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Reigate Priory AC Club News 27th January 2020

Reigate Priory AC Club News 27th January 2020

 

Club news for everyone

 

Feedback on the Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020

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

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

Please e-mail any comments to

You can see a list of the award winners here

Your Club Needs Your Help on 1st March

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

 

Parkrun Tourism Event 7 Banstead Woods Saturday 25th January 

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

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

 

 

Junior news

 Border League Match 3 Sunday 2nd February @ Guildford

Match 3 of the Border League is on Sunday 2 February in Stoke Park, Guildford, starting at 13:30. There are eight races, U9, U11, U13, U15 boys and girls, going off at 15 minute intervals starting with U9 girls. There is no cost to compete but we must register runners in advance. Please let Mike Gent know if your son/daughter would like to compete by Thursday 30 January by emailing 

 Junior Dates for the Diary

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

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

Junior K2 dates

These are now confirmed for the rest of 2020. There will be no visits to K2 in Crawley in January or February. The bookings we have are March 24, April 21, May 19, June 23, July 28, Sept 22, Nov 10, Dec 8.

All sessions start at 7:00pm, last 1 hour and are open to all Junior and Academy members.

   

Senior news

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

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

 

Dates for the Diary

 

Wednesday 29th January Improvers & Recovery Run from the Sovereign Centre CANCELLED due to the Jimmy James Handicap

Thursday 30th January Jimmy James Handicap Event 4

Saturday 8th February Surrey League Cross Country Fixture 4

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February Surrey County Indoor T&F Championships @  David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton

Saturday 22nd February National XC Championships @ Wollanton Park, Nottingham

Sunday 23rd February 10:00AM Wokingham Half Marathon *** Club Championship ***

Saturday 29th February Parkrun Tourism @ Nonsuch parkrun

Sunday 1st March 10:00AM MABAC Reigate  and 12:00 Border League XC Priory Park - we need lots of volunteers

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Members news

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

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

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

 

Club Championship Wokingham Half Marathon 23rd February 10:00AM

This is the first of our Club Championship races for the season and your first opportunity to win some RPAC silverware.

It is a fast and flat half marathon - the course record is 1:03:14 for men and 1:11:09 for ladies.

This race normally sells out quite quickly so if you haven't entered yet do not delay. Entry details are here

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 30th January 2020

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

If anyone wants to join the team please email . You need to be there by 19:45.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC Club News 20th January 2020

Reigate Priory AC Club News 20th January 2020

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Club news for everyone

 

Surrey League Cross Country

You can see reports from Saturday 11th January for the ladies and the juniors. Results will be published on our site soon, but you can also find them here.

Remember that the final fixture is on Saturday 8th February - keep it in your diaries!

 

Parkrun Tourism Event 7 Banstead Woods Saturday 25th January *** THIS SATURDAY ***

We want to invite senior Reigate Priory AC members, parents of junior members and accompanied junior members along to the Banstead Woods Parkrun on Saturday 25th January.

Note that for club members, we want to encourage you to wear your Reigate Priory AC vest.

We would like to invite you to Caffè Nero's in the old town hall in Reigate's High Street for coffee afterwards. We will be upstairs. Everyone is welcome whether you're running or not.

Hope you can make it! If you have any queries about our parkrun visit please email 

 

Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020

Everyone had a great time. Congratulations to the award winners, and a big well done and thank you to Sam and Usha who organised the evening. You can see the award winners here

 

Junior news

 

Surrey Selection for Six Priory Juniors after Surrey Schools XC Championships

Thirteen RPAC Juniors qualified through the district XC races in November to compete in Priory Park on Saturday in the Surrey Schools XC Championships. See the report here.

 

Border League Match 3 Sunday 2nd February @ Guildford

Match 3 of the Border League is on Sunday 2 February in Stoke Park, Guildford, starting at 1:30. There are eight races, U9, U11, U13, U15 boys and girls, going off at 15 minute intervals starting with U9 girls. There is no cost to compete but we must register runners in advance. Please let Mike Gent know if your son/daughter would like to compete by Thursday 30 January by emailing 

 

Junior K2 dates

These are now confirmed for the rest of 2020. There will be no visits to K2 in Crawley in January or February. The bookings we have are March 24, April 21, May 19, June 23, July 28, Sept 22, Nov 10, Dec 8.

