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Reigate Priory AC Club News 9th September 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 9th September 2019

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Club news for everyone

 

Message from the "newsletter team"

The RPAC newsletter editorial team now consists of Andrew Bamford and Paul Walters.

We intend to share the duties of creating the newsletter between us, so if you wish to add an item it is now important to use the email address 

If you have any comments or feedback please let us know by emailing us.

Other than that there doesn't appear to be any "All Club News" this week, so can we steal the section and wish everyone competing in the Run Reigate or indeed the Surrey Road Relays this weekend the best of luck.  

 

Junior news

 

Obstacle Course/Social event @ Bletchingley Saturday 21st September 3-5 PM by Sam Burnett

* STOP PRESS: There are now just 15 places left for this event.*

We have organised a fun session which is open to *all* members of the Junior Academy and Junior section. 

The Junior section has over 150 members and we thought some of you may like the opportunity to meet up after the long summer holidays and have a fun session at the beginning of term. 

We will have exclusive use of an obstacle course in the beautiful countryside just minutes from Reigate/Reigate in Bletchingley.

You should have received an email about this event on Tuesday 30th July with booking instructions. Please send a message to  if you have not received this email.

Make sure that you book your place now as there are a limited number of places for this event.

 

Surrey League Cross Country by David Mills

The cross country season is upon us and the first Surrey League fixtures take place on Saturday 12 October.

This league is important for any Juniors who aspire to make it into the Surrey XC teams as the selectors usually start their selection process based on the results from the first match.

For the Junior girls the first fixture takes place in Reigate Priory Park. The boys match is on Effingham Common. More details nearer the time but any U17, U15 and U13 athletes can take part. In the U13's Year 6 and above can run.

There are four matches in the Surrey League, two before Christmas and two after. We compete in other leagues too, and more details will be sent as the season unfolds.

Anyone wanting more information about taking part should contact David Mills at davidmills2@msn.com

 

Junior K2 Sessions by Mike Gent

The monthly Tuesday sessions for Juniors at K2, Crawley, will be on the following dates before Christmas. The sessions start at 7:00pm and last one hour.

24 September
22 October
26 November

 

Border League - Junior Cross Country League by Mike Gent

We have signed up again to the Border League for the 2019/2020 Cross Country season.

This is for all Juniors from U9s to U15s.

The first three matches are

3 November at Farnborough hosted by AFD
1 December at Lightwater Country Park hosted by Bracknell AC
2 February at Stoke Park, Guildford hosted by Guildford 

 

Senior news

 

SLH 5km & 1500m Festival @ Coulsdon Wednesday 4th September

A team of nine RPAC athletes finished strongly in both the 1500m and 5km races with many of them achieving new PBs. The full story is here.  A special mention must be given to Jamilla Ncayiyana who was competing in her first track race for 11 years. 

 

Surrey Silver for Anousha 

The Surrey County Combined Events Championship took place this weekend at the David Weir Leisure Centre track in Carshalton. Reigate Priory AC's sole representative was Anousha Wardley who took second place in the senior women's Heptathlon. The full story and photograph is here.

 

Other Senior Results

Great North Run 8th September

David Crawford finished in 1:44:56 and Kate Knight (more details about Kate below) finished in 3:14:42. Kate's husband finished the race a little ahead of her in 3:07.

Bacchus Marathon and Half Marathon, Denbies  8th September

Jim Vince completed the Bacchus Marathon in 6:15:07. I should add that he was dressed as Batman!

Leanne Sandifer completed the Bacchus Half Marathon in 2:22:01 

Pilgrim Half Marathon, Farnham  8th September

Craig Parke completed the Pilgrim Half marathon in 1:56:38. 

German Fire Brigade 10K (Dortmunder Feuerwehrlauf), Dortmund 7th September

Four intrepid RPAC athletes travelled to Dortmund at the weekend to take place in the German Firefighter 10k. This event is open to Fire Service Personnel and guests. Surrey Fire and Rescue entered a team of ten. The RPAC team was led by Ian Edmonds. Frank O'Regan finished 7th overall in 41:39. Ian was 3rd in the MV60 category in 54:50, Elain Reddyhof finished in 58:30 and Fran Afonso in 1:00:38. I don't have the full details of category placings but all four RPAC athletes got podium finishes. A great weekend and well done to our firey RPAC runners. 

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 10th September 7:00PM - Half Marathon focus

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Warm up and drills

High knees walking; butt kicks; A & B skips; open/close the gate; sidesteps; squats; lunges; high skips; tuck jumps; arms swings, punches; then high knees running in sets of 30 strides


Then
5 reps of 8 mins with 2 mins recovery between reps.
1st and 5th reps:
Fast for 1 minute at 4 mins
2nd, 3rd and 4th reps:
Fast for 1 minute at 3 and 6 mins.

Less intense

4 to 6 sets of: 400m, 100m jog, 300m, 100m jog, 200m.

Jog 300m between sets

  

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 11th September 7:00PM 

Ian Edmonds will be leading the run from the Sovereign Centre on Wednesday. He will lead the run to Reigate to run "circuits".

 

Session @ Priory Park Thursday 12th September 6:00PM for 6:15PM

 Figure of 8 loops in the lower park.

Starting at the tree seat up the bench and then right along the park run route to the lake and back around until you get back to the tree seat.

