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Reigate Priory AC News 20th September 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 20th September 2021

 All Club News

 

The next Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K programme is starting on Saturday 25th September

This 9 week course only costs £15 in total. If you know of anyone who might be interested, full details are here. Registration is now almost full!

 

Run Reigate 2021

 

I have done my best to identify everyone who took part in the Run Reigate Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races. It wasn't easy because of the different formats of club name used on the entries and because of the number of new members who presumably entered the race before they were club members, as well as a few long established club members who were presumably too shy to admit that they were members (you know who you are smile ).  So far I have identified 55 members who competed, please let me know if I have missed you. The results are in the senior results section

There were some stand out performances from both senior and junior RPAC athletes - special mention should be made of Neil Fenwick who finished 8th overall in the Half Marathon in a time of 01:22:13, of Max Smithson who finished 3rd overall in the 10K in a time of 35:09 and of Euan Willis who finished 3rd overall (and first in his age category) in the 5K in a time of 19:49. Euan ran in the U15 age category. There are some pictures of some of the senior runners in the senior section below.

 

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 Junior Events by Mike Gent

Southern Road Relays - Sunday 26th September at Crystal Palace 

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete

Surrey Cross Country Relays - 30th October - Stoke Park Guildford

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete.

 

Saturday 25th September Juniors Obstacle Course event near Bletchingley, Redhill ***Date for the diary! ***

There are a few tickets remaining for the Junior Obstacle Course event for anyone who intends to attend but has not yet bought a ticket - details in the email that was sent out.

  

Senior Section News 

 

K2 Track Session Tomorrow (21st September)

A quick reminder that there is a track training session at K2 tomorrow. Details are on the RPAC Calendar. There will be a single session at 19:00 at Battlebridge if you cannot get to K2, again details of the session are on the RPAC Calendar

 

Wednesday 29th September - Ed Prickett Track Memorial Race

This event takes place at K2, Crawley at 8:20PM on Wednesday 29th September. An email was sent out to members describing this race on 8th September. Registration is open from 19:00-19:45. You do not need to inform us in advance that you plan to run. You do need to wear a club vest. 

 

Hi-Viz tops

The option to purchase the club branded hi-viz tops has been removed from the Love Admin as the order has now been placed.  We plan to place another order in a month or so, so if you are stuck for ideas for Christmas presents watch this space. 

 

Thursday 23rd September 7PM session

The location of Thursday night session can be found on the RPAC Calendar. If you haven't been to a Thursday session before please let Nat know before you come. Please note that you must wear some hi-viz clothing and carry a torch. It may not be dark when you leave home but it will get dark during the session.  

 

Photos from Run Reigate

 

Finishing the 10K - left to right Max Smithson, Gavin Pollock, Katie Pain, Taryn Bennett

The afterglow of the 10K - Juliette Stern, Taryn Bennett, Katie Pain and Linda Rodriguez, Linda Rodriguez and her supporters' club, Juliette Stern 

Ruth and Euan Willis, and Maggie Swinnerton and Viv Burgess (one of the graduates of our most recent C25K course)

 

Half marathon action - Jim Vince and Bethany Higgins on the move (are you sure you were taking this seriously guys?), James England attempting to glide to the finish and Kate Knight and David Neumann who were both raising money for charity. You can visit Kate's fundraising page here and David's here if you'd like to support them.

  

MABAC League event at Lightwater Country Park

Because of the clash with Run Reigate we only managed to field a team of 6, but what a team! Despite the small number of entrants we still managed to score enough points that we only dropped one place to fourth in the league. Ben Stanton was our first finisher, coming in 5th place overall in 32:08 and Jamilla Ncayiyana was our first lady finisher, finishing in 23rd place overall in 37:10. Full results will be available soon. Well done to all of our intrepid band!
The next MABAC fixture is in Nonsuch Park on Sunday 24th October. Let's get a good string turnout.    

 

Saturday 9th October - Surrey Masters Cross Country Championships in Morden Park

You should have received an email about this today (20th September)

 

Saturday 16th October - Surrey Cross Country League 1st Fixture

The men are at Epsom Downs and the ladies at Richmond Park. The website for the league is at https://www.surreyleague.org.

 

Saturday 18th September - Parkrun Results

The consolidated club results are here.  Annette Morris set a new PB of 23:23 at Horsham, achieving an age graded score of 86.67% She was 10th female, 76th overall (out of 466 runners) and first in her age category. Well done Annette! 

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 13th September 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 13th September 2021

 All Club News

 

The next Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K programme is starting on Saturday 25th September

This 9 week course only costs £15 in total. If you know of anyone who might be interested, full details are here. Registration is now almost full!

