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Reigate Priory AC News 26th October 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 26th October 2020

Hello everyone. I hope you're all keeping safe and well. It's another very short newsletter this week I'm afraid. Enjoy the half term and I hope the weather improves!

 

Priory Relays Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November 2020 

By now you should have received two emails about the Priory Relays - one is to ask if you want to participate and the other to ask if you can volunteer to help stage the event.  If you have not yet replied please can I urge you to do so.

Please note that there seems to be an intermittent problem with Hotmail/MSN/Live email delivery at the moment which means that some people are getting an email delivery failure when attempting to reply to for example, Tom or Nat. This is nothing to do with the club email system and if you do experience it please try re-sending your email, it will get through eventually.

A reminder of the details :-

The Priory Relays will be held at the Mid Surrey Pony Club, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, KT20 5BN.

The plan is to run the ladies teams on Saturday 14th November starting from 10:00AM and men on 15th November in the same format.

The course will be approx 1.5 miles long and there will be 4 runners per team.  We will be using chip timing to record individual runners' times.

We are planning to enter 2 ladies' teams and 6 men's teams.   

 Ian's Wednesday Improvers and Recovery Run

As Ian Edmonds is on his own this week numbers will be limited to 12 and it will be a case of first come first served. If you know that you can't make the session this week, or you definitely plan to run it, it would be helpful if you could post a message on the WhatsApp group to get an idea of numbers. 

 Beachy Head Marathon and Half Marathon

Nick Wade and Kate Knight completed the Beachy Head Marathon on Saturday in what must have been truly horrendous conditions. Nick finished in 4:59:50 (phew!) and Kate finished in 8:22:04. Well done to both of you! 

I also noticed that Chaarl Jordan completed the Beachy Head Half Marathon the previous Sunday (18th October) in a speedy 1:37:19 - well done to you too Chaarl!   

Saturday Social Group 

A reminder that there will be a Saturday Social Run on 31st October.

  

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.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 19th October 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 19th October 2020

Hello everyone. I hope you're all keeping safe and well. A shorter newsletter this week - enjoy the half term!

 

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November 2020 Priory Relays

We are holding the annual Priory Relays event again this year and have secured a site at the Mid Surrey Pony Club, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, KT20 5BN.

The plan is to run the ladies teams on Saturday 14th November starting from 10:00AM and men on 15th November in the same format.

The course will be approx 1.5 miles long and there will be 4 runners per team.  We will be using chip timing to record individual runners' times.

Please look out for a message from your team captains to register your interest if you would like to run so teams can be put together. 

Please also look out for call for volunteers as we will need a good of people to help us run the event. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, volunteer roles really will be an essential part of our organisation. 

 

Sunday 25th October 9:00AM Informal training run from the YMCA in Earlswood 

Mike Pocock, Ian Edmonds and Ian Burks are leading an informal training run from the YMCA in Earlswood next Sunday 25th October.

The plan is for two groups, one slightly faster doing 13 miles, and one led by Ian - a shorter distance taking 100 minutes.

They will be leaving at 9:00AM from the YMCA and heading South.

 

Sunday 18th October 2020 Grand Prix Bedford Autodrome

Congratulations to Charlie Butcher who finished this marathon event in 2:26:42. Wow, that's rapid!

 

Saturday Social Group for 24th October cancelled

A reminder that we have cancelled the group for this coming Saturday due to the half term. We'll be back running on the 31st October.

 

Sunday 18th April 2021 Boston Marathon - from Jim Vince

I just thought I'd put a plug in for the Boston Marathon to be held in Lincolnshire on 18 April 2021. With London Marathon now October 2021, the UK Boston marathon is around the normal London marathon time of the year in Spring, but is also a very flat and fast marathon for a PB. I've just signed up and noticed there are only 60 places remaining in the 1000 limit so wanted to let people in the club know if they were looking for a replacement for the London Marathon.

See the Boston Marathon website for further details.