This time going up to the bench and then left to the clump of Horse Chestnuts and back down to the HaHa to finish the figure of 8 loop.

5 loops in total. Aim to run hard on the uphills and recover on the way down.

For a less intense session you can just do the larger loop and miss out the shorter one.

Warm up at 6:00PM with a lap round the lake and back. main session starts at 6:15PM.

 

Run Reigate Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP @ Reigate Sunday 15th September

You can still enter this half marathon club championship here. As per the note below, you can also run in the club championship at the Barns Green Half. 

Please note that there is no social run this Sunday because of Run Reigate.

 

MABAC race @ Lightwater Country Park, Camberley Sunday 22nd September

This is a 5 mile Cross Country Event – Part of the MABAC Running League, the senior race is just over 8 km (5 miles) there are also joggers’ and junior events of about 4 km (2.5 miles). You can read about this event here. Please put this date in your diaries, and if you have any queries or questions, or want to confirm attendance, please email the MABAC team on 

 

What is Kate Knight up to?

Kate completed her 386th Parkrun at Riverside in Chester-Le-Street on Saturday 7th September in a time of 40:19 as a warm up to completing the Great North Run on Sunday in a time of 03:14:42. Well done Kate!

Closer to home Kate is being interviewed by BBC Radio Surrey and Sussex at 8pm on Tuesday 10th as part of the build up to Run Reigate. Kate is the female half of a pair of inspirational runners selected by the radio station. The male half is Reigate Priory Parkrun course record holder Kevin Quinn.   

You can read Kate's inspirational story on the Run Reigate website here.

 

The Blue Anchor quiz - report from quiz week #1 Thursday 5th September - and join us this week please!

We built a team of 5 for last Thursday night's quiz night. The "RPAC" team can be seen below.

Lauryn Gardner (Guest), Moray Laing, Sue Carnell, Stewart McIntyre and Paul Walters were the RPAC participants.

There were I think about 7 or 8 teams of varying sizes on the night, but we won the quiz (HURRAH!), obtaining 118 points compared to the second team with 109 points. Without embarrassing anyone I hope, the team did have some quiz expertise on it, as well as the likes of me! Great fun though.

Our prize was £30, so we decided to contribute £15 to Lauryn's Meningitis Research page (she's running the Richmond Runfest Marathon on Sunday 15th September), and £15 to Sam Walters' Samaritans page (he has just run the Great North Run this last Sunday).

If you'd like to be part of the team for the next quiz night at the Blue Anchor in West Street, Reigate for this Thursday 12th September please let me know by emailing me on

It's £2 per person to enter the quiz, and you need to arrive by at least 7:45PM for an 8:00PM start.

 

News from our Cornish Branch

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Mike Scott and Sonia Galloway are now engaged to be married. Apparently Mike proposed on horseback on a Menorcan beach. Getting down on one knee whilst in the saddle must have been a challenge!

 

 

Possible dates for the diary

Saturday 14th September Surrey Road Relays @ Wimbledon Park Athletics Track - see this  and talk to the club captains if you can attend.

Sunday 15th September Run Reigate Half Marathon club championship - see this

Sunday 22nd September MABAC race @ Lightwater Country Park, Camberley - see this

Sunday 29th September Barns Green Half Marathon club championship - see this

Saturday 5th October Parkrun tourism at Horsham - more details to follow

Saturday 12th October Surrey League Ladies and Mens XC in Priory Park. Details to follow.

Note: For 2019 only, because of the clash of the Run Reigate Half Marathon (15th September) with the Surrey Road Relays on Saturday 14th September, it has been decided to hold the 2019 Half Marathon Championship over 2 races, Run Reigate and Barns Green (29th September). The Club Championship will be decided based on the amalgamated results from the 2 races, using chip timing. 

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is 

PBs (nearly) all round at SLH 1500m / 5000m

PBs (nearly) all round at SLH 1500m / 5000m

Category: Seniors News

9 Priory athletes competed at the cool and windy track in Coulsdon last Wednesday (4th September), in the SLH open club championships for 1500m and 5000m.

Jo Davey, running in the 1500m, just missed out on her PB from 2017, despite running an excellent 4:54.95. In the same race, Jamilla Ncayiyana ran 5:31.01, her first track race in many years and her first track result in Power of 10. Also recording their first track 5000m results in Power of 10 were Ian Stammars (18:31.51), Stephen Smith (21:18.79), David Neumann (22:00.89) and Kate Knight (42:57.5).

Our other 3 competitors in the 5000m all had superb runs, shattering their 5000m PBs in the process. Tom Almond reduced his PB to 16:14.92 (an improvement of 9 seconds); Ginevra Stoneley ran 18:46.53 (22 seconds off her old mark), but the biggest improvement of the evening was by Lee Savage, who reduced his PB by 46 seconds to 17:18.14.

Well done to everyone who ran. There will be a further opportunity to race a 5000m on the track, at the Ed Prickett 5000m on Wednesday 2nd October, at the K2 track in Crawley.

 

Surrey Silver for Anousha

Surrey Silver for Anousha

Category: Seniors News

The Surrey County Combined Events Championship took place this weekend at the David Weir Leisure Centre track in Carshalton.

