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Sunday 18th August saw the staging of the MABAC league pairs relay at Matthew Arnold School, Staines Upon Thames.(the league was first established here in 1977) . The unexpected pre-race rain didn’t dampen the spirits of our RPAC pairing of Frank O’Regan and Malcolm Woodman.

Frank led out the duo delivering strong performances for each of his 5 x 1 km laps. Malcolm backed him up with his own 5 laps each run at an increasingly faster pace then the previous one. Once all the running was done it was time to relax in the sunshine with drinks (including beer!) laid on by MABAC.

Special thanks must go to Frank's brother-in-law who stepped up to run for Runnymede as they were a team member short!

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Well done to everyone who took part in the MABAC race on Wimbledon Common on Tuesday evening. Whilst not quite a record turnout for us at a MABAC event, 20 seniors ran either the 1 lap 2,5 mile or 2 lap 5 mile races. It was great to see some first timers too.

Full results are available on the website, but Individual highlights included: Gavin Lawrence, first back in 16th place overall; Ginevra Stoneley and Jamilla Ncayiyana, 4th and 8th placed ladies; Lisa Payne, Anna Roberson and Claire Humphrey finishing within 5 seconds of each other; the return of Fran Afonso in RPAC colours having rejoined us as 2nd claim; and Gillian O'Regan & bump running the 1 lap race in just under 25 minutes.

The team finished 6th out of 10 on the night. Whilst overall we are still in 8th place, the gap to 6th and 7th is getting ever smaller with another 3 races to go in 2019.

The next MABAC league scoring fixture is on 22nd September in Lightwater Country Park. Details to follow soon. However, in the meantime, there is a non-scoring Pairs Relay on Sunday 18th August, followed by a picnic. More details are available in the flyer.

MABAC Wimbldon Common 2019 team

The run-up to the big day was not without its issues. Worthing parkrun was cancelled, so all arrangements were made to divert to Uckfield parkrun. Subsequently Worthing parkrun was back on, so the Uckfield visit was cancelled and Worthing visit reinstated.

All 13 attendees arrived promptly by 7:15 AM at Reigate College, and within minutes we were off on our way to Worthing sea front.

We arrived in good time to have a walk down the promenade to visit the toilets, have a photo taken, and listen to the pre-parkrun mentions by the Race Director. We had a mention and a cheer for Reigate Priory AC.

The race started a little later than 9AM. There was a small tail wind on the way out, which meant that there was a nice cooling breeze on the return to the finish.

I think that everyone did so well. Results as below (PBs as noted from parkrun website for recent parkruns).

Position parkrunner Time Age grade Note
17 Paul Walters 19:42 78.00% Missed PB by 11 seconds (set at Worthing)
74 Peter Luxton 22:33 75.09% PB
81 Jack Finn 22:49 56.54% PB
160 Claire Humphrey 24:50 62.42% PB
219 Dave Williams 27:09 69.80% PB
258 Fran Afonso 28:23 59.78% Course PB, 2nd fastest recent parkrun
283 Stewart McIntyre 29:37 60.27%  
376 Sarah Walters 33:05 54.71% Missed course PB by 1 second
377 Sue Carnell 33:06 54.68%  
385 Usha Stevens 33:24 52.79%  
414 Michael Bashford 35:11 47.66% PB

Full results are here.

So about half of our runners returned with parkrun PBs, and I'm not going to single out any runners for their achievement because I know that there actually was so much personal achievement on the day within our party, I don't want to single out any individual for fear of not mentioning others.

What I would like to say is that it was a wonderful morning out, and I'm so glad that the people who attended this event supported the club in this venture, but more, I think that the club can be proud of the individual achievement at Worthing parkrun. A really big thank you to you all.

After the parkrun we climbed into the minibus to attend a breakfast laid on at the Burlington Hotel. As per last visit, the hotel really did us proud. We had our own room, with the table laid out in a large square arrangement, and a wonderful waitress service breakfast for a really reasonable rate. I'd recommend the Burlington for any such event, and I hope that we will be returning in the not so distant future.

We went onto Worthing beach for a photo call as below.

While the minibus was packing up for the return journey to Reigate, Usha, Paul and I were stopped by a 90 year old gentleman in a mobility buggy. He had noticed that we were from Reigate, and he had spent most of his years in Reigate. He was recalling his time from his earlier days, including a story featuring Donald Campbell. I wish we could have talked for longer. A really interesting chap.

During our return the results were published. Shock horror - they were all longer times than expected, but nil desperandum, they were all corrected during Saturday afternoon.

All in all a very successful time, and let's look forward to our next outing - Mole Valley parkrun on the 27th July 2019. See you there!

22 RPAC runners turned out for the Ranelagh Harriers Richmond 10K on Sunday 16th June. This race is part of the Surrey Championships and the Surrey Road League as well as our own Club Championship.

The coursed is essentially flat and is mostly comprised of two laps along the towpath and through a housing estate. The finish is tough with about 400m on grass which was quite slippery on the day - I certainly felt like I was going backwards.

The RPAC men's champion was Fran Dunham who finished in 4th place overall in  33:36. The ladies' champion was Ginevra Stoneley who finished in 151st position, 17th lady overall and 7th in her age category in 40:28.

RPAC men came third in this leg of the Surrey Road League and RPAC ladies came 11th. The men's team is in first place in the league and the ladies team is in 12th place.

In the Surrey championships Fran Dunham was the first VM40 runner.

Results can be found here.




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