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Three Senior Club Championships on the Horizon

Three Senior Club Championships on the Horizon

There are three Reigate Priory AC club championships on the horizon...

Date Championship Location
Tuesday 14th May 1 Mile (if ratified at the AGM) Battlebridge Track
Sunday 2nd June 10 Miles Dorking 10
Sunday 16th June 10K Richmond 10K

I'd note these in your diaries and book your entries now for Dorking and Richmond. Participation in the club championships was down last year, so let's all make an effort to be in attendance.

To book your entry to the Dorking 10 (Not the 10K unless you do not want to take part in the club championship) click here.

To book your entry to the Richmond 10K click here.

I've looked and Richmond 10K is 8 weeks away and there appears to be quite a few 8 week 10K training schedules available on the internet. You could try considering following a suitable schedule. Note that the 10K is a fast course and it gets filled quickly, but it appears from the website that entry is still open okay.

Paul Walters.

Southern Athletics League, 13 April 2019

Southern Athletics League, 13 April 2019

As part of the joint team with Holland Sports and DMVAC, 5 RPAC athletes (juniors & seniors) competed in the SAL match at the Bromley track on Saturday. Each team fields 2 athletes in each event, competing in either the A or B race. Each team can also field extra competitors as non scorers in any event.

Running in his first ever competitive 100m, Jake Chandler came 4th in the B race with a time of 13.25 seconds; an excellent debut.

Drew Burridge set another 2 PBs; finishing 2nd in the A race 400m in 53.86 seconds and winning the B race 200m in 23.91 seconds; an improvement of 0.38 seconds. 

Abbie Horsfall, running in her first competition since 2017 finished 3rd in the A race 200m, improving her PB by 0.23 seconds to 27.95 seconds.

Noah Young, still only 14 years old, finished a very creditable 3rd in the B race 1500m, breaking 5 minutes for the first time to achieve a PB of 4 mins 55.4 secs.

Not to be outdone, Senior team captain Tom Almond knocked 29 seconds of his 5000m PB in breaking 17 minutes for the first time.  Tom finished 2nd in the A race in 16 minutes 33.8 seconds. 

The next SAL meeting is on Sunday 19 May at the Hercules Wimbledon track. Contact Jo Davey or Ginevra Stoneley if you wish to compete

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8 go down (up) to MABAC Winterfold Forest

8 go down (up) to MABAC Winterfold Forest

A band of 6 plucky RPAC runners set out from Bell Street Car Park on a chilly Sunday morning into the wilds of Surrey to take part in the Winterfold Forest MABAC event. When I say the wilds of Surrey, it really is wild; Winterfold Forest is in the middle of nowhere! We drove out through Shere and kept going - for miles. The road climbed steadily (I am reliably informed by some cycling friends that this is the longest climb in Surrey) and became increasingly narrow.

At last we spotted a sign that said "MABAC" and then began the hunt for somewhere to park. Half a mile up the road Malcolm spotted a pull-in and we managed to squeeze two cars into it before joining the throng of other runners walking back towards the start.

Ian Edmonds raised the excitement level by spotting a creature that couldn't be identified - was it a red squirrel or a stoat, or possibly even a polecat? Who knows? We were joined at the start by Mike Scott and Sonia Galloway who had come direct to the forest, bringing our intrepid band up to 8.

The race is a challenging (i.e. hilly) two lap course through the forest and comprises just over 5 miles. It started with a downhill that was over too quickly, followed by a short undulating section and a very long downhill mostly on tarmac. This afforded us a great opportunity to get our breathing back under control before starting the long uphill slog - and it really is long! Most of it is pretty gradual and on trails, but there is a short section of perhaps 50m that reduces most people to a walk. The first lap finishes with a bit more undulation and the second lap finishes by going back up the start slope.

First home for the RPAC men was Mike fresh from a trail marathon in Dorset, followed by Andrew "Paddy" Patrick, Michael Stanley, Andrew Bamford, Malcolm and Ian. The ladies team was smaller and comprised of just Sonia and Gillian O'Regan on her first outing in the MABAC League.

Despite the small turnout (we were the smallest club by some distance, DMVAC had 72 runners out) we weren't last and finished in a creditable 7th place.

The next MABAC fixture is at Farnham Park on 19th May. It would be really good if we could field a bigger team at that event.

Celebrating Half Marathon Successes

Celebrating Half Marathon Successes

With the spring half marathon season coming to an end, it is time to celebrate everyone’s successes so far this year.

20 senior members of the club have run at least one half marathon this year already. 10 members have achieved a pb, plus there have been a number of near misses. Congratulations to everyone who has competed, and apologies if we’ve missed anyone (blame Power of 10 for that!).

The results include 4 senior men in under 80 minutes, led by Matt Ryde’s 73:18 at Greenwich, which places him (at time of writing) at 41st on the UK V40 list for 2019. The ladies results are led by Ginevra Stoneley’s 86:03 at Fleet (a 3 minute PB), which puts her at 35th in the women’s UK V40 list. Another high UK ranking is Mike Pocock, who is 48th on the V60 list. The full list of runners and times is below.