Reigate Priory AC's sole representative was Anousha Wardley who took second place in the senior women's Heptathlon with a tally of 2,455 points from the seven events over two days. Anousha was only 409 points behind the winner, Jenny Steinitz from Hercules Wimbledon, but had the satisfaction of beating her in the High Jump and 800 metres.

anousha silver sq

Reigate Priory AC Club News 2nd September 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 2nd September 2019

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Club news for everyone

 

Pop-up Parkrun Tourism @ Banstead Woods Saturday 31st August by Usha Stevens

A motley crew up at Banstead Woods at the weekend! The results can be seen here.

BTW, a reminder that the next "official" Reigate Priory parkrun tourism date is 5th October over to Horsham for seniors, parents, accompanied juniors and guests.

 

Junior news

 

Tom Lintern Medal Meeting @ K2 Monday 26th August by Ian Martin

The annual August bank holiday open meeting at K2 attracted a good number of RPAC junior athletes as well as some strong competition.

In very hot conditions there were some excellent performances, and a pleasing number of RPAC medal winners.

A full report can be found on our website here.

 

Lily B League @ Kingsmeadow Saturday 31st August by Ellis Cain-Jones

A small Reigate team turned out on the final Lily B League event on a sunny Saturday and despite a summer filled with ice cream, there were some really strong performances!

Non-scoring athletes, Eve Goulding, Sophia Bryant, Sophia Potter and Frankie Burridge did well in their events in what turned out to be competitive field in 75m, Long Jump and 600m.

Izzie Young had an excellent day finishing 2nd in the 70m hurdles with a time of 13.84, a 2nd place in the high jump with 1.2m and a 32.53s in the 200m.

Imogen Wheeler came 2nd in the 100m with a time of 14.03s, 4th in 200m with a time of 30.35s and 4th in the long jump with a distance of 3.46m.

Lily Cain-Jones won the javelin with a throw of 29.43m and Lilah Unwin won the 800m with a time of 2m 38.27s.

Eva Peters had a good day with a 4th in the 100m with a time of 14.17 and a long awaited PB In the long jump recording a 4.27m jump!

 

Richmond Open @ Twickenham Sunday 1st September by Ashley Burridge

Dan Statham has pushed his own Under 17 club record even higher with a magnificent high jump of 1.81m at the St. Mary's Richmond AC Open held at the Sir Mo Farah track, Twickenham on Sunday, 1st September.

Congratulations to Dan who is now in the UK 100 Target on Power of Ten!

 

Obstacle Course/Social event @ Bletchingley Saturday 21st September 3-5 PM by Sam Burnett

We have organised a fun session which is open to *all* members of the Junior Academy and Junior section.

The Junior section has over 150 members and we thought some of you may like the opportunity to meet up after the long summer holidays and have a fun session at the beginning of term.

We will have exclusive use of an obstacle course in the beautiful countryside just minutes from Reigate/Reigate in Bletchingley.

You should have received an email about this event on Tuesday 30th July with booking instructions. Please send a message to  if you have not received this email.

Make sure that you book your place now as there are a limited number of places for this event.

 

Senior news

 

SLH 5km & 1500m Festival @ Coulsdon Wednesday 4th September

Good luck to all of our entrants in the local event. You can see the details here.

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 3rd September 7:00PM - Half Marathon focus

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Warm up and drills

High knees walking; butt kicks; A & B skips; open/close the gate; sidesteps; squats; lunges; high skips; tuck jumps; arms swings, punches; then high knees running in 5 sets of 30 strides.

Then

4 reps of 10 mins with 2.5 mins recovery between reps.

1st and 4th rep:

Fast for 1 minute at 4 mins and 9 mins

2nd and 3rd reps:

Fast for 1 minute at 3,6 and 9 mins.

Less intense

Sets of 3 reps of 400m steady, 100m fast, 100m walk/jog recovery; with 200m walk/jog recovery between the sets.

3 or 4 sets. 

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 4th September 7:00PM 

Ian Edmonds will be leading the run from the Sovereign Centre on Wednesday. Ian has a plan to lead an easy run to the Reigate Castle Grounds for some loops at pace.

Ian has warned me that this will probably be the last one in the light. Make sure that you've got hi-vis clothing and torches for the coming weeks.

 

Session @ Priory Park Thursday 5th September 6:00PM for 6:15PM

The hill session this week is in the lower park on the circuit from the tree seat straight up to the bench then up to the corner clump of Horse Chestnut trees and back down to the Ha-Ha.

The sets are 1,2,3,2,1 with a minute jog recovery in between the sets. For a less intense session swap the 3 for a 1 lap instead.

Warm up at 6:00PM with a lap round the lake and back. main session starts at 6:15PM.

 

Sunday Run from Priory Park Café Sunday 8th September 9:00AM

 I (Paul Walters) am in attendance this week injury allowing leading the group out towards Brockham - clickable route below.

Map © OpenStreetMap contributors

Please do look at the RPAC Facebook group page or the website calendar later in the week for the status of this run.

 

Run Reigate Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP @ Reigate Sunday 15th September

You can still enter this half marathon club championship here. As per the note below, you can also run in the club championship at the Barns Green Half.

 

MABAC race @ Lightwater Country Park, Camberley Sunday 22nd September

This is a 5 mile Cross Country Event – Part of the MABAC Running League, the senior race is just over 8 km (5 miles) there are also joggers’ and junior events of about 4 km (2.5 miles). You can read about this event here. Please put this date in your diaries, and if you have any queries or questions, or want to confirm attendance, please email the MABAC team on 

 

What is Kate Knight up to?

