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YDL Dartford 19th May 2018

YDL Dartford 19th May 2018

Some of the RPAC athletes at Dartford:


The latest match in the YDL took place in Dartford on Saturday. A good turnout of athletes despite the clash with the Royal Wedding saw several come away with new Personal Best's.

Anyone called Francesca had a particularly good day with a 100% return of PB'S! For Frankie Evered they came in the 100m, 200m, with a time of 28.2, and in the Shot, and for Francesca Manrow in the 150m and in the 800m where Francesca took her time down to 2.44.0. There were two PB's for Eva Peters, in the 75m with a speedy 10.9 and in the 150m with 21.8 and Eva only narrowly missed her best long jump distance.

There were two personal best's for Lucy Dénecé - a big one in her 1200m time where she took 1st place with a fast 4.07.8 and a throw of 14.53m in the Javelin earning her 2nd place in that event.

Alessia Turner had a good afternoon with a PB in the long jump, 3m.65, a good 75m and a first 1200m run in an impressive 4.25.2.

In the U15B's 1500m Noah Young ran a PB time of 5.03.1. Fellow U15 Joel Manrow competed well with good results in the 300m and 800m. George Evered as ever earned good points competing in three events, the U13B'S 100m and 200m sprints and in the Shot.

Others competing well at events for the first time included Samuel Stapley with an excellent 2.35.3 in the U13B's 800m, Zack Lovegrove with great efforts in the 100m, 200m and long jump, and Lily Woodhams with a good first 800m.

The afternoon ended with a spectacular 4 x100m relay by the U13G'S (Francesca Manrow, Alessia Turner, Lily Woodhams, Eva Peters) who finished with the equal third  fastest time of 59.8. (Out of 7 U13G'S relay teams).

Thanks go to Anita Evered for managing the team and to our UKA Official Ivan Barrett for giving up his Saturday to officiate so many of the events.

The next Lower Age Group (U15/U13) YDL match is at Eltham on Sunday 17th June.

Pictures from Dartford:


Surrey Track and Field Championships, Kingston 12th/13th May 2018

Surrey Track and Field Championships, Kingston 12th/13th May 2018

Two days of intense competition at the Surrey Track and Field Championships in Kingston saw a healthy return of precious metals as the club's young athletes came home with nine medals. Including four Gold.

Saturday saw George Evered picking up another PB in the heats of the U13 200m whilst in the U15 200m Vicky Wilkes breezed through the heat and semi final with a healthy PB in the heat, to take the Bronze Medal in the U15 Girls 200m Final! Although going out in the semi final, U15 Ellie O'Donovan picked up a new 200m PB, doubling up on Sunday with a 100m PB in the heats of the 100m. In the U15 Girls 800m heats Eva Marsh just missed out on progressing to the final but kept up her record of a PB in all three of her 800m races this year!

As the rain set in through the afternoon, Katie Mackison stepped up for the U17W'S Javelin Final and with a throw of 37.72m won her thrd consecutive Surrey Championships Gold Medal!

Vicky in the final and Katie:

With Gusie Lewis (winning his 800m heat) and in the 1500m's Matthew Pickering and Lucy Dénecé safely navigating their heats to return for Sunday's finals, the U17W'S 800m Final was held on Saturday. Outstanding racing from Lucy Broderick and Emiko Salvi saw them finish with Gold for Lucy and Bronze for Emiko. A Season's Best time of 2.18..26 for Lucy and a PB of 2.20.78 for Emiko.

Lucy, Emiko and Gusie:


Sunday saw much better weather and Gusie picked up a PB with 2.28.2 in the U13 800m Final coming home in 7th place.

Another big medal for Anousha Wardley! With a clearance of 3.0m Anousha won Gold in the U20W's Pole Vault. Around the same time, Poppy Wardley picked up Silver in the U20W'S 1500m with a Season's Best time.

Anousha and Poppy with their medals:

Drew Burridge continued his fine run of PB'S in the U17 400m with a time of 55.92 in the heat. For Lily Grant there was the disappointment of disqualification in the 300mH with no second chance for a false start.

Out on the field, Lily Cain-Jones had recorded a huge PB throw of 32.36m in the U15 Javelin Final and this proved good enough to win the Gold Medal against tough opposition.

Lily with her Gold and Drew in his 400m:


Back on the track meanwhile, having narrowly missed qualification for the U15 800m final despite finishing second in her heat (five heats, only the winner of each guaranteed a final place), Frankie Evered was continuing her run of PB'S in the U15 300m. With a time of 44.34 Frankie won her heat with ease and returned to finish 5th in the Final.

Frankie in the 300m final:

Now late into the afternoon. the middle distance finals started. 

Emiko Salvi was back to take part in a gruelling  U17W'S 3000m. With a trademark surge over the last 300, Emiko ran a big PB time of 10.34.18 to pick up a Silver Medal to add to her collection. Her time moves her up to 20th quickest in the UK at the time of writing.

Matthew Pickering was next and was another to pick up a PB with 4.49.66 seeing him also finish with a Silver Medal in the U13 boys 1500m - and ranked 16th in the UK!

