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Congratulations to our Couch to 5K Graduates
On Saturday morning six members of our Couch to 5K course graduated by completing the Ifield Millpond Parkrun. The weather conditions were "adverse" (absolutely freezing with a brisk northerly wind and a bit of drizzle). Despite this they all completed the run in very respectable times. Well done to our new graduates Luke, Carol, Katie, Kerry, Alice and Karen! You are amazing - what a journey from 1 minute of running 10 weeks ago. Each graduate was presented with a RPAC medal as a memento of the course. Some of them have subsequently signed up for the Santa Run in Priory Park on 5th December (see below) and we are hoping that some of them will become club members.
Our graduates were supported and encouraged by 11 RPAC runners who ran with them. Thank you very much to all of you for turning out in such horrid conditions to support them. I think breakfast afterwards was some compensation! Ian Stammars was the first RPAC runner home, finishing in second place in 18:58 and Alice Smith was the first lady home in eleventh place overall, finishing in 21:23.
Left to right - Paul Sapsard, Kate Knight, Paul Walters, Sarah Walters, Bethany Higgins, Andrew Bamford, Jake Boud, Sharon Miller, Usha Stevens (both sheltering behind the sign), Adrian Grant, Ian Stammars and our Couch to 5K graduates Katie, Karen, Alice, Kerry, Carol and Luke. Missing from the picture is Alice Smith.
We plan to run a new Couch to 5K course starting early in the New Year. Watch this space for further details.
Congratulations to Usha
Congratulations to Usha Stevens who has recently completed her Coach In Running Fitness (CIRF) course. This is the second rung of the coaching ladder and allows Usha to lead coaching sessions without the supervision of a more senior coach. This is very important to us as we continue to grow as a club and numbers at training sessions increase. Well done Usha, you are a star! I know it has involved a great deal of hard work to get this qualification.
RPAC Awards Evening
Look out for details of the 2021 Awards Evening coming soon. The provisional date for your diaries is 22nd January 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.
Sunday 5th December YMCA Santa Run
Entries are still open for the YMCA Santa Run. It is on this coming Sunday (5th December) and there are a 3 mile and a 1 mile race for adults, children and families.
Everyone gets a Santa suit plus mince pie and drinks! It's great fun to do and helps the YMCA - a win-win! See this for more details.
Ian is also looking for helpers on the day and if anyone is interested please email or
Junior Section News
Sunday 5th December Border League by Mike Gent
The first Border League event is at Lightwater Country Park this coming Sunday (5th December). There are races for U9 ( school years 3 and 4) , U11, U13 and U15 with separate boys and girls races. I am awaiting final confirmation of timings but I expect the first race to be the U9 girls at 11:00AM, with races at 15 minute intervals thereafter finishing with U15 boys.
There is no cost to compete but I do need to register athletes ahead of the race. Please can you let me know if your child would like to compete.
Important XC dates coming up in January by David Mills
January is a busy month for our cross country runners.
On Sunday 9th Jan it is the Surrey XC Championships at Denbies in Dorking. (Clickable map below)
I will be doing a club entry for Juniors - more details soon. Minimum age to enter, you must be at least 11 on the day of the race. As ever, we will switch some training during the Christmas holidays to the Championship venue.
Saturday 15th, the third Surrey XC League match at Mitcham Common.
Saturday 22nd Surrey Schools XC Championships in Priory Park (you had to pre qualify for this through the schools district XC races earlier this month).
Saturday 29th Southern XC Championships - venue TBC. Fingers crossed for Parliament Hill!
Senior Section News
Wednesday 1st December Training Session Cancelled
The normal Wednesday evening session is cancelled this week as many of the Wednesday regulars are going out for a Christmas meal instead.
MABAC Winterfold Forest 5th December 10:00
There is a MABAC event this coming Sunday at 10:00 in Winterfold Forest. From memory a large part of this course is run on tarmac so you could probably get away with road shoes, although there are some parts which can be muddy or sandy. This course has a "killer hill" which is very steep but quite short. Don't forget that there is a one lap option if you don't want to do the full distance.
