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Reigate Priory AC Club News 20th January 2020

Reigate Priory AC Club News 20th January 2020

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Club news for everyone

 

Surrey League Cross Country

You can see reports from Saturday 11th January for the ladies and the juniors. Results will be published on our site soon, but you can also find them here.

Remember that the final fixture is on Saturday 8th February - keep it in your diaries!

 

Parkrun Tourism Event 7 Banstead Woods Saturday 25th January *** THIS SATURDAY ***

We want to invite senior Reigate Priory AC members, parents of junior members and accompanied junior members along to the Banstead Woods Parkrun on Saturday 25th January.

Note that for club members, we want to encourage you to wear your Reigate Priory AC vest.

We would like to invite you to Caffè Nero's in the old town hall in Reigate's High Street for coffee afterwards. We will be upstairs. Everyone is welcome whether you're running or not.

Hope you can make it! If you have any queries about our parkrun visit please email 

 

Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020

Everyone had a great time. Congratulations to the award winners, and a big well done and thank you to Sam and Usha who organised the evening. You can see the award winners here

 

Junior news

 

Surrey Selection for Six Priory Juniors after Surrey Schools XC Championships

Thirteen RPAC Juniors qualified through the district XC races in November to compete in Priory Park on Saturday in the Surrey Schools XC Championships. See the report here.

 

Border League Match 3 Sunday 2nd February @ Guildford

Match 3 of the Border League is on Sunday 2 February in Stoke Park, Guildford, starting at 1:30. There are eight races, U9, U11, U13, U15 boys and girls, going off at 15 minute intervals starting with U9 girls. There is no cost to compete but we must register runners in advance. Please let Mike Gent know if your son/daughter would like to compete by Thursday 30 January by emailing 

 

Junior K2 dates

These are now confirmed for the rest of 2020. There will be no visits to K2 in Crawley in January or February. The bookings we have are March 24, April 21, May 19, June 23, July 28, Sept 22, Nov 10, Dec 8.

All sessions start at 7:00pm, last 1 hour and are open to all Junior and Academy members.

   

Senior news

 

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 21st January senior training at Battlebridge - see the calendar for details

Wednesday 22nd January Improvers & Recovery Run from the Sovereign Centre - see the calendar for details

Thursday 23rd January Winter road session in Reigate - see the calendar for details

Saturday 25th January Southern XC Championships @ Parliament Hill

Saturday 25th January Parkrun Tourism @ Banstead Woods

Wednesday 29th January Improvers & Recovery Run from the Sovereign Centre CANCELLED due to the Jimmy James Handicap

Thursday 30th January Jimmy James Handicap Event 4

Saturday 8th February Surrey League Cross Country Fixture 4

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February Surrey County Indoor T&F Championships @  David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton

Saturday 22nd February National XC Championships @ Wollanton Park, Nottingham

Sunday 23rd February 10:00AM Wokingham Half Marathon *** Club Championship ***

Sunday 1st March 10:00AM MABAC Reigate  and 12:00 Border League XC Priory Park - we need lots of volunteers

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Members news

Ian Edmonds and Mike Pocock led two great YMCA training runs last Sunday.

Apologies that this was missed in the newsletter due to "senior moments", but there are plans to do another run from the YMCA in the not too distant future - watch this space!

 

Meanwhile, here is Jack Finn who finished the Crystal Palace Half in 2:12:18 on Sunday and is planning a half per month this year. Good luck Jack, and let us know how you get on.

 


Unfortunately Jim Vince was not around the UK to run for the club this weekend but he did wave the RPAC flag at the Kowan Trail Half Marathon near Canberra in Australia on Sunday.

It is an event held annually that raises money for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. Jim managed to win a prize the person who had come to furthest to run on the event! Mandatory kit included a Snake Bite bandage - a little different to the UK!!!

 

Note that you can see results on our website from the Surrey Cross Country Championships at Denbies and Tadworth 10, both from Sunday 5th January.

