rpac banner v2

Recent Volunteers

Volunteers @ MABAC race, 3rd March 2019

Andrew Bamford, Antony Read, Bev Baker, Claire Humphrey, Colin Kloes, David Neumann, Donna Barrington Smith, Frank O'Regan, Gillian O'Regan, Ian Crouch, Ian Edmonds, Ian Moore, Janet Moore, Jas Dhanda, Liz Clark, Malcolm Woodman, Michael Stanley, Mike Scott (and Darcy!), Nat Wilson, Paul Chandler, Paul Sapsard (RPAC runner numbers), Stewart McIntyre, Usha Stevens, Wayne Chappell (wheels!)

Volunteers @ The Holly Run, 16th December 2018

Adam Woodman, Adrian Bowden, Alice Smith, Andrew Bamford, Annette Morris, Anthony Read, Ashleigh Burridge , Carl Bragg, Carol Orchard, Caroline Wheatley, Christian Froggett, Claire Humphrey, Dan Bartley, Dave Lovegrove , Dave Rayner, David Harris , David Littlemore , Donna Barrington-Smith , Fiona Gent, Gavin Lawrence, Gayle Dexter, Ginevra Stoneley, Helen Fulker, Ian Martin, Ian Moore , Ian Thomas , Janet Moore, Jas Dhanda, Jo Davey, Kate Knight, Leanne Sandifer , Malcolm Woodman, Matt Aylott, Mel Fulton-Bell, Michael Stanley, Mike Pocock, Mike Scott, Mike Smith , Mine Gent, Moray Carey, Naomi Jones, Nat Wilson, Paddy Patrick, Paul Walters, Rob Morgan , Ruth Willis, Ryan English , Sam Burnett, Sarah Walters, Sonia Galloway, Steve Watkins, Stewart McIntyre, Sue Carnell, Tom Coombe, Wayne Chappell

Volunteers @ Summer BBQ, 11th September 2018

Claire Humphrey, Ian Edmonds, Ralph Tuckwell, Sarah Walters, Usha Stevens

Volunteers @ YDL, 21st July 2018

David Manrow, Sue Peters, Anita Evered

Volunteers @ Lily B, 25th August 2018

Ellis Cain-Jones, Fiona Gent, Mike Gent, Kirsten Mackison, David Manrow, Dave Mills, Mark Peters, Julia Woodhams

A band of 6 plucky RPAC runners set out from Bell Street Car Park on a chilly Sunday morning into the wilds of Surrey to take part in the Winterfold Forest MABAC event. When I say the wilds of Surrey, it really is wild; Winterfold Forest is in the middle of nowhere! We drove out through Shere and kept going - for miles. The road climbed steadily (I am reliably informed by some cycling friends that this is the longest climb in Surrey) and became increasingly narrow.

At last we spotted a sign that said "MABAC" and then began the hunt for somewhere to park. Half a mile up the road Malcolm spotted a pull-in and we managed to squeeze two cars into it before joining the throng of other runners walking back towards the start.

Ian Edmonds raised the excitement level by spotting a creature that couldn't be identified - was it a red squirrel or a stoat, or possibly even a polecat? Who knows? We were joined at the start by Mike Scott and Sonia Galloway who had come direct to the forest, bringing our intrepid band up to 8.

The race is a challenging (i.e. hilly) two lap course through the forest and comprises just over 5 miles. It started with a downhill that was over too quickly, followed by a short undulating section and a very long downhill mostly on tarmac. This afforded us a great opportunity to get our breathing back under control before starting the long uphill slog - and it really is long! Most of it is pretty gradual and on trails, but there is a short section of perhaps 50m that reduces most people to a walk. The first lap finishes with a bit more undulation and the second lap finishes by going back up the start slope.

First home for the RPAC men was Mike fresh from a trail marathon in Dorset, followed by Andrew "Paddy" Patrick, Michael Stanley, Andrew Bamford, Malcolm and Ian. The ladies team was smaller and comprised of just Sonia and Gillian O'Regan on her first outing in the MABAC League.

Despite the small turnout (we were the smallest club by some distance, DMVAC had 72 runners out) we weren't last and finished in a creditable 7th place.

The next MABAC fixture is at Farnham Park on 19th May. It would be really good if we could field a bigger team at that event.

New local races

Information about 2 new races locally in May and June. 2 free places are available for club members at the Running Grand Prix Running Grand Prix - Sunday 26th May The club has been offered 2 free places at this event at Mercedes-Benz World. "Runners...

YMCA Fun Run - Sunday 5 May 2019

Reigate Priory AC is delighted to support the YMCA Fun Run, we normally have a large turnout of club members across all the races. An ideal preparation race for our own Summer Evening 10k on Wednesday 3rd July! The YMCA Fun Run is 20 years old!...

#gocoach from England Athletics

Yesterday saw the launch of #gocoach, a fantastic new campaign from England Athletics hoping to attract 10,000 new athletics coaches and run leaders by 2020. Coaches are essential to the survival of our wonderful sport and we’re asking if you could...

Surrey Cross-Country League Sponsorship

The Surrey League X-C now has a new sponsor: Start Fitness, who also own More Miles. Start Fitness are offering discounts to all members of affiliated clubs, 30% off at More Miles and 10% at Start Fitness. Discount codes are available on the "...