 

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.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 12th October 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 12th October 2020

Club News for Everyone

Hello everyone I hope you're all keeping safe and well.

 

News from the SLH track meet from Saturday 10th October

Reigate Priory AC fielded three runners in the 800m, one in the 1500m and two in the 3000m races.

Jo Davey has reinforced her #1 UK ranking in W45 800m. There were PB's for Oscar Curry, Max Orchard, George Roux and Ginevra Stoneley. Both Jo and Ginevra have set new W45 club records. George's time of 9:13 is rapid! Well done all.

You can see the results here.

 

September Summary RPAC Committee Meeting Minutes

You can see them here.

 

Hoodie Order

We will be placing a hoodie order next week. If you would like to place an order please use the electronic form on the kit section (under the "Welcome "header) of the Club website.

 

Junior News 

Junior Training Sessions

Training for the U11s has resumed on Saturday mornings. We are still constrained by EA guidelines as to the permissible number of athletes per coach and so will each week be asking who wishes to attend so that we can manage the numbers.  

 

Juniors Training T-shirts

 
We are trying to run down our stock of training tops prior to placing a new order. You can see the designs in the "club kit" section below.

The purchase price is £12.50. If you would like to acquire a RPAC training T-shirt please contact Mike Gent on 
 
Currently we have in stock the following sizes and colours:-
 
Red: Youth Small, Youth Medium and Youth Large 
Dark Blue: Youth Small, Youth Medium and Youth Large
Light Blue: Youth Small only

As a rough guide:
Youth Small broadly covers years 4-5
Youth Medium years 5-6
Youth Large years 7-8

 

Senior News 

Saturday Social Group

We had 10 people in the group last Saturday. We will be meeting this coming Saturday, but some advanced warning that we will have a break on Saturday 24th October. You can see more details about this group here.

 

Senior Training Sessions

You can see the participants of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday coached sessions here. There are now more than 12 participants on each list, and going forward the numbers for each group will depend on participants occasionally not being able to make an individual session (such as holiday or injury) to limit the groups to 12 people per session. If you know that you can't make a particular session please try to let us know so that your place can be reallocated.

Ian Edmonds is now running an additional "Recovery and Improvers" session starting at 6pm on Mondays from Battlebridge. Please note that this is not a track session.

 

Club Kit

Club Branded Tee-shirts

Did you know that you can easily purchase a technical running shirt from the club's stock from the designs below?

As you can see these designs are available in three colours - Red, Dark Blue and Light Blue - and are for general running, training and social runs. Please note they are not suitable for events and races when representing the club. They are offered in men's, women's and youth sizes and cost £15.00 each (or £12.50 for youth sizes - see for juniors above).

Just get in touch with us at  for your garment.

To see all of the items that are available from our range of club kit visit https://www.rpac.org.uk/rpac-welcome/club-kit.

 

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.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 5th October 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 5th October 2020

Club News for Everyone

 Hello everyone I hope you're all keeping safe and well.

Welcome to our New Members

Please join me in extending a warm RPAC welcome to the following people who have joined the club very recently 

 Leo Beale, Henry Goggin, Tiago Kelly, Emily Leitch, Florence Minchin, Matilda Minchin,  Florence Mittelstadt, Hazel Moore, Lauren Moore, Belle Rice, William Roland and Alex Sheard 

Apologies if I have missed anyone - let us know who you are and you will get a mention next week 

Hoodie Order

Mike Gent advises that we will shortly be making an order for Junior and Senior hoodies. Look out for the electronic order form that will be circulated by email. 

 

Virtual London Marathon

A number of RPAC athletes took part in the Virtual London Marathon yesterday (October 4th). Well done to all of you! It must have been more challenging than ever given the atrocious weather and the lack of cheering crowds to spur you on. You are all heroes.

Results will be added to the results page in due course, but for the time being here are the ones we know about...

