Senior Section News
Southern Athletics League, Tooting Bec
This Saturday saw the third of the Southern Athletics League Matches at Tooting Bec.
On a very hot day we had a small but dedicated Reigate contingent with some great performances (and some bold attempts at new events).
Star performances of the day went to Paul Prothero with a win in the 800m and Anousha Wardley winning the Pole Vault with a new PB and English School entry standard.
On such a hot day there were other great performances by Jo Davey (1500m), Joe Jenner (200m, 400m, triple jump and 4x400m relay), Abbie Owens (800m), Paul Prothero (1500m) and Anousha Wardley (HJ). Duncan Wardley cleared 2.80m in his first ever PV competition and then took on the HJ and hammer and I may have achieved a first, competing in the hammer in my Birkenstocks - the result was not impressive but at least I got some points!
There are two more opportunities to represent the club in the Southern Athletics League this summer. If you fancy taking part next time it is a very friendly league with a huge range of abilities and ages taking part in all events - the standard ranges from top county performers to individuals giving it a go for team points, the age ranges is from u17 to vets 75+...and its a lot of fun.
The last two matches are:
9th July in Lewes
19th August in Hastings
Get the dates in your diary and let me know if you wish to take part - look out for an email asking for entries nearer the time...
Ranelagh Richmond 10K
In scorching conditions yesterday (Sunday 18th June), 17 dedicated / mad / idiotic* (*delete as appropriate) seniors competed in the Richmond 10k at Ham. With the temperature already up to 24C by the time of the 9 am start, it was good to see that everybody completed the race, although Dave Rayner did need medical attention at the finish. Hope you're feeling better today Dave!
For the men, we were led home by Marc Graham in 7th (33:59 chip), closely followed by Fran Dunham in 11th (34:34) and Ronnie Murray in 12th (34:41). First RPAC lady was Ginevra Stoneley in 228th overall with a time of 44:51.
This race was the next fixture in the Surrey Road League, where the men are the defending team champions and currently the leading team in this year's competition. It looks like we were pipped to first place in this race, with Ranelagh Harriers finishing just 1 point ahead (29 vs 30 points for the first 3 finishers). It should be noted though that Ranelagh had 73 finishers in the race, demonstrating the size of their club compared to RPAC, so this was another excellent result for us and (if confirmed) will maintain our overall lead in the men's team competition. The remaining fixtures in the SRL are the Elmore 7 (15th July), Elmbridge 10k (23rd July) and Wimbledon Dash 5k (13th August).
The race was also the RPAC Club Championship 10k and the 4th / 5th race in the RPAC Grand Prix 2017. Full individual results including the championship positions are available here, whilst the Grand Prix table has been updated here. Congratulations to all the Championship winners. The Grand Prix competition is hotting up, with very few points separating the leaders in each group. Things will start to get especially interesting now, as some people have already competed in 5 fixtures, with only their best 5 results from 8 counting towards their points total.
The remaining Grand Prix fixtures are the Elmore 7 (15th July), Elmbridge 10k (Group 1 only, 23rd July), a Priory Park Parkrun (each persons fastest time from 2nd or 9th September) and the Reigate Half Marathon (17th September). The Reigate Half is also the Club Championship half marathon.
Sadly no photos, the seniors are not as organised as the juniors!
Man vs Horse / MABAC Holmwood
Man vs Horse Marathon
7 RPAC members travelled down to Llanwyrtd Wells this weekend for the Man vs Horse Marathon. To quote Sonia Galloway, the conditions were:
"Brutal!!! I have never run anything so challenging and the conditions were terrible...glad I finished but not sure I'd want to repeat the experience! Perhaps a less hilly marathon might be in order! Everyone okay though and we all managed to have a lovely meal and drinks together last night."
Although none of our finishers managed to beat the fastest horse (the fastest runner was over 30 minutes behind this year), all acquitted themselves well considering the heavy rain and high winds they experienced. See here for the RPAC results. Ian Edmonds decided that discretion was the better part of valour and pulled out after stage 2.
