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Reigate Priory AC News 24th January 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 24th January 2022

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Your Club Needs You On Sunday 6th March !

On Sunday 6th March RPAC is hosting a "double header" event in Priory Park. The day starts with the MABAC league race at 10:00, followed by the junior Border League event at 12:00. We need volunteers to help set up the course before hand (including people who would be willing to collect equipment from Battlebridge and transport it to Priory Park), to act as marshals, etc. during the events, and to help break down the course and pack away the equipment afterwards. We do not expect people to volunteer for the whole time and we have created a form on which you can specify times at which you are able to help. More details will be coming out to you soon via email, including a link to the volunteer form. In the meantime if you have any questions about how you can help please email me  

This is an event that involves the whole club. As many of the seniors will want to take part in the MABAC race and many of the junior parents will want to watch the Border League races it would be really good if the two sections of the club could work together on this.   

Awards Evening 30th April 2022

Just a reminder that the new date for the Awards evening is Saturday 30th April 2022. Tickets are on sale via LoveAdmin. If you have already purchased a ticket this will be valid for the new date. 

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

Sunday 13 February - Border League Match 2 - Guildford

The second round of this year's Border League will take place in Stoke Park Guildford, opposite the Spectrum Sports Centre, on Sunday 13th February.. There are separate boys and girls races for U9s, U11s, U13s and U15s. The first race is U9 girls at 1:30pm and then at 15 minutes intervals thereafter, with the last race being U15 boys at 3:15pm.

There is no cost to compete, but we do need to declare athletes ahead of time. If your child would like to compete please can you let me know. 

  

Senior Section News 

 Club training 

The new arrangements for Senior training on Tuesdays at Battlebridge commence tomorrow, 25th January. Please check which group you are in and the time at which you will be training, as these will probably have changed. The updated lists and times will be on the Noticeboard (see link) as soon as Malcolm has made the latest updates.

MABAC Windsor Last Weekend

Did you run the in MABAC event last weekend? If so did your result time in minutes beat your age in years (+15% on the time for ladies). If so, let me know as there is a special certificate awarded by MABAC for this

Tadworth 10 Sunday 16th January

 Apologies that this was missed from last week's newsletter but James England, Ruth Willis, Lisa Ashley and Andrew Pringle took part in the Tadworth 10 last Sunday. Well done to you all! This is a great local race that starts and finishes on Epsom Downs. I have vivid memories of running up Ebbisham Lane.

Members' News

Congratulations to Hannah Wright and Martin Wadham whose daughter Annabelle was born on New Year's Eve. What a lovely way to start 2022, I hope you are all doing well.

Ben Stanton reports that he and "Jon Payn and Andrew Reeves (running for Serpentine, but 2nd claim for RPAC) ran the Box Hill Fell Race on Saturday 22nd. A 12k course but with 520m of climbing, plenty of trails, some mud and a herd of rather large cows on course, it was certainly tough.

Full results are here; Andrew won the MV50 prize, and the course record was broken by a national champion fell runner, in 52 minutes.

Andrew and I also ran the Fred Hughes 1mile road race in St Albans today (Sunday 23rd). It’s a hilly but fast course on closed roads and well supported throughout. I ran a PB, despite the aches of the fell race in my legs."
 
Wow, that is very impressive guys, well done to all of you.

 

Dates for Your Diary

Sunday 6th February training session from the YMCA in Princes Road

Mike Pocock, Ian Edmonds and Ian Burks will be offering 2 training runs on Sunday 6th February from 9am at the YMCA in Princes Rd. Probably 10 miles and 13 miles but they will be tailored to those who turn out on the day.

As usual we will offer free tea, coffee and biscuits Pre and post run! 

Saturday 19th February Surrey League XC

Reserve the date. This is the last match of the season (match 4). Ladies are at Effingham Common for a  11:00AM start. Men are at Lloyd Park for a 3:00PM start.

Saturday 26th February National XC - Parliament Hill Fields 3pm

Save the date. Described by Tom as "12K of punishing mud and hills". Sounds fun.

Sunday 6th March MABAC Priory Park 10:00

 Save the date - we need a good turn out.

Sunday 20th March YMCA Y2Y North Downs Trek

This is either a full marathon or alternatively a 14 mile route from Denbies. You can see the full details of the event here.

All proceeds from Y2Y will go to the YMCA Life Change fund to pay for YMCA services helping young people get their lives back on track following the Pandemic.

  

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Reigate Priory AC News 17th January 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 17th January 2022

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Summary Minutes from the Committee Meeting on 8th December

Can be seen here.