 

Club Championship Wokingham Half Marathon 23rd February 10:00AM

This is the first of our Club Championship races for the season and your first opportunity to win some RPAC silverware.

It is a fast and flat half marathon - the course record is 1:03:14 for men and 1:11:09 for ladies.

This race normally sells out quite quickly so if you haven't entered yet do not delay. Entry details are here

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 23rd January 2020

I missed the quiz last week - and the team won! Enough said. We will be at The Blue Anchor again this Thursday 23rd January.

If anyone wants to join the team please email . You need to be there by 19:45.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Surrey Selection for Six Priory Juniors after Surrey Schools XC Championships

Surrey Selection for Six Priory Juniors after Surrey Schools XC Championships

 

Saturday 18th January 2020, Priory Park 

Thirteen RPAC Juniors qualified through the district xc races in November to compete in Priory Park on Saturday in the Surrey Schools XC Championships. 

All put in great efforts with some outstanding  performances recorded. Lucy Dénecé, with a typically strong run, finished 4th in the Junior Girls (Y's 8 & 9) race to earn automatic selection to the Surrey Schools XC  team that will compete in the prestigious English Schools XC Championships in Liverpool on the 14th March. Lucy is also selected for the Surrey Schools team competing in an Inter-counties xc match in Essex on February 1st.

In the same Junior Girls race, Shakila Keable and Lilah Unwin were both highly placed amongst the Y8  finishers and have been selected to represent Surrey Schools in an Inter-counties xc match in Kent on 21st March against Kent, Hampshire, Sussex and Essex. Alessia Turner ran well too but was agonisingly 1 place off selection.

Three more of our Y7 and Y8 contingent also finished in high enough places and have been selected by Surrey Schools for the match in Kent. Pollyanne Stott,  who was 5th in her race, and both Will John-Cox and Sam Rolaston will wear the Surrey Yellow vests again on March 21st. There were great performances in these  races too by Ollie Burnett,  Charlotte Pelekani,  Florence Carter and Livvy Thompson. 

In the intermediate boys race (Y's10 & 11), both Oscar Curry and Noah Young ran strongly in a highly competitive field.

Some of our runners on Saturday:

Reigate Priory AC Club News 13th January 2020

Reigate Priory AC Club News 13th January 2020

 

This week's newsletter contents

 

Club news for everyone

Junior News

Senior News

 

Club news for everyone

 

  A date for the diary - Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020 - Sold Out!

I'm pleased to announce that the Awards Evening is a sell out. There will be no admission without a ticket on the night as there is a limit to the numbers that can be accommodated within the venue.  This will be our first combined awards evening and the first event that we have held at Reigate Priory Cricket Club.

The evening for Juniors will commence at 6.30pm with music and food to enjoy with your fellow club runners. Seniors should arrive from 7.30pm for food & to purchase drinks prior to the awards ceremonies which will commence at 8.00pm.

You can read full details of the event here.

Please note parking at the Cricket Club is very limited so our recommendation is to park elsewhere.

Please let us know if you have any questions on email address .

 

Reigate Priory AC's Couch to 5K Programme  

Our 15 participants are now within the second week of the Couch to 5K course. It has been very successful so far, but if you can spare some time on a Saturday morning between 10:30 and 11:30 on the odd weekend to help out up until Saturday 29th of February, that would be really helpful to us, particularly as there are some weeks where not all of the Couch to 5K leaders can participate.
Your main task would be to provide encouragement and take part in the activities with the participants, as the group does become a little stretched from the front to the back and it is difficult to be there for everyone.
We usually perform the Saturday session in the park - meeting by the Sunken Garden and then moving down to the lake. However, just for this week (Saturday 18th January) we will be meeting outside of Costa / The Cage to go to the Castle Grounds.
If you can help us, just email  with an indication of your availability.

You can see the full details of this course here

 

Parkrun Tourism Event 7 Banstead Woods Saturday 25th January

We want to invite senior Reigate Priory AC members, parents of junior members and accompanied junior members along to the Banstead Woods Parkrun  on Saturday 25th January.
Note that for club members, we want to encourage you to wear your Reigate Priory AC vest.

