Guildford
9 July - Kingston
27 August - Sutton
 
This is relevant to U11 to U17 girls.
 

YDL - Lower Age Group

We have decided not to enter the YDL Lower Age Group league this year. Following a league restructuring we would have had to travel far and wide for matches and concluded this did not make sense and take up would be low. Instead we will support local Open Meetings to provide an equivalent level of competition.

 

Senior Section News 

 

Sunday 13th March Surrey Road League @ Wimbledon Park Stadium

Sunday saw the first fixture of the Surrey Road league incorporating the Surrey County Senior and Masters 5k championship and also the club 5k championship.

There was a large turnout of RPAC vests taking on the undulating 1 lap course which started and finished in Wimbledon Park stadium.

First back for the club and taking the men's club champion title was Tom Almond in a speedy time of 16.27. Steve Bass managed to equal his best time on the course finishing in 17.41 taken the mens V40 champion.

Only four ladies took part with Nat Wilson finishing 3rd lady overall and taking ladies club champion in a time of 19.31. Annette Morris ran a fine race and became the V55 club champion. Jamilla Ncayiyana and Bethany Higgins both ran great races finishing 21.30 and 21.54 respectively.

Surrey medals were awarded to Andrew Reeves for 2nd V50, Nat Wilson for 1st V45 and Annette Morris for 2nd V55.

Team positions in the league have not been confirmed however it looks like both men and ladies team finished pretty high.

Full results can be found here.

 

Saturday 5th March Rhayader Round the Lakes 30K Road Race

 

It started at 11.30 am at the Rugby Club at the sleepy mid-Wales Town of Rhayader, on a bright clear morning.

After a gentle start the route climbed relentlessly for around 5 miles reaching approximately 1600 feet. The runners were rewarded with a stunning view of the top of the Elan Valley.

After that the route loosely followed the river undulating up and down revealing 3 spectacular Victorian dams, before eventually, after one last lump, ending back at Rhayader. Probably the most beautiful scenery ever but a tough challenge!

Gail's time was 4:04 and Gail's other half Gordon's time 3:09 (Message from Ed: Gordon is not a member {yet! LOL} but has kindly helped us at the Couch to 5K).

 

Saturday 12th March UK Inter-Counties XC @ Loughborough

Eloise Bull was called into the Surrey Women's team and helped them to a fantastic 1st place. You can see the results here.

 

Saturday 12th March Thames Meander Marathon

Luke Matcham ran the Thames Meander Marathon in a time of 3 hours 35 mins. He came 28th overall.

This was a PB of 30 minutes from his previous marathon. Congratulations Luke!

 

Sunday 13th March Paddock Wood Half Marathon

 Michael Bashford ran this event in a fantastic time of 2:39:09.

Kate Knight finished Paddock Wood in 3:30:28, her fourth half marathon in 4 weeks. Well done both.

 

Dates for Your Diary 

 

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.

Saturday 26th March Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun

For Couch to 5K Graduation - come along to encourage and run, followed by an optional breakfast at Squires, Crawley. 

Sunday 22nd May Ladies Hogsmill 5

Organised by Epsom Allsorts this is a ladies only race. See www.hogsmill5.com for details

Keep in touch

Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is   

Reigate Priory AC News 7th March 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 7th March 2022

Category: All Club News

 

All Club News

Thank You to our volunteers

On behalf of Mike and myself I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who helped make yesterday's MABAC and Border League events so successful. We couldn't have done it without you and it is so nice to see the Junior and Senior sections of the club working together. At risk of causing embarrassment Mike and I would like to extend special thanks to Moray Carey for his tireless negotiations with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to secure us permission to stage the events.

 

Monday 25th April advance notice of the club AGM

The Reigate Priory Athletic Club AGM will be held on 25th April at the YMCA Sovereign Centre at 7pm. We are currently planning for this to be a fully in-person event with no remote option available, although this is of course subject to any rules or guidance at the time. We will be sending out further details regarding the AGM in due course.

 

Saturday 26th March Couch to 5K Graduation at Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun

We will be going to Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun on Saturday 26th March to encourage our Couch to 5K participants around the route, finishing off with a breakfast in Squires Garden Centre, Crawley. Whether you provide encouragement or do your own running it'd be great to see you at this event.

 

Discount Offer from The Movement Mechanics Physiotherapy

This physio practice is located at 27a Bell Street (next door to Bell Street Barbers), and have facilities for running assessments/gait analysis and injury treatments.

They're offering 25% off injury treatments for all members.

You can see their website at https://www.themovementmechanics.co.uk/

 

Awards Evening 30th April 2022

A reminder that the date for the Awards evening is Saturday 30th April 2022. Tickets are on sale via LoveAdmin. 

 

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 

RPAC U17/U15 Boys Win Surrey XC League 

Another strong performance by our U17/U15 Boys at the fourth and final match in this year's Surrey XC League saw them retain their position as the number one team and finish 2021/22 as Champions!
 
The race was switched at short notice to Lloyd Park in Croydon after the scheduled match at Effingham Common was called off following damage caused  by Storm Eustace.  With Oscar coming home in 1st place, and Samuel Stapley 2nd (1st U15 boy), the team result was never in doubt. Sam Rolaston was 6th (3rd U15) and a fine run by Will (19th U15) saw the team home to another match win.
 
19 Surrey clubs competed in the League. 
 
Oscar finished the season with the U17 Individual Gold Award as the top performer and Samuel Stapley won the U15 Gold award. Euan Willis was joint 2nd in the U15 Individual Awards.
 
Pictured are the eight boys who have represented the club in the league this season. A fantastic effort by all.

Surrey Call for 4 RPAC Juniors to compete in UK XC Championships

The CAU UK Inter-Counties XC Championships take place at Loughborough next Saturday.

County teams from across the whole of the UK compete at this huge national gathering. Competition for places in the Surrey team is always fiercely contested throughout the season and it is to their great credit that four of our Junior Boys have been picked.

Congratulations to Oscar Curry (U17), and Samuel Stapley, Euan Willis and Sammy Rolaston (U15's) on being selected to represent Surrey.

 

Border League Match 3 Priory Park Sunday 6th March

On Sunday we hosted the final match of the Border League series in Priory Park. Thanks very much to all the volunteers who made this possible and particularly to Moray Carey who did the legwork of negotiating the conditions of hire from the Council.
 
It was lovely to see 50 RPAC juniors competing across the 7 races and a number of athletes performing very well in their first competitive event for the Club. The results of the three match series are still being finalised and I will report these next week. A number of RPAC athletes will win individual medals. The stand out age group is the U11 girls who won their category convincingly. Yesterday we had 7 athletes in the top 15. I should also mention Gracie Shade, who won all three of her races in the U9 series, and Nicole Haycock, who was fourth overall in the combined boys and girls U15 race yesterday. Below is a photo of the U11 girls.
 

 

Dates for the Diary - Athletics Leagues

The dates and venues for the girls Lily B athletics league this summer are as follows:
 
4 June - Epsom
25 June - Guildford
9 July - Kingston
27 August - Sutton
 
This is relevant to U11 to U17 girls.
 

YDL - Lower Age Group

We have decided not to enter the YDL Lower Age Group league this year. Following a league restructuring we would have had to travel far and wide for matches and concluded this did not make sense and take up would be low. Instead we will support local Open Meetings to provide an equivalent level of competition.

 

Senior Section News 

MABAC Priory Park Sunday 6th March

It was great to see so many RPAC runners turn out for the first MABAC event that we have hosted in over two years. We took the first three places and five out of the first seven places. With such a strong turnout we were the highest scoring team and we now sit second in the league behind Dorking and Mole Valley. You can read all about the day here.

Wokingham Half Marathon - My Apologies

I owe a profound apology to Rick Coles for completely missing the fact that his time of 01:17:22 was a new club record in the Men's V45 category. This beat the previous record (set by Rick) by 27 seconds.

I should also apologise to those who ran the race who did not get a mention in last week's newsletter. Sometimes it's difficult to judge how much information to include. Nick Wade, Paul Chandler and David Neumann please accept my apologies for not mentioning you last week. Well done to you all.

Finally I apologise to Annette for describing her finish time of 1:59:54 as "very respectable", a much better description would have been "outstanding" given that you had been unable to train at this distance. 

Also I should apologise to everyone for being so tardy in getting the results up on the club website.

Members' News

Jack Finn set a new half marathon PB in Cambridge yesterday with a time of 1:46:49 Jack said it was a nice course with lots of support.

Kate Knight completed the Mercer Surrey Half Marathon in Woking in 3:17:13 - her 3rd half marathon in 3 weeks. 

Apologies for not including photos, but I have run out of time!

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Sunday 13th March Wimbledon Dash 5K

Surrey Road League event and Club Championship race.

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.

Saturday 26th March Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun

For Couch to 5K Graduation - come along to encourage and run, followed by an optional breakfast at Squires, Crawley. 

22nd May Ladies Hogsmill 5

Organised by Epsom Allsorts this is a ladies only race. See www.hogsmill5.com for details

Keep in touch

Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is   

The Curious Incident of The Missing Timekeeper

The Curious Incident of The Missing Timekeeper

Category: Seniors News

MABAC League Race Priory Park 6th March 2022

After many months of discussions with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and a great deal of effort from several club members yesterday (6th March) we were able to host our first MABAC event in more than two years. You may recall that we hosted the last MABAC race before Lockdown One on 1st March 2020. How little we suspected how all of our lives would be affected by events that were beginning  to unfold in China and Italy.

The day got off to an inauspicious start when we discovered that the port-a-loos that we had hired for the event had been toppled, presumably by the "yoof" of Reigate. Thankfully Andrew Pringle managed to set them back upright and apart from a bit of damp toilet paper, no real harm was done. 

The next setback was when we discovered that the MABAC League timekeeper Jenny had arrived in Farnham Park, only to discover that the event was taking place in our beloved Priory Park. Given current petrol prices this was a costly mistake as Jenny lives in Tolworth. Jenny's presence was quite important as not only does she keep time, but she also keeps the race numbers between races. Anyway she must have put her foot down as she arrived just after 10:00 and the race was able to start at 10:15 with most people wearing the numbers that they should have. She commented that she had only just cleared her driving licence of penalty points so we have to hope that there were no speed cameras operating between Farnham and Reigate.

The course is approximately 5 miles long and follows 2 laps of what some people know as the "cross country course" (approximately). The start is close to the tennis courts.  The route crosses the park to a point close to the beacon before turning left to the "top corner" whence runners climb up to the path that runs along the back of the ridge (close to Park Lane East and then Park Lane). This is followed by a steep ascent up onto the ridge, a couple of hundred metres along the Greensand Way, followed by a descent of "The Gulley". At the bottom of the gulley the route turns left onto "The Woodland Trail" beloved by Parkrunners before crossing the park close to the copse close to Park Lane. There is also a one lap option. It's fair to say that the course was challenging with its combination of hills and deep mud. Fortunately conditions were a little better than in 2020 but there were still areas of deep mud and standing water.

RPAC runners turned out in force for this home fixture with no less than 29 finishers across the one and two lap races.  First home was Ryan Harris in first place, closely followed by Steve Bass in second and Andrew Reeves in third. Ben Stanton finished in sixth place and Frank O'Regan in 7th. Jo Davey was our first lady home, finishing as third lady and in 23rd position overall. She was followed by Ruth Willis and Beth Higgins who were fourth and fifth lady finishers respectively. Not surprisingly, with such a strong showing RPAC was the highest scoring team and leapt from fifth place to second in the league, overtaking Runnymede Runners, Wimbledon Windmilers and Blackwater Valley Runners. Only Dorking and Mole Valley are ahead of us.  Thank you to each of you for taking part. I hope you enjoyed it if you have not run a MABAC race before, or even if you have. The next fixture is in Winterfold Forest on 10th April. 

 

A lot of RPAC vests evident at the start

Frank O'Regan, Ben Stanton and Bethany Higgins powering their way to the finish

Vicky Stammars can still manage a smile despite the mud

Bethany Higgins, Susie Cardoso, Jake Boud and Paul Sapsard trying to keep warm.

 

 

 

Reigate Priory AC News 28th February 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 28th February 2022

Category: All Club News

All Club News

 

Monday 25th April advance notice of the club AGM

The Reigate Priory Athletic Club AGM will be held on 25th April at the YMCA Sovereign Centre at 7pm. We are currently planning for this to be a fully in-person event with no remote option available, although this is of course subject to any rules or guidance at the time. We will be sending out further details regarding the AGM in due course.

 

Saturday 26th March Couch to 5K Graduation at Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun

We will be going to Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun on Saturday 26th March to encourage our Couch to 5K participants around the route, finishing off with a breakfast in Squires Garden Centre, Crawley. Whether you provide encouragement or do your own running it'd be great to see you at this event.

 

Discount Offer from The Movement Mechanics Physiotherapy

This physio practice is located at 27a Bell Street (next door to Bell Street Barbers), and have facilities for running assessments/gait analysis and injury treatments.

They're offering 25% off injury treatments for all members.

You can see their website at https://www.themovementmechanics.co.uk/

 

Summary Minutes for January's RPAC Committee Meeting...

...can be seen here.

 

Awards Evening 30th April 2022

A reminder that the date for the Awards evening is Saturday 30th April 2022. Tickets are on sale via LoveAdmin. 

 

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 26th February English National XC Championships, Parliament Hill, London 

 
 
Top billing amongst the RPAC Juniors taking part in the English National XC Championships on Saturday went to the U15B'S team of Samuel Stapley, Euan Willis, Sammy Rolaston and Will John-Cox.
 
 
Tackling the challenging 4k course, in part through thick mud, they had an excellent team result finishing 12th in a race with 149 clubs from across England represented. Samuel Stapley led the way home with an impressive 21st place finish in a field of 412 runners.
 
The U13G'S team of Eloise Matthews,  Isla Kinniburgh,  Neve MacGregor and Florence Shade finished a very creditable 32nd team in a race where there were 393 finishers representing a total of 121 clubs.
 
Stanley Phillips and Rokko Secker both competed strongly in the U13B'S race.
 

Saturday 5th March Surrey XC League @ Lloyd Park by David Mills

The 4th match in the Surrey XC League has been rescheduled to this Saturday, 5th March at Lloyd Park in Croydon.

U13G'S race at 11.00am
U13B's 11.20am
U15/U17G's 11.40am
U15/U17B's 12.05 pm

If you have competed in the League already this season, please remember to bring your Surrey League number. I have a note of your number if needed.
 

Sunday 6th March Border League in Priory Park

On Sunday 6th March we are hosting the final match of this year's Border League in Priory Park. The first race is at 12:00pm with the U9 girls, and races then go off at fifteen minute intervals concluding with U15 boys at 1:45pm. Given the effort that hosting a match takes I would be very keen to see a strong turn out from RPAC athletes for this match. There is no cost to compete, but we do need to register athletes ahead of time, so please let me know if your child would like to compete.

 

Senior Section News 

 

Saturday 5th March Ladies Cross Country Surrey League

As most of you will know the ladies final fixture of the league could not go ahead.

Race organisers are now hosting the final fixture for 5th March 2022 for senior women (Div 2). It will be held at Lloyd Park at 12.30.

For anyone that is able to make it, please let us know. We realise it is extremely short notice and we are unlikely to field a team, especially as we are hosting a double event on 6th March in priory park. Race organisers are still deciding if points earned from the final league fixture will impact the league results at this late stage. Either way, it is unlikely to affect our finishing position much within the league.

Please remember you are all welcome to run/volunteer on 6th March at Priory Park. Your running points for the MABAC league and volunteering skills are always massively appreciated.

Please contact  if you have any questions.

 

Sunday 6th March 10:00AM MABAC League fixture in Priory Park, Reigate

Please turn up and run - let's get a great turn out. If you've never run a MABAC before you will enjoy it and you will find people to compete against.

 

Saturday 26th February National XC Championship Parliament Hill Fields

A small team of RPAC athletes grappled with the hills and the mud of the National Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

Eloise Bull was our sole lady runner, finishing in 158th position.

For the men Steve Bass, Ben Stanton, Gavin Lawrence and Jon Payn took part finishing in 625th, 907th, 1443rd and 1823rd places respectively.

Steve commented "somewhat off my historic best of 256th but a good day out and great weather. 2087 finishers in total!"

The ladies ran an 8K course and the men a 12K course.

If you are interested in seeing what the course is like or if you can spot any RPAC vests see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2aBmp88bzg (The ladies' race starts at around 02:50:00 and the men's at around 04:13:00)
 

Sunday 27th February Records tumble at the Wokingham Half

With near perfect running conditions yesterday (27th February), a notoriously fast course and the prospect of qualification for an England Masters vest, the Wokingham Half Marathon attracted nearly 3000 athletes, many of a very good standard.
 
Our team of 15 RPAC runners had the added incentive of competing for club championship trophies. Not surprisingly there were some really excellent times from our runners and a number of PBs and four new club records were set.
 
Mike Pocock's finish time of 01:32:50 broke the Men's V65 record by more than 10 minutes. This record had stood for some 18 years since it was set by Ted Baker back in 2004. Mike was second in this age category and easily met the England Masters qualifying standard (sadly I understand that he had not registered before the race so he is ineligible).
 
Graham Bull's time of 01:26:45 set a new Men's V60 record, beating a record that Stewart McIntyre had held since 2009.
 
Ginevra Stoneley set a new Ladies' V45 record, beating her the previous record (set by herself) by about 90 seconds and finishing in 01:23:28. This is also the fastest half marathon time run by an RPAC lady of any age category.
 
Laura Ebbs set a new Ladies' V40 record with a finish time of 01:25:37, beating the previous record (set by Ginevra) by about 30 seconds.
 
George Roux was first home of the RPAC runners with (I think) a new PB time of 01:11:46.
 
 
Rob Wigley set a new PB by 6 minutes and 9 seconds with his time of 01:22:49.
 
Frank O'Regan's time of 01:24:13 took over 5 minutes off his previous PB.
 
Ruth Willis was another PB finisher with her time of 01:34:46 being about a minute quicker than her previous best.
 
I think I am right in saying that Thea Macdonald was running in only her second half marathon and her time of 01:54:59 knocked some 11 minutes off her previous time.
 
Special mention should be given to Annette Morris who is returning from injury and despite not having run more than 5 miles in training, still managed to achieve a very respectable finish time.

Well done to all of you!
 

Sunday 27th February Brighton Half

Another half marathon with club interest and some fantastic finishing times - Alex Mansfield 1:24:26, Richard Friar 1:27:51 (PB), Anna Roberson 1:43:17, Cat Friar 1:49:57 (PB), Kate Knight 3:42:38. Well done all.

Evidently there was a brutal seaside headwind!

 

Dates for Your Diary

Saturday 5th March Ladies Surrey League XC

Lloyd Park, Croydon, 12:30PM.

Sunday 6th March MABAC Priory Park 10:00

 Save the date - we need a good turn out.

Sunday 13th March Wimbledon Dash 5K

Surrey Road League event and Club Championship race.

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.

Saturday 26th March Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun

For Couch to 5K Graduation - come along to encourage and run, followed by an optional breakfast at Squires, Crawley. 

 

Runday by Moray Carey

Parkrun does not operate in Ukraine – though not for the want of trying.

Ex-patriate Ian Bearder explains…………

“The idea of organising free running events came to me during a free training session on Hydropark before the Kyiv Half-Marathon and I suggested we try to implement something like parkrun here in Ukraine. My friend Oleksand agreed and I wrote to Parkrun to see if they would support us. They said no, so we decided to do it ourselves and try to adapt the concept specifically for Ukraine.”

Ian and his development team created “Runday” which is modelled on the Parkrun concept of free, weekly, timed 5km runs. Runday now takes place in 9 locations throughout Ukraine - including Kyiv, Lviv and Odessa - with an attendance of about 6000 runners.  

One of Runday’s Values is……

“Running together regardless of age, gender or ethnicity.”

……and an insight into their inclusive, international outlook is in their FAQ:

DO I NEED TO SPEAK RUSSIAN, UKRAINIAN OR SLOVENIAN? 

“Runday was co-founded by a guy who only speaks a few words of Russian, Slovenian and

Ukrainian (although he claims to be studying more) so NO you don’t need to speak Russian, Slovenian or Ukrainian to participate. We are a multi-lingual community.

The runs in Kyiv are all organised by people who speak English and all the volunteer jobs can

be done without any special language skills – just a smile.”

 Further information about Runday may be found on https://runday.org/en/

 I sincerely hope that the resilience Ukrainians have shown in growing Runday helps to sustain them in these troubled times.

 

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Reigate Priory AC New 21st February 2022

Reigate Priory AC New 21st February 2022

Category: All Club News

I hope none of you were too badly impacted by the ravages of Storms Eunice and Franklin. They might add some obstacles to local trail runs I feel.

 

All Club News

 

Your Club Needs You On Sunday 6th March *PLEASE READ*

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help so far, but we still need a few volunteers to help with the MABAC and Border League races on Sunday 6th March. The email version of this newsletter will contain a link to a form for you to sign up to volunteer. Please email  if you have any questions.

 

Awards Evening 30th April 2022

A reminder that the date for the Awards evening is Saturday 30th April 2022. Tickets are on sale via LoveAdmin. 

 

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 

Indoor Long Jump Success

Michael Maguire's successful indoor season continues. He interrupted his half term break to enter the Scottish Age group championships in the Emirates arena in Glasgow where he extended his PB to a very impressive 5m 20, to take the silver medal and in the process both break the previous Scottish U13 indoor long jump record and extend his Club record. Well done Michael!

Border League - 6 March - Priory Park

On 6 March we are hosting the final match of this year's Border League in Priory Park. The first race is at 12:00pm with the U9 girls, and races then go off at fifteen minute intervals concluding with U15 boys at 1:45pm. Given the effort that hosting a match takes I would be very keen to see a strong turn out from RPAC athletes for this match. There is no cost to compete, but we do need to register athletes ahead of time, so please let me know if your child would like to compete.

 

Senior Section News 

Surrey League Cross Country - Lloyd Park Saturday 19th February

With the ladies' and junior fixtures cancelled because of the aftermath of Storm Eunice, it was only the senior men's team who were able to complete the final match of the season. RPAC finished in 5th place with Max Smithson being the first home in 12th place ( in 30:11). Full results will be available in the "Cross Country" section of the website soon.  

Inaugural Run Reigate Trail 10K Sunday 20th February

Ten RPAC runners took to the trails in Gatton Park for the inaugural Run Reigate Trail 10K yesterday. The race was won by our very own Alex Mansfield in a cracking time of 39:54. Alex says that it was an "absolute slog in the mud in parts of the course but thoroughly enjoyable". Richard Haines was the next RPAC finisher in 10th place (44:30) with Jeremy Greenwood in 13th place (45:10). 

Moray Carey (who finished in 9th place in his age category in 1:10:42) has written a description of the race and a comparison with the defunct Gatton 10K which can be found here.

Well done to all of you who took part - full results are on the website under the "Other Races" section.

Here are a few photos from the day

Pictured above are Michael Bashford and Adrian Grant. Pictured below are (L to R) Adrian Grant, Richard Haines (I think - sorry that I don't know you!), Moray Carey with Michael Bashford in the foreground

Members' News 

Mike Wylie ran the Run UK Richmond Half Marathon yesterday (Sunday 20th) in 1:22:40, a PB of just under 3 minutes! He reports that he "would have had over 3 mins I think if it wasn’t for two fallen trees, a load of mud to walk / navigate and a slip on said mud…" Great result Mike well done!

Elsewhere yesterday Kate Knight added to her collection of race bling by completing the Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon. Kate reports that it was a  "fantastic day out despite a little wind and a few hills en route.  3.29 for me. Happy with that" Well done Kate! And here she is

 

Code of Conduct for Road Running and evening road sessions

Can all members who attend evening road sessions please review the Code of Conduct for Road Running which can be read here.This details the requirements for attendance at the sessions.

 

Surrey Road League - by Jamilla Ncayiyana

As the cross country season comes to a close the Road league begins.

It would be great to have as many participants take part especially more of the ladies as we often have a good turnout for the men but very few ladies when it comes to the road league.

Sunday 13th March Wimbledon Dash 5K (Note: a Club Championship race)

Sunday 8th May Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon

Sunday 15th May Sutton 10K

Sunday 12th June Dorking 10 (Note: also a Club Championship and Grand Prix event)

Sunday 26th June Richmond 10K

Saturday 16th July Elmore 7 (Note: also a club Grand Prix event)

Sunday 24th July Elmbridge 10K

What is the road league you ask?

The League consists of seven races and there are separate competitions for men's and women's teams, senior men and women, men over 40, over 50 and over 60 and women over 35, over 45 and over 55.

Entry to the League is free of charge but all runners must enter the races as normal and pay the organisers' entry fees.

The first three finishers from each competing club will comprise the scoring team, and the sum of their finishing positions will form their team score. In the event of a tie, the relative position of the third scorer will be the decider. League points will be scored according to the number of clubs entered. For example, if 30 clubs are taking part, the winning club in each race will score 30 points, second will score 29 and so on.

Please feel free to contact the team captains and vice captains via email if you have any questions. Also let us know if you plan on entering of the events.

 

Dates for Your Diary

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 13th March Wimbledon Dash 5K

Surrey Road League event and Club Championship race.

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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Run Reigate Trail 10K Sunday 20th February 2022

Run Reigate Trail 10K Sunday 20th February 2022

Category: Seniors News

Run Reigate Trail Run - by Moray Carey (with a personal recollection of the defunct Gatton 10k)

Run Reigate, hosts of the annual September 5k/10k/half marathon road races in Reigate, launched its inaugural trail race at Gatton Park on Sunday 20th Feb 2022.
 
The race starts in front of the neo-Georgian styled Gatton Hall on the elevated parterre which overlooks the parkland below, landscaped by Lancelot Capability Brown. Runners had the option of completing either one or two 5k loops over a scenic, undulating, challenging, multi-terrain course.
 
Following a gradual descent, the route meandered round the grounds, half circling the extensive lake which included negotiating a ford at an overspill point. It then climbed up past the rockery affording an opportunity for runners to appreciate the natural beauty of the resident snowdrops while in full bloom before they become dormant again. 
 
The final and maybe the most testing challenge was navigating the thickly mudded enclosed corridor encountered after 4k and onto the only section which duplicated the course of the defunct Gatton 10k, which had been devised and hosted by the Redhill & Surrey Beagles until the race was taken over by RPAC on the Beagles’ sad disbandment.    
 
Dave Kelly of Run Reigate has created a trail race with its own identity - but how does it compare with the Gatton 10k? Very different races in my opinion, like chalk and cheese.   
 

Course

Run Reigate - within the grounds of Gatton Park
Gatton 10k  - mainly in woodland adjacent to the Royal Alexandra & Albert School
 

Degree of difficulty

Run Reigate - moderate
Gatton 10k - exacting, steep ascents and descents
 

Appeal

Run Reigate - broad, of 323 verified finishers in the 10k, only 94 indicated a club affiliation 
Gatton 10k - cult, predominantly club runners. 105 finishers on 25/07/12, the last staging I could trace under archived “Results” on the RPAC website
 
I believe RPAC was obliged to discontinue the Gatton 10k after the School decided to no longer make the necessary parking facilities on their land available (?) - maybe former Race Director Graham Tucker would kindly confirm this.
 
With the School’s apparent willingness to co-operate with Run Reigate on this new trail race, maybe - if there was any inclination - RPAC might possibly consider resurrecting the Gatton 10k?      
Reigate Priory AC News 14th February 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 14th February 2022

Category: All Club News

Preamble from editorial

 

It's Valentine's Day (guess who forgot) and we have a bumper edition newsletter this week so it's a tad late. I *think* everything submitted has been included, but many apologies if anything has been missed.

By the way, look out for some really excellent junior and senior results by all concerned this week. Very impressive! Read on...

 

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Your Club Needs You On Sunday 6th March *PLEASE READ*

We need lots of volunteers to help with the MABAC and Border League races on Sunday 6th March.

You should have received an email last week with more details and a link to a form for you to sign up to volunteer.

If you didn't get the email and would like to help please let us know by emailing   

 

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 13th February Border League Match 2 @ Stoke Park, Guildford from Mike Gent.

 
Well done to everyone who braved some horrendous weather yesterday afternoon to compete in the second Border League fixture at Stoke Park Guildford. If I have ever been wetter and colder at a race I do not remember it. There were some great results from the RPAC athletes. The full results may take a while to emerge, in part as the recording sheets for some races became illegible due to the weather.
 
In the U9 girls Gracie Shade and Emily Beatty ran very well to first and second. Maya Pocock had a great run in her first race for the club and Edith Duncton ran strongly too.
 
In the U9 boys Piers Matthews was third and Arthur Naish finished well up the field. In the U11 Girls and boys we were certainly the first team home on the day in both races.
 
In the U11 girls Lisette Matthews won, Florence Tombleson was fourth, Florence Shade seventh and Lara Tombleson eleventh. They were ably supported by Charlotte Ebbs and Denise Ornella who both ran well and shared the prize for the most cheerful athletes in the most awful conditions.
 
In the U11 boys Lucian Watkins was second, James Beatty fourth, Jonah Pocock eight and Gillies Macgregor twelfth with Evan Moffat and George Duncton completing a very strong all round team performance.
 
In the U13 Girls Eloise Matthews and Neve Macgregor ran very well on a demanding course to finish fourth and sixth respectively.
 
Then in the U13 boys Rocco Secker came fourth, pushing Charlotte and Denise close for the award for the most smiley runner,  Jason Skinner and Isaac Beckett ran well to finish just outside the top ten and Robert Duncton ensured the team placed well on the day.
 
Well done to all concerned. Lets hope for better weather for the final match of the series that we are hosting in Priory Park on 6 March.


Surrey Indoor Championships @ Sutton

Reigate athletes excelled themselves at the Surrey Indoor Championships at Sutton this weekend.

Michael Maguire continued his very successful indoor season winning the U13 boys long jump in a Championship record of 5:04m.

Matteo Mahop making his indoor debut won bronze in both the long jump and the 60m sprint.

Max Orchard competing as a first year U15 just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in both the 60m hurdles and the long jump.

Imogen Wheeler did very well to get through the three rounds of qualification necessary to reach the final of the U15 60m.

 

Surrey XC League, Effingham Common, Saturday 19th February from Dave Mills

The 4th and last fixture in the Surrey League is next Saturday 19th at Effingham Common. KT24 5HX. See link below for details including course maps for the various age group races. Please note new, earlier race times.

Parking is in the large station car park very close to the start/finish line.

Please remember to bring your race number as used in the earlier matches at Richmond Park, Wimbledon Common and Mitcham Common. (I know your number if you need a reminder). If you have not run in the Surrey League yet this season, please let me know if you will be at Effingham Common so that I can include you in the line up. U11's can run in the U13 races as non-scorers.  There is no 10am session in Priory Park next Saturday due to the XC.

Races:

U13B'S 11.00am
U13G'S 11.30am
U15/U17B's 12.00pm
U15/U17G's 12.30pm

 

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Senior Section News 

 

Code of Conduct for Road Running and evening road sessions

Can all members who attend evening road sessions please review the Code of Conduct for Road Running which can be read here.This details the requirements for attendance at the sessions.

 

Saturday 19th February Surrey League XC

It's that time again - the last league race of the season takes place this coming Saturday. If you can attend please let your captain know.

 

Surrey Road League - by Jamilla Ncayiyana

As the cross country season comes to a close the Road league begins.

It would be great to have as many participants take part especially more of the ladies as we often have a good turnout for the men but very few ladies when it comes to the road league.

Sunday 13th March Wimbledon Dash 5K (Note: a Club Championship race)

Sunday 8th May Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon

Sunday 15th May Sutton 10K

Sunday 12th June Dorking 10

Sunday 26th June Richmond 10K

Saturday 16th July Elmore 7 (Note: also a club Grand Prix event)

Sunday 24th July Elmbridge 10K

 

What is the road league you ask?

The League consists of seven races and there are separate competitions for men's and women's teams, senior men and women, men over 40, over 50 and over 60 and women over 35, over 45 and over 55.

Entry to the League is free of charge but all runners must enter the races as normal and pay the organisers' entry fees.

The first three finishers from each competing club will comprise the scoring team, and the sum of their finishing positions will form their team score. In the event of a tie, the relative position of the third scorer will be the decider. League points will be scored according to the number of clubs entered. For example, if 30 clubs are taking part, the winning club in each race will score 30 points, second will score 29 and so on.

Please feel free to contact the team captains and vice captains via email if you have any questions. Also let us know if you plan on entering of the events.

 

 

Friday 11th February 5K @ Battersea Park

Tom Almond raced a 5k at the Podium Under the Lights on Friday night in Battersea park. It was a replacement race for Armagh which was cancelled due to COVID-19 and is widely known the fastest 5k in the world so the field was very deep. They possibly had runners of this ability...  7 under 14 minutes, 110 under 15 minutes and 205 under 16 minutes.

Tom cross the line in 15.37 which isn’t too far off his PB.

 

4 from RPAC break 40, Nat qualifies for England vest! By Malcolm Woodman

A small select group from RPAC ran the Valentine’s 10K yesterday, 13th February. Despite the wind, all 4 of them ran under 40 minutes.

Both Neil Fenwick and Rob Wigley set new pbs by over a minute, with Neil leading the way (35:25 chip) in 62nd and Rob (36:30 chip) in 81st.

Just pipped at the finish by Rob, Alister Moses (36:28 chip) showed a welcome return to road racing in 82nd.

Star of the RPAC show though was Nat Wilson (39:11 chip) who took home the 1st W45 prize, set a new club W45 record and (most importantly) qualified to run in the England Masters team (wearing an England vest) at the Great Bristol 10k in September.

Well done all of you, but especially Nat.

 

Sunday 13th February Goodwood Marathon

This is a 11 lap flat course. James England finished in a time of 3:37:17, breaking the 4 hour barrier, and how. Smashed it!

 

Sunday 13th February London Winter Run 10K

 David Neumann, Lisa Ashley and Gail Hill ran in the London Winter Run on Sunday, finishing in times of 49:32, 53:16 and 1:02:29 respectively.

 

Speed Skating vs Running by Moray Carey

Observing the intense way participants start speed skating competitions at the Winter Olympics, I wondered whether any comparisons had been made with running, particularly the relative speeds.

Readers may (or may not) be interested in the analysis published in a Canadian Running magazine article 4 years ago.

https://runningmagazine.ca/the-scene/olympic-speedskating-running-comparison/

 

Dates for Your Diary

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 13th March Wimbledon Dash 5K

Surrey Road League event and Club Championship race.

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.

  

Keep in touch

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Reigate Priory AC News 7th February 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 7th February 2022

Category: All Club News

All Club News

 

Reigate Priory AC website updates completed successfully

My co-conspirator Paul has had a very busy weekend and you will notice that the website now looks rather different.

Here is a reminder of the updates completed on the website…

  • A Restructure of the menu system. This will improve navigation of the site - particularly on mobile devices.
  • Mass-removal of user accounts. The remaining accounts belong to coaches, committee members and club captains (with some exceptions).
  • Adding legacy results to the website. All recorded results between the years 2000 and 2014 are added within their own page from the “Results” menu.
  • Adding legacy photos to the website. The website prior to 2014 had a photo gallery, and this has been reinstated with a password which will be presented in the email version of the newsletter.
  • Archiving of all news items before 2021. All news items prior to January 1st 2021 have moved to a page dedicated to archived news.
  • Addition of a photo on the home page. This revolves around some images, but we will be adding and replacing these photos as necessary.
  • Making the banners full-width. The Website banners at the top of each page have increased in size, and clicking them returns you to the home page.

There is still work to do – particularly on the content of the website and the images used on the banners, but if you do have any comments regarding the website can you please direct them to Paul Walters .

Your Club Needs You On Sunday 6th March *PLEASE READ*

We need lots of volunteers to help with the MABAC and Border League races on Sunday 6th March.

You should have received an email last week with more details and a link to a form for you to sign up to volunteer.

If you didn't get the email and would like to help please let us know by emailing   

 

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 

Lilah sets new club record in U17W's indoor 800m

Competing in the London Indoor Games at Lee Valley on 29th January, Lilah Unwin racing for the first time as an U17, won the U17W'S 800m in a new club indoor record time of 2.21.91.

Next weekend Lilah competes in the England Athletics Indoor Championships in Sheffield where she faces top opposition in her heat on Saturday evening. Good Luck to Lilah. 

 

South East Schools Inter-Counties XC Championships, Priory Park 5th February 2022

Well done to all our RPAC runners in the South East Schools Inter-Counties XC Championships held in Priory Park last Saturday with Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Essex, Kent and Berkshire taking part.