Yet another PB was to come! Lucy Dénecé took 11 seconds off her previous best to finish 7th in the U13 girls 1500m Final with a time of 5.12.80. This sees Lucy into the top 30 in the UK ranking for the event.

I make that 4 Gold's, 3 Silvers and two Bronze Medals!

Emiko, Matthew and Lucy (First pic is Matthew finishing in 2nd place):



Finish of the U17W'S 3000m:

Frankie and Eva line up for their U15 800m heat:




Lily B League, Ewell, Saturday 5th May 2018

Lily B League, Ewell, Saturday 5th May 2018

A  hot and sunny day meant this year's first Lily B League match of the season took place in ideal conditions at Ewell on Saturday. Bolstered by a large contingent of Under 11's, the RPAC team enjoyed a good day competing in track and field events.

There were many notable performances, including from several athletes competing in the league for the first time. Amongst so much potential shown by the under elevens, the older girls didn't disappoint and the Under 17's had some particularly outstanding results. In the 300m hurdles Lily Grant and Katie Mackison both achieved personal best's. Lily's time takes her to number 2 in the club's records for the event (behind Sophie Elliss who at U17 represented England at hurdles in the Schools International in 2015). For Katie there was also a PB and new club record (again!) in the javelin with a throw of 40.25 metres. Katie is now ranked 3rd in the UK for the event. Lucy Broderick won the U17 800m by a distance with a seasons best time of 2.19.9. 

All three girls are now set up nicely for next weekend's Surrey Championships.

Katie at Ewell after breaking the 40m barrier and Lucy winning the 800m


Highlights amongst the under 15's included two PB's for Eva Marsh, in the 800m and the long jump, and a first league appearance by Jasmine Foster who performed well in the long jump, shot and 800m. The 800m race completed despite losing a shoe at the start when someone trod on her heel. Jasmine ran the whole race with a shoe missing!

Under 15's Erin Taylor--Benson in the High Jump and 800m, and Imogen Gregory in the Long Jump and 1500m also performed well in their first league outings. There was another good double from Joely Watkinson with a fast 1500m time and a good throw of over 18m in the Javelin.

Amongst the Under 13 highlights were two PB's for Francesca Manrow, in the 200m and the discus, and two fast races run by Shakila Keable in the 200 and the 800m's. We were spoilt for choice in the 200m with Ella Scrase and Jessica Basnett also competing. Both Ella and Jessica also took part in the long jump. Caitlin Evans was our U13 100m runner with a time table clash with long jump meaning Jessica missed out. Lucy Dénéce and Zara Watkinson doubled up in the 1500m and Javelin with good results.

Ella in the long jump:

Zara and Lucy in the U13 1500m:


We had U11'S competing in the 75m, the 600m and in the long jump.

Yasmin Badawi had a particulaly good day, competing in all three events with 2.90 in the long jump, 12.0 in the 75m and 2.09.6 for the 600m. Others to do especially well in the 75m were Imogen Wheeler with a time of 11.9 and Harriet Thynne with 12.1. In the 600m there were particularly good times run by Holly Elliott with 2.08.1 and Daisy O'Brien with 2.09.6 (the same time as Yasmin). Harriet also had one of the leading scores in the long jump with 2.86 with Imogen jumping 2.65 and Amelie Lawrence, 2.50 and Emily Sheard with 2.49 also doing well.

Ruthie Lewis ran a good 600m race on her eighth birthday! Our youngest competitor.

The U11'S also ran a fantastic 4 x 100m relay!


Thanks as ever go to those parents who helped with the officating and especially to Kirsten Mackison for managing the team. This involved Kirsten running to and from the scorers office on many occasions to amend/update our team sheet with changes and late entries.

The next Lily B League match is in Croydon on Saturday 2nd June. Let Kirsten know as soon as you like if you want to compete!

More pics from Ewell:

Katie sets new U17W'S Javelin Club Record

Katie sets new U17W'S Javelin Club Record

Katie Mackison has started the summer in top form!

Having set a new U17W's club record for the Javelin with a throw of 37.94m at the recent Haywards Heath Harriers Open Meeting, Katie produced an even longer throw at the YDL meeting in Eltham on Sunday. In winning her event with a throw of 39.65m Katie increased her own club record, had a new PB and has achieved the entry standard for the English Schools Track and Field Championships being held in Birmingham in July. She is currently ranked 4th in the UK for U17W'S Javelin.

Katie (file pic!)

YDL Battersea 21 April 2018

YDL Battersea 21 April 2018

Summer arrived early at Battersea Park on Saturday and a good turnout by the RPAC U13/U15 boys and girls saw them involved in an exciting afternoon of competitive athletics.

While several were competing in events for the first time, there were plenty taking advantage of the perfect conditions to record some impressive personal best performances.

Joely Watkinson had a good day! Running with great maturity in the U15 1500m Joely came through the field to take the lead on the bell. Holding off a determined attack on the home straight, Joely stayed strong to win in a time of 5.23.39. A massive PB. She went on to take third place in the Javelin with another big PB throwing 19.72m.