Kate Knight completed 3 marathons in one go as she ran the Dorney Marathon yesterday but was also registered for the virtual London and Loch Ness Marathons.

  

Junior News 

Junior Training Sessions

Training for the U11s has resumed on Saturday mornings. We are still constrained by EA guidelines as to the permissible number of athletes per coach and so will each week be asking who wishes to attend so that we can manage the numbers.  

 

Senior News 

Senior Results

A number of RPAC athletes have managed to find events to run in recent weeks. Full details are available via the "Latest Senior Results" section on the homepage or via the individual result pages.  Here are some highlights.

Malcolm completed his first race in nearly a year last Saturday (26th September) following his surgery - a very respectable 26:39 in the Run Through Lee Valley Velopark 5K. Good to see you back out there Malcolm!

Ginevra has been setting new club records in her age category - firstly the 5K (19:31) in the same race as Malcolm and then on the track at Herne Hill this Saturday (3rd October) she set new category records for the 1 mile (5:35.48) and 3000m (10:48.90) events. Amazing Ginevra!

George Roux completed a very speedy 5K (15:44) in the RunThrough Running GP at Goodwood last Sunday. Well done George!

A bit further from home Jim Vince completed the Isle of Wight marathon in 4:38:58 yesterday (4th October). In his understated style Jim says that it was "a bit hilly" and  "conditions weren't ideal" - that tells me that it was seriously tough!

Senior Training Sessions

Apparently there are roadworks and temporary traffic lights in the Merstham area which are causing serious traffic delays. Make sure you allow yourself extra time to get to Battlebridge. 

You can see the participants of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday coached sessions here. There are now more than 12 participants on each list, and going forward the numbers for each group will depend on participants occasionally not being able to make an individual session (such as holiday or injury) to limit the groups to 12 people per session. If you know that you can't make a particular session please try to let us know so that your place can be reallocated.

Ian Edmonds is now running an additional "Recovery and Improvers" session starting at 6pm on Mondays from Battlebridge. Please note that this is not a track session.

  

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.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 28th September 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 28th September 2020

Club News for Everyone

 

Welcome to our New Members

Please join me in extending a warm RPAC welcome to the following people who have joined the club very recently as follows...

Celeste Martin, Emelye Camisotti, Edward Smythe, Lucian Watkins, Lara Tombleson, Imogen Rochelle-Ash and Alex Holland. 

Apologies if I have missed anyone - let us know who you are and you will get a mention next week 

 

Junior News

 

Juniors Success - by Dave Mills

There has been more success over the last week on the track for some of our Juniors.

Racing under the floodlights at Blackheath and Bromley last Monday night, Max Orchard and Lilah Unwin both recorded 800m PBs (again)!
 
Then on Saturday at Herne Hill Harriers, despite the cold and blustery conditions, U15s Shakila Keable and Lilah Unwin battled it out at the front of their 800m race to both record new PBs. For Shakila this was her first track race of the season and for Lilah another in a string of fast times and PBs having competed almost weekly since mid August.
 
U17 Oscar Curry just missed out on another 800M PB, clocking an impressive 2.07.20. 
 

Junior Training Sessions

Training for the U11s has resumed on Saturday mornings. We are still constrained by EA guidelines as to the permissible number of athletes per coach and so will each week be asking who wishes to attend so that we can manage the numbers.  

 

Senior News 

 

Sonia and Mike's big day!

Hearty congratulations to Sonia and Mike who tied the knot on Saturday.

It wasn't quite the celebration they had planned given the current state of affairs with the world, but they went ahead with their neighbours as guests.

 

Wishing Jamilla a speedy recovery

Jamilla Ncayiyana took a tumble whilst out running on Sunday morning and fractured her ankle. We believe she put her foot in a hole that was covered in leaves.
 
We send you the Club's best wishes and hope you'll be back soon Jamilla.
 

Senior Training Survey 

Thanks to everyone (most of you) who have responded to the Doodle poll, if you haven't done so, please can you do it as soon as possible.

