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Dan Equals U17B's High Jump Club Record - Crawley Open 20 April 2019

Dan Equals U17B's High Jump Club Record - Crawley Open 20 April 2019

In perfect athletics weather at the latest Crawley Open Meeting, Dan Statham  cleared 1m 65 in the High Jump to equal the U17 boys club record! Needless to say, a new PB for Dan. There was another good jump, in the U15 boys, by Rudi Haylock who cleared 1m 55. Both boys also produced good long jumps and Rudi, competing in his first meeting for RPAC, also ran in the 100m clocking 13.29.

Lily Grant was in good form competing in her first track event of the season coming home in a speedy 48.39 in the U17W's hurdles. 

Oscar Curry,  in his first U15B 800m of the season, came home in 1st place and secured a massive PB in the process with a time of 2.16.66. Amelia South was another athlete at her first meeting and ran well in the U15G'S 800m.

Three U13 boys had their first taste of the 1500m and all performed well. Outstanding was Samuel Stapley who came in 1st in a quick time of 5.01.54! With 14 in the race Sam Rolaston finished a very creditable 4th also with a quick time and Will John-Cox ran a consistent race finishing strongly. 

Max Orchard had his first track outing of the season winning the U11 600m comfortably in 1.57.28 just outside his PB.

 

Max and Oscar on their way to 1st place finishes. Sam, Samuel and Will after their first 1500's:

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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PB's and Club Records at Early Season Opens. Crawley 7 April and Woodford Green 30 March 2019

PB's and Club Records at Early Season Opens. Crawley 7 April and Woodford Green 30 March 2019

 

One of the most successful aspects of RPAC is our strong core of UK Athletics Officials who can be seen at so many of the events the club compete at. Today at the Crawley Early Season Track and Field Open Meeting was no exception. Amongst those on duty was Naomi Jones. Naomi is already a track judge and today was her first event as a Starter. She performed her role without a hitch (but as she was packing a couple of pistols I was never going to say different)!

Naomi at K2 

It was a great day for all the RPAC juniors who took this early opportunity for a track race. 

In the U17 Boys sprints, Drew Burridge won both the 300m and 150m with PB's in each and set new U17B's club records at each distance! Drew carrying on where he left off last year!

Drew winning at K2:

Another club record came in the U13 Girls 600m. Lilah Unwin ran a fantastic race to take a full 5 seconds off the existing club record and her time of 1.52.80 bodes well for her prospects at 800m later in the season.  Also shining in the 600m was U15B Oscar Curry who won against a strong line up in a PB time of 1.39.10 which places him 2nd in the club records for the U15B 600m.  Joe Walker ran well too to clock well under the 2min mark.

In the U15 Girls 600m both Lottie Burnett and Imogen Gregory had strong runs and quick times. 

Lilah lines up at the start of her 600m:

Oscar and Joe waiting for their race:

 

Lottie and Imogen at K2 in the U15G's 600m:

 

Running last weekend at the Woodford Green Open Meeting U13 Alessia Turner took an amazing 13 seconds off her 800m PB. Her time of 2.35.73, particularly when running at the end of March, so early in the track season, gives every reason for Alessia to be optimistic about the season ahead. 2.35 is fast at U13!

There are two league meetings ahead this month for the Juniors. The first of this seasons Lily B League matches for girls is on Easter Monday at Epsom. Then on Saturday 27th April the first Lower Age Group Youth Development League match (boys and girls, U15 and U13) takes place in Sutton.

 

 

South East Schools Inter-Counties XC Championships, Horsham 23 March 2019

South East Schools Inter-Counties XC Championships, Horsham 23 March 2019

There were plenty of new Surrey yellow vests on show as the Surrey Schools Year 7 and Year 8 cross country teams took on Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and Essex at the South East Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships.  Held at Christ's Hospital School near Horsham, the course was flat and fast on a firm grass surface and run in dry, sunny conditions. Selection is based on the results of the Surrey Schools Cross Country Championships held in January and entry to that race only comes with finishing high in the district races held before Christmas. 

First off was the year 7 girls race and a strong run by Shakila Keable saw her finish 18th out of 89 runners and help the Surrey team to a 1st place finish!