 

Run Reigate 2021

We will have the RPAC gazebo constructed for Run Reigate as a meeting point. Bags can be left but the gazebo will not be manned so this is at runners own risk. Look out for the club flag.

Good luck to all participants. I, for one, will be spectating, so hope to see you en-route!

 

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 11th September - County Multi-event Championships

Max Orchard is the Pentathlon Champion!

Competing on Saturday at the Surrey and Sussex Combined Events Championships in Carshalton, Max scored a fantastic 1981 points to win the event, finishing 301 points ahead of his closest rival.

A new PB in the Pentathlon for Max and a new club record!

During the long day of competition, Max also PB'd in the 75mH, Long Jump and Shot, with strong performances too in the high jump and 800m.

As the Track and Field season draws to a close, Max is in the top ten in the UK U13B'S rankings in Pentathlon (2nd), 75mH (2nd) and Long Jump (8th)!

A great season by Max!

(Message from the editor: I've received reports of Max's achievements from three junior coaches independently. They're obviously over cloud nine with this brilliant result from Max!)

 

Saturday 11th September @ The Olympic Park

George Evered was competing in the 200m at the Olympic Park, and came second achieving a new PB.

 

Upcoming Junior Events by Mike Gent

Southern Road Relays - Sunday 26th September at Crystal Palace 

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete

Surrey Cross Country Relays - 30th October - Stoke Park Guildford

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete.

 

Saturday 25th September Juniors Obstacle Course event near Bletchingley, Redhill ***Date for the diary! ***

There are a few tickets remaining for the Junior Obstacle Course event for anyone who intends to attend but has not yet bought a ticket - details in the email that was sent out.

  

Senior Section News 

 

Hi-Viz clothing and torches required

Please be aware that a hi-viz running top and a torch are needed for evening road sessions. You will be turned away without the appropriate attire.

 

Thursday 16th September 7PM session

The location of Thursday night session can be found on the RPAC Calendar.

 

Sunday 19th September - MABAC League event at Lightwater Country Park

The next MABAC League event is this coming Sunday 19th September at Lightwater Country Park at 10:00AM.

 

Wednesday 29th September - Ed Prickett Track Memorial Race

This event takes place at K2, Crawley at 8:20PM on Wednesday 29th September. An email was sent out to members describing this race on 8th September.

 

Saturday 9th October - Surrey Masters Cross Country Championships in Morden Park

Full details will follow for this event.

 

Saturday 16th October - Surrey Cross Country League 1st Fixture

The men are at Epsom Downs and the ladies at Richmond Park. The website for the league is at https://www.surreyleague.org.

 

Saturday 11th September - Parkrun Results

Annette Morris ran a PB of 23:44 at Horsham Parkrun - an age grading of 85.39%! She was 6th female out of 381 runners.

 

Here's Michael Bashford "flying the flag" for RPAC.  Michael was a Parkrun tourist at Sharpham Playing Fields in Cheddar in a time of 31:18. This was this venue's second week.

 

Saturday 11th September - Saturday Social Group visit to Brockham and Betchworth

Here are the members of the RPAC Saturday Social running group who met up in Brockham at 10:30AM for a rural circular run to Betchworth and back, followed by a visit to the Reading Room cafe in Brockham.

We're shown above stopping for a photo shoot with a view of the River Mole and the North Downs. We will be finding other local routes to follow.

 

Sunday 12th September - Ginevra races in England Masters Representative Team at the Half Marathon at Richmond Runfest

 

Ginevra Stoneley qualified for the team at the Milton Keynes half marathon in December 2019, where she was the 3rd lady overall in a time of 85:01. The representative race was due to be the Fleet Half Marathon in March 2019. However, that was then cancelled in the week before because of the first COVID lockdown. So 18 months later, the selected athletes finally got their opportunity to race in their England vests on Sunday 12th September.

Ginevra finished 2nd W45 in both the England representative race and the open race, finishing in 87:05 just 19 seconds behind the 1st place W45. 14th woman overall (all age groups). The course was not easy, with about half the race on the Thames Towpath and the last half mile on grass.

Lee Savage also ran in the open race, finishing 21st, setting a new PB of 78:09. That is an achievement on this course.

The results are available here.

 

Sunday 12th September - Brighton 10K

 

 

Two proud owners of Brighton 10K medals - Maggie Swinnerton and Chris Halliday. You can see their results here.

 

Sunday 12th September - Brighton Marathon

 

Here are James England and Jack Finn at the Brighton Marathon. Congratulations to James and Jack, and also to Kate Knight who completed her 83rd marathon at this event. You can see the results here.

