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Surrey Track & Field Championships, Kingston, 11th 12th May 2019

Surrey Track & Field Championships, Kingston, 11th 12th May 2019

Two days of quality athletics at the Surrey County Track and Field Championships in Kingston saw 18 RPAC Juniors compete against the best in Surrey.

There were a host of PB's, some in both (!) heat and final,  a clutch of medals, and for everyone who competed, a great experience and the satisfaction of having been there and come through the test. Three even doubled up with a track and a field event; Eva Marsh,  Lucy Dénecé and Alessia Turner.

In the U17 Javelin it was Gold and Silver for RPAC with Katie Mac adding to her personal hoard of Gold clearing 40m and Lily Cain-Jones taking the Silver with a new PB 36.55. Both girls are in the top 20 in the UKA rankings! Pretty Awesome!  Alessia Turner threw a PB too to come away with Bronze in the U13G'S Javelin. 

After an injury hit season last year, Barton Carter announced his return with a huge leap in the U15B'S Long Jump! Barton jumped 5m.26, a massive PB and good enough for the Silver Medal.

In the U17B's high jump, Dan Statham equalled his PB with 1.65m and finished 5th.

Completing our list of Field event competitors, Lily Woodhams jumped with great panache to equal her PB of 3m99 in the U13G'S Long Jump Final and finish 7th. Eva Marsh was 9th in the U15G'S Long Jump Final and Lucy Dénecé  came 7th in the Final of the U15G'S Javelin.

On the track Vicky Wilkes came through her heat to finish 5th in the U17W'S 200m Final.

Drew Burridge also won through to his final in the U17B'S 400m, also taking 5th place.

Eva Peters missed her events on Saturday through illness but ran well on Sunday in the U15G'S 100m.

Oscar Curry, Samuel Stapley and Shakila Keable all came through their heats of the 800m's with new PB's. For Samuel there was an even bigger PB (6 seconds) in the final of the U13B's 800m where his time of 2.20.53 saw him finish 4th. At the time of writing, 18th fastest in the UK this year! It also places Samuel 2nd in the club records beating all his predecessors back to Tom Drew in 1991! Another 1/2 a second Samuel...

Shakila also had her biggest PB in the final going under the 2m.30 mark with 2.28.36 in taking 5th place in the U13G'S.  A top 25 time in the UK for Shakila! Oscar has been having a great season and after a big PB in his heat ran almost the same time finishing 6th in the U15B'S  800m final.

There were PB's in the heats for Lilah Unwin and Pollyanne Stott in the U13 800's, and Genevieve Alcock in the U15 1500m.

Gusie Lewis and Eva Marsh U15 800m's,  Lucy Dénecé U15 1500m, and Sam Rolaston U13 1500m and Alessia Turner U13 800m were all close to their best times in their heats.

Once again, several of the UKA Officials present over the two days were from RPAC and the competitors greatly appreciate the time and effort they put in to make the event happen.

Four 1st Places for RPAC Juniors at YMCA Fun Run, Reigate 5th May 2019

Four 1st Places for RPAC Juniors at YMCA Fun Run, Reigate 5th May 2019

Some outstanding racing by young RPAC Juniors saw four first place finishes in the Junior races at the annual YMCA Fun Run event held in Priory Park.

With trophies and money for the winners the races were all highly competitive. No more so than in the U16's where two runners broke away from the pack to battle hard in a sprint finish which saw Oscar Curry take 1st place. Gusie Lewis ran a good race too to come home 3rd.

In the U12 race Ollie Burnett was strong to be 1st boy home with Harry Peters 3rd boy.  Ollie and Harry pictured after the awards ceremony. 

It was a RPAC double in the U10's with Alastair Fordyce 1st boy and Jessica Randall 1st girl. A great run by Eve Goulding took 3rd place in the girls'.

YDL UAG, Medway - 5 May 2019

YDL UAG, Medway - 5 May 2019

A small but perfectly formed quartet of RPAC under 17s were the sole repesentatives of the composite Holland Sports/Reigate Priory team at the first Youth Development League - Upper Age Group fixture of the season.

The Medway Athletics Track in Gillingham clearly suited the foursome, as all produced personal bests. Most notably, Katie Mackison set a new club record in the Javelin at 44.89m, elevating herself to third place in the 2019 UK rankings and a spot in the UK 10 Target!

