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Update from the Chair, September 2018

Update from the Chair, September 2018

It's the end of September, the nights are drawing in and the track and field season is over. It's therefore time to turn our attention to cross-country running for the next few months! The seniors have already received details of the fixtures over the winter, an e-mail will be coming out to all juniors in the next couple of days. Please review the fixture list and get the relevant dates in your diaries.

Summer Evening 10k

However, I'm going start my update this month with a look back at the last couple of months. Firstly, the Summer Evening 10k,which we held at the beginning of July in the middle of the heat wave. We had nearly 500 entries and 406 runners completed the course on the night, with no major medical incidents despite the temperature. So not only an excellent turnout, but we also raised over £2,000 for club funds. Thank you to all club members, parents and friends who helped at the event both before and on the night. 

In particular, the race would not have taken place without the hard work of Race Director Wayne Chappell and Race Consultant Moray Carey, so a massive thank you to both of them for both this year and previously. Both Wayne and Moray have decided that it's time to take a break from race organisation, so are standing down with immediate effect. However, Chris Veale has already volunteered to take over as Race Director for 2019, thank you Chris! Chris will be looking for an assistant so as to spread the workload, please let him know if you are able to help.

Junior Track & Field Leagues

The juniors have successfully competed in all the following track & field leagues this year, covering all age groups:

  • Lily B
  • Ebbisham Boys League (joint team with Dorking & Mole Valley)
  • Youth Development League (lower age group)
  • Youth Development League (upper age group) (joint team with Holland Sports)
  • Southern Athletics League (joint team with RPAC seniors, Dorking & Mole Valley & Holland Sports)

Our participation in all these leagues is hugely reliant on us providing people to officiate and help with the events on the day. I won't try to list everybody who has helped in this way, as their names have already been published on the website. However, we do need to ensure that we have sufficient people available to help in the leagues next year, so we will be organising an introductory session for track & field officiating in Spring 2019. Keep a look out for further details.

Having said all that, the most important volunteers are our Team Managers, on whose shoulders falls the responsibility for getting our athletes to the matches in the first place. Thank you therefore to all of Anita Evered, Sam Jenner, Kirsten Mackison and Tessa Wardley. All four of them are however standing down now the 2018 season has ended, as their children are all moving on through the age groups. Adriana Collins (Ebbisham Boys League) and Ashley Burridge (YDL UAG) have already agreed to manage the respective teams for 2019, but the positions are still vacant for the Lily B and YDL LAG. If your child / children will be competing in either of these leagues next year and you would be willing to take over as Team Manager, please contact Mike Gent (see e-mail version for the address) for further information or to volunteer.

Summer Barbecue

At the beginning of September we had our annual club barbecue at Battlebridge after Tuesday training. The weather smiled on us this year and we had an excellent turnout of both juniors and seniors. Thanks to Ian Edmonds and his team for organising, cooking and clearing up afterwards, it was an excellent evening.

Club Mailing List

We are now 5 months into the club membership year, so it is expected that everybody who is planning to renew their membership for 2018/19 will have now done so. With this in mind, we will be removing anybody who has not renewed their membership from the club mailing list by the end of the coming week (7th October). If you have not renewed, this is therefore likely to be one of the last communications you receive from the club!

If you have not renewed for any reason, but still want to do so, please contact Treasurer Paul Chandler urgently.

Beat Box Hill 5k

This morning saw the first running of the Beat Box Hill 5k, 2.5k down the hill, then back up again. The organisers offered us two free places, which were taken by Annette Morris and Moray Carey. Annette finished in the excellent time of 25:39, the 73rd runner across the line, whilst Moray was a few minutes further back. I'm looking forward to hearing what it is like to run steeply downhill, then straight back up again!

Club Championship Half Marathon

For the seniors, we have 3 club championship road races each year, over 10k, 10 mile and Half marathon distances. The RunReigate Half Marathon was once again the half marathon championship this year.

Full championships results are on the website, congratulations to all our winners & runners-up as well as to everyone who raced in the half marathon or any of the other races organised by RunReigate the same day. The highlight of the day looks to have been Fran Dunham holding off new member Matt Ryan by just 17 seconds to claim the senior men's championship. Matt has the consolation of claiming the men's veteran 40 championship in his first competitive race for the club.
 
Senior Grand Prix

The Grand Prix for the seniors has now completed for 2018, congratulations to all the winners. The final results are on the website, but to summarise the key points:

  • In Group 1,  Steve Bass retained his first place, despite not finding anyone willing to sponsor his return to the UK for the RunReigate Half Marathon. Andy Walker also stays in 2nd, as Fran Dunham had left himself to much to do to catch him, having missed the early races through injury
  • Tom Almond is the winner of Group 2 with a perfect score, but behind him Ginevra Stoneley overtook Gav Lawrence for 2nd place, as strangely Gav preferred to run and win the RunReigate 5k (with its attendant prizes) rather than run the Half Marathon!
  • Group 3 is won by Dan Emson-Jukes, I won't mention who came second in that one
  • Group 4 was very tight, Michael Clark just edging out Andrew Bamford by 2 points
  • Anthony Collins is the winner of Group 5, with another perfect score. However, behind him, the Collins family was prevented from taking a clean sweep, as Kimberly Duckworth's run in the RunReigate Half Marathon meant she edged out Adriana for 2nd place

Summary Minutes

The Summary minutes for the Committee meeting back in July are available here (website login required).

