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Priory Relays Saturday 6th November 2021
Ian Martin writes:
As Race Director, I would like to thank all of the RPAC members who volunteered to help with this year's event on Saturday. After our attempts to stage the 2020 race were scuppered by Covid, it was great to be back in Priory Park and host so many old friends in this always popular event.
Current Covid regulations meant that we had to change a lot of the previous format, including setting up an outdoor Race HQ and runners using chip timing, and the organising team adapted admirably to the new procedures.
We were blessed with dry, if increasingly windy, weather and firm underfoot conditions, and saw some excellent racing. Provisional results, which are almost final, are now available on the Priory Relays website.
Many people made significant contributions, but I would like to give special thanks to Moray Carey, who managed all of the tedious form filling required by the Council's Environmental Health Officer to obtain permission to use Priory Park as well as liaison with Sports Systems on the new chip timing procedures; to Colin Kloes who collated the volunteers; and to Jas Dhanda who was Chief Marshal, helped to set up and take down the course, and did a final run around to pick any forgotten signs.
One amusing moment in the morning was 5 of us trying to put up the RPAC gazebo. Eventually we succeeded, only to find that it was inside out and had to be taken down again and re-erected!!
As a club we are very experienced at running race events, and we have received many messages of thanks for organising this event so efficiently.
This is my last year as Race Director of the Priory Relays, and I hope that you will be willing and able to give Jas the same level of support that I have enjoyed as he takes over for the 2022 event.
RPAC Team Results:(out of 37 men's teams and 39 Ladies' teams)
Ladies A team (6th place): Eloise Bull 16mins 41 s; Joanna Davey 17m 40 s; Ginevra Stoneley 18m 12s. Finish time: 52m 33s
Ladies B team (19th place): Angie Steadman 21m 19s; Annette Morris 22m 17s; Eloise Bull 17m 12 s. Finish time:1 hr 00m 48s
Ladies C team (20th place): Bethany Higgins 19m 19s; Sharon Brennan 19m 40s; Jo Hennessy 21m 59s. Finish time: 1hr 00m 58s
Men's A team (11th place): Steve Bass 15m 31s; Felix Smithson 15m 53s; Frank O'Regan 16m 05s; Nicholas Wade 18m 12s. Finish time: 1hr 05m 41s
Men's B team (33rd place): Malcolm Woodman 22m 21s; Shiva Shivagnanam 23m 01s; Jon Payn 19m 04s; Gavin Lawrence 17m 32s. Finish time: 1hr 21m 58s.
Thank You to all our volunteers
Ashley Burridge, Andrew Patrick, Ben Stanton, Caroline Wheatley, Ceryl Sandberg, Colin Kloes, David Harris, David Neumann, Donna Barrington Smith,
Frank O'Regan, Gillian O'Regan, Ginevra Stoneley, Graham Bull, Ian Martin, Ian Thomas, Jake Boud, Jas Dhanda, Jo Hennessey, Karima Graham, Kate Knight, Kirsten Mackison,
Kirsten Stone, Malcolm Woodman, Mike Pocock, Moray Carey, Naomi Jones, Neil Freeman Jones, Paul Walters, Richard Friar, Roman Thompson-Lamont,
Sarah Pemberton, Sarah Walters, Sharon Miller, Shiva Shivagnanam, Usha Stevens and Viv Burgess
Please let me know if I have missed anyone.
Welcome to our new members
Please join me in extending a very warm RPAC welcome to our recent joiners
Greta Blades, Freya Cahill, Lyla Cornick, Gil Emberson, Beatrice Friar, Evelyn Friar, Rose Holmes, Asali Humphreys, Amelia Jeffers, Harry Ludlam,
Orla Marsh, Chloe McCracken, Arthur Naish, Maya Pocock, Amelie Potter, Charlotte Potter-Houston, Bruno Rahaman, Robin Saunders, Tabitha Sensier,
Vishaal Senthilkumar, Jason Skinner, Roman Thompson-Lamont, Joshua Thoroughgood, Chloe Tiler and Alfie Warden
Jon Evered, Richard Friar, Catherine Friar, Brad Hammonds, Jo Hennessy, Ben Holden, John Masterson, Kate Pain, Siubhán Clines, Sam Cohen, Ceryl Slasberg
Gemma Frith and Lisa Ashley
RPAC Awards Evening
Look out for details of the 2021 Awards Evening coming soon. The provisional date for your diaries is 22nd January 2022.
I would like to start collecting the senior trophies back in as soon as possible to give me plenty of time to get them refurbished and engraved. Please bring them along to Battlebridge if at all possible or contact me to discuss alternative collection/delivery arrangements . Some people have retained trophies since 2019; we need them all back this year please.
The Holly Run
It is with regret that the decision has been made to cancel The Holly Run for 2021; it was felt that the current restrictions would not allow us to stage the race with the usual enjoyable atmosphere.
Future Volunteering Opportunities - dates for your diaries
Sunday 6th March 2022 - MABAC (senior) and Border League (junior) events both hosted by RPAC in Priory Park. In the past the junior section (mostly parents) has provided a good number of volunteers for the MABAC event so that the senior athletes can still compete, with senior members volunteering at the Border League event so that parents of junior members are able to spectate.