After a month with no running due to injury, there was a welcome return to action for Nicole Haycock in the Junior Girls race. In the Inter-Girls' race, Lucy Dénecé, Shakila Keable (running for Berkshire Schools) and Ella Scrase performed strongly, and Eva Marsh had an excellent race in the Senior girls.

Samuel Stapley unfortunately missed out due to illness, but in the Inter-Boys race there were more strong performances from Euan Willis and Sammy Rolaston. Oscar Curry had another top performance running in the Senior Boys race.

The U14 and U13 South East Schools Inter-Counties XC match is scheduled for 26th March with Max Orchard, Stanley Phillips and Teemu Sara-aho selected in the Surrey boys team.

 

 

Surrey XC League Saturday 19th February

The final fixture in the Surrey XC League takes place on Saturday 19th February at Effingham Common (near Leatherhead).

Girls match U15/17G's 12pm, U13G'S 12.30pm followed by the boys with U13B'S at 2pm and the U15/U17B's at 2.30pm.

Further details nearer the time but this is a good venue for parking and fairly local. All are welcome to take part and anyone U11 running in the U13 race will be deemed a non-scorer.

 

English Schools Athletics 2022 T & F Championships under threat due to lack of Sponsorship

The English Schools Athletics Association is without a sponsor this year, and without funding the annual Track and Field Championships that take place in a major athletics stadium over a weekend in July, are under threat. These Championships provide a superb experience of top level competition for large numbers of talented young athletes.

As a result, a GoFundMe page is open to finance the Championships. Much more background is given there, including testimony from athletes such as Keely Hodgkinson, 800m Olympic Silver Medallist in Tokyo last year.

If you wish to donate, a link to the gofundme page for donations is here.

 

Senior Section News 

 

YMCA Y2Y Training Runs

Two intrepid groups of RPAC runners started out from the YMCA yesterday morning led by Ian Edmonds and Mike Pocock. Fortunately the rain eased off and eventually stopped. Many of these runners are training for the Y2Y North Downs Trek.

 

 

 

95 and Counting!

Kate Knight completed her 95th Marathon on Saturday at Horsehead Racecourse in Cambridgeshire. Kate says that it was cold, dry and windy and she thinks she managed a PB by 5 minutes on the ZigZag trail series. Well done Kate! 

 

 

Dates for Your Diary

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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Reigate Priory AC News 31st January 2022

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Your Club Needs You On Sunday 6th March *PLEASE READ*

We need lots of volunteers to help with the MABAC and Border League races on Sunday 6th March.

You should have received an email earlier today with more details and a link to a form for you to sign up to volunteer.

If you didn't get the email and would like to help please let us know by emailing  

 

Friday 4th Saturday 5th Sunday 6th February Reigate Priory AC website updates

I will be making changes to the Reigate Priory AC website https://www.rpac.org.uk this coming weekend.

Here is a list of the changes that I will be making...

  • A Restructure of the menu system. This will improve navigation of the site - particularly on mobile devices.
  • Mass-removal of user accounts. The remaining accounts will belong to coaches, committee members and club captains (with some exceptions).
  • Adding legacy results to the website. All recorded results between the years 2000 and 2014 will be added within their own page.
  • Adding legacy photos to the website. The website prior to 2014 had a photo gallery, and this will be reinstated with a password which will be presented in the email version of the newsletter.
  • Archiving of all news items before 2021. All news items prior to January 1st 2021 will move to a page dedicated to archived news.
  • Addition of a photo on the home page. This revolves around some images, but we will be adding and replacing these photos as necessary.
  • Making the banners full-width. The Website banners at the top of each page will increase in size, and clicking them will return you to the home page.

Note that this is the first part of a club website refresh planned for this year.

Further future work will include replacing images displayed in certain places on the website, and an inspection of all of the content within the website with a view to a refresh.

Please note that while these changes are being made some parts of the site may not load correctly, so please bear with me.

If you have any comments regarding the website please can you direct these to me Paul Walters 

 

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. 

 

SportShoes.com discount code

Just FYI the January discount code (which we'll put in the email version of the newsletter) is still good until Wednesday 2nd February. We should be able to publish the February code next week.

 

Junior Section News

Surrey Schools Inter-Counties XC Selection - from David Mills

There were many excellent performances by RPAC Juniors at the recent Surrey Schools XC Championships.

Having qualified to take part through the district races held in November, the Championships now provided a route into the Surrey Schools XC teams for the upcoming South East Schools Inter-Counties matches.

By virtue of their strong performances in the Championships, the following from RPAC have been selected to represent Surrey Schools:

Seniors: Oscar Curry and Eva Marsh.
Inter Girls: Lucy Dénecé, Ella Scrase and Nicole Haycock.
Inter Boys: Samuel Stapley, Euan Willis and Sammy Rolaston.
U14 Boys: Max Orchard, Stanley Phillips and Teemu Sara-aho.

Many congratulations to the above on their Surrey selection.

  

Senior Section News 

Couch to 5K Programme starts

The January to March Couch to 5K programme has now started. The participants run 3 times a week, with one of the runs being a communal session in Priory Park starting at 10:30AM each Saturday, meeting at a park bench between the Reigate Priory building and the Sunken Garden. We usually finish off at the café.

If you wish to turn up to run with the group and provide encouragement you would we very welcome - but please email Paul Waltersfirst.

This programme will run up to Saturday 26th March where the participants will graduate by running a Park Run - probably Ifield Mill Pond, Tilgate Park or Riddlesdown. Keep the date for your diary.

 

Tuesday Social Running Group

You may not know that there is a Tuesday Social running group each week at 6:30PM originally intended for members who complete the Couch to 5K programme but in reality is open to all members.

As it's winter we're currently on roads, and we generally run circuits of up to 3 miles. If you'd be interested email Paul Walters 

 

Saturday 29th January Beckenham Place Park

Ben Stanton represented Reigate Priory AC at this event. Result to follow.

 

Saturday 29th January London Winter Walk

Kate Knight completed this 42Km event, marathon number 94 done, only 6 to go for the 100th! Kate reports that it was a fantastic day out with plenty of people to cheer her on.

 

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.

  

Keep in touch

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Reigate Priory AC News 24th January 2022

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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.

  

Keep in touch

Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

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Reigate Priory AC News 17th January 2022

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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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Surrey XC League, Mitcham Common, 15 Jan

Surrey XC League, Mitcham Common, 15 Jan

 

The third match in this year's Surrey XC League took place at Mitcham Common on Saturday. On a mainly dry but heavy and undulating course, there were great performances from RPAC Juniors in highly competitive races. 

The first race saw U15G'S Ella Scrase and Sophia Bryant in action with both putting in typically strong runs with their trademark fast finishes. Both girls were well placed at the finish.

They were followed by the U13G'S race where our two non-scorers (as not yet 11years old),  Lisette Matthews and Florence Tombleson both ran superb races and finished close to the front. Eloise Matthews, Florence Shade, Neve MacGregor and Livvy Heppenstall completed a strong line up with all four showing great determination and plenty of promise with good performances all round.

The boys match started with the U13 race where Max Orchard,  as ever, was never far from the front finishing in an excellent 9th place. There was strong support from Rocco Secker and Jason Skinner who were both well placed at the finish.

The final juniors race saw our joint U17/U15 boys team win their match by a considerable margin, cementing their overall lead at the top of the league. 

It was a thoroughly impressive performance!

With four to score,  RPAC had four finishing in the top 10 places. Oscar Curry continues to impress and is going from strength to strength, taking 1st place!

Samuel Stapley finished 3rd and was the 1st U15 home. With Euan Willis 8th (2nd U15) and Sammy Rolaston 10th (4th U15), 1st place in the team result was assured.  It was great too seeing a strong performance from Will John-Cox who has been dogged by injuries recently. 

In the League's individual award rankings, Oscar is currently No1 in the U17's. Samuel Stapley is No1 and Euan No2 in the U15 's.

The final match in the Surrey League takes place on Saturday 19th February at Effingham Common. An easy to get to, reasonably local venue with plenty of parking! All Juniors in year six and above are eligible to run and encouraged to take part.

 

Pics from Mitcham Common:

Reigate Priory AC News 10th January 2022

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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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Reigate Priory AC News 3rd January 2022

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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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Reigate Priory AC News 20th December 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 20th December 2021

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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).

 

All Club News

 

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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Reigate Priory AC News 13th December 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 13th December 2021

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I hope you and your families are all keeping well and looking forward to Christmas. 

 

All Club News 

Summary Minutes from the October Committee Meeting

Summary minutes from the Committee Meeting held on 27th October are available here.

 

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

 Southern Inter-Counties XC Championships Saturday 11th December 2021 Lloyd Park, Croydon from Dave Mills

There were excellent performances at the Southern Inter-Counties XC Championships on Saturday by the seven RPAC Juniors representing Surrey.
 
Full results are still awaited but on a heavy, hilly course at Lloyd Park in Croydon, all of our athletes acquitted themselves well. Well done to Oscar Curry, Nicole Haycock, Buddy Kedgley,  Max Orchard, Sammy Rolaston,  Samuel Stapley and Euan Willis. 
 

 

Sunday 9th January Surrey Cross Country Championships at Denbies, Dorking from Dave Mills

I have had a great response to the call for RPAC Juniors to enter the upcoming Surrey XC Championships. 
 
The following have been included in our teams:
 
Oscar Curry, Will John-Cox, Sammy Rolaston, Milo Sears, Samuel Stapley, Euan Willis, James Beaty, Isaac Beckett, Chris Charalambous, Alastair Fordyce, Ben Kamp, Buddy Kedgley, Max Orchard, Stanley Phillips, Teemu Sara-aho, Rokku Secker.
 
Sophia Bryant, Olivia Charambalous, Nicole Haycock, Cara Koutzaroff-Richards, Charlotte Pelekani, Ella Scrase, Lilah Unwin, Kaia Hessey, Isla Kinniburgh, Neve MacGregor, Eloise Matthews, Florence Shade, Emily Sheard. 
 
We will walk and then run the course at Denbies as a practice on Thursday 30th Dec at 11am. 

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 

Club Championships 2021 - Cut Off Date

In order to give me enough time to get the engraving done in time for the Awards Evening in January the last date for submitting a result will be next Sunday 19th December.

The Turkey Trot - Denbies Sunday 19th December 

Meet at Denbies at 9:00AM for a 9:15AM start to the traditional RPAC Turkey Trot run.

For those new to the club, the Turkey Trot is a seasonal get-together for a run or walk followed by refreshments in Denbies afterwards - all are 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 so walking boots are highly recommended for the walkers and trail shoes are a must for the runners.

Wear something Christmassy!

Club Championships - Age Graded Award - submissions for this ASAP please

I may have mentioned this before...

This year we have a brand spanking new age graded trophy up for grabs.  Could yours be the first name on it? So far no one has submitted an entry. 

The eligibility criteria were discussed at last week's Committee Meeting and are now as follows (some slight amendments from those previously published)

  • This is a senior section award
  • Any recognised race distance below a marathon is eligible (The Andy Winterton Memorial Trophy is already awarded for the highest age graded marathon result)
  • 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.

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).

 Club Championships 2022

A reminder that the first race of the 2022 Club Championships will be the Wokingham Half Marathon on 27th February. This event sells out quickly so you are strongly advised to get  your entry booked. Details are here.

Club Grand Prix Revived for 2022

We are hoping to revive the Club Grand Prix for 2022, Omicron permitting! We last ran this in 2017/18 and it was great fun. Rick Coles has very kindly offered to help me organise it this year

For those of you who do not know what the Grand Prix is or how it works here goes...

  • All senior runners are placed in a group of (hopefully) similarly paced runners
  • There are series of nominated GP races ranging from 1 mile to Half Marathon throughout the year
  • You will get a least one point for every race you compete in, but you will get more depending on where you finish in relation to the rest of your group (e.g. if 10 people from your group enter a particular race and you finish first you will get 12 points, if you finish in tenth place you will get 2 points and so on).
  • At the end of the season the top two from each group will be promoted and the bottom two will be relegated (with the obvious exception that there are no promotions from the top group or relegations from the bottom group).

If you have joined the club in the last year or so it would help us to get you in the right group if you could send a recent 10K time (for you!) to us  Similarly if you really don't want to take part, please let us know. 

The first Grand Prix race will be the MABAC in Windsor Great Park on 16th January

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 

 

Members' News

 

Kate Knight completed her 93rd Marathon at Woodson Park Leisure Centre on 12th December. Well done Kate!

The Wednesday evening running group enjoyed a very convivial Christmas meal at The Feathers in Merstham on Wednesday 1st December. Thanks very much to Mel for organising this.   

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 6th December 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 6th December 2021

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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

Kate Pain and Siubhàn Clines finished the race in times of 46:25 and 48:27 respectively.

 

Sunday 5th December Goodwood Motor Circuit

Malcolm Woodman finished the 5K race in a time of 24:49, and Ginevra Stoneley and Mike Pocock finished the half marathon in a time of 1:31:01 and 1:36:34 respectively.

 

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!

 

Senior Trophies

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 smile

 

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MABAC Winterfold Forest 5th December 2021

MABAC Winterfold Forest 5th December 2021

Category: Seniors News

North Korea or Jurassic World?

The MABAC event held yesterday was impacted because the area is currently being used as a film set. RPAC athletes reported seeing a number of North Korean army vehicles in the forest and hearing some gunshots, but we think these were props for the film rather than any reason for panic. We are unsure what is being filmed, but I do know that scenes for Jurassic World: Dominion was being filmed in the same area very recently. Perhaps some dinosaurs roaming the forest would have produced some interesting results.

The main impacts of the filming were the closure of two of the closer car parks to the start (parking is always a challenge at Winterfold anyway) meaning a bit of a hike to the start, and some last minute changes to the route. The good news about the revised route was that it avoided the "killer hill" which you normally have to ascend twice; the bad news was that the marshals weren't as familiar with the route, and the signage wasn't as good as usual...more of this anon.

This was an "extra" event in a MABAC season compromised by Covid - we will be running at Winterfold again in April - and was arranged in difficult circumstances. 

Once again RPAC managed to field a good strong team. Graeme Hunter, Sarah Pemberton and Victoria Stammars made their MABAC debuts (apologies if I have missed anyone, or got this wrong).

Andrew Reeves was first home overall in 31:57, more than 20 seconds ahead on his nearest rival. He was followed by a pack of fast RPAC runners. Times and positions for this group of runners are at best an approximation as several of them went the wrong way as a consequence of indistinct signage and the marshals unfamiliarity with some sections of the course. Bethany Higgins was the first RPAC lady home and fourth lady overall. I believe that she was also impacted by the "diversion".

I am advised that the full course should have been 8.17 km, but athletes recorded distances of anything from 7.2km upwards. Although this impacted individual runners, it probably didn't make too much difference to the overall result. RPAC scored second highest for the second time this season and finish in third place overall in the League.

I'd like to thank everyone who has taken part in a MABAC race this season. I hope you'll agree that they are great fun - and offer competition for runners of all abilities. A couple of seasons ago we were struggling to field more than half a dozen runners for each race, it has been hugely gratifying to see such a strong RPAC presence at each of the races this year. 

The next MABAC race is in Windsor Great Park on 16th January 2022. I look forward to seeing many of you there. 

STOP PRESS:  We have been advised that a runner from another club who ran yesterday has tested positive for Covid. You may consider taking a lateral flow test as a precaution.

 

Reigate Priory AC News 29th November 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 29th November 2021

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Congratulations to our Couch to 5K Graduates

On Saturday morning six members of our Couch to 5K course graduated by completing the Ifield Millpond Parkrun. The weather conditions were "adverse" (absolutely freezing with a brisk northerly wind and a bit of drizzle). Despite this they all completed the run in very respectable times. Well done to our new graduates Luke, Carol, Katie, Kerry, Alice and Karen! You are amazing - what a journey from 1 minute of running 10 weeks ago. Each graduate was presented with a RPAC medal as a memento of the course. Some of them have subsequently signed up for the Santa Run in Priory Park on 5th December (see below) and we are hoping that some of them will become club members.

Our graduates were supported and encouraged by 11 RPAC runners who ran with them. Thank you very much to all of you for turning out in such horrid conditions to support them. I think breakfast afterwards was some compensation! Ian Stammars was the first RPAC runner home, finishing in second place in 18:58 and Alice Smith was the first lady home in eleventh place overall, finishing in 21:23.

Left to right - Paul Sapsard, Kate Knight, Paul Walters, Sarah Walters, Bethany Higgins, Andrew Bamford, Jake Boud, Sharon Miller, Usha Stevens (both sheltering behind the sign),  Adrian Grant, Ian Stammars and our Couch to 5K graduates Katie, Karen, Alice, Kerry, Carol and Luke. Missing from the picture is Alice Smith. 

We plan to run a new Couch to 5K course starting early in the New Year. Watch this space for further details.

 

Congratulations to Usha

Congratulations to Usha Stevens who has recently completed her Coach In Running Fitness (CIRF) course. This is the second rung of the coaching ladder and allows Usha to lead coaching sessions without the supervision of a more senior coach. This is very important to us as we continue to grow as a club and numbers at training sessions increase. Well done Usha, you are a star! I know it has involved a great deal of hard work to get this qualification. 

 

RPAC Awards Evening

Look out for details of the 2021 Awards Evening coming soon. The provisional date for your diaries is 22nd January 2022.

 

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. 

 

Sunday 5th December YMCA Santa Run 

Entries are still open for the YMCA Santa Run. It is on this coming Sunday (5th December) and there are a 3 mile and a 1 mile race for adults, children and families.

Everyone gets a Santa suit plus mince pie and drinks! It's great fun to do and helps the YMCA - a win-win! See this for more details.

Ian is also looking for helpers on the day and if anyone is interested please email  or  

 

Junior Section News 

  

Sunday 5th December Border League by Mike Gent

The first Border League event is at Lightwater Country Park this coming Sunday (5th December). There are races for U9 ( school years 3 and 4) , U11, U13 and U15 with separate boys and girls races. I am awaiting final confirmation of timings but I expect the first race to be the U9 girls at 11:00AM, with races at 15 minute intervals thereafter finishing with U15 boys.

There is no cost to compete but I do need to register athletes ahead of the race. Please can you let me know if your child would like to compete.

 

Important XC dates coming up in January by David Mills

January is a busy month for our cross country runners.

On Sunday 9th Jan it is the Surrey XC Championships at Denbies in Dorking. (Clickable map below)

I will be doing a club entry for Juniors - more details soon. Minimum age to enter, you must be at least 11 on the day of the race. As ever, we will switch some training during the Christmas holidays to the Championship venue.

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

Wednesday 1st December Training Session Cancelled 

The normal Wednesday evening session is cancelled this week as many of the Wednesday regulars are going out for a Christmas meal instead. 

 

MABAC Winterfold Forest 5th December 10:00 

There is a MABAC event this coming Sunday at 10:00 in Winterfold Forest. From memory a large part of this course is run on tarmac so you could probably get away with road shoes, although there are some parts which can be muddy or sandy. This course has a "killer hill" which is very steep but quite short. Don't forget that there is a one lap option if you don't want to do the full distance.

I seem to remember that parking is a challenge - the nearest car parks are Hurtwood Car Park 6 or Hurtwood Car Park 5 on Alderbrook Road and Greensand Lane respectively. There are directions here and the What3Words reference is proves.imagined.bolts.

We are third in the league at the moment; it would be great if we could retain or improve on that position. In order to do that we need to get a good turnout; every runner scores at least 5 points in the two lap race and 2 points in the one lap race. If you haven't done one of these races before I can guarantee that you will enjoy it and you will find someone to compete with irrespective of your speed. 

Meet in Bell St car park at 08:30 if you want to car share. Please let me know if you need a lift or can drive . Unfortunately I cannot attend this event so I will need a volunteer to take the register, dish out numbers, etc. Please do not forget your race number if you have one.  

Stop Press: There is a bit of a shortage of volunteers at this event. Please let me know if are not planning to run and are able and willing to help out.  

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. 

 

Club Championships - Age Graded Award

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).   

 

Last Call for Hi-viz Long Sleeved Running Tops

As per Usha's email sent out on Thursday 18th November these are currently available to purchase via Love Admin. The final date for ordering them is Wednesday evening (1st December) as the order will be placed on Thursday. 

Training Session Survey Deadline is Sunday 5th December

You should have received an email from Malcolm dated 21st November with details of a survey about senior training sessions. The deadline for completing the survey is this coming Sunday. If you don't complete the survey by the deadline your views cannot be taken into account.

   

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 4 mile walk from Denbies, but note that the walk will start promptly at 9:00AM.

Wear something Christmassy!

 

Members' News 

 Sharon Miller's Virtual Route 66 Challenge

Over the course of the past 11 months Sharon Miller has run the equivalent of the length of the famous Route 66 - a total  of 2280 miles. This is an extraordinary achievement that is the equivalent of running over 87 marathons, or almost 8 marathons per month! I noticed also that Sharon has clocked up 519 runs during this period, or three runs every two days. Sharon says that she wore out three pairs of shoes in the course of this challenge. Absolutely amazing Sharon, well done to you!

Richmond 10K 28th November 

It was a good day for the seven RPAC athletes who ran in the Ranelagh Richmond 10K yesterday. There were PBs for Gavin Pollock (38:09), Jo Davey (40:51), Jamilla Ncayiyana (41:57) and Bethany Higgins (44:23). Gavin Lawrence ran his fastest 10K (39:14) since 2015. Ginevra Stoneley (40:29) was first in her age category and Jo Davey was second in the same category. Malcolm Woodman ran his fastest 10K (51:18) since 2018.  Well done to all of you who ran! 

Bushy Park Christmas 10K  28th November

Mike Wylie finished in second place in the Bushy Park Christmas 10K yesterday in a speedy 37:29. Well done Mike  

Senior Trophies

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 smile

 

Keep in touch

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Reigate Priory AC News 22nd November 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 22nd November 2021

Category: All Club News

All Club News

 

Welcome to our new members

Please join me in extending a very warm RPAC welcome to our recent joiners...

Juniors: Dexter Cotterell, Nicole Haycock and Rocco Secker.

Seniors: Valerie Burley, Carla Judge and Andrew Curry.

 

The Engagement of Tom Almond and Hayley

Congratulations are in order to mark the engagement of Tom Almond to his fiancée Hayley.

 

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 call up for seven RPAC Juniors by David Mills

Many congratulations to the young athletes who have been picked for Surrey in the upcoming Southern Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships. This year taking place at Lloyd Park in Croydon on Saturday 11 December. 

U17B Oscar Curry,   U15G Nicole Haycock,   U15B'S Sammy Rolaston, Samuel Stapley and Euan Willis,    U13B'S  Buddy Kedgley and Max Orchard. 

 

Sunday 5th December Border League by Mike Gent

The first Border League event is at Lightwater Country Park on 5th December. There are races for U9 ( school years 3 and 4) , U11, U13 and U15 with separate boys and girls races. I am awaiting final confirmation of timings but I expect the first race to be the U9 girls at 11:00AM, with races at 15 minute intervals thereafter finishing with U15 boys.

There is no cost to compete but I do need to register athletes ahead of the race. Please can you let me know if your child would like to compete.

 

Important XC dates coming up in January by David Mills

January is a busy month for our cross country runners.

On Sunday 9th Jan it is the Surrey XC Championships at Denbies in Dorking. (Clickable map below)

I will be doing a club entry for Juniors - more details soon. Minimum age to enter, you must be at least 11 on the day of the race. As ever, we will switch some training during the Christmas holidays to the Championship venue.

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!

 

Hoodie Order

We will be placing the Hoodie order next weekend. If you want to order a hoodie you can do so either via the Love Admin app or Love Admin website.

 

Senior Section News

 

Hi-viz Long Sleeved Running Tops

As per Usha's email sent out on Thursday 18th November, these are currently available to purchase via Love Admin.

 

Senior track sessions on a Tuesday 

For those who take part in the sessions on a Tuesday at Battlebridge, please note Malcolm's email from Sunday 21st November and respond to the survey within the email accordingly if you have not done so already.

 

Tuesday 23rd November Battlebridge toilet out-of-use

The toilet will be out of use on Tuesday as repairs are being made to that container.

 

Tuesday 7th December Xmas drinks at the Jolly Brickmakers

Drinks will be at the Jolly Brickmakers after the 7pm session. Please note there will be no 8pm session on that evening.

 

MABAC Farley Heath Sunday 21st November

 The MABAC League returned last Sunday with the Farley Heath fixture - an excellent turn-out from RPAC.

You can read all about the event here.

 

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
https://www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/CB_breakfast_menu.pdf

 

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!

 

Sunday 5th December YMCA Santa Run 

Ian Burks of YMCA East Surrey and of Reigate Priory AC has asked us to mention the Santa Run in the newsletter.

It’s on the 5th Dec and there are a 3 mile and a 1 mile race for adults, children and families. Everyone gets a Santa suit plus mince pie and drinks! It's great fun to do and helps the YMCA - a win-win!

See this for more details.

Ian is also looking for helpers on the day and if anyone is interested please email  or 

 

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. 

 

Members' News 

Saturday 13th November Battersea Park 10K Graham Bull finished in 39:28 - see the result.

Saturday 13th November Midlands counties cross country league (Betley, round 1) Eloise Bull ran as a guest in RPAC colours, and finished 27 out of 300+ competitors.

Saturday 20th November Maverick Dark Surrey 11Km @ Denbies

Here is Adrian Grant before a grueling 11km in the dark up and down the hills around Denbies - an event called Maverick Dark Surrey. It took about 90 minutes to complete, and even though there has been little rain of late there was a lot of mud - trail shoes were a must!

Sunday 21st November Hampton Court 10K  Siubhán Clines finished in a time of 48:38 - see the result.

 

Senior Trophies

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 smile

 

Keep in touch

 Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is   

MABAC Farley Heath 21st November 2021

MABAC Farley Heath 21st November 2021

Category: Seniors News

A Day For Getting Lost and Losing Things

A team of 23 RPAC runners travelled to the wilds of Surrey for the MABAC event held on Farley Heath on Sunday morning. There were nearly 3 early MIAs as Andrew Bamford had a "senior moment" and headed for the Winterfold Forest venue instead, taking Jo Hennesy and Kate Knight with him. In fairness the Winterfold Forest venue isn't too far away (as the crow flies) and the mistake was rectified after a couple of U-turns and a frantic phone call to Ian Edmonds. Having safely arrived at the venue taken the roll call and issued numbers we set off for the race start. 

The race starts on a sandy downhill which soon deteriorates into mud and then climbs through a deep gulley which can only really be traversed in single file. The rest of the course is a mixture of climbing, narrow paths through woodland and sand, lots of sand! The finish is hard as it is about half a mile of climb in at times fairly deep sand.  

Paul (not Paula as he is listed in the results) Walters was running in the one lap race and was out in front when he was given duff information by the marshals and sent the wrong way. Fortunately he realised the mistake before too long and didn't get too lost. It probably cost him a place though as he finished in second spot. Fortunately this didn't make any difference to the scoring as all finishers in the one lap race get two points. 

In the two lap race we took four out of the first fifteen places with Andrew Reeves finishing in third place, Neil Fenwick in sixth, Frank O'Regan in eleventh and Ian Stammars in fifteenth. Our first lady home was Alice Smith in 40th place followed closely by Bethany Higgins in 42nd place (3rd and 4th ladies overall). We had two runners making a MABAC debut (and I think a debut in RPAC vests) - these were Jeremy Greenwood and Jo Hennessy, who finished in 28th and 87th place respectively. Both were scoring athletes. (If you ever are feeling bored and have a spare hour you can find out about the arcane MABAC scoring system here) We also "lost" an athlete as Gavin Lawrence does not (at the time of writing) appear in the results - by a process of elimination we have worked out the he is really the second of the two Ravi Patels listed in the results. Toby Kent pulled a calf muscle and sadly had to pull out after one lap. He added to a day of losses by leaving his gloves behind, although fortunately Jo Hennessy spotted them and picked them up. 

Another strong turnout meant that we retain our third place spot in the League behind Dorking and Mole Valley AC and Wimbledon Windmilers. 

Some of the RPAC team at the start including Alastair Swanepoel in foreground, Lisa Payn with her back to the camera

Andrew Reeves (left) was first home for RPAC in third place and Neil Fenwick was sixth

Frank O'Regan was eleventh and Ian Stammars was fifteenth (is that Paul Sapsard in the background?)

Full results will be available the results section soon 

The next MABAC event is on AT 10:00 ON Sunday 5th December at Winterfold Forest.

 

 

 

Reigate Priory AC News 15th November 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 15th November 2021

Category: All Club News

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

 
The second match in this season's Surrey XC League took place on Saturday on Wimbledon Common.
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
https://www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/CB_breakfast_menu.pdf

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  

  

 Members' News 

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.

 

Senior Trophies

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 smile

 

 

Keep in touch

 Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is   

Reigate Priory AC News 8th November 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 8th November 2021

Category: All Club News

All Club News

It's another long one this week

Priory Relays Saturday 6th November 2021

Ian Martin writes:

As Race Director, I would like to thank all of the RPAC members who volunteered to help with this year's event on Saturday. After our attempts to stage the 2020 race were scuppered by Covid, it was great to be back in Priory Park and host so many old friends in this always popular event.
Current Covid regulations meant that we had to change a lot of the previous format, including setting up an outdoor Race HQ and runners using chip timing, and the organising team adapted admirably to the new procedures.
We were blessed with dry, if increasingly windy, weather and firm underfoot conditions, and saw some excellent racing. Provisional results, which are almost final, are now available on the Priory Relays website.
Many people made significant contributions, but I would like to give special thanks to Moray Carey, who managed all of the tedious form filling required by the Council's Environmental Health Officer to obtain permission to use Priory Park as well as liaison with Sports Systems on the new chip timing procedures; to Colin Kloes who collated the volunteers; and to Jas Dhanda who was Chief Marshal, helped to set up and take down the course, and did a final run around to pick any forgotten signs.
One amusing moment in the morning was 5 of us trying to put up the RPAC gazebo. Eventually we succeeded, only to find that it was inside out and had to be taken down again and re-erected!!
As a club we are very experienced at running race events, and we have received many messages of thanks for organising this event so efficiently.
This is my last year as Race Director of the Priory Relays, and I hope that you will be willing and able to give Jas the same level of support that I have enjoyed as he takes over for the 2022 event.

RPAC Team Results:(out of 37 men's teams and 39 Ladies' teams)

Ladies A team (6th place): Eloise Bull 16mins 41 s; Joanna Davey 17m 40 s; Ginevra Stoneley 18m 12s. Finish time: 52m 33s
Ladies B team (19th place): Angie Steadman 21m 19s; Annette Morris 22m 17s; Eloise Bull 17m 12 s. Finish time:1 hr 00m 48s
Ladies C team (20th place): Bethany Higgins 19m 19s; Sharon Brennan 19m 40s; Jo Hennessy 21m 59s. Finish time: 1hr 00m 58s

Men's A team (11th place): Steve Bass 15m 31s; Felix Smithson 15m 53s; Frank O'Regan 16m 05s; Nicholas Wade 18m 12s. Finish time: 1hr 05m 41s
Men's B team (33rd place): Malcolm Woodman 22m 21s; Shiva Shivagnanam 23m 01s; Jon Payn 19m 04s; Gavin Lawrence 17m 32s. Finish time: 1hr 21m 58s.  

 Thank You to all our volunteers

Ashley Burridge, Andrew Patrick, Ben Stanton, Caroline Wheatley, Ceryl Sandberg, Colin Kloes, David Harris, David Neumann, Donna Barrington Smith,
Frank O'Regan, Gillian O'Regan, Ginevra Stoneley, Graham Bull, Ian Martin, Ian Thomas, Jake Boud, Jas Dhanda, Jo Hennessey, Karima Graham, Kate Knight, Kirsten Mackison,
Kirsten Stone, Malcolm Woodman, Mike Pocock, Moray Carey, Naomi Jones, Neil Freeman Jones, Paul Walters, Richard Friar, Roman Thompson-Lamont,
Sarah Pemberton, Sarah Walters, Sharon Miller, Shiva Shivagnanam, Usha Stevens and Viv Burgess

Please let me know if I have missed anyone.

 Welcome to our new members

Please join me in extending a very warm RPAC welcome to our recent joiners

Junior Members

Greta Blades, Freya Cahill, Lyla Cornick, Gil Emberson, Beatrice Friar, Evelyn Friar, Rose Holmes, Asali Humphreys, Amelia Jeffers, Harry Ludlam,
Orla Marsh, Chloe McCracken, Arthur Naish, Maya Pocock, Amelie Potter, Charlotte Potter-Houston, Bruno Rahaman, Robin Saunders, Tabitha Sensier,
Vishaal Senthilkumar, Jason Skinner, Roman Thompson-Lamont, Joshua Thoroughgood, Chloe Tiler and Alfie Warden

Senior Members

Jon Evered, Richard Friar, Catherine Friar, Brad Hammonds, Jo Hennessy, Ben Holden, John Masterson, Kate Pain, Siubhán Clines, Sam Cohen, Ceryl Slasberg
Gemma Frith and Lisa Ashley

 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. 

The Holly Run

It is with regret that the decision has been made to cancel The Holly Run for 2021; it was felt that the current restrictions would not allow us to stage the race with the usual enjoyable atmosphere. 

Future Volunteering Opportunities - dates for your diaries

Sunday 6th March 2022 - MABAC (senior) and Border League (junior) events both hosted by RPAC in Priory Park. In the past the junior section (mostly parents) has provided a good number of volunteers for the MABAC event so that the senior athletes can still compete, with senior members volunteering at the Border League event so that parents of junior members are able to spectate. 

In addition there are three events in Priory Park early next year that are not hosted by RPAC but at which we have traditionally provided some volunteers. These are :-

Senior Schools XC 22nd January 2022

SE Inter County XC 5th February 2022

Junior Schools XC 19th March 2022

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

National XC Relays, Berry Hill Park,  Mansfield Saturday 6th November by Dave Mills

Congratulations to our runners who competed in the National XC Relays that took place in Berry Hill Park,  Mansfield on Saturday. 

 
The U15Bs team of Euan Willis, Sammy Rolaston and Samuel Stapley had a magnificent 7th place finish against strong opposition from across England. 65 teams completed the race with a further 20 incomplete teams (less than 3 runners) taking part.
 
In the U13Bs race we ourselves had an incomplete team with only two runners, but Max Orchard and James Beaty who both performed strongly.
 
 

Surrey League XC Wimbledon Common, Saturday 13th November

The second match in this season's Surrey XC League takes place next Saturday on Wimbledon Common. SW15 3DZ northern corner of Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields.

U15/U17 Girls race (4K) at 11.30 followed by U13 Girls race (3K) at 12.00.

U13 Boys race (3K) at 1.30, U15/U17 Boys (4K) at 2.00

Please note times are earlier than previously advised.

Details can be found at the following link:

https://www.surreyleague.org/slm/match/128/

If you did not run in the first match at Richmond Park, please let Dave Mills know if you will be running so that your entry can be recorded and a number allocated to you. Anyone in year six and above is very welcome to take part. 

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 this weekend

The second fixtures in the Surrey Cross Country League will be held this coming weekend. The ladies are in action on Saturday 13th at 10:30 on Wimbledon Common and the men on Sunday 14th at Denbies at 11:00. Please let your team captains know if you want to run and haven't already done so.

 

 MABAC Farley Heath 10:00 Sunday 21st November

Do you want to explore a part of Surrey you will almost certainly not have seen before (unless you've run this race before)? Join us for the MABAC Farley Heath race on 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. 

 Couch to 5K Graduation 27th November

Our intrepid band of running initiates are nearing the end of their Couch to 5K course. We plan to run a graduation Parkrun on 27th November and it would be great if we could get a good turnout from fellow RPAC athletes to support and encourage them. 

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 where 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.