Three from RPAC had been selected for the Surrey Y7 boys team and Samuel Stapley,  Sam Rolaston and Will John-Cox performed well to help Surrey to 2nd place behind Hampshire. Samuel and Sam were close to each other all the way round to finish 23rd and 27th respectively,  again in a race with 89 runners.

Gus Lewis ran well in the year 8 boys race helping Surrey to a 4th place in the team results. 

Pictures from Sussex:

English Schools XC Championships, Leeds 16 March, 2019

English Schools XC Championships, Leeds 16 March, 2019

Two young runners from RPAC competed for Surrey last weekend in cold,  wet and muddy conditions at the English Schools XC Championships held near Leeds .

Both had won selection to the Surrey team on the strength of their performances in the district xc races in the autumn and then, having qualified for the Surrey Schools XC Championships in January, their high placed finishes in that race. 

Lucy Broderick,  running in the Inter-Girls race,  helped Surrey to 1st place in the team event. Lucy Dénecé, competing in the Junior girls race, was the 2nd Surrey runner home helping the team to finish in 6th place out of the 45 counties that took part. 

Great achievements by both girls!

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

I write this whilst waiting to see if the forecast snow falls overnight. We'll either wake up to a white world or nothing at all if the forecasters have got it wrong! Be careful when you're out running in this weather though, even if there's no snow it's bound to be icy.

At the the recent award's evening, I was delighted to be able to present the Ted Baker Award for 2018 to Mike Scott. Not only does Mike find time to train for ultra marathons, but he can be seen out early before every one of our races marking the course (dragging a wheelie bin of stakes behind him) and is also the Race Director for our annual Holly Run. In the latter role, Mike has halted the decline in entries and put the race on to a much sounder financial footing. A worthy recipient of the Ted Baker Award, congratulations Mike.

I'd like to take this opportunity to describe a number of future opportunities for every member, parent and friend of the club to get involved. More details will be sent out closer to each event, but please put the dates in your diary now if you think you are able to help. The list of roles is not exhaustive, your assistance will be required in other ways as well.

  • MABAC race, Priory Park, Sunday 3rd March
    • Marshals, finish funnel officials, first aiders
  • Youth Development League (Lower Age Group) match, Saturday 27th April
    • co-hosting with Holland Sport at K2
    • Field & track officials & helpers, scorers
  • London Marathon start, Sunday 28th April
    • Donna Barrington-Smith will once again be organising us
    • Meet & greet of runners before they enter the start
    • The marathon make a contribution to the club, and people who help normally get a t-shirt or similar
  • Southern Vets T&F League, Ewell, Monday 20th May
    • Co-hosting with Epsom & Ewell
    • Field & track officials & helpers, scorers
  • London Vitality 10k, Monday 27th May
    • For a number of years, Donna has also organised a small group of club members & friends to help at the start of this race. However, she has decided not to do so again this year
    • The opportunity still exists to help, for which the club receives a donation and the helpers get various "goodies"
    • For that to happen, we will need somebody to organise. If you want to know more about what this entails, please contact Donna by e-mail (see e-mail version of this update for address)

Turning to competition, congratulations to all our juniors who ran in the recent Surrey Schools cross-country championships, especially to Lucy Broderick and Lucy Dénecé, who have both qualified to compete for Surrey at the English Schools cross-country championships in March. Before then, they will be joined by another 7 RPAC juniors in the South East Inter-counties matches. Full reports on both the Surrey Schools and South of England championships have been posted on the website.

For the seniors, the men have their last Surrey League cross-country fixture on Saturday 9th February. The team are currently in 4th place (out of 9), so look well set to stay in Division 2 for another year. The ladies still have two fixtures remaining, following cancellation of the January event. At the moment the team are in 12th place, just out of the relegation places, so captain Nat Wilson is looking for a strong turnout in the remaining races to maintain or improve this position.

Staying with the seniors, we have recently created a "Rogue's Gallery" on the website, with the intent of allowing all seniors to post a photo of themselves. (Note that login to the website is required.) This will help us all recognise each other when we are out and about. To get yourself added to the gallery, please email a photo (preferably recognisable!) using the e-mail address on the website.

Rogues Gallery

 

Finally, summary minutes of the committee meetings in both November and December 2018 are now available (website login required).

Malcolm Woodman