Kate is feeling both happy and proud to report that she has completed her 6th Ultra-Marathon this year - the South Coast Challenge 100km Saturday 31st August - Sunday 1st September. This was a continuous effort through the night, and managed a sub 30 hours PB of 29:52.

Kate's next race is the Great North Run this coming weekend Sunday 8th September, followed by the Reigate Half on Sunday 15th September (big birthday for Kate on Reigate Half day too).

Please take time to read Kate's running report on the Run Reigate website here.

 

Blue Anchor quiz - building a team

I'd like to put together a team for a quiz night at the Blue Anchor in West Street, Reigate for this Thursday 5th September just to test the waters  - see what it's like for a future venue.

It's £2 per person to enter the quiz, and they recommend arrival by at least 7:45PM for an 8:00PM start.

If you'd like to join the team, please email me on and hopefully We'll get enough people.

 

Possible dates for the diary

Saturday 14th September Surrey Road Relays @ Wimbledon Park Athletics Track - see this  and talk to the club captains if you can attend.

Sunday 15th September Run Reigate Half Marathon club championship - see this

Sunday 22nd September MABAC race @ Lightwater Country Park, Camberley - see this

Sunday 29th September Barns Green Half Marathon club championship - see this

Saturday 5th October Parkrun tourism at Horsham - more details to follow

Note: For 2019 only, because of the clash of the Run Reigate Half Marathon (15th September) with the Surrey Road Relays on Saturday 14th September, it has been decided to hold the 2019 Half Marathon Championship over 2 races, Run Reigate and Barns Green (29th September). The Club Championship will be decided based on the amalgamated results from the 2 races, using chip timing. 

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email me promptly and I can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let me know. 

If you wish to get in touch my email address is 

Tom Lintern Medal meeting 26 August

Tom Lintern Medal meeting 26 August

The annual August bank holiday open meeting at K2 attracted a good number of RPAC junior athletes as well as some strong competition. In very hot conditions, there were some excellent performances, and a pleasing number of RPAC medal winners.

In the U11 Girls 75m, Eve Goulding finished in second/silver medal place in 11.70 secs, 0.01 seconds behind the winner. She also was placed 3rd in the 150m with a time of 24 secs. 

Max Orchard won gold in the U11 Boys 600m, finishing in time of 1m 50.1 secs, over 2 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. This is a new PB for Max in this event.  Max also achieved 3rd place in the 75m in a time of 11.01 secs. In the same event Michael Maguire was 4th.

In the U13 Boys 75m hurdles Harry Peters won the silver medal in 16.49 secs, which is a new PB, and also ran in the 100m.

In the U15 Boys 800m, Oscar Curry recorded a time of 2m 16.84 to secure third place.

Eva Peters competed in the U15 Girls 100m, 200m and long jump and performed just below her PBs in these events.

Drew Burridge had a very busy afternoon, winning 2 gold and one silver U17 boys medals.  Following a ‘warm-up’ 400m hurdles, won in a new club record of 74.47 seconds, he finished second in the 200m in 23.93s and won the 400m in 52.68 secs. In the same race, James Naylor finished 2nd in the U20m Men’s 400m in a new PB of 54.85 secs, knocking over 0.5 seconds off his old PB. This time is also a new club record for this event in James’s age group

In high jump. Dan Statham won the U17 Boys bronze medal on countback with 1m 75cm, just below his PB, while Rudi Haylock won the bronze medal in the U15 boys with a new PB of 1m 65cam.  Rudi also competed in the 100m and long jump.

RPAC officials at the meeting were Ivan Barrett, Naomi Jones and Ashley Burridge. Although not the most senior timekeeper, having only recently qualified at level 2,  Ashley took on the position of  Chief timekeeper, and had the honour of signing off on a new UK national record for the Male 55 age group 300m. Naomi was acting as starter, and as this was her 4th qualifying event following her successful completion of her course, she will now be eligible for level 1 starters licence.  Thank you to our volunteer officials.

Reigate Priory AC Club News 26th August 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 26th August 2019

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Parkrun tourism @ Tilgate Saturday 24th August

Reigate Priory AC parkrun tourism hit Tilgate on Saturday morning. In total we had 26 attendees.

It was a great event, lovely surroundings, brilliant company, good breakfast at the Golf Centre, and some excellent results, as below...

Posn Name Time
10 Dave Rayner 20:13
15 Paul Walters 20:54
30 Alice Smith 22:01
50 Ayden Higgins 22:50
57 Steve Watkins 23:11
69 Bethany Higgins 23:45
71 Jo Quantrill 23:47
86 Paul Sapsard 24:11
90 Jack Finn 24:23
92 Andrew Bamford 24:33
101 Jim Vince 24:52
145 Ian Edmonds 26:47
200 Gillian O'Regan 28:55
207 Adrian Grant 29:05
210 Dave Williams 29:11
268 Stewart McIntyre 31:02
279 Herbie Potter-Smith 31:25
280 Stephen Smith 31:26
316 Usha Stevens 32:37
333 Ed Clements 33:23
371 Sarah Walters 35:09
420 Michael Bashford 37:45
480 Kate Knight 43:22

 Full results can be seen here. Thank you all for supporting this event.