The award for the furthest travel goes to the group who competed in the Barcelona Half Marathon back in February. They all did good times and apparently had a very enjoyable time!

Half mararthon composite photo

Matt Ryde in London, and the team in Barcelona

The successes may not end here though, as at least 2 members are running at Paddock Wood on 7th April, in their last big effort prior to the London Marathon. Good luck to them and anyone else racing in the near future.

Tom & Malcolm

 

Chip

Category

PB

 

Where

Date

Matt Ryde

1:13:18

V40

1:13:06

 

Greenwich

10-Mar-19

Thomas Almond

1:17:20

Senior

1:17:20

PB

Greenwich

10-Mar-19

Lee Savage

1:18:52

V35

1:18:52

PB

Worthing

10-Feb-19

Matthew Aylott

1:19:26

V40

1:19:26

PB

Bath

17-Mar-19

Ginevra Stoneley

1:26:03

V40

1:26:03

PB

Fleet

17-Mar-19

Nicholas Wade

1:31:38

V45

1:31:38

PB

Wokingham

24-Feb-19

Mike Pocock

1:32:35

V60

1:29:06

 

Bath

17-Mar-19

Alice R Smith

1:33:02

V50

1:33:02

PB

Wokingham

24-Feb-19

Ruth Willis

1:38:15

V45

1:38:15

PB

Woking

10-Mar-19

Steve Watkins

1:41:50

V40

1:41:50

PB

Thames Ditton

17-Feb-19

Mike Scott

1:42:27

V55

1:33:42

 

Greenwich

10-Mar-19

Leanne Sandifer

1:47:58

Senior

1:47:58

PB

Tunbridge Wells

17-Feb-19

CLAIRE HUMPHREY

2:07:02

V40

1:58:23

 

Barcelona

10-Feb-19

Melanie Fulton-Bell

2:07:32

V40

1:54:40

 

Reading

17-Mar-19

BETHANY HIGGINS

2:08:38

U23

1:59:23

 

Barcelona

10-Feb-19

Ian Edmonds

2:16:17

V65

1:58:24

 

Worthing

10-Feb-19

Andrew Pringle

2:16:48

V55

1:43:55

 

Tunbridge Wells

17-Feb-19

LIZ CLARK

2:28:17

V40

2:12:40

 

Barcelona

10-Feb-19

Usha Stevens

2:34:34

V45

2:34:34

PB

Greenwich

10-Mar-19

Max Olive

3:24:09

Senior

1:38:14

 

Eton

16-Mar-19

Birthday parkrun, March 23rd 2019

Birthday parkrun, March 23rd 2019

From Paul Walters

When I ran Worthing parkrun on New Year’s Day 2019 while trying to find a fast one (with a much-improved parkrun PB of 19:31) I was so impressed that I decided to return for my birthday with others.

On Saturday March 23rd 18 people (16 runners) descended on Worthing Parkrun in a minibus provided by Reigate College. This was my first V55 event having had my birthday on the previous day.

Conditions were good – overcast, fairly warm for this time of year with little wind. The course is along the sea front. It sets off in a westerly direction just before the pier, and eventually you turn around a cone to return back to the finish outside a leisure centre a little further east to the start.

You can see the results below, and I’ve added previous bests from just the last year for each runner– PBs are in red. (Note – for some there are much better times historically, so I hope no one minds this format!)

On the day there were of course some injuries and niggles within our group, and quite a few were racing in longer distance running events on the next day, which makes the results even more impressive.

It’s well worth a mention that this was Adrian Grant’s 200th ever parkrun.

Afterwards we went to the Burlington Hotel on Worthing sea front for a breakfast. The hotel did us proud and put us in our own room with a large square table arrangement.

Worthing parkrun breakfast

Breakfast in the hotel

For me, there was no disappointment in finishing one second off my parkrun PB. This was such a lovely event. We were back in Reigate just after mid-day.

We even got a mention in the Worthing parkrun news!

Worthing parkrun minibus

Climbing into the minibus for the return journey

A big thank you to Ian and Janet Moore for coming to support us and taking photos, and also to Ian Edmonds, who stepped in to drive the minibus due to Sarah being unwell.

We want to do this again soon but opening the event up to the club, perhaps at Worthing with a visit back to the Burlington Hotel, or may be at a different location. Watch this space!

Worthing parkrun the group

The group before the start of the parkrun

 

Name

Prev recent PB

Prev recent Age grading

Worthing result

Worthing age grading

Monika KLEINOWSKA

28:56

51.15%

33:43

43:90%

Adrian GRANT

26.53

58.25%

32:44

48.57%

Usha STEVENS

31:35

51.82%

31:37

51.77%

Claire HUMPHREY

26:23

58.31%

30:28

50.88%

David WILLIAMS

29.23

63.41%

29:15

63.70%

Fran AFONSO

27.50

60.24%

29:58

56.62%

Juliette STERN

27:56

58.59%

28:15

60.06%

Stewart MCINTYRE

28:19

62.27%

26:57

65.43%

Ian EDMONDS

25:38

65.41%

25:15

67.06%

Susan CARNELL

25:09

71.97%

24:53

72.74%

Annette MORRIS

23:57

81.00%

24:50

78.12%

Andrew BAMFORD

24:18

65.43%

22:38

70.84%

Michael CLARK

23:10

62.66%

22:09

65.54%

Paul SAPSARD

21:48

74.85%

21:50

75.42%

Paul WALTERS

19:31

78.05%

19:32

78.67%

 

Update from the Chair, March 2019

Update from the Chair, March 2019

Welcome to my update for March 2019. As the club constitution limits the officers of the club to 3 terms, each of 2 years, this will be my last update, as it is 6 years this April since I took over as Chair.