 

2021 Club Championships Current Position

With only a short while to run there are still a few categories that are up for grabs in the 2021 Club Championships. Here is the current position

Event Athlete Sex Club Champs
Age Category
Time Event  Date
5K Tom Almond M Men's Champion 00:15:27 Hyde Park 24/09/2021
Lee Savage M MV40 00:17:03 Ardingly 12/05/2021
Malcolm Woodman M MV50 00:25:22 Wimbledon 15/08/2021
  M MV60      
Eloise Bull Ladies' Champion 00:18:43 Ardingly 05/05/2021
Gillian O' Regan FV35 00:23:18 Wimbledon 15/08/2021
  FV45      
Annette Morris FV55 00:24:24 Wimbledon 15/08/2021
10K George Roux M Men's Champion 00:33:25 Battersea 05/06/2021
Lee Savage M MV40 00:35:14 Battersea 15/05/2021
David Nurse M MV50 00:43:15 Barns Green 26/09/2021
Ian Burks M MV60 00:42:28 Windsor 12/06/2021
Gillian O' Regan Ladies' Champion 00:43:29 Kempton Park 03/04/2021
Linda Rodriguez FV35 00:49:14 Reigate 19/09/2021
  FV45      
Debbie Robinson FV55 01:01:38 Dorking 11/07/2021
10M Tom Almond M Men's Champion 00:54:47 Dorking 11/07/2021
Matt Ryde M MV40 00:56:04 Twickenham 17/10/2021
Graham Bull M MV50 01:07:17 Dorking 11/07/2021
Ian Burks M MV60 01:09:27 Dorking 11/07/2021
Ginevra Stoneley Ladies' Champion 01:06:09 Dorking 11/07/2021
Gillian O' Regan FV35 01:19:06 Dorking 11/07/2021
  FV45      
Annette Morris FV55 01:27:28 Dorking 11/07/2021
Half
Marathon
Tom Almond M Men's Champion 01:10:41 Goodwood 25/04/2021
Rick Coles M MV40 01:17:49 Paddock Wood 05/09/2021
Graham Bull M MV50 01:29:14 Reigate 19/09/2021
Ian Burks M MV60 01:34:32 Reigate 19/09/2021
Laura Ebbs Ladies' Champion 01:33:43 Reigate 19/09/2021
Anna Roberson FV35 01:50:12 Reigate 19/09/2021
Ruth Willis FV45  01:37:51 Woking 26/09/2021
Kate Knight FV55 03:45:51 Woking 26/09/2021
Marathon Tom Almond M Men's Champion 02:28:30 London 03/10/2021
Ginevra Stoneley M Ladies' Champion 02:55:29 Windsor 03/04/2021

 Members' News

Stephen Smith completed the Thames Meander marathon on Saturday 06 November. It was a perfect day and course for setting a personal best, confirmed results have not been released yet but Garmin clocked it at 3:53:51. This was Stephen's 3rd marathon and first sub 4 hour result making this a PB by 14 minutes. 

This is Stephen being encouraged by his 8 year old son Herbie, in the final stretch.

 

Hi-Viz Reigate Priory AC T-Shirts Final Call

We will be closing the orders via LoveAdmin on 14th November if you want one of these sought after T-Shirts. Full details are in last week's newsletter.

Please place all orders via LoveAdmin.  When you log into LoveAdmin the t-shirts are listed as an Optional Extra. You can log into LoveAdmin by clicking here using your LoveAdmin userid and password.

  

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Reigate Priory AC News 1st November 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 1st November 2021

Category: All Club News

All Club News

 

Memorial Service for Fiona Clark

Sunday 14th November 2pm at Haywards Heath Baptist Church, RH16 4DZ.

Dress code: sports wear

Please let the organisers know if you're planning to attend (to help with logistics) and if you would like to contribute to or participate in the service. They would also very much welcome any photos - present and part.

If you are not able to travel to the venue but would like to join a YouTube stream, do get in touch with the organisers.

Please also consider signing Fiona's petition that you can find here. If you'd like to make a charitable donation in her memory, please go to this page.

Free parking is available behind the church.

Contacts are  and 

 

Reigate Priory AC Social Media Champion required

For seniors at least Reigate Priory AC have a twitter account, a Facebook account and a Facebook group. We use WhatsApp groups for club communication.

We are seeking a "Social Media Champion" - someone who can raise the club's profile on various Social Media platforms to benefit club members as well as promote the club within the wider community.

Should you be interested in such a role, you would manage the club's social media accounts and work with the club's Communications Officer to bring recommendations to the committee regarding the ways in which we can use social media to increase engagement both within the club and externally.

If you'd be interested in fulfilling such a role or would like to know more, please contact Paul Walters at 

 

Summary minutes from September's Committee Meeting...

...can be found here.

 

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

 

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  

 

Hi-Viz Reigate Priory AC T-Shirts 

You may have seen a number of RPAC members recently wearing a neon yellow RPAC branded t-shirt whilst out running.  These were offered via one of our our kit partners, iProSports who kindly agreed to add reflective print at no extra charge.

A number of club members have shown interest in these t-shirts since the first order so we've secured the same deal again to allow additional orders to be placed.  T-shirts are priced at £22 each. 

Sizes are:  Mens - XS 35″ S 38″ M 40″ L 43″ XL 45″ 2XL 48″ 3XL 50″

                  Ladies - XS 8 S 10 M 12 L 14 XL 16 2XL 18 3XL 20 4XL 22

Please place all orders via LoveAdmin.  When you log into LoveAdmin the t-shirts are listed as an Optional Extra. You can log into LoveAdmin by clicking here using your LoveAdmin userid and password.

These would make a great Christmas present for those who like to plan ahead. 

We'll be closing the orders via LoveAdmin on 14th November at which time we'll place the order with iProSports.

 

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th October London South East Spartan Trifecta Weekend @ Nutley, East Sussex

The "Beast" race 13 miles with 30 obstacles and 2,425ft of elevation. Conner Wickens finished in 2:22:35 - age group winner.

In the "Super" race 10K with 25 obstacles and 968ft of elevation Conner finished in a time of 1:08:36 - age group winner.

Then later that afternoon Conner ran in the sprint race which was "more of a shake out".

You can see the results from this event here.

 

Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October Wales Spartan Trifecta Weekend @ Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons

Conner followed up the achievements above by competing again this time in Wales, running in the Beast 21K on Saturday and coming first in his age group in a time of 2:37:26, followed up by the Super 10K on Sunday and finishing first in his age group in a time of 1:26:32. Conner also ran in the sprint, and I'm guessing that this was again a shake out!

You can see Conner's Spartan profile here.

 

Saturday 30th October @ Weymouth Park Run (Lodmoor Country Park)

Annette Morris was 5th female in a time of 24:04 and topped the age grading chart overall with 84.15%.

 

Sunday 31st October Halloween Marathon

Kate had great fun walking through the city and seeing some of London in the evening. Kate found that there were no night underground services or trains to go home, so hubby came to the rescue! Only 11 marathons to go until Kate reaches her 100!

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 25th October 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 25th October 2021

Category: All Club News

All Club News

 Another bumper week of news this week with both the juniors and seniors in action.

Saturday 6th November Priory Relays - a call for volunteers please

We are hosting our Priory Relays event on Saturday 6th November in Priory Park - full details are on http://prioryrelays.com/ The event cannot proceed within the generous help of volunteers.

If you're available to volunteer at this event can you please register this on the following site - https://forms.gle/nggBrXshZLhs9vDs9

In accordance with current guidelines, RPAC has liaised with the Council to agree Covid-19 mitigation measures covering all participants in the Priory Relays.

Those applicable to volunteers are as below:

  • encouragement to take a lateral flow test before helping
  • the offer of PPE (face masks and/or gloves) provided free by RPAC
  • asking that the NHS QR code at Race HQ is scanned on arrival
  • excluding attendance of any volunteer who is in self isolation, in the same household as someone in self-isolation or is displaying Covid-19 symptoms

 There will be no requirement for volunteers to:

  • complete/submit a Health Questionnaire
  • have their temperature taken on race day

If you have any queries can you please send them to 

 

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 Relay Championships,  Guildford  -   RPAC U13 Boys are Surrey Champions! from Dave Mills

 
There were strong performances across the board by the RPAC Juniors at the Surrey XC Relay Championships on Saturday. 
The U13 boys team of Teemu Sara-aho, James Beaty and Buddy Kedgley were flying, and came home 1st to pick up the team Gold Medals. Guildford and Godalming took 2nd place.
 
Following on, the U15 boys team of Euan Willis,  Sam Rolaston and Will John-Cox fought for the lead throughout, and were excellent in taking 2nd place behind Herne Hill Harriers and going home with the team Silver Medals.
 
Our U15 girls team of Ella Scrase,  Sophia Bryant and Lilah Unwin all ran excellent individual legs to finish 5th in the team standings. 
 
Covid and holidays took its toll on our ability to field more teams but U15's Milo Sears and Florence Carter both ran strongly and recorded good lap times as part of incomplete teams.
 
Next up for the U13 and U15 boys is the English National XC Relay Championships in Mansfield on 6th November when we anticipate the return of Max Orchard and Samuel Stapley who missed out this weekend due to Covid isolating.
 
 
 

Next Surrey League XC Match -  Saturday  13th  November  from Dave Mills 

On Saturday 13th November the next Surrey League XC match takes place on Wimbledon Common. 

There are boys and girls races for U13's, U15's and U17's.
The girls match is at 12.30 and the boys starts at 2pm.
More details nearer the time but information can be found on the Surrey XC League website at www.surreyleague.org 

 

U17 Eva Marsh Wins National Title! from Dave Mills

 Competing at the British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships at the University of Bath, Eva Marsh took the Gold Medal in her age group. Eva was the fastest competitor in the 1600m run and was 2nd fastest in the 200m swim.
 An outstanding achievement for Eva!
 
 
 

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 - Aldershot 11:00am
  • 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  

  

Sunday 24th October MABAC event at Nonsuch Park

 A strong turnout from RPAC at the Nonsuch Park MABAC event saw us rise to third position in the league behind Dorking and Wimbledon Windmilers. Read all about it here.

  

Members' News

David Nurse ran the Oxford Half Marathon  on 17th October in 1:33:36 beating his half marathon PB by four minutes. Apologies for missing this last week David and really well done!

Neil Freeman-Jones ran a PB in the Tonbridge 10k yesterday, finishing in 37:16. Here is a picture of Neil with his brother who runs for Sevenoaks AC. Fabulous time Neil!

Karima Graham completed the Dorney Lake Half Marathon yesterday in 1:58:19. Karima said it was "deliciious to get a sub 2 hours for the first time in a couple of years". Here she is showing off what looks like a great addition to the trophy cabinet. Well done Karima!

 

Kate Knight completed the Beachy Head Marathon in 8:44:26. The course was changed because of flooding so involved two climbs of the Severn Sisters. Marathon number 88 done! Well done Kate, you are a legend.

 

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MABAC Nonsuch Park 24th October 2021

MABAC Nonsuch Park 24th October 2021

Category: Seniors News

A strong turnout from RPAC at the Nonsuch Park MABAC event saw us rise to third position in the league behind Dorking and Wimbledon Windmilers. This is the highest position we have held in the league since we joined in, I think, 2017.

A team of 25 seniors and 1 junior travelled to Nonsuch to run what was in places a very boggy course.

 

Left to right: Juliette Stern, Debbie Robinson, Melanie Fulton-Bell, Ruth Willis, Euan Willis (hiding behind his Mum), Gillian O'Regan, Toby Kent, Adrian Grant, Alice Tritton-Smith, John Masterson with Peter Luxton hidden behind him, Ian Edmonds, Andrew Patrick, Philippa Drysdale, Lisa Ashley (in yellow shirt), Sharon Miller, Lisa Payn, Frank O'Regan, Paul Sapsard, Ben Stanton, Malcolm Woodman (half hidden), Victoria Stammars hidden by Jake Boud although you can see her leggings and Ian Stammars. Missing from the photo are Mike Pocock and Elaine Reddyhoff.

 

This is probably the flattest of the races in the league and generally produces some fast times. RPAC athletes took 3 of the top 10 spots with Andrew Reeves finishing in third place, Frank O'Regan in seventh and Ben Stanton in eighth. Bethany Higgins was the first RPAC lady home in 31st place. In the junior race (1 lap of the course) Euan Willis won by a country mile finishing some 4½ minutes ahead of the next placed runner; in fact Euan also beat the first placed senior 1 lap runner by a similar time. We scored the second highest number of points on the day after Dorking. 

Here are some action shots - apologies to those of you who I missed - some of you were moving so quickly that my photos are very blurred!

 

Frank O'Regan, John Masterson in the RPAC vest for the first time and Bethany Higgins

Ruth Willis, Mike Pocock and Jake Boud

Alice Tritton-Smith leading Andrew Patrick, Steve Watkins, Annette with Paul Sapsard following 

Paul Sapsard, Peter Luxton and Gillian O'Regan

Malcolm Woodman, Juliette Stern leading Mel Fulton-Bell and Lisa Payn

Ian Edmonds, Debbie Robinson and Adrian Grant

Elain Reddyhoff and Victoria Stammars

 

 

Reigate Priory AC News 18th October 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 18th October 2021

Category: All Club News

All Club News

 

Saturday 6th November Priory Relays - a call for volunteers please

We are hosting our Priory Relays event on Saturday 6th November in Priory Park - full details are on http://prioryrelays.com/ The event cannot proceed within the generous help of volunteers.

If you're available to volunteer at this event can you please register this on the following site - https://forms.gle/nggBrXshZLhs9vDs9

In accordance with current guidelines, RPAC has liaised with the Council to agree Covid-19 mitigation measures covering all participants in the Priory Relays.

Those applicable to volunteers are as below:

  • encouragement to take a lateral flow test before helping
  • the offer of PPE (face masks and/or gloves) provided free by RPAC
  • asking that the NHS QR code at Race HQ is scanned on arrival
  • excluding attendance of any volunteer who is in self isolation, in the same household as someone in self-isolation or is displaying Covid-19 symptoms

 There will be no requirement for volunteers to:

  • complete/submit a Health Questionnaire
  • have their temperature taken on race day

If you have any queries can you please send them to 

Fiona Clark

You will have seen the very sad news about Fiona Clark. There is a lovely tribute to her here which includes a quote from Nat.  

Summary Minutes

The summary minutes from the August Committee Meeting are available here.  

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,  Richmond Park,  Saturday 16th October from Dave Mills

 The first of four Surrey XC League matches took place on Saturday at Richmond Park. 
 
Running in warm sunshine (after heavy rain earlier in the day), the RPAC Juniors put in some exceptional performances.
 
In both the boys and girls races the U13's ran 3.2K with the U15/U17's running 4.7K. 
 
The girls match saw us with only 2 U13 runners who counted for the team score, and both Isla Kinniburgh and Neve MacGregor ran strongly. We also had three non-scorers (U11's) with Florence Tombleston running an amazing race to finish in 8th place! Florence Shade and Charlotte Randall both put in excellent performances too.
 
In the U15G's we had our first four finishers constituting our A team with Ella Scrase,  Sophia Bryant,  Cara Koutzaroff-Richards and Jessie-Marie Martin coming 5th out of 11 clubs taking part. Imogen Abrahams and Pollyanne Stott ran well too to give us an additional B team presence. 
 
As with the girls team, we were missing a number of athletes on the day and consequently had only two scorers in the U13B's race. Both James Beaty and Jason Skinner put in excellent performances. 
 
The last Juniors race saw an exceptional performance from our combined U17/U15 boys team.
Led by Oscar Currey (2nd U17 home) and Samuel Stapley (2nd U15 boy), they took 1st place in the match with 18 clubs represented! And it was 1st place by 42 points! 
 
Congratulations to the team who along with Oscar and Samuel included Euan Willis (4th U15), Will John-Cox,  Sam Rolaston,  Joe Walker,  Milo Seals and Joel Lawrence. 
 
The next Surrey League XC match is on Wimbledon Common on Saturday 13th November. 
 
 

 Lilah has one to one Zoom meeting with Lord Coe from Dave Mills

  

 
Lilah Unwin who took the Gold Medals in the U15G'S 800m at both the Surrey County T & F Championships and the Surrey Schools Championships this summer (setting a new club record along the way), enjoyed a 40 minute one to one chat with Seb Coe. 
Lord Coe is a 4x Olympic medallist who set nine outdoor world records in middle distance running. He is currently President of World Athletics. 
Joining Lilah from his offices in Monaco (!) he very kindly gave Lilah many insights into successful middle distance running and even knew the Battlebridge track! 
 

British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships from Dave Mills

Competing in the 2021 British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships at the University of Bath over the weekend,  Buddy Kedgley came first in his age group in the 800m run section with a very impressive time of 2.17.51. 

In accordance with Power of 10 rules, Buddy moved from U13 Track and Field to U15 with effect from October 1st. Otherwise that time would have been a new U13B'S 800m club record! Really good result for Buddy, especially as we are out of season for track races. 

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 - Aldershot 11:00am
  • 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  

Holly Kew

I am delighted to tell you that Holly Kew gave birth to a daughter Evie, on 5th October. Evie weighed in at 7lb 5oz. Mother and daughter are both doing well and Holly says she is looking forward to getting back out there running.  Congratulations to you all!

 

Sunday 24th October MABAC event at Nonsuch Park

This Sunday 24th October the next MBAC fixture will be held in Nonsuch Park at 10am. There is no need to register you can just turn up and we will sort you out with a number. If you ran at Wimbledon or Lightwater please remember to bring your race number with you. There is a one lap option of approximately 2.5 miles as well as two lap option (approximately 5 miles). 
There is limited parking and we are not allowed to use the Mansion House or Sparrow Farm Car Parks. The best bet is to park in the car park on the South side of The Avenue. If you need a lift from Reigate or are willing to drive others, meet in Bell Street Car Park for a prompt 9am departure. If you could let me know if you need a lift or can drive that would be much appreciated  Please use the same email address if you have any questions about the event. 

 

Surrey Masters XC Nonsuch Park 9th October 2021

A RPAC team comprised of Steve Bass, Andrew Reeves, Niall MacGregor and Jon Payn took part in the Surrey Masters (M40-M55) Cross Country event last weekend, finishing in 7th place. This was missed from last week's newsletter - apologies.

Saturday 16th October First Surrey XC League Fixtures

 The men's and ladies' teams were in action on Saturday on Epsom Downs and in Richmond Park respectively.  You can see pictures and read about the events here.

Great South Run Portsmouth 17th October 2021

Six RPAC athletes took part in the Great South Run yesterday. Bethany Higgins was the first home in 01:18:23 with Jake Boud finishing just 30 seconds behind her. Jake had improved his time by 15 minutes from when he last ran the Great South Run in 2018. All results will be available on the website soon. Here are some photos from the event:

  

Bethany Higgins and Jake Boud before the start, Bethany in action.

Jake stepping it out

Mel Fulton-Bell looking like she's enjoying herself far too much

Elaine Reddyhof 

Titsey Trail 10K Sunday 17th October 2021

Two RPAC athletes finished in the top 10 in this testing trail race yesterday. Charl Jordan finished 5th and Richard Friar in his first race in a RPAC vest, finished in 10th place. Adrian Grant, Michael Bashford and Victoria Stammars made up the RPAC complement. Moray Carey is listed in the results as the fastest V60 but this is incorrect as his place had been transferred to Adrian Grant's daughter Jenny but the results haven't caught up yet. 

 

 

Part of the RPAC team and guest - Adrian Grant, Adrian's daughter Jenny (definitely not Moray!), Victoria Stammars and Michael Bashford. Missing from the picture are Charl and Richard.

Michael and Victoria

  Members' News

Matt Ryde set a new club record at the Cabbage Patch 10 (miles) yesterday finishing in 18th place and first in his age category in an amazing time of 56:04, beating the previous record by nearly 4 minutes. Well Done Matt! Matt reports that he won a cash prize as well as a case of London Pride beer and a cabbage! Andrew Walker and Karen Lloyd also competed in the race. The results will be added to the website in due course. 

Elsewhere Kate Knight completed her 87th marathon at Chelmsford yesterday in 7:27:42. Well done Kate!   

Saturday 6th November Priory Relays

As mentioned above the Priory Relays will be on Saturday 6th November, and if you wish to run don't forget that you can both run and volunteer. 

  

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Surrey League XC Men's and Ladies' Fixture 1 16th October 2021

Surrey League XC Men's and Ladies' Fixture 1 16th October 2021

Category: Seniors News

 This article was written by Linda Rodriguez for The Surrey Mirror

It’s that time of year again – the leaves are turning, the air is chillier, and athletes in vest tops take to the muddy fields and boggy trails to compete in the Surrey Cross Country League. 

This Saturday saw the start of the cross country season: Reigate Priory Athletic Club women ran in the first Division 2 match of the season in Richmond Park, while the men’s team raced in their Division 2 match at Epsom Downs.

It was an emotional start to the season for the ladies; teammate Fiona Clark, 41, passed away less than two weeks before the race.  Clark, 41, had been a part of the Reigate Priory team for 16 seasons, through 55 races, and had previously won the Surrey League four times. She was a brilliant runner, a great supporter of the league, and had gained the respect and admiration of those who had the privilege to run with her. Clark’s teammates and members of other clubs wore green ribbons for the race to raise awareness of mental health, and the race began after a round of applause for Clark, who will be deeply missed.

Though it was a bit wet underfoot, the sun was blazing as the women set off on their two-lap course through Richmond Park. First back for the team was Natalie Wilson, taking 22nd place overall, with Jamilla Ncayiyana not far behind in 30th position. Ruth Willis ran a great race, becoming the third RPAC woman over the line, followed by Sharon Brennan and Kate Pain completing the scoring team.  Linda Rodriguez led the B team home and was supported by Leanne McKeogh, Annette Morris, Sharon Miller, and Kate Knight.  The team finished 7th out of 24 teams. 

Over at Epsom Downs, the men’s team stands in third place out of nine teams after a great race: Max Smithson was the first RPAC man over the line, taking 8th position, followed by George Roux in 10th; Freddie Roux, Stephen Bass, and Ewan McKay took 24th, 25th, and 26th respectively. Adam Evans, Alex Green, Neil Fenwick, Ben Stanton and Charl Jordaan rounded out the men’s scorers.

Men's Division 2 Epsom Downs

 

Left to Right: Ian Thomas, Chris Daniels, Rick Coles, Jon Payn, Gavin Lawrence, Alister Moses, Alex Green, Ewan McKay, Steve Bass, Adam Evans, Paul Chandler (kneeling), George Roux, Freddie Roux, Andy Patrick, Steve Cheesman, Ben Stanton, Max Smithson, Felix Smithson, Charl Jordan. Missing from the photo is Neil Freeman-Jones. 

 

Ladies' Division 2 Richmond Park

Back row Left to Right: Catherine Sharpe (Fiona Clark's friend), Nat Wilson, Stewart McIntyre, Kate Pain, Jamilla Ncayiyana, Leanne Mc Keogh, Annette Morris

Front row Left to Right:  Former RPAC Member Ali Rustige, Linda Rodriguez, Sharon Brennan, Sharon Miller. Missing from the photo is Kate Knight.

At the start

Nat leading the charge.

Jamilla, Sharon Brennan, Sharon Brennan and Kate 

Linda, Leanne and Annette (x2)

 

 

 

Reigate Priory AC News 11th October 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 11th October 2021

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Saturday 6th November Priory Relays - a call for volunteers please

We are hosting our Priory Relays event on Saturday 6th November in Priory Park - full details are on http://prioryrelays.com/ The event cannot proceed within the generous help of volunteers.

If you're available to volunteer at this event can you please register this on the following site - https://forms.gle/nggBrXshZLhs9vDs9

In accordance with current guidelines, RPAC has liaised with the Council to agree Covid-19 mitigation measures covering all participants in the Priory Relays.

Those applicable to volunteers are as below:

  • encouragement to take a lateral flow test before helping
  • the offer of PPE (face masks and/or gloves) provided free by RPAC
  • asking that the NHS QR code at Race HQ is scanned on arrival
  • excluding attendance of any volunteer who is in self isolation, in the same household as someone in self-isolation or is displaying Covid-19 symptoms

 There will be no requirement for volunteers to:

  • complete/submit a Health Questionnaire
  • have their temperature taken on race day

If you have any queries can you please send them to 

 

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 16th October First Surrey XC League from Dave Mills

Full details can be found at the following links:

Girls races - https://1drv.ms/w/s!AvGjj9V_GZWg0z_en0MWWhmFlzM0

Boys races - https://www.surreyleague.org/slm/match/127/

If you think you may run, and if you haven't already told him, please just let Dave Mills know by Friday so that you can be allocated a number. 

The links above include course maps, race distances and where to park. Club vests should be worn. We will have the club flag planted near to the start line where we can meet.

  

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 - Aldershot 11:00am
  • 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  

 

Thursday 14th October club running session

This Thursday, the Reigate session will be replaced by a track session. Meet at Battlebridge at 7pm.

 

Saturday 16th October First Surrey XC League

The Surrey XC league starts this Saturday - see https://www.surreyleague.org/. The ladies are running at Richmond Park and the men at Epsom Downs.

Any runners still available to run this Saturday in the first Cross Country match who haven’t already made contact, please let us know by emailing  or  as soon as possible.

Message from our Ladies Captain - It’ll be lovely to have lots of Priory vests on the start line supporting each other after the devastating news of Fiona’s death. Fiona has competed for Reigate in an impressive 16 consecutive seasons of which she won 4 and was key to keeping the Reigate ladies in division 1 for so many years - hopefully we will do her proud on Saturday.

 

Sunday 24th October MABAC event at Nonsuch Park

This event has a 10AM start. See the MABAC website for details. There is a 5 mile event as well as 2.5 miles. If you wish to car share, meet up in Bell Street car park for a prompt 9AM departure.

 

Saturday 6th November Priory Relays

As mentioned above the Priory Relays will be on Saturday 6th November, and if you wish to run, put the date in your diary and watch this space!

 

Saturday 18th September Serpentine Swim

Colin Kloes swam in this event and finished the 2 miles distance in 50 minutes and 52 seconds, finishing 38th overall, and 3rd out of 405 in his age category. You can see his result here.

Colin is the proud owner of this medal.

 

Sunday 10th October Brighton Half Marathon

Alex Mansfield ran the half in a fantastic time of 1:28 - a PB! Well done Alex. You can see Alex's result here.

 

Sunday 10th October Manchester Marathon

Kate Knight ran Stretford Parkrun in 42:05 on Saturday in a new PB by 3 minutes as a warm-up to the Manchester Marathon, which she completed on Sunday - her 86th marathon - and counting.

Here is a photo of Kate at the finish with a running top sporting the name of the charity she supports - SASH Charity.

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 4th October 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 4th October 2021

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All Club News

It's another bumper edition of the newsletter this week with news of the Berlin, London and Dorney Marathons and the Ed Prickett Memorial 500m race. Happy reading!

  

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 Upcoming Junior Events  from Dave Mills

The first match in the Surrey XC League takes place in Richmond Park on Saturday 16th October.

 There are races for U13's, U15's and U17's. 

 You need to be at least 11 years old on the day of the race to be a scorer in the match, but under 11's can run in the U13 races as non-scorers. We don't have to pre enter a team sheet so you can just turn up. However,  please let me know at  if you are thinking about running as I will need to have a number allocated to you.

 Full details will be sent out nearer the day but race times are U17/U15G'S at 12.00,   U13G'S at 12.30   U13B'S at 2.00   and U17/U15B's at 2.30.

 The remaining fixtures in the Surrey  XC League are:

 Saturday 13th November  -  Wimbledon Common 

Saturday 15th January      -   Mitcham Common 

Saturday 19th February     -   Effingham Common 

On Saturday 23rd October the Surrey XC Relay Championships take place in Stoke Park, Guildford.  Opposite The Spectrum.  Teams of 3, each athlete running the same 2.5k lap as a relay. You do need to be at least 11 years old on the day of the race to take part. The first race is U17M at 12.30 and the last is the U15G'S at 3.15.

 If you haven't already done so, please let me know by the end of this week - via the above email - if you want to take part. The relays are always great fun!

  

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. Everyone of any standard is free to race and there is no cost. There are four fixtures this year:

  • Sunday 7th November - Lightwater Country Park Woking 11:00am
  • Sunday 5th December - Aldershot 11:00am
  • 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  

Hi  Viz T-shirts

The new reflective club branded Hi Viz T-shirts have arrived. Usha will be bringing them to the track tomorrow if you have not already arranged to collect them.  We plan to place another order before Christmas if you would still like one. 

Calling All Of Our Lady Runners

A reminder that the first of the Surrey Cross Country League Matches is on Saturday 16th October in Richmond Park. The start time is 13:00. Further details will be emailed to you in a few days.  

Berlin Marathon Sunday 26th September

We missed this last week. Doug Kington completed the Berlin Marathon in 3:58:58, knocking 36 minutes of his PB (hopefully I've got that correct). Well done Doug! Doug reports that it was very hot and it was difficult to find any shade before the start. Unfortunately there are no pictures of Doug as he travelled to Berlin on his own. Also running was Matt Aylott who ran a brilliant 2:38:36, taking nearly two minutes of his previous run at Berlin in 2019. Matt is a second claim athlete for us now; had he been running for RPAC this would have been a new club record for his age group.  

Ed Prickett Memorial 5000m Race Wednesday 29th September 

A team of 11 RPAC athletes travelled to K2 last Wednesday to compete with Crawley AC in the Ed Prickett Memorial 5000m Race. The RPAC team was led home by Max Smithson who finished in 5th place overall in 15:56. Full results are in the Senior Results section of the website. 

Who was Ed Prickett? Ed Prickett was a former member of both RPAC and Crawley AC who was tragically killed whilst crossing the road in Tyneside in May 2004. At the time he was competing the British University Track and Field Championships at Gateshead Stadium where he had won his 5000m heat and was tipped to win the final. He was hotly tipped as a potential Olympic competitor for Beijing 2008 

Stop Press: The following item was left at the start line and doesn't belong to any of the Crawley AC runners let us know if you recognise it   

London Marathon Sunday 3rd October 2021

RPAC were well represented by a team of 13 runners (I hope that's right - it's tricky to find everyone!) and 29 volunteers at yesterday's London Marathon. Tom Almond and Mike Pocock set new club records (beating the records that they had both held previously) and there were a number of PBs and marathon first timers. Two RPAC runners completed the Virtual London Marathon event. Full details are in the article here

Dorney Marathon Sunday 3rd October 2021

Duncan Mallison and Carmela Charalambous took part in the Dorney Lake Marathon yesterday. Duncan finished in 3:11:42 and Carmela in 4:02:41. This was Carmela's first marathon and she reports that the last mile and a bit were a struggle! Well done to both of you!

Here is Carmela looking very happy at the finish.

Not the London Marathon - Saturday 2nd October 2021

Jenny Carus completed her first triathlon - the Warwickshire Sprint Triathlon in Stratford-Upon-Avon on Saturday. This involved a 400m swim, an 18K cycle and a 5K run. Jenny finished in 1:25 and managed a PB (27:59) in the 5K. Well done Jenny! 

Meanwhile Jim Vince was back in action on Saturday, completing the Exmoor Coast 55km from Coombe Martin to Minehead.  It's not the flattest of routes with over 7000ft of ascent/descent (the equivalent of twice the height of Snowdon), but the coastal scenery was beautiful apparently. This was Jim's 101st event of marathon or more distance (I think that's right) and he finished in 9:56:30. Truly hard core Jim!

  

 

The Titsey Trail 10k from Moray Carey 

The Titsey Trail 10k is a scenic, undulating off-road run organised by Oxted Runners and managed by Nice Work.  

The 2021 edition takes place at 10am on Sun 17th Oct starting in the vicinity of Race HQ,  Limpsfield Chart Golf Club, Westerham Rd, Oxted, RH8 0SL 

An impression of the course can be viewed on YouTube and the host club’s own description is:


"It is a single-lap run through the lovely woodlands of Limpsfield Common and the High Chart of Surrey and Kent. Most of the land is owned by the the Titsey Estate or National Trust. The course is almost entirely off-road along tracks, footpaths and bridleways, with a brief 200m stretch along a country lane. The first two kilometres are flat(ish), followed by some quite stiff drags (through lovely autumnal woodlands!) as you climb onto the beautiful, peaceful, wooded plateau of the High Chart, but no steep hills. After the first water stop at kilometre 4.5 there is a short loop through the woods that brings you back to the same water stop at kilometre 6. After that you can concentrate on enjoying a fast run back, dropping down off the Chart for the run home. The finish is on the same bridleway that you ran along at the start. "

Curiously, all adult finishers were given a bottle of beer in addition to a memento!  You can enter here.

 

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London Marathon 2021

London Marathon 2021

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London Marathon Sunday 3rd October 2021

RPAC were strongly represented at the London Marathon yesterday with a team of 13 runners and 29 volunteers taking part (hopefully I have got the numbers correct).

The volunteers had an early start, assembling on Blackheath at 06:15. Donna gave us a quick briefing before we divided into three teams lead by Paddy, Stav and Roger and headed over to the red start. With the staggered wave starts this year there was a constant stream of runners heading for the start and the final person didn't cross the finish line until around 11:00. It was very well organised with each wave being walked up to the gates of Greenwich Park by a line of marshals. 
Despite the changes the questions were still the same as in previous years: "Are there any toilets near here?", "Am I going the right way to the red/blue/green start?", "Where is a good place to watch the runners?", "Can I run with my friend (who is in a different start)?" (No!), "I couldn't get to the Excel to pick up my race pack because of the fuel situation, where can I pick it up from?" (You can't, you can't run!).  There was a moment of excitement when we had to call the Police to investigate a bag that had been abandoned on a bench  - it turned out to be full of old clothes discarded, I imagine, by one of the runners. 

For the first of the RPAC runners the race started soon after 09:30 with Tom Almond and Lee Savage getting away pretty quickly. Kate Knight by comparison did not start until 10:53. 

Full results will be available in the Senior Results section shortly but here are some of the highlights.  Please let me know if I have not picked up your result..

Tom set a new club record in the senior men's category, finishing in 2:28:30 (thereby beating his previous club record by some 8 minutes) and finishing in 59th place overall. He did this despite not being able to keep down water or gels from mile 14 and having horrendous cramp from mile 20. A really gutsy performance Tom (no pun intended) - well done to you sir! Mike Pocock also set an new club in the men's V65 category, finishing in 3:21:28, beating the previous record (held by Mike!) by 7 minutes and finishing 6th in his age group. You are a phenomenon Mike! Rick Coles and Lee Savage both set new PBs and finished comfortably under 3 hours - well done guys! It was a first marathon for Laura Ebbs who finished in an amazing time of 3:08:42 - wow!

In addition to those running in London we had a couple of Virtual London Marathon runners too. This was a first marathon distance for Mike Wylie who clocked 3:04:05 around Dorking and feels that with some specific marathon training he has a lot more to give. Liz Bourns ran a 4:32:09 whilst on holiday in Greece...probably pretty warm and hilly I imagine.

Here are some photos from the day. 

Tom Almond powering his way to the finish. 

Lee Savage and Rick Coles at the finish. Lee, Tom and Rick on Horse Guards Parade - Rick said that Tom was so far ahead that he'd managed to change before they got there.

Ian Burks looking very pleased to have raised £4192 for the YMCA. If you'd like to add to his fundraising total you can do so here.

Ian Stammars in Birdcage Walk - just 1km to go! Ian with his support crew at the finish. Ian says that he's never going to run another marathon - until next year!

Karima Graham and family at the finish - a new PB for Karima. Well done Karima!

Thea MacDonald at Tower Bridge - Thea said that she was overly optimistic for how the second half of the race would go... I think I'm right in saying that it was a first marathon for Thea. Well done Thea!

It was definitely not a first marathon for Kate Knight  - number 85 to be precise - well done Kate!

 

 

Reigate Priory AC News 27th September 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 27th September 2021

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The latest Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K programme is under way

Here is the first week's session on the latest Couch to 5K Programme from last Saturday. We have Andrew (leader), Kerry, Alice, Karen, Katie, Rob, Julie, Viv (helping), Jenny, Sarah (helping), Paul (leader), Carole and Luke.

Missing from the photo are Ashleigh (who was late due to traffic), and Joanna and Victoria who will be with us next week.

It was a brilliant first session, ending up in the park café.

  

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 19th September - Run Reigate Kids Race

We missed this result last week - Ludo Blennerhassett finished Run Reigate in 8 minutes 32 seconds, coming 14th in the Year 5 race. You can see his result here. Well done Ludo!

 

Wednesday 22nd September - Blackheath and Bromey Open Meeting

Lilah Unwin ran her first 400m at the Blackheath and Bromley Open last Wednesday evening, finishing in a time of 61.85 seconds. This was just 3 1/100's of a second off the existing U15G's 400m club record!

A good end to a successful track season for Lilah.