Malcolm Woodman

SEAA Southern Road Relay Championships, C Palace 23 Sept 2018

SEAA Southern Road Relay Championships, C Palace 23 Sept 2018

The annual SEAA Southern Road Relay Championships took place on Sunday at Crystal Palace. 

Starting and finishing in the Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium, each runner ran the same 3.1K lap. Despite heavy rain all morning, the young RPAC runners all performed well with some excellent lap times achieved. 

The U13 boys, Matthew Pickering, Gusie Lewis, Sam Rolaston and Will John-Cox finished in 20th place out of 44 teams from across Southern England. Matthew ran the 10th quickest lap of all (145 competitors) and this despite a heavy fall out on the course which saw him treated in first aid after the race. The U13 girls were placed 25th out of 56 teams with Lucy Dénecé,  Alessia Turner, Shakila Keable and Lily Woodhams all taking part. Lucy, like Matthew, ran the 10th quickest lap overall in her age group where 179 girls competed.

With Noah Young and Joe Walker running well in the U15 boys and Emiko Salvi one of the fastest amongst the Surrey qualified U17W, the rain was forgotten.

The Surrey XC Relay Championships take place in Stoke Park, Guildford on Saturday 27th October. Teams of 3, with a minimum age of 11 on the day of the race. Before that, the first Surrey League xc matches take place on Saturday 13th October. The girls match is at Putney Vale. The men's race is at Petersham but boys venue to be confirmed.

 

Junior competition schedule, winter 18/19

Junior competition schedule, winter 18/19

The Junior coaches also have access to paper copies of the attached.

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Lily B League, Sutton, 25 August 2018

Lily B League, Sutton, 25 August 2018

The last Lily B League meeting of this year took place on Saturday at The David Weir Athletics Stadium in Sutton and a small contingent from RPAC acquitted themselves well with plenty of first places.

Competing in A stream events, Lucy Dénecé won the U13 1500m and also the Javelin with a throw of 21m 46. Katie Mac won the U17 Shot with 9.54 and was 2nd in the 80mH. Eva Peters won the U13 long jump with 3m 66 and was 2nd in both the 100 and 200m races. Lily Cain-Jones won the U15 Javelin with a throw of 27m 67 and Francesca Manrow won the U13 Discus with a throw of 16m 71.

Alessia Turner finished 2nd in the U13 70mH and won the B string long jump with a leap of 3m 66. Lily Woodhams picked up good points for the team with 2nd place in her U13 100m race and 3rd place in the 800m. Lily also jumped well in the long jump. 

U11's Emily Sheard and Eve Goulding both performed well in the 75m and 150m sprints with Emily also putting in a good jump in the non-scoring long jump competition.

Thanks go to Kirsten Mackison for all the organising of our Lily B participation throughout the summer, and her management of the team at each of the matches. Also to the officials from RPAC and the parents and coaches who helped them. Special thanks go to Fiona Gent who spent the whole afternoon collating the results for the meeting.

Pics from the match starting with Katie and Alessia in the hurdles:

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Update from the Chair, July 2018

Update from the Chair, July 2018

A while since my last update. Club members have participated in many competitions recently, well done to everybody for continuing to take part in both track & field matches and road races despite the very hot weather we've been having.

Particular congratulations to two of our field eventers. Katie Mackison took 5th place in the recent English Schools Championships, whilst a few weeks earlier Moray Laing won silver (discus) and bronze (javelin) medals at the European Transplant Games in Cagliari, Sardinia.

This year for the first time, the veterans in the club have competed in the Southern Counties Veterans AC Track & Field league (South London division). The women finished in 5th place overall, whilst the men were 6th, both out of the 8 participating clubs (and both beat our local rivals Dorking & Mole Valley AC!).

Alice Smith 200m  Moray Laing Javelin

(Alice Smith and Moray Laing in action at a recent SCVAC T&F League)

With this competition, our participation in a joint team in the Southern Athletics League and the various leagues for Juniors, I think we can truly say we are moving to being a club for all disciplines, not just running.

Summer Evening 10k 2018

My thanks to all the 50+ people who volunteered at the Summer Evening 10k earlier this month. Another hugely successful event, with nearly 500 entries and nothing but compliments received. The accounts have not yet been finalised, but it looks like the race has made a significant contribution to club funds yet again, and has also successfully raised our profile with the local community.

Special thanks to Race Director Wayne Chappell and Race Consultant Moray Carey for all their hard work before, during and after the event.

Volunteering

I make no apologies for returning to the topic of volunteering, as having insufficient volunteers available poses a significant risk to the club. Although the Summer Evening 10k demonstrated what we can do as a club, we are still reliant on a relatively small group of members, parents, parents of former members and friends to keep the club running, organise events and take part in all the competitions we do.

