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URGENT: Volunteers needed for MABAC and Border League events on 3rd March
We're getting desperate: On Sunday, 3rd March, RPAC will be hosting a double-header in Priory Park, starting with the senior MABAC race at 10 am, followed by the junior Border League races from 12 to 2 pm. Experience tells us that we need lots of volunteers to stage these event and so far, we do not have enough people signed up. Please help - it's a unique opportunity for junior parents to help at the senior fixture to allow seniors to run and for senior members to help at the Border League races so that parents can watch their children compete.
If you can help, please sign up via the form here
: We will need help transporting equipment from Battlebridge on Saturday afternoon, laying out the courses, marshalling at both fixtures, breaking down the courses, and transporting equipment back to Battlebridge afterwards. It will be possible to fulfil some of these roles and also run or spectate. If you have any difficulty with the form or you have any questions please email
We will not be able to stage these events unless we can get enough volunteers.
Swapping out the calendar on our website - again!
The part of our website which provides the calendar needs to be changed to a different product. This was due to happen on Sunday 28th January but the update was defered. We will be performing this change this coming Sunday 18th February,
It is a like-for-like swap, so hopefully the new calendar will work for you just as well as the old one.
Take note though that there may be disruption to the website while it is being modified - particularly to the calendar.
You can always contact us regarding the website with queries or comments via email to I
Surrey Rights of Way consultation
Surrey County Council is responsible for around 2,164 miles of public paths and is currently working on updating its improvement plans for them. Anyone who uses these public rights of way - and that's most of us who run - can have a say in how they're cared for: Respond to this survey by 10 March.
Reigate Priory parkrun anniversary, 23rd March
The 10th anniversary of Reigate Priory parkrun is on Saturday, 23rd March; it's also the day after Paul Walters' birthday and his first event as a MV60. The plan now is for a gazebo in the park for a post-run breakfast - all club members and families are invited and very welcome! If you've got an RPAC running top, this would be the day to wear it - let's show off the club colours!
Provisional dates for later RPAC Parkrun tourism events are 20th April, 11th May, 8th June, 6th July (possibly Brighton & Hove Parkrun), and 7th September. Do please let Paul know if you know of any events that clash with those dates ().
Send us your results, please!
If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages.
Junior Section News
Surrey XC Selection for Samuel and Euan
Congratulations to Samuel on his selection in the Surrey team of eight for the UK CAU Inter-Counties XC Championships in Nottingham on 9th March. A massive event which sees all of the counties from right across the UK sending their top xc runners to compete. Euan is named as a reserve.
With a slightly different age grouping, both Samuel and Euan are both selected in the Surrey Schools Senior Boys team of eight for the hugely prestigious English Schools XC Championships on 16th March. This year's event is being held in Pontefract, West Yorkshire.
England Athletics Indoor Track and Field Championships, Sheffield 10/11 Feb
With XC in Nottingham and Yorkshire to come, Samuel is racking up some serious motorway miles having competed, together with Lilah, in the U20 800m at the England Athletics Indoor Open Championships in Sheffield on Saturday.
Both Samuel and Lilah have made the step up to U20 on the track this year, and both ran well in their respective heats, each taking 3rd place. However, with the numbers involved, only 1st place in the heats secured places in the final.
Still cross-country season so testament to the commitment and effort of both to their training to be able to take on major track races in February!
Michael Maguire had a tremendous weekend at the England Athletics Indoor Champs in Sheffield. Competing in the U15 Long Jump and Triple Jump he won two silver medals and achieved two massive personal bests, jumping 5.80m in the Long Jump and 12.08m in the Triple Jump. Congratulations to Michael.
Surrey Cross Country League - Match 4 West Horsley Place
Match 4 of this year's Surrey Cross Country League was held at West Horsley Place. As the starter said before each race this was the first time a cross Country Race had been held here for 600 years. It proved an excellent venue, although due to recent rain the course was muddy in the extreme, making it at times very challenging under foot.
First up were the U13 girls. A strong team performance saw them finish third on the day, to cement their third place overall position for the season. Florence Tombleson led the team home finishing third on the day which meant she was second overall across the season, by the finest of margins, being just one point/place behind the winner. Congratulations Florence. Lara Tombleson ran very strongly to finish ninth and they were ably supported by Olivia Aries and Charlotte Ebbs who finished twenty second and twenty sixth respectively.