 

Awards Evening Postponed

Due to the continued rise in Covid-19 levels and several concerns passed in relation to that, it has been agreed by the committee to postpone the Awards evening due to be held on Saturday 22nd January 2022.  The new date for the Awards evening is Saturday 30th April 2022.

To those who have purchased a 'ticket', payment will carry over to the new date.  If you would prefer a refund, please contact Melanie Fulton Bell () who will process the refund for you. 

 

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

 

Saturday 15th January Surrey XC League @ Mitcham Common

You can read the full report here... Surrey XC League, Mitcham Common, 15 Jan.

 

Sunday 16th January South of England Indoor Champs @ Lee Valley

Michael Maguire continued his great start to the indoor season by both winning the U13 long jump and setting a new championship record with a jump of 5:02m.

This is a Reigate Priory AC indoor record for U13 boys, the previous one being 4:46m.

Many congratulations Michael.

 

Saturday 26th February English National XC Championships

Entries close soon for the English National XC Championships which are being held at the iconic Parliament Hill course on Hampstead Heath, London.

The timetable includes U15B'S (4k) at 11.25, U13G'S (3k) at 11.45, U17M (6k) at 12.05, U13B'S (3k) at 12.30 and U15G'S (4k) at 12.45.

There will be a club Juniors team entry and if you want to be included, and haven't already done so, please let  know by this Wednesday 19th January. Minimum age 11 on the day of the race.

The start (by the white marquee in the background) at Parliament Hill is pictured here:

 

Border League fixtures - dates for your diaries

The final two Border League fixtures are on Sunday 13th February at Guildford and Sunday 6th March in Priory Park. It would be great to have strong representation from RPAC for these matches. There are races for U9, U11, U13 and U15, with separate boys and girls races. There are no entry fees. Please make a note in your diaries. For the event we are hosting we will need volunteers to help marshal at the races. I will be in touch nearer the time asking for athletes and volunteers.

 

Senior Section News 

 

Saturday 15th January Men's and Ladies' Surrey League

Both the ladies' and the men's teams were in action on Saturday 15th January. The ladies' race was at Mitcham Common and the men's race was at Richmond Park. 

The ladies team came 5th on the day with the men's team finishing 6th. Full results are on https://www.surreyleague.org but we will follow up with the results and a report.

 

Sunday 16th January - MABAC Windsor Great Park & Club Grand Prix

 

There was an excellent turn-out at the MABAC event in Windsor Great Park on Sunday. Results and report to follow.

 

Club training 

Following the survey sent to attendees of Tuesday track sessions, the survey results have been analysed.  Groups and training sessions will change from Tuesday 25th January but until then, please continue as-is with Less Intense and Middle Distance sessions at 7pm and an Endurance at 8pm.  An email will be sent w/c 15th January with further information on the new groups & sessions.

 

Sunday 6th February training session from the YMCA in Princes Road

Mike Pocock, Ian Edmonds and Ian Burks will be offering 2 training runs on Sunday 6th February from 9am at the YMCA in Princes Rd. Probably 10 miles and 13 miles but they will be tailored to those who turn out on the day.

As usual we will offer free tea, coffee and biscuits Pre and post run!

 

Saturday 19th February Surrey League XC

Reserve the date. This is the last match of the season (match 4). Ladies are at Effingham Common for a  11:00AM start. Men are at Lloyd Park for a 3:00PM start.

 

Sunday 20th March YMCA Y2Y North Downs Trek

This is either a full marathon or alternatively a 14 mile route from Denbies. You can see the full details of the event here.

All proceeds from Y2Y will go to the YMCA Life Change fund to pay for YMCA services helping young people get their lives back on track following the Pandemic.

 

Sunday 9th January Surrey XC Championships

As a result of Eloise Bull's performance in the County Championships at Denbies last Sunday, Ellie has been selected for the squad of fifteen athletes who will make up the team to represent Surrey in the Senior Women's race at the 2022 UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships, on Saturday March 12th.

 

Sunday 16th January Hitchingbrooke Country Park near Huntingdon

Kate Knight finished her 93rd marathon this last weekend, and is edging closer to her 100th.

She had a fantastic day out completing 8 laps of Hitchingbrooke Country Park which she tells us was a bit of a mud fest.

 

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Surrey XC League, Mitcham Common, 15 Jan

Surrey XC League, Mitcham Common, 15 Jan

 

The third match in this year's Surrey XC League took place at Mitcham Common on Saturday. On a mainly dry but heavy and undulating course, there were great performances from RPAC Juniors in highly competitive races. 