Hope you can make it! If you have any queries about our parkrun visit please email 

 

Junior news

Surrey Cross Country League, Wimbledon Common and Beckenham 11th January 2020

A small but strong contingent from RPAC competed in the Surrey XC League matches on Saturday with all producing excellent performances. A full report is here.

New 800m PB for Lilah at South of England Indoor Championships

Lilah Unwin clocked a new 800m PB in the 2020 South of England AA Indoor Championships. A full report is here.

 

Junior K 2 Visits 

Unfortunately we have not been able to secure our usual slot at K2, so there will be no visits to K2 in January and February. We will be visiting on 24 March. Dates for the rest of the year are currently being finalised.

 

Junior  Vests and Training Tops 

We have a new batch of vests and training tops just arrived. If anyone needs either please let Mike Gent know .

   

Senior news

  

Senior Training Battlebridge  Tuesday 14th January 19:00

Pyramid of 4,5,6,7,6,5,4 minutes with 25% recovery between reps.

Less intense

600m, 800m, 1000m, 1200m, 1000m, 800m, 600m with 200m walk/jog recovery

 

Improvers & Recovery  Run Sovereign Centre Wednesday 15th January 19:00

Easy run with some 10 minute hill reps 

 

Winter road session in Reigate on Thursday 16th January 18:30

Meet at Majestic for 6.30 as usual before making our way to Pilgrims way at the top of Nutley Lane. The session will be hilly loops with 2 short then 2 long then 2 short. There is an option to do one long loop rather than 2 for those who want a less intense run. 

  

Surrey League Cross Country Fixture 3 Saturday 11th January

Both the  ladies' and men's teams were in action this weekend with the ladies running on Wimbledon Common and the men on Chobham Common. Results are not to hand as yet. 

 

MABAC Windsor Great Park Sunday 12th January

A team of 13 RPAC runners (and one volunteer) took part in the first MABAC fixture of the season in Windsor Great Park on Sunday morning. The setting is absolutely stunning and very different from the other MABAC venues. Despite some close shaves with cyclists and horse riders, but no Royals to my knowledge, everyone survived to run another day. There were some excellent performances all round. Ian Stammars was first home for the men and Ruth Willis was first home for the ladies.

 

Missing from the photo are Kate Knight and Andrew Bamford (the reluctant volunteer!)

This was also the first RPAC Grand Prix fixture of 2020. Rick will work out scores and make them available in due course. 

Please note that the next MABAC fixture is in Priory Park on 1st March so we will be asking for lots of volunteers.

 

Club Championship Wokingham Half Marathon 23rd February 10:00AM

This is the first of our Club Championship races for the season and your first opportunity to win some RPAC silverware.

It is a fast and flat half marathon - the course record is 1:03:14 for men and 1:11:09 for ladies.

This race normally sells out quite quickly so if you haven't entered yet do not delay. Entry details are here

 

Another Ultra for Jim

 On Saturday 11th January Jim 'Invincible' Vince completed his first Ultra of 2020 - the 43 mile Country to Capital race from Wendover to Paddington. Jim finished in 07:13:30 - a PB for this course by an hour - and 9th in his age group.

 

Jim would like to stress that he was not wearing a hi-viz mini dress!

 2019 was a big year of running for Jim with 9 Ultras (including the 100 mile Berlin Wall Ultra), 7 marathons (including the Atlantic Coast Challenge - 3 marathons in 3 days), 4 Half Marathons and a whole lot more running. 2020 looks likely to be more of the same. 

  

 Dates for the Diary

 Saturday 25th January Southern XC Championships @ Parliament Hill.

Saturday 25th January Parkrun Tourism @ Banstead Woods

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February Surrey County Indoor T&F Championships @  David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton

Saturday 22nd February National XC Championships @ Wollanton Park, Nottingham

Sunday 23rd February 10:00AM Wokingham Half Marathon *** Club Championship ***

Sunday 1st March 10:00 MABAC Reigate  and 12:00 Border League XC Priory Park - we need lots of volunteers

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 16th January 2020

We now have strong competition, having come second again last Thursday - defeated by 13 points no less. We might need your help!