Drew Burridge set a new club record in the 400m with a dominant run of 53.17s, his third PB at this distance in the last three weeks. With everyone in attendance competing, warming up or officiating, we had to borrow the Photo Finish judge's image to illustrate his win!

medway photofinish u17 400m 5 5 2019

Katie and Drew were ably supported by first-year u17s Jake Chandler and Alex Collins. Jake produced double PBs with 13.12s in the 100m & 26.24s in the 200m. Alex stepped up to earn us some valuable points in the Triple Jump with 9.35m and equalled his PB with13.92s in a non-scoring 100m run.

A big thanks to Ian Crouch for spending the day judging field events and Ashley Burridge for manning the timekeepers' steps.

The next YDL-UAG fixture is at Mile End on Sunday, 26th May. Mile End's track was refurbished ahead of the 2012 Olympics to provide additional training facilities for visiting athletes.

YDL, Carshalton 27th April 2019

YDL, Carshalton 27th April 2019

This season's first Lower Age Group National YDL match took place on Saturday at The David Weir Leisure Centre in Carshalton.  With teams made up of U13 and U15 boys and girls there was a good turnout from RPAC leading to 3rd place in the six club match. Strong winds throughout affected all the events.

The leading performances on the day came from Francesca Manrow in the U15G'S and Alessia Turner in the U13G 's. Francesca came 1st in the discus with a PB and new club record throw of 20.07m! A big throw! She followed this up with PB's in the 300m (1st place A string) and in the 200m with a 3rd place (B string). To add to her points contribution to the team Francesca was part of the RPAC U15G'S 4 x 100m relay team that came home in 4th place in a time of 60.01.

Alessia also had PB's in each of her three events, these being in the 150m, the 1200m and the long jump and with two 2nds and a third place scored heavily for the team.

Eva Peters had a good PB in the U15 200m while Eva Marsh battled hard in the strong wind to lead all the way to win the 800m A race.  Isla Smith in her first appearance for the club, ran well to take 2nd place in the B string 800m race. Imogen Gregory also ran well in the 800. There were wins in the U15 Javelin A and B for Lucy Dénecé and Zara Watkinson who each picked up good points in their 1500m races too. Caitlin Holloway won the B string 300m in a quick time and had a PB in the Shot.

In the U15B's there were good points scored in the 800m with Oscar Curry winning the A string and Gusie Lewis the B. Gus also ran a quick 300m race. Joe Walker backed them up, running in the n/s 800.

A number of first timers in the YDL were amongst our U13 girls with Phoebe Bakker (70mH, 75m and Shot) and Imogen Wheeler (75m and 150m) performing well. For Lily Woodhams there was a PB in the 800m where she finished 2nd in the A string. Lily also picked up good points in the long jump and the 75m where she ran another PB. Pollyanne Stott was another first timer and ran a great 800m to finish 2nd in the B string.

There was excellent point scoring from our contingent of U13 boysl  Joel Lawrence won the high jump A string and was 3rd in the 1500m. Justin Collins won the B string high jump and came 3rd in both the 75mH and the long jump where he PB'd.  There were strong performances too from Harry Parsonage and Travis Bateman who scored good points. In the U13B 800m Samuel Stapley and Sam Rolaston took 1st place respectively in the A and B races with a PB for Samuel. 

Many thanks to David Manrow for managing the team and especially to Mike and Fiona Gent who spent the whole day compiling the results. As always we are also indebted to our contingent of highly experienced UKA officials who were also on duty all day.

Plenty more League action ahead over the summer.


Pics from the YDL:

Update from the Chair, April 2019

Update from the Chair, April 2019

Well, having thought I would be able to stand down as Chair, it appears that I have managed to get myself signed up for another 2 years!

malcolmwoodman12There were no candidates for the role at the AGM on Wednesday evening, so I have agreed to stay on (invoking the special clause in the constitution) for another term, but only on the basis that I will offload some of the activities I currently do onto others and there is a potential succession plan for 2 years time. 

In case there's anyone who doesn't know me, I've included my photo.


The full new committee for 2019/20 is:

  • Chair: Malcolm Woodman
  • Treasurer: Anthony Collins
  • Secretary: Ginevra Stoneley
  • Membership Secretary: Jas Dhanda
  • Committee members
    • Andrew Bamford
    • Ellis Cain-Jones
    • Mike Gent
    • Usha Stevens
    • Paul Walters

There is still one place vacant, as there were insufficient candidates for the 6 "ordinary" members of the committee. If there is a willing volunteer out there, please contact me as soon as possible, as we will be able to co-opt you onto the committee.