 

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. Everyone of any standard is free to race and there is no cost. There are four fixtures this year:

  • Sunday 7th November - Lightwater Country Park Woking 11:00am
  • Sunday 5th December - Aldershot 11:00am
  • 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  

Wednesday 29th September - Ed Prickett Track Memorial Race - *** THIS WEEK ***

This event takes place at K2, Crawley at 8:20PM on Wednesday 29th September. An email was sent out to members describing this race on 8th September. Registration is open from 19:00-19:45. You do not need to inform us in advance that you plan to run. You do need to wear a club vest. 

 

Friday 24th September Hyde Park 5K

Tom Almond and George Roux participated in the 5K race in Hyde Park last Friday.

Tom finished in first place with a PB in 15.27, 30 seconds ahead of second place on a pretty hot day. George came third in 16.10. Results are here. Rapid!

 

Saturday 25th September Kate and her 84th Marathon @ The Chiltern 50Km

Kate Knight is proud to tell us that she has completed her 84th marathon by completing the Chiltern 50Km ultra in a time of 12:47:15, and followed this up by completing the Surrey Half on Sunday in 3:45:51.

 

Sunday 26th September Barns Green 10K

David Nurse ran in this event on Sunday, his first event since lockdown.

David got a PB for the course and for the 10K distance, coming 23rd overall and 2nd in the MV50 category in a time of 43:16 (gun) 43:15 (chip).

By chance this also completed David's 2021Km in 2021 challenge.

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 20th September 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 20th September 2021

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The next Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K programme is starting on Saturday 25th September

This 9 week course only costs £15 in total. If you know of anyone who might be interested, full details are here. Registration is now almost full!

 

Run Reigate 2021

 

I have done my best to identify everyone who took part in the Run Reigate Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races. It wasn't easy because of the different formats of club name used on the entries and because of the number of new members who presumably entered the race before they were club members, as well as a few long established club members who were presumably too shy to admit that they were members (you know who you are smile ).  So far I have identified 55 members who competed, please let me know if I have missed you. The results are in the senior results section

There were some stand out performances from both senior and junior RPAC athletes - special mention should be made of Neil Fenwick who finished 8th overall in the Half Marathon in a time of 01:22:13, of Max Smithson who finished 3rd overall in the 10K in a time of 35:09 and of Euan Willis who finished 3rd overall (and first in his age category) in the 5K in a time of 19:49. Euan ran in the U15 age category. There are some pictures of some of the senior runners in the senior section below.

 

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 Junior Events by Mike Gent

Southern Road Relays - Sunday 26th September at Crystal Palace 

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete

Surrey Cross Country Relays - 30th October - Stoke Park Guildford

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete.

 

Saturday 25th September Juniors Obstacle Course event near Bletchingley, Redhill ***Date for the diary! ***

There are a few tickets remaining for the Junior Obstacle Course event for anyone who intends to attend but has not yet bought a ticket - details in the email that was sent out.

  

Senior Section News 

 

K2 Track Session Tomorrow (21st September)

A quick reminder that there is a track training session at K2 tomorrow. Details are on the RPAC Calendar. There will be a single session at 19:00 at Battlebridge if you cannot get to K2, again details of the session are on the RPAC Calendar

 

Wednesday 29th September - Ed Prickett Track Memorial Race

This event takes place at K2, Crawley at 8:20PM on Wednesday 29th September. An email was sent out to members describing this race on 8th September. Registration is open from 19:00-19:45. You do not need to inform us in advance that you plan to run. You do need to wear a club vest. 

 

Hi-Viz tops

The option to purchase the club branded hi-viz tops has been removed from the Love Admin as the order has now been placed.  We plan to place another order in a month or so, so if you are stuck for ideas for Christmas presents watch this space. 

 

Thursday 23rd September 7PM session

The location of Thursday night session can be found on the RPAC Calendar. If you haven't been to a Thursday session before please let Nat know before you come. Please note that you must wear some hi-viz clothing and carry a torch. It may not be dark when you leave home but it will get dark during the session.  

 

Photos from Run Reigate

 

Finishing the 10K - left to right Max Smithson, Gavin Pollock, Katie Pain, Taryn Bennett

The afterglow of the 10K - Juliette Stern, Taryn Bennett, Katie Pain and Linda Rodriguez, Linda Rodriguez and her supporters' club, Juliette Stern 

Ruth and Euan Willis, and Maggie Swinnerton and Viv Burgess (one of the graduates of our most recent C25K course)

 

Half marathon action - Jim Vince and Bethany Higgins on the move (are you sure you were taking this seriously guys?), James England attempting to glide to the finish and Kate Knight and David Neumann who were both raising money for charity. You can visit Kate's fundraising page here and David's here if you'd like to support them.

  

MABAC League event at Lightwater Country Park

Because of the clash with Run Reigate we only managed to field a team of 6, but what a team! Despite the small number of entrants we still managed to score enough points that we only dropped one place to fourth in the league. Ben Stanton was our first finisher, coming in 5th place overall in 32:08 and Jamilla Ncayiyana was our first lady finisher, finishing in 23rd place overall in 37:10. Full results will be available soon. Well done to all of our intrepid band!
The next MABAC fixture is in Nonsuch Park on Sunday 24th October. Let's get a good string turnout.    

 

Saturday 9th October - Surrey Masters Cross Country Championships in Morden Park

You should have received an email about this today (20th September)

 

Saturday 16th October - Surrey Cross Country League 1st Fixture

The men are at Epsom Downs and the ladies at Richmond Park. The website for the league is at https://www.surreyleague.org.

 

Saturday 18th September - Parkrun Results

The consolidated club results are here.  Annette Morris set a new PB of 23:23 at Horsham, achieving an age graded score of 86.67% She was 10th female, 76th overall (out of 466 runners) and first in her age category. Well done Annette! 

 

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Veterans: Could you be running in an England Vest next year?

Veterans: Could you be running in an England Vest next year?

Category: Seniors News

You will have seen the report in this week's newsletter about Ginevra's run at the Richmond Runfest Half Marathon on Sunday, wearing an England vest, but may be wondering how she got to be selected. Read on to find out!

England Athletics organise a number of events each year for the "England Masters Age Group" teams, at 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon distances. There is one representative race at each distance each year, in 2022 these will be Great Bristol 10K, the Chester Half Marathon and the Chester Marathon. If selected, these are the races in which you get to wear your England vest and compete against the best Masters athletes in England. There is often a team race against the Celtic nations as well, although the effects of COVID meant this did not happen in 2021.

There are 4 qualification races for each distance. You enter one or more of these races as normal, and pre-register with EA that you are seeking to qualify at the race. On the day, you "simply" need to finish in the top 3 of those in your age category who have pre-registered with EA. If anyone ahead of you has already qualified, they are effectively removed from the results (i.e. you move up a place). There is also a qualification time standard, which you must have achieved in either the qualifying race or in a previous race (since 1st Jan 2020 for 2022 qualification). Achieve all that and you are on your way.

There are club members who are perfectly capable of achieving selection - even if you are not successful, it will give your racing in 2022 a focus and allow you to plan your year around the qualification races.

Full details are available on the EA website here. Or talk to Ginevra or me for further information.

Malcolm

Ginevra at Richmond Half Marathon v2

Reigate Priory AC News 13th September 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 13th September 2021

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 All Club News

 

The next Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K programme is starting on Saturday 25th September

This 9 week course only costs £15 in total. If you know of anyone who might be interested, full details are here. Registration is now almost full!

 

Run Reigate 2021

We will have the RPAC gazebo constructed for Run Reigate as a meeting point. Bags can be left but the gazebo will not be manned so this is at runners own risk. Look out for the club flag.

Good luck to all participants. I, for one, will be spectating, so hope to see you en-route!

 

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 11th September - County Multi-event Championships

Max Orchard is the Pentathlon Champion!

Competing on Saturday at the Surrey and Sussex Combined Events Championships in Carshalton, Max scored a fantastic 1981 points to win the event, finishing 301 points ahead of his closest rival.

A new PB in the Pentathlon for Max and a new club record!

During the long day of competition, Max also PB'd in the 75mH, Long Jump and Shot, with strong performances too in the high jump and 800m.

As the Track and Field season draws to a close, Max is in the top ten in the UK U13B'S rankings in Pentathlon (2nd), 75mH (2nd) and Long Jump (8th)!

A great season by Max!

(Message from the editor: I've received reports of Max's achievements from three junior coaches independently. They're obviously over cloud nine with this brilliant result from Max!)

 

Saturday 11th September @ The Olympic Park

George Evered was competing in the 200m at the Olympic Park, and came second achieving a new PB.

 

Upcoming Junior Events by Mike Gent

Southern Road Relays - Sunday 26th September at Crystal Palace 

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete

Surrey Cross Country Relays - 30th October - Stoke Park Guildford

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete.

 

Saturday 25th September Juniors Obstacle Course event near Bletchingley, Redhill ***Date for the diary! ***

There are a few tickets remaining for the Junior Obstacle Course event for anyone who intends to attend but has not yet bought a ticket - details in the email that was sent out.

  

Senior Section News 

 

Hi-Viz clothing and torches required

Please be aware that a hi-viz running top and a torch are needed for evening road sessions. You will be turned away without the appropriate attire.

 

Thursday 16th September 7PM session

The location of Thursday night session can be found on the RPAC Calendar.

 

Sunday 19th September - MABAC League event at Lightwater Country Park

The next MABAC League event is this coming Sunday 19th September at Lightwater Country Park at 10:00AM.

 

Wednesday 29th September - Ed Prickett Track Memorial Race

This event takes place at K2, Crawley at 8:20PM on Wednesday 29th September. An email was sent out to members describing this race on 8th September.

 

Saturday 9th October - Surrey Masters Cross Country Championships in Morden Park

Full details will follow for this event.

 

Saturday 16th October - Surrey Cross Country League 1st Fixture

The men are at Epsom Downs and the ladies at Richmond Park. The website for the league is at https://www.surreyleague.org.

 

Saturday 11th September - Parkrun Results

Annette Morris ran a PB of 23:44 at Horsham Parkrun - an age grading of 85.39%! She was 6th female out of 381 runners.

 

Here's Michael Bashford "flying the flag" for RPAC.  Michael was a Parkrun tourist at Sharpham Playing Fields in Cheddar in a time of 31:18. This was this venue's second week.

 

Saturday 11th September - Saturday Social Group visit to Brockham and Betchworth

Here are the members of the RPAC Saturday Social running group who met up in Brockham at 10:30AM for a rural circular run to Betchworth and back, followed by a visit to the Reading Room cafe in Brockham.

We're shown above stopping for a photo shoot with a view of the River Mole and the North Downs. We will be finding other local routes to follow.

 

Sunday 12th September - Ginevra races in England Masters Representative Team at the Half Marathon at Richmond Runfest

 

Ginevra Stoneley qualified for the team at the Milton Keynes half marathon in December 2019, where she was the 3rd lady overall in a time of 85:01. The representative race was due to be the Fleet Half Marathon in March 2019. However, that was then cancelled in the week before because of the first COVID lockdown. So 18 months later, the selected athletes finally got their opportunity to race in their England vests on Sunday 12th September.

Ginevra finished 2nd W45 in both the England representative race and the open race, finishing in 87:05 just 19 seconds behind the 1st place W45. 14th woman overall (all age groups). The course was not easy, with about half the race on the Thames Towpath and the last half mile on grass.

Lee Savage also ran in the open race, finishing 21st, setting a new PB of 78:09. That is an achievement on this course.

The results are available here.

 

Sunday 12th September - Brighton 10K

 

 

Two proud owners of Brighton 10K medals - Maggie Swinnerton and Chris Halliday. You can see their results here.

 

Sunday 12th September - Brighton Marathon

 

Here are James England and Jack Finn at the Brighton Marathon. Congratulations to James and Jack, and also to Kate Knight who completed her 83rd marathon at this event. You can see the results here.

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 6th September 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 6th September 2021

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The next Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K programme is starting on Saturday 25th September

This 9 week course only costs £15 in total. If you know of anyone who might be interested, full details are here.

 

Run Reigate 2021 - there's still time! (I think)

This year's Run Reigate event is being held on Sunday 19th September from 09:00. At the time of writing there are still spaces available in the half marathon, 10K and children's races from what I can see.

Details of how to enter are here. If you are not running at Run Reigate how about volunteering for the Run Reigate Race Crew? Full details are here.  All volunteers will get a free place in either Run Gatwick or Run Reigate next year. 

 

Advance warning of events particularly for volunteers

There will be a Priory Relays event in Priory Park this year in November on a date yet to be finalised and the Holly Run will be on Sunday 12th December. 

 

The September SportShoes.com club discount code

... will be available in the email version of this newsletter.

 

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

Resumption of Saturday Morning 9:00AM Group

The Saturday morning 9am training group will resume this Saturday 11th September.

 

Saturday 4th September YDL @ Sutton

The final YDL of the season was held at Sutton on Saturday. We were co- hosting with Camberley and are indebted to our wonderful officials who gave up their Saturday afternoon to make this event happen. We are fortunate to have some highly qualified officials supporting the Club, Ivan Barrett was Field Referee on the day, Ashley Burridge, Chief Timekeeper, and Ian Crouch ran a number of field events on behalf of the Club.

We had a number of strong performances from Reigate athletes, Michael Maguire won the U13 Long Jump, Max Orchard the U13 75m hurdles and Ewan Willis the U15 1500m, after a very exciting last lap. Isaac Beckett got PBs in the long jump and 800m. Eve Golding was pipped on the line in the U13 75m and Ella Scrase and Florence Carter continued their very consistent 800m performances. Imogen Wheeler was also pipped on the line coming second in the U15 girls 100m, whilst Lily Woodhams won the B string race.

That is it for the Athletics season. Cross country season is up shortly. As we transition, the next event for the older athletes, 11 and older, is the Southern Road Relays at Crystal Palace on 26 September.

 

Junior Training Tops

We have recently taken deliver of a new batch of Club training tops for Juniors. They come in Red, Light Blue and Dark Blue. They cost £16 and can be ordered and paid for via the LoveAdmin site.

 

Upcoming Junior Events by Mike Gent

Southern Road Relays - Sunday 26 September at Crystal Palace 

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete

Surrey cross country relays - 30 October- Stoke Park Guildford

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete.

 

Saturday 25th September Juniors Obstacle Course event near Bletchingley, Redhill ***Date for the diary! ***

There are a few tickets remaining for the Junior Obstacle Course event for anyone who intends to attend but has not yet bought a ticket - details in the email that was sent out.

  

Senior Section News 

Running earlier this week in the heat

Remember that it's going to be hot, so carry water or take water to the track with you.

 

Thursday 9th September 7PM session in Priory Park

The Thursday evening session will be held in Priory Park for the last time this year.

Please arrive promptly for a 7PM start, and ensure that you have taken the opportunity to jog prior to arriving so that the drills can be performed and the session started quickly.

Please wear hi-viz clothing if you can so leaders are aware of your location during the session.

 

Hi-Viz clothing and torches

The nights are drawing in rapidly, and now is the time of year to start wearing hi-viz clothing and the use of a torch (maybe a head torch) when running on footpaths in an evening - essential when running in one of our sessions as well as running on your own. Make sure that you are in possession of these items and use them when attending an evening running session going forward - not yet necessary for the 6PM Monday session.

 

Saturday 4th September Parkrun Results

Annette Morris topped the overall age grading at a Parkrun for the 3rd consecutive week this time at Ifield with 83.17%.

Michael Bashford was away with some Parkrun Tourism at Clevedon Salthouse Fields with a time of 30:08.

 

Saturday 4th September Surrey Road Relays @ Wimbledon Park

RPAC fielded a strong team for the Surrey County Athletics Association Road Relays held in Wimbledon on Saturday.

You can see the report of the event here and the results here.

 

Saturday 4th September Shoreham Sevenoaks 10K

Sharon Miller reports that this was far from a PB course - lots of hills. Sharon finished in a time of 1:06.

 

Sunday 5th September South Coast 100Km

Kate Knight completed this event with steep hills and rugged terrain in a time of 31:00:56. This was her 10th Action Challenge event this year, and marathon number 82.

 

Trust10 Polesden Lacey by Moray Carey

The National Trust’s Facilities & Support Services Manager at Polesden Lacey has confirmed that the monthly 10k run has been reinstated there, following suspension since the start of the original lockdown.

This is not a race but a self-guided, self-timed run which takes place around a waymarked, 10k route through the extensive Polesden Lacey estate. 

The multi terrain course weaves in and out of woodland and is challenging with steep undulations. You start with a long descent and, ultimately, to regain this high spot at the end of the race there’s a steady climb back up! In between there are several more hills to negotiate.

Intermittently, there are clearings offering viewpoints back towards the honey- coloured mansion perched high on its elevated hillside location.

You self-navigate the course by following the direction arrows etched into posts positioned at strategic points where there’s a choice of more than one trail. The route is unmarshalled, so you need to be vigilant!

The seasons offer different sensory experiences - winter mud, spring bluebells, summer sunlight filtering through the tree top canopies and a golden carpet of leaves in the autumn when the trees are at their majestic, colourful best.     

·         Where – National Trust, Polesden Lacey, RH5 6BD

·         When – 4th Sunday, every month (08:30 for 09:00 start)

·         Cost – free (car parking charge if you’re not an NT member)

For further information see...

https://runtogether.co.uk/routes/trust10-polesden-lacey/

 

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Surrey Road Relays - Wimbledon 4th September 2021

Surrey Road Relays - Wimbledon 4th September 2021

Category: Seniors News

Surrey Road Relays - Wimbledon Park 4th September 2021

RPAC fielded a strong team for the Surrey County Athletics Association Road Relays held in Wimbledon on Saturday (4th September).

Back row left to right: Karen Lloyd, Peter Luxton, Andrew Bamford, Adrian Grant, Tom Almond, Steve Bass, Max Smithson, Ben Stanton, Andrew Patrick, Frank O'Regan (with Bobby), Ian Stammars, Alastair Swanepoel, Ginevra Stoneley, Jo Davey

Front row left to right: Malcolm Woodman, Angie Steadman, Taryn Bennett, Gillian O'Regan, Nat Wilson, Lucy Berryman, Bethany Higgins, Jenny Carus, Jamilla Ncayiyana

Twenty four RPAC athletes took part and we fielded teams in the Senior Men, M40, M60, Senior Ladies, Ladies V35 and Ladies V45 races. All teams competed strongly but the ladies V45 team produced the stand out performance of the day taking the gold medal position by nearly three minutes. The ladies V45 team comprised of Ginevra Stoneley, Jo Davey and Nat Wilson. They came first, second and fourth respectively in their age category.   The ladies V35 comprised of  Taryn Bennett, Gillian O'Regan, Angie Steadman and Karen Lloyd took bronze in their race.  Fastest finishers were George Roux for the men, finishing in 15:09 and Ginevra Stoneley was our fastest lady, finishing in 17:56.  It was good to see Steve Bass back in an RPAC vest after his Antipodean Adventures. 

The races comprise a lap of approximately 3 miles starting and finishing on the athletics track in Wimbledon Park. From the start the course leads out of the park into Wimbledon Park Road and up past the All England Tennis Courts on Church Road - that hill seems to get progressively steep - before turning left into St Mary's Road (still slightly uphill) then via Arthur Road and Hone Park Road back into the park. The finish is approximately 200m on the track. The senior men's race is 6 laps, the M40 is 4 laps, the M60 is 3 laps, the senior ladies and ladies 35 run 4 laps and the ladies 45 run 3 laps.  

Full details are in the senior results section.  Well done everyone! 

 

Reigate Priory AC News 30th August 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 30th August 2021

Category: All Club News

I hope you're all well and enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend. It's another long newsletter this week I'm afraid. 

All Club News

Welcome to our New Joiners!

Please join me in extending a very warm welcome to the long list of people who have joined since we last did this (in May!)

Junior Members

 Jessica Basnett, Emily Beaty, Ludo Biennerhassett, Beth Bryant, Christopher Charalambous, Olivia Charalambous, Hayden Clark, Edith Duncton, Charlotte Ebbs, Brooke Gibson, Louis Gibson, Olivia Heppenstall, Jay Johnson, Sian Lynch, 

Jessie-Marie Martin, Piers Matthews, Evan Moffat, Tilly Monk, Seb Morrison, James Naylor, Denise Ornella, Mia Perez Moreno, Harvey Rochelle-Ash, Sienna Scrase, Gracie Shade, Jonty Smallwood, Harry Taylor, Molly Taylor, Liberty Tiley

Zara Wright

 Senior Members

 Lucy Berryman, Liz Bourns, Vivienne Burgess, Martin Ellaby, Adam Evans, Jez Greenwood, Richard Haines, Chris Halliday, Miller Hannah, Dia Harvey, Neil Harvey, Gail Hill, Graeme Hunter, Felix Kennedy, Toby Kent, Lucy Kulip, 

Annika Little, Thea Macdonald, Alex Mansfield, Derwella Moreno, Luke Matcham, Gavin Pollock, Shiva Shivagnanam, Ben Stanton, Maggie Swinnerton, Gaelle Watson, Mike Wylie

I look forward to meeting you all in person at some stage.  Please let me know if I have missed anyone.  

 

The Marriage of Jack Finn and  Ashleigh Brailsford

Jack and Ashleigh were married at Cheam Baptist Church on Saturday 28th August. On behalf of everyone at the club may I wish you both many congratulations and every good wish for your future together.

Here are some photos of the event. 

 

Ashleigh and Jack

 

Jack, Taryn and Jim...probably not the most flattering photo I've ever seen of Jim!

 Parkrun Results

This week we had club members participating in Parkruns from Middlesborough to Horsham. Annette Morris set a very high bar on the age graded scale with her time of 23:51 which earned her an age graded score of 84.98% - this was the highest age graded score of the 434 runners at Horsham Parkrun this week. This followed hot on the heels of Annette topping the age grade score at Banstead Woods last weekend. Well done Annette! Closest to Annette on age grading this week was Lee Savage with his time of 17:51 at Albert Parkrun, Middlesborough. This earned him an age graded score of 77.59%. 

RPAC Branded Hi-Viz T-shirts

If you would like one of the hi-viz t-shirts described in last week's newsletter you can order one by using the "Optional Extras" menu of the LoveAdmin app. We are hoping to finalise the order this week..

 
 
The T-shirts are described here - Men's Neon Yellow Sports T-Shirt and Women's Neon Yellow Sports T-Shirt  but we have arranged with iProSports to make these available with reflective print at the same price as advertised on the website - £22 if we order them in bulk. 
 

Run Reigate 2021

This year's Run Reigate event is being held on Sunday 19th September from 09:00. At the time of writing there are still spaces available in the half marathon, 10K and children's races, although I'm told that aren't many spaces left.

Details of how to enter are here. If you are not running at Run Reigate how about volunteering for the Run Reigate Race Crew? Full details are here.  All volunteers will get a free place in either Run Gatwick or Run Reigate next year. 

 

Advance warning of events particularly for volunteers

There will be a Priory Relays in Priory Park this year in November on a date yet to be finalised and the Holly Run will be on Sunday 12th December. 

 

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

Lily B Report by Mike Gent 

The final Lily B Girls match of the season was held at Sutton on Saturday 28th August. There was a strong RPAC turn out. 

Eva Marsh won the U17 1500m, with Louise Bressler in second place with a PB.

Ella Scrase was second in U15 800m and Florence Carter achieved a PB in the same race. Lily Woodhams improved her 100m PB.

Neve Macgregor battled with great determination to come second in the U13 1500m. Imogen Abrahams and Olivia Heppenstall both ran well in their events.

Eve Goulding demonstrated that as well as being a great sprinter she is a very competitive javelin thrower too.

Amongst the U11s the two 600m races were both won by RPAC athletes, Lisette Matthews and Florence Tombleson, in very exciting finishes in both cases. Florence and Gracie Shade both achieved 600m PBs in the same races. Lara Tombleson and Freya Else both performed strongly in their first time representing the Club.

My highlight is always the relays and the RPAC quartet won the U11 4x100m in exciting style when Freja Kargbo, having earlier had one of the fastest 75m times, made up two places on the final leg to just take the win on the line.


The winning relay team!

 

Max Orchard Excels in Tonbridge by Dave Mills

Max Orchard competed at the Kent Championships Open Pentathlon in Tonbridge today (30th August) finishing first with a fantastic score of 1747points!  Well done Max! 

This involved Max in the 75m hurdles, Shot, Long Jump,  High Jump and 800m. 

Max cleared 1m 33 in the high jump, a PB, and also PB'D in the Shot with 6.73m. 

Max's score puts him at number 1 in the UK for U13B Pentathlon at the time of writing.

 

Next up for Max is the Surrey Combined Events Championships in Carshalton on Saturday week.

 

Upcoming Junior Events by Mike Gent

 YDL LAG - Saturday 4 September 

This event is for U13 and U15 boys and girls. It is the last athletics match of the season and we are co- hosting the event. For both of which reasons it would be good to have a strong RPAC representation. Please contact Mike Gent if your child would like to compete.

Southern Road Relays - Sunday 26 September at Crystal Palace 

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete

Surrey cross country relays - 30 October- Stoke Park Guildford

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete.

 

Saturday 25th September Juniors Obstacle Course event near Bletchingley, Redhill ***Date for the diary! ***

Reigate Priory AC are organising this fun social event which is open to all members of the Junior Academy and Junior section. This will be held on Saturday 25th September from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

We would also encourage any new Academy members to come along and meet some of the Junior section.

Please keep an eye out in your email in-boxes - details will follow soon!

HOWEVER - we require 2 or 3 parent helpers to assist with the running of this event. Please contact  if you are able to assist.

  

Senior Section News 

Last chance to enter the Surrey Road Relays 4th September at Wimbledon

A reminder to let your team captains know if you want to take part in the relays. The deadline is Tuesday the 31st of August 2021. Men should respond to  and ladies should respond to 

Floodlights at Battlebridge

If you are attending the 8pm sessions on Tuesdays at Battlebridge you will have noticed that it is dark by the end of the session. The terms of our agreement with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council prevent us from turning on the lights until 1st September. Please wear something bright and use a headtorch until the lights have been switched on (next week). 

Wednesday Evening Training Session 

Last week the Wednesday evening group made the most of some late Summer sunshine by knocking out some hills on Reigate Heath golf course. 

Left to Right: Adrian Grant, Debbie Robinson, Peter Luxton, Ian Edmonds, Bethany Higgins Jake Boud, Andrew Bamford, James England, David Winzer and Kate Knight.
Also participating but absent from the photo (as she was taking it) was Juliette Stern.

 

Thursday Evening training sessions in August in Priory Park

A reminder that on Thursdays in August there will be no track sessions but instead we will be holding sessions in Priory Park at 7pm.

Meet under the big tree close to the café but please let us know if you are coming.  

  

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Reigate Priory News 23rd August 2021

Reigate Priory News 23rd August 2021

Category: All Club News

 It is only Monday but I hope that you're having a good week. It's a bumper newsletter today and the potential for error and omission is quite high! apologies in advance if anything is found to be amiss.

All Club News

Jack Finn  Ashleigh Brailsford

Jack and Ashleigh are getting married this coming Saturday 28th August. On behalf of all of us at Reigate Priory AC can I please wish Jack and Ashleigh our fondest wishes from us all - have a lovely day! Photo or two next week please?

 

RPAC branded T-shirts

Nights are already starting to get shorter and visibility beyond 8.30pm is dwindling already.
 
 
Since safety is a priority when out running in the dark, we are offering hi-viz RPAC branded t-shirts as offered on the iProSports club zone (Men's Neon Yellow Sports T-Shirt and Women's Neon Yellow Sports T-Shirt).
 
We have arranged with iProSports to make these available with reflective print at the same price as advertised on the website - £22 (reflective print normally carries an extra fee) if we order these in bulk.
 
Should you wish to buy a t-shirt to wear whilst out on our club social runs, at the track or on Thursday evening sessions, please let Nat and Usha know what size you’d like by emailing  and an order will be placed.
 
Look forward to seeing you at a club session soon.
 
Usha & Nat.

 

Run Reigate 2021

Don't forget that this year's Run Reigate event is being held on Sunday 19th September from 09:00. At the time of writing there are still spaces available in the half marathon, 10K, 5K and children's races, although I'm told that aren't many spaces left.

Details of how to enter are here. RPAC has always been well represented in the longer races and I am sure this year will be no exception. There is also an option of virtual races if you don't fancy running in a crowd.

RPAC and Run Reigate have always had a good relationship and have provided support and publicity for eachother's events.

If you are not running at Run Reigate how about volunteering for the Run Reigate Race Crew? Full details are here.  All volunteers will get a free place in either Run Gatwick or Run Reigate next year. 

 

Advance warning of events particularly for volunteers

There will be a Priory Relays in Priory Park this year - November date yet to be finalised, but we will let you know, and the Holly Run will be on Sunday 12th December. 

 

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 21st / Sunday 22nd August South of England Track & Field Championships Kingston

 

At the South of England Championships held in Kingston over the weekend, Michael Maguire won the Gold Medal in the U13B'S Long Jump setting a new Club Record with a leap of 5.05m. A great performance by Michael!

In the U15G'S 800m, Lilah Unwin came through her heat on Saturday, returning on Sunday for the final where she finished 2nd picking up the Silver Medal to add to her collection for 2021.

Another to comfortably navigate her heat on Saturday was Eva Marsh in the U17 1500m. In the final on Sunday, Eva ran yet another PB in a season of continual improvement finishing in 7th place out of 12 finalists.

The Championships see a high quality gathering of athletes from across the South East of England and these young athletes can be very proud of their performances.

 

Saturday 25th September Juniors Obstacle Course event near Bletchingley, Redhill ***Date for the diary! ***

Reigate Priory AC are organising this fun social event open to all members of the Junior Academy and Junior section which will be on Saturday 25th September from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

We would also encourage any new Academy members to come along and meet some of the Junior section.

Please keep an eye out in your email in-boxes - details will follow soon!

HOWEVER - we require 2 or 3 parent helpers to assist with the running of this event. Please contact  if you are able to assist.

 

Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent

Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:

There are two remaining track competitions this season. It would be great to have a strong turn out from Reigate in these final two matches.

Saturday 28th August  - Lily B - Sutton-  Girls U11-U17s

Saturday 4th September - YDL LAG - Sutton - U13-U15 Boys and girls

Sunday 5th September - YDL UAG - Crawley -  U17- U20 Boys and girls 

Saturday 25th September - Junior Obstacle Course event

 

Senior Section News 

Monday 30th August Session Cancelled

Due to the Bank Holiday Ian E. has cancelled next Monday's session.

 

Thursday PM training sessions in August in Priory Park

Just a reminder that on Thursdays in August there will be no track sessions but instead we will be holding sessions in Priory Park at 7pm.

Meet under the big tree close to the café but please let us know if you are coming.  

  

Surrey Road Relays 4th September at Wimbledon

A reminder to let your team captains know if you want to take part in the relays. The deadline is Tuesday the 31st of August 2021. Men should respond to  and ladies should respond to 

 

MABAC League  - confirmed dates for events

Sunday 19th September - Lightwater Country Park

Sunday 24th October - Nonsuch Park

Sunday 21st November - Farley Heath

Sunday 16th January - Windsor Park

 

Saturday 21st  August The Shere 42km Trial Marathon 

Here he is - the latest member of the 100 marathon club! Jim told us that he managed to finish this event in a "sociable" 5 hours 57 minutes. He said "I could’ve picked an easier one as it was a little hilly with 3,500ft of climb but some beautiful scenery".

Leanne McKeogh participated in the Shere Marathon on Saturday, finishing in a time of 6:13:51.

Kate Knight completed the Shere Marathon on Saturday, and followed this up with participation in the Thorpe and Egham Half on Sunday.

 

Saturday 21st August The Shere 10K - by Moray Carey

The rugged countryside surrounding the attractive village of Shere provided the rural setting for a series of trail runs plotted over challenging courses on Sat 21st Aug.

The shortest distance was 10k but there were also options of 21k and 42k which Jim Vince selected as his 100th marathon.

Unfortunately, I didn’t see Jim to wish him luck since the 10k race in which I was running had a later start time but I did encounter fellow RPAC member, Jeremy, immediately noticeable in the distinctive RPAC running vest.  

After a mini circuit of the field behind the Shere Village Hall, the multi terrain route climbed the precipitous London Lane passing under the A25 and rising continuously within a tree lined corridor.

Because this is “byway open to all traffic” (BOAT), vehicular use had created water filled trenches leaving the attempted negotiation of the uneven, flint encrusted banks as the only alternative way forward.

The steady climb of almost 2 kms comprises practically one fifth of the entire 10k course! After reaching level ground, the route meandered in and out of woodland tracks and trails where cyclists, walkers and horse riders were occasionally encountered.

Tackling the 10k course required semi orienteering skills, due to the general absence of Marshals, but following direction arrows hand painted on the ground and ribbons suspended from branches added to the sense of adventure.

A race official kindly offered fruit and jelly babies at a feed station at about 6k and a bit further on a clearing had been carved out of the woodland revealing the charmingly named Honeysuckle Bottom Sawmill. Peering out of one of the barns was a character with a long, straggly, bushy beard resembling one of the guitarists from ZZ Top!!     

After overcoming one further incline, the paths were reasonably level before re-joining London Lane for the long descent back to the field for the final few hundred metres to the finishing line to claim the race mementos – a wooden medal and a t-shirt.

I had intended running solo but, for most of the race, I was paced by and chatted to local Shere resident, Mike Keeble. By the time we re-entered the field he was a good 15-20 seconds in front of me but he paused for me to catch up with him so we could finish the race together.

An altruistic act of sportsmanship to crown an exhilarating race!     

 

Sunday 22nd August The Big Half

Tom Almond and George Roux ran in The Big Half on Sunday. Tom finished in a time of 1:12:18 and George finished in a time of 1:14:12.

Mike Wylie finished The Big Half in a time of 1:26:24.

Steve Watkins ran in this event despite injury, finishing in 1:55:34.

Apologies if there were other entrants from the club that we've missed - let us know. Well done guys! 

 

Sunday 22nd August Gatliff Ultra

Stop press - we hear that Ian Stammers took part in this 63km ultra and finished in a time of 10.5 hours.

 

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Reigate Priory News 16th August 2021

Reigate Priory News 16th August 2021

Category: All Club News

Hi everyone I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well. I apologise for the late publishing of this, it's been a busy day and I also apologise for the lack of photos, my PC seems to have thrown a bit of a wobbly.

All Club News

  Parkrun 

We received some positive feedback about last week's note about Parkrun so I am continuing it this week. This week we had RPAC members participating in Parkruns from Sizewell to Salcombe (Bolberry Down). You can see who ran which Parkrun and their time by clicking here.  Graham Bull topped the age graded score again with 81.54% with his run at Dulwich. Please let us know if this is of interest; if it is we may need to recruit a volunteer to help collate the age graded scores 

Run Reigate

Don't forget that this year's Run Reigate event is being held on Sunday 19th September from 09:00. At the time of writing there are still spaces available in the half marathon, 10K, 5K and children's races, although I'm told that aren't many spaces left. Details of how to enter are here. RPAC has always been well represented in the longer races and I am sure this year will be no exception. There is also an option of virtual races if you don't fancy running in a crowd.

RPAC and Run Reigate have always had a good relationship and have provided   support and publicity for eachother's events. If you are not running at Run Reigate how about volunteering for the Run Reigate Race Crew? Full details are here.  All volunteers will get a free place in either Run Gatwick or Run Reigate next year.   

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

 Ebbisham League Match 3 15th August 2021 by Mike Gent 

A small team of RPAC athletes had a successful match 3 of the Ebbisham boys league at Sutton yesterday.

Michael Maguire improved his long jump PB to a very impressive 4.85m. Buddy Kedgley, in his first competitive 800m, recorded a time that puts him in the top 30 in the country in his age group, whilst Max Orchard further improved his PBs in both the 75m hurdles and the 100m. He is now the second fastest U13 75m hurdler in the country this season.

 

Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent

Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:

There are two remaining track competitions this season. It would be great to have a strong turn out from Reigate in these final two matches.

28 August  - Lily B - Sutton-  Girls U11-U17s

4 September - YDL LAG - Sutton - U13-U15 Boys and girls

5 September - YDL UAG - Crawley -  U17- U20 Boys and girls 

 

Senior Section News 

Training at K2 tomorrow 17th August

Just a reminder that there is a training session at K2 tomorrow (17th August) at 19:30 and that as a consequence there will be no 20:00 session at Battlebridge  tomorrow. If you plan on going to K2 and haven't let Malcolm know already please do so. 