I seem to remember that parking is a challenge - the nearest car parks are Hurtwood Car Park 6 or Hurtwood Car Park 5 on Alderbrook Road and Greensand Lane respectively. There are directions here and the What3Words reference is proves.imagined.bolts.
We are third in the league at the moment; it would be great if we could retain or improve on that position. In order to do that we need to get a good turnout; every runner scores at least 5 points in the two lap race and 2 points in the one lap race. If you haven't done one of these races before I can guarantee that you will enjoy it and you will find someone to compete with irrespective of your speed.
Meet in Bell St car park at 08:30 if you want to car share. Please let me know if you need a lift or can drive . Unfortunately I cannot attend this event so I will need a volunteer to take the register, dish out numbers, etc. Please do not forget your race number if you have one.
Stop Press: There is a bit of a shortage of volunteers at this event. Please let me know if are not planning to run and are able and willing to help out.
Tuesday 7th December Xmas Drinks at The Jolly Brickmakers
We will be gathering for Christmas drinks at the Jolly Brickmakers after the 7pm training session on 7th December. Please note there will be no 8pm session that evening.
Club Championships - Age Graded Award
This year we have a brand spanking new age graded trophy up for grabs. Could yours be the first name on it? (Apologies for the poor picture - it was really hard to photograph! )
Eligibility criteria are as follows:
- Any recognised race distance is eligible
- Track and road races are eligible
- The race must be included in your profile on Power of 10 and be eligible for rankings (see here for more information about what races qualify for ranking). I'm sorry to say that this means that Parkruns are not eligible.
- The winning result of the Andy Winterton Trophy (best age graded marathon) cannot be used to win this trophy as well.
If you have a result that you would like to submit for the Age Graded Award please visit the WMA Age Grading Calculator website, calculate your age graded score and submit it together with the race details and your age on the day of the race to me ( ) for verification. If you have trouble calculating your age grading please let me know and I will endeavour to do it for you (again I will need the race details and your age on the day of the race).
Last Call for Hi-viz Long Sleeved Running Tops
As per Usha's email sent out on Thursday 18th November these are currently available to purchase via Love Admin. The final date for ordering them is Wednesday evening (1st December) as the order will be placed on Thursday.
Training Session Survey Deadline is Sunday 5th December
You should have received an email from Malcolm dated 21st November with details of a survey about senior training sessions. The deadline for completing the survey is this coming Sunday. If you don't complete the survey by the deadline your views cannot be taken into account.
The Turkey Trot - Denbies Sunday 19th December
It's a 9:00AM meet-up and a 9:15AM start for the traditional RPAC Turkey Trot run.
For those new to the club, the Turkey Trot is a seasonal get-together for a run/walk followed by refreshments in Denbies afterwards - all welcome.
Ian Edmonds will lead a run of approximately 10Km to Ranmore and back.
Paul Walters will also lead a 4 mile walk from Denbies, but note that the walk will start promptly at 9:00AM.
Wear something Christmassy!
Sharon Miller's Virtual Route 66 Challenge
Over the course of the past 11 months Sharon Miller has run the equivalent of the length of the famous Route 66 - a total of 2280 miles. This is an extraordinary achievement that is the equivalent of running over 87 marathons, or almost 8 marathons per month! I noticed also that Sharon has clocked up 519 runs during this period, or three runs every two days. Sharon says that she wore out three pairs of shoes in the course of this challenge. Absolutely amazing Sharon, well done to you!
Richmond 10K 28th November
It was a good day for the seven RPAC athletes who ran in the Ranelagh Richmond 10K yesterday. There were PBs for Gavin Pollock (38:09), Jo Davey (40:51), Jamilla Ncayiyana (41:57) and Bethany Higgins (44:23). Gavin Lawrence ran his fastest 10K (39:14) since 2015. Ginevra Stoneley (40:29) was first in her age category and Jo Davey was second in the same category. Malcolm Woodman ran his fastest 10K (51:18) since 2018. Well done to all of you who ran!
Bushy Park Christmas 10K 28th November
Mike Wylie finished in second place in the Bushy Park Christmas 10K yesterday in a speedy 37:29. Well done Mike
I really need to collect the senior trophies back in as soon as possible to give me plenty of time to get them refurbished and engraved in time for the Awards Evening. 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. I will name and shame if necessary
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