The changes to constitution were also agreed at the AGM, so a "Nominated Representative" of all junior members is now permitted to vote at future AGMs, and to stand for positions on the committee (with immediate effect). It would therefore be perfect if a parent or guardian of a current junior member is willing to stand for the vacant committee position!

Other decisions of note at the AGM:

  • To recognise those that have volunteered over the last year, a draw was made. The recipients of £25 vouchers were:
    • Claire Humphrey
    • Rob Morgan
    • Caroline Broderick
    • Rick Coles
  • Membership fees will remain unchanged for 2019/20
  • There was a lively discussion about the club awards, with a number of very interesting suggestions made about how to recognise participation and improvement as well as outstanding performances
  • For the seniors
    • A small group has been formed to investigate ways of re-invigorating the Grand Prix and Jimmy James
    • The Club Half Marathon Championship for 2019 will be run over 2 races in 2019 (Barns Green and Reigate), with the times merged from the two races

Finally Ian Martin talked through the achievements and outstanding actions under the 2014-19 Development Plan, which has now ended. The full document with comments is available on the website (login required). Going forward we are working with England Athletics to undertake an EA 360 Review of the club, Everyone will be involved in this review, either via a survey or more direct face-to-face conversations.

Finally, good luck to all our athletes running in London tomorrow, I hope the wind continues to drop and the rain stays away!

Malcolm Woodman

Lily B League, Epsom 22 April 2019

Lily B League, Epsom 22 April 2019

RPAC U11   4 x 100m relay team. Winners at Epsom!

Easter Monday saw the first Lily B League match of the summer and there were plenty of good performances from the  RPAC girls in the hot and sunny conditions. 

There were strong results amongst the U11's with most taking on two or three events. Leading the way in the 75m sprint was Eve Goulding with a speedy 11.4 seconds. A big PB for Eve! This was the second quickest time of the day. Kaia Hessey was not far behind finishing in 11.9. In the 600m Jessica Randall posted a quick time of 2.07.9 with Kaia again the second fastest from RPAC with 2.10.9. Emily Sheard in the long jump recorded an excellent 3.28 metres. Eve Goulding  had the next best jump from the RPAC contingent with 3.12 metres. Sophia Potter had a good afternoon competing well in all three events, 75 and 600m and long jump.

The day finished on a high with a scintillating win in the U11 4x100 relay!

In the U13's there were two PB's for Lily Woodhams coming in the 200m and the long jump where she was so close to 4 metres jumping 3.99! As ever, Lily picked up good points for the team running in the 800m as well to complete the maximum allowed, three events. Imogen Wheeler had a successful afternoon too with great performances in the 100 (14.3!) and 200m races and the long jump. Lilah Unwin and Florence Carter ran well in the 800m with Florence also doing well in the 200m. Both Izzie Young and Hattie Thynne performed well in the 100m and the long jump.

Eva Peters picked up a big PB in the U15 100m clocking 14.0 and there was a PB in the U17 Javelin for Lily Cain-Jones who threw a massive 34.67 metres. With Katie Mackison throwing 39.53 the girls took 1st place in both the A and the B string Javelin. 

Francesca Manrow ran a fast 47.5 seconds U15 300m and was strong in the discus. Amelia South was thrown into her first competitive 800m in the U15 A race and was undaunted as ever.

Some pics from Epsom:

A small group of 6 RPAC senior men competed in the annual South of the Thames 5 mile Team Race on Saturday, hosted by Kent AC at Beckenham Place Park.

Charl Jordaan (55th overall), Steve Bass (60th), Matt Aylott (88th) and Andy Walker (a welcome return from injury in 127th) formed the scoring team, finishing in 16th place out of the 40 teams. The teams who beat us included 5 (!) from Kent AC, and we beat many local rivals including SLH, so not a bad result. Paddy Patrick and Malcolm Woodman completed the RPAC runners in 213th and 218th respectively.

We all suffered the bad traffic to get to Beckenham Place Park.  Steve was driving Charl and Matt - and they got there less than ten minutes before the start, and only got numbers thanks to Andy bringing them to start line. Charl pinned his upside-down and Steve ended up running to the start line with one shoe in his hand - they showed no pity and they started a few seconds after, meaning he had to stop for 30 seconds or so in the first mile to do up his flapping shoe-laces... Still, it was good to get out and run among a quality field, on a cold but sunny day.

SoTT 5 mile 25th Nov 17