In the U13 boys James De'Ath, in his first race for the Club, and Piers Matthews, running as an U11 in the U13 age group, ran impressively to finish thirty first and thirty second respectively. Neve Macgregor in the U15 race ran well to finish nineteenth.
Border League Match 3
The third match of this year's Border League was held at a new venue at Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon. If possible it was even wetter than the Surrey XC league event the previous day. The course was at times very narrow, waterlogged and slippery with a number of athletes losing shoes and falling, including all our U11 boys as the photos will evidence.
First race was the U9 girls. Morgan Du Preez was first home in fifth place and is very much in contention for an individual medal across the season after the final race in Reigate. Penelope Gargowitsch and Imogen Leung had great races to finish eighth and tenth and Scarlett Maxwell ran strongly in her first race for the Club finishing sixteenth, ensuring RPAC were second placed team on the day. Amira Jaffer also ran well
The highlight of the day was the U11 girls race. Gracie Shade went out fast from the start and held her lead to win the race. Having won all three events so far she ensured that she is the outright winner of the U11 girl category for this season. Vivvy Loynes finished third putting her in with a good chance of an individual medal with one race to come. Maya Pocock and Olive Barton ran very well finishing eight and ninth respectively, ensuring RPAC were first team on the day. Sofia Leonard and Freya Brown in their first races for the Club also ran well in the challenging conditions.
In the U11 boys Fin Killick was first home in eight place ,with Rafi Varah just behind in tenth, and Isaac Spilling and Isaac Armitage also running strongly for RPAC to be third placed team on the day.
In the U13 girls race Lara Tombleson and Olivia Aries were very bravely taking on their second race of the weekend and ran very impressively to finish third and tenth respectively, with Sadie Casserley only just behind in fourteenth place, ensuring another top three team finish for RPAC on the day. A strong finish in the final fixture of the season would put Lara amongst the individual medal winners for the season.
Piers Matthews not only was doing his second race of the weekend but ended up running in the U13 race despite being an U11 and finished very creditably more than half way up the field.
Dates for the Juniors diary
Saturday 17th February Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Year 5 and 6 only, Reigate Priory Park (please note revised date)
Saturday 24th February National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire
Sunday 3rd March Border League Match 4, Reigate Priory Park
Senior Section News
Surrey League XC Match 4 Saturday 10th February
Sorry that this is not up to the usual standard of amusing XC write ups!
The Ladies' Team travelled to West Horsley Place (aka Button House from BBC's "Ghosts") for their final Cross Country fixture of the season. Judging by the comments that I have seen on Strava I believe it was horrendously muddy! The 'A' team comprising Laura Gent (27th place in 34:46), Lindsay Browning (48th in 36:47), Jo Davey (57th in 37:17), Ginevra Stoneley (64th in 37:51) and Laura Ebbs (68th in 38:03) finished in 10th place on the day. The 'B' team - Jamilla Ncayiyana (74th place in 38:22), Nat Wilson (78th in 38:39), Abbie Smith (80th in 38:52), Linda Rodriguez (97th in 39:49) and Hannah Wright (113rd in 40:54) finished in 16th place on the day. Natanya Freedman was a non-scorer and finished in 137th place in 43:05. Overall positions at the end of the season are 14th place for Reigate A and 23rd place for Reigate B. Well done Ladies! I also note that Ruth Willis was ranked 4th overall in her age category for the season - very well done Ruth!
The men's team meanwhile travelled over to the much less salubrious surroundings of Lloyd Park in Croydon where I suspect conditions were equally muddy. The men's A team was comprised of Max Smithson (28th place in 31:08), Tom Almond (35th in 31:27), Steve Bass (55th in 32:36), Alister Moses (64th in 33:02), Ben Stanton (67th in 33:05), Jack Yates (78th in 33:49), Rick Coles (88th in 34:22 - good to see you back Rick!), Simon Smythe (90th in 34:26), Dominic Hayward (119th in 36:22) and Tim Pearson (123rd in 36:36). An incomplete B team comprised Ian Burks (162nd in 39:12) and Andrew Patrick (188th in 42:21). The A team finished in 7th place on the day. Overall RPAC finished in 9th position in the league for the season. Well done Gentlemen!
Results will be posted in the results section in due course.