Please note that nobody has yet shown a willingness to take on the role of Chair, so it may well be that as of the AGM, the club will not have anyone in the role - which causes problems with both the day-to-day running of the club and with our EA affiliation! If anyone wants information about what the role entails, please contact me.

Please read on for information about the changes that are proposed to the constitution and the arrangements for the AGM.

Please see the e-mail version of this update for e-mail addresses.

Competition & Awards
I'll start this month though with competition, in particular the last fixture in the Ladies Surrey League. At this race, our Ladies team defied the odds to retain their place in Division 1 for the 15th successive year. Well done to everyone, and a massive thank you to our Ladies Captain, Nat Wilson.

The next day, we organised our first MABAC fixture, 5 miles around Priory Park in the rain and mud. We have had some very complimentary feedback, so congratulations to everyone who ran, thank you to all the volunteers and especially to Claire Humphrey and Jas Dhanda, who between them did most of the hard work. 

The following weekend, at the Junior & Senior Ladies end-of-cross country meal, we were able to celebrate the successes in the cross-country competitions this winter, as well as the Junior performances in track & field last year. Well done to everyone who competed in any race or match and congratulations to the awards winners.

The same day, Lucy Dénecé ran in the CAU UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships at Loughborough, where she was part of the Surrey U13 Girls team who won the Gold medal. A really good result for both Lucy and Surrey!

I'll finish this section with advance notice that MABAC will be organising a pairs relay on Sunday 18th August. This will be a 10 x 1k relay, with each team member running 5 legs. The race will be followed by a barbecue. We are checking whether the juniors will be allowed to have more than 2 runners per team, if the answer is yes, then we will be able to make this a day out for the entire club!

Changes to the Constitution & AGM
As I alluded earlier, changes to the club constitution will be proposed at the upcoming AGM (7 pm on Wednesday 24th April). The full details of the changes will be published along with the AGM notification at the beginning of April, but the intent of the changes is:

  • Allow parents/guardians of junior members (not junior academy) to fully participate in the running of the club, by allowing them to:
    • Vote at the AGM
    • Stand for election to the Committee, as both executive officers and non-executive members
    • This change will significantly increase the number of people eligible to take on these roles, thus easing the task of finding sufficient volunteers to keep the club "running"
  • Formalise the transfer from junior academy member to junior member of the club
    • Any club member 10 or over on the 1st May, but under 18 on the same date, will be a junior member
    • This will make it easier for the coaches to identify those club members who are / will become eligible to compete as U13s in the following year
    • It will also simplify both the membership renewal process and EA affiliation as juniors turn 11
    • This change affects the membership status of juniors, not necessarily where or when they train. The latter will still remain as a discussion between the juniors themselves, their parents/guardians and their coach

These changes will be taken as the first item on the AGM agenda. The changes need to be approved by at least 2/3 of the senior members present. Assuming the changes are accepted, then parents/guardians of juniors will be able to fully participate in the rest of the meeting, including voting and standing for the committee.

First Aid course
Ian Martin has organised a First Aid course on the evening of Thursday 4th April (7-10 pm). This will be open to all club members and parents, but priority will be given to coaches, officials and parent helpers, all of whom need to have a current first aid qualification.

If you would like to attend this course, please contact Ian as soon as possible.

Club Kit
The club has a number of sources of club kit, as follows:

  • Every member will be given a club vest on joining. These are held by Nat Wilson (for the seniors) and Mike Gent (for the juniors). Replacement vests can also be purchased for £15. Please contact Nat or Mike if you haven't got your club vest or would like a replacement.
  • The club also has a good stock of club t-shirts in all sizes and colours (red, dark blue, light blue). You may well have seen these being modelled by many members at both training and matches! These are available to purchase for £12.50 (juniors) or £15 (seniors). Again, contact Nat or Mike.
  • The club regularly orders personalised hoodies, there is a request for orders out at the moment, see the recent e-mail from Mike Gent. You have until 23rd March to place your order!
  • Crop tops are also available for the ladies & junior girls, see the website for details of how to order
  • Finally, there is a wide range of club-branded kit available from iProSports.

All this information (but in greater detail) is available on the website.

Volunteering
Two new articles about volunteering have been added to the website, see here. These cover the role of Race Director (by Ian Martin) and volunteering at the London Marathon (by Liz Clark).

Summary Minutes

Summary minutes from the January and February 2019 committee meetings are available here (website login required).

Malcolm Woodman

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