Well done guys!
MABAC Holmwood Common
In very contrasting warm and sunny conditions, 16 RPAC members ran in the June MABAC race at Holmwood Common on Sunday. The team was composed off an excellent mix of old RPAC hands and newer members of all standards:
Despite the absence of many of the MABAC regulars, both at Man vs Horse and other events, the team finished 4th out of the 7 teams present on the day and overall pulled up one place in the league to 6th (out of 9) and we are now not far behind the 2 teams above us.
Most importantly though, everyone enjoyed their run and there was a great team spirit.
Individually, Marc Graham was (for the 2nd time in a week) unable to catch Ollie Garrod, finishing in 2nd. The most impressive RPAC performance however was by Naomi Wyatt, who finished in 6th overall and 1st woman (by a long way) (photo below).
Full RPAC results are available here.
The next MABAC league race is on Tuesday 1st August, at Wimbledon Common (7.30 pm start). Further details will be sent out closer to the date, but we hope that many of the regular Tuesday evening training group will be able to attend. We will arrange to have transport available back to Reigate for anyone who works in London, so that you can travel straight to Wimbledon rather than trying to get home beforehand.
Dorking 10 & Surrey Masters T&F Championships
Dorking 10 (Club Championship & Grand Prix)
Congratulations to the 34 members who ran the Dorking 10 yesterday. The results, including the Club Championship positions and Grand Prix results, have been uploaded to the website and the Grand Prix tables have been updated.
Marc Graham was 1st Male 30-39 (as well as Club Champion for 2017) and Paul Prothero 3rd Male 30-39. The Men's team of Marc Graham, Paul Prothero, Fran Dunham and Ronnie Murray also won the Dorking 10 team prize (only medals this time, not the cases of Stella Artois they won at the Sutton 10k!). They were also awarded the Surrey Men's team championship at the medals ceremony, but there is some doubt over whether this was scored correctly, so the result is not yet confirmed.
3 members also participated in the new "Not quite 10" (over just less than 10k) held in conjunction with the traditional 10 mile race.
Don't forget it's the Richmond 10k on Sunday 18th June, which is also the Club Championship and next Grand Prix race.
Surrey Masters T&F Championships
At the other end of the distance spectrum, Jerry Carnell ran in the Surrey Masters Track & Field Championships at Ewell. He finished first in both the Male Vet 60 800m and 1500m in times of 2:45.36 and 5:26.96 respectively. So we have yet another Surrey Champion!
Weald Challenge Half Marathon
photo below from our cross country half marathon on Sunday, in prep for Man v Horse! Fab course and really great fun!
Update from the Chair, May 2017
Belated congratulations to Chris Veale and his wife (that really should be the other way round!) on the birth of their twin boys, Rory & Maxwell, at the end of April. The next generation of RPAC juniors?
A very busy weekend just gone. On Saturday the younger juniors competed in the Youth Development League (lower age group) at Hillingdon, in which everybody excelled, setting many PB's. RPAC athlete of the day was Barton Carter, who won both 200m and long jump, setting a new club U13 Boys record in the latter.
On Sunday morning, 15 seniors ran in the MABAC League 5 mile race at Farnham Park. Great team spirit, a lovely location and the sun even came out.
Finally, on Sunday afternoon a combined group of juniors and seniors joined with athletes from Holland Sports and Dorking & Mole Valley in the Southern Athletics League fixture at Horsham. It was great to see a group of seniors competing on the track, something that hasn't happened for a long while. The whole spirit of the day was demonstrated in the pole vault: Anousha Wardley (U20) won the ladies competition with a clearance of 2.65m, whilst Gavin Lawrence (Vet 40) cleared the magnificent height of 1.30m to earn another point for the team.
The previous week the juniors were competing in the Surrey Tack & Field championships. Again, they excelled themselves, with many new personal bests, a number of medals, but the star performance of the weekend was by Katie Mackison. Katie won the U15 Girls javelin with a throw of 39.22m, which was a PB, a new club record and the Championship Best performance (i.e. no U15 Girl has ever thrown further in any Surrey Championships). Well done Katie!