Noah Young also PB'd in his U15 1500m race to finish in fourth place and had a PB in the long jump. In the U13 1500m Matthew Pickering led for most of the way in a race that saw 1st and 2nd finish well clear of the rest. Pipped over the final 100m, Matthew still claimed his second 1500 PB of the month and his time of 4.49.70 is top ten in the UK at the time of writing. The U13 girls race 1200m in this league and there were good performances from Lucy Dénecé who finished 2nd in the A Stream and Zara Watkinson who was 2nd in the B Stream. Both went on to record good throws in the Javelin.

The 800m races saw our U15G's Frankie Evered and Eva Marsh take 1st and 2nd thereby winning both the A and B streams and for Eva it was a new PB. Frankie went on to record  a fast 45.23 in the 300m taking second place with a PB and also PB'd in the shot for good measure! In the U13 800's Francesca Manrow and Alessia Turner were third and fourth with Alessia improving her PB by five seconds. Joel Manrow PB'd in the U15 800 finishing fifth in the A stream with Oscar Curry second in the B stream. Gus Lewis ran well and took second in the U13 800 then PB'd in the Shot, and in his first race, Harry Taylor came home fourth in the B stream 800.

Caitlin Holloway was another to have a good day with PB's in both the long jump and shot. Caitlin also ran a good 150m race. George Evered doubled up in the U13 sprints with two good races including a PB for the 200m and he had a new PB in the Shot. In the U15 sprints Barton Carter also doubled up with two good efforts and came 2nd in the long jump. 

Lily Cain-Jones was 2nd in the U15 Javelin recording a throw of 24m.98.

Numerous athletes took part in two or three events like Iris McAuliffe who competed well in the 100m, high jump and shot. Like Iris, others too were first timers at their event including Sam Froggatt in the U15 100m, and Joe Walker U15 800m and they all put in good performances.

As ever we are indebted to Anita Evered for managing the team so brilliantly and to Simon Evered for his officiating and to the parents who helped him.

Update from the Chair, April 2018

Update from the Chair, April 2018

Club AGM, Monday 23rd April 2018

I'll start this month by reminding everyone that it is the club AGM this coming Monday, 23rd April. 6.30 pm for 7 pm at the YMCA Sovereign Centre, Slipshatch Road, Reigate.

One major item on the agenda is a discussion about volunteering, and how we  can encourage members and parents to volunteer on a more regular basis. This topic will be introduced with a presentation, which is available on the website for you to preview - please see the e-mail version of this update for the link.

This presentation includes the result of a recent brainstorm by your committee, some of the options may appear to be somewhat unpalatable to many members and parents! I would therefore encourage everyone to look at the presentation and to attend the AGM to provide your feedback and suggestions.

On the topic of volunteering, please note that we will need at least 2 new people to stand for election to the committee, as both Christian Froggatt and Ronnie Murray are standing down as of the AGM. My thanks to both of them for their service to the club.

Finally, I am also aware that the club constitution as it currently stands does not give the parents / guardians of our junior members the ability to vote at the AGM, unless they are a full member in their own right. Thus it is currently possible for the senior members to agree changes to the club with very limited input from the junior section and junior academy. I would welcome feedback from the junior section / junior academy, either before or at the meeting, as to whether this is an acceptable situation. To give me feedback before the meeting, simply reply to my e-mail.

Southern Athletics League

A mixed junior and senior team of over 10 athletes competed at the Southern Athletics League match last Saturday, helping the combined Dorking / Holland Sports / RPAC team to 2nd place, only just behind the winners Cambridge Harriers.

Apologies that I can't mention everyone, but there were 1st place finishes for all of Lucy Broderick (twice), Jo Davey, Emelye Kenyon-Brown, Anousha Wardley and Drew Burridge, whilst it was really good to see Colin Kloes reliving his youth in the sprints (rather than his more recent endurance events).


Congratulations to all the club members who have competed in the recent Brighton, Manchester and Paris marathons. Highlights from these are Max Olive's 2:56 at Brighton and Kate Knight completing her 50th marathon in the same race.

Good luck to the many members who are running in London this Sunday (22nd), I hope the weather cools down a bit before then (which I didn't think I would be saying just 1 week ago!). This will be Kate's 51st marathon, 1 week after Brighton.

Jimmy James Handicap

Finally, congratulations to Anthony Collins, who won the Jimmy James Handicap 2017/18 by just 1 point from Bethany Higgins. Commiserations to Bethany, who had established a commanding lead after the first 4 races, but was unable to run the last 2 through injury.

Malcolm Woodman

Holly Run banner

Christmas is coming and it’s time once again to join us for the 2017 Holly Run.

Reigate Priory Athletics Club have hosted this event for the last 34 years. There are races for all ages starting from 8 years and this is your chance to join previous race winners/participants such as Mo Farrah and Scott Overall.

Last year we had glorious sunshine, once the early morning mist had cleared (photo below is start of the U11 race), but you should also be prepared for mud and occasionally snow, it’s a true cross country experience!

Before and after the race you, your family and friends can relax in the warm with hot drinks and home made cakes, whilst watching the post race presentations.

We hope you can join us, entries are now open via the Holly Run website: www.hollyrun.com

Holly Run 2016 U11 Girls start v2