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Hello everyone. I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well in these strange and difficult times. 

 

Floodlights at Battlebridge

Whilst the weather remains so cold and icy we'll be taking a decision on a daily basis about whether it's safe to turn on the floodlights. You should assume they will not be turned on unless there is a post to the contrary on the Facebook group.

On the subject of floodlights you will have seen from the minutes of the Committee meetings that we are seeking planning permission to upgrade the lighting. I am delighted to tell you that thanks to Ellis' hard work, we have secured a grant towards the cost of the upgrade from Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. Thank you Ellis! 

 

Virtual Competitions

Obviously last week's virtual challenge didn't float anyone's boat as we had no response. Why not try this England Athletic challenge for size instead? Let us know how you get on. 

 

EA Virtual Road Relays 

Yesterday (7th February) all senior runners should have received an email about the second round of the EA Virtual 5 mile road relays.

 In essence we want to get as many of our senior runners taking part as possible and we will be treating it as a club handicap race with the winner becoming the recipient of the Jimmy James Handicap Trophy for 2021.

If you didn't receive the email, you want to get your handicap time or you have any questions please email me at   

 

Michael Crawley, Scotland International Runner, Author of Out of Thin Air: Running Wisdom and Magic from Above the Clouds in Ethiopia and his connection with RPAC - by Moray Carey

This article is sourced from various reviews of Michael Crawley’s insightful book “Out of Thin Air: Running Wisdom and Magic from Above the Clouds in Ethiopia”

However, there’s a link between Michael and RPAC which is revealed later.

Michael, 32, is an accomplished runner and has represented Great Britain and Scotland. He’s a member of Edinburgh club Corstorphine AAC. Reference to his power of 10 stats reveal his athletic pedigree – personal bests of 30.07 for 10k, 49.37 for 10 miles and 2.20.53 for the marathon.

Despite all the sports science and training resources available in the UK he investigated why east Africa’s long-distance runners lead the world. Ethiopian men hold six of the top fastest marathon times ever.    

Michael spent 15 months in Addis Ababa living and training alongside a group of Ethiopian athletes which is chronicled in his book. Following this research he was awarded a PhD in anthropology by University of Edinburgh. 

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Michael, representing his Edinburgh club, was a participant in the 2014 edition of RPAC’s Summer Evening 10k winning in a time of 32.24!

Quickest RPAC runners that year were Alister Moses in 4th place in 35.36, Fiona Clark 8th in 37.35 and current Summer Evening 10k Race Director, Chris Veale, 11th in 38.18! 

Other participants includes Jerry Carnell, Christian Froggatt and Gavin Lawrence finishing in 24th, 26th and 39th places respectively.   

12 other members are shown in the Results as RPAC accredited runners although there are several others who are current or former members including some shown without affiliation. 

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Book review sources are The Guardian and The Times and this article in Runner’s World  summarises some of the main themes of the book.   

 

London Marathon

The results of the ballot for the 2021 London Marathon (to be held on Sunday 3rd October) are being sent out today. Good luck to all RPAC members who applied for the ballot, hopefully you were all successful!

 The 2020 Virtual London Marathon has been confirmed as setting a new Guinness World record for "The most users to run a remote marathon in 24 hours", this year's virtual event looks set to surpass that record.

 

Discount Code from Sportsshoes.com

Our exclusive code for February will be distributed in the email version of this newsletter. This code  entitles RPAC members to 10% discount plus free shipping. 

Sportshoes.com advise that you should ensure that you select "United Kingdom" in your shipping address before attempting to apply the code. If you fail to do this you may encounter an error message that says "country-iso" when you are trying to checkout. 

Please don't forget that the continuance of this deal depends on us not sharing this discount code anywhere where it could be accessed by someone who is not a club member.   

 

Two Missing Trophies - still searching!

The Jimmy James Handicap and Ladies V35 Half Marathon trophies have been mislaid and have not been seen since the awards evening in January last year.

If anyone knows their whereabouts please contact me at 

 

Kate's Challenge

From 1st February to 31st March Kate Knight has started on her 600 mile virtual trek for NHS charities together with the charity MIND. Kate will be walking most of it, including the London Winter Walk marathon on 27th March 2021 (an Action Challenge event). Kate has set up a fundraising page for East Surrey Hospital that you can find here.

 

 

 Keep in touch

 It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

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