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10 PB's on a Hot Night At K2

10 PB's on a Hot Night At K2

With the temperature still around 30° in the early evening at the Crawley AC Open Meeting on Wednesday, there were a string of PB performances by RPAC youngsters.

Our U17 men had a good night with Joe Jenner picking up a PB in the 100m, Patrick Florida-James a PB in the 1500m and whilst not a PB, there was a good display of high jumping from Owen Knowles who cleared 1.60.

With eight from the club entering the graded 1500m races, four picked up Personal Best times. As well as Patrick, there was a big PB by Pippa Roessler who broke through the 4.50 barrier emphatically to record 4.47.1. Gusie Lewis and Eva Marsh also ran their fastest 1500m's to date. A mention for Matthew Pickering too who led from the start in his race to finish first, albeit just outside the time he ran three days earlier at Battersea.

Our 1500m runners swelter before their races:

In the U13B'S there were two PB'S for Lucas Church-Wood, one in the 100m and one in the long-jump and Dan Statham also doubled up with PB'S in the U15B's long jump and high jump. Harry Peters ran a fast 150m in the U11'S to register our tenth PB of the night.

Another strong showing from our dedicated UK Athletics Officials as well and we are grateful to Donna, Naomi, Ivan and Ian for giving up another evening to make the event possible.

YDL Battersea, 18th June 2017

YDL Battersea, 18th June 2017

The third of this seasons U15 and U13 YDL fixtures saw us return to Battersea on a hot, hot Sunday. Another fifth place finish to match our result in the last match at Hillingdon.

Needless to say Barton Carter features heavily again! Barton took 1st place in each of his three events winning the U13B's 100m, 200m and long jump with a new PB in the 100 and equalling his PB in the long jump. Another U13 with a great run of results in this year's YDL is Eva Peters. Competing in the 75m, 150m and long jump, Eva had three 3rd place finishes, each one a new PB!

Staying with the U13G'S, there was another 1st place for Lucy Dénecé in the 1200m with Zara Watkinson taking 3rd place in the B string.  Francesca Manrow had two PB's, in the 75m and the long jump. Eva Marsh was 3rd in the 800m and Francesca took 3rd place in the B string of the 800.

Along with Barton in the U13B'S there were impressive results from Freddie Fowler, 2nd in the 1500m and Matthew Pickering 3rd with a PB. That meant Matthew won the B string as the A's and B's ran together. Oscar Curry finished 3rd in the 800m. George Evered picked up a PB in the Shot finishing 3rd.

Highlights amongst our U15 contingent were 1st place in the Javelin for Lily Cain-Jones with another big throw. 25.56m! Joely Watkinson won the B string with a PB throw of 14.19m. Joely also competed in her first 1500m finishing a very creditable 4th. In the 800m Frankie Evered cruised serenely round to win by a big margin in a fast time and Amanda Stapley ran a strong race to win the B string. Frankie also PB'd in the Shot. For the boys there were good results in the discus with Charlie Jenner 3rd, throwing a big PB, and in the B string, Tomos Knowles 2nd.

Four first timers put in excellent performances too. Sam Froggatt was 2nd in the U13B'S 200m B string, whilst Thomas Dickman competed in the high jump where he cleared 1m 20 and in the 100m. Mia Gill jumped 3.82 in the U15G'S long jump, and in the U13G's Anya Gill ran well in the 75m and in the 4 x100m relay.

Amongst many parents who wilted in the heat assisting the officials, a special mention for Simon Evered who seemed to be officiating at every event throughout the day! Maybe he's a triplet?

Southern Athletics League, Tooting Bec

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...

Tessa Wardley

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Lily, Lucy and Katie compete in Inter-Counties, Basingstoke 17 June 2017

Lily, Lucy and Katie compete in Inter-Counties, Basingstoke 17 June 2017


Lily, Katie and Lucy at Basingstoke for Surrey Schools.


On the strength of their achievements at last week's Surrey Schools Track and Field Championships, three young athletes from RPAC represented Surrey Schools at the South East Schools Inter-Counties match in Basingstoke on Saturday.

Katie Mackison, true to form, won the Javelin competition with a throw of 35.83m.

In the 800m, competing against the current UK number 2, Lucy Broderick ran a big PB to finish 2nd in a time of 2.17.5. This time means Lucy is now the second highest ranked Surrey U15G 800m runner. (In this race, she finished ahead of the current Surrey No1).

For Lily Grant there was a fourth place finish in the 75mH with a time of 12.35. Just outside her PB. Lily also competed  in the Shot which gave her a good workout ahead of next weekend's South East Schools Combined Events Championships when she will again be representing Surrey Schools.



Silver in the Southern 3000m for Pippa

Silver in the Southern 3000m for Pippa

Competing at Crystal Palace in the SEAA Southern Track and Field Championships on Sunday, Pippa Roessler had a great run in the U15 3000m finishing in 2nd place.

Having competed the day before in the Surrey Schools T&F Championships at 1500m, this was a doubly impressive effort by Pippa! 

Pippa on the Podium with her Southern 3000m Silver Medal:


Surrey Schools T&F Championships, Kingston 10 June 2017

Surrey Schools T&F Championships, Kingston 10 June 2017

A day of high quality athletics saw another clutch of medals won by RPAC athletes.

Having qualified for the Championships by competing for their schools in the district trials, the competition was fierce with the ultimate aim being selection to the Surrey team for the English Schools Track and Field Championships in July.

There were GOLD medals for Lucy Broderick in the 800m, Katie Mackison in the Javelin and Anousha Wardley in the High Jump. Lily Grant won her heat in the 80mH going on to take the BRONZE medal in the final.

In the 1500m finals, there were 4th place finishes for Felix Vaughan and Pippa Roessler. Both are in the younger year of their age group so will have high hopes of medals next year.

Others to reach the final of their events were Abi Horsfall 200m,  Maddy Pullen 300m,  Amelia Watson 80mH and Abbie Owen in the 800m.

The top two in each event have won selection to the Surrey team for a South East Inter-Counties T&F match in Basingstoke, Hampshire this Saturday.

Katie, Lucy, Lily and Anousha at their medal ceremonies:

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.


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.