The next parkrun event is on Saturday October 5th when we will be heading over to Horsham. Shove it in your diaries!

Junior's parents and accompanied juniors are very welcome to join us.

Here is the list of future dates and venues...

5th October 2019 Horsham parkrun
23rd November 2019 * To be decided - with minibus travel
28th December 2019 Reigate Priory parkrun
25th January 2020 Banstead Woods parkrun
29th February 2020 Nonsuch parkrun
*21st March 2020 * Probably Worthing - with minibus travel

* = change to the schedule

 

Moray Laing at The World Transplant Games, Newcastle

Thursday 22nd August Moray came 4th in the shot put, missing out on bronze by 9cm. Moray threw 9.01, just 2cms short of his PB.

Friday 23rd August Moray came 6th in the discus, throwing a distance of 26.69 beating his PB by nearly 4 metres.

Friday 23rd August Moray was third going into the final round of the javelin. A Hungarian athlete managed to throw just further, but Moray's last throw beat him to bronze with 31.25m.

Congratulations Moray. What a fantastic set of performances. With Donna's successes from earlier, you've both done us proud!

 

Southern Athletics League event @ Tooting Saturday 17th August

You can read a full report from this event with some fantastic photos courtesy of Malcolm here.

 

Junior news

 

Lily B @ Kingsmeadow, Kingston Saturday 31st August

Lily B is a girls only athletics league where we compete as a team against other Surrey clubs. All U11- U17 female athletes are welcome to take part and indeed are positively encouraged to do so.

You should have received an email from Mike Gent regarding this fixture with full details on Friday August 16th. Please read this email and contact the Lily B team on  to confirm attendance and events, or indeed if you can't find the email.

 

Obstacle Course/Social event @ Bletchingley Saturday 21st September 3-5 PM from Sam Burnett

We have organised a fun session which is open to *all* members of the Junior Academy and Junior section.

The Junior section has over 150 members and we thought some of you may like the opportunity to meet up after the long summer holidays and have a fun session at the beginning of term.

We will have exclusive use of an obstacle course in the beautiful countryside just minutes from Reigate/Reigate in Bletchingley.

You should have received an email about this event on Tuesday 30th July with booking instructions. Please send a message to  if you have not received this email.

Make sure that you book your place now as there are a limited number of places for this event.

 

Senior news

 

The Berlin Wall 100 Mile Race @ Berlin Weekend of 17th/18th August

Congratulations to Jim Vince who finished this event in 23:33:07 and 287th out of 577 participants. You can see the race website here.

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 27th August 7:00PM

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Warm up and drills:

High knees walking; butt kicks; A & B skips; open/close the gate; sidesteps; squats; lunges; high skips; tuck jumps; arms swings, punches; then high knees running in sets of 30 strides.

Then

Medium and Long distance

In teams of 3:
800m reps.
1st runner sets off, after one lap 2nd runner joins to lead 1st runner. After 2 laps 3rd runner joins to lead 2nd runner and 1st runner stops for static rest. After 3rd lap 1st runner joins to lead 1st runner and 2nd runner stops for static rest, and so on.

Short distance

600m wind-ups
Walk 150m
Then 150m at 50% pace
Then 100m at 70% pace
100m at 90% pace, then 100m at 100% pace.

Less Intense

600m, 200m walk/jog recovery

45 minute session

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 28th August 7:00PM 

Ian Edmonds will be leading the run from the Sovereign Centre on Wednesday. Ian has a plan to lead an easy run to Earlswood Lakes for three or two loops at pace.

 

Session @ Priory Park Thursday 29th August 6:00PM for 6:15PM

2 lower park loops, 2 longer loops taking in the gully and 1 shorter loop in the lower park. 6.00pm meet to warm up and start at 6.15.

 

Sunday Run from Priory Park café Sunday 1st September 9:00AM

Similar to last week, in preparation for the Reigate Half, we will be heading down to Horley via Lonesome Lane to do at least about half of the route.

We'll come back via Horse Hill, Bury's Court School, Flanchford Road and West Street, tracking the route of the inaugural event.

Map © OpenStreetMap contributors

You're very welcome to join this run. Paul Walters in attendance.

 

Surrey Road Relays @ Wimbledon Saturday 14th September

Not running Reigate Half on Sunday 15th September? Then you'll run this (no excuse).

You'll have received an email about this on Tuesday 13th August from Nat and Tom. The relays are great fun, and each leg is approximately 3 miles, starting and finishing on the Wimbledon track. Let your club captains know if you'd like to attend. The deadline is Tuesday 3rd September. If you've missed out on the email, let me know.

 

Run Reigate Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP @ Reigate Sunday 15th September

You can still enter this half marathon club championship here. As per the note below, you can also run in the club championship at the Barns Green Half.

 

MABAC race @ Lightwater Country Park, Camberley Sunday 22nd September

This is a 5 mile Cross Country Event – Part of the MABAC Running League, the senior race is just over 8 km (5 miles) there are also joggers’ and junior events of about 4 km (2.5 miles). You can read about this event here. Please put this date in your diaries, and if you have any queries or questions, or want to confirm attendance, please email the MABAC team on 

 

Possible dates for the diary

Saturday 14th September Surrey Road Relays @ Wimbledon Park Athletics Track - see this

Sunday 15th September Run Reigate Half Marathon club championship - see this

Sunday 22nd September MABAC race @ Lightwater Country Park, Camberley - see this

Sunday 29th September Barns Green Half Marathon club championship - see this

Note: For 2019 only, because of the clash of the Run Reigate Half Marathon (15th September) with the Surrey Road Relays on Saturday 14th September, it has been decided to hold the 2019 Half Marathon Championship over 2 races, Run Reigate and Barns Green (29th September). The Club Championship will be decided based on the amalgamated results from the 2 races, using chip timing. 