All sessions start at 7:00pm, last 1 hour and are open to all Junior and Academy members.

   

Senior news

 

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 21st January senior training at Battlebridge - see the calendar for details

Wednesday 22nd January Improvers & Recovery Run from the Sovereign Centre - see the calendar for details

Thursday 23rd January Winter road session in Reigate - see the calendar for details

Saturday 25th January Southern XC Championships @ Parliament Hill

Saturday 25th January Parkrun Tourism @ Banstead Woods

Wednesday 29th January Improvers & Recovery Run from the Sovereign Centre CANCELLED due to the Jimmy James Handicap

Thursday 30th January Jimmy James Handicap Event 4

Saturday 8th February Surrey League Cross Country Fixture 4

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February Surrey County Indoor T&F Championships @  David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton

Saturday 22nd February National XC Championships @ Wollanton Park, Nottingham

Sunday 23rd February 10:00AM Wokingham Half Marathon *** Club Championship ***

Sunday 1st March 10:00AM MABAC Reigate  and 12:00 Border League XC Priory Park - we need lots of volunteers

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Members news

Ian Edmonds and Mike Pocock led two great YMCA training runs last Sunday.

Apologies that this was missed in the newsletter due to "senior moments", but there are plans to do another run from the YMCA in the not too distant future - watch this space!

 

Meanwhile, here is Jack Finn who finished the Crystal Palace Half in 2:12:18 on Sunday and is planning a half per month this year. Good luck Jack, and let us know how you get on.

 


Unfortunately Jim Vince was not around the UK to run for the club this weekend but he did wave the RPAC flag at the Kowan Trail Half Marathon near Canberra in Australia on Sunday.

It is an event held annually that raises money for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. Jim managed to win a prize the person who had come to furthest to run on the event! Mandatory kit included a Snake Bite bandage - a little different to the UK!!!

 

Note that you can see results on our website from the Surrey Cross Country Championships at Denbies and Tadworth 10, both from Sunday 5th January.

 

Club Championship Wokingham Half Marathon 23rd February 10:00AM

This is the first of our Club Championship races for the season and your first opportunity to win some RPAC silverware.

It is a fast and flat half marathon - the course record is 1:03:14 for men and 1:11:09 for ladies.

This race normally sells out quite quickly so if you haven't entered yet do not delay. Entry details are here

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 23rd January 2020

I missed the quiz last week - and the team won! Enough said. We will be at The Blue Anchor again this Thursday 23rd January.

If anyone wants to join the team please email . You need to be there by 19:45.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Ladies Surrey League x-c, 11th Jan 2020

Ladies Surrey League x-c, 11th Jan 2020

Last Saturday saw the penultimate match in the 2019/20 Surrey League, at Wimbledon Common.  A fantastic turnout of 13 ladies took on the 2 lap 5.5 mile course.  The course was largely flat along stony gravely paths before entering the middle section of woods, mud and hills before exiting back onto a flat path back.  Fiona Clark led the team back with Eloise Bull hot on her heels.  Ginevra Stoneley came in next followed by Jo Davey with Jamilla Ncayiyana finishing 5th and completing the A team.  Reigate Priory ladies who have been in Division 1 for over a decade went into the 3rd match in the relegation zone but after today’s effort have pulled themselves up into 12th place, just above the relegation zone. The final match is in Richmond Park on Saturday 8th February.

Ladies Surrey League x c 11th Jan 2020

Reigate Priory AC Club News 13th January 2020

Reigate Priory AC Club News 13th January 2020

 

This week's newsletter contents

 

Club news for everyone

Junior News

Senior News

 

Club news for everyone

 

  A date for the diary - Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020 - Sold Out!

I'm pleased to announce that the Awards Evening is a sell out. There will be no admission without a ticket on the night as there is a limit to the numbers that can be accommodated within the venue.  This will be our first combined awards evening and the first event that we have held at Reigate Priory Cricket Club.

