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Reigate Priory AC News 1st June 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 1st June 2020

 

Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well. I hope that the return to school for some of our junior members and those in the teaching profession wasn't too difficult. Can you believe this glorious weather? 

Summer 10K Is Cancelled

With great regret the decision has been made to cancel the Summer 10K for this year. Full details are on the noticeboard

Coaching

We are waiting for an update from England Athletics on their advice following the government's change in restrictions that came into force today (1st June). Until we have received that advice and the coaches have been able to discuss it we are still limited to socially-distanced one-to-one coaching. Watch out for updates on the noticeboard and in the newsletter.

   
Virtual Competitions 

 5x1 Mile Relay - This was Week 3  of 4

There is no shaking Team 1 from the top spot. They were the fastest team again by some way with a combined total time for the 5 miles of 32:43 - an improvement of 28 seconds over last week. Congratulations to Adrian Grant, Jas Dhanda, Euan Willis, Jamilla Ncayiyana and Duncan Mallison who make up the dream team. 

The finishing order was Team 1 (32:43), Team 2 (34:18), Team 3 (35:20), Team 4 (35:45), Team 6 (35:33), Team 5 (35:58), Team 7 (39:18). Team 7 lost a bit of ground this week as Jack Finn is injured and was not running at his usual pace. 

The fastest men were George Roux (5:09), Freddie Roux (5:19), Duncan Mallison (5:37), Tom Almond (5:38) and Jas Dhanda (6:01).  Well done Jas for breaking into the top 5. Well done too to Adrian Grant who recorded a PB for the third successive week with 8:10 and a big shout out to Ian Edmonds for a very nippy 7:44. 

The fastest ladies were Ginevra Stoneley (5:50), Jamilla Ncayiyana (6:02), Gillian O'Regan (7:02), Ruth Willis (7:10) and Claire Humphrey (7:52). Well done Claire for breaking into the top 5. 

The fastest junior runners were Will John-Cox (5:51), Max Orchard (5:54), Robert Duncton (7:14) and George Duncton (7:30) - well done to all of you!

Well done to everyone - keep up the good work and let's see if someone can unseat Team 1 in the final week.

Weekly Challenge 

Last week's challenge was to try the EA Agility Challenge. I don't think anyone took up that particular gauntlet!

 
Monthly Climbing Challenge

Charlie Butcher topped the leaderboard last week with a huge 1962 metres of climbing. Adrian Grant was in second place with 1273 metres and Tom Almond was hard on his heels with 1247. Final positions for May are Charlie Butcher, Tom Almond and Adrian Grant - well done guys.

A Challenge for this week

Something really very simple this week - send me a photo of your favourite view taken whilst out running or walking.  The best photos will be included in next week's newsletter. 

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, especially if you have any bright ideas for competitions.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 25th May 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 25th May 2020

 

Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well.  It seems like a very long time since we able to run and compete together, hopefully the restrictions will ease in the not too distant future. At least the weather is being kind still.

 

YMCA Virtual Fun Run

You have until next weekend (31st May) to support our friends at the YMCA by taking part in their virtual fun run. More details are on the noticeboard

   
Virtual Competitions 

 5x1 Mile Relay - This was Week 2 of 4

Team 1 was the fastest team again with a combined total time for the 5 miles of 33:11 - an improvement of 19 seconds from last week. Well done to Adrian Grant, Jas Dhanda, Euan Willis, Jamilla Ncayiyana and Duncan Mallison who make up that speedy team. 

The finishing order was Team 1 (33:30), Team 2 (34:33), Team 3 (34:42), Team 4 (35:45), Team 5 (35:47), Team 7 (36:34), Team 6 (36:56). Team 5 showed the biggest improvement - over 2 minutes. Team 6 lost the most amount of time, largely because Julian Rowlands is nursing an injury and wasn't able to run at speed.

The fastest men were George Roux (5:09), Freddie Roux (5:40), Duncan Mallison (5:42) and bizarrely Tom Almond, Christian Froggatt and Adam Parkin all finished with 5:46. Stephen Smith and Adrian Grant both recorded their fastest miles with 6:13 and 8:13 respectively. 