Jimmy James Handicap Race 5 Thursday 29th February
The penultimate Jimmy James Handicap race of the season will take place on Thursday 29th February at Denbies. Please email Jacqui Cooper to register. Entries will be accepted up to the Sunday 25th February.
Any runners who haven’t taken part in any of the races to date please provide your current 5k time, mobile number and emergency contact information when registering.
You must wear hi-viz and a torch in order to run; you will not be allowed to run without them.
With two races to go Kate Knight is leading the charge, but she can still be caught!
Start times and final instructions will be sent out by email
Barcelona Half Marathon from Gail Hill
We were awoken early by the wind banging our window and could hear it howling. With the usual quota of nerves and trepidation we set off for the start at the Arc de Triomf in the Cuetadella Parc. Luckily the wind had subsided and it was a bright sunny day.
The start area was teeming with nervous, excited runners and rather chaotic. Zoe (Kent) and I were part of the final wave; it was quite a challenge getting where we should be to start. In the end we had to run with some of the faster runners and weave across the road!
Finally in the start area, excitement mounting, we could hear U2's It's A Beautiful Day pounding out, dancing runners and happy smiles all around. As we got nearer we realised it was a U2 cover band and so it was we set off to the sounds of U2 ringing in our ears!!
Soon we were running along a wide boulevard past several statues, towards a huge column celebrating Christopher Columbus and finally in our stride, though I had already managed to lose Zoe by then!
After the first mile I was boiling and spent the next few yards wrestling to get my long sleeve top from underneath my t-shirt!
Somehow I'd got into a steady pace, as the course weaved out of the city centre before we eventually turned around and headed to the site of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics aquatic sports by the beach - this was a long straight flat section, which I could see i would have to run back along. It wasn't so bad, the kilometres kept disappearing (although it was a half marathon, every sign was in km) and soon I was ascending the only hill, just a tiny ramp really - 19K!! Almost there!!
Back up from the beach over 12 miles done, running towards the spectacular Familia Sagrada, the roar of the crowd on either side, through the Brooks zone giving a final boost, before turning the final corner, the finish line in site and pushing through to the euphoria of the finish line 🙂
2:22:22 very happy with that 🙂
I picked up my medal and waited for Zoe to finish and she romped about 20 minutes. A brilliant morning in sunny Barcelona 🌞
Well done Gail & Zoe!
Join us! Surrey Road League fixtures for 2024
Mud, freezing temperatures, and the better-than-average likelihood of a sprained ankle not your thing? Well, there's always the Road League! The fixture dates are set now and remember, league standings will be decided based on a runner's five best scores out of the seven races; learn more about the Surrey Road League here.
Sunday 7th April Sutton 10k
Sunday 12th May Richmond Half
Sunday 2nd June Dorking 10
Sunday 23rd June Richmond 10k (club championships)
Saturday 13th July Elmore 7
Sunday 21st July Elmbridge 10k
Friday 26th July Wedding Day 7k
Clarification of the rules for Club Championship races
In order to be eligible to win a Club Championship trophy you must enter a designated championship race as a member of Reigate Priory Athletic Club and you must run in an RPAC vest. The exception to these rules is the club marathon championship, where you can enter any road marathon race that is eligible to be included on the Power of 10 website and you can wear a RPAC vest, a charity vest or a county or country vest. You must still be entered as being a member of Reigate Priory Athletic Club.
Ashley Burridge reports that "It was a pleasure to welcome Andrew Pringle to the timekeeper's stand for the first time at yesterday's EMAC/VAC Indoor Championships at Lee Valley.
The club's officials would be more than happy to discuss this process and what's involved. Contact via the
Kate Knight reports that she: " completed 8 laps of Ferry Meadows Country Park (Peterborough) for my 159th marathon. A fantastic day and met up with some fantastic people. Very wet under foot. And waded through 2 areas of deep water!" Well done Kate!
Dates for Your Diary
Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)
Thursday 29th February Leap Day Jimmy James
Sunday 3rd March MABAC Priory Park
Saturday 16th March Couch to 5K graduation, likely Ifield Mill Pond parkrun
Saturday 23rd March parkrun tourism, Reigate Priory
Sunday 24th March Y2Y North Downs Trek
Sunday 14th April MABAC Winterfold Forest
Wednesday 3rd July Summer Evening 10k
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