Previous competitions for the juniors have included the first fixtures in all the other leagues: Lily B, Ebbisham Boys League and YDL (upper age group). Full reports of all these are available on the website.
Finally, after the first 2 fixtures of the Surrey Road League, the Senior Men are leading this years competition, an excellent start to the defense of the title they won in 2016.
After the AGM, we still had one committee position unfilled. Liz Clark has subsequently agreed to stand for this position, formally nominated by me and seconded by Ginevra Stoneley. If there is anyone else who would like to stand for this vacant position, you have 14 days from the date of this news item to put your name forward. If there are no further nominations, then Liz will be elected unopposed to the committee.
At the first meeting of the new committee, the following roles were agreed:
- Malcolm Woodman - Chair
- Ginevra Stoneley - Secretary
- Anthony Collins - Treasurer
- Paul Chandler - Membership Secretary
- Christian Froggatt - Competitions
- Gavin Lawrence - Social Coordinator
- Ian Martin - Development
- Liz Clark (Subject to formal election) - Volunteer coordinator
- Mike Gent - Junior coordinator
- Ronnie Murray - Marketing & Communication
The club has two significant events coming up in early July. The first is the 25th staging of our Summer Evening 10k road race on Wednesday 5th July. This is a major event for the club with approximately 500 competitors expected to run, which raises a significant amount for club funds. Details are available at summer10k.com, look out for e-mails from the Race Director Wayne Chappell and Race Consultant Moray Carey about how you can help both before and on the day.
As is customary, the Summer Evening 10k will be followed by our annual barbecue. This is held on a Tuesday evening at Battlebridge after training. Provisional date is Tuesday 11th July, but look at for confirmation and full details from Gavin.
With thanks to Fran Afonso, the club now has a supply of additional branded items of clothing and other kit. These can be purchased directly from iProSports, at the RPAC club zone. All members are able to order direct, there is no need to wait for a club order. The committee decided that the club would NOT take a cut of any sales, the intent is simply to provide all members with a source of branded kit, whilst increasing the awareness of the club within the local community.
There is no change in the arrangements for the standard club kit, i.e.:
- Club vests (for competition) - supplied when a new member joins as part of the joining process. Current members can purchase a new vest from Mike Gent (juniors) or Nat Wilson (seniors)
- Club T-shirts - available for purchase,again from Nat or Mike
- Club "over-the-head" personalised hoodies. We place regular bulk orders for these, please let Mike know if you want to be added to the next order
Big changes are afoot at Battlebridge. In addition to the replacement of the bowls green with a new football pitch, a new (2nd) container will be arriving any day soon. This will include a plumbed in toilet, sink and running water and a large communal area. This is being funded by the successful application to the Tesco's community sports fund last year.
We will share both containers with Redhill Youth Football Club, with our existing container being used for storage only by both clubs.
Antony Read will be organising two summer handicap races in Priory Park. In a change from previous years, these will be held on a Friday evening, to encourage as many people as possible to run. The plan will be to convene to the Dolphin afterwards for a social evening and drinks. Provisional dates are Friday 23rd June and Friday 28th July, confirmation and full details will follow from Antony closer to the date.
Following a discussion at and after the AGM, it has been agreed that we will have a 2 month trial of regular Wednesday evening "recovery runs". These are exactly as described, a steady run of up to 1 hour in between the Tuesday and Thursday speed / tempo sessions led by Ian and Jas. The plan is for three groups to go out each week, at 8+, 9+ and 10+ min/mile pace. As these will be official club runs, each group will be led by a qualified LIRF (Leader in Running Fitness) or coach. Ian Burks has generously offered the use of the YMCA Sovereign Centre to meet each week. Tentative start date is Wednesday June 7th, but look out for confirmation by e-mail and on the Facebook Group.
Summary minutes for April are now available here.