The 5 fastest ladies were Jamilla Ncayiyana (6:16), Ginevra Stoneley (6:25), Nat Wilson (6:33), Ruth Willis (6:55) and Gillian O'Regan (7:00)

The 5 fastest junior runners were Max Orchard (5:55), Will John-Cox (6:00), Euan Willis(6:47), Robert Duncton (7:08) and George Duncton (7:31)

Well done to everyone - keep up the good work!

Weekly Challenge 

Last week's challenge was to see how far you could run in 15 minutes.

 The following people attempted the challenge and recorded distances Sharon Miller 2.525 km (1.4 miles), Adrian Bowden 1.69 miles, Ian Edmonds 3km (1.89 miles), Stephen Smith 2.05 miles, Jake Boud 2.06 miles. Well done to all of you.

 
Monthly Climbing Challenge

There were some different names on the leaderboard this week - Steve Bass with a massive 3143 metres, Tom Almond with 1295 and Paul Butler with 1289. Charlie Butcher is still ahead of the pack despite Steve's huge effort.

A Challenge for this week

This week we have something a bit different - it's an agility run challenge from England Athletics . Let me know how you get on 

Members' News

Kate Knight completed the 100km London to Brighton course over the weekend. This was her second 100km run in two weeks. Well done Kate!

  

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, especially if you have any bright ideas for competitions.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 19th May 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 19th May 2020

 

Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well.  I apologise for sending this on a Tuesday, rather than the usual Monday, but the AGM meant that my time last night was limited. 

AGM

Last night was our 40th AGM (Malcolm says that he has proof) and our first "virtual" AGM held via Zoom. Thirty four people "attended" which was a similar number to that which we would expect in person under normal circumstances. Thank you to everyone who attended for making this a successful AGM. Minutes will follow in due course. The three resolutions were passed unanimously - these being 

  • Recommendation of 2020/21 annual subscriptions
  • Proposal for changes to the subscriptions for 20/21 due to coronavirus
  • Election of General Committee members and co-opting of Jack Finn to the committee

Payment of Subs

We are asking people not to pay their subs early this year to allow the new Treasurer to settle in and the impending change of bank account to take place.   

YMCA Virtual Fun Run

Please support our friends at the YMCA by taking part in their virtual fun run which runs until the end of May. More details are on the noticeboard

   
Virtual Competitions 

 5x1 Mile Relay - This was Week 1 of 4

The fastest team was Team 1 with a combined total time for the 5 miles of 33:30 - well done to Adrian Grant, Jas Dhanda, Euan Willis, Jamilla Ncayiyana and Duncan Mallison who make up that speedy team. 

The teams were fairly evenly matched and combined times ranged from 33:30 to 37:50.

The finishing order was Team 1 (33:30), Team 6 (34:16), Team 3 (34:36), Team 2 (34:57), Team 7 (36:50), Team 4 (37:12), Team 5 (37:50)

The 5 fastest men were George Roux (5:09), Duncan Mallison (5:34), Steve Cheesman (5:35), Adam Parkin (5:50) and Rob Wigley (5:52) - although special mention must also be made of Ian Edmonds, who cracked 8 minutes for the first time in a few years with 7:52, and Adrian Grant who according to Mr Garmin, ran his fastest mile with 8:16. 

The 5 fastest ladies were Nat Wilson (5:57), Jamilla Ncayiyana (6:10), Ginevra Stoneley (6:18), Ruth Willis (7:01) and Gillian O'Regan (7:04)

The 5 fastest junior runners were Max Orchard (5:47), Will John-Cox (5:59), Euan Willis(6:58), Robert Duncton (7:05) and George Duncton (8:03)

Well done to everyone - more of the same this week!

RPAC Challenge 

The challenge was to cover the least amount of distance to find road or street names that started with the letters R,P, A and C. 