The first race saw U15G'S Ella Scrase and Sophia Bryant in action with both putting in typically strong runs with their trademark fast finishes. Both girls were well placed at the finish.

They were followed by the U13G'S race where our two non-scorers (as not yet 11years old),  Lisette Matthews and Florence Tombleson both ran superb races and finished close to the front. Eloise Matthews, Florence Shade, Neve MacGregor and Livvy Heppenstall completed a strong line up with all four showing great determination and plenty of promise with good performances all round.

The boys match started with the U13 race where Max Orchard,  as ever, was never far from the front finishing in an excellent 9th place. There was strong support from Rocco Secker and Jason Skinner who were both well placed at the finish.

The final juniors race saw our joint U17/U15 boys team win their match by a considerable margin, cementing their overall lead at the top of the league. 

It was a thoroughly impressive performance!

With four to score,  RPAC had four finishing in the top 10 places. Oscar Curry continues to impress and is going from strength to strength, taking 1st place!

Samuel Stapley finished 3rd and was the 1st U15 home. With Euan Willis 8th (2nd U15) and Sammy Rolaston 10th (4th U15), 1st place in the team result was assured.  It was great too seeing a strong performance from Will John-Cox who has been dogged by injuries recently. 

In the League's individual award rankings, Oscar is currently No1 in the U17's. Samuel Stapley is No1 and Euan No2 in the U15 's.

The final match in the Surrey League takes place on Saturday 19th February at Effingham Common. An easy to get to, reasonably local venue with plenty of parking! All Juniors in year six and above are eligible to run and encouraged to take part.

 

Pics from Mitcham Common:

Reigate Priory AC News 10th January 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 10th January 2022

 

 

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Awards Evening Postponed

Due to the continued rise in Covid-19 levels and several concerns passed in relation to that, it has been agreed by the committee to postpone the Awards evening due to be held on Saturday 22nd January 2022.  The new date for the Awards evening is Saturday 30th April 2022.

To those who have purchased a 'ticket', payment will carry over to the new date.  If you would prefer a refund, please contact Melanie Fulton Bell () who will process the refund for you. 

 

 

Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K Programme starting Saturday 22nd January 2022

There are still a couple of places available for the next programme which starts on Saturday 22nd January.

You can see full details on this page. If you know someone who may be interested please do pass on the details.

 

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

 

Juniors at the Surrey XC Championships, Dorking Sunday 9th January


A dry sunny day for this year's Surrey XC Championships at Denbies on Sunday but after a day of persistent rain on Saturday, the hilly course was as muddy and challenging as expected.

Coping especially well with the conditions were Samuel Stapley who finished 3rd in the U15 boys race, and Oscar Curry who was 4th in the U17's. Both have won automatic selection to the Surrey team for the CAU National Inter-counties XC Championships at Loughborough in March. This is the major XC Championships involving all the counties from across the UK. A great achievement by both!

Other notable finishes included Sammy Rolaston 10th in the U15B'S, Nicole Haycock 15th and Ella Scrase 18th in the U15G'S and an especially great turn out in the U13B'S race saw RPAC finish 4th in the team results. Our leading finishers were Max Orchard in 11th place, Stanley Phillips 16th, Buddy Kedgley 21st and Teemu Sara-aho 25th.

There were many other excellent performances and it was great to see so many from RPAC competing in this major championship event. A particular mention for Florence Shade who was only eligible to enter as she had her 11th birthday the day before the race! Florence duly delivered a fine performance and in keeping with a few others who ran, will have another two years competing as an U13 at this event.

Full results can be viewed at www.surreyathletics.org.uk 

 

 

South London Athletics Network (SLAN) Indoor Open, David Weir Leisure Centre Carshalton , 8th January 2022

Two RPAC athletes made a great start to the indoor season at the SLAN indoor open this weekend. Michael Maguire improved his Long Jump PB to 5m 12 in winning the U13 boys Long Jump, whilst Justin Collins improved his High Jump PB to 1m 50 in winning the U15 boys High Jump.
 
Congratulations to you both.
 

Surrey XC League next Saturday 15th Jan 

 The third of four Surrey XC League matches takes place next Saturday on Mitcham Common (Windmill Road, Mitcham,  CR4 1HT).

 
There are races for U13, U15 and U17's with the start times and course distances detailed below.
All RPAC Juniors in year six and above are eligible to run. If you haven't run in either of the first two matches at Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common,  please let    know you will be there, so that you can be allocated a number and entered into the results system. 
 
