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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

 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 22nd November 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 22nd November 2021

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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   

Reigate Priory AC News 15th November 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 15th November 2021

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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

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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

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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

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 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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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.