Southern Athletics League Division 3SE - Sunday 19th May 2019
On a rather grey inclement day in Wimbledon Park, a small group of RPAC athletes joined Dorking & Mole Valley AC and Holland Sports to compete collectively in the Southern Athletics league (Div 3SE).
Dan Statham was first up making a giant leap of 1.63m in the men’s high jump. In a rather crowded ladies’ 800m field, Jo Davey delivered a decent run of 2 mins 23 seconds. Drew Burridge was in fine form as he confidently navigated the bends of the 400 metres against a very strong senior men’s field. Drew also ran a good 200m. Jo Davey was back again later on collecting a few points in the women’s 5000m against some some super speedy endurance specialists.
Last competitor of the day was a very dedicated Dave Rayner who stepped in at the last minute to run the men’s 3000 metres. Despite a tough field and rainy conditions, Dave still pulled out a very respectable 11 mins 18 seconds.
From the officials’ perspective, thanks also to Ashley Burridge for his excellent timekeeper skills on the track and Ivan Barrett for officiating in the field events.
No official results as yet, they will be published on the website when they are available.
Next meeting is in Lewes on Saturday 15th June.
Southern Veterans T&F League - Monday 20th May
On the following evening, it was the turn of the RPAC veterans, who met at the Epsom & Ewell track for the 2nd fixture in the Vets T&F League.
On the track, both Annette Morris (W60) and Mike Pocock (M60) doubled up at 800m and 3000m, with only a very short recovery between them. Highlight of these races was Mike's excellent 1st place in the 800m in 2:37.7, both Annette and Mike scored a significant number of points for the team. Ginevra Stoneley had an easy win in the W35 3000m, whilst Frank O'Regan and Paul Walters finished well up in the M35 and M50 3000m respectively. The final 800m runner was Dave Rayner (M50), fresh from his run in the SAL the day before, who once again showed a fine turn of speed in the finishing straight, overtaking his rival from Dorking & Mole Valley!
In the sprints, Ginevra warmed up for her 3000m with a speedy 200m, whilst Malcolm Woodman brought up the rear of the field in the M50 200m. The final track event was the 4 x 400m, where Frank, Dave, Paul and Malcolm made up the team, Mike being let off having only just finished his 3000m! Frank led out the team in a very fast 65.0, the others all ran in the mid 70's.
In the field, Moray Laing finished 2nd in the M50 shot put, once again showing his all round excellence in the throws. Ginevra and Malcolm also competed in the W35 long jump and M50 triple jump, scoring valuable points for the team.
Provisional results have the ladies finishing 5th out of 8 teams, whilst the men were 7th. Full results will follow as soon as they are available.
Once again, a massive thank you to all our officials: Donna Barrington-Smith, Naomi Jones, Ashley Burridge, Ian Crouch and Ivan Barrett.
Next fixture is Monday 10th June at Walton
Sunday 19th May saw the latest MABAC fixture, hosted by Blackwater Valley Runners in Farnham Park. With a busy weekend of alternative races, we expected the turnout from RPAC to be small and we weren't disappointed!
After a few tense moments about transport arrangements a team of six set off from Bell Street Car Park, to be joined in Farnham by Nat who had made her own way there. For once we weren't the only team with a small turnout as numbers were down across all teams. There were only 105 runners compared with more than 300 at the event held in Windsor Great Park in January.
Farnham Park is beautiful, with views across to the Hog's Back, and well worth a visit. The course is all run on grass and is best described as "undulating". It's a two lap course of a little under 5 miles. There are a couple of short, sharp hills thrown in just to test one's resolve and stamina.
The ladies won the day for RPAC with Nat and Jamilla, making her first MABAC appearance, finishing ahead of the RPAC men. Jamilla managed to hold off a challenge from Paddy ("I'm nursing a hangover") Patrick. Andrew ("maybe my legs haven't recovered from the marathon") Bamford, Ian Edmonds, Gillian O'Regan and Moray Carey completed the RPAC lineup.
The next MABAC fixture is on Holmwood Common on 9th June.
The month of April has seen various marathons taking place, starting with Manchester. The club had four athletes competing, taking advantage of the UK’s flattest major marathon with personal bests from most and two sub 3 hour times. First back for the club was Matt Aylott who, continuing his fine form, finished with a 6 minute PB in 2.48.28. Chris Daniels was next back in a huge 40 minute personal best time of 2.59.28. Graham Bull had a superb run finishing in a personal best of 3.11.27 and 29th V55 overall. Veteran marathon runner Kate Knight was facing 3 marathons this month, finishing the Manchester marathon in 7.15.24. Kate said the support was fantastic around the course and has already signed up for next year
The following weekend saw the Brighton Marathon with five club members taking part. Starting at Preston Park, the course snakes through the city centre, along the sea front and finishes at the iconic Madeira Drive in front of thousands of spectators. Lee Savage lead the club around the hilly and windy route with a 34 minute personal best time of 2.53.33. Steve Watkins was next in also achieving a personal best of 3.41.40. Clare Pryor was the first lady back for the club who, despite a lack of training, clocked 4.28.58. Running her first marathon was Claire Humphrey finishing in 5.00.02 and Kate Knight beating her time from the previous week, finishing in 7.10.05.