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email me promptly and I can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let me know. 

If you wish to get in touch my email address is 

Southern Athletics League, 17th August 2019

Southern Athletics League, 17th August 2019

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The last Southern Athletics League meet of the season took place on Saturday 17th August at Tooting Bec. Nine RPAC athletes (Thomas Almond, Eloise Bull, Graham Bull, Jo Davey, Dave Rayner, Dan Statham, Ginevra Stoneley, Anousha Wardley and Malcolm Woodman) took part, the largest RPAC turnout of the season, despite a couple of our regular competitors choosing to holiday instead.

A successful and fun day was had. A number of the athletes competed in multiple events - a special mention going to Anousha who was extremely busy - competing in the pole vault, 100m hurdles, high jump and the women’s relay. Highlights include pbs for Tom -16 mins 24.1s, Graham 19 mins 23.3s in the 5000m (admittedly Graham's first 5000m on a track) and Ginevra 10 mins 48.5s in the 3000m (slashing 8 seconds from her PB), wins for all the women middle distance runners and an all RPAC women's 4x 100 relay. Full results can be found here.

In the overall competition, the combined Holland Sports / Dorking & Mole Valley / RPAC team finished 4th out of 5, but just one point behind 3rd place, with our highest points total of the year.

Pictures are of Dan in the high jump, the "oldies" in the 4 x 100m relay and the complete 4 x 100m team (still smiling!).

Hopefully after a winter’s training more of you will be tempted to join us in 2020!

Ginevra & Jo

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Reigate Priory AC Club News 19th August 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 19th August 2019

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Parkrun tourism @ Tilgate Saturday 24th August THIS SATURDAY!

So we've been to Worthing and we've been to Mole Valley. Now it's the turn of Tilgate parkrun!

It's run in Tilgate Park on solid paths with a small amount of gravel and uneven ground.

  • We'll meet at Earlswood Lakes car park at 7:50AM for an 8:00AM get away car sharing to Tilgate. Make your own way to Tilgate if it's easier for you.
  • We'll park in the Fisherman's car park - turn left at the mini round about towards the golf course, as you drive into Tilgate park. Free parking until 11am.
  • After parkrun we'll head to Tilgate Forest Golf Centre for a breakfast - menu here. Please let me know your breakfast choice by Thursday - pay on the day.
  • Remember to wear a Reigate Priory AC club top if you're a member, and of course bring your bar code. Everyone welcome.

We have not yet had any parents or accompanied juniors join us on our parkrun visits. It'd be great to see you!

Make sure that you send your breakfast choice to  by this Thursday. I'm really looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

 

The World Transplant Games @ Newcastle

Representing GB & NI are our very own Donna Barrington-Smith and Moray Laing.

Moray's events take place later this week. However, we have a report from Donna as follows...

"Yesterday I competed in the World Transplant Games individual archery competition.

Having not been a sport in the World Games in over a decade, GB selected archery as one of their additional sports.

I won BRONZE. It was a tough shoot with swirling wind and strong gusts almost knocking us off our feet!

After this competition we then trialed a demonstration shoot under World Archery rules and I knocked out Iran, going on to come second overall. No medal but a cute target pin given.

Then today was a team shoot and I had been paired up with a gentleman from Scotland. I'm very proud to announce we accepted our fabulous BRONZE medals with delight!"

Full report to follow.

 

Southern Athletics League event @ Tooting Saturday 17th August

 

Hot off the press a report by Jo Davey...

"Loads of great performances - Dave Rayner, Tom Almond, Ginevra, Eloise, Graham, Anousha, Dan Statham, and maybe me then all topped off with a fabulous 4 x 100m ladies team. And also some gazelle like leaping in the triple jump by Malcolm. Hope I didn’t forget anyone (I am writing this in the queue in Sainsbury’s!!)"

Thanks Jo.

I'm fairly confident that there will be a forthcoming full report with photos - watch this space!

 

Junior news

 

Lily B @ Kingsmeadow, Kingston Saturday 31st August

Lily B is a girls only athletics league where we compete as a team against other Surrey clubs. All U11- U17 female athletes are welcome to take part and indeed are positively encouraged to do so.

You should have received an email from Mike Gent regarding this fixture with full details on Friday August 16th. Please read this email and contact the Lily B team on  to confirm attendance and events, or indeed if you can't find the email.

 

Obstacle Course/Social event @ Bletchingley Saturday 21st September 3-5 PM from Sam Burnett

We have organised a fun session which is open to *all* members of the Junior Academy and Junior section.

The Junior section has over 150 members and we thought some of you may like the opportunity to meet up after the long summer holidays and have a fun session at the beginning of term.

We will have exclusive use of an obstacle course in the beautiful countryside just minutes from Reigate/Reigate in Bletchingley.

You should have received an email about this event on Tuesday 30th July with booking instructions. Please send a message to  if you have not received this email.

