Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well and that you managed to have as enjoyable an Easter weekend as is possible in the circumstances. At least the weather has been kind to us.

News from our Couch to 5K Graduates

A number of our "Class of 2020" have now become club members. A very warm RPAC Welcome to each and every one of you and I look forward to being able to resume some group runs with you at some stage in the not too distant future. We have had some lovely feedback from a couple of the new members which I thought was  worth sharing. From Chris Wigley: "If someone had told me I'd be running 5K last year I'd tell them no chance. Thank you to the Couch to 5K programme and especially to Paul and Usha." From Ken Packer "I just ran 5 miles for the first time since I was 16- 50 years ago! I feel very full and grateful. The run around the countryside was heart-stoppingly beautiful and I am glad to be alive. And so grateful to all the RPAC-ers and fellow C25K-ers who, working together, got us here. Until we meet again - keep on keeping on." I know that Chris, Ken and many of the other graduates have kept running despite not having the encouragement of running with others and they are now running further and faster than they probably could have imagined a few months ago. Well done to you all!

A "New" MV50 Marathon Record Uncovered

Thanks to the diligence of Stewart McIntyre we have a new record holder in the men's V50 Marathon category. The holder is the late Frank Golding who sadly died in January at the age of 84. Frank set the record in the 1985 London Marathon with an fantastic time of 2 hours 54 minutes and 10 seconds. He was just 4 days past his 50th birthday on race day.  The result is even more astonishing  when you consider that this pre-dates timing chips and modern race nutrition.

Here is a picture of Frank in his heyday running the London-Brighton ultra.

And a picture of the club certificate that was presented to Frank for his achievement

This prompted me to ask Stewart about the "S" in the badge - RPSAC. Apparently it stood for Sovereign as the club used to have use of the facilities at the Sovereign Centre. It made me think that it would be really great to have a series of articles about the origins and history of the club. If you have any information, anecdotes or reminiscences to share it would be great to hear from you  

Virtual Competitions

As I mentioned before it is my intention to run a series of virtual competitions whilst we remain in "lockdown". The details of the first competitions were shown here. 

I would like to make these as inclusive as possible so I am trying to think of challenges that can be completed by both senior and junior members. I am also trying to come up with some non-running challenges. I would be very pleased to receive any suggestions you may come up with .

Please observe the  government guidelines on exercising outdoors during the current restrictions.


This week's challenge is very simple. Run or walk the shortest route that you can where you will pass a church, a pub, two post boxes, an oak tree and a windmill. You may start and finish the route route with one of these features - e.g. you could start by a pub and finish by an oak tree. 

Early Start Run Challenge

Natalie Wilson beat everyone by a country mile by logging a run that started at 02:33! Other early starters were myself (05:55), Steve Cheeseman (05:57) and Usha Stevens (06:36).

Marathon Relay Week 2

We are speeding up!  I have calculated our marathon relay time for last week as 3 hours and 6 minutes, 5 minutes faster than last week (I'll include seconds if the times get closer). The fastest times recorded this week were George Roux (4:42) closely followed by Tom Almond (5:22) and Lee Savage (5:35). There was a good strong turnout from our junior members this week too with Max Orchard (5:43), Euan Willis (5:54), Will John-Cox (5:59), Robert Duncton (7:52), George Duncton (8:44) all submitting entries. Not many entries from the ladies section this week though.

Reminder of the rules.

  1. You can record your mile as part of any distance run, i.e. you could be just running a mile flat out or it could be as part of a longer run
  2. Any surface or terrain is acceptable - road, track, trail, uphill, downhill whatever
  3. You just need to tell me your time, no Strava or Garmin, etc. record is needed 
  4. If you record your time in kilometers send me your fastest two consecutive kilometers and I will do the rest.

Strava Art Competition

I have had some great entries for the Strava Art Competition this week, including a very topical one from Christian. The deadline is the end of April so you still have time to create your masterpiece.

Monthly Distance Challenge Leaderboard

Kate Knight logged the longest distance this week with an incredible 141.3 km (this included a 50km run on Easter Sunday), Charlie Butcher retains the leadership for the month with 273.6km, Kate Knight is in second position with 233.7km, Tom Almond, Chris Daniels, George Roux and Marc Graham are a little way behind these leaders.

Keeping Fit

Brimingham University AC are running a series of circuit workouts. The first two are here and here. More to follow...

Katie Mackison has also posted a workout. Details to follow in the email version.

 Club Championships

 In view of the current situation and the cancellation of the Dorking 10 the committee has decided that there will be no 10 mile championship this year. A decision about the marathon championship will be made once we know whether the re-scheduled Spring marathons are going to go ahead in the Autumn. If they do go ahead we will have 2020 marathon championship as normal with criteria unchanged.  If they do not go ahead we will have a marathon championship for 2020/2021, taking into account results from after New York marathon 2019 to New York marathon 2021


Keep in touch

 It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

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