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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
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.
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.
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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