Please note the slightly earlier start times for the boys races than previously advertised. 
Please see the information about the course here and about parking here
 

Border League fixtures - dates for your diaries

The final two Border League fixtures are on Sunday 13th February at Guildford and Sunday 6th March in Priory Park. It would be great to have strong representation from RPAC for these matches. There are races for U9, U11, U13 and U15, with separate boys and girls races. There are no entry fees. Please make a note in your diaries. For the event we are hosting we will need volunteers to help marshal at the races. I will be in touch nearer the time asking for athletes and volunteers.
 

Senior Section News 

Surrey XC Championships Denbies Sunday 9th January

RPAC was well represented at the Surrey XC Champ[ionships held at Denbies yesterday.

The RPAC Ladies' Team, comprised of Eloise Bull, Laura Ebbs, Ruth Willis and Kate Pain finished in 9th place (out of 14 teams). Also running but not scoring were Maxine Voutilainen, Lucy Kulp and Sharon Miller.

The RPAC Men's Team, comprised of Steve Bass, Lee Savage, Ben Stanton, Ian Stammars, Mike Pocock and Jon Payn, finished in 14th place .

Well done to all of you for taking part on what I understand was a challenging an very slippery course. 

 

 

Men's and Ladies' Cross Country Saturday 15th January

Both the ladies' and the men's teams will be in action on Saturday 15th January. The ladies' race is at Mitcham Common at 11am and the men's race is at Richmond Park at 3pm. 

If you wish to run please contact your team captains if you haven't already done so -  or 

 

Sunday 16th January - MABAC Windsor Great Park & Club Grand Prix

Fancy catching a glimpse of Her Majesty (or at least of Windsor Castle)? Why not run the MABAC race in Windsor Great Park on Sunday (16th January)?

We finished in 3rd place in the MABAC League in 2021, let's start as we mean to go on this year and get a really strong turnout. You don't need to be quick (although that helps), it's the numbers that count.

Everyone always rates this race as their favourite of the MABAC events. This is an unusual MABAC race in that it is longer than normal at approximately 8 miles and it is mostly on paths (definitely road shoes). More details are here. We have been advised that there will be staggered starts for men and ladies and for the shorter distance race (2 miles).

If you have a race number from last year it's probably as well to bring that along although strictly speaking we should get new numbers.

Parking in the park is limited and very pricey (I think it cost me £13 last year!) so car shares are essential. There is no free parking adjacent to Blacknest Gate. Prompt 08:30 departure from Bell St Car Park for shares. If you need a lift or are able to take others please let me know

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A reminder that this is the first event in our relaunched Club Grand Prix (details TBA) - apologies to those of you who are running the Tadworth 10 on the same day.

Club training 

Following the survey sent to attendees of Tuesday track sessions, the survey results have been analysed.  Groups and training sessions will change from Tuesday 25th January but until then, please continue as-is with Less Intense and Middle Distance sessions at 7pm and an Endurance at 8pm.  An email will be sent w/c 15th January with further information on the new groups & sessions.

Sunday 27th February 2022 Wokingham Half - RPAC Club Championship

A reminder that the first Club Championship race of 2022 is the Wokingham Half Marathon on Sunday 27th February.  Places are still available here but with over 3000 entries so far and a 3500 limit you need to apply soon if you are planning to run. Entries close once the limit has been reached or on 16th February 2022 at the latest.

 

Members' News

Congratulations to Doug and Rachel Kington on the birth of their daughter Rowan, who was born at 03:22 on Wednesday morning (5th January). Doug reports that apart from a bit of sleep deprivation they are all doing well. It can't be too bad as I saw Doug at Parkrun on Saturday and he looked pretty chipper and quite speedy to boot. 

 

George Roux started 2022 in style by winning a 5K race in Whitinsville, near Boston, Massachusetts on New Year's Day. He won in 16:24, beating his nearest rival by a minute and six seconds. There's nothing like starting a new year as you mean to go on George; well done!

 

Jim Vince got his first Ultra event of the year under his belt yesterday, completing the Country to Capital 43 mile event from Wendover in Buckinghamshire to Little Venice near Paddington. Jim reports that it was  "a bit wet and muddy at times but a great little event! I also managed to finish with a kiwi mate of mine! ".  Great stuff Jim!

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 3rd January 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 3rd January 2022

 

Happy New Year!