If anyone wants to join the team please email . You need to be there by 19:45.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

 

Surrey XC League, Wimbledon Common/Beckenham 11 Jan 2020

Surrey XC League, Wimbledon Common/Beckenham 11 Jan 2020

A small but strong contingent from RPAC competed in the Surrey XC League matches on Saturday with all producing excellent performances. 

In the U15 boys race at Beckenham,  Oscar Curry put in another great effort to finish in 27th position with several U17's ahead of him in that count as they run a combined U17/U15 race. In the U13B'S,  strong runs by Max Orchard, 14th, and Sam Rolaston 21st, saw our incomplete team manage 8th place out of 14.

The girls were racing on Wimbledon Common and a typically gutsy run by Lucy Dénecé saw her finish 5th in the U15G'S. Excellent running from our U13G'S saw Pollyanne Stott finish 14th,  Alessia Turner 22nd and in her first appearance in the League,  Livvy Thompson was 39th. This earned them 7th place out of the 14 clubs entered. 

The last round of matches take place on Saturday 8th February with the boys at Lloyd Park in Croydon and the girls at the scenic course in Richmond Park. 

New 800m PB for Lilah at South of England Indoor Championships

New 800m PB for Lilah at South of England Indoor Championships

Sunday 12 January 

Competing in the 2020 South of England AA Indoor U13,U15,U17 Championships at Lee Valley, Lilah Unwin, in her first appearance as an U15, qualified from her heat to return late in the day for the 800m final.

A superb run saw Lilah clock a new 800m PB finishing 4th in a time of 2.30.26.

Well done Lilah!

 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 6th January 2020

Reigate Priory AC Club News 6th January 2020

Message from Editorial

The newsletter is a joint effort from both of us (Andrew and Paul) this week. Apologies if we have missed anything, but if so let us know for inclusion next week.

 

This week's newsletter contents

 

Club news for everyone

Junior News

Senior News

 

Club news for everyone

 

  A date for the diary - Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020 - Just 4 Tickets Left

Tickets have been selling like hot cakes this week and there are now just 4 left. If you haven't booked and you would like a ticket you need to contact Sam or Usha immediately. There will be no admission without a ticket on the night as there is a limit to the numbers that can be accommodated within the venue.  This will be our first combined awards evening and the first event that we have held at Reigate Priory Cricket Club.

The evening for Juniors will commence at 6.30pm with music and food to enjoy with your fellow club runners. Seniors should arrive from 7.30pm for food & to purchase drinks prior to the awards ceremonies which will commence at 8.00pm.

You can read full details of the event and how to book here.

Please let us know if you have any questions on email address .

 

Reigate Priory AC's Couch to 5K Programme from Saturday 4th January 2020

The first session of the  Couch to 5K programme was held on Saturday morning and 13 runners of a range of abilities turned up. This was brilliant news as we really weren't too sure how many people would show up on the day. If you know someone who might be interested it's not too late for them to sign up as the focus is on a gradual build up to being able to run 5km without stopping by the end of the 9 week course.

You can see the full details of this course here. Please do share this with others who may be interested.

 

Junior news

 

Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Edmonton 1st January 2020

A trip to the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Edmonton on New Year's Day proved successful for two of our junior athletes, James Naylor and Drew Burridge. You can see a report here.

 

Surrey County Cross Country Championships Denbies 5th January 2020

The results can be found here. We have an article with some juniors photos here.

 

Juniors Saturday Morning Group - by Mike Gent

For the Junior 9:00 Saturday morning group training will resume on Saturday 11th January.

 

Senior news

 

RPAC Seniors Excel in 2019 - report from Lead Senior Coach Ian Martin

You can read Ian's report here.