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 6th September 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 6th September 2021

 All Club News

The next Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K programme is starting on Saturday 25th September

This 9 week course only costs £15 in total. If you know of anyone who might be interested, full details are here.

 

Run Reigate 2021 - there's still time! (I think)

This year's Run Reigate event is being held on Sunday 19th September from 09:00. At the time of writing there are still spaces available in the half marathon, 10K and children's races from what I can see.

Details of how to enter are here. If you are not running at Run Reigate how about volunteering for the Run Reigate Race Crew? Full details are here.  All volunteers will get a free place in either Run Gatwick or Run Reigate next year. 

 

Advance warning of events particularly for volunteers

There will be a Priory Relays event in Priory Park this year in November on a date yet to be finalised and the Holly Run will be on Sunday 12th December. 

 

The September SportShoes.com club discount code

... will be available in the email version of this newsletter.

 

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

Resumption of Saturday Morning 9:00AM Group

The Saturday morning 9am training group will resume this Saturday 11th September.

 

Saturday 4th September YDL @ Sutton

The final YDL of the season was held at Sutton on Saturday. We were co- hosting with Camberley and are indebted to our wonderful officials who gave up their Saturday afternoon to make this event happen. We are fortunate to have some highly qualified officials supporting the Club, Ivan Barrett was Field Referee on the day, Ashley Burridge, Chief Timekeeper, and Ian Crouch ran a number of field events on behalf of the Club.

We had a number of strong performances from Reigate athletes, Michael Maguire won the U13 Long Jump, Max Orchard the U13 75m hurdles and Ewan Willis the U15 1500m, after a very exciting last lap. Isaac Beckett got PBs in the long jump and 800m. Eve Golding was pipped on the line in the U13 75m and Ella Scrase and Florence Carter continued their very consistent 800m performances. Imogen Wheeler was also pipped on the line coming second in the U15 girls 100m, whilst Lily Woodhams won the B string race.

That is it for the Athletics season. Cross country season is up shortly. As we transition, the next event for the older athletes, 11 and older, is the Southern Road Relays at Crystal Palace on 26 September.

 

Junior Training Tops

We have recently taken deliver of a new batch of Club training tops for Juniors. They come in Red, Light Blue and Dark Blue. They cost £16 and can be ordered and paid for via the LoveAdmin site.

 

Upcoming Junior Events by Mike Gent

Southern Road Relays - Sunday 26 September at Crystal Palace 

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete

Surrey cross country relays - 30 October- Stoke Park Guildford

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete.

 

Saturday 25th September Juniors Obstacle Course event near Bletchingley, Redhill ***Date for the diary! ***

There are a few tickets remaining for the Junior Obstacle Course event for anyone who intends to attend but has not yet bought a ticket - details in the email that was sent out.

  

Senior Section News 

Running earlier this week in the heat

Remember that it's going to be hot, so carry water or take water to the track with you.

 

Thursday 9th September 7PM session in Priory Park

The Thursday evening session will be held in Priory Park for the last time this year.

Please arrive promptly for a 7PM start, and ensure that you have taken the opportunity to jog prior to arriving so that the drills can be performed and the session started quickly.

Please wear hi-viz clothing if you can so leaders are aware of your location during the session.

 

Hi-Viz clothing and torches

The nights are drawing in rapidly, and now is the time of year to start wearing hi-viz clothing and the use of a torch (maybe a head torch) when running on footpaths in an evening - essential when running in one of our sessions as well as running on your own. Make sure that you are in possession of these items and use them when attending an evening running session going forward - not yet necessary for the 6PM Monday session.

 

Saturday 4th September Parkrun Results

Annette Morris topped the overall age grading at a Parkrun for the 3rd consecutive week this time at Ifield with 83.17%.

Michael Bashford was away with some Parkrun Tourism at Clevedon Salthouse Fields with a time of 30:08.

 

Saturday 4th September Surrey Road Relays @ Wimbledon Park

RPAC fielded a strong team for the Surrey County Athletics Association Road Relays held in Wimbledon on Saturday.

You can see the report of the event here and the results here.

 

Saturday 4th September Shoreham Sevenoaks 10K

Sharon Miller reports that this was far from a PB course - lots of hills. Sharon finished in a time of 1:06.

 

Sunday 5th September South Coast 100Km

Kate Knight completed this event with steep hills and rugged terrain in a time of 31:00:56. This was her 10th Action Challenge event this year, and marathon number 82.

 

Trust10 Polesden Lacey by Moray Carey

The National Trust’s Facilities & Support Services Manager at Polesden Lacey has confirmed that the monthly 10k run has been reinstated there, following suspension since the start of the original lockdown.