Thursday PM training sessions in August in Priory Park

Just a reminder that on Thursdays in August there will be no track sessions but instead we will be holding sessions in Priory Park at 7pm. Meet under the big tree close to the café but please let us know if you are coming.  

  

Surrey Road Relays 4th September at Wimbledon

A reminder to let your team captains know if you want to take part in the relays. The  deadline is Tuesday the 31st of August 2021. Men should respond to  and ladies should respond to 

 Wimbledon Dash 5K 15th August 

This was the Surrey Championship 5K Road Race and only 52 people finished the Wimbledon Dash yesterday compared with the 2019 figure of 190. Four of this year's finishers were from RPAC. Jamilla was the first home in 21:09, followed by Gillian in 23:18, Annette in 24:25 and Malcolm in 25:23. Well done team RPAC!

 Lydd 20 Mile Race 15th August 

Entries for the Lydd 20 mile race were down from 687 in 2019 to 354 this year. Three RPAC athletes took part Tom Almond was 7th overall finishing in a very speedy time of 02:01:36, Lee Savage finished in 13th place in 02:13:56 and Duncan Mallison was in 31st place in 02:24:02. Well done to all of you, great running!

Shere Trail Races Saturday 21st August 

This coming Saturday - there are three different distances Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K. Details of how to enter are here.  

Don't forget that Jim Vince is planning to make the 42 km race his 100th Marathon, so it would be good to get some other RPAC athletes out in support

 

Epsom & Ewell Harriers Mad Miles Race

If you fancy a competitive track mile Epsom and Ewell are hosting their annual Mad Miles Event on 26th August, entry is £5. Details and registration are here

 

Members' News

Kate Knight completed her 80th marathon over the weekend, competing in the Salisbury Plain marathon yesterday. You are a phenomenon Kate!

In last week's newsletter I forgot to mention that Jake Boud was very pleased to have set an new Parkrun PB, running 21:58 at Norwich Parkrun. He says that the course was a bit flatter than Reigate!

 

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 9th August 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 9th August 2021

Category: All Club News

Hi everyone I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well. 

All Club News

  Parkrun 

Now that Parkrun has returned one of our members suggested that it would be good to see who had run which Parkruns and the best times and age gradings each week. There is a simple way of seeing who ran which Parkrun and their time by clicking here. This week RPAC runners ran in Parkruns ranging from Norwich to Woolacombe Dunes. Age grading requires us to open each race and harvest the results - a bit of a task. This week Graham Bull took the honours with a score of 78.00%, closely followed by Annette Morris on 76.29%, Ian Stammars on 74.49% and Jo Davey on 73.83%. Please let us know if this is of interest; if it is we may need to recruit a volunteer to help collate the age graded scores .

 

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

Congratulations to Lilah Unwin by David Mills

Congratulations to Lilah Unwin who finished in 5th place in the final of the England Athletics U15 Girls 800m held in Manchester over the weekend. 

Lilah came through her heat on Saturday to return for the final on Sunday. Despite the cold, wet conditions, the race was quick with Lilah finishing in 2:17:86.

You can watch Lilah in action on YouTube in the heats here and in the final here

 Lily B League Guildford 7th August from Mike Gent 

The second match of the girls Lily B league took place at Guildford on Saturday. We had a strong turn out from the U11s and Reigate athletes were very much to the fore. We won both the 600m races through Lisette Matthews and Zara Wright. Zara also had the longest long jump and then Freja Kargbo and Lisette won their 75m sprints. Denise Ornella and Amy Dhanda both performed strongly in their first competitive match for the Club and Florence and Gracie Shade show their strong all-round ability with great results across all three events. The highlight though was the 4 X100m relay where we managed to field two teams and came second in both races after an impromptu fifteen minute training session with a juice bottle as a baton.

 In the older age groups we were somewhat depleted, but dominated the U15 800m where Ella Scrase won the A race and Sophia Bryant the B race, and Eva Marsh followed up her win in the County Championship with another great time in the U17 1500m.

 

 

 

Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent

Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:

15 August Ebbisham League -  Woodcote School Coulsdon - U11s, U13s and U15s - Boys only

28 August  - Lily B - Sutton-  Girls U11-U17s

4 September - YDL LAG - Sutton - U13-U15 Boys and girls

5 September - YDL UAG - Crawley -  U17- U20 Boys and girls 

 

Senior Section News 

 

MABAC Wimbledon 3rd August - our best result to date

A really strong turnout helped RPAC to secure a best ever third place in the MBAC race held on Wimbledon Common last Tuesday, 3rd August. A full report is here, but the highlights are that we had 22 senior and 2 junior athletes taking part and that Andrew Reeves, Neil Fenwick and Frank O'Regan came in second, fourth and sixth respectively in the men's race with Anna Roberson, Gillian O'Regan and Bethany Higgins finishing well up in the ladies race. Joel Lawrence was the first home in the one lap race. Full results will be added to the results section once they have been finalised. 

It would be great if we can get an equally good turnout at the remaining MBAC events. 

 

Thursday PM training sessions in August ***not at the track*** 

Just a reminder that on Thursdays in August there will be no track sessions but instead we will be holding sessions in Priory Park at 7pm. Meet under the big tree close to the café but please let us know if you are coming. 

 

Southern Athletics League Match 3 Saturday 14th August at K2

A reminder that the final Southern Athletics League match of 2021 will take place on Saturday 14th August at K2. This is the league where we enter a combined team with Dorking and Mole Valley AC and Holland Sports. This is open to U17, U20, Seniors and Vets. There are some different events this time round.  If you are interested in taking part please email 

 

Surrey Road Relays 4th September at Wimbledon

You should have received an email about this in the last day or two.

Full details are as follows :

Each leg is approximately 3 miles and starts and finishes on the athletics track in Wimbledon Park and all levels of ability are welcome and encouraged. The first leg runner will set off at 12 noon and teams will be allocated nearer the time by the captains. Club vests must be worn and there are no entries on the day. The race is free to enter for club members.


Numbers per team are as follows: 
Senior men - team of 6
Vet men over 40 and over 50 - team of 4
Vet men over 60 - team of 3
Senior women and vet women over 35 - team of 4
Vet women over 45 - team of 3
New for this year is women over 55 - team of 3


Runners must be at least 17 years old on 31st August 2021 and must be Surrey qualified to take part in the Surrey County Championships. This means runners must have been born in Surrey or have lived in Surrey for the last 9 months.
Please let the appropriate captain know if you are available by clicking on the email address below. Please note that responses will go to captains/vice captains/team managers
If you have a specific leg you would like to run or you are willing to run more than one leg (if required), please let us know when replying and we will do our best to accommodate your preference - deadline is Tuesday the 31st of August 2021
Men should respond to  and ladies should respond to 

 

Interim Positions in Club Championships

You will recall that for this year we decided that the Club Championships would be awarded based on the fastest times recorded on the Power of 10 website 

According to my calculations here are the scores on the doors so far...everything still to play for though! Please let me know if you think I am wrong!

Event Athlete Sex Club Champs
Age Category
Time Event  Date
5K George Roux M Men's Champion 00:15:50 Kirkby Mallory 17/04/2021
Lee Savage M MV40 00:17:03 Ardingly 12/05/2021
Malcolm Woodman M MV50 00:25:23 Wimbledon 11/04/2021
  M MV60      
Eloise Bull Ladies' Champion 00:18:43 Ardingly 05/05/2021
  FV35      
  FV45      
Elaine Reddyhoff FV55 00:27:59 Kempton Park 15/05/2021
10K George Roux M Men's Champion 00:33:25 Battersea 05/06/2021
Lee Savage M MV40 00:35:14 Battersea 15/05/2021
  M MV50      
Ian Burks M MV60 00:42:28 Windsor 18/07/2021
Gillian O' Regan Ladies' Champion 00:43:29 Kempton Park 03/04/2021
Anna Roberson FV35 00:49:19 Dorking 11/07/2021
  FV45      
Debbie Robinson FV55 01:01:38 Dorking 11/07/2021
10M Tom Almond M Men's Champion 00:54:47 Dorking 11/07/2021
Rick Coles M MV40 01:01:37 Dorking 11/07/2021
Graham Bull M MV50 01:07:17 Dorking 11/07/2021
Ian Burks M MV60 01:09:27 Dorking 11/07/2021
Ginevra Stoneley Ladies' Champion 01:06:09 Dorking 11/07/2021
Gillian O' Regan FV35 01:19:06 Dorking 11/07/2021
  FV45      
Annette Morris FV55 01:28:41 Dorking 11/07/2021
Half
Marathon
Tom Almond M Men's Champion 01:10:41 Goodwood 25/04/2021
  M MV40      
Nick Wade M MV50 01:31:45 Windsor 22/05/2021
  M MV60      
  Ladies' Champion      
  FV35      
  FV45      
  FV55      
Marathon   M Men's Champion      
Ginevra Stoneley M Ladies' Champion 02:55:29 Windsor 03/04/2021

 

Shere Trail Races Saturday 21st August from Moray Carey

The Shere Run offers 3 different distances: a 10k run, a half marathon, and a 42k run. There is also the option to compete in the 42k event as part of a team of 3.
Offering some of the most scenic trail runs available in the South-East of England, this is a truly fantastic event whether you are new to running or a seasoned pro.
Venue - Shere Recreation Ground, Upper Street, Shere, Guildford GU5 9JF Timetable 07:30 Registration opens at Shere Village Hall

09:00 42k race begins (10 hour cut-off time)
09:30 21k race begins
10:00 10k race begins

Environment
As part of our ongoing battle against plastics at these events we will also kindly ask you to bring your own drinking cup to be used at drink stations (the 10k route has one, the 21k two and the 42k five drink stations)
Facilities There will be free parking on site and afterwards you can enjoy the refreshments, music and wood fired pizzas which are on offer.
Mandatory Kit List  All competitors must carry a mobile phone and food & water with them on the day.
Entry
• Advance - https://www.trekhireuk.com/events/shere-42k/
• On-the-day – in cash only but there’s no guarantee you’ll receive a medal/t-shirt
Click here for the Runner’s World review 

Don't forget that Jim Vince is planning to make the 42 km race his 100th Marathon, so it would be good to get some other RPAC athletes out in support.

 

River Relay 5th September received from MABAC 

"I am sending this to all MABAC clubs for your interest. This event was devised many years ago by Feltham Puffers, a (now disbanded) MABAC League club and involved a 30 mile course from the totem pole in Windsor Park to Old Deer Park Sports Ground, Richmond. Over the years various route changes were witnessed and then, like the Puffers, the event was discontinued. A few years ago the event was rekindled by The Stragglers with a modified route and so now we have:

THE RIVER RELAY 2021 (see http://www.stragglers.org/clublife/event/432757)

Date: 5 Sep 2021 09:00  Course:  Dorney Church to Hawker Centre, Ham

The race is now run over 5 stages, following the Thames Path from Boveney Church near Windsor to the Hawker Centre in Ham, with a total distance of 26.2 miles. As in previous years, teams must feature at least one female and one veteran,, giving an opportunity for clubs to put runners together who may not normally share a team.

Entry fee: £10 per runner if they are England Althetics affiliated, £12 for unaffiliated

If anyone is interested please email riverrelay@stragglers.org. "

 

Epsom & Ewell Harriers Mad Miles Race

If you fancy a competitive track mile Epsom and Ewell are hosting their annual Mad Miles Event on 26th August, entry is £5. Details and registration are here

 

Members' News

Neil Fenwick reports that he ran his first 10K in RPAC colours yesterday in Battersea Park, coming in 15th overall and second in his age category in an excellent time of 36:39. Well done Neil! 

 

 

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MABAC is Back - Wimbeldon Common 3rd August 2021

MABAC is Back - Wimbeldon Common 3rd August 2021

Category: Seniors News

 

MABAC is back

Tuesday 3rd August marked the return of the MABAC series of races after an absence of 17 months. You may recall that the last MABAC race held before the first lockdown was our home fixture, held in Priory Park on 1st March 2020.

RPAC members were clearly pleased to welcome MABAC back into the club calendar as we had our biggest ever turnout at a MABAC event with 22 adult and 2 junior members taking part.

Pictured above are from left to right: Annette Morris, Lisa Payn, Frank O'Regan, Bethany Higgins, Neil Fenwick, Taryn Bennett, Alastair Swanepoel, Gillian O'Regan, Adrian Grant, Maggie Swinnerton, Andrew Patrick, Susie Cardoso, Jake Boud, Jack Finn, Andrew Bamford, Gavin Lawrence, Joel Lawrence, Amelie Lawrence, Ben Stanton and Andrew Reeves. Missing from the photo but also running were Kate Knight, Mike Pocock, Anna Roberson and Malcolm Woodman. Also missing from the photo, but not running were the RPAC Supporters' Club comprising Ian Edmonds and his dog Sidney. 


The new Covid-secure protocol adopted by MABAC this season meant that there were separate starts for men and women, and for adults and juniors who were completing the one lap course. 

The race starts with about 800m on grass alongside the rugby pitches before hitting a narrow entry to the woods and a bridge across a stream. Usually the start is like a cavalry charge with everyone trying to beat the squeeze across the bridge. Memorably one year one RPAC member who shall remain nameless (you know who you are laughing ) was reprimanded by the marshals for leaping the stream. This year it seemed less frantic with the marshals telling us to walk through this section - well they were by the time I got there. Once across the bridge the route runs alongside the stream (I believe it's called Beverley Brook) for some distance. Because of the recent rain this section was very muddy with standing water in a few places. After maybe 800m the route veers away from the stream and climbs the long, but not particularly steep ascent of what I think is called Gravelly Hill towards Caesar's Well. The hill is aptly named and the climb is about 40m. The course then descends back to the stream before looping back up the hill for a second time. The final mile and bit returns alongside the stream before emerging back onto the rugby field for a final slightly uphill sprint home.

The results have not been released at the time of writing but RPAC will have scored well with Andrew Reeves and Neil Fenwick finishing among the first few in the men's race with a bunch of others not far behind. In the ladies' race  Anna Roberson was the first home for RPAC with Gillian O'Regan and Bethany Higgins not too far behind her. 

Maggie Swinnerton and Susie Cardoso both representing RPAC for the first time, completed the one lap race with Joel and Amelie Lawrence running the one lap course in the junior race. It is believed that Joel came home first out of junior and senior one lap runners.

There are three more MABAC races scheduled for this year, all still subject to confirmation  

  • Lightwater Country Park - 19th September (sadly the same day as Run Reigate)
  • Nonsuch Park - 24th October
  • Farley Heath - 21st November

 It would be really great if we could get a equally good turnout at these races.

In case you're wondering what MABAC is, it is a league formed of ten Surrey running clubs (of which we are one). There are a series of monthly races held from January to November each year with each club hosting a race (there is no race in February). Races are open to all club members and are free to enter and the atmosphere is very relaxed. Most races are held on Sunday mornings and are typically held in beautiful parts of the Surrey countryside. Most races offer a two lap course of about 8km and a one lap of about 4km. Junior members are only allowed to do the one lap course. The January race held in Windsor Great Park is an anomaly as it is around 12km long and is mostly on roads and paths. 
The name MABAC dates from 1977 when the League was first set up by runners from the Matthew Arnold School (the "MA") near Staines and the British Aerospace Corporation (the "BAC").  See the MABAC website for further details.    

 

Reigate Priory AC News 2nd August 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 2nd August 2021

Category: All Club News

All Club News

 

Thank you to all helpers at the BBQ

Thank you to everyone who helped put together the BBQ last week -  Mel, Ian E, Claire and Phillipa for cooking along with everyone who brought along a salad or dessert.
 

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. 

 

The August SportShoes.com club discount code

... will be available in the email version of this newsletter.

 

Junior Section News

 

The Surrey T&F Championships were held in Kingston across Saturday and Sunday. Heavy rain on Saturday afternoon affected many times and distances but otherwise the conditions were good. As ever, there was a large contingent of RPAC officials in attendance and the athletes are very appreciative of the time and effort that the officials put in.

U17W 1500m Final - Gold for Eva

First up for RPAC on Saturday morning was Eva Marsh in the U17W'S 1500m. Eva has been having a very strong season with a string of PB's registered and there was no holding back as she went straight into the lead and ran away from the pack to take Gold. She finished some 14 seconds ahead of the rest in a new PB time of 4.51.56.

U15G'S 800m - Gold for Lilah

The U15G'S 800m involved heats on Saturday with the qualifiers returning on Sunday for the final. Ella Scrase was unfortunate to be placed in heat 3 as the first two heats went off in dry, calm conditions. Heat 3 was run in pouring rain. With two to qualify from each heat, plus the two quickest losers, Ella just missed out despite battling the conditions well to finish 3rd.

Lilah Unwin won her heat comfortably and true to form after a great summer, led all the way in the final to complete the 800m double of Surrey Champion as well as Surrey Schools Champion. Lilah competes again next weekend in the England Athletics U17/U15 Championships in Manchester.

U15B'S 800m - Gold for Samuel

Samuel Stapley also won his heat on Saturday and returned on Sunday to replicate Eva and Lilah by going out fast and leading throughout to win the U15B'S 800m. Samuel clocked a new PB with 2.03.43 which was the 10th quickest 800m run by an U15 boy in the UK this year.

Last Saturday at the Ebbisham Boys League, Samuel broke the club record in the U15B'S 300m with a fast 39.1. Well done Samuel!


U13B'S Long Jump - Gold for Max, Silver for Michael

In very wet conditions on Saturday afternoon Max Orchard and Michael Maguire took Gold and Silver in the long jump. PB's were never likely in the downpour, but both boys jumped strongly to show why they are both ranked in the UK top ten for U13B'S long jump this year.


U13B'S Javelin and 800m - Two Silvers for Max

Max Orchard showed what a talented all round athlete he is by picking up two Silver medals to add to his Gold in the long jump. Three Medals Max!

In the 800m's he lost out by just six hundredths of a second after a shoulder to shoulder battle down the home straight.

The Javelin final was more straightforward although again, the conditions were very poor, but a throw of 20.52 metres secured Max his third medal of the day!

It is noted also that last weekend at the Ebbisham Boys League, Max broke to club's U13B'S 200m record with a very quick 27.2. Well done Max!


U13B'S 100m - Bronze for Michael

Another young athlete having a great season is Michael Maguire. After qualifying through the heats on Sunday, Michael ran a new PB time of 13.67 to add the 100m Bronze medal to his Silver from the long jump. Two medals at the Surrey Championships is an excellent return!


4th and 5th place finishes for U17's Oscar and Lucy

In the U17B'S 800m Oscar Curry ran a storming heat securing 1st place. In the final run later in the day, Oscar finished 4th with a PB time of 2.02.89. The first five finishers were separated by less than 2 seconds!

Lucy Dénecé stepped up for only her second 3000m and took 5th place in the final with a new PB.

 

Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent

Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:

7 August - Lily B - Guildford  -  Girls U11-U17s

15 August Ebbisham League -  Woodcote School Coulsdon - U11s, U13s and U15s - Boys only

28 August  - Lily B - Sutton-  Girls U11-U17s

4 September - YDL LAG - Sutton - U13-U15 Boys and girls

5 September - YDL UAG - Crawley -  U17- U20 Boys and girls 

 

Senior Section News 

 

MABAC Wimbledon 19:30  *** Tomorrow ***

We encourage runners of all standards to participate in the MABAC race. Finishing times for 5 miles at the various venues range from 26 to 65 minutes, so you can see everyone will get a good run with others around you!. It is free to enter and you do not need to register in advance, race numbers will be provided on the night. Just turn up in your club vest ready to run. The more runners we have get the better our score is likely to be.

The race starts at 19:30 at Wimbledon Rugby Club. This year the entrance is via Preston Road (SW20 0SS), rather than Barham Rd, as the grass area where we normally park has been re-seeded. Unfortunately, unlike previous years at Wimbledon, no food will be available…. however, the bar will be open after the race.

The race is either an approximately 5 mile two lap course or there is a one lap option if you don't fancy running the whole distance (or will take much longer than 65 minutes to complete 5 miles off road). The route is all off road and involves a bit of a climb, the surface is grass at the start and finish and sandy for the majority of the route.

If you are willing to drive other club members, or you need a lift to or from Wimbledon please let us know by emailing 

 Please ensure that you read the Covid secure protocol on the MABAC website https://running.mabac.org.uk/2021/07/31/runners-covid-protocol/

 Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Training will be limited to single session at Battlebridge at 7pm to encourage as many of you as possible to participate in the MABAC event.

I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. Please let me know if you have any questions by emailing   

 

Thursday PM training sessions in August ***not at the track*** 

On Thursday's in August there will not be track sessions but instead we will be holding sessions in Priory Park from 7pm.

 

Epsom & Ewell Harriers Mad Miles Race

If you fancy a competitive track mile Epsom and Ewell are hosting their annual Mad Miles Event on 26th August, entry is £5. Details and registration are here

 

28th July 2021 - Eloise Bull @ the Dave Clarke Mile Extravaganza

Eloise competed at the Dave Clarke Mile Extravaganza (with 1,500m split) at Wimbledon, setting new PB ‘s of 5.22.46 and 4.58.93 respectively. Both are club U23 records. Congratulations Eloise!

 

23rd 24th July 2021 - Conner Wickens' results from the weekend

Here's Conner - don't try this at home!

Conner was participating in a Spartan Race up in the Midlands on the weekend racing. He managed to take 1st place in his age grade (25-29) in the 11k race with 25 obstacles. He also ran the 6k race the next day and managed to pick up 2nd place in his category even failing 2 obstacles. Conner says that there was no podium ceremony due to COVID but and gold and silver medal will be coming through the post.

 

Correction from the last newsletter...

We stated that Kate Knight had completed her 78th marathon (or more) distance event by completing The South West Coast to Coast challenge, but in fact it was her 79th, and is looking forward to completing the 80th on 4th and 5th of September!

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 26th July 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 26th July 2021

Category: All Club News

Hello everyone I hope you and your families are all keeping well. I look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday evening for our Summer Barbecue & Relay Races.  

 

All Club News 

 

Thursday 29th July Summer Barbecue & Relay Races 

Our Summer Barbecue will be held this Thursday.

Relay races will start soon after 7pm. If you want to take part just turn up in your running kit, teams will be selected on the night and will be mixed between junior and senior members.

Food will be served from 7:30 pm. If you are able to help our catering team by providing a salad of some sort please let us know by emailing 

 

Wednesday 21st July Summer 10K - Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who played any part in organising this year's Summer 10K it couldn't have happened without you. It was great to see so many club members helping set up and breakdown the course, marshal, manning the water stations, etc. - we covered the whole range from long standing club members to brand new members, from very young members to the not so young...and a even a few non-members. Hopefully all of your names appear on the volunteers section on the club homepage; please let us know if you have been missed from the list. 

A few people deserve special thanks in my opinion. Firstly, Race Director Chris Veale who, although sadly no longer a club member, agreed to carry on in post until after the race; secondly, Moray Carey for his tireless discussions with the Council to obtain a green light for the event and finally, Usha Stevens for filling all the volunteer positions even when people had to self-isolate at the last minute. These thanks are based on my personal observations so I apologise in advance if I have missed anyone who deserves a special mention.  

Although numbers were well down on normal we still had 198 finishers and I think, 247 entrants. Despite the very hot conditions there were some excellent results and RPAC members were well placed with Adam Evans finishing in overall second place a few seconds ahead of Ewan McKay in third. 

Pictures from the evening are here. Full results for the RPAC participants are in the Senior Results section. 

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 

 Ebbisham League Saturday 24th July 2021  from Mike Gent

 A small but competitive RPAC team turned out for the second match of this year’s Ebbisham League at Sutton on Saturday. With pretty much every athlete recording one or more PBs we won our division on the day.

Milo Seals led the way with PBs in all three of his events. Euan Willis achieved a big PB in the 1500m. Max Orchard achieved PBs in the 200m and 75m hurdles, whilst Michael Maguire did likewise in the 100m and long jump. With Michael and Max we have two of the top ten U13 long jumpers in the country now.Buddy Kedgley attained a PB in the 200m and Louis Gibson in the long jump and 100m. Justin Collins achieved a PB in the 100m and Sam Stapley in the 300m, as well as comfortably winning the 800m, whilst Isaac Beckett scored a PB in the 800m. In the non scoring U11 James Beatty won his 600m, Evan Moffat had a great debut coming second in the 75m, 150m and long Jump, whilst Hayden Clarke competed strongly in the 75m and 600m. One of the highlights of the day was coming second in the U13 4x 100m relay to a strong Wimbledon team.

Youth Development League Upper Age Group Match at Brighton Sunday 25th July from Ashley Burridge

A wet Sunday with some torrential downpours couldn't stop some great performances from Reigate Priory's junior athletes in our combined team with Holland Sports AC. 

Dan Statham jumped a solid 1.80m in the U20 High Jump; George Evered ran a creditable 24.8s in the U17 200m and led off the successful 4x100m relay; Oscar Curry ran a good warm-up 800m for next weekend's County Champs in 2:04.9 with Eva Marsh running a PB of 4:53.4 in the U17 1500m. Lucy Denece was the only competitor in the U17 3,000m event, her first time on track over this distance. She was applauded around the 7.5 laps finishing in 11minutes, 26.9secs.

Well done to all our athletes and parents for making the perilous return trip to Brighton and good luck to all for next weekend's Championships.

 

Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent

Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:

7 August - Lily B - Guildford  -  Girls U11-U17s

15 August Ebbisham League -  Woodcote School Coulsdon - U11s, U13s and U15s - Boys only

28 August  - Lily B - Sutton-  Girls U11-U17s

4 September - YDL LAG - Sutton - U13-U15 Boys and girls

5 September - YDL UAG - Crawley -  U17- U20 Boys and girls 

 

Senior Section News 

K2 Training Tomorrow (27th July) 

Training at K2 starts at 7:30pm tomorrow (you should have let Malcolm know if you plan to attend) and there will also be a single session at Battlebridge at 7:00 pm. 

MABAC is Back - Tuesday 3rd August 7:30 pm

After an absence of 18 months the MABAC league events are starting up again next Tuesday 3rd August at 7:30 pm. It seems a long time since the last event hosted by us on 1st March 2020, little did we know what was going to happen!

What is MABAC? It is a league comprised of 10 Surrey based clubs (of which we are one) who host a series of monthly events from January until November (there is no event in February). These are all cross country events, mostly held on Sunday mornings in some  beautiful and often remote, parts of the Surrey countryside. As well as the senior race of just over 8 km (5 miles) there are also joggers’ and junior events of about 4 km (2.5 miles).
Although primarily aimed at club members who might not normally take part in league races, MABAC events always attract a number of quick runners and you will always find someone to compete with. I have never heard anyone say that they haven't enjoyed a MABAC race. 

The details are as follows. The race starts promptly at 19:30 at Wimbledon Rugby Club. Unusually this year the entrance is via Preston Road (SW20 0SS), rather than Barham Rd. We will try to arrange some car shares from Reigate and Redhill and in the past we have had groups of people who have travelled together from Victoria and Waterloo after work. 

To help with social distancing there will be three different starts with separate Men's and Ladies' starts and a separate start for anyone running the 1 lap race. From memory this starts on the rugby field, runs along by a stream before a long drag for two laps of the aptly named Gravelly Hill (it's actually more sand than gravel), the final mile back alongside the stream goes on forever and the race finishes along two sides of the rugby field. 

Training next Tuesday will be limited to single session at Battlebridge at 7pm to encourage as many of you as possible to participate in the MABAC event.

I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. Please let me know if you have any questions.   

Dorking 10s Sunday 11th July - An Apology

I had a "senior moment" when composing last week's newsletter. I talked about the men's Surrey County Championship results without mentioning the ladies' results. This was a significant oversight as Ginevra Stoneley is now the Women's V45 Surrey Champion at the 10 mile distance (in fact she was the second fastest Surrey lady overall). I am sorry for being so dozy Ginevra. 

Epsom & Ewell Harriers Mad Miles Race

If you fancy a competitive track mile Epsom and Ewell are hosting their annual Mad Miles Event on 26th August, entry is £5. Details and registration are here

 

And now for something completely different...

As a change from running Linda Rodriguez took part in a Cross Channel relay last week. 

Linda writes:

'Our seven-person team made it to France in 13 hours and 36 minutes. Our first swimmer -- Tessa Wardley (Poppy's Mum)-- set off from the beach at Dover at 8:54 pm, just after the sun went down. I was swimming fourth, so I got in the water from the boat at 11:54, under a big orange moon. The swimming was most definitely not the difficult part -- trying not to panic, in the dark, in the very cold, in a choppy sea, surrounded by jellyfish, and trying to keep up with the boat was. On the positive side, I was incredibly seasick in the boat -- couldn't keep a single thing, not even electrolyte drinks, down -- but I wasn't sick in the water! My second swim, at 6:54 in the morning, was absolutely glorious. The sun was up, I could see the horizon, and while it wasn't warm in the water exactly, I was fairly certain this time I wasn't going to drown and, even better, I could see the jellyfish before I felt them. My seasickness also eased after that swim, to the point that I was able to eat again (although all the Champagne we brought to celebrate remained corked).  

We landed near Cap Gris Nez, but unfortunately, owing to Covid and border rules, only two of our team were able to actually swim ashore; the rest of us cheered from the boat. Then back to Dover! I went to bed that night saying, "I'm never doing that again" -- still feeling like I was on a boat -- and woke up the next morning asking, "When are we doing that again?" '

Linda was raising money for Mind and I'm sure she would welcome donations from club members. 

 

And finally...

Jim Vince completed the Jurassic Coast Challenge over the weekend - essentially completing a marathon a day over three days and climbing 2100ft in the course of covering the route from Charmouth to Shell Bay in Dorset. Fantastic achievement Jim! Most significantly this made up Jim's 97th, 98th and 99th races of marathon or more distance. Jim plans to complete his 100th Marathon on 21st August. This will be the Shere Trail Marathon, it would be good to get some other RPAC athletes involved to support Jim. There are 5km, 10Km and half marathon distances if you don't fancy doing the full distance (which includes 3000ft of climbing). 

  

Kate Knight completed her 8th 100Km challenge yesterday - The South West Coast to Coast challenge which follows a 102km route from Minehead on the North Somerset coast to Dawlish on the South Devon coast. She reports that she arrived at the first rest stop shivering and in torrential rain but managed to warm up once the rain had stopped. This was Kate's 78th event of Marathon or more distance. Amazing as ever, Kate! 

 

Andrew (Paddy) Patrick was the sole RPAC representative at the Surrey Slog yesterday (25th July). The Surrey Slog for the uninitiated is a trail half marathon around Holmbury Hill. It is run by MABAC as an open event and the course is described as "challenging but rewarding, hilly and undulating", I think Paddy would agree with that, particularly given the heavy rain during the early part of the race. Results have yet to be published but I am pretty certain that the race was won by  Andrew Reeves who is a second claim for RPAC.

 

 

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Reigate Priory Summer 10K 2021 In Pictures

Reigate Priory Summer 10K 2021 In Pictures

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RPAC Summer 10K Wednesday 21st July 2021 in pictures

Here are some pictures from the Summer 10K. It was a very hot night with temperatures still hovering around 28 Celsius at the start. Well done to everyone who took part, you produced some great results.

Full results are in the Senior Results section.

 

Team RPAC

Left to Right  are Ewan McKay, Tom Ryan, Jack Finn, unidentified man in black vest, Alex Green, Andrew Pringle, Kate Knight, Luke Matcham, Karen Lloyd, Jon Payn, Lucy Kulp, Lucy Berryman, Ruth Willis, Nick Day, Derwella Moreno, Gaelle Delmas-Watson. If you are the person I can't identify, or you know who they are, please let me know!

Missing from the photo are Ian Stammars, Adam Evans, Mike Wylie and Adriana Collins. 

The  Starts

Because of Covid restrictions we had to have staggered starts... Here are the first two

 

Some of our younger volunteers manning the water station

 

Adam Evans finished second overall.....closely followed by Ewan McKay in third 

Tom Ryan was sixth and Alex Green was 10th

Mike Wylie was 14th and Ian Stammars 18th

Luke Matcham (99), Jack Finn (142) and Jon Payn (130)

Lucy Berryman (206), Karen Lloyd (227) and Ruth Willis (176)

Lucy Kulp , Andrew Pringle and Derwella Moreno

 

Reigate Priory AC News 19th July 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 19th July 2021

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Hello everyone I hope you and your families are all keeping well and are managing to enjoy the sunshine.  The coaches have asked me to remind you to bring water along with you to training sessions whilst it remains so hot.

I look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday evening for our Summer 10K race. 

 

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Wednesday 21st July Summer Evening 10K - help still required

A huge thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far, unfortunately a few of you are now having to self-isolate so we are still in need of some volunteers. If you are able to help out please contact  

 

Thursday 29th July Summer Barbecue & Relay Races 

Our Summer Barbecue will be held on Thursday 29th July. You should have received an email with details of the event. Please let us know if you have not received the email. 

Officiating and Volunteering at Athletics Matches from Ashley Burridge

Throughout the Summer season we take part in several track and field leagues and almost as many endurance leagues from the Autumn through to Spring.

All the track and field leagues require us to provide a number of officials or volunteers as part of the competition rules to ensure the smooth running of the meetings and the accurate recording of performances. Additionally, UK Athletics require qualified officials are in attendance when they issue a licence for a meeting to take place.

At Reigate Priory AC we have a small, well qualified team of officials covering the various disciplines. However, the majority are now officiating at a high level and are often called upon to officiate at national meetings leaving us thin on the ground at our many local league matches. This is not unique to us, even large clubs like Blackheath & Bromley Harriers are in the same boat!

Many of us got into officiating as a result of accompanying our children to meetings, initially helping out as volunteers while the youngsters compete and have fun with their friends. Becoming a licensed official is a relatively easy progression with a short course organised by England Athletics and four relevant officiating experiences.

Officiating is hugely rewarding whether you are at a club, league or county event, or progress up the levels to attend regional, national and even international meetings. And you never know who you'll bump into – just last week I got to speak to Linford Christie at a National Athletics League match and Ronnie O'Sullivan (who runs for Woodford Green when not potting snooker balls) at the England Athletics 10K Championships!

The UK Youth Development League (for all junior athletes U13 to U20) have introduced an initiative to encourage more volunteers to get involved and progress to get their Level 1 UKA licence. The League will pay the course fee through a voucher scheme and administer the official's progression. There are further incentives to progress to Level 2.

What are you waiting for?!

If you fancy getting involved, either as a much valued volunteer or to become a licensed official, please let me know. I would be very happy to talk it through with you. You can get on a discipline-specific course straight away or schedule yourself in for a meeting to try out different officiating disciplines (timekeeping, track judging, field events and start line) so you can decide what area is best suited for you. There's something for everyone! We are a friendly bunch and you will be made to feel very welcome.

Summary Minutes from June's Committee Meeting

 Summary minutes are here.  

 

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 

 

Calling all U17 and U20 athletes! from Ashley Burridge

Please support our Youth Development League match at Brighton's Withdean Stadium on Sunday 25th July. This is the perfect warm-up event for the County Championships the following weekend!

This is a full fixture so there are plenty of events to choose from. If you haven't already, contact Ashley Burridge () to let him know which events you can compete in.

The timetable for the event is here. 

 

Ebbisham Boys league report 10th July from Mike Gent


The first match of the Ebbisham boys league took place at Coulsdon on Saturday 10 July. We field a joint team with Dorking.

This league is a great opportunity for U11s to get experience of track competition. Henry Goggin and Ludo Blennerhassett both recorded strong performances in the 75m and 150m , whilst Mateo Mahop comfortably won both of his sprint races. James Beatty was one of the fastest 600m runners.

In the U13s Max Orchard demonstrated his versatility by posting a great time in his first 75m hurdles and then later winning his 800m race. Louise Gibson in his first competition for RPAC won his 200m comfortably and was just pipped on the line in his 100m. Ethan Else recorded good times in his debut 800m and 200m. Isaac Beckett, Gabe Martin and Alastair Fordyce also recorded strong performances .

Our sole U15,Milo Seals, ran well in the 100m, 200m and 300m, getting a PB in the 300m.

LAG YDL – at Guildford 17th July from Mike Gent

The second round of the Lower Age Group YDL was held at Guildford on Saturday 17th July.  RPAC won three of the four boys 800m races with Sam Stapley, Max Orchard and Ethan Else winning their races convincingly. Ella Scrase also had a good 800m recording a PB by two seconds. Buddy Kedgeley showed his versatility by winning  the U13  1200m and then coming second in the 75m. Lilah Unwin recorded a PB in the 300m, whilst Eve Goulding was second in both U13 sprints, with PBs in both races, and Izzy Young had PBs in all three of her events. Max Orchard achieved a PB in the long Jump, frustratingly his jump was measured at 4:99m, before throwing the Javelin 25m. There were also strong performances from Sophia Potter, Isla Kinniburgh, Neve Macgregor and Kyra Pemberton.