On behalf of Paul and myself I would like to wish all or our readers a very Happy New Year. I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year break and that you and your families managed to avoid the Omicron variant. Let us hope that 2022 will see the back of it and allow us to return to normality.

 

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Awards Evening At Perrywood Sports & Social Club Saturday 22nd January 2022 

A reminder that our combined awards evening is to be held on Saturday 22nd January 2022 at Perrywood Sports & Social Club in Honeycrock Lane, Salfords.
 
The evening will commence at 6.00pm for Juniors with music to enjoy with your fellow club runners. Seniors should arrive from 7.30pm to purchase drinks prior to the awards ceremonies which will commence at 8.00pm.  
 
Following the awards presentations, all attendees are invited to continue enjoying the evening's festivities.  Finger food is included in the price of the evening and will be served throughout the evening so please let us know when booking if you have any food allergies. A bar is available at the sports and social club to buy refreshments.  The bar is able to take both cash and card payments.
 
The evening will cost £10 per person.  We request that juniors are accompanied by at least one one adult per child / family.  Seniors are welcome to bring their significant others.
 
To secure your booking, please book your ticket(s) via LoveAdmin. There are two booking options available. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please select the second option to flag this, as this enables us to cater for your needs. 

In the event that COVID rules prevent the evening from going ahead, we will postpone the event and provide refunds on request.

 

Coming Soon - Changes to the RPAC Website 

Watch this space for details of the changes being made to the club website. 

 

Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K Programme starting Saturday 22nd January 2022

Registration is now open for the next programme starting on Saturday 22nd January.

You can see full details on this page. If you know someone who may be interested please do pass on the details.

 

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

 

Upcoming XC Fixtures from David Mills

Good luck to all our runners at next Sunday's Surrey XC Championships (Sunday 9th January at Denbies). Entries are now closed and race day information will be forwarded to those competing.

The following weekend, on Saturday 15th, it is the third of the four Surrey XC League matches. This is taking place at Mitcham Common with the girls races at 12pm and the boys at 2pm.

There are races for U13's, U15's and U17's. Anyone can turn up and run for the club, including those in year 6 who, if they are not yet 11, will be deemed non-scorers. If you took part in either of the first two matches at Richmond Park or Wimbledon Common, please don't forget to bring your Surrey League number.

 On Saturday 22nd January the Surrey Schools XC Championships will be held in Priory Park.

 

Senior Section News 

 

Club training sessions this week

Sessions will resume tomorrow (Tuesday 4th January 2022).

Men's and Ladies' Cross Country Saturday 15th January

Both the ladies' and the men's teams are in action on Saturday 15th January. The ladies' race is at Mitcham Common at 11am and the men's race is at Richmond Park at 3pm. 

If you wish to run please contact your team captains if you haven't already done so -  or 

Further details will be sent out to individuals nearer the time. 

 

Sunday 16th January - MABAC Windsor Great Park - Club Grand Prix

The first event in our relaunched Club Grand Prix (details TBA) will be the MABAC event on Sunday 16th January in Windsor Great Park. This is an unusual MABAC event in that it is longer than normal at approximately 8 miles and it is mostly on paths. More details are here. Parking in the park is very pricey, so car shares are essential. More details about meeting times,e tc. will follow in next week's newsletter. 

 

Sunday 27th February 2022 Wokingham Half - RPAC Club Championship

A reminder that the first Club Championship race of 2022 is the Wokingham Half Marathon on Sunday 27th February.  Places are still available here but with over 3000 entries so far and a 3500 limit you need to apply soon if you are planning to run. Entries close once the limit has been reached or on 16th February 2022 at the latest., 

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 20th December 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 20th December 2021

Have a lovely Christmas!

The Newsletter Eds (Andrew Bamford and Paul Walters) are having a short seasonal break, so we'll be back on either Monday 3rd or Monday 10th January (depending on the amount of available content).

 

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Saturday 22nd January 2022 Awards Evening @ Monotype Perrywood Sports & Social Club

We invite all junior and senior members of RPAC to our second combined awards evening to be held on Saturday 22nd January 2022 at Monotype Perrywood Sports & Social Club in Salfords.
 
The evening for Juniors will commence at 6.00pm with music to enjoy with your fellow club runners. Seniors should arrive from 7.30pm to purchase drinks prior to the awards ceremonies which will commence at 8.00pm.  
 
Following the awards presentations, all attendees are invited to continue enjoying the evenings festivities.  Finger food is included in the price of the evening and will be served throughout the evening so please let us know when booking if you have any food allergies. A (pay) bar is available at the sports and social club to buy refreshments.  The bar is able to take both cash and card payments.
 
