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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
You will have seen the very sad news about Fiona Clark. There is a lovely tribute to her here which includes a quote from Nat.
The summary minutes from the August Committee Meeting are available 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
Surrey XC League, Richmond Park, Saturday 16th October from Dave Mills
The first of four Surrey XC League matches took place on Saturday at Richmond Park.
Running in warm sunshine (after heavy rain earlier in the day), the RPAC Juniors put in some exceptional performances.
In both the boys and girls races the U13's ran 3.2K with the U15/U17's running 4.7K.
The girls match saw us with only 2 U13 runners who counted for the team score, and both Isla Kinniburgh and Neve MacGregor ran strongly. We also had three non-scorers (U11's) with Florence Tombleston running an amazing race to finish in 8th place! Florence Shade and Charlotte Randall both put in excellent performances too.
In the U15G's we had our first four finishers constituting our A team with Ella Scrase, Sophia Bryant, Cara Koutzaroff-Richards and Jessie-Marie Martin coming 5th out of 11 clubs taking part. Imogen Abrahams and Pollyanne Stott ran well too to give us an additional B team presence.
As with the girls team, we were missing a number of athletes on the day and consequently had only two scorers in the U13B's race. Both James Beaty and Jason Skinner put in excellent performances.
The last Juniors race saw an exceptional performance from our combined U17/U15 boys team.
Led by Oscar Currey (2nd U17 home) and Samuel Stapley (2nd U15 boy), they took 1st place in the match with 18 clubs represented! And it was 1st place by 42 points!
Congratulations to the team who along with Oscar and Samuel included Euan Willis (4th U15), Will John-Cox, Sam Rolaston, Joe Walker, Milo Seals and Joel Lawrence.
The next Surrey League XC match is on Wimbledon Common on Saturday 13th November.
Lilah has one to one Zoom meeting with Lord Coe from Dave Mills
Lilah Unwin who took the Gold Medals in the U15G'S 800m at both the Surrey County T & F Championships and the Surrey Schools Championships this summer (setting a new club record along the way), enjoyed a 40 minute one to one chat with Seb Coe.
Lord Coe is a 4x Olympic medallist who set nine outdoor world records in middle distance running. He is currently President of World Athletics.
Joining Lilah from his offices in Monaco (!) he very kindly gave Lilah many insights into successful middle distance running and even knew the Battlebridge track!
British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships from Dave Mills
Competing in the 2021 British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships at the University of Bath over the weekend, Buddy Kedgley came first in his age group in the 800m run section with a very impressive time of 2.17.51.
In accordance with Power of 10 rules, Buddy moved from U13 Track and Field to U15 with effect from October 1st. Otherwise that time would have been a new U13B'S 800m club record! Really good result for Buddy, especially as we are out of season for track races.
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
I am delighted to tell you that Holly Kew gave birth to a daughter Evie, on 5th October. Evie weighed in at 7lb 5oz. Mother and daughter are both doing well and Holly says she is looking forward to getting back out there running. Congratulations to you all!
Sunday 24th October MABAC event at Nonsuch Park
This Sunday 24th October the next MBAC fixture will be held in Nonsuch Park at 10am. There is no need to register you can just turn up and we will sort you out with a number. If you ran at Wimbledon or Lightwater please remember to bring your race number with you. There is a one lap option of approximately 2.5 miles as well as two lap option (approximately 5 miles).
There is limited parking and we are not allowed to use the Mansion House or Sparrow Farm Car Parks. The best bet is to park in the car park on the South side of The Avenue. If you need a lift from Reigate or are willing to drive others, meet in Bell Street Car Park for a prompt 9am departure. If you could let me know if you need a lift or can drive that would be much appreciated Please use the same email address if you have any questions about the event.
Surrey Masters XC Nonsuch Park 9th October 2021
A RPAC team comprised of Steve Bass, Andrew Reeves, Niall MacGregor and Jon Payn took part in the Surrey Masters (M40-M55) Cross Country event last weekend, finishing in 7th place. This was missed from last week's newsletter - apologies.
Saturday 16th October First Surrey XC League Fixtures
The men's and ladies' teams were in action on Saturday on Epsom Downs and in Richmond Park respectively. You can see pictures and read about the events here.
Great South Run Portsmouth 17th October 2021
Six RPAC athletes took part in the Great South Run yesterday. Bethany Higgins was the first home in 01:18:23 with Jake Boud finishing just 30 seconds behind her. Jake had improved his time by 15 minutes from when he last ran the Great South Run in 2018. All results will be available on the website soon. Here are some photos from the event:
Bethany Higgins and Jake Boud before the start, Bethany in action.
Jake stepping it out
Mel Fulton-Bell looking like she's enjoying herself far too much
Titsey Trail 10K Sunday 17th October 2021
Two RPAC athletes finished in the top 10 in this testing trail race yesterday. Charl Jordan finished 5th and Richard Friar in his first race in a RPAC vest, finished in 10th place. Adrian Grant, Michael Bashford and Victoria Stammars made up the RPAC complement. Moray Carey is listed in the results as the fastest V60 but this is incorrect as his place had been transferred to Adrian Grant's daughter Jenny but the results haven't caught up yet.
Part of the RPAC team and guest - Adrian Grant, Adrian's daughter Jenny (definitely not Moray!), Victoria Stammars and Michael Bashford. Missing from the picture are Charl and Richard.
Michael and Victoria
Matt Ryde set a new club record at the Cabbage Patch 10 (miles) yesterday finishing in 18th place and first in his age category in an amazing time of 56:04, beating the previous record by nearly 4 minutes. Well Done Matt! Matt reports that he won a cash prize as well as a case of London Pride beer and a cabbage! Andrew Walker and Karen Lloyd also competed in the race. The results will be added to the website in due course.
Elsewhere Kate Knight completed her 87th marathon at Chelmsford yesterday in 7:27:42. Well done Kate!
Saturday 6th November Priory Relays
As mentioned above the Priory Relays will be on Saturday 6th November, and if you wish to run don't forget that you can both run and volunteer.
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