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South of England XC Championships, Parliament Hill 25 Jan 2020

South of England XC Championships, Parliament Hill 25 Jan 2020

Nine young athletes from RPAC undertook the challenging cross country course at Parliament Hill on Saturday, competing in the South of England XC Championships. 

The first event saw Oscar Curry, in his first run at Parliament Hill, finishing the U15 boys race just outside of the top half with 317 completing the course. Another good run by Oscar.

Next up were the U13 girls, and with runners from 77 clubs from all across the South of England taking part, it was a great experience for Shakila Keable, Cara Koutzaroff-Richards, Livvy Thompson and Charlotte Pelekani who all battled well including managing the long (long!), uphill start!

The U13 boys race saw entries from 83 clubs! Strong running by Will John-Cox and Sammy Rolaston saw them finishing only 8 places apart, well inside the top half of the 304 finishers.

Imogen Gregory ran with her usual determination to complete the two laps undertaken by the U15 girls, and in the U17 boys race, Noah Young, now an old hand at running this famous course, competed strongly to clock one of his best finishes.  

Good to see some proudly sporting their Southern XC Championships hoodies at Battlebridge training!

Reigate Priory AC Club News 27th January 2020

Reigate Priory AC Club News 27th January 2020

 

Club news for everyone

 

Feedback on the Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020

Thank you to everyone who attended the Awards & Social evening last Saturday evening and congratulations to everyone who won an award. It was fantastic to have a combined evening to celebrate with our Seniors, Juniors and their parents and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

We welcome any feedback that you would like to offer, this could include the date of the event, comments about the venue, catering or the format itself. This feedback will be used in planning future events. 

Please e-mail any comments to

You can see a list of the award winners here

Your Club Needs Your Help on 1st March

On Sunday 1st March RPAC are hosting both a MABAC fixture and a Border League fixture in Priory Park. We will need lots of helpers to set up and break down the courses and of course, marshal the events. The MABAC race starts at 10:00 and the Border League fixture starts at midday. If you can help please let us know by emailing  

 

Parkrun Tourism Event 7 Banstead Woods Saturday 25th January 

RPAC Parkrun Tourism hits Banstead Woods! 16 runners participated (absent from the picture are Moray Laing and Naomi Jones), Frank and Bobby O' Regan and Paul Walters were there to cheer them on and Natalie Laing was marshalling. What a great turnout!

The next event will be Nonsuch parkrun on Saturday 29th February. If you have any queries about our parkrun tourism series please email 

 

 

Junior news

 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 13:30. 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 Dates for the Diary

The fourth and final fixture in this year's Border League will be held in Reigate Priory Park on Sunday 1 March. First race is at 12:00pm. As the hosts I hope we will have a large pool of runners competing. We will also need to supply a number of volunteers to officiate on the day. A note will follow shortly but please make yourselves available to help.

There will be no training for the Saturday morning 9:00am group on Saturday 15 February due to Half Term.

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

Jimmy James Handicap Event 4 Thursday 30th January 19:30 at Denbies

This Thursday sees the running of the fourth of this season's Jimmy James Handicap races. Prompt start at 19:30. Don't forget if you don't wear a hi-viz and carry a torch you will not be allowed to run. If you plan to run or if you haven't run before and need a handicap time please contact Antony Read  

 

Dates for the Diary

 

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 ***

Saturday 29th February Parkrun Tourism @ Nonsuch parkrun

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

Kate Knight completed her first marathon of 2020 on January 19th; no doubt this will be the first of many this year. She has now completed 63 marathons, of which 25 have been completed since her knee replacement operation. This was the Winter Walk Action Challenge held in London. Kate completed this waking marathon in 8:42:15.

Andrew Patrick was the sole senior representative at the South of England AA Cross Country Championships held at Parliament Hill  on 26th January finishing in 1091st position in a time of 01:22:05. A number of junior members took part as well. 

 Further afield Usha Stevens completed the Seville Half Marathon on Sunday 26th January finishing in 2:15:21 - a half marathon PB by 14 minutes. Well done Usha! Also running were former club members Michael and Liz Clark.

 

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 30th January 2020

We chalked up another victory last week, and donated £30 to the Brooklands School via Pete Newland. Anyone welcome to join us this Thursday.

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  

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. 

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