The evening for Juniors will commence at 6.30pm with music and food to enjoy with your fellow club runners. Seniors should arrive from 7.30pm for food & to purchase drinks prior to the awards ceremonies which will commence at 8.00pm.

You can read full details of the event here.

Please note parking at the Cricket Club is very limited so our recommendation is to park elsewhere.

Please let us know if you have any questions on email address .

 

Reigate Priory AC's Couch to 5K Programme  

Our 15 participants are now within the second week of the Couch to 5K course. It has been very successful so far, but if you can spare some time on a Saturday morning between 10:30 and 11:30 on the odd weekend to help out up until Saturday 29th of February, that would be really helpful to us, particularly as there are some weeks where not all of the Couch to 5K leaders can participate.
Your main task would be to provide encouragement and take part in the activities with the participants, as the group does become a little stretched from the front to the back and it is difficult to be there for everyone.
We usually perform the Saturday session in the park - meeting by the Sunken Garden and then moving down to the lake. However, just for this week (Saturday 18th January) we will be meeting outside of Costa / The Cage to go to the Castle Grounds.
If you can help us, just email  with an indication of your availability.

You can see the full details of this course here

 

Parkrun Tourism Event 7 Banstead Woods Saturday 25th January

We want to invite senior Reigate Priory AC members, parents of junior members and accompanied junior members along to the Banstead Woods Parkrun  on Saturday 25th January.
Note that for club members, we want to encourage you to wear your Reigate Priory AC vest.

Hope you can make it! If you have any queries about our parkrun visit please email 

 

Junior news

Surrey Cross Country League, Wimbledon Common and Beckenham 11th January 2020

A small but strong contingent from RPAC competed in the Surrey XC League matches on Saturday with all producing excellent performances. A full report is here.

New 800m PB for Lilah at South of England Indoor Championships

Lilah Unwin clocked a new 800m PB in the 2020 South of England AA Indoor Championships. A full report is here.

 

Junior K 2 Visits 

Unfortunately we have not been able to secure our usual slot at K2, so there will be no visits to K2 in January and February. We will be visiting on 24 March. Dates for the rest of the year are currently being finalised.

 

Junior  Vests and Training Tops 

We have a new batch of vests and training tops just arrived. If anyone needs either please let Mike Gent know .

   

Senior news

  

Senior Training Battlebridge  Tuesday 14th January 19:00

Pyramid of 4,5,6,7,6,5,4 minutes with 25% recovery between reps.

Less intense

600m, 800m, 1000m, 1200m, 1000m, 800m, 600m with 200m walk/jog recovery

 

Improvers & Recovery  Run Sovereign Centre Wednesday 15th January 19:00

Easy run with some 10 minute hill reps 

 

Winter road session in Reigate on Thursday 16th January 18:30

Meet at Majestic for 6.30 as usual before making our way to Pilgrims way at the top of Nutley Lane. The session will be hilly loops with 2 short then 2 long then 2 short. There is an option to do one long loop rather than 2 for those who want a less intense run. 

  

Surrey League Cross Country Fixture 3 Saturday 11th January

Both the  ladies' and men's teams were in action this weekend with the ladies running on Wimbledon Common and the men on Chobham Common. Results are not to hand as yet. 

 

MABAC Windsor Great Park Sunday 12th January

A team of 13 RPAC runners (and one volunteer) took part in the first MABAC fixture of the season in Windsor Great Park on Sunday morning. The setting is absolutely stunning and very different from the other MABAC venues. Despite some close shaves with cyclists and horse riders, but no Royals to my knowledge, everyone survived to run another day. There were some excellent performances all round. Ian Stammars was first home for the men and Ruth Willis was first home for the ladies.

 

Missing from the photo are Kate Knight and Andrew Bamford (the reluctant volunteer!)

This was also the first RPAC Grand Prix fixture of 2020. Rick will work out scores and make them available in due course. 

Please note that the next MABAC fixture is in Priory Park on 1st March so we will be asking for lots of volunteers.

 

Club Championship Wokingham Half Marathon 23rd February 10:00AM

This is the first of our Club Championship races for the season and your first opportunity to win some RPAC silverware.