In addition there are three events in Priory Park early next year that are not hosted by RPAC but at which we have traditionally provided some volunteers. These are :-
Senior Schools XC 22nd January 2022
SE Inter County XC 5th February 2022
Junior Schools XC 19th March 2022
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
National XC Relays, Berry Hill Park, Mansfield Saturday 6th November by Dave Mills
Congratulations to our runners who competed in the National XC Relays that took place in Berry Hill Park, Mansfield on Saturday.
Surrey League XC Wimbledon Common, Saturday 13th November
The second match in this season's Surrey XC League takes place next Saturday on Wimbledon Common. SW15 3DZ northern corner of Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields.
U15/U17 Girls race (4K) at 11.30 followed by U13 Girls race (3K) at 12.00.
U13 Boys race (3K) at 1.30, U15/U17 Boys (4K) at 2.00
Please note times are earlier than previously advised.
Details can be found at the following link:
If you did not run in the first match at Richmond Park, please let Dave Mills know if you will be running so that your entry can be recorded and a number allocated to you. Anyone in year six and above is very welcome to take part.
Border League Upcoming Junior Events by Mike Gent
We are again this year entered in the Border League. This is a development Cross Country League for Juniors from U9s to U15s.
The Border League this year will comprise of only 3 matches this year.
Everyone of any standard is free to race and there is no cost. There are now three fixtures this year (the event on 7th November has been cancelled):
- Sunday 5th December - Lightwater Country Park, Woking 11:00am * note change of venue *
- Sunday 6th February - Stoke Park Guildford 2:00pm
- Sunday 6th March - Reigate -12:00pm.
Please mark these dates in your diaries and I will share further details nearer the time.
Senior Section News
Men's and Ladies Surrey Cross Country League this weekend
The second fixtures in the Surrey Cross Country League will be held this coming weekend. The ladies are in action on Saturday 13th at 10:30 on Wimbledon Common and the men on Sunday 14th at Denbies at 11:00. Please let your team captains know if you want to run and haven't already done so.
MABAC Farley Heath 10:00 Sunday 21st November
Do you want to explore a part of Surrey you will almost certainly not have seen before (unless you've run this race before)? Join us for the MABAC Farley Heath race on Sunday 21st November and help keep RPAC near the top of the table. We are currently third in the league, having finished in second place in the last race at Nonsuch Park.
Couch to 5K Graduation 27th November
Our intrepid band of running initiates are nearing the end of their Couch to 5K course. We plan to run a graduation Parkrun on 27th November and it would be great if we could get a good turnout from fellow RPAC athletes to support and encourage them.
2022 Club Championships
We are assuming that a normal race calendar will be possible in 2022 and have decided to revert to the normal format where the Club Championships are held over a series of nominated races. The first club championship race will be the Wokingham Half Marathon which will be held on 27th February. This is a fast, flattish course that is good PB material. This race sells out quickly you can enter here.
The other championship races will be the Wimbledon Dash 5K and the Dorking 10 mile (both also Surrey Championship races - dates TBC) with the 10K race being confirmed once all the league fixtures are known.
We are also looking at reviving the club Grand Prix competition - details to follow in a later newsletter.
2021 Club Championships Current Position
With only a short while to run there are still a few categories that are up for grabs in the 2021 Club Championships. Here is the current position
|5K||Tom Almond||M||Men's Champion||00:15:27||Hyde Park||24/09/2021|
|Eloise Bull||F||Ladies' Champion||00:18:43||Ardingly||05/05/2021|
|Gillian O' Regan||F||FV35||00:23:18||Wimbledon||15/08/2021|
|10K||George Roux||M||Men's Champion||00:33:25||Battersea||05/06/2021|
|David Nurse||M||MV50||00:43:15||Barns Green||26/09/2021|
|Gillian O' Regan||F||Ladies' Champion||00:43:29||Kempton Park||03/04/2021|
|10M||Tom Almond||M||Men's Champion||00:54:47||Dorking||11/07/2021|
|Ginevra Stoneley||F||Ladies' Champion||01:06:09||Dorking||11/07/2021|
|Gillian O' Regan||F||FV35||01:19:06||Dorking||11/07/2021|
|Tom Almond||M||Men's Champion||01:10:41||Goodwood||25/04/2021|
|Rick Coles||M||MV40||01:17:49||Paddock Wood||05/09/2021|
|Laura Ebbs||F||Ladies' Champion||01:33:43||Reigate||19/09/2021|
|Marathon||Tom Almond||M||Men's Champion||02:28:30||London||03/10/2021|
|Ginevra Stoneley||M||Ladies' Champion||02:55:29||Windsor||03/04/2021|
Stephen Smith completed the Thames Meander marathon on Saturday 06 November. It was a perfect day and course for setting a personal best, confirmed results have not been released yet but Garmin clocked it at 3:53:51. This was Stephen's 3rd marathon and first sub 4 hour result making this a PB by 14 minutes.
This is Stephen being encouraged by his 8 year old son Herbie, in the final stretch.
Hi-Viz Reigate Priory AC T-Shirts Final Call
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