The evening will cost £10 per person.  We request juniors be accompanied by at least one one adult per child / family.  Seniors are welcome to bring their significant others.
 
To secure your booking, please book your ticket(s) via LoveAdmin. There are two booking options available. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please select the second option to flag this, as this enable us to adequately cater for your needs. 

In the event that COVID rules prevent the evening from going ahead, we will postpone the event and provide refunds on request.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Have a great Christmas and we hope to see as many of you as possible on 22nd January.
 
Mel & Usha

 

Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K Programme starting Saturday 22nd January 2022

Registration is now open for the next programme starting on Saturday 22nd January.

You can see full details on this page. If you know someone who may be interested please do pass on the details.

 

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

 

Upcoming XC Fixtures - from David Mills

Sunday 9th January Surrey XC Championships at Denbies.

Saturday 15th January Surrey XC League at Mitcham Common.
Girl's races from 12pm boy's races from 2pm
U13, (Y6 and above) U15 and U17.

Saturday 22nd January Surrey Schools XC Championships, Priory Park.

 

Senior Section News 

 

Reminder - No club training sessions next week

There will be no club training sessions next week. Sessions will resume on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

 

Sunday 19th December The Turkey Trot

 

Here are the Turkey Trot runners at Denbies, Dorking on Sunday morning ready for the off. The walkers had already disappeared! We finished off at the outside kiosk for hot drinks. A lovely event.

 

Sunday 27th February 2022 Wokingham Half - RPAC Club Championship

Book your place in the Wokingham Half club champs race if you wish to attend - places still available here but with 2715 entries so far (I think) it's probably filling up. Entries close on Friday 31st December.

 

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It's another long one this week

Priory Relays Saturday 6th November 2021

Ian Martin writes:

As Race Director, I would like to thank all of the RPAC members who volunteered to help with this year's event on Saturday. After our attempts to stage the 2020 race were scuppered by Covid, it was great to be back in Priory Park and host so many old friends in this always popular event.
Current Covid regulations meant that we had to change a lot of the previous format, including setting up an outdoor Race HQ and runners using chip timing, and the organising team adapted admirably to the new procedures.
We were blessed with dry, if increasingly windy, weather and firm underfoot conditions, and saw some excellent racing. Provisional results, which are almost final, are now available on the Priory Relays website.
Many people made significant contributions, but I would like to give special thanks to Moray Carey, who managed all of the tedious form filling required by the Council's Environmental Health Officer to obtain permission to use Priory Park as well as liaison with Sports Systems on the new chip timing procedures; to Colin Kloes who collated the volunteers; and to Jas Dhanda who was Chief Marshal, helped to set up and take down the course, and did a final run around to pick any forgotten signs.
One amusing moment in the morning was 5 of us trying to put up the RPAC gazebo. Eventually we succeeded, only to find that it was inside out and had to be taken down again and re-erected!!
As a club we are very experienced at running race events, and we have received many messages of thanks for organising this event so efficiently.
This is my last year as Race Director of the Priory Relays, and I hope that you will be willing and able to give Jas the same level of support that I have enjoyed as he takes over for the 2022 event.

RPAC Team Results:(out of 37 men's teams and 39 Ladies' teams)

Ladies A team (6th place): Eloise Bull 16mins 41 s; Joanna Davey 17m 40 s; Ginevra Stoneley 18m 12s. Finish time: 52m 33s
Ladies B team (19th place): Angie Steadman 21m 19s; Annette Morris 22m 17s; Eloise Bull 17m 12 s. Finish time:1 hr 00m 48s
Ladies C team (20th place): Bethany Higgins 19m 19s; Sharon Brennan 19m 40s; Jo Hennessy 21m 59s. Finish time: 1hr 00m 58s

Men's A team (11th place): Steve Bass 15m 31s; Felix Smithson 15m 53s; Frank O'Regan 16m 05s; Nicholas Wade 18m 12s. Finish time: 1hr 05m 41s
Men's B team (33rd place): Malcolm Woodman 22m 21s; Shiva Shivagnanam 23m 01s; Jon Payn 19m 04s; Gavin Lawrence 17m 32s. Finish time: 1hr 21m 58s.  