The final weekend of April saw 12 from the club take part in the 38th London Marathon. In pretty perfect conditions, excellent results were achieved with two club records broken. Fran Dunham was first back, breaking the men’s club record finishing in a tremendous time of 2.36.57. Not far behind Fran and in his debut run for the club was Charlie Butcher, finishing in an impressive time of 2.37.31. Despite his training being hampered by calf injuries, Matt Ryde managed to clock a personal best time 2.42.19. George Roux, who last month ran a personal best in the Seoul marathon, finished 4th for the club in 2.52.00. The ladies club marathon record was smashed by Ginevra Stoneley who achieved a sub 3 hour marathon in a personal best time of 2.58.59. Ginevra impressively managed a consistent pace throughout the entire race. Rick Coles suffered from 20 miles and had to dig deep to compete the course, but still achieved a Good for Age time of 3.00.31. Mike Pocock completed the 26.2 miles in a time of 3.20.01 earning him 39th V60 place overall. The rest of the RPAC athletes were Nicholas Wade (3.29.35 PB), Ruth Willis (3.36.02 PB), Leanne Sandifer (3.43.42 PB), Andrew Bamford (3.44.09 PB) and Kate Knight (7.02.26, her fastest marathon of the month). Andrew was very pleased to have beaten his previous best time by 22 minutes and as well as raising money for Parkinson’s, was especially pleased to learn that turning 60 this year meant his time qualified him for a Good for Age entry.
The Zurich marathon was also taking place the same day, with Mel Fulton-Bell being the sole competitor for the club, completing it in 4.40.04.
What a way to start the week! Monday 29th April saw RPAC making an appearance at the first Vets (male and female) Track and Field event of the season. The weather was good to us, which helped us on to the way to some nicely earned points for the league.
We had a strong and proud RPAC representation with a team of 10 athletes showing us how it is done, with some fantastic stand out performances on the night, both on the track and in the field events with Moray Laing taking on the discus, setting 2 new PBs on the way and scoring 5 points, and Gavin Lawrence in the high jump.
On the track, the men were up first for the evening to start the 100m event. We had 3 entrants for this event and we had high hopes. Unfortunately no winners in this category but they faced tough competition and put in their best efforts. Thanks to Stephen Smith, Frank O’Regan and Malcolm Woodman for all taking part. Dave Rayner took off shortly after in the 1500m race. Dave put in a solid performance and was continually making ground on the leaders and keeping great pace to finish in exceptional strong form.
A special mention has to go to Gavin who racked up 20 points for the club after entering four stellar events and quickly recovering and darting between each one to make all events possible. He managed a 1500m, 400m, high jump and 5000m which is truly remarkable. And he still made it for Tuesday track training the following evening! Hats off to you Gavin.
The ladies athlete team was made up of Jo Davey and Annette Morris (Nat Wilson unfortunately couldn’t attend at late notice, but will back for the next round). Both Jo and Annette ran very well on the evening. Jo set the standard for the Ladies and the crowd saw her set off to a remarkable start setting a pace that no one could come close to contend with. Her focus and determination saw her lap the majority of the field finishing with a clear 200m lead from the rest of the pack. A true stand out performance of the night. Annette put in 2 great runs for both the 400m and the 1500m, which saw her compete with ladies from all age categories making her competition tough, however she stuck with the whole way and I’m sure her finish times will be an outstanding age grade as always.
Congratulations to Frank O’Regan for making his debut for the club. The high light for him was coming 2nd in his heat of the 400m, despite his legs nearly collapsing from underneath him just before the finish line! A great contribution of 9 points overall.
The night finished on a high with a great turnout for the 5000m race seeing Matt Aylott, Gavin and Paul Walters all putting in very strong performances for the club. The pace was set fast from the offset and Matt stuck with the leading pack nearly all the way, which saw him sprint to the finish knocking another 2 seconds off his PB and securing a nicely earned 4 points. Well done Matt superb work!
Full results points and league table to follow, apologies they are not all available at this time.
Thank you to everyone who came along to take part and support.
Annette Morris, Dave Rayner, Frank O’Regan, Gavin Lawrence, Jo Davey, Malcolm Woodman, Matt Aylott, Moray Laing, Paul Walters, Stephen Smith, with Gillian O’Regan sorting out the numbers and yelling at all the RPAC athletes.
More of the same to come in May (Monday 20th) – we look forward to seeing you there. It really is a great team evening out.
This Thursday (2nd May) is the second running of the monthly time trial in Priory Park taking in 2 short, 2 long, 1 short laps of the park (~4.5 miles)
Run this challenge every month and the most improved time wins a prize
This is suitable for all abilities including Tuesday track masters and Wednesday recovery/social runners.