Adrian Grant was quick off the mark and recorded 803 metres taking in Reddown Rd, Petworth Close, Ashbourne Close and Charlton Gardens

Max Orchard clocked up just 240 metres to record Ridgemount Way, Pendleton Road, Abinger Drive and Cotland Acres 

Well done to both of you - Max takes first place. 


Monthly Climbing Challenge

Charlie Butcher clocked another 1962 metres of climbing last week and leads the board by some distance. Phil Withers and Chris Daniels logged 1458 and 1365 metres respectively. 

A Challenge for this week

A very simple one ...how far can you run in 15 minutes? Separate results for men, ladies and juniors. Let me know 

  

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  

Reigate Priory AC News 11th May 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 11th May 2020

 

Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well.  

Notice of AGM

A reminder that the AGM will be held next Monday (18th May) via Zoom. You need to sign up for the AGM via Eventbrite. Full details are in the recent emails from Ginevra. 

YMCA Virtual Fun Run

Please support our friends at the YMCA by taking part in their virtual fun run. More details are on the noticeboard. I know that a few of us have already done this and Jas is still the quickest at the time of writing.

 

Strava Art Competition

Although the competition finished last week Christian has clearly got the bit between his teeth and did this amazing run.

 

 
New Virtual Competitions for May

The 5 x 1 mile relay challenge starts this week.

I have allocated the first 35 people who said they were interested to teams of I hope, approximately equal strength based on mile times recorded this week. I may have to adjust the teams if my calculations are wildly out. I know one or two of you said that you were not able to start straight away and that is not a problem as I will adjust times accordingly. If anyone else wants to join in please let me know and I will do my best to fit you in.

Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4 Team 5 Team 6 Team 7
Adrian Grant Tom Almond Jake Boud Christian Froggatt Malcolm Woodman Adam Parkin Steve Cheesman

Jas Dhanda

Andrew Bamford Ken Packer Gillian O'Regan George Roux Ginevra Stonley Freddie Roux
Euan Willis Max Orchard Robert Duncton Will John-Cox George Duncton Ian Edmonds Jack Finn
Jamilla Ncayiyana Usha Stevens Nat Wilson Adriana Collins Frank O'Regan Fran Afonso

Kate Knight

Duncan Mallison Chris Wigley Ruth Willis Adrian Bowden Stephen Smith Antony Collins Rob Wigley

 

The rules are very simple - send me your fastest mile (or fastest 2 consecutive kilometers) of the week by Sunday evening and I will work out the overall time for your team for the week. 

The team times will be published in the newsletter each week. If you can't run for any reason or you don't submit a time I will include an average of your previous times for the week. 

In addition I will publish the five fastest individual times from each of the following categories - men, ladies and juniors. To set the ball rolling the fastest five men who sent in times were  Rob Wigley (05:26), Tom Almond (05:38), Duncan Mallison (05:47), Adam Parkin (06:21) and Steve Cheesman (06:31). The fastest ladies who submitted times were Ginevra Stoneley (06:43), Gillian O'Regan (06:56), Usha Stevens (08:53), Adriana Collins (10:18) and Kate Knight (12:00). The fastest juniors were Max Orchard(05:48), Robert Duncton (07:02) and George Duncton (08:08).


Monthly Climbing Challenge

Charlie Butcher leads the climbing challenge with 1972 metres. Adrian Grant is in second place with 1263 metres, narrowly ahead of Fran Dunham with 1243 metres. 

A Challenge for this week

Run or walk the shortest distance to take in road or street names that begin with the letters R,P,A and C. Please note that this does not include the words Road, Avenue or Crescent. As an example Ringley Park Avenue would count only as an "R".

 

EA Virtual Club Nights

A reminder that England Athletics is staging a series of "Virtual Club Nights", including quizzes and talks. Details are on the noticeboard. 

 

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  

Reigate Priory AC 4th May 2020

Reigate Priory AC 4th May 2020

 

Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well.  