 

Senior Training Battlebridge  Tuesday 7th January 19:00

6 x 6 mins with faster 30 secs at 2.5 and 5.5 minutes

90 secs rest between reps.

Then

2-3 laps cool down

Less intense

Up to 10 x (400m steady + 100m fast) (500m total effort)

100m walk/jog recovery

 

Improvers & Recovery  Run Sovereign Centre Wednesday 8th January 19:00

Local run to Reigate - Ian's "bit" in the middle. You'll have to turn up to find out what this means!

 

Winter road session in Reigate on Thursday 9th January 18:30

Meet at Majestic for 6.30 as usual. The session will take place near Parish School on Blackborough Road.

It will be a short loop followed by 3 long loops and another short loop at the end. We will be varying the pace and using lamp posts to change pace. The easier option swaps the middle long loop for a short one.

The session length is about 5 miles before we jog back to majestic as a warm down.

 

Surrey County Cross Country Championships Denbies 5th January 2020

A team of RPAC runners competed in the Surrey County Cross Country Championships at Denbies on Sunday 5th January.

The results can be found here.

Additionally, here is a selection of clickable photos...

 
 
 

 

Tadworth 10 @ Epsom Downs Sunday 5th January 2020

A number of RPAC runners go the year off to a flying start by running the Tadworth 10 on Sunday 5th January. Provisional results can be found here, but will be published on rpac.org.uk. I don't have a team photo, but here is one of Jim and Ruth.

 

Kate Knight's 400th Parkrun

Kate Knight completed her 400th Parkrun at Banstead Woods on Saturday 4th January in 39:12.

This was Kate's 358th run at Banstead Woods and her fastest finish there since 2013.

Kate was supported by a number of RPAC runners.

This comes at the end of a tremendous year for Kate with numerous marathons and Ultra marathons completed. Congratulations Kate!

 

Surrey League Cross Country Fixture 3 Saturday 11th January

This Saturday sees the third of the Surrey League Cross Country fixtures.

The ladies are competing on Wimbledon Common in the morning and the men on Chobham Common in the afternoon.

Please talk to your team captain for further details  or 

 

MABAC Windsor Great Park 12th January 10:00 am - the first RPAC Grand Prix race of 2020

The MABAC run in Windsor Great Park on 12th January is also the first RPAC Grand Prix event of 2020. We will meet in Bell Street Car Park for an 08:15 departure. Parking is limited and expensive so car sharing is essential.

Please can you let us know if you plan to run and whether you need a lift, are happy to give others a lift, or plan to go direct so that we can work out transport arrangements.  

Unusually for the MABAC series this race is mostly on tarmac and it is also approximately 8 miles long rather than the usual 5 miles, although as always there is a one lap course of approximately half the distance. The setting is unique and inspiring. More details of the course and location are on the MABAC website here.

If you have not run in a Grand Prix event before and would like to run, please let us know so that Rick can work out which group to assign you to. 

It would be great to get a really good turnout so that we can get RPAC's MABAC season off to a flying start.

 

Club Championship Wokingham Half Marathon 23rd February 10:00AM

This is the first of our Club Championship races for the season and your first opportunity to win some RPAC silverware.

It is a fast and flat half marathon - the course record is 1:03:14 for men and 1:11:09 for ladies.

This race normally sells out quite quickly so if you haven't entered yet do not delay. Entry details are here

 

 Dates for the Diary

 Saturday 11th January Surrey League XC

Sunday 12th January 10:00AM MABAC Windsor Great Park - the first MABAC fixture and the first Grand Prix event of 2020. Unusually for a MABAC race this is approximately 8 miles long and is mostly on tarmac.

Saturday 25th January Southern XC Championships @ Parliament Hill.

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February Surrey County Indoor T&F Championships @  David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton

Saturday 22nd February National XC Championships @ Wollanton Park, Nottingham

Sunday 23rd February 10:00AM Wokingham Half Marathon *** Club Championship ***

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 9th January 2020

If anyone wants to join us please email . You need to be there by 19:45.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

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.