This is not a race but a self-guided, self-timed run which takes place around a waymarked, 10k route through the extensive Polesden Lacey estate. 

The multi terrain course weaves in and out of woodland and is challenging with steep undulations. You start with a long descent and, ultimately, to regain this high spot at the end of the race there’s a steady climb back up! In between there are several more hills to negotiate.

Intermittently, there are clearings offering viewpoints back towards the honey- coloured mansion perched high on its elevated hillside location.

You self-navigate the course by following the direction arrows etched into posts positioned at strategic points where there’s a choice of more than one trail. The route is unmarshalled, so you need to be vigilant!

The seasons offer different sensory experiences - winter mud, spring bluebells, summer sunlight filtering through the tree top canopies and a golden carpet of leaves in the autumn when the trees are at their majestic, colourful best.     

·         Where – National Trust, Polesden Lacey, RH5 6BD

·         When – 4th Sunday, every month (08:30 for 09:00 start)

·         Cost – free (car parking charge if you’re not an NT member)

For further information see...

https://runtogether.co.uk/routes/trust10-polesden-lacey/

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 30th August 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 30th August 2021

I hope you're all well and enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend. It's another long newsletter this week I'm afraid. 

All Club News

Welcome to our New Joiners!

Please join me in extending a very warm welcome to the long list of people who have joined since we last did this (in May!)

Junior Members

 Jessica Basnett, Emily Beaty, Ludo Biennerhassett, Beth Bryant, Christopher Charalambous, Olivia Charalambous, Hayden Clark, Edith Duncton, Charlotte Ebbs, Brooke Gibson, Louis Gibson, Olivia Heppenstall, Jay Johnson, Sian Lynch, 

Jessie-Marie Martin, Piers Matthews, Evan Moffat, Tilly Monk, Seb Morrison, James Naylor, Denise Ornella, Mia Perez Moreno, Harvey Rochelle-Ash, Sienna Scrase, Gracie Shade, Jonty Smallwood, Harry Taylor, Molly Taylor, Liberty Tiley

Zara Wright

 Senior Members

 Lucy Berryman, Liz Bourns, Vivienne Burgess, Martin Ellaby, Adam Evans, Jez Greenwood, Richard Haines, Chris Halliday, Miller Hannah, Dia Harvey, Neil Harvey, Gail Hill, Graeme Hunter, Felix Kennedy, Toby Kent, Lucy Kulip, 

Annika Little, Thea Macdonald, Alex Mansfield, Derwella Moreno, Luke Matcham, Gavin Pollock, Shiva Shivagnanam, Ben Stanton, Maggie Swinnerton, Gaelle Watson, Mike Wylie

I look forward to meeting you all in person at some stage.  Please let me know if I have missed anyone.  

 

The Marriage of Jack Finn and  Ashleigh Brailsford

Jack and Ashleigh were married at Cheam Baptist Church on Saturday 28th August. On behalf of everyone at the club may I wish you both many congratulations and every good wish for your future together.

Here are some photos of the event. 

 

Ashleigh and Jack

 

Jack, Taryn and Jim...probably not the most flattering photo I've ever seen of Jim!

 Parkrun Results

This week we had club members participating in Parkruns from Middlesborough to Horsham. Annette Morris set a very high bar on the age graded scale with her time of 23:51 which earned her an age graded score of 84.98% - this was the highest age graded score of the 434 runners at Horsham Parkrun this week. This followed hot on the heels of Annette topping the age grade score at Banstead Woods last weekend. Well done Annette! Closest to Annette on age grading this week was Lee Savage with his time of 17:51 at Albert Parkrun, Middlesborough. This earned him an age graded score of 77.59%. 

RPAC Branded Hi-Viz T-shirts

If you would like one of the hi-viz t-shirts described in last week's newsletter you can order one by using the "Optional Extras" menu of the LoveAdmin app. We are hoping to finalise the order this week..

 
 
The T-shirts are described here - Men's Neon Yellow Sports T-Shirt and Women's Neon Yellow Sports T-Shirt  but we have arranged with iProSports to make these available with reflective print at the same price as advertised on the website - £22 if we order them in bulk. 
 

Run Reigate 2021

This year's Run Reigate event is being held on Sunday 19th September from 09:00. At the time of writing there are still spaces available in the half marathon, 10K and children's races, although I'm told that aren't many spaces left.

Details of how to enter are here. If you are not running at Run Reigate how about volunteering for the Run Reigate Race Crew? Full details are here.  All volunteers will get a free place in either Run Gatwick or Run Reigate next year. 