Make sure that you book your place now as there are a limited number of places for this event.

 

Senior news

 

RunDorney Half Marathon @ Dorney Lake 11th August

Correction from last week's news. Matthew Aylott finished 1st in a gun time of 1:18:27. Sorry Matt.

 

Wednesday session 1 mile time trial @ Earlswood Lakes Wednesday 14th August

I'm afraid what Ian was doing with his hands had to be censored by the Reigate Priory AC Newsletter editorial staff due to inappropriate behaviour. We're not at liberty give any reasons, but here's the clue - we had cones.

Results of the (slightly more than) one mile (honest) time trail are...

6:44 Paul Walters

6:56 Jamilla Ncayiynana

7:11 James England

7:33 David Winzer

7:42 Mel Fulton-Bell

8:57 Ian Edmonds

9:10 Jenny Carus

10:20 Natalie Laing

10:24 Adrian Grant

10:28 Kam Peters

A big thank you to Stewart McIntyre and Fran Afonso for time keeping, scribing, the photo above and being there in poor weather!

 

MABAC Pairs Relay @ Staines Upon Thames Sunday 18th August 

This event was attended by Malcolm Woodman and Frank O'Regan, and Frank's brother-in-law also stepped in to run for Runnymede.

You can see a report from the MABAC race here.

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 20th August 7:00PM

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Warm up and drills

From: High knees walking x 30; butt kicks x 30; A & B skips x 30 each, sidesteps each way x 30, high skips x 30, squats x 10, lunges x 10 each leg, arm swings x 20, arm punches x 30; then high knees running in sets of 30 strides x 5 sets with 30 easy between.

Then
Up to 4 sets of:
1,000m with 200m walk recovery; 800m with 200m walk recovery; 600m with 200m walk recovery

45 mins session

Speed session
400m wind ups:
100m walk recovery
100m at 50% pace
100m at 80% top pace
50m at 90% top pace
50m at 100% top pace (after blue cone)

Up to 15 reps or 45 mins.

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 21st August 7:00PM 

Ian Edmonds will be leading the run from the Sovereign Centre on Wednesday. Ian has a plan to lead an easy run to Reigate Priory and then 15 minutes of hill reps in the park.

 

Session @ Priory Park Thursday 22nd August 6:00PM for 6:15PM

There will be an unofficial session on Thursday in the park usual time as Gavin will not be attending this week.

 

Sunday Run from Priory Park café Sunday 25th August 9:00AM

In preparation for the Reigate Half, we'll be heading down to Horley via Lonesome Lane to do at least about half of the route.

We'll come back via Horse Hill, Bury's Court School, Flanchford Road and West Street, tracking the route of the inaugural event.

You're very welcome to join this run. Ian E. and Paul W. in attendance.

 

Surrey Road Relays @ Wimbledon Saturday 14th September

Not running Reigate Half on Sunday 15th September? Then you'll run this (no excuse).

You'll have received an email about this on Tuesday 13th August from Nat and Tom. The relays are great fun, and each leg is approximately 3 miles, starting and finishing on the Wimbledon track. Let your club captains know if you'd like to attend. The deadline is Tuesday 3rd September. If you've missed out on the email, let me know.

 

All Ladies - a message from Natalie Wilson...

Dates for the 2019/20 cross country season have been agreed, please add them to your diaries. The venues/hosts for match 2, 3 & 4 are yet to be agreed.

There may be slight changes to the start times. Further details will be sent nearer the time

Match 1 - Saturday 12th October 2019 @ 11am Reigate Priory Park

Match 2 - Saturday 9th November 2019 @ 1pm

Match 3 - Saturday 11th January 2020 @ 11am

Match 4 - Saturday 8th February 2020 @ 1pm

 

Possible dates for the diary

 

Saturday 24th August RPAC Parkrun Tourism @ Tilgate - see this

Saturday 14th September Surrey Road Relays @ Wimbledon Park Athletics Track - see this

Sunday 15th September Run Reigate Half Marathon club championship - see this

Sunday 29th September Barns Green Half Marathon club championship - see this

Note: For 2019 only, because of the clash of the Run Reigate Half Marathon (15th September) with the Surrey Road Relays on Saturday 14th September, it has been decided to hold the 2019 Half Marathon Championship over 2 races, Run Reigate and Barns Green (29th September). The Club Championship will be decided based on the amalgamated results from the 2 races, using chip timing. 

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email me promptly and I can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let me know. 

If you wish to get in touch my email address is 

MABAC Pairs Relay, 18th August

MABAC Pairs Relay, 18th August

Category: Seniors News

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!

MABAC Pairs Relay v2

 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 12th August 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 12th August 2019

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Southern Athletics League event @ Tooting Saturday 17th August

A date for your diaries on the horizon for juniors U17 upwards and seniors.

See the email from Ginevra Stoneley and Jo Davey sent on 5th August, and reply to confirm attendance.

If you did not receive this email please contact 

 

Parkrun tourism @ Tilgate Saturday 24th August

We have not yet had any parents or accompanied juniors join us on our parkrun visits. It'd be great to see you!

I'll publicise this properly in next week's newsletter, but put the date in your diaries! We will meet up to car share.

 

Junior news

 

Obstacle Course/Social event @ Bletchingley Saturday 21st September 3-5 PM from Sam Burnett

We have organised a fun session which is open to *all* members of the Junior Academy and Junior section.