Thanks very much indeed to Graham Orchard for officiating all afternoon on a very hot day.

 

Upcoming events

 This Saturday sees the next round of the boys Ebbisham League at Sutton. Please let Mike Gent know if your son would like to compete. 

 

Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent

Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:

24 July - Ebbisham League - Venue TBC - U11-U15 boys only

25 July - YDL UAG -  Brighton - U17- U20 Boys and girls

7 August - Lily B - Guildford  -  Girls U11-U17s

15 August Ebbisham League -  Woodcote School Coulsdon - U11s, U13s and U15s - Boys only

28 August  - Lily B - Sutton-  Girls U11-U17s

4 September - YDL LAG - Sutton - U13-U15 Boys and girls

5 September - YDL UAG - Crawley -  U17- U20 Boys and girls

 

 

Senior Section News 

No Wednesday Training Session this week

Just a reminder that this week's Wednesday session is cancelled to allow us to help with the Summer 10K.

Caterham Rotary 10k and Half Marathon - from Gillian O' Regan

On Sunday 18th July 7 RPAC runners took on the Caterham Rotary 10k & half marathon. The day was a scorching hot one, but that didn’t seem to phase our strong RPAC team.

 It was a phased start line so the ‘race’ element was missed, however most of the RPAC team headed out together (see photo) with smiles on their faces ready for the hilly course ahead! Many described it as the hardest 10k they’d ever done perhaps, because at some stages you can be running solo and it becomes a lonely run!

 Results were impressive! Well done to everyone who took part! Great participation - thank you!

 Jamilla was the 2nd female to cross the line and 15th overall in a time of 46.43.

 Frank O’Regan finished in 3rd position overall in a speedy time of 38.58, followed shortly by former club member Alastair Moses in 39.55 finishing in 5th position. Only 5 runners overall achieved sub 40 minute times on this challenging course.

 Other runners include Nick Day, Jon Payn, Michael Bashford, Doug Kington and Jack Finn.

 Felix Kennedy was the only RPAC representative brave enough to take on the half marathon course in the incredible heat and completed with a sterling effort of 1hr 55 mins.

Pictures show the RPAC team at the start, Frank looking strong near the finish, Michael entering the finish funnel and the RPAC team plus Bobby (left to right  Frank O'Regan, Jamilla Ncayiyana, Michael Bashford, Jack Finn, Jon Payn and Nick Day)

Full results can be seen in the Senior Results section of the website.

 

Southern Athletics League Meeting - Crawley 11th July from Jo Davey

You'll remember that in last week's newsletter we had some photos but no results from the SAL Meeting.  This week we have some results but no photos...

Jo writes :

 

  "Dan Statham jumped a PB to win the high jump in 1 m 82 cm
Anousha Wardley jumped a seasons best of 2 m 90 cm to win the pole vault
Eloise Bull was second in the 5000m in a time of 19 min 36.1 secs
Charley Clark was 4th b string in 100m in a time of 16 seconds (not fully confirmed on that one as a different lady listed).
Oscar Curry ran 2.07.4 and was 3rd A string runner in the men's 800m
Jo Davey did a dreadful slow limp round to win 1500m in 5 min 15.8 seconds. "

I dream of being able to limp that quickly Jo smile

Full results can be found here 

Dorking 10s Sunday 11th July 

In last week's newsletter I neglected to mention that the Dorking 10 mile race is a Surrey County Championship race. I'm happy to report the following:

  • Tom Almond was second in the men's County Championship 
  • Rick Coles was first in the men's V40 County Championship
  • Ian Burkes was first in the men's V60 County Championship
  • The RPAC men's team (Tom, Rick and Frank) were first in the men's Team County Championship

And Finally..

Kate completed her 7th 100Km challenge yesterday - The Yorkshire 100Km which is a figure of eight loop of the Nidderdale Way starting and finishing in Pateley Bridge. This was her 78th event of Marathon or more distance. Amazing as ever, Kate! 

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 12th July 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 12th July 2021

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All Club News 

 

Wednesday 21st July Summer Evening 10K - help still required

A huge thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far, but we still need a few more volunteers . If you are able to help us on the day please contact  

 

Thursday 29th July Summer Barbecue & Relay Races - Hold The Date

Our Summer Barbecue will be held on Thursday 29th July. Exact timing and details will follow in next week's newsletter.

We are also planning to hold a series of relay races which will involve teams of mixed age groups (juniors and seniors) and abilities.

 

Congratulations to our Couch to 5K Graduates - and the dates for the next course

Many congratulations to the graduates of our recent Couch to 5K course which culminated in them running 5K (what else) in Priory Park on Saturday morning. Thank you to those club members who turned out to help them achieve their goal. 

The full story can be found here.  We have announced the dates of the next course, please share these with anyone you think might be interested in  taking part.

 

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 

 

English Schools Track and Field Championships Manchester 10th-11th July - by David Mills

Congratulations to Samuel Stapley who competed for Surrey Schools in the 800m over the weekend. Samuel recorded another PB, finishing 6th in his race and was the quickest Surrey athlete in the Junior Boys 800m.

Unfortunately Lilah Unwin was prevented from running as her year at school were all isolating. It was particularly disappointing for Lilah as had she equalled her 800m PB set in June, she would have been the 4th fastest on the day.

 

 

 

Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent

Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:

17 July - YDL LAG at Guildford - U13s and U15s - Boys and Girls

24 July - Ebbisham League - Venue TBC - U11-U15 boys only

25 July - YDL UAG -  Brighton - U17- U20 Boys and girls

7 August - Lily B - Guildford  -  Girls U11-U17s

15 August Ebbisham League -  Woodcote School Coulsdon - U11s, U13s and U15s - Boys only

28 August  - Lily B - Sutton-  Girls U11-U17s

4 September - YDL LAG - Sutton - U13-U15 Boys and girls

5 September - YDL UAG - Crawley -  U17- U20 Boys and girls

If anyone would like to compete in the upcoming LAG (U13 and U15 boys and girls) YDL fixture at Guildford on 17 July then please let Mike Gent know. 

 

Senior Section News 

Round 2 of the Vets League Track and Field - Sutton 5th July 

A fine bunch of RPAC athletes headed to the Sutton arena on Monday 5th July for round 2 of the Vets Track & Field League. RPAC bossed the 200m event!

Full details can be found here.

Dorking 10s Sunday 11th July 

19 RPAC athletes took part across the two events with four people completing the 10K and 15 completing the 10 mile race. There were some very strong results from all participants; to single out a few individual athletes Tom Almond was fifth overall, Ginevra was third lady home and Ian Burks was first in his age category. Well done everybody, results are on the senior results page. 

Southern Athletics League Meeting - Crawley 11th July 

 You'll recall that the Southern Athletics League is the one in which we enter a joint team with Holland Sports and Dorking and Mole Valley. Sadly I don't have any details of which RPAC athletes were there or the events they participated in as the results have not yet been published, but I do have some photos of Eloise and Jo taking part.

 

Her 6th 100km Event of the Year

Here is Kate enjoying a well deserved glass of Prosecco after completing the 106 Km Isle of Wight Challenge on Sunday. That is her 77th event of Marathon or more distance and her 6th 100Km event of the year. Kate describes the course as very hilly and undulating, but enjoyable. She is competing in the Yorkshire 100 next weekend!

  

 

Senior Training at K2

You should have an email in your in-box sent on Sunday 4th July around 15:30 from Malcolm Woodman regarding training at K2. The first planned date is Tuesday 27th July. Please see Malcolm's email for the full details and the schedule.

  

Surrey Slog Half Marathon 25th July

Please support this event which is staged by MABAC. Details are here.

 

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Round 2 of the 2021 Vets Track and Field League

Round 2 of the 2021 Vets Track and Field League

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Round 2 of the 2021 Vets Track and Field League and a 1-2-3 for RPAC in the 200m! 

Monday 5th July saw a fine bunch of RPAC athletes head to the Sutton arena for round 2 of the Vets Track & Field League.

A fun night was had by all with some stellar performances.

Triple jump was first up and Stephen Smith put on a fine performance finishing with an impressive 8.40m jump. He followed this up with a sterling effort in the javelin with a 24.09 throw.

The 1500m saw 3 RPAC runners take to the start. Tim Kimber ran a strong race with a finishing time of 5:09. Gillian O'Regan completed her debut track event in 6 minutes flat and Malcolm Woodman continued his comeback. 

The 5000m was the most popular race for the RPAC Gang. Carmela Charalambous and Mike Pocock had a real battle with each other, with Carmela pacing herself well and just having that extra push to get her over the line in a super time of 21:13 with Mike just on her tail. David Neumann also put in a sterling effort with a great time of 22:12 and Annette Morris finishing first in her age category in an amazing 25:19.

We witnessed ANOTHER first place finish from Alistair Swanepoel (20:36) Well done, you're becoming a pro at this after round 1 in Kingston! Neil Fenwick had his debut on the track and ran a fantastic PB of 18:11. Duncan Mallison ran a strong race leading for most of the way, finishing in a superb 2nd place with a very impressive 17:49. Ginevra doing a fine job (as always) as the only female in her race and kept up with big guys.

The standout race of the evening saw a fast and exciting 200m race with Stephen Smith (32.3 secs) having a tremendous 1st place finish, followed closely behind by Ginevra Stoneley (33.0) in 2nd and a well deserved third place for Mike Pocock (33.9). Malcolm also competed in the 200m event (37.8). Well done guys, I think we can safely say RPAC owned that 200m race on Monday!

Sadly Angie Steadman couldn't take part as anticipated as she became injured on her warm up for the triple jump. Angie was saddened to miss out on the 200m too. Get well soon Angie, rest up! 

Such a great night overall with some absolutely brilliant performances! If you haven't got involved already and would like to take part, there is a possible third fixture in September (to be confirmed). It's a friendly league and this year there is no scoring, so a great time to give it a whirl without any pressure! 

vetsleage pic 1

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Couch to 5K Graduation 10th July 2021 and registration open for our next programme

Couch to 5K Graduation 10th July 2021 and registration open for our next programme

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On Saturday 10th July 2021 at 9:00AM our Couch to 5K programme participants gathered outside Reigate Priory for their graduation run, running 1 mile loops around Priory Park.

Everyone finished with flying colours as you can see above, and we finished off in the park café (as per usual) to complete a fantastic 10 weeks to kick-start their journey into running.

As a Couch to 5K leader, I can honestly say that it has been an honour and a pleasure to work with the programme participants towards this goal.

I want to offer my gratitude to all members of the club who have supported us during the last 10 weeks, including the Saturday Social running group members who amalgamated their session with the course in order to follow the programme schedule themselves and support the programme particiants in their running.

Our next course registration (starting on Saturday 25th September 2021) is now open, and you can see full details on the Reigate Priory AC website noticeboard.

If you know of anyone who may wish to participate with us, please pass on this link.

 

Reigate Priory AC News 5th July 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 5th July 2021

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All Club News 

 

Thursday 29th July Summer Barbecue & Relay Races ***CHANGE OF DATE ***

Our Summer Barbecue will be held on Thursday 29th July. Exact timing and details will follow in due course. 

We are also planning to hold a series of relay races which will involve teams of mixed age groups (juniors and seniors) and abilities. More details to follow. 

 

Wednesday 21st July Summer Evening 10K - help still required

A huge thank you to everyone who has volunteered, but we still need a few more on-course marshals. If you are able to help us on the day please contact 

 

Sunday 25th July 2021 Plea for a marshal for the Surrey Slog half marathon

This is a MABAC event around Holmbury Hill, and we are supposed to provide two Marshals as a participating club. Andrew Bamford is our MABAC league co-ordinator, and has dutifully filled one of these positions, but could Andrew please have a volunteer to help with this event? If you can fill this vacancy please email Andrew on 

 

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 

 

English Schools Track and Field Championships 2021 - by David Mills

Congratulations to Samuel Stapley and Lilah Unwin who have both been selected to compete in the 800m for Surrey Schools.

The entry level is high and it is a significant achievement to make it into the Surrey team.

The Championships are being held in Manchester over the weekend of 10th July.

 

Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent

Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:

10 July - Ebbisham League , Woodcote School, Coulsdon - U11s, U13s and U15s - Boys only

17 July - YDL LAG at Guildford - U13s and U15s - Boys and Girls

24 July - Ebbisham League - Venue TBC - U11-U15 boys only

25 July - YDL UAG -  Brighton - U17- U20 Boys and girls

7 August - Lily B - Guildford  -  Girls U11-U17s

15 August Ebbisham League -  Woodcote School Coulsdon - U11s, U13s and U15s - Boys only

28 August  - Lily B - Sutton-  Girls U11-U17s

4 September - YDL LAG - Sutton - U13-U15 Boys and girls

5 September - YDL UAG - Crawley -  U17- U20 Boys and girls

If anyone would like to compete in the upcoming Ebbisham Boys league fixture on Saturday 10 July and the LAG (U13 and U15 boys and girls) YDL fixture at Guildford on 17 July then please let Mike Gent know. 

 

Senior Section News 

Senior Training at K2

You should have an email in your in-box sent on Sunday 4th July around 15:30 from Malcolm Woodman regarding training at K2. The first planned date is Tuesday 27th July. Please see Malcolm's email for the full details and the schedule.

 

Sunday 20th June Southern Athletics League at K2 Athletics Stadium

We have the results from the Southern Athletics League Match 1 published here. Note that Reigate Priory AC athletes take part in a team together with Holland Sports AC and Dorking and Mole Valley AC.

 

Sunday 4th July Kenley 10K 

 

Jon Payn got a PB of 44.47 at the Kenley 10K which consists of  3 laps of Kenley Aerodrome, a flat route! He ran with Jamilla for most of the run.

 

Sunday 4th July - Kate's 6th Action Challenge - Peak District 100

Marathon number 76 under the belt for Kate Knight. 5th x 100 km. 6th action challenge event of the year.

 

Couch to 5K "Graduation" 10th July - next weekend!

Our Couch to 5k group has made really excellent progress and have just this week to prepare for their "graduation". With the return of Parkrun being delayed we now plan to run three 1 mile laps in  Priory Park at 09:00 on Saturday 10th July.

It would be great if we could get a strong turnout of club members to run with the group to help support them and celebrate their achievement. 

 

Surrey Slog Half Marathon 25th July

Please support this event which is staged by MABAC. Details are here and note the plea for a Marshal above.

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 28th June 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 28th June 2021

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Thursday 29th July Summer Barbecue & Relay Races ***CHANGE OF DATE ***

Our Summer Barbecue will be held on Thursday 29th July. Exact timing and details will follow in due course. 

We are also planning to hold a series of relay races which will involve teams of mixed age groups (juniors and seniors) and abilities. More details to follow. 

 

Summer 10K

Here's what roles we still need filling for the Summer 10km:

  • Sweep car driver
  • 2 x First Aiders
  • 3 people for course setup Wednesday afternoon (meeting at 2pm at the track)
  • Driver/vehicle for sign removal (follows sweep car)
  • Assistance for sign removal

If you are able to fill any of these roles please contact If you have a preference for a particular role please specify it in your email. 

We will not be able to stage this race without enough volunteers so we do need your help.
  

Membership Renewal 

Membership subscriptions for the year are now overdue

Anyone who has not renewed or contacted the Membership Secretary will be deemed to have resigned from the club with effect from 1st July and will no longer be permitted to train with the club unless they apply to rejoin.  

If you have any questions please contact 

  

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 

 

Wednesday 23rd June Quad Kids - by Mike Gent

Reigate Priory AC participated in the Surrey Quad Kids competition at Guildford last Wednesday.

This is for year 5 and year 6 athletes. COVID decimated our team chances with 3 athletes having to drop out on the morning of the event, but there were a number of excellent individual performances. Mateo Mahop, from Year 5, came second overall in the boys competition, and Isla Kinniburgh 5th overall in the Girls competition. Lisette Matthews, from year 5,  was third overall in the Girls 600m. The evening ended on a high when we won the team relay event, having borrowed an athlete from Epsom.

 

Saturday 26th June - Lily B - Girls Track match - by Mike Gent

Saturday saw the first Lily B match of the year at Kingston. A small Reigate team came away with a number of excellent individual performances and a mass of PBs.

In the endurance races Eva Marsh won the U17 1500m with a new PB, Lilah Unwin and Ella Scrase ran strongly to be first and second in the U15 800m, with Florence Carter also running well taking 10 seconds off her PB.  Neve Macgregor ran a very determined race to be 2nd in the U13 1500m and in the U11 600m Lisette Matthews was first with a PB,  whilst Zara Wright posted an excellent time as well.

In the sprints Eve Goulding won the U13 100m, Lily Woodhams was 2nd in the U15 200m with a big PB, Eloise Matthews ran well in both the U13 100m and 200m, Kyra Pemberton and Holly Rice recorded PBs in the U13 200m, and Freja Kargbo and Zara Wright both won their races in the U11s.
 
In the field Kyra Pemberton was 2nd in the U13 long jump with a PB, where Eve Goulding and Eloise Matthews both jumped well in the U13s and Lily Woodhams in the U15s, all recording PBs. Lisette Matthews and Freja Kargo also performed strongly in the U11s Long Jump.

 

Sunday 27th June Youth Development League - Upper Age Group - by Ashley Burridge

Congratulations to George Evered on a new PB of 24.6s in the U17 200m at our YDL fixture in Lewes last weekend. Oscar Curry ran a solid 1500m with a season's best time of 4:19.6. George also ran in the 4 x 400 relay with an impressive split time.

Our team partners Holland Sports AC provided a large U17 contingent, some of whom enthusiastically competed in events for the first time as non-scorers.
It would be great to see more Reigate Priory U17 and U20 athletes at our next match on Sunday, 25 July in Brighton - a perfect warm-up for the Surrey County Championships the following weekend!

More information for the next match will be sent out via email nearer the date. In the meantime entries are now open for the County Champs at Kingston on 31July/1 Aug: https://data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2021/GBR/tfsurrey/

Ashley Burridge - 

 

Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent

Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:

10 July - Ebbisham League , Woodcote School, Coulsdon - U11s, U13s and U15s - Boys only

17 July - YDL LAG at Guildford - U13s and U15s - Boys and Girls

24 July - Ebbisham League - Venue TBC - U11-U15 boys only

25 July - YDL UAG -  Brighton - U17- U20 Boys and girls

7 August - Lily B - Guildford  -  Girls U11-U17s

15 August Ebbisham League -  Woodcote School Coulsdon - U11s, U13s and U15s - Boys only

28 August  - Lily B - Sutton-  Girls U11-U17s

4 September - YDL LAG - Sutton - U13-U15 Boys and girls

5 September - YDL UAG - Crawley -  U17- U20 Boys and girls

 

Senior Section News 

 

Surrey League cross country news - by Nat Wilson

The ladies Cross Country AGM took place this week with two notable changes

1) Two additional clubs applied to join both the men’s and ladies leagues and were unanimously approved. The two clubs are:

London City Runners
Optima Racing

They will not be competing in the junior races.

2) It was also unanimously agreed that the men’s and ladies Cross Country league would merge as it was agreed this is a far more efficient way for the future of the league. This shouldn’t effect the running of the leagues as such, more the management.

The dates for both men and women were also agreed for the 2021/22 season and are as follows

  • Saturday 16th October 2021 (Richmond Park)
  • Saturday 13th November 2021 (Wimbledon Park)
  • Saturday 15th January 2022 (Mitcham Common)
  • Saturday 19th February 2022 (Effingham Common)
    The two emergency dates agreed where 4th December 2021 and 19th March 2022

Please do keep these dates free in your diaries. Further details will be emailed out nearer the time.

If anyone has any question regarding the above please contact...


(Tom Almond/Fran Dunham/Rick Coles)


(Gillian O’Regan/Nat Wilson)

 

Sunday 27th June - The Essex Way 50Km

Jim Vince participated and finished sub 7:30 hours in the heat, but he reports that it was good fun!

 

Sunday 27th June - Kate's 5th Action Challenge - Cotswold Way Challenge 100Km

Kate Knight completed her 5th Action Challenge event this year in a new PB by 1 hour 30 minutes. Well done Kate!

 

Couch to 5K "Graduation" 10th July

Our Couch to 5k group has made really excellent progress and have less than three weeks until their "graduation". With the return of Parkrun being delayed we now plan to run three 1 mile laps in  Priory Park at 09:00 on Saturday 10th July.

It would be great if we could get a strong turnout of club members to run with the group to help support them and celebrate their achievement. 

 

Surrey Slog Half Marathon 25th July

Please support this event which is staged by MABAC. Details are here.  As a MABAC member club we are required to provide some volunteers; please let me know if you are able to help . In the past it has been possible to volunteer for some roles and run the race. 

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 21st June 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 21st June 2021

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Summer 10K

Following on from the email last week about volunteering at the Summer 10K we are still looking for people to fill the following roles 

  • On-course marshals 
  • Sweep car driver 
  • 2 x lead bikes 
  • 2 x First Aiders 
  • Tuesday Setup - 6pm in Priory Park 
  • Wednesday setup - 2pm at Battlebridge 
  • Return items to Battlebridge after race on Wednesday 

If you are able to fill any of these roles please contact If you have a preference for a particular role please specify it in your email. 

We will not be able to stage this race without enough volunteers so we do need your help.

Please help to publicise this event through your contacts, social media, etc.  Please see the noticeboard for text that you may wish to include in any posts. 

 

Summer Barbecue & Relay Races

 Our Summer Barbecue will be held on Tuesday 27th July. Exact timing and details will follow in due course. 

We are also planning to hold a series of relay races which will involve teams of mixed age groups (juniors and seniors) and abilities. More details to follow. 

 

Membership Renewal 

Membership subscriptions for the year are now overdue

Anyone who has not renewed or contacted the Membership Secretary will be deemed to have resigned from the club with effect from 1st July and will no longer be permitted to train with the club unless they apply to rejoin.  

If you have any questions please contact 

  

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 

 

 Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent

Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:

27 June - YDL UAG at Crawley - U17s and U20s- Boys and Girls

10 July - Lily B at Kingston - U11s, U13s,  U15s and U17s -  Girls only

10 July - Ebbisham League , Woodcote School, Coulsdon - U11s, U13s and U15s - Boys only

17 July - YDL LAG at Guildford - U13s and U15s - Boys and Girls

 

 

Senior Section News 

 

Vets League Track & Field Meeting 14th June 

A team of 9 RPAC members took to the track at the Weir Archer Centre in Kingston on Monday, in the first Vets League fixture for 2021. Covid restrictions meant that the event had a different look this season. Despite the long lay off from track competition there were some sparkling results from our athletes. For full details of the event see here

 

Couch to 5K "Graduation" 10th July

Our Couch to 5k group has made really excellent progress and have less than three weeks until their "graduation". With the return of Parkrun being delayed we now plan to run three 1 mile laps in  Priory Park at 09:00 on Saturday 10th July.

It would be great if we could get a strong turnout of club members to run with the group to help support them and celebrate their achievement. 

 

Senior Men's WhatsApp Group - by Tom Almond

A reminder that we have a men’s WhatsApp group for organising group runs and team competitions. If you would like to be included please email    

 

Surrey Slog Half Marathon 25th July

Please support this event which is staged by MABAC. Details are here.  As a MABAC member club we are required to provide some volunteers; please let me know if you are able to help . In the past it has been possible to volunteer for some roles and run the race. 

  

 

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Vets League T&F, 14th June 2021

Vets League T&F, 14th June 2021

Category: Seniors News

9 veteran members of the club took to the track at the Weir Archer Centre in Kingston on Monday, in the first Vets League fixture for 2021. There was no team competition because of COVID, instead men & women ran together in a series of graded races, whilst in the field events everyone competed together in a single pool.

Alistair Swanepoel and Carmela Charalambous were both competing on the track for the first time. Alistair ran steadily at the start of both his 800m and 3000m races, but accelerated well to comfortably win both races. Carmela on the other hand adopted a slightly less conservative approach at the start of her 3000m, then settled down into a more acceptable pace, finishing in a good 2nd position.

Angie Steadman celebrated her return to the track in Priory colours, after a 30+ year hiatus, by sprinting a 100m. She described it afterwards as "bringing back fond teenage memories"!

In other races, Jo Davey opened her 800m season with a swift winning run, followed home by Tim Kimber in his first race on the track in 2 years. Jo then almost immediately after ran in a 400m, along with Mike Pocock, Annette Morris and Malcolm Woodman. The final series of 3000m saw Frank O Regan finishing well up in the quickest race, with Mike and Annette also having a quick turn-around after their 400s.

The final Long Jump competition saw Jo and Angie take to the runway, their performances being rewarded by UK W45 rankings of 2nd and 6th respectively.

The 2nd Vets League match will be on Monday 5th July at the David Weir Centre in Sutton (where we're expecting big things of Tim after his impromptu testing of the facilities there last night!). Events will be 1500m, 200m, 5000m, Triple Jump, Shot and Javelin.

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Reigate Priory AC News 14th June 2021

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Summer 10K

Agreement has been reached with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and our Summer evening 10k will take place on Wednesday 21st July. This is a well attended and popular event and generates a lot of revenue for the club. It also needs the support of the RPAC members to ensure that it runs safely and efficiently, this year more than ever. If you are able to help out before, during or after the race in any way please contact 

 

Membership Renewal 

Membership subscriptions for the year are now overdue and should be paid as soon as possible.  If you do not wish to renew, please contact 

Please remember that the club is run by volunteers and chasing up overdue payments is a significant task.

If anyone is experiencing financial or technical difficulties, please contact  who will assist.

  

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. 

 

Return of Parkrun delayed until 24th July

Following the announcement this evening from the Prime Minister confirming a delay to Step 4 of the Roadmap until Monday 19 July 2021, it is now intended that Parkrun 5k events in England will not restart until Saturday 24th July (see here for the full statement). Sadly this means that our Couch to 5K graduands will not be able to run Riddlesdown  Parkrun as their graduation event, however they will still be running a 5K distance for the first time on 10th July and I am sure they would welcome a good turnout form RPAC members to help them achieve their goal. More details to follow in due course.

 

Junior Section News 

Surrey Schools T&F Trials Kingston 12th June from Dave Mills

In the absence this summer of the usual format of district competitions followed by finals day, Surrey Schools held a day of trials at Kingston on Saturday ahead of selecting the team for the English Schools T&F Championships being held in Manchester in July.

In the inter-boys (U17) category, there were great performances by George Evered who was 4th quickest in the 200m and Oscar Curry, 5th quickest in the 800m. Both boys with new PB's!

In the Junior boys (U15), Samuel Stapley was in the tightest of finishes in the 800m, with a second quickest time on the day which in a non-pandemic year would have meant a Silver Medal.

Imogen Wheeler ran a superb 100m in the Inter-Girls event to finish the 4th fastest with a new PB!

In the Inter-Girls 800m Lilah Unwin continued her run of fast times with another PB, breaking her own club record for U15G'S 800m, and her time of 2.15.51 saw her finish number one in Surrey Schools, and comfortably within the English Schools entry standard which is 2.18.

A great day for all the young RPAC athletes at the event!

 


Pics are Imogen crossing the line in her 100m, George Evered and Lilah in Kingston.

  

Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent

Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:

27 June - YDL UAG at Crawley - U17s and U20s- Boys and Girls

10 July - Lily B at Kingston - U11s, U13s,  U15s and U17s -  Girls only

10 July - Ebbisham League , Woodcote School, Coulsdon - U11s, U13s and U15s - Boys only

17 July - YDL LAG at Guildford - U13s and U15s - Boys and Girls

 

 

Senior Section News 

Don't forget your water bottle...

Whilst it remains so hot please remember to bring some water (or your refreshment of choice) to the training sessions. There's not much shade at Battlebridge!

First run in an RPAC vest and a new PB!

Alex Mansfield had his first outing in his RPAC vest in the RunThrough Battersea Park 10k on 5th June and recorded a new PB of 37:20. Cracking result Alex and I am confident that this will be the first of many PBs wearing the vest.

 

A first Ultra for Andrew Pringle

Andrew Pringle reports that he has been inspired by Kate Knight's example and decided to take part in the "Run to the Sea" 50K event on 5th June. This was from Horsham to the seafront at Hove. He finished in 6:40:25. Awesome Andrew!
Andrew reports that "It was a great day and certainly a different running challenge! The slog along the Downs Link was so-so but great to be on the South Downs Way in such brilliant sunshine. After all these hot miles, the ice cream at the end was the best tasting I think I've ever had"   

Talking of Kate...

 

Kate completed her 5th Ultra in 5 weeks, finishing the Lake District 100Km race yesterday. This was her 74th event of marathon or greater distance. She says "The course was brutal, very rugged in places but so enjoyable". She isn't joking about being brutal; there is a total of 2500m climbing on the course. At the time of writing the results haven't been published so I can't tell you her finish time.  Well done Kate!

 

Senior Men's WhatsApp Group - by Tom Almond

A reminder that we have a men’s WhatsApp group for organising group runs and team competitions. If you would like to be included please email    

 

Some dates for your diaries

Tuesday 6th July Epsom & Ewell Harriers are hosting 3km relays in Nonsuch Park. See this

Please support MABAC by registering for the Surrey Slog Half Marathon on 25th July - we also need to find some volunteers to assist at this. 

 

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 7th June 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 7th June 2021

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Saturday 5th June Officials at the Youth Development League fixture at Kingston.

A huge RPAC thank you to everyone who helped and supported this event.

In picture Ashley Burridge (Timekeeper), Naomi Jones (Starters Assistant), Ivan Barrett (Field Judge) and Mike Gent (helped with the field events).

 

Membership Renewal 

Membership subscriptions for the year are now overdue and should be paid as soon as possible.  If you do not wish to renew, please contact 

Please remember that the club is run by volunteers and chasing up overdue payments is a significant task.

If anyone is experiencing financial or technical difficulties, please contact  who will assist.

  

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing 

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

There is a new discount code available from Sportsshoes.com. This is valid until 3rd July and will be included in the email version of this newsletter. Please remember that we are not allowed to share this code with non-members. 

 

Junior Section News 

 

Saturday 5th June 2021 National Youth Development League Kingston - by David Mills

The first Track and Field league match of the year took place in Kingston on Saturday in warm and sunny conditions. RPAC took a team of U15 and U13 boys and girls to compete against five other strong clubs in the National Youth Development League and all our athletes acquitted themselves well with several outstanding performances.

A truncated timetable to keep numbers manageable in these post lockdown days meant a number of the usual events weren't available so some of our athletes missed out. Some non scoring results are yet to be posted.

There was heavy point scoring for the team from our two speedsters in the U13 boys with Max Orchard and Michael Maguire winning the 75m A and B races respectively and each by some distance! For Max it meant another club record with his time of 10.0 also seeing him 2nd fastest in the UK at the time of writing! Michael's time of 10.4 was a PB and moves him up to 7th in the UK rankings.

Both boys also competed in the long jump with Max winning the A competition and Michael winning the B. An outstanding afternoon for both boys!

They were joined in the 4 x 100m relay by Ethan Else and Stanley Phillips, and the team stormed home in 1st place.

Reigate Priory AC's U13 1200m  runners before their races

Another U13B'S club record fell in the 1200m with Buddy Kedgley finishing 2nd in 4.00.8. Stanley Phillips ran a good 1200m too, finishing 3rd in the B string with Ethan Else performing strongly as a non scorer.

Eve Goulding ran a new PB in the U13 girls 75m with a quick time of 10.8. Good points were added by Sophia Potter in the 75m (PB!), the 1200m and long jump and their were good performances in the 1200m too from Kaia Hessey and Neve MacGregor.

Kaia, Sophia, Kyra Pemberton and Eve finished 5th in the 4 x 100m relay.

In the U15 match, there were maximum points scored in the boys 800m with Samuel Stapley running strongly to take 1st place by a considerable distance with a new PB of 2.07.1. This moves Samuel up to 16th in the UK rankings. 1st place in the B race went to Joel Lawrence with a good time of 2.23.7 in his first competitive 800m.

Imogen Wheeler was 2nd in the 100m with another PB, a quick 13.2.

The girls 800m saw strong performances from Ella Scrase, 2nd in the A race with a huge PB, a fast 2.29.6, and Sophia Bryant 2nd in the B string with another quick time of 2.34.0.

With the 800m places filled, Cara Koutzaroff-Richards and Imogen Abrahams stepped in to race in the 300m and both girls ran well to each finish 4th in the A and B strings respectively, both new PB's, and scoring good points for the team.

Milo Sears finished 4th in his first 300m with a good time of 43.2.

Many thanks go to the ever dependable RPAC qualified Officials, Ashley, Naomi and Ivan for helping make the competition possible, and to Mike Gent for helping with the offiating at several of the events.

The next YDL match for U15/U13 is in Guildford on Saturday 17th July when a full timetable of events is expected.

RPAC finished in 5th place on the day with two more fixtures to come.

 

English Schools T&F Championships

Lilah Unwin ran two more qualifying times in the 800m for the English Schools T&F Championships being held in Manchester in July with fast races at Worthing and Milton Keynes in the last week. Lilah goes again this Wednesday evening at the Linford Christie Stadium in a British Milers Club Regional Race.

The Surrey team for the Championships will be selected after the trials being held in Kingston this Saturday. Good luck to all our athletes taking part in the trials which in addition to Lilah include Samuel Stapley in the Junior Boys 800m and Oscar Curry in the Intermediate Boys 800m.

 

Senior Section News 

 

Senior Men's WhatsApp Group - by Tom Almond

A reminder that we have a men’s WhatsApp group for organising group runs and team competitions. If you would like to be included please email 

  

Southern Athletics League 20th June  

The first SAL meeting of the season takes place on Sunday 20th June. The event is open to U17sw, U20s, Seniors and Vets. If you would like to take part please email  ASAP. 

 

Some dates for your diaries

Tuesday 6th July Epsom & Ewell Harriers are (hopefully) hosting 3km relays. See this.

Saturday 10th July our first Parkrun Tourism event (and Couch to 5K Graduation) will be Riddlesdown (on the assumption that the landowners have given permission for it to be staged).

We have received some emails earlier in the week that indicate that there is a good chance that the MABAC league events may recommence in August (Wimbledon). Please support MABAC by registering for the Surrey Slog Half Marathon on 25th July.

 

Saturday 5th June London Summer Walk

Having completed two ultra's over the last fortnight, Kate Knight has closely followed this up with participation in the London Summer Walk Marathon last Saturday. She achieved a PB by 30 minutes, despite the heat!

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 31st May 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 31st May 2021

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Membership Renewal 

Membership subscriptions for the year are now overdue and should be paid as soon as possible.  If you do not wish to renew, please contact 

Please remember that the club is run by volunteers and chasing up overdue payments is a significant task

If anyone is experiencing financial or technical difficulties, please contact  who will assist

 

 Hoodie Order 

This is the last chance to order a Club Hoodie. We will be placing the order next weekend (5th/6th June). Hoodies can be ordered via our new membership system, LoveAdmin. If you use the LoveAdmin app select “optional extras” , if you go in via a browser select “payment” option then “Extras”.

 

John Smallwood RIP

By now you will probably have heard the sad news of the sudden death of club member John Smallwood on 17th April.  A tribute to him from a friend can be found here. If you knew John and would like to make a donation to charity in his memory a fundraising page can be found here

 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing 

 

Junior Section News 

Max Sets A New Club Record In U13 Boys' Long Jump by Dave Mills

 

At the Bracknell Open meeting  on Saturday 29th May Max Orchard jumped an impressive 4.87m in the U13 long jump breaking the existing Club Record for the event and cementing his No 2 UK ranking!  

Earlier last week, on the Monday evening,  Max ran a fast 100m at the Blackheath and Bromley Open meeting.  His time of 13.60 is very fast for his age group, and a new official PB for Max! Max's time at the Quad Kids meeting in Guildford was even quicker at 13.3 but that result hasn't found its way onto Power of 10 at the time of writing.

Max's performance all round is truly remarkable; not only is he ranked No 2 in the UK for long jump but he is also ranked in the top 5 for 800m, top 15 for 100m and top 21 for 1500m. Awesome Max! 

 

 AFD Open Meeting 31st May by Dave Mills

On Monday afternoon 31 May,  competing at the Aldershot Farnham and District Open Meeting, Lilah Unwin maintained her consistent run of form with a fast time of 2.19.83 in the 800m.