 Thank You to all our volunteers

Ashley Burridge, Andrew Patrick, Ben Stanton, Caroline Wheatley, Ceryl Sandberg, Colin Kloes, David Harris, David Neumann, Donna Barrington Smith,
Frank O'Regan, Gillian O'Regan, Ginevra Stoneley, Graham Bull, Ian Martin, Ian Thomas, Jake Boud, Jas Dhanda, Jo Hennessey, Karima Graham, Kate Knight, Kirsten Mackison,
Kirsten Stone, Malcolm Woodman, Mike Pocock, Moray Carey, Naomi Jones, Neil Freeman Jones, Paul Walters, Richard Friar, Roman Thompson-Lamont,
Sarah Pemberton, Sarah Walters, Sharon Miller, Shiva Shivagnanam, Usha Stevens and Viv Burgess

Please let me know if I have missed anyone.

 Welcome to our new members

Please join me in extending a very warm RPAC welcome to our recent joiners

Junior Members

Greta Blades, Freya Cahill, Lyla Cornick, Gil Emberson, Beatrice Friar, Evelyn Friar, Rose Holmes, Asali Humphreys, Amelia Jeffers, Harry Ludlam,
Orla Marsh, Chloe McCracken, Arthur Naish, Maya Pocock, Amelie Potter, Charlotte Potter-Houston, Bruno Rahaman, Robin Saunders, Tabitha Sensier,
Vishaal Senthilkumar, Jason Skinner, Roman Thompson-Lamont, Joshua Thoroughgood, Chloe Tiler and Alfie Warden

Senior Members

Jon Evered, Richard Friar, Catherine Friar, Brad Hammonds, Jo Hennessy, Ben Holden, John Masterson, Kate Pain, Siubhán Clines, Sam Cohen, Ceryl Slasberg
Gemma Frith and Lisa Ashley

 RPAC Awards Evening

Look out for details of the 2021 Awards Evening coming soon. The provisional date for your diaries is 22nd January 2022.

I would like to start collecting the senior trophies back in as soon as possible to give me plenty of time to get them refurbished and engraved. Please bring them along to Battlebridge if at all possible or contact me to discuss alternative collection/delivery arrangements Some people have retained trophies since 2019; we need them all back this year please. 

The Holly Run

It is with regret that the decision has been made to cancel The Holly Run for 2021; it was felt that the current restrictions would not allow us to stage the race with the usual enjoyable atmosphere. 

Future Volunteering Opportunities - dates for your diaries

Sunday 6th March 2022 - MABAC (senior) and Border League (junior) events both hosted by RPAC in Priory Park. In the past the junior section (mostly parents) has provided a good number of volunteers for the MABAC event so that the senior athletes can still compete, with senior members volunteering at the Border League event so that parents of junior members are able to spectate. 

In addition there are three events in Priory Park early next year that are not hosted by RPAC but at which we have traditionally provided some volunteers. These are :-

Senior Schools XC 22nd January 2022

SE Inter County XC 5th February 2022

Junior Schools XC 19th March 2022

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

National XC Relays, Berry Hill Park,  Mansfield Saturday 6th November by Dave Mills

Congratulations to our runners who competed in the National XC Relays that took place in Berry Hill Park,  Mansfield on Saturday. 

 
The U15Bs team of Euan Willis, Sammy Rolaston and Samuel Stapley had a magnificent 7th place finish against strong opposition from across England. 65 teams completed the race with a further 20 incomplete teams (less than 3 runners) taking part.
 
In the U13Bs race we ourselves had an incomplete team with only two runners, but Max Orchard and James Beaty who both performed strongly.
 
 

Surrey League XC Wimbledon Common, Saturday 13th November

The second match in this season's Surrey XC League takes place next Saturday on Wimbledon Common. SW15 3DZ northern corner of Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields.

U15/U17 Girls race (4K) at 11.30 followed by U13 Girls race (3K) at 12.00.

U13 Boys race (3K) at 1.30, U15/U17 Boys (4K) at 2.00

Please note times are earlier than previously advised.

Details can be found at the following link:

https://www.surreyleague.org/slm/match/128/

If you did not run in the first match at Richmond Park, please let Dave Mills know if you will be running so that your entry can be recorded and a number allocated to you. Anyone in year six and above is very welcome to take part. 

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 - Lightwater Country Park, Woking 11:00am * note change of venue *
  • 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  

 Men's and Ladies Surrey Cross Country League this weekend

The second fixtures in the Surrey Cross Country League will be held this coming weekend. The ladies are in action on Saturday 13th at 10:30 on Wimbledon Common and the men on Sunday 14th at Denbies at 11:00. Please let your team captains know if you want to run and haven't already done so.

