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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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).
“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
Couch to 5K programme
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
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
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
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)
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.
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.
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