You should have received an email from Malcolm about this, but in case you have not the survey can be accessed here.

 

Surrey Winter Fixtures

As England Athletics have not yet been able to issue permits it has been decided to postpone the Masters Cross-Country Championships.
 
Currently the proposal is to hold the Masters Cross-Country Championships on 20th February 2021.
 
The main Cross-Country Championships is planned for 9th January 2021 at Lloyd Park, Croydon; both of which are subject to the latest guidance from EA.
 
 

Premium Racing Vests

Tom is in the process of having a small batch of premium quality RPAC vests made by the British company SOAR. These will be an alternative to the current "standard" vests and are ultra lightweight making them perfect for marathons or warmer weather racing. Tom and Fran will have some samples at track sessions over the next couple of weeks so you could try out the sizes and feel the (lack of) weight of the vests if you are interested in ordering one. The cost of the vests is £60 so it is recognised that these won't be for everyone. If you have any questions please contact Tom ()

 

Kate's Latest Achievement

Last weekend Kate Knight completed the  50Km "Chiltern 50 Action Challenge" in a new PB beating the previous one by 1 hour 15 minutes. 

 

Senior Training Sessions

You can see the participants of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday coached sessions here. There are now more than 12 participants on each list, and going forward the numbers for each group will depend on participants occasionally not being able to make an individual session (such as holiday or injury) to limit the groups to 12 people per session. If you know that you can't make a particular session please try to let us know so that your place can be reallocated.

Ian Edmonds is now running an additional "Recovery and Improvers" session starting at 6pm on Mondays from Battlebridge. Please note that this is not a track session.

 

Lament for Parkrun

On 7th September parkrun declared that they were returning in England towards the end of October. On 24th September, given the current circumstances, unfortunately this announcement was rescinded. However, the good new is that Cape Pembroke Lighthouse parkrun did take place in the Falkland Islands with 42 finishers! The results from Saturday are here.  Parkrun tourism anyone! :-)

 

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.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 21st September 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 21st September 2020

Club News for Everyone

I hope this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping safe and well. Who knows what the next few days or weeks will bring, but at the moment we are still allowed to operate training sessions as we have been doing. Let's hope it stays that way.  

RPAC Officials Back In Action

RPAC track and field officials were back in action at K2 in Crawley last Sunday (13th September), officiating at the Crawley AC Club Championships.

Naomi writes that RPAC were the only club apart from Crawley AC to supply any officials. She adds that there are two schools of thought on this; either Crawley like any other club doesn't have enough officials to run meetings without help, or RPAC officials are so highly regarded that they were the only officials to be invited to help out. We all subscribe to the latter opinion, of course!

From Left to Right Naomi Jones, Ian Crouch, Donna Barrington-Smith and Ivan Barrett. 

 

 Virtual Run Reigate

At the time of writing there are still a few places left for the adult races for Virtual Run Reigate but I believe that the junior races are now sold out. There are 5K, 10K and Half Marathon distances for adults (all £15 entry fee) and 1 mile and cumulative Half Marathon distances for juniors (both £15 entry fee which includes a donation to the Stripey Stork charity). Your chosen distance can be run at any time from 1st-30th September inclusive and you can enter here. I know that a few RPAC runners have already completed the virtual race.

  

Junior News

 Junior Training Sessions

Training for the U11s has resumed on Saturday mornings. We are still constrained by EA guidelines as to the permissible number of athletes per coach and so will each week be asking who wishes to attend so that we can manage the numbers.  

 

Senior News 

Senior Training Survey 

Please take the time to complete the Doodle survey about senior training sessions by this Friday, 25th September. You should have received an email from Malcolm about this, but in case you have not the survey can be accessed here.