 

Advance warning of events particularly for volunteers

There will be a Priory Relays in Priory Park this year in November on a date yet to be finalised and the Holly Run will be on Sunday 12th December. 

 

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

Lily B Report by Mike Gent 

The final Lily B Girls match of the season was held at Sutton on Saturday 28th August. There was a strong RPAC turn out. 

Eva Marsh won the U17 1500m, with Louise Bressler in second place with a PB.

Ella Scrase was second in U15 800m and Florence Carter achieved a PB in the same race. Lily Woodhams improved her 100m PB.

Neve Macgregor battled with great determination to come second in the U13 1500m. Imogen Abrahams and Olivia Heppenstall both ran well in their events.

Eve Goulding demonstrated that as well as being a great sprinter she is a very competitive javelin thrower too.

Amongst the U11s the two 600m races were both won by RPAC athletes, Lisette Matthews and Florence Tombleson, in very exciting finishes in both cases. Florence and Gracie Shade both achieved 600m PBs in the same races. Lara Tombleson and Freya Else both performed strongly in their first time representing the Club.

My highlight is always the relays and the RPAC quartet won the U11 4x100m in exciting style when Freja Kargbo, having earlier had one of the fastest 75m times, made up two places on the final leg to just take the win on the line.


The winning relay team!

 

Max Orchard Excels in Tonbridge by Dave Mills

Max Orchard competed at the Kent Championships Open Pentathlon in Tonbridge today (30th August) finishing first with a fantastic score of 1747points!  Well done Max! 

This involved Max in the 75m hurdles, Shot, Long Jump,  High Jump and 800m. 

Max cleared 1m 33 in the high jump, a PB, and also PB'D in the Shot with 6.73m. 

Max's score puts him at number 1 in the UK for U13B Pentathlon at the time of writing.

 

Next up for Max is the Surrey Combined Events Championships in Carshalton on Saturday week.

 

Upcoming Junior Events by Mike Gent

 YDL LAG - Saturday 4 September 

This event is for U13 and U15 boys and girls. It is the last athletics match of the season and we are co- hosting the event. For both of which reasons it would be good to have a strong RPAC representation. Please contact Mike Gent if your child would like to compete.

Southern Road Relays - Sunday 26 September at Crystal Palace 

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete

Surrey cross country relays - 30 October- Stoke Park Guildford

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete.

 

Saturday 25th September Juniors Obstacle Course event near Bletchingley, Redhill ***Date for the diary! ***

Reigate Priory AC are organising this fun social event which is open to all members of the Junior Academy and Junior section. This will be held on Saturday 25th September from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

We would also encourage any new Academy members to come along and meet some of the Junior section.

Please keep an eye out in your email in-boxes - details will follow soon!

HOWEVER - we require 2 or 3 parent helpers to assist with the running of this event. Please contact  if you are able to assist.

  

Senior Section News 

Last chance to enter the Surrey Road Relays 4th September at Wimbledon

A reminder to let your team captains know if you want to take part in the relays. The deadline is Tuesday the 31st of August 2021. Men should respond to  and ladies should respond to 

Floodlights at Battlebridge

If you are attending the 8pm sessions on Tuesdays at Battlebridge you will have noticed that it is dark by the end of the session. The terms of our agreement with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council prevent us from turning on the lights until 1st September. Please wear something bright and use a headtorch until the lights have been switched on (next week). 

Wednesday Evening Training Session 

Last week the Wednesday evening group made the most of some late Summer sunshine by knocking out some hills on Reigate Heath golf course. 

Left to Right: Adrian Grant, Debbie Robinson, Peter Luxton, Ian Edmonds, Bethany Higgins Jake Boud, Andrew Bamford, James England, David Winzer and Kate Knight.
Also participating but absent from the photo (as she was taking it) was Juliette Stern.

 

Thursday Evening training sessions in August in Priory Park

A reminder that on Thursdays in August there will be no track sessions but instead we will be holding sessions in Priory Park at 7pm.

Meet under the big tree close to the café but please let us know if you are coming.  

  

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Reigate Priory News 23rd August 2021

Reigate Priory News 23rd August 2021

 It is only Monday but I hope that you're having a good week. It's a bumper newsletter today and the potential for error and omission is quite high! apologies in advance if anything is found to be amiss.

All Club News

Jack Finn  Ashleigh Brailsford

Jack and Ashleigh are getting married this coming Saturday 28th August. On behalf of all of us at Reigate Priory AC can I please wish Jack and Ashleigh our fondest wishes from us all - have a lovely day! Photo or two next week please?