At the same meeting U11 James Beaty, running in only his second 1500m race, took a full 21 seconds off his previous time recording 5.22.71 for a new PB. An excellent result for someone so young! 

Earlier in the day James ran in the 150m sprint, finishing with a creditable time of 24.36 seconds. Well done James!

  

All of these young  athletes are having strong seasons! Well done Max, Lilah and James!

 

 

Senior Section News 

Vets' League Monday 14th June

The deadline for signing up for this event is next Sunday, 6th June. It would be great to see a good turn out.

Southern Athletics League 20th June  

The first SAL meeting of the season takes place on Sunday 20th June. The event is open to U17sw, U20s, Seniors and Vets. If you would like to take part please email  ASAP. 

 

Some dates for your diaries

Tuesday 6th July Epsom & Ewell Harriers are (hopefully) hosting 3km relays. See this.

Saturday 10th July our first Parkrun Tourism event (and Couch to 5K Graduation) will be Riddlesdown (on the assumption that the landowners have given permission for it to be staged).

I have received some emails earlier in the week that indicate that there is a good chance that the MABAC league events may recommence in August (Wimbledon). Please support MABAC by registering for the Surrey Slog Half Marathon on 25th July.

 

Kate Does The Double

After her gargantuan effort in the Jurassic Coast Ultra last weekend this weekend Kate Knight completed the London to Brighton 100Km Ultra. Kate finished in 28:59:05, a new PB for the course by some 2½ hours, despite being diverted in several places including on the last section. Well done Kate there's no stopping you!

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 24th May 2021

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Summary minutes from April's RPAC committee meeting...

...can be seen here.

 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing 

 

Junior Section News 

 

Lilah Sets New U15G'S 800m Record from David Mills

Competing at the London Hurdles and Middle Distance Open Meeting in Bromley on Saturday, Lilah Unwin produced an outstanding performance to clock 2.16.12 for her 800m. A new PB and a new club record! Lilah is currently performing at a consistently high level.

 

At the same meeting there were new PB's in the 1500m for U17 Eva Marsh who won her race in a speedy 5.03.14, and for U13 Max Orchard with a quick 4.56.50 in his first race of the season over the longer distance. Both continue to produce excellent performances.

 

Another young athlete performing consistently well is Shakila Keable, and at the same meeting, Shakila broke through the 11 minute barrier in the 3000m with a new PB time of 10.54.92.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday, across London at the HHH Open Endurance Meeting being staged at the Millennium Arena in Battersea, U15 Samuel Stapley took 4 seconds off his 800m PB to record a great time of 2.08.7.

U17 Oscar Curry maintained his good level in the 800m with 2.06.2, close to his best.

Well done to all the above for great performances!

 

Surrey Schools Athletics Championships Saturday 12th June from Mike Gent

The Surrey Schools Athletics Championships will be taking a different format this year. It will take place on 12th June at Kingston. There is an U15 and U17 event only.

The races will be an opportunity to try and secure England Schools qualifying times. Entries are now open via the Surrey Schools Athletics website. Entries close on May 30th.

Please enter your own child if they wish to race. Consult their coach if you have any questions.

 

Senior Section News 

 

Saturday 22nd May Herne Hill Harriers Track Endurance Meeting

Over 5,000 metres, Steve Cheeseman was 6th in a time of 18:16 (Heat 3)

 

Over the same distance, Ginevra Stoneley was 2nd in a time of 19:49.4 (Heat 4).

(Results and photos with thanks to Malcolm Woodman.)

 

Saturday 15th May Reunion 10K at Kempton Park

Missing from the results of last week in the newsletter, Elaine Reddyhoff was pleased with her time of 27:59.

 

Sunday 23rd May Kate Knight completes the Jurassic Coast Challenge

This event has 25km, 50km and 100km distance options. You can probably guess which one Kate participated in.

Kate reports that she is now the very proud owner of a Jurassic Coast Challenge medal after completing the 100km of this challenging event in a time of 31:55:10 in 398th position out of 417 finishers - see this.

To use Kate's words, parts of the course were "very steep and brutal".

Kate is following this up with the London to Brighton next weekend.

 

Some dates for your diaries

Tuesday 6th July Epsom & Ewell Harriers are (hopefully) hosting 3km relays. See this.

Saturday 10th July Our Parkrun Tourism intended event will be Riddlesdown.

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 17th May 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 17th May 2021

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All Club News 

New Social Running Group on Tuesday Evenings

We have started a new session intended for the graduands and graduates of the Couch to 5K programme, that runs from a bench between the Reigate Priory building and the Sunken Garden at 7PM each Tuesday, although all club members are very welcome to attend. The intention is to run/walk about 5K distance each week in a similar format to the Saturday Social running group. If you'd be interested in attending the session can you please email Paul Walters on  who can add you to the list of attendees and with your permission, to the WhatsApp group.

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Parkrun tourism revived Saturday 10th July

Assuming it is back by then, we are going to Riddlesdown Parkrun on Saturday 10th July for a bit of parkrun tourism, as well as being the chosen Couch to 5K programme graduation event. Keep the date in your diary. If we can't go to Riddlesdown we'll try to ensure that we have a back-up plan.

 

Hoodies Order Email

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Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing 

 

Junior Section News 

Thames Valley Harriers Open Wednesday 12th May from Dave Mills

A late in the evening appointment for U15 Shakila Keable last Wednesday at the Thames Valley Harriers Open saw her post a new PB in the 3000m. Shakila took some 12 seconds off her previous best time completing the gruelling distance in 11.01.02.

On Sunday afternoon U15 Lilah Unwin took part in the Invitation 800m to close the Guildford Young Athletes Open Meeting. A fast race with a quality field saw Lilah take 1st place with another sub 2.20 time.

Well done to both girls!

 

YAC Guildford Saturday 15th May from Mike Gent

The Young Athletes Club Guildford hosted a Junior Individual Quad Kids event on Sunday. There was an U7, U9,U11 and U13 event, separately for boys and girls. Each athlete does four events, a sprint, an endurance race , a jump and a throw. Times and distances are converted to points, as in a Decathlon. 

There was a great turn out from RPAC athletes, with over 20 athletes competing, and in spite of some dreadful weather, they achieved some fantastic individual results. 

Whilst the final results have not yet been published we had a number of medal winners. Gracie Shade won silver in the U9 girls. Florence Shade was fourth in U11 girls. Mateo Mahop won gold in the U11 boys. Max Orchard won gold in the U13 boys, with what was a record score for the event, whilst Alastair Fordyce was fourth in the same age category, and Eve Goulding was fourth in the U13 girls. In addition over the day a number of other athletes won their individual races and achieved PBs. It was lovely for the children to have the opportunity to compete again. Hopefully next time it will stop raining and the sun might make an appearance.

 

Stop Press: Blackheath and Bromley Harriers Sprints Open Meeting Monday 17th May from Dave Mills

U13 Michael Maguire set a new Club Record in the U13 boys 75m with a time of 10:49. Well done Michael! 

 

Senior Section News 

 Wings For Life World Run Sunday 9th May

An RPAC team comprised of Stephen Smith, Jas Dhanda, James England and Ruth Willis competed in the Wings for Life World Run on Sunday 09 May. This involved setting off at 12:00 and being chased by a virtual car via an app. Your race is over when the car catches you. The team had chosen a flattish route around Brockham, running loops from Brockham Green, into Wellhouse Lane and back via Betchworth village,  Old Road and Kiln Lane. To add to add a sense of occasion the team wore club vests. At 1:00 all were going well and had settled into their stride. Come 75 minutes however, the lack of race training started to show with Stephen falling away from the group. Jas and James were the first to stop, follwed by Stephen and finally Ruth. Everyone managed to complete over 20 KM before being caught, with Ruth managing a very impressive 24KM coming in as the 701st female runner out of a total of over 80,000 competitors worldwide. Well done team!

One of the team who shall remain nameless stated "It was hot and we all wanted to stop before we were caught. Even though we all had our phones with us, we didn't take any photos!". He went on to add that it was enjoyable and great company. 

  

Some fantastic results this week from our seniors...

 Elaine Reddyhof competed in the 3000m at the South London Athletics Network "Coming Out" Track & Field Open on Saturday 1st May. She said " I ran in the first heat and finished in a time of 16:12. Even though I was last, this was the best time for a 3K that I'd run in a long while". Well done Elaine! I also noticed a certain Ginevra Stoneley ran at the same event.

Neil Freeman-Jones ran in the London Marathon Reunion 5K at Kempton Park racecourse on Saturday 15th May, finishing in 18:44 and setting a new PB into the bargain. Fabulous result Neil, well done!. Neil puts his time down to "the great coaching provided by RPAC". That's really good to hear Neil.

George Roux, Lee Savage, and Tom Ryan all took part in the Run Through Battersea Park 10K on Saturday 15th May, finishing in 33:29, 35:14 and 36:17 respectively. I think I am right in saying that it was a PB for Lee. I suspect that it may also have been a PB for Tom but I am unable to confirm this at present.

Here's a couple of pictures of Tom in his first outing in a club vest

 

Some dates for your diaries

Herne Hill Track Endurance Meeting on Saturday 22nd May - see this.

Epsom Allsorts are holding their annual Hogsmill 5 mile ladies race virtually this year between 22nd and 31st May. Details are here and entry is free if you do not wish to receive a medal.

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 10th May 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 10th May 2021

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All Club News 

 

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 Couch to 5K Programme

After the angst of the weather forecast with heavy rain predicted, the conditions were kind to us for the first Couch to 5K programme session. A lull in the weather allowed us to complete the session without problems of lashing rain and gusts of wind. Fingers crossed the weather will only improve for our sessions. For anyone who would like to join the programme, this is still possible with full details are on the noticeboard. Thanks to members of the Saturday Social running group as well as Andrew Bamford, Adrian Grant and Sarah Walters for helping with the group.

 

Parkrun tourism revived Saturday 10th July

Assuming it is back by then, we are going to Riddlesdown Parkrun on Saturday 10th July for a bit of parkrun tourism, as well as being the chosen Couch to 5K programme graduation event. Keep the date in your diary. If we can't go to Riddlesdown we'll try to ensure that we have a back-up plan.

 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing 

 

Junior Section News 

 

AFD Open Meeting Saturday 8 May - by David Mills

In his first track event, a mixed age group 1500m, U11 James Beaty ran a terrific race to finish in 2nd place. However, of the five U11's running 1500's, James's time of 5.43.7 was the quickest.

In the 800m at the same meeting, U15 Samuel Stapley won his race in a time of 2.13.1 taking 7 seconds off his previous PB!

Well done to both whose times were achieved despite the adverse conditions caused by the extremely windy weather.


Lilah Unwin breaks U15G'S 300m Club Record - by David Mills

At the Medway and Maidstone Open on 3 May, Lilah's time of 43.53 in the 300m was a new U15G'S club record for the event.

An amazing run by Lilah and the 15th quickest U15G'S 300m in the UK at the time of writing. A very strong start to the season by Lilah!

 

Senior Section News 

 

Apologies from editorial

In last week's newsletter it was stated that Eloise's 3000m time was a new club record. This was not quite correct. Eloise's time is the fastest run by a senior lady, but the club record was actually set by Pippa Roessler with a time of 10:12.8 running as an U15 in 2017. Please accept my apologies Eloise for my mistake.

We also need to apologise to Tom Almond for missing the fact that his half marathon time of 01:10:41 at Goodwood was a new club record (and we have had this verified!)

 

Some fantastic results this week from our seniors...

Bewel Water Marathon Saturday 8th May

Jim Vince ran this marathon. He reports that his training largely consisted of a 6 mile pub crawl walk with a few mates a week ago - i.e. no training! He was very happy with 6 hours 17 mins, and that's Jim's 95th marathon.

Kate Knight was also at Bewel Water, and was extremely happy with her time of 7:12:45 - a trail marathon PB by some 35 minutes, this being her 70th marathon. It was wet slippery conditions under foot. Kate had an easy day on Sunday, but returned to training today in preparation for ultra marathons (100km) on 22nd/23rd May and 29th/30th May. Phew.

Crystal Palace Half Marathon Sunday 9th May

 Jack Finn finished in a time of 2 hours 2 mins. Well done Jack.

Jigsaw 10K (at Dunsfold Park Aerodrome) Sunday 9th May

George Roux was over the line in 35:02 and 8th in the results, Laura Ebbs was 40th in a time of 40:15 and 2nd in her category.

 

Some dates for your diaries

Herne Hill Track Endurance Meeting on Saturday 22nd May - see this.

Epsom Allsorts are holding their annual Hogsmill 5 mile ladies race virtually this year between 22nd and 31st May. Details are here and entry is free if you do not wish to receive a medal.

London Marathon Events is staging a Reunion 5km at Kempton Park on Saturday May 15 to help with the government’s events research programme. There will be three races in total with 3000 runners and 3000 spectators in each and it is designed in conjunction with the Department for Digital, Media, Culture & Sport to help with scientific data on how mass participation events can safely resume as part of the roadmap out of lockdown in England from June 21. Entry costs £15 – with registered spectators free of charge – and you can apply here. Note that evidently we will get a guaranteed London Marathon place for every 10 participants from Reigate Priory AC.

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 3rd May 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 3rd May 2021

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I apologise for the length of this newsletter. As we didn't have a newsletter last week because of the AGM, there's quite a bit to catch up on.

 

All Club News 

 Our AGM 

We held our club AGM last Monday, 26th April, and you can find material discussed at the AGM here

Our New Chairman is Chris Daniels 

Chris very kindly volunteered to stand as Chairman just prior to the AGM. I am sure I speak for all of us when I say a huge thank you to Chris for stepping into this role and I know that my fellow committee members and I are very grateful to you for doing so. 

I asked Chris if he could provide us with a bit of a biography by way of an introduction for anyone who doesn't know him. Here is what he wrote:

"I've lived in Redhill my whole life although my interest in running has covered a much smaller time period, I decided to take up running after qualifying as an Actuary about eight years ago as a result of a challenge from a colleague to run a 10k. After graduating from 10k to half marathons and then a full marathon (Brighton 2014) I decided to give the inaugural Run Reigate half marathon a go. There I met a couple of people from RPAC who encouraged me to join them on a Tuesday night and I was hooked! If you'd have told me twenty years ago that I would spend an hour a week running as fast as I could round a fairly dilapidated track I would have thought that you were mad. Of course the reason it's so much fun are the incredibly welcoming and friendly club members who immediately made me feel welcome and the volunteers who give up their time to endlessly tell me to relax my shoulders and raise my knees!
 
I've had some great times with the Club including (the drinks after) various cross country events, the duels I've had in past Reigate half marathons with other club members, cheating death about ten times in 29 minutes on the original Jimmy James course, and winning a second place senior men's half marathon trophy in an incredibly fluky way. I genuinely believe that joining the running club was one of the best decisions I ever made and that is why I decided to put my name forward for this role.
 
Outside of running I lead the calculations team, of about 70 people, at the Government Actuary's Department and volunteer with the Institute of Actuaries to help with the accreditation of Actuarial Science courses at universities. When I'm not doing that I love long distance walking, and have covered a fair number of the National Trails. I'm also very fond of pubs so plan to reacquaint myself with them in a major way in the next few months.
 
 
Here's a photo of me on the Cleveland Way"
 

Thank You Malcolm!

After 8 years at the helm Malcolm Woodman stood down as chair of the club at the AGM (held last Monday 26th April). Without wishing to embarrass Malcolm I think you  will agree that we all owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for his direction of the club over all those years. 

I would like to quote from an email that I was sent earlier in the week which I think sums up what we all feel

"During the period that you were Chair, the club has made enormous strides:
The financial model is now self funding without the need for contribution from the organised races.
Significant improvements have been made to the Battlebridge track as a home base, and the new floodlighting will make the environment safer and more enjoyable.
Links to the local community, and particularly the local Council, are stronger than ever.
The committee is well organised, with a good mix across the different aspects of the club, and expertise in key roles.
Membership numbers remain strong, and performance levels among the different age groups are remarkable for a club of our size with limited facilities.
I know that you will be continuing to contribute to the club through your coaching,of the senior squad, but as the chapter of your time as Chair is now closed, you should be proud of your leadership of the club over these years.."

Hear, Hear!

On a personal note I would like to add my thanks for your encouragement (the Cranleigh 21 in 2019 particularly stands out in my mind ), and for your patience in sorting out the many mistakes I have made whilst composing the newsletter or compiling the results. 

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New Joiners

Please join me in extending a very warm RPAC welcome to John Gammon, Karima Graham, Michael MacFarlane, Tom Ryan, Victoria Stammars and Alistair Swanepoel who have all recently joined the club. I hope to meet you all in person in the not too distant future.  

 Couch to 5K

Following the great success of the Couch to 5k programme held in 2019 we are planning to run a new programme this year starting on Saturday 8th May. This will be led by Paul Walters. Full details are on the noticeboard. Please share it with anyone who you think might be interested. 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

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  Junior Section News 

There were plenty more PB's spread around the Juniors at the South London Harriers Open Meeting held in Coulsdon on Saturday.

In the long jump there were new personal bests for U13's Michael Maguire and Sophia Potter.
Sophia also ran a good first ever 300m.

Doubling up in the 300 and 800 was U11 Florence Shade who posted two excellent times in her first competitive races over these distances.

In the 800m an outstanding performance by U15 Lilah Unwin, in her first race of the summer, saw her take over 4 seconds off her previous best time! Posting 2.17.48, Lilah has already secured an entry standard for the prestigious English Schools T&F Championships scheduled (but still to be confirmed) for three days 9th 10th 11th July in Manchester.

Charlotte Pelekani was another U15G who put in an excellent run to register a new PB in the 800m.

U17 Oscar Curry continued his great run of form with yet another 800M PB in a time of 2.03.73.

 

Downs League XC Morden Park Sunday 25th April

The rescheduled XC (postponed in Dec courtesy of the outbreak of the Covid Kent variant) was held in Morden Park on Sunday 25th April.

Stand out performances came from Max Orchard, 4th in the U13B'S race, and Euan Willis who finished 5th in the U15B'S race.

 

Picture: Three RPAC U13G'S line up for the start in Morden Park.


Medway & Maidstone Open, Gillingham, Monday 3rd May

Two talented young RPAC Juniors travelled to Gillingham on Bank Holiday Monday with another PB each to reward their efforts.

For Max Orchard it came with 4m.63, his best effort yet in the U13B'S Long Jump.

Lilah Unwin took on the 300m and ran the second fastest time ever by an RPAC U15G clocking 43.53! Only 3 hundredths of a second off the club record set eight years ago.

Pictures below are of Max and Lilah today. 

 

 

Senior Section News 

A new Club Record for Eloise

Eloise Bull set a new club record in the 3000m held at Birmingham University on 21st April, finishing in a time of 10:37:19. This beats the previous club record for this distance by some 11 seconds. Well done Eloise!

Jon's 50K

Jon Payn completed the North Downs Ridge 50k trail run, his first ultra distance race, on Saturday (1st May).

Here's what he had to say about it: "With just under 3000ft of elevation, this 50k route started at Denbies vineyard and followed the North Downs way westwards towards Newlands Corner, from there it dropped down and back up St Martha’s on the hill and back down the other side towards Guildford.  A welcome checkpoint was waiting to be able to refuel before turning around and back up to St Martha’s retracing the route to Denbies.  With the finish line in sight, the route detoured to a rather undulating circular 10k of Norbury Park before returning back to Denbies, this time for the finish line.  This being my first ever ultra and longest distance run, I was aiming for under 6 hours so I was really pleased when I finished in 5.36.55.  "

 

Other Results

Tom Almond, Lee Savage, Steve Cheesman and recent joiners Karina Graham and Tom Ryan all ran at the Running Grand Prix at Goodwood Motor Circuit on 25th April.

Karima and Tom Ryan ran the marathon and finished in 04:34:01 and 02:56:14 respectively. 

Tom Almond ran the half marathon and finished in 01:10:41. Lee and Steve ran in the 10K and finished in 35:28 and 37:36 respectively.

Well done to all of you and especial congratulations to the two Toms for achieving new PBs.

 

Please let us know about any missing results by emailing 

 

Some dates for your diaries

Epsom Allsorts are holding their annual Hogsmill 5 mile ladies race virtually this year between 22nd and 31st May. Details are here and entry is free if you do not wish to receive a medal.

London Marathon Events is staging a Reunion 5km at Kempton Park on Saturday May 15 to help with the government’s events research programme. There will be three races in total with 3000 runners and 3000 spectators in each and it is designed in conjunction with the Department for Digital, Media, Culture & Sport to help with scientific data on how mass participation events can safely resume as part of the roadmap out of lockdown in England from June 21. Entry costs £15 – with registered spectators free of charge – and you can apply here.

 

Keep in touch

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Couch to 5K course starting Saturday May 8th 2021

Couch to 5K course starting Saturday May 8th 2021

Category: All Club News

Following the great success of the last Couch to 5k programme held in 2020 we are running a new programme.

This will start on Saturday 8th May and finishing on Saturday 10th July with a parkrun (assuming that the parkrun events are opened by then).

Full details are on the club noticeboard.

Please do share this with anyone who you think might be interested.

Reigate Priory AC News 19th April 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 19th April 2021

Category: All Club News

 

All Club News 

 The Club AGM  Monday 26th April

The AGM will be held via zoom at 19:00 on Monday 26th April. Please add this date to your diaries. More details are on the Noticeboard and you should have received an email about this yesterday.

We still have no candidates for the post of Club Chair which will become vacant at the AGM. There is an updated description of the Chair role here.  

We will also be awarding senior trophies to the 2020 Club Champions after the AGM concludes.  

 Couch to 5K

Following the great success of the Couch to 5k programme held in 2019 we are planning to run a new programme this year starting on Saturday 8th May. This will be led by Paul Walters. Full details are on the noticeboard. Please share it with anyone who you think might be interested. 

 

Summary Minutes

The summary minutes from the committee meeting held on 10th March are here 

  

Race Director Needed for the Priory Relays 

We are in need of a Race Director for the Priory Relays which will be held towards the end of the year (normally November). We have people with recent experience of this role who will be able to help "show you the ropes" and good documentation of the event. If you are interested in taking on this role please email .

  

Junior Section News 

 

Reminder of Junior Sessions Etiquette

Please can we remind athletes and parents that all sessions operate within the framework and roadmap provided by England Athletics which can be viewed here:

https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/guidance-update-2021/

This means:

  • All of our sessions are COVID secure and athletes must ensure appropriate social distancing at all times
  • Group sizes are limited to 12 athletes per coach per session. Please do not turn up to train without your attendance being formally agreed with the coach.

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Surrey Quadkids team event on Wednesday 23 June 5:30 at Guildford for school years 5 and 6.  

The athletics leagues are looking to hold events over the summer and the following dates have been confirmed so far:

YDL Lower age group 5th June, 17th July and 4th  September

YDL Upper age group 30th May, 27th June, 25th  July and 5th September 

Lily B  26th June, 7th August and 28th  August

 

Senior Section News 

 Dorney Lake Double

Well done to Steve Cheesman and Rob Wigley who both clocked up PBs in the Half Marathon and 10k races at Dorney Lake yesterday.

Steve finished the Half Marathon in 01:24:46 and Rob finished the 10k in 00:37:35. Very well done to both of you!

 

RPAC in the Mirror 

Some of our recent race results appeared in last week's Surrey Mirror thanks to Nat's sterling work. Please let us know if we have missed any of your recent results. 

SLH are hosting a track day on Saturday 1st May

For those who might be interested, SLH are hosting a track race day on 1st May. You can see full details here. Note - online entry only, max 2 events only, senior athletes to attend alone. No entries on the day.

Fancy running for The Eikon Charity?

The Eikon Charity are a Surrey based charity that supports children and young people to overcome difficulties, become resilient and develop into confident adults who contribute positively to their communities.
They have told us that they have charity places available in the Mercer Surrey Half Marathon (26th September 2021), the Virgin Money London Marathon and the Virtual London Marathon (both 3rd October 2021). 

Details of how to apply for these places are available on their website.  

 

...And Finally

Kate Knight will have to wait a little longer for her 70th Marathon finish as despite running considerably further than planned due to an issue with the signs, she was ruled out of time at the Hurtwood 50k on Saturday.  That's really tough luck Kate!

Jack Finn set a new half marathon PB as part of his training for the Brighton Marathon (1:54:15) - well done Jack keep on running! 

 

Keep in touch

Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

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Reigate Priory AC News 12th April 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 12th April 2021

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All Club News 

 

The Club AGM - a date for your diaries

The AGM will be held on Monday 26th April. Please add this date to your diaries. More details are on the Noticeboard.

We still have no candidates for the post of Club Chair which will become vacant at the AGM. There is an updated description of the Chair role here.  

We will also be awarding senior trophies to the 2020 Club Champions and to other competition winners.  

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount

The discount code for April will be shared in the email version of this newsletter. Don't forget that we are not allowed to share this outside of the club.   

 

Junior Section News 

 

Blackheath and Bromley on 11th April 2021 - by David Mills

Several Juniors attended the Blackheath and Bromley Spring Middle Distance Graded Open Meeting yesterday.

Whilst the weather was sunny and warm, the RPAC youngsters produced a deluge of PB's.

 

Pride of place must go to Max Orchard who shattered the 30 year old Club Record in the U13B 800m with an outstanding time of 2.18.16. This was a PB of almost 4 seconds by Max!

 

Continuing his great form from last autumn, there was a new best time in the 800 for U17 Oscar Curry. Florence Shade ran an amazing 600 in the U11 category, knocking some 13 seconds off her previous best time.

 

There were new PB's in the 1500 for Eva Marsh (U15) and Joely Watkinson ( U20). Athletes setting good first times in their events were Euan Willis in the U15 1500, Isla Kinniburgh in the U13 800 and Charlotte Pelekani in the U15 600.

Pollyanne Stott started her comeback after a long layoff with a good effort in the U15 800 and Shakila Keable, although only U15, took on some big names in a grueling 3000m.

 

Reminder of Junior Sessions Etiquette - by Ellis Cain-Jones

Can we remind athletes and parents that all sessions operate within the framework and road-map provided by England Athletics which can be viewed here:

https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/guidance-update-2021/

This means:

  • All of our sessions are COVID secure and athletes must ensure appropriate social distancing at all times
  • Group sizes are limited to 12 athletes per coach per session. Please do not turn up to train without your attendance being formally agreed with the coach.

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Surrey Quadkids team event on Wednesday 23 June 5:30 at Guildford for school years 5 and 6.  

The athletics leagues are looking to hold events over the summer and the following dates have been confirmed so far:

YDL Lower age group 5th June, 17th July and 4th  September

YDL Upper age group 30th May, 27th June, 25th  July and 5th September 

Lily B  26th June, 7th August and 28th  August

 

Senior Section News 

 

Apologies to Eloise Bull and Tom Almond

In last week's newsletter we completely missed the fact that Eloise had set a new club record and Tom's time was a PB (See last week's newsletter for the details. We did edit last week's newsletter but too late for the email version.)

 

Wimbledon 5K on 11th April 2021

Sarah Pemberton finished 20th in a time of 19:07. Club results can be found on our website here.

 

Royal Parks virtual Half Marathon

Carmela Charalambous completed this competition in 1:36:49. Let us know if you also took part. Results appear to be difficult to find!

 

SLH are hosting a track day on Saturday 1st May

For those who might be interested, SLH are hosting a track race day on 1st May. You can see full details here. Note - online entry only, max 2 events only, senior athletes to attend alone. No entries on the day.

 

National Running Show South, Farnborough on 17th & 18th July - by Chris Beale

The National Running Show South is taking place in Farnborough on 17th and 18th July and as one of the Ambassadors for the National Running Show.

I have a code that I can share which allows people to get tickets for FREE (valid until the end of April). Headline speakers at the show include Dame Kelly Holmes and Roger Black, as well as many others.

There are lots of different running brands, big and small exhibiting. As well as that there are plenty of other features all based around running.

Lots more information is available on the National Running Show website: https://nationalrunningshow.com/south

The link is provided within the email version of this newsletter.

 

Kate Knight - 70th marathon alert

We'll be keeping a close eye on Kate's results this coming weekend. Kate is taking part in the Hurtwood 50km ultra marathon on Saturday 17th April, and not having enough, is following up with the Essex Marathon on Sunday 18th April. OMG! Good luck Kate! By the way, Kate is collecting for SASH, the charity for East Surrey Hospital and all the services provided by Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, and you can sponsor her here.

 

Wacky Races - by Moray Carey

In the RPAC Newsletter edition of 15/06/20 Mike Pocock reminisced about a unique run along the M25 in 1985.

"Wackiest local event for me has to be the one-off and never to be repeated, M25 10 mile race. It took place in 1985 on the finished motorway just prior to being opened.”

To add further context to the background of the race here’s some additional info…...

The long advanced idea to encircle London started to gain momentum in the late 1960’s but the 117- mile orbital motorway was constructed piecemeal, with each section becoming operational as soon as it was finished. 

Although the 4.5 mile section between Junctions 6 (Godstone) – 8 (Reigate, the highest point of the motorway at 213 metres/700 feet) was opened in 1976 the section onwards to Junction 9 (Leatherhead) was not completed and ready for use until 1985.......

 

The following is a piece from the Gosport Road Runners’ Monthly Newsletter of February 2019 based on the recollection of two of its members:

 

“The M25 Motorway Ten” (10 miles)

 

It is hard to imagine now, as you whizz along the M25 on your way to the Channel or the Dartford crossings, that this was until the early nineteen eighties, rolling countryside.

 

The section of the M25 around the Leatherhead interchange Junction 9, was constructed by Balfour Beatty. Completed in early ‘85 it was offered by them, for a day, to Leatherhead Lions Club. They wanted to organise a unique, one off, never to repeated, road race. The idea was to raise £7000 to buy equipment for Leatherhead and Epsom hospital, but to do this they needed some expertise. Epsom & Ewell Harriers were enlisted, and an idea became a reality.

 

Race Day was fixed for 11:00 Sunday 27th January 1985. The start was at bridge 29, which is a stone’s throw from the road bridge which carries the A24 over the Motorway. Strict rules were in place. The race was an out and back on the Southern carriageway (anti-clockwise) and parking was on the Northern (clockwise) carriageway. No picnics, fires, tents. No changing facilities or showers, limited toilets and basic refreshments, left as found in a pristine condition to be handed over to the department of transport on completion.

 

2,826 entries were received at £4 a head and at least four of those entries were Gosport Road Runners. 2,269 finished and a medal went to all finishers. T- shirts were available but had to be paid for.

 

The weather on race day was settled and dry, ideal for running. The Lions easily raised their target of £7000 and two thousand odd Happy runners went home as part of a unique band. A few weeks later this section of the motorway opened to traffic. On 29th October 1986 the M25 was officially opened and life was never quite the same again for millions of people.”

 

Footnote (or should that be recycled news?)

 

A bike race was also held on this section prior to opening. The following is an extract from the Norwood Paragon (Cycling Club, Reigate) History, 1985

 

On Thursday 2nd May the Surrey League held its first race on the M25. No, that is not a misprint! The section of the M25 around what is now the Leatherhead Junction (Junction 8) was completed far in advance of the section to the A3 or the other way to the top of Reigate Hill. Keith Butler had received permission to use the road from Messrs Balfour Beaty until the other sections had been completed – probably until August 1985. In this handicap race Gethin Butler came 4th on the 4.5-mile circuit. Keith was rather amused to have to sign an indemnity in case he and the riders damaged the Motorway!”

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 5th April 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 5th April 2021

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I hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well and that you had a happy and peaceful Easter. With the lighter evenings and the (sometimes) warmer weather it certainly is starting to feel like there is light at the end of the long Covid-19 tunnel. 

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And we're back!

After a year of disruption training was able to resume for most groups from last Monday. I think turnout was good for the senior groups and I imagine that the junior groups were well attended too. 

 Here is the Wednesday evening senior group rediscovering the joys of running in Priory Park.

 

I'm not sure whether they were 'taking the knee' in gratitude or whether they were trying not to block out the magnificent backdrop. 

Left to right are Usha Stevens, Adrian Grant, James England, Melanie Fulton-Bell, Debbie Robinson, Ian Edmonds, Kate Knight, Peter Luxton, Jack Finn, Juliette Stern, David Winzer and Gail Hill.

 

The Club AGM - a date for your diaries

The AGM will be held on Monday 26th April. Please add this date to your diaries. More details are on the Noticeboard. If you have not received a formal notification (email) please contact the club secretary 

We still have no candidates for the post of Club Chair which will become vacant at the AGM. There is an updated description of the Chair role here.  Malcolm is waiting to discuss the role with anyone who thinks that they might be interested in taking on this position. It is possible for the club to have co-chairs if you would be willing to share the role with others. 

We will also be awarding senior trophies to the 2020 Club Champions and to other competition winners.  

Sportsshoes.com Discount

The discount code for April will be shared in the email version of this newsletter. Don't forget that we are not allowed to share this outside of the club.   

 

Junior Section News 

Isla's Fantastic Fundraising

Isla Kinniburg and her friend Nicole (sorry, I don't have her surname) each ran 50K over 5 weeks from 1st March to raise money for GreenPeace. Their target was to raise £150 and at the time of writing they have raised a fantastic £578. Well done Isla and Nicole! If you would like to contribute to their fundraising  a link to their Just Giving page will be included in the email version of the newsletter. 

 

Return to Junior Training

The Saturday morning 9:00 group restarted on Saturday April 3rd.   

Gavin Lawrence and Dave Mills will be in touch directly with their groups with arrangements for the resumption of training.

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Surrey Quadkids team event on Wednesday 23 June 5:30 at Guildford for school years 5 and 6.  

The athletics leagues are looking to hold events over the summer and the following dates have been confirmed so far:

YDL Lower age group 5th June, 17th July and 4th  September

YDL Upper age group 30th May, 27th June, 25th  July and 5th September 

Lily B  26th June, 7th August and 28th  August

 

Senior Section News 

RPAC Athletes Back With a Vengeance

RPAC athletes returned to competition with a spring in their step and racked up a host of PBs and two new club records. 

On Wednesday (31st March) Tom Almond took part in the Comeback 5000 in Battersea Park, organised by Belgrave Harriers. He finished in a very speedy 15:41. Well done Tom.

On Saturday (3rd March) Ginevra Stoneley and Kate Knight took part in the Dorney Lake Marathon.

Ginevra set a new club record by finishing in 2:55:29, beating the previous record (set by Ginevra) by 3½ minutes. Fantastic result Ginevra!

Kate Knight completed her 69th marathon, finishing in 6:51:19, just 3½ months after having had spinal surgery. Amazing Kate!  Kate says that she is looking forward to completing her 70th marathon on 17th April. 

Here is Ginevra on her way to her new club record

 

..and here is Kate having completed her 69th Marathon

 

Also on Saturday Frank and Gillian O'Regan both notched up new 10k PBs at the Run Through Kempton Park event, finishing in 36:47 and 43:29 respectively. Well done Team O'Regan!

At the same event Doug Kington scored a new PB in the Half Marathon distance by finishing in 1:39:30. Brilliant run Doug!

Today (5th April) Eloise Bull , George Roux and Steve Cheesman all took part in the PB5K at Ardingly Showground. They finished in 18:43, 15:57 and 17:51 respectively. Well done to you all!

Eloise's time is a new club record, beating the previous record (set by Ginevra) by 12 seconds. Fantastic result Eloise!

Just a reminder that if you are taking part in a race that could form part of this year's Club championships you need to include your affiliation to RPAC for it to appear correctly on Power of 10.  

 

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Olympic Marathon Trials and Race Walk - Kew Gardens - 26 March 2021

Olympic Marathon Trials and Race Walk - Kew Gardens - 26 March 2021

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Surrey Athletic Officials were out in force on Friday 26th March for the Olympic Marathon and 20k Race Walk Trials at the glorious Kew Gardens.

 


While there was some drop out of competing athletes for all sorts of reasons, the Officials just could not wait to be back ‘working’. Everyone took a covid test (LFT) within 48 hours of the event, and the athletes were only allowed a 'plus one' who had to control their water station during the races.

 

 

From Reigate Priory AC, Donna Barrington-Smith was the selected Chief Timekeeper with Ashley Burridge a significant part of the timekeeping team. Reigate resident, Peter Crawshaw, was Assistant Referee.

Alarms set for just after 3am, meet time at Kew was 4.45am with the first race, the 20km Race Walk starting at 6.00am and the mixed Marathon at 8.00am.