It is a fast and flat half marathon - the course record is 1:03:14 for men and 1:11:09 for ladies.

This race normally sells out quite quickly so if you haven't entered yet do not delay. Entry details are here

 

Another Ultra for Jim

 On Saturday 11th January Jim 'Invincible' Vince completed his first Ultra of 2020 - the 43 mile Country to Capital race from Wendover to Paddington. Jim finished in 07:13:30 - a PB for this course by an hour - and 9th in his age group.

 

Jim would like to stress that he was not wearing a hi-viz mini dress!

 2019 was a big year of running for Jim with 9 Ultras (including the 100 mile Berlin Wall Ultra), 7 marathons (including the Atlantic Coast Challenge - 3 marathons in 3 days), 4 Half Marathons and a whole lot more running. 2020 looks likely to be more of the same. 

  

 Dates for the Diary

 Saturday 25th January Southern XC Championships @ Parliament Hill.

Saturday 25th January Parkrun Tourism @ Banstead Woods

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February Surrey County Indoor T&F Championships @  David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton

Saturday 22nd February National XC Championships @ Wollanton Park, Nottingham

Sunday 23rd February 10:00AM Wokingham Half Marathon *** Club Championship ***

Sunday 1st March 10:00 MABAC Reigate  and 12:00 Border League XC Priory Park - we need lots of volunteers

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 16th January 2020

We now have strong competition, having come second again last Thursday - defeated by 13 points no less. We might need your help!

If anyone wants to join the team please email . You need to be there by 19:45.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 6th January 2020

Reigate Priory AC Club News 6th January 2020

Message from Editorial

The newsletter is a joint effort from both of us (Andrew and Paul) this week. Apologies if we have missed anything, but if so let us know for inclusion next week.

 

This week's newsletter contents

 

Club news for everyone

Junior News

Senior News

 

Club news for everyone

 

  A date for the diary - Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020 - Just 4 Tickets Left

Tickets have been selling like hot cakes this week and there are now just 4 left. If you haven't booked and you would like a ticket you need to contact Sam or Usha immediately. There will be no admission without a ticket on the night as there is a limit to the numbers that can be accommodated within the venue.  This will be our first combined awards evening and the first event that we have held at Reigate Priory Cricket Club.

The evening for Juniors will commence at 6.30pm with music and food to enjoy with your fellow club runners. Seniors should arrive from 7.30pm for food & to purchase drinks prior to the awards ceremonies which will commence at 8.00pm.

You can read full details of the event and how to book here.

Please let us know if you have any questions on email address .

 

Reigate Priory AC's Couch to 5K Programme from Saturday 4th January 2020

The first session of the  Couch to 5K programme was held on Saturday morning and 13 runners of a range of abilities turned up. This was brilliant news as we really weren't too sure how many people would show up on the day. If you know someone who might be interested it's not too late for them to sign up as the focus is on a gradual build up to being able to run 5km without stopping by the end of the 9 week course.

You can see the full details of this course here. Please do share this with others who may be interested.

 

Junior news

 

Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Edmonton 1st January 2020

A trip to the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Edmonton on New Year's Day proved successful for two of our junior athletes, James Naylor and Drew Burridge. You can see a report here.

 

Surrey County Cross Country Championships Denbies 5th January 2020

The results can be found here. We have an article with some juniors photos here.

 

Juniors Saturday Morning Group - by Mike Gent

For the Junior 9:00 Saturday morning group training will resume on Saturday 11th January.

 

Senior news

 

RPAC Seniors Excel in 2019 - report from Lead Senior Coach Ian Martin

You can read Ian's report here.

 

Senior Training Battlebridge  Tuesday 7th January 19:00

6 x 6 mins with faster 30 secs at 2.5 and 5.5 minutes

90 secs rest between reps.

Then

2-3 laps cool down

Less intense

Up to 10 x (400m steady + 100m fast) (500m total effort)

100m walk/jog recovery

 

Improvers & Recovery  Run Sovereign Centre Wednesday 8th January 19:00

Local run to Reigate - Ian's "bit" in the middle. You'll have to turn up to find out what this means!