 

RPAC branded T-shirts

Nights are already starting to get shorter and visibility beyond 8.30pm is dwindling already.
 
 
Since safety is a priority when out running in the dark, we are offering hi-viz RPAC branded t-shirts as offered on the iProSports club zone (Men's Neon Yellow Sports T-Shirt and Women's Neon Yellow Sports T-Shirt).
 
We have arranged with iProSports to make these available with reflective print at the same price as advertised on the website - £22 (reflective print normally carries an extra fee) if we order these in bulk.
 
Should you wish to buy a t-shirt to wear whilst out on our club social runs, at the track or on Thursday evening sessions, please let Nat and Usha know what size you’d like by emailing  and an order will be placed.
 
Look forward to seeing you at a club session soon.
 
Usha & Nat.

 

Run Reigate 2021

Don't forget that this year's Run Reigate event is being held on Sunday 19th September from 09:00. At the time of writing there are still spaces available in the half marathon, 10K, 5K and children's races, although I'm told that aren't many spaces left.

Details of how to enter are here. RPAC has always been well represented in the longer races and I am sure this year will be no exception. There is also an option of virtual races if you don't fancy running in a crowd.

RPAC and Run Reigate have always had a good relationship and have provided support and publicity for eachother's events.

If you are not running at Run Reigate how about volunteering for the Run Reigate Race Crew? Full details are here.  All volunteers will get a free place in either Run Gatwick or Run Reigate next year. 

 

Advance warning of events particularly for volunteers

There will be a Priory Relays in Priory Park this year - November date yet to be finalised, but we will let you know, and the Holly Run will be on Sunday 12th December. 

 

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 21st / Sunday 22nd August South of England Track & Field Championships Kingston

 

At the South of England Championships held in Kingston over the weekend, Michael Maguire won the Gold Medal in the U13B'S Long Jump setting a new Club Record with a leap of 5.05m. A great performance by Michael!

In the U15G'S 800m, Lilah Unwin came through her heat on Saturday, returning on Sunday for the final where she finished 2nd picking up the Silver Medal to add to her collection for 2021.

Another to comfortably navigate her heat on Saturday was Eva Marsh in the U17 1500m. In the final on Sunday, Eva ran yet another PB in a season of continual improvement finishing in 7th place out of 12 finalists.

The Championships see a high quality gathering of athletes from across the South East of England and these young athletes can be very proud of their performances.

 

Saturday 25th September Juniors Obstacle Course event near Bletchingley, Redhill ***Date for the diary! ***

Reigate Priory AC are organising this fun social event open to all members of the Junior Academy and Junior section which will be on Saturday 25th September from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

We would also encourage any new Academy members to come along and meet some of the Junior section.

Please keep an eye out in your email in-boxes - details will follow soon!

HOWEVER - we require 2 or 3 parent helpers to assist with the running of this event. Please contact  if you are able to assist.

 

Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent

Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:

There are two remaining track competitions this season. It would be great to have a strong turn out from Reigate in these final two matches.

Saturday 28th August  - Lily B - Sutton-  Girls U11-U17s

Saturday 4th September - YDL LAG - Sutton - U13-U15 Boys and girls

Sunday 5th September - YDL UAG - Crawley -  U17- U20 Boys and girls 

Saturday 25th September - Junior Obstacle Course event

 

Senior Section News 

Monday 30th August Session Cancelled

Due to the Bank Holiday Ian E. has cancelled next Monday's session.

 

Thursday PM training sessions in August in Priory Park

Just a reminder that on Thursdays in August there will be no track sessions but instead we will be holding sessions in Priory Park at 7pm.

Meet under the big tree close to the café but please let us know if you are coming.  

  

Surrey Road Relays 4th September at Wimbledon

A reminder to let your team captains know if you want to take part in the relays. The deadline is Tuesday the 31st of August 2021. Men should respond to  and ladies should respond to 

 

MABAC League  - confirmed dates for events

Sunday 19th September - Lightwater Country Park

Sunday 24th October - Nonsuch Park

Sunday 21st November - Farley Heath

Sunday 16th January - Windsor Park

 

Saturday 21st  August The Shere 42km Trial Marathon 

Here he is - the latest member of the 100 marathon club! Jim told us that he managed to finish this event in a "sociable" 5 hours 57 minutes. He said "I could’ve picked an easier one as it was a little hilly with 3,500ft of climb but some beautiful scenery".

Leanne McKeogh participated in the Shere Marathon on Saturday, finishing in a time of 6:13:51.

Kate Knight completed the Shere Marathon on Saturday, and followed this up with participation in the Thorpe and Egham Half on Sunday.

