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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).

 

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If anyone is experiencing financial or technical difficulties, please contact  who will assist.

  

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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

 

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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

Reigate Priory AC News 24th May 2021

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Summary minutes from April's RPAC committee meeting...

...can be seen here.

 

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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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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.

 

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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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 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.

 

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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

 

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.

 

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 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. 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.