 

Winter road session in Reigate on Thursday 9th January 18:30

Meet at Majestic for 6.30 as usual. The session will take place near Parish School on Blackborough Road.

It will be a short loop followed by 3 long loops and another short loop at the end. We will be varying the pace and using lamp posts to change pace. The easier option swaps the middle long loop for a short one.

The session length is about 5 miles before we jog back to majestic as a warm down.

 

Surrey County Cross Country Championships Denbies 5th January 2020

A team of RPAC runners competed in the Surrey County Cross Country Championships at Denbies on Sunday 5th January.

The results can be found here.

Additionally, here is a selection of clickable photos...

 
 
 

 

Tadworth 10 @ Epsom Downs Sunday 5th January 2020

A number of RPAC runners go the year off to a flying start by running the Tadworth 10 on Sunday 5th January. Provisional results can be found here, but will be published on rpac.org.uk. I don't have a team photo, but here is one of Jim and Ruth.

 

Kate Knight's 400th Parkrun

Kate Knight completed her 400th Parkrun at Banstead Woods on Saturday 4th January in 39:12.

This was Kate's 358th run at Banstead Woods and her fastest finish there since 2013.

Kate was supported by a number of RPAC runners.

This comes at the end of a tremendous year for Kate with numerous marathons and Ultra marathons completed. Congratulations Kate!

 

Surrey League Cross Country Fixture 3 Saturday 11th January

This Saturday sees the third of the Surrey League Cross Country fixtures.

The ladies are competing on Wimbledon Common in the morning and the men on Chobham Common in the afternoon.

Please talk to your team captain for further details  or 

 

MABAC Windsor Great Park 12th January 10:00 am - the first RPAC Grand Prix race of 2020

The MABAC run in Windsor Great Park on 12th January is also the first RPAC Grand Prix event of 2020. We will meet in Bell Street Car Park for an 08:15 departure. Parking is limited and expensive so car sharing is essential.

Please can you let us know if you plan to run and whether you need a lift, are happy to give others a lift, or plan to go direct so that we can work out transport arrangements.  

Unusually for the MABAC series this race is mostly on tarmac and it is also approximately 8 miles long rather than the usual 5 miles, although as always there is a one lap course of approximately half the distance. The setting is unique and inspiring. More details of the course and location are on the MABAC website here.

If you have not run in a Grand Prix event before and would like to run, please let us know so that Rick can work out which group to assign you to. 

It would be great to get a really good turnout so that we can get RPAC's MABAC season off to a flying start.

 

Club Championship Wokingham Half Marathon 23rd February 10:00AM

This is the first of our Club Championship races for the season and your first opportunity to win some RPAC silverware.

It is a fast and flat half marathon - the course record is 1:03:14 for men and 1:11:09 for ladies.

This race normally sells out quite quickly so if you haven't entered yet do not delay. Entry details are here

 

 Dates for the Diary

 Saturday 11th January Surrey League XC

Sunday 12th January 10:00AM MABAC Windsor Great Park - the first MABAC fixture and the first Grand Prix event of 2020. Unusually for a MABAC race this is approximately 8 miles long and is mostly on tarmac.

Saturday 25th January Southern XC Championships @ Parliament Hill.

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February Surrey County Indoor T&F Championships @  David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton

Saturday 22nd February National XC Championships @ Wollanton Park, Nottingham

Sunday 23rd February 10:00AM Wokingham Half Marathon *** Club Championship ***

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 9th January 2020

If anyone wants to join us please email . You need to be there by 19:45.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

 

RPAC Seniors excel in 2019

RPAC Seniors excel in 2019

In 2019 many RPAC seniors have returned top individual performances across track & field and road running.

Many new club records have been set, at overall and age group levels; and over 150 Personal Bests across the event spectrum.

Also, a number of our athletes have finished the year ranked inside the UK top 100 within their age groups; which is an achievement of which they should be proud.

To see all of the new club records, numbers of PBs and top 100 UK rankings, click on this link.

Ian Martin

Welcome to the Senior section

Here you will find details of trainingsocial runs, races and results for seniors - please check the drop-down menu at the top of the page for full details.