 

Saturday 21st August The Shere 10K - by Moray Carey

The rugged countryside surrounding the attractive village of Shere provided the rural setting for a series of trail runs plotted over challenging courses on Sat 21st Aug.

The shortest distance was 10k but there were also options of 21k and 42k which Jim Vince selected as his 100th marathon.

Unfortunately, I didn’t see Jim to wish him luck since the 10k race in which I was running had a later start time but I did encounter fellow RPAC member, Jeremy, immediately noticeable in the distinctive RPAC running vest.  

After a mini circuit of the field behind the Shere Village Hall, the multi terrain route climbed the precipitous London Lane passing under the A25 and rising continuously within a tree lined corridor.

Because this is “byway open to all traffic” (BOAT), vehicular use had created water filled trenches leaving the attempted negotiation of the uneven, flint encrusted banks as the only alternative way forward.

The steady climb of almost 2 kms comprises practically one fifth of the entire 10k course! After reaching level ground, the route meandered in and out of woodland tracks and trails where cyclists, walkers and horse riders were occasionally encountered.

Tackling the 10k course required semi orienteering skills, due to the general absence of Marshals, but following direction arrows hand painted on the ground and ribbons suspended from branches added to the sense of adventure.

A race official kindly offered fruit and jelly babies at a feed station at about 6k and a bit further on a clearing had been carved out of the woodland revealing the charmingly named Honeysuckle Bottom Sawmill. Peering out of one of the barns was a character with a long, straggly, bushy beard resembling one of the guitarists from ZZ Top!!     

After overcoming one further incline, the paths were reasonably level before re-joining London Lane for the long descent back to the field for the final few hundred metres to the finishing line to claim the race mementos – a wooden medal and a t-shirt.

I had intended running solo but, for most of the race, I was paced by and chatted to local Shere resident, Mike Keeble. By the time we re-entered the field he was a good 15-20 seconds in front of me but he paused for me to catch up with him so we could finish the race together.

An altruistic act of sportsmanship to crown an exhilarating race!     

 

Sunday 22nd August The Big Half

Tom Almond and George Roux ran in The Big Half on Sunday. Tom finished in a time of 1:12:18 and George finished in a time of 1:14:12.

Mike Wylie finished The Big Half in a time of 1:26:24.

Steve Watkins ran in this event despite injury, finishing in 1:55:34.

Apologies if there were other entrants from the club that we've missed - let us know. Well done guys! 

 

Sunday 22nd August Gatliff Ultra

Stop press - we hear that Ian Stammers took part in this 63km ultra and finished in a time of 10.5 hours.

 

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Reigate Priory News 16th August 2021

Reigate Priory News 16th August 2021

Hi everyone I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well. I apologise for the late publishing of this, it's been a busy day and I also apologise for the lack of photos, my PC seems to have thrown a bit of a wobbly.

All Club News

  Parkrun 

We received some positive feedback about last week's note about Parkrun so I am continuing it this week. This week we had RPAC members participating in Parkruns from Sizewell to Salcombe (Bolberry Down). You can see who ran which Parkrun and their time by clicking here.  Graham Bull topped the age graded score again with 81.54% with his run at Dulwich. Please let us know if this is of interest; if it is we may need to recruit a volunteer to help collate the age graded scores 

Run Reigate

Don't forget that this year's Run Reigate event is being held on Sunday 19th September from 09:00. At the time of writing there are still spaces available in the half marathon, 10K, 5K and children's races, although I'm told that aren't many spaces left. Details of how to enter are here. RPAC has always been well represented in the longer races and I am sure this year will be no exception. There is also an option of virtual races if you don't fancy running in a crowd.

RPAC and Run Reigate have always had a good relationship and have provided   support and publicity for eachother's events. If you are not running at Run Reigate how about volunteering for the Run Reigate Race Crew? Full details are here.  All volunteers will get a free place in either Run Gatwick or Run Reigate next year.   

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

 Ebbisham League Match 3 15th August 2021 by Mike Gent 

A small team of RPAC athletes had a successful match 3 of the Ebbisham boys league at Sutton yesterday.

Michael Maguire improved his long jump PB to a very impressive 4.85m. Buddy Kedgley, in his first competitive 800m, recorded a time that puts him in the top 30 in the country in his age group, whilst Max Orchard further improved his PBs in both the 75m hurdles and the 100m. He is now the second fastest U13 75m hurdler in the country this season.

 

Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent

Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:

There are two remaining track competitions this season. It would be great to have a strong turn out from Reigate in these final two matches.