Premium Racing Vests

Tom is in the process of having a small batch of premium quality RPAC vests made by the British company SOAR. These will be an alternative to the current "standard" vests and are ultra lightweight making them perfect for marathons or warmer weather racing. Tom and Fran will have some samples at track sessions over the next couple of weeks so you could try out the sizes and feel the (lack of) weight of the vests if you are interested in ordering one. The cost of the vests is £60 so it is recognised that these won't be for everyone. If you have any questions please contact Tom ()

 

Saturday Running Group

It's nice to see the Saturday Running Group continues to go from strength to strength. This group is formed around a nucleus of our Couch to 5K graduates but is open to all. Please contact Paul (if you want to join in.

The group meets in Priory Park at 10:30 each Saturday for a run and a coffee afterwards. 
From Left to Right Paul Walters, Ken Packer, Naomi Jones, Sarah Walters. 

Rungo

Well done to Jenny Barrett for being the only person to submit any evidence for completing any of the Rungo challenges.  If you haven't met her, Jenny is one of our Couch to 5K graduates. 

Jenny writes "Whilst I was never going to complete sufficient tasks to win Jack's 'Rungo', I thought I would use them as a series of challenges. I did run three times a week for both weeks, ran round the lagoons at Watercolour, went for a 6am run and have just completed the 3 pub run. Good fun!"  Jenny didn't say whether she'd stopped for a drink in each of the pubs though.

Kate's Latest Achievements

Kate Knight continues to go from strength to strength and has had another busy week. She writes that she has recently done a trail marathon in 7 hours 49 minutes, her first sub 8 hour trail marathon for a few years and an improvement of 1 hour 15 minutes on last year. Unfortunately I do not have the details of where the marathon took place. She has also just completed the Virtual Run Reigate Half Marathon in 3:01:49 which is a new PB for her on that course by 10 minutes. 

Visibility at Evening Training

As the nights are drawing in, we need runners who are attending evening sessions to consider wearing high visibility clothing.  We do have club branded hi viz bibs available on the iProSports club zone (https://www.iprosports.co.uk/club-zone/reigate-priory-athletic-club/) and are looking to offer new branded gear via this site shortly. Hi viz and torches are mandatory for the Wednesday evening session from The Sovereign Centre. 

 

Senior Training Sessions

You can see the participants of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday coached sessions here. There are now more than 12 participants on each list, and going forward the numbers for each group will depend on participants occasionally not being able to make an individual session (such as holiday or injury) to limit the groups to 12 people per session. If you know that you can't make a particular session please try to let us know so that your place can be reallocated.

Ian Edmonds is now running an additional "Recovery and Improvers" session starting at 6pm on Mondays from Battlebridge. Please note that this is not a track session.

 

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.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

During the summer the club enters Junior teams in the following leagues:

  • National Youth Development League (Boys and Girls, U15/U13). Team manager  David Manrow.
  • National Youth Development League (U20/U17 Boys and Girls). Joint team with Holland Sports AC. Team manager Ashley Burridge.
  • Ebbisham Boys League ( Boys only, U15, U13 some U17 entry allowed). Joint team with Dorking. RPAC team manager Adriana Collins.
  • Lily B Girls League (Girls only, U17, U15, U13) Team manager 
  • Southern Athletics League (Seniors but U17's can compete in the team). Joint team with Holland Sports and Dorking. RPAC joint team mangers Jo Davey and Ginevra Stoneley.

In addition our athletes compete at numerous Open Meetings and the Surrey County Championships. Details of all league fixtures and other meetings appear on the club calander.

 

Cross Country

Through the autumn and winter we enter two Cross Country Leagues (The Surrey League and the Newbury Border League). There are numerous other XC events we participate in including The Surrey XC Championships, The South of England XC Championships, The National XC Championships and various XC Relay Championships (Surrey, South of England and National). Pictured are some of our RPAC Juniors who have been selected for Surrey recently.

 

SURREY XC LEAGUE CHAMPIONS  2016-17 RPAC U17W:

 

 

SURREY XC LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 2016-17 RPAC U15G'S:

 SURREY XC LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 2015-16 RPAC U15G'S