 

YMCA Virtual Fun Run

Please support our friends at the YMCA by taking part in their virtual fun run. More details are on the noticeboard. I know that a few of us have already done this and Jas is the quickest at the time of writing.

 

 Notice of AGM

A reminder that the AGM will be held on Monday 18th May via Zoom. Please read the recent emails from Ginevra for full details and the agenda. 

 

Guess Who?

Not many people responded to this so clearly this is not one to carry forward. The pictures were of Jo Davey, Paul Walters, Mike Pocock and Nat Wilson.

 

Strava Art Competition

 

Some people really showed their creative side in this competition. Christian Froggatt in particular really threw himself into it - he started simply with the 2 metres distance symbol in the top left hand corner (very topical), but then got more ambitious with the bird and the rabbit. Leanne Sandifer also submitted a nearly identical rabbit. Paul Walters submitted the elephant. There was great excitement about a dog, but this turned out to be from someone who wasn't a club member. From the junior section Will John-Cox submitted the Union Jack. A straw poll of the committee members awarded the points to Will and to Christian.

 
Virtual Competition Results 

 Last week's competition was to  run or walk the shortest distance taking in the following - a bus stop, a school, a grave or memorial, a silver birch tree, a pedestrian crossing, a barber's shop or hairdresser's and a children's playground. Sophia Bryant logged 0.3 miles (which I think works out as 0.48km), Max Orchard logged 0.89km (and submitted another video), but the winner this week was Adrian Bowden with 0.28 miles (or 0.45 km). Well done to you all.

Monthly Distance Challenge Leaderboard

Charlie Butcher logged another 116.7km last week.  Close behind him were Matt Aylott and Fran Dunham who both logged over 100 km for the week (where was Kate this week?).  Charlie takes the title for the month with 688.4 km, Kate is in second position with 532.7 km. 

New Competitions for May

  1. A new 5 x 1 mile relay challenge. Teams of 5 people running 1 mile each, any terrain, surface, distance (of at least a mile!). Weekly leader board. If you are interested in running let me know  and I will organise you into teams of (hopefully) similar strength. I hope to make the teams a mix of juniors and male and female seniors and vets. First run this week if we get enough people.
  2. The monthly distance  challenge will be replaced by a monthly climbing challenge for the next four weeks.

 

EA Virtual Club Nights

A reminder that England Athletics is staging a series of "Virtual Club Nights", including quizzes and talks. Details are on the noticeboard. 

 

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  

Reigate Priory AC News 27th April 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 27th April 2020

 

Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well.  

A Message From Greg Knott's Widow

We have received the following message from Bernadette Knott

"I haven't heard officially yet re the donations in memory of Greg, but could see that RPAC made a very generous donation to Bude Memory Cafe.

I wanted to say thank you so much to the club.

Greg enjoyed the Memory Cafe as they had lots of different groups and soloists coming in to play or sing. He had lots of friends there. 

I've been overwhelmed with messages and cards and people's generosity so please pass on my sincere thanks." 

YMCA Virtual Fun Run

Our friends at the YMCA are holding a virtual fun run competition throughout May. There are adult 5 mile and adult and junior 1 mile virtual races to be run over a course of your choosing. Historically the fun runs have always been very well supported by RPAC runners and it is usually part of the senior Grand Prix competition. For the YMCA the fun run is a major fund raising event which sadly this year will not be possible. Let us support them by entering the virtual fun run. The full details are here, but essentially it is free to enter although obviously the YMCA will welcome any donations and fundraising that you may do on their behalf. Let's really get behind this and support this event. 

 Notice of AGM

A reminder that the AGM will be held on Monday 18th May via Zoom. Please read the recent emails from Ginevra for full details and the agenda. 

Virtual Club Nights

England Athletics is staging a series of "Virtual Club Nights", including quizzes and talks. Details are on the noticeboard. 

Guess Who?

Something a bit different this week...here are some well known senior members of the club taken when they were children. See if you can guess who they are. The cheeky chappy on the tricycle says that he was cross training. In the final photo the young lady with the "RR" tag is the club member.