 

 MABAC Farley Heath 10:00 Sunday 21st November

Do you want to explore a part of Surrey you will almost certainly not have seen before (unless you've run this race before)? Join us for the MABAC Farley Heath race on Sunday 21st November and help keep RPAC near the top of the table. We are currently third in the league, having finished in second place in the last race at Nonsuch Park. 

 Couch to 5K Graduation 27th November

Our intrepid band of running initiates are nearing the end of their Couch to 5K course. We plan to run a graduation Parkrun on 27th November and it would be great if we could get a good turnout from fellow RPAC athletes to support and encourage them. 

2022 Club Championships

We are assuming that a normal race calendar will be possible in 2022 and have decided to revert to the normal format where the Club Championships are held over a series of nominated races. The first club championship race will be the Wokingham Half Marathon which will be held on 27th February. This is a fast, flattish course that is good PB material. This race sells out quickly you can enter here.

The other championship races will be the Wimbledon Dash 5K and the Dorking 10 mile (both also Surrey Championship races - dates TBC) with the 10K race being confirmed once all the league fixtures are known.

We are also looking at reviving the club Grand Prix competition - details to follow in a later newsletter.

 

2021 Club Championships Current Position

With only a short while to run there are still a few categories that are up for grabs in the 2021 Club Championships. Here is the current position

Event Athlete Sex Club Champs
Age Category
Time Event  Date
5K Tom Almond M Men's Champion 00:15:27 Hyde Park 24/09/2021
Lee Savage M MV40 00:17:03 Ardingly 12/05/2021
Malcolm Woodman M MV50 00:25:22 Wimbledon 15/08/2021
  M MV60      
Eloise Bull Ladies' Champion 00:18:43 Ardingly 05/05/2021
Gillian O' Regan FV35 00:23:18 Wimbledon 15/08/2021
  FV45      
Annette Morris FV55 00:24:24 Wimbledon 15/08/2021
10K George Roux M Men's Champion 00:33:25 Battersea 05/06/2021
Lee Savage M MV40 00:35:14 Battersea 15/05/2021
David Nurse M MV50 00:43:15 Barns Green 26/09/2021
Ian Burks M MV60 00:42:28 Windsor 12/06/2021
Gillian O' Regan Ladies' Champion 00:43:29 Kempton Park 03/04/2021
Linda Rodriguez FV35 00:49:14 Reigate 19/09/2021
  FV45      
Debbie Robinson FV55 01:01:38 Dorking 11/07/2021
10M Tom Almond M Men's Champion 00:54:47 Dorking 11/07/2021
Matt Ryde M MV40 00:56:04 Twickenham 17/10/2021
Graham Bull M MV50 01:07:17 Dorking 11/07/2021
Ian Burks M MV60 01:09:27 Dorking 11/07/2021
Ginevra Stoneley Ladies' Champion 01:06:09 Dorking 11/07/2021
Gillian O' Regan FV35 01:19:06 Dorking 11/07/2021
  FV45      
Annette Morris FV55 01:27:28 Dorking 11/07/2021
Half
Marathon
Tom Almond M Men's Champion 01:10:41 Goodwood 25/04/2021
Rick Coles M MV40 01:17:49 Paddock Wood 05/09/2021
Graham Bull M MV50 01:29:14 Reigate 19/09/2021
Ian Burks M MV60 01:34:32 Reigate 19/09/2021
Laura Ebbs Ladies' Champion 01:33:43 Reigate 19/09/2021
Anna Roberson FV35 01:50:12 Reigate 19/09/2021
Ruth Willis FV45  01:37:51 Woking 26/09/2021
Kate Knight FV55 03:45:51 Woking 26/09/2021
Marathon Tom Almond M Men's Champion 02:28:30 London 03/10/2021
Ginevra Stoneley M Ladies' Champion 02:55:29 Windsor 03/04/2021

 Members' News

Stephen Smith completed the Thames Meander marathon on Saturday 06 November. It was a perfect day and course for setting a personal best, confirmed results have not been released yet but Garmin clocked it at 3:53:51. This was Stephen's 3rd marathon and first sub 4 hour result making this a PB by 14 minutes. 

This is Stephen being encouraged by his 8 year old son Herbie, in the final stretch.

 

Hi-Viz Reigate Priory AC T-Shirts Final Call

We will be closing the orders via LoveAdmin on 14th November if you want one of these sought after T-Shirts. Full details are in last week's newsletter.

Please place all orders via LoveAdmin.  When you log into LoveAdmin the t-shirts are listed as an Optional Extra. You can log into LoveAdmin by clicking here using your LoveAdmin userid and password.

  

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