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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