 

Send your answers to   and if you like this and have some photos of yourself that you would be willing to share please send these in also.


Virtual Competitions 

We are running a series of virtual competitions whilst we remain in "lockdown". I am starting to struggle with fresh ideas so I would be very pleased to receive any suggestions you may come up with .

Please observe the  government guidelines on exercising outdoors during the current restrictions.

 

This week's competition is another orienteering style challenge  run or walk the shortest distance taking in the following - a bus stop, a school, a grave or memorial, a silver birch tree, a pedestrian crossing, a barber's shop or hairdresser's and a children's playground. 

 

Marathon Relay Week 4

This was the final week of our marathon relay challenge.  We didn't get as many entries this week, so I had to work some magic to come up with an overall time. I am sorry to say that we didn't sustain our improvement and came in with a total time of 3 hours 2 minutes, but hey you can't run a PB every week! Well done to George Roux who clocked 5:03 (as part of a 5K run), Alexander Green (5:23) , Duncan Mallinson (5:30). As ever Max Orchard turned in a blistering performance from the junior section (5:44). Well done and a big thank you to all of you for your enthusiasm over the last four weeks.

Last week's long jump challenge  wasn't all that popular

The challenge was to jump as far as you could from a standing position - i.e no run up. Max Orchard was the overall winner with 2:25 metres. Will John-Cox who was the only other junior entrant jumped 2:08. For the adults Jamilla led the pack with 2:13 followed by Stephen Smith (2:08), Adrian Bowden (1:91) and Carol Orchard (1:52). Libby Bowden, who I don't think is a member yet (she's 5), gets a special mention for jumping 0.95m which was a lot further than I managed!  

Strava Art Competition

The deadline is the end of April so you still have time to create your masterpiece.

Monthly Distance Challenge Leaderboard

Kate Knight was in pole position with an astonishing 164.3km with Charlie Butcher very close behind with 161.5km. Close behind them were Matt Aylott and Chris Daniels who both logged over 100 km for the week.  Charlie retains the leadership for the month with 571.7 km, Kate is in second position with 532.7 km. 

 

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  

Welcome to the Junior section

This site aims to inform youngsters and their parents or guardians about the junior side of the club and will include what’s on, results, photographs, coaching days, who are the coaches and much more.

Reigate Priory Athletic Club Junior Section provides training, coaching and competition in all forms of athletics (track & field, cross-country and road running) for anyone aged between 8 and 17, at all levels from beginner to national standard, within a supportive and friendly environment. We welcome people of all abilities, whether you just fancy ‘having a go’, want to compete at local level or have aspirations to compete in major national championships. We have a full programme of training throughout the year to suit all abilities. We do though ask that members are committed to representing the Club. We are a local athletics club not an after school club. The Coaches are club members who want to see the Club put out large and strong teams in all the Junior competitions and leagues we participate in.

We have a large and very successful junior section that is growing year on year. There are approximately 150 junior members, encompassing a wide range of ability, experience and level of ambition. We consistently have Athletes representing Surrey at both cross country and track and field events at various age groups.

All members receive structured coaching in a number of different training groups. The sessions are led by UK Athletics qualified coaches who have been on child protection courses and have been DBS checked.

The Club is very popular and is currently oversubscribed and having to operate a waiting list.

Training

Junior training takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday morning. See the Coaching and Training page for more details.

What we expect of juniors

All we ask is that the juniors enjoy themselves, keep smiling, listen to the coaches and stick to our Junior Code of Conduct.

The coaches

The coaches ensure that the training suits the runner’s ability and they will help you improve and achieve you goals.

The juniors are well looked after by our coaches who adhere to our club’s Code of Conduct for Coaches. UK Athletics also produce a Junior Sport Fact sheet for coaches and a Checklist for coaches that show how a training session should be run. 

As well as coaching juniors on a Tuesday evening and Saturday mornings, some of the coaches have also worked in local schools and have successfully coached the Reigate & Banstead District Athletics Team at the Surrey Youth Games.