Hello everyone I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well and that you managed to have as enjoyable a Christmas and New Year as Tier 4 restrictions allowed. I wish you all the very best for the New Year and live in hope that 2021 will bring about a return to some semblance of normality. (I wrote this before this evening's announcement )
New Club Members
Please join me in extending a very warm RPAC welcome to Daniel Kloes who has recently joined the junior section of the club and to Neil Freeman-Jones who has recently joined the senior section. Welcome to both of you!
Senior Coaching is cancelled until further notice.
Following the Government's announcement this evening we have no option but to cancel junior training for the time being. We will continue to monitor the situation very closely to see whether further guidance is issued that may change this decision.
The floodlights at Battlebridge will be turned on between 18:00 and 21:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you plan to use the track don't forget that you can exercise with a maximum of one person from outside your family or support bubble and you must maintain social distancing. You may only exercise once per day but there is no limit on the duration of that exercise session.
EA Virtual Road Relays
As mentioned in Malcolm's email of 28th December, England Athletics are staging a Virtual Road Relay event for all affiliated clubs. This involves 5 mile legs with a club's time being calculated from the fastest 4 men and 4 ladies. We are allowed unlimited entries for the Preliminary Round but you need to have completed your leg before 11th January. The fastest 50 clubs will qualify for the second round. Full details are here. You will need a login to OpenTrack to register and submit your results. I do know that some of the faster men, for example George and Freddie Roux, are planning to enter. It would great if we could get a really strong entry.
A couple of suggestions for reasonably flat routes near Reigate are
- From Vevers Road via New Causeway and Lynn Walk to Lonesome Lane, along Lonesome Lane, left into Lodge Lane and back along Brighton Road and Woodhatch Road to Vevers Road.
- Three loops starting from Reigate Parish School along Blackborough Road to Shaws Corner and back via Reigate Road and the footpath through Reigate Grammar School then two shorter loops from the Parish School to Ringley Park Road and then back along Reigate Road and the footpath through Reigate Grammar School.
Nominations for the Ted Baker Award
Please let us have your nominations for the Ted Baker Award. The Ted Baker Award is given to the person who is judged to have made the biggest contribution to the culture or success of the club during the year. Current committee members and previous recipients of the award are not eligible to receive the award. Please send you nominations to
Please Return Your Trophies
If you were a recipient of a trophy last year please could you return them to me ASAP as I need to get them engraved for the 2020 winners. Please contact me () to make arrangements.
A few RPAC members took part in the various Fly5K events that were held over the Christmas and New Year break. The results can be found in the results section of the Fly5K website.
Discount Code from Sportsshoes.com
Our exclusive code for January has arrived and will be distributed in the email version of this newsletter. This code is valid until 2nd February and entitles RPAC members to 10% discount plus free shipping.
Sportshoes.com advise that you should ensure that you select "United Kingdom" in your shipping address before attempting to apply the code. If you fail to do this you may encounter an error message that says "country-iso" when you are trying to checkout.
Please don't forget that the continuance of this deal depends on us not sharing this discount code anywhere where it could be accessed by someone who is not a club member.
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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