Volunteering opportunities currently available include:

  • Race Director of the Priory Relays, which are held in Priory Park in early November
    • This is probably the simplest of the 3 races that we organise, with both Gavin Lawrence and Ian Martin available to assist and guide the person who takes on the role
  • Assisting the Committee with marketing of the club, both internally and externally
    • Somebody with experience and access to PhotoShop would be particularly welcome!
  • Organisation of senior social events and assisting with the annual senior awards evening
  • Longer term, Team Manager of the RPAC team for the Ebbisham Boys League for 2019
    • Thanks to Sam Jenner who has been doing this role for the last few years, but her sons are now moving into higher age groups, so will no longer be competing in this league
    •  Realistically needs to be a parent whose son(s) will be competing in this league next year

If you want any further information about any of these roles or want to put your name forward, please contact me in the first instance (see e-mail version of this update for all contact details).

Please remember that if you want our club to improve and continue to provide the opportunity to participate in all aspects of athletics, then we need people to contribute in many ways, not simply sit on the sidelines and wonder why nothing is happening!

Men's Captain

Steve Bass (Men's Captain) and Ronnie Murray (Men's Vice-Captain) are leaving the club to take on new challenges elsewhere in the world (New Zealand and Canada respectively). My thanks to both of them for their hard work and commitment to the men's team.

With immediate effect, Tom Almond is appointed as Men's Captain, assisted by Fran Dunham and Rick Coles as Vice-Captains. Tom, Fran and Rick can be contacted via e-mail.

Beat Box Hill 5k, 30th September 2018

We have been offered 2 free places in this new race, down and up the (closed) zig-zags on Box Hill. If you want to put your name forward for one of these places, please e-mail Ginevra as soon as possible and definitely before Tuesday 7th August.

You must have volunteered in some way in the last year to be eligible, but as long as you satisfy that criteria, the successful applicants will be decided by a draw.

Membership

If you haven't already renewed your membership or told Paul Chandler you are resigning from the club, please either pay and / or contact Paul Chandler as soon as possible (via e-mail).

Summary Minutes

The summary minutes for both May and June are now available (website login required).

I hope everybody has a good summer, please look out for details of a social event in early September for the whole club and e-mails about the remaining Track & Field events and road races over the next 2 months.

Malcolm Woodman

YDL Wormwood Scrubs, 21 July 2018

YDL Wormwood Scrubs, 21 July 2018

The last of this seasons Lower Age Group YDL matches took place on Saturday at the Linford Christie Stadium in Wormwood Scrubs.

With most taking part in two or three events, there were a number of new PB's and highly placed finishes from the RPAC athletes.

For Joely Watkinson there was an excellent throw of 21m31 in the U15 Javelin. A new PB and 1st place on the day. Joely also ran a good 1500m finishing 3rd. Francesca Manrow continued a great run of PB'S this season by improving her 150m time and her clearance in the high jump. Eva Peters had another Long Jump PB with 4m11.

Barton Carter returning to action after a lengthy break finished 2nd in the U15 Long Jump,  Zara Watkinson had a 3rd place finish in the U13 1200m and Joel Manrow was 3rd in the U15 800m.

Thanks go to Anita Evered for putting together the team entry and to David Manrow for overseeing the team on the day.

Pictures from the Linford Christie Stadium:

Welcome to the Junior section

This site aims to inform youngsters and their parents or guardians about the junior side of the club and will include what’s on, results, photographs, coaching days, who are the coaches and much more.

Reigate Priory Athletic Club Junior Section provides training, coaching and competition in all forms of athletics (track & field, cross-country and road running) for anyone aged between 8 and 17, at all levels from beginner to national standard, within a supportive and friendly environment. We welcome people of all abilities, whether you just fancy ‘having a go’, want to compete at local level or have aspirations to compete in major national championships. We have a full programme of training throughout the year to suit all abilities. We do though ask that members are committed to representing the Club. We are a local athletics club not an after school club. The Coaches are club members who want to see the Club put out large and strong teams in all the Junior competitions and leagues we participate in.

We have a large and very successful junior section that is growing year on year. There are approximately 150 junior members, encompassing a wide range of ability, experience and level of ambition. We consistently have Athletes representing Surrey at both cross country and track and field events at various age groups.

All members receive structured coaching in a number of different training groups. The sessions are led by UK Athletics qualified coaches who have been on child protection courses and have been DBS checked. The club has also achieved full 'Club Mark' status.

The Club is very popular and is currently oversubscribed and having to operate a waiting list.

Training

Junior training takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday morning. See the Coaching and Training page for more details.

What we expect of juniors

All we ask is that the juniors enjoy themselves, keep smiling, listen to the coaches and stick to our Junior Code of Conduct.

The coaches

The coaches ensure that the training suits the runner’s ability and they will help you improve and achieve you goals.

The juniors are well looked after by our coaches who adhere to our club’s Code of Conduct for Coaches. UK Athletics also produce a Junior Sport Fact sheet for coaches and a Checklist for coaches that show how a training session should be run. 

As well as coaching juniors on a Tuesday evening and Saturday mornings, some of the coaches have also worked in local schools and have successfully coached the Reigate & Banstead District Athletics Team at the Surrey Youth Games.