The hopes were that this flat but beautiful course would provide a great basis for some super times, but what the TV presenters, who must have been inside warm buildings didn’t seem to fathom, was that it was actually quite windy – even to the extent of blowing away Donna’s tent which was put up under a huge Yew tree!

A great morning of athleticism, with Callum Wilkinson taking a clear lead and great finish in the 20k Walk in 82:47. Sadly none of the 20k Race Walkers quite reached their Olympic goals (this time) although there were some great PBs. However, within the 20k was a 10k Race Walk for three younger athletes, with the first male and first female potentially qualifying for the GB team for the European Race Walking Cup.

 

The weather was a little calmer by 8am and the Marathon started with 36 athletes plus pacemakers. One lap of just over 1.6km was following by 12 x 3.33km laps, and it wasn’t until about 20k that you could spot the lead 10 men pulling away from the lead group of women. Christopher Thompson, Benjamin Connor, Mohamud Aadan and Dewi Griffiths ran very much as a pack, and were constantly reminded to ‘work with the wind’. The front 3 men started pulling away from Dewi at about 35km, but in the last few laps, it was evident that Chris Thompson really was going to take a spectacular first place, and ultimately finished in 2:10:52 - the Olympic Qualifier being 2:11:30.

For the Women to get to Tokyo, 2:29:30 was the goal, and Stephanie Davis ran a fantastic 2:27:16. Sadly, second place was just over 30 seconds after the qualifying time but let’s keep our fingers crossed for Natasha Cockram!

 

Reigate Priory AC news 29th March 2021

Reigate Priory AC news 29th March 2021

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All Club News 

 

The Club AGM - a date for your diaries

The AGM will be held on Monday 26th April. Please add this date to your diaries. More details are on the Noticeboard.

We still have no candidates for the post of Club Chair which will become vacant at the AGM. There is an updated description of the Chair role here.  

We will also be awarding senior trophies to the 2020 Club Champions and to other competition winners.  

 

England Athletics registration renewal

Many of you will have received an e-mail from England Athletics, which talks about renewal of your / your child's EA registration.

The club will collect the EA registration fee as part of the annual renewal process from 1st May onwards, and will renew all EA memberships as soon as the fees have been paid. There is a notice on our website to this effect.

 

Junior Section News 

 

Return to Junior Training

The Saturday morning 9:00 group will restart on Saturday April 3rd.   

Gavin Lawrence and Dave Mills will be in touch directly with their groups with arrangements for the resumption of training.

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Surrey Quadkids team event on Wednesday 23 June 5:30 at Guildford for school years 5 and 6.  

The athletics leagues are looking to hold events over the summer and the following dates have been confirmed so far:

YDL Lower age group 5th June, 17th July and 4th  September

YDL Upper age group 30th May, 27th June, 25th  July and 5th September 

Lily B  26th June, 7th August and 28th  August

 

Senior Section News 

 

Return to Senior Training ***TODAY!!!***

Senior training returns from 29th March. Please look at the noticeboard for the latest information about the groups and sessions.

 

The Surrey Slog

MABAC have advised that they plan to hold the Surrey Slog on Sunday 25th July. This is described as "a challenging half marathon around Holmbury Hill".

We will be asking for volunteers nearer the time. More details are available on the MABAC website. There is also a link to enter the event, but at the time of writing it is still not working!

 

Congratulations Kate Knight! 

 

Kate has completed her 600 mile journey for NHS charities and Mind. She got up early on Friday to finish the last 7 miles before her shift. Brilliant!

Kate says that she is now looking forward to the Dorney Lake Marathon this Saturday and Hurstwood on 17th April. That will be her 70th marathon to date!

 

The Balcombe Ball Run 2020 - by Moray Carey

Many institutions, as well as running clubs, organise races. This includes schools.

One such event hosted by an educational establishment has been the low key Balcombe Bull Run - a challenging 7.1km cross-country run on tracks, public footpaths and lanes.

It’s been staged annually since 2014 and last year’s event was held on 15th March, attracting 105 runners, both conventional and canni-cross.

The conditions were extremely wet and since a lot of the undulating course is routed along unmade paths through fields and woodland, it was extremely muddy!   

The run started on a steep descent from the back of Balcombe Primary School, traversed the London-Brighton railway line up Westup, through an inclined, waterlogged field dropping perilously down onto Rocks Lane, up the sharply graded, lung busting ascent to Rowhill Lane, past the White House, along Postman’s Walk, through a water filled trench in woodland, through Westup Farm (where the bull may be observed) finishing with a sharp climb back to the school.

It was won by Ben Short of Horley Harriers and every finisher was greeted by the enthusiastic marshals accompanied by the constant tinkling of cowbells, which are awarded as a race memento.  

As a further reward, post run refreshments, consisting of delicious home-made cakes, snacks plus hot and cold drinks, were available from the school, laid on by the school PTA.     

The race was sponsored by Balcombe Dairy, makers of “Blue Clouds” a mild, creamy, handmade blue cheese. The proceeds were shared between the school PTA and St Catherine’s Hospice.

I would recommend this idiosyncratic event to anyone looking for a low key cross country run through varied and scenic countryside.  

 

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Reigate Priory AC news 22nd March 2021

Reigate Priory AC news 22nd March 2021

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Hello everyone. I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well. I'd like to start by wishing my fellow editor Paul Walters a very happy birthday today. 

 

All Club News 

The Club AGM - a date for your diaries

The AGM will be held on Monday 26th April. Please add this date to your diaries. More details are on the Noticeboard.

We still have no candidates for the post of Club Chair which will become vacant at the AGM. There is an updated description of the Chair role here.  

We will also be awarding senior trophies to the 2020 Club Champions and to other competition winners.  

 

EA Consultation

England Athletics are running a consultation about the future formal “membership” of UK Athletics, which is equivalent to the shareholders in a company limited by shares. Full information about the various options proposed are available on the EA website. If you want to input to this consultation, which could have a significant impact on the level of control that we (as athletes) have over the future  of our sport in the UK, then please contact Ginevra or Malcolm  with your views on the various options, by no later than Friday 26th March. We will then respond to the consultation on behalf of the club.

 

Junior Section News 

 Return to Junior Training

The Saturday morning 9:00 group will restart on Saturday April 3rd.   

Gavin Lawrence and Dave Mills will be in touch directly with their groups with arrangements for the resumption of training. 

Dates for Your Diary 

Surrey Quadkids team event on Wednesday 23 June 5:30 at Guildford for school years 5 and 6.  

The athletics leagues are looking to hold events over the summer and the following dates have been confirmed so far:

YDL Lower age group 5th June, 17th July and 4th  September

YDL Upper age group 30th May, 27th June, 25th  July and 5th September 

Lily B  26th June, 7th August and 28th  August

 

Senior Section News 

Return to Senior Training 

Senior training returns from 29th March. Please look at the noticeboard for the latest information about the groups and sessions.

Battlebridge Floodlights

I am happy to confirm that all the floodlights are working again and are now operated by timer. 

The Surrey Slog

MABAC have advised that they plan to hold the Surrey Slog on Sunday 25th July. This is described as "a challenging half marathon around Holmbury Hill".

We will be asking for volunteers nearer the time. More details are available on the MABAC website. There is also a link to enter the event, but at the time of writing it is still not working!

 

And finally...

The mystery of the missing trophies has been solved and I will arrange for distribution of the outstanding awards and medals in due course.

Kate Knight has now just 31 miles to go to complete her 600 mile challenge raising money for NHS Charities Together and Mind. Well done Kate! 

  

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Reigate Priory AC News 15th March 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 15th March 2021

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Hello everyone. I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well. 

 

Floodlights this week

There is some remedial work taking place on the floodlights at Battlebridge on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to replace the failed floodlight, straighten the column and fit a timer. As a result of this, it is very unlikely that we will be able to switch them on tomorrow evening (16th March).

 

Return to Senior Training 

Senior training returns from 29th March. We are planning to hold sessions at the same times and in the same groups as we had after Lockdown 2 at the end of last year. Full details are on the noticeboard.

 

The Club AGM - a date for your diaries

The AGM will be held on Monday 26th April. Please add this date to your diaries. More details are on the Noticeboard.

Please note the very important information about nominations being needed for the post of Club Chair. There is an updated description of the Chair role here

We will also be awarding senior trophies to the 2020 Club Champions and to other competition winners.  

 

EA Consultation

 England Athletics are running a consultation about the future formal “membership” of UK Athletics, which is equivalent to the shareholders in a company limited by shares. Full information about the various options proposed are available on the EA website.

If you want to input to this consultation, which could have a significant impact on the level of control that we (as athletes) have over the future  of our sport in the UK, then please contact Ginevra or Malcolm () with your views on the various options, by no later than Friday 26th March. We will then respond to the consultation on behalf of the club.

  

The Surrey Slog

MABAC have advised that they plan to hold the Surrey Slog on Sunday 25th July. This is described as "a challenging half marathon around Holmbury Hill".

We will be asking for volunteers nearer the time. More details are available on the MABAC website. There is also a link to enter the event, but at the time of writing it is not working; I have been assured that it will be up and running in the next day or two.

 

Summary Minutes

The Summary Minutes from February's Committee Meeting are here. 

 

YMCA Virtual Quiz Night 

Our friends at the YMCA are holding a virtual quiz night fundraiser this Friday (19th March) at 7pm. They are looking for teams of up to 6 people to enter. The cost is £5 per person. There is a maximum entry of 20 teams. If anyone is interested in entering a team they can do so here

 

Kate's Challenge

At the time of writing Kate Knight is 470 miles into her 600 challenge with just 16 days left to complete it. Kate has had to walk all of this distance so far as she has not been allowed to run following surgery on her neck just before Christmas. 

She tells me that she is allowed to run again from this week though, so I expect she will complete her goal well inside the deadline. Well done Kate! Her fundraising page is here

 

London Marathon 2021 

The next Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday 3rd October 2021. Assuming we are allocated place(s), the recipient of the place(s) will be decided by a draw. 

To be eligible for the draw you must:

  • have been a member of the club for 2 years
  • have been rejected in the ballot
  • not have had a club place in the last 3 years
  • have done some volunteering for the club in the last 24 months.


For 2021 only there will be no additional place available for members who have helped at the start of the marathon. This is a decision by the London Marathon organisers, not us.

If you have any questions or would like your name entered in the draw, if/when we receive any places, please contact Ginevra

  

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Reigate Priory AC News 8th March 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 8th March 2021

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Hello everyone. I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well. At last we have some good news to report!

 

The Club AGM - a date for your diaries

The AGM will be held on Monday 26th April. Please add this date to your diaries. More details are on the Noticeboard.

Please note the very important information about nominations being needed for the post of Club Chair. There is an updated description of the Chair role here.

We will also be awarding trophies to the 2020 Club Champions and to other competition winners.  

  

Lilah Unwin fastest U15 girl at 600m in 2020

Lilah set her 600m time of 1.38.76 at Bromley in September 2020.

Her U15 time wasn’t beaten by the end of the year and so is now officially recorded by the Power of 10 as the fastest U15 girl at 600m in 2020. Congratulations Lilah!

 

London Marathon 2021 

The next Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday 3rd October 2021. Assuming we are allocated place(s), the recipient of the place(s) will be decided by a draw. 

To be eligible for the draw you must:

  • have been a member of the club for 2 years
  • have been rejected in the ballot
  • not have had a club place in the last 3 years
  • have done some volunteering for the club in the last 24 months.


For 2021 only there will be no additional place available for members who have helped at the start of the marathon. This is a decision by the London Marathon organisers, not us.

If you have any questions or would like your name entered in the draw, if/when we receive any places, please contact Ginevra

 

Some Commonwealth Games facts - by Moray Carey

The next edition of the Commonwealth Games takes place in Birmingham in 2022.

These multi-sports events were first held in 1930 (in Hamilton, Canada) and staged every four years since, with the exception of 1942 and 1946 due to the Second World War.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland compete separately in the Commonwealth Games unlike the Olympics where the Home Nations are represented in a single, combined UK team.

There are 54 members of the Commonwealth of Nations but 71 teams currently participate in the Games as “dependent” territories such as the Isle of Man, Falkland Islands, Guernsey and Jersey under their own flags.

Curiously, Mozambique (where the official language is Portuguese) joined the Commonwealth in 1995, despite never having been part of the British Empire.     

The most recent and XX1st edition of the Games was staged at Australia’s Gold Coast 4th-15th April, 2018:

  • 6500 athletes
  • equal number of medals for women and men (a global first) – awarded to 1st (gold), 2nd (silver) and 3rd (bronze)
  • largest ever para-sport programme
  • 275 events divided into 23 categories including lawn bowls and rugby Sevens

Categories

  1. Athletics
  2. Badminton
  3. Basketball
  4. Beach Volleyball
  5. Boxing
  6. Cycling – mountain bike
  7. Cycling – road
  8. Cycling – track
  9. Diving
  10. Gymnastics – artistic
  11. Gymnastics – rhythmic
  12. Hockey
  13. Lawn bowls
  14. Netball
  15. Para powerlifting
  16. Rugby sevens
  17. Shooting
  18. Squash
  19. Swimming
  20. Table tennis
  21. Triathlon
  22. Weightlifting
  23. Wrestling

 

Medal Table

The most successful Nations were:  

  1. Australia – 80/59/59 (gold/silver/bronze)
  2. England -  45/45/46
  3. India -  26/20/20 

Wales finished in 7th place, Scotland 8th and Northern Ireland 20th.

Some other results:

Nauru (formerly known as Pleasant Island), a microstate in Oceania in the Central Pacific) won a single silver medal (in the women’s +90kg weightlifting) 

The Solomon Islands won a single bronze medal (in the women’s 58kg weightlifting)   

Norfolk Island, a dependency directly administered by Australia, won a single bronze medal (in the men’s triples – bowls)

Note from Editorial (Paul): Moray mentions the inaugural games in 1930. I couldn't resist but mention that my Great Uncle George Bailey was there running the steeplechase. He's the one at the end of this Youtube video at the top of the podium receiving his medal.

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 1st March 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 1st March 2021

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Hello everyone. I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well. At last we have some good news to report!

 

Return to training and competition

Following the Government's announcement last Monday I am delighted to say that subject to final confirmation, we should be able to return to training and some competitions from 29th March. More details are on the Noticeboard

 

The Club AGM - a date for you diaries

You will have seen from Malcolm's email earlier today that the AGM will be held on Monday 26th April. Please add this date to your diaries. More details are on the Noticeboard.

Please note the very important information about nominations being needed for the post of Club Chair.

We will also be awarding trophies to the 2020 Club Champions and to other competition winners.  

 

Update on  Kate's Challenge

As we mentioned in the newsletter of 1st February Kate Knight is aiming to cover 600 miles between 1st February and the 31st March to raise money for the charities NHS Charities Together and MIND. As she underwent surgery on her neck in December she is having to walk most of this. Kate has now passed the halfway mark. Her fundraising page can be found here. Well done Kate!

 

Senior Club Championship Competitions for 2021

Despite the proposals for easing lockdown there still remains significant uncertainty about which races will actually happen this year and the potential for clashes with league fixtures, etc. In view of this the Team Captains and Committee have agreed that for this year only the senior 10K, 10 mile and Half Marathon Championships will be awarded based on the fastest times recorded by RPAC athletes on Power of 10. Hopefully this is clear but if you have any questions please ask    

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Reigate Priory AC News 22nd February 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 22nd February 2021

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Hello everyone. I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well in these strange and difficult times. Hopefully by the time you read this we will have a clearer picture of when we may return to some semblance of normality including a return to training and competition.  

Happy Birthday Malcolm!

I am reliably informed that today is Malcolm's birthday. Please join me in wishing him a very Happy Birthday. No change of age category for Malcolm this year.  I do know that he celebrated with an 8.6 mile run though. 

EA Virtual Road Relays

This weekend saw the culmination of Round 2 of the England Athletics Virtual Road Relays with all runs having  to be completed by 23:59 yesterday (Sunday 21st February) and uploaded by midday today. A total of 22 RPAC runners submitted times with the fastest 4 men and fastest 4 ladies scoring for the team.

You will recall that in the preliminary round we finished in 35th place with a total time of 4:01:52. This time we did even better and finished in 24th place with a total time of 3:54:21.

Scoring for the team were George Roux (26:21), Thomas Almond (26:24), Matthew Ryde (26:36), Francis Dunham (26:54), Ginevra Stoneley (30:49), Joanna Davey (31:38), Natalie Wilson (32:21) and Eloise Bull (33:18). Nearly everyone who had competed in Round 1 improved on their time in Round 2. Well done to everyone who submitted a time. For a small club we punch well above our weight!

From Round 2 the club finishing in first place will go through to the final round competing against the top teams from Athletics Northern Ireland, Scottish Athletics and Welsh Athletics in March. That club is Wirral AC with a total time of 3:32:39. For comparison with us, Wirral AC is the largest athletics club on the Wirral peninsula and has over 400 members.

A full list of RPAC runners and their results is shown in the section below.  

Jimmy James Handicap 

As you know we decided to make the EA Virtual Road Relays a handicap race with each participant submitting a target time which was subject to rigorous scrutiny and adjustment by Malcolm and myself. 

The full results are shown below. It gives me great pleasure to announce that Ewan McKay is thus the winner of the Jimmy James Handicap Trophy for 2021.   

 

 Senior Club Championship Competitions for 2021

Despite the proposals for easing lockdown there still remains significant uncertainty about which races will actually happen this year and the potential for clashes with league fixtures, etc. In view of this the Team Captains and Committee agreed that for this year only the senior 10K, 10 mile and Half Marathon Championships will be awarded based on the fastest times recorded by RPAC athletes on Power of 10. Hopefully this is clear but if you have any questions please ask    

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Reigate Priory AC News 15th February 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 15th February 2021

Category: All Club News

Hello everyone. I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well in these strange and difficult times. 

 

Summary Minutes from January 2021

You can see the summary minutes from January's committee meeting here.

 

Discount Code from Sportsshoes.com

Our exclusive code for February will be distributed in the email version of this newsletter. This code entitles RPAC members to 10% discount plus free shipping. 

Sportshoes.com advise that you should ensure that you select "United Kingdom" in your shipping address before attempting to apply the code. If you fail to do this you may encounter an error message that says "country-iso" when you are trying to checkout.

Please don't forget that the continuance of this deal depends on us not sharing this discount code anywhere where it could be accessed by someone who is not a club member.

 

EA Virtual Road Relays

Don’t forget that you have until 23:59 on Sunday 21st February to complete your run (results must be uploaded by Midday on Monday 22nd February) https://data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2021/GBR/earr2/ If you're unsure how to submit your results, consult the previous email sent on 7th February or ask at .

The full rules of the competition are here...

https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/england-competitions/virtual-competitions/virtual-road-relay-competition-2020-21/#virtualrelayR2rules

We are treating this as the club handicap competition and the winner will be awarded the Jimmy James Handicap Trophy for 2021.

If you have not yet run please send us your target time  and Malcolm and I will adjust these as we see fit!


If you ran in Round 1 your time will be used as your target time.

 

Steve Bass finishes the Tarawera 102k

Here's a photo of Steve Bass finishing the Tarawera ultra (New Zealand) in Reigate colours - results here. Steve says "Thought you'd appreciate the sight of a Priory vest in action. A rare moment of pride at the end of Saturday's Tarawera 102k. You'll all be back soon."

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 8th February 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 8th February 2021

Category: All Club News

Hello everyone. I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well in these strange and difficult times. 

 

Floodlights at Battlebridge

Whilst the weather remains so cold and icy we'll be taking a decision on a daily basis about whether it's safe to turn on the floodlights. You should assume they will not be turned on unless there is a post to the contrary on the Facebook group.

On the subject of floodlights you will have seen from the minutes of the Committee meetings that we are seeking planning permission to upgrade the lighting. I am delighted to tell you that thanks to Ellis' hard work, we have secured a grant towards the cost of the upgrade from Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. Thank you Ellis! 

 

Virtual Competitions

Obviously last week's virtual challenge didn't float anyone's boat as we had no response. Why not try this England Athletic challenge for size instead? Let us know how you get on. 

 

EA Virtual Road Relays 

Yesterday (7th February) all senior runners should have received an email about the second round of the EA Virtual 5 mile road relays.

 In essence we want to get as many of our senior runners taking part as possible and we will be treating it as a club handicap race with the winner becoming the recipient of the Jimmy James Handicap Trophy for 2021.

If you didn't receive the email, you want to get your handicap time or you have any questions please email me at   

 

Michael Crawley, Scotland International Runner, Author of Out of Thin Air: Running Wisdom and Magic from Above the Clouds in Ethiopia and his connection with RPAC - by Moray Carey

This article is sourced from various reviews of Michael Crawley’s insightful book “Out of Thin Air: Running Wisdom and Magic from Above the Clouds in Ethiopia”

However, there’s a link between Michael and RPAC which is revealed later.

Michael, 32, is an accomplished runner and has represented Great Britain and Scotland. He’s a member of Edinburgh club Corstorphine AAC. Reference to his power of 10 stats reveal his athletic pedigree – personal bests of 30.07 for 10k, 49.37 for 10 miles and 2.20.53 for the marathon.

Despite all the sports science and training resources available in the UK he investigated why east Africa’s long-distance runners lead the world. Ethiopian men hold six of the top fastest marathon times ever.    

Michael spent 15 months in Addis Ababa living and training alongside a group of Ethiopian athletes which is chronicled in his book. Following this research he was awarded a PhD in anthropology by University of Edinburgh. 

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Michael, representing his Edinburgh club, was a participant in the 2014 edition of RPAC’s Summer Evening 10k winning in a time of 32.24!

Quickest RPAC runners that year were Alister Moses in 4th place in 35.36, Fiona Clark 8th in 37.35 and current Summer Evening 10k Race Director, Chris Veale, 11th in 38.18! 

Other participants includes Jerry Carnell, Christian Froggatt and Gavin Lawrence finishing in 24th, 26th and 39th places respectively.   

12 other members are shown in the Results as RPAC accredited runners although there are several others who are current or former members including some shown without affiliation. 

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Book review sources are The Guardian and The Times and this article in Runner’s World  summarises some of the main themes of the book.   

 

London Marathon

The results of the ballot for the 2021 London Marathon (to be held on Sunday 3rd October) are being sent out today. Good luck to all RPAC members who applied for the ballot, hopefully you were all successful!

 The 2020 Virtual London Marathon has been confirmed as setting a new Guinness World record for "The most users to run a remote marathon in 24 hours", this year's virtual event looks set to surpass that record.

 

Discount Code from Sportsshoes.com

Our exclusive code for February will be distributed in the email version of this newsletter. This code  entitles RPAC members to 10% discount plus free shipping. 

Sportshoes.com advise that you should ensure that you select "United Kingdom" in your shipping address before attempting to apply the code. If you fail to do this you may encounter an error message that says "country-iso" when you are trying to checkout. 

Please don't forget that the continuance of this deal depends on us not sharing this discount code anywhere where it could be accessed by someone who is not a club member.   

 

Two Missing Trophies - still searching!

The Jimmy James Handicap and Ladies V35 Half Marathon trophies have been mislaid and have not been seen since the awards evening in January last year.

If anyone knows their whereabouts please contact me at 

 

Kate's Challenge

From 1st February to 31st March Kate Knight has started on her 600 mile virtual trek for NHS charities together with the charity MIND. Kate will be walking most of it, including the London Winter Walk marathon on 27th March 2021 (an Action Challenge event). Kate has set up a fundraising page for East Surrey Hospital that you can find here.

 

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 1st February 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 1st February 2021

Category: All Club News

Hello everyone. I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well in these difficult times.

 

Kate's Challenge

From 1st February to 31st March Kate Knight has started on her 600 mile virtual trek for NHS charities together with the charity MIND. Kate will be walking most of it, including the London Winter Walk marathon on 27th March 2021 (an Action Challenge event). Kate has set up a fundraising page for East Surrey Hospital that you can find here.

 

Two Missing Trophies - still searching!

The Jimmy James Handicap and Ladies V35 Half Marathon trophies have been mislaid and have not been seen since the awards evening in January last year.

If anyone knows their whereabouts please contact me at 

 

EA Virtual Road Relays - see this for more information

 As outlined in last week's newsletter RPAC finished in 35th place in the first round of this competition, and we have thus qualified for the second round. This is a five mile distance.

This will be run from 00:01 on Wednesday 10 February to 23:59 on Monday 15 February 2021. We can have as many first claim runners as we like sign-up for Round 2 (National Round) with the fastest 4 men and fastest 4 women scoring. The top club from Round 2 will progress to Round 3 (International Round).

Runners do not need to have taken part in Round 1 of the competition in order to run in Round 2.

In order to spice it up a bit more and get some more of you running Malcolm and I have decided to make Round 2 a handicap competition. If you ran in Round 1 your time will be used to calculate your handicap. If you plan to run in Round 2 send your predicted time to  for us to calculate your handicap time. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

 

The Return of Virtual Challenges

As promised, here is the first virtual challenge of the current lockdown, continued from last week. We are starting with something simple - run or walk the shortest distance to find road names that spell out the word "MARATHON".  The words "road" and "avenue" do not count - although I suppose that if there were an "Avenue Road" (as there is in Epsom) I would have to allow the A!  

Send your answers to me at  . Similarly if anyone has any good ideas for virtual competitions that can be undertaken by both junior and senior members please email me.

 

Discount Code from Sportsshoes.com - runs out tomorrow!

Our exclusive code for January will be distributed in the email version of this newsletter. This code is valid until *** 2nd February *** and entitles RPAC members to 10% discount plus free shipping. 

Sportshoes.com advise that you should ensure that you select "United Kingdom" in your shipping address before attempting to apply the code. If you fail to do this you may encounter an error message that says "country-iso" when you are trying to checkout. 

Please don't forget that the continuance of this deal depends on us not sharing this discount code anywhere where it could be accessed by someone who is not a club member.   

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 25th January 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 25th January 2021

Category: All Club News

Hello everyone. I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well in these difficult times. 

 

Club Container

We’ve noticed that the container at Battlebridge is no longer water tight and there is risk of damage to its interior which includes of course the control for the flood lights.

Are there any members or friends of members who have any experience with metalwork or steel panel repairs? If there are please get in touch with Ellis on 

 

Two Missing Trophies

The Jimmy James Handicap and Ladies V35 Half Marathon trophies have been mislaid and have not been seen since the awards evening in January last year.

If anyone knows their whereabouts please contact me at 

 

Two Appeals for Help

We have been approached by two PhD students who as part of their research, are conducting investigations into different aspects of running. 

The first is a student at Anglia Ruskin University who is doing research into running with spectacles. This takes the form of a survey which can be found here.  

The second is being conducted by a student at Old Dominion University in Virginia who is researching the effects of nutritional intake on gastro intestinal symptoms experienced by runners. Details of this survey can be found here

If you are willing to take part you must be 18+ to complete either survey, the latter study has some further stipulations about eligibility.

 

EA Virtual Road Relays

There was coverage of our success in  the England Athletics virtual road relay in last week's Surrey Mirror. 

As outlined in last week's newsletter RPAC finished in 35th place and we have thus qualified for the second round. 

This will be run from 00:01 on Wednesday 10 February to 23:59 on Monday 15 February 2021. We can have as many first claim runners as we like sign-up for Round 2 (National Round) with the fastest 4 men and fastest 4 women scoring. The top club from Round 2 will progress to Round 3 (International Round).

Runners do not need to have taken part in Round 1 of the competition in order to run in Round 2.

In order to spice it up a bit more and get some more of you running Malcolm and I have decided to make Round 2 a handicap competition. If you ran in Round 1 your time will be used to calculate your handicap. If you plan to run in Round 2 send your predicted time to  for us to calculate your handicap time. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

A reminder email will be sent out nearer the time. 

 

The Return of Virtual Challenges

As promised, here is the first virtual challenge of the current  lockdown. We are starting with something simple - run or walk the shortest distance to find road names that spell out the word "MARATHON".  The words "road" and "avenue" do not count - although I suppose that if there were an "Avenue Road" (as there is in Epsom) I would have to allow the A!  

Send your answers to me at  . Similarly if anyone has any good ideas for virtual competitions that can be undertaken by both junior and senior members please email me.

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 18th January 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 18th January 2021

Category: All Club News

Hello everyone. I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well in these difficult times.

 

New Club Member 

Please join me in extending a very warm RPAC welcome to Laura Ebbs who has recently joined the club.

 

Summary Minutes

The summary minutes of December's committee meeting can be found here.


Club Container - by Ellis Cain-Jones

We’ve noticed that the container at Battlebridge is no longer water tight and there is risk of damage to its interior which includes of course the control for the flood lights.

Are there any members or friends of that have any experience with metalwork or steel panel repairs? If there are please get in touch with Ellis on 

 

A missing trophy - by Andrew Bamford

The Ladies V35 Half Marathon trophy has gone missing and has not been seen since the awards evening in January last year. If anyone knows where it is please contact me at

 

EA Virtual Road Relays - by Malcolm Woodman

The EA Virtual Relay - see https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/virtual-road-relay-competition-the-results-are-in/.

We have qualified for the National round, finishing in 35th place out of the 128 clubs who took part. Congratulations to all our members who participated in the Qualifying competition (full list is below). The National round will take place between Wednesday 10th and Monday 15th February (note extended period), everyone can participate, not just those that competed in the Qualifying round. Watch this space for details of an internal club competition to encourage participation.

 

There's no stopping our Kate!

Following surgery in December, Kate Knight has signed up to do 600 miles for NHS charities and MIND between 1st February and 31st March 2021. Kate says that even if she has to walk it, she will do this. Kate has set up a brand new fundraising page for East Surrey Hospital that you can find here.

 

Some landmarks on the Cardiff Bay 10K route - by Moray Carey

Moray has kindly written an article for the newsletter detailing the "magical mystery tour" of the sites to see on the route of the Cardiff Bay 10K, which you can read here.

 

Coming soon ... the return of virtual competitions within the club - by Andrew Bamford

With the second lockdown under way we decided it would be a good idea to relaunch virtual competitions which can be completed by juniors and seniors alike. If anyone has any suggestions as to what they'd like to see please let me know by emailing 

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 11th January 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 11th January 2021

Category: All Club News

Hello everyone I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well in these difficult times.  It is difficult to see many positives at the moment, but at least the daylight hours are increasing by about 15 minutes a week at the moment - Spring is not far away.

 

Senior Training

Although training is cancelled Malcolm is continuing to publish details of the scheduled session on the calendar and via the Facebook group. 

Battlebridge Floodlights

The floodlights at Battlebridge will be turned on between 18:00 and 21:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays until further notice. If you plan to use the track don't forget that you can exercise with a maximum of one person from outside your family or support bubble and you must maintain social distancing. You may only exercise once per day but there is no limit on the duration of that exercise session. 

EA Virtual Road Relays

We have had some really strong performances in the EA Virtual 5 Mile Road Relays and a total of 5 ladies and 8 men have submitted times so far.  The deadline has now been extended so if you still want to submit a time you must have completed your run before 14th January and have submitted the time here by midday on 14th January. 

The full list of results is George Roux (27:39), Freddie Roux (27:52), Frank O'Regan (30:22), Ian Stammars (30:27), Conner Wickens (31:22) , Neil Fenwick (30:49), Neil Freeman-Jones (31:25), Ginevra Stoneley (32:23), Jo Davey (32:58), Nat Wilson (33:15), Carmela Charalambous (34:52), Gillian O'Regan (36:10), Malcolm Woodman (43:49)

I was particularly impressed by the times submitted by three relatively new club members. Well done Conner Wickens, Neil Fenwick and Neil Freeman-Jones!

At the moment the RPAC team has a total time of 4:09:48 and is made up of George Roux, Freddie Roux, Frank O'Regan, Ian Stammars, Ginevra Stoneley, Jo Davey, Nat Wilson and Carmela Charalambous. 

Can we improve on this time and will we be good enough to qualify for the national round? 

Here are two of the team - Carmela Charalambous and Ian Stammars following their runs (although I'm not convinced that Ian wasn't just feeding the swans). 

If you are thinking of entering a couple of suggestions for reasonably flat routes near Reigate are 

  1. From Vevers Road via New Causeway and Lynn Walk to Lonesome Lane, along Lonesome Lane, left into Lodge Lane and back along Brighton Road and Woodhatch Road to Vevers Road.
  2. Three loops starting from Reigate Parish School along Blackborough Road to Shaws Corner and back via Reigate Road and the footpath through Reigate Grammar School then two shorter loops from the Parish School to Ringley Park Road and then back along Reigate Road and the footpath through Reigate Grammar School.  

Nominations for the Ted Baker Award

Final call for your nominations for the Ted Baker Award. The Ted Baker Award is given to the person who is judged to have made the biggest contribution to the culture or success of the club during the year. Current committee members and previous recipients of the award are not eligible to receive the award. Please send you nominations to   

 

Discount Code from Sportsshoes.com

Our exclusive code for January will be distributed in the email version of this newsletter. This code is valid until 2nd February and entitles RPAC members to 10% discount plus free shipping. 

Sportshoes.com advise that you should ensure that you select "United Kingdom" in your shipping address before attempting to apply the code. If you fail to do this you may encounter an error message that says "country-iso" when you are trying to checkout. 

Please don't forget that the continuance of this deal depends on us not sharing this discount code anywhere where it could be accessed by someone who is not a club member.   

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 4th January 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 4th January 2021

Category: All Club News

Hello everyone I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well and that you managed to have as enjoyable a Christmas and New Year as Tier 4 restrictions allowed. I wish you all the very best for the New Year and live in hope that 2021 will bring about a return to some semblance of normality. (I wrote this before this evening's announcement frown )

 

New Club Members 

Please join me in extending a very warm RPAC welcome to Daniel Kloes who has recently joined the junior section of the club and to Neil Freeman-Jones who has recently joined the senior section.  Welcome to both of you! 

Senior Coaching

Senior Coaching is cancelled until further notice.

Junior Coaching

Following the Government's announcement this evening we have no option but to cancel junior training for the time being. We will continue to monitor the situation  very closely to see whether further guidance is issued that may change this decision.

Battlebridge Floodlights

The floodlights at Battlebridge will be turned on between 18:00 and 21:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you plan to use the track don't forget that you can exercise with a maximum of one person from outside your family or support bubble and you must maintain social distancing. You may only exercise once per day but there is no limit on the duration of that exercise session. 

EA Virtual Road Relays

As mentioned in Malcolm's email of 28th December, England Athletics are staging a Virtual Road Relay event for all affiliated clubs. This involves 5 mile legs with a club's time being calculated from the fastest 4 men and 4 ladies. We are allowed unlimited entries for the Preliminary Round but you need to have completed your leg before 11th January. The fastest 50 clubs will qualify for the second round.  Full details are here. You will need a login to OpenTrack to register and submit your results. I do know that some of the faster men, for example George and Freddie Roux, are planning to enter. It would great if we could get a really strong entry. 

A couple of suggestions for reasonably flat routes near Reigate are 

  1. From Vevers Road via New Causeway and Lynn Walk to Lonesome Lane, along Lonesome Lane, left into Lodge Lane and back along Brighton Road and Woodhatch Road to Vevers Road.
  2. Three loops starting from Reigate Parish School along Blackborough Road to Shaws Corner and back via Reigate Road and the footpath through Reigate Grammar School then two shorter loops from the Parish School to Ringley Park Road and then back along Reigate Road and the footpath through Reigate Grammar School.  

Nominations for the Ted Baker Award

Please let us have your nominations for the Ted Baker Award. The Ted Baker Award is given to the person who is judged to have made the biggest contribution to the culture or success of the club during the year. Current committee members and previous recipients of the award are not eligible to receive the award. Please send you nominations to  

Please Return Your Trophies

If you were a recipient of a trophy last year please could you return them to me ASAP as I need to get them engraved for the 2020 winners. Please contact me () to make arrangements. 

Fly5K 

A few RPAC members took part in the various Fly5K events that were held over the Christmas and New Year break. The results can be found in the results section of the Fly5K website.

Discount Code from Sportsshoes.com

Our exclusive code for January has arrived and will be distributed in the email version of this newsletter. This code is valid until 2nd February and entitles RPAC members to 10% discount plus free shipping. 

Sportshoes.com advise that you should ensure that you select "United Kingdom" in your shipping address before attempting to apply the code. If you fail to do this you may encounter an error message that says "country-iso" when you are trying to checkout. 

Please don't forget that the continuance of this deal depends on us not sharing this discount code anywhere where it could be accessed by someone who is not a club member.   

 

Keep in touch

 It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is