28 August  - Lily B - Sutton-  Girls U11-U17s

4 September - YDL LAG - Sutton - U13-U15 Boys and girls

5 September - YDL UAG - Crawley -  U17- U20 Boys and girls 

 

Senior Section News 

Training at K2 tomorrow 17th August

Just a reminder that there is a training session at K2 tomorrow (17th August) at 19:30 and that as a consequence there will be no 20:00 session at Battlebridge  tomorrow. If you plan on going to K2 and haven't let Malcolm know already please do so. 

Thursday PM training sessions in August in Priory Park

Just a reminder that on Thursdays in August there will be no track sessions but instead we will be holding sessions in Priory Park at 7pm. Meet under the big tree close to the café but please let us know if you are coming.  

  

Surrey Road Relays 4th September at Wimbledon

A reminder to let your team captains know if you want to take part in the relays. The  deadline is Tuesday the 31st of August 2021. Men should respond to  and ladies should respond to 

 Wimbledon Dash 5K 15th August 

This was the Surrey Championship 5K Road Race and only 52 people finished the Wimbledon Dash yesterday compared with the 2019 figure of 190. Four of this year's finishers were from RPAC. Jamilla was the first home in 21:09, followed by Gillian in 23:18, Annette in 24:25 and Malcolm in 25:23. Well done team RPAC!

 Lydd 20 Mile Race 15th August 

Entries for the Lydd 20 mile race were down from 687 in 2019 to 354 this year. Three RPAC athletes took part Tom Almond was 7th overall finishing in a very speedy time of 02:01:36, Lee Savage finished in 13th place in 02:13:56 and Duncan Mallison was in 31st place in 02:24:02. Well done to all of you, great running!

Shere Trail Races Saturday 21st August 

This coming Saturday - there are three different distances Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K. Details of how to enter are here.  

Don't forget that Jim Vince is planning to make the 42 km race his 100th Marathon, so it would be good to get some other RPAC athletes out in support

 

Epsom & Ewell Harriers Mad Miles Race

If you fancy a competitive track mile Epsom and Ewell are hosting their annual Mad Miles Event on 26th August, entry is £5. Details and registration are here

 

Members' News

Kate Knight completed her 80th marathon over the weekend, competing in the Salisbury Plain marathon yesterday. You are a phenomenon Kate!

In last week's newsletter I forgot to mention that Jake Boud was very pleased to have set an new Parkrun PB, running 21:58 at Norwich Parkrun. He says that the course was a bit flatter than Reigate!

 

 

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Round 2 of the 2021 Vets Track and Field League and a 1-2-3 for RPAC in the 200m! 

Monday 5th July saw a fine bunch of RPAC athletes head to the Sutton arena for round 2 of the Vets Track & Field League.

A fun night was had by all with some stellar performances.

Triple jump was first up and Stephen Smith put on a fine performance finishing with an impressive 8.40m jump. He followed this up with a sterling effort in the javelin with a 24.09 throw.

The 1500m saw 3 RPAC runners take to the start. Tim Kimber ran a strong race with a finishing time of 5:09. Gillian O'Regan completed her debut track event in 6 minutes flat and Malcolm Woodman continued his comeback. 

The 5000m was the most popular race for the RPAC Gang. Carmela Charalambous and Mike Pocock had a real battle with each other, with Carmela pacing herself well and just having that extra push to get her over the line in a super time of 21:13 with Mike just on her tail. David Neumann also put in a sterling effort with a great time of 22:12 and Annette Morris finishing first in her age category in an amazing 25:19.

We witnessed ANOTHER first place finish from Alistair Swanepoel (20:36) Well done, you're becoming a pro at this after round 1 in Kingston! Neil Fenwick had his debut on the track and ran a fantastic PB of 18:11. Duncan Mallison ran a strong race leading for most of the way, finishing in a superb 2nd place with a very impressive 17:49. Ginevra doing a fine job (as always) as the only female in her race and kept up with big guys.

The standout race of the evening saw a fast and exciting 200m race with Stephen Smith (32.3 secs) having a tremendous 1st place finish, followed closely behind by Ginevra Stoneley (33.0) in 2nd and a well deserved third place for Mike Pocock (33.9). Malcolm also competed in the 200m event (37.8). Well done guys, I think we can safely say RPAC owned that 200m race on Monday!

Sadly Angie Steadman couldn't take part as anticipated as she became injured on her warm up for the triple jump. Angie was saddened to miss out on the 200m too. Get well soon Angie, rest up! 

Such a great night overall with some absolutely brilliant performances! If you haven't got involved already and would like to take part, there is a possible third fixture in September (to be confirmed). It's a friendly league and this year there is no scoring, so a great time to give it a whirl without any pressure! 

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