The Junior section has over 150 members and we thought some of you may like the opportunity to meet up after the long summer holidays and have a fun session at the beginning of term.

We will have exclusive use of an obstacle course in the beautiful countryside just minutes from Reigate/Reigate in Bletchingley.

You should have received an email about this event on Tuesday 30th July with booking instructions. Please send a message to  if you have not received this email.

Make sure that you book your place now as there are a limited number of places for this event.

 

Senior news

 

MABAC event @ Wimbledon Common Tuesday 6th August 

Well done to all participants! What a fantastic turn-out! Wish I could have been there to join you.

You can see a report from the MABAC race here and the results are here.

 

Wimbledon 5K Dash @ Wimbledon 11th August

You can see the results from this event here.

Brilliant effort from all of our participants, and congratulations to Matthew Ryde who was the M40 winner and the M40 Surrey Champion.

 

Curraghchase 10K @ Ireland 11th August

Frank O'Regan finished in position 10th male with a field of 575 runners, in a time of 42:04. This event is run over a hilly and picturesque course. Fantastic run Frank.

 

RunDorney Half Marathon @ Dorney Lake 11th August

Matthew Aylott you were spotted at this event! Matthew finished 2nd in a gun time of 1:13:27.

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 13th August 7:00PM

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

1. Warm up exercises and drills

2. Then Reverse pyramid - Reps.of 7,6,5,4,5,6,7 mins. with 25% recovery (1.75;1.5;1.35;1;1.25 and 1.5 mins) between reps and last minute of each rep at fast pace.

3. Cool down 

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 14th August 7:00PM 

 Ian Edmonds will be leading the run from the Sovereign Centre on Wednesday. We will be running to Earlswood Lakes. The session will be based on a 1 mile time trail around the lakes.

 

Session @ Priory Park Thursday 15th August 6:00PM for 6:15PM

There will be a hill session on Thursday in the park.

 

Sunday Run from Priory Park café Sunday 18th August 9:00AM

No Ian Edmonds this week. In preparation for the Reigate Half I'll be running through Brockham down the old coach road to Dorking and back through Brockham and Betchworth on Sunday. The distance will be just over 12 miles, and I'd hope to be running this at a little more than 9 minutes per mile - out for approx 1 hour 50 minutes or more.

There are options to turn for home early, so for instance if you run back from Brockham (and you know the route or have someone to run with who does so), the distance would be about 9 miles.

You're very welcome to join this run.

 

What is Kate Knight up to?

This last weekend Kate managed to get a PB in the Salisbury 50km of 9:23:33. Last year Kate recorded a result of 10:54:42. Fantastic improvement Kate!

 

Possible dates for the diary

Saturday 17th August Southern Athletics League @ Tooting

Sunday 18th August MABAC non-scoring Pairs Relay @ Staines-upon-Thames, followed by a picnic. More details are available in the flyer.

Saturday 24th August RPAC Parkrun Tourism @ Tilgate - see this

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email me promptly and I can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let me know. 

If you wish to get in touch my email address is 

MABAC Wimbledon Common, 6th August 2019

MABAC Wimbledon Common, 6th August 2019

Category: Seniors News

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

Reigate Priory AC Club News 5th August 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 5th August 2019

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Reigate and Banstead Twinning - can you host a runner from France for Run Reigate 2019 (still no responses as yet, so last plea)?

Without getting embroiled in a Brexit debate (!), the Reigate and Banstead Twinning Association is hosting visitors from our twin town of Brunoy, France (pronounced "Brunoir") on Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September, and we have four runners coming over to take part in the half marathon over that Run Reigate weekend. Would you consider hosting someone from Brunoy? Let's show our entente cordiale!

If it is possible for you to host, can you please contact Sarah Walters by sending her an email to 

 

Southern Athletics League event @ Tooting Saturday 17th August

A date for your diaries on the horizon for juniors U17 upwards and seniors.

See the email from Ginevra Stoneley and Jo Davey sent on 5th August, and reply to confirm attendance.

If you did not receive this email please contact 

 

Junior news

 

Final Lily B event @ Kingston Saturday 31st August from Mike Gent

The track and field season for the Juniors is drawing to a close. However, there is one final Lily B event for the girls on Saturday 31 August at Kingston. Please mark the date in your diaries.

 

There's still plenty of PB opportunities this season! From Ashley Burridge

Apart from the last Lily B league match on 31 August (and SAL on the 17th for u17s and up), the opportunity for juniors to represent the club in a track & field league match has finished for the 2019 season.
 
However, there's still plenty of events you can enter, proudly wearing your club vest, to try and improve on those personal bests!
 
Here's a couple of events which offer something a little different:
 
Sunday, 11 August - Newham and Essex Beagles Open meeting at the Olympic Stadium warm-up track. Okay, it's not the London Stadium, but it's right next to it and has the same superb Mondo track, photo finish, electronic blocks and big screen results! Here's the flyer.
 
Running alongside the Open meeting is a Minithon where school years 1 to 6 can choose three events from 75m, 150m, 600m, Long Jump and Vortex throw. Here's the flyer for the Minithon.
 
Monday, 26 August - Crawley AC's Tom Lintern Open Medal Meeting. Yes, medals! There are plenty of events to choose from for U11's upwards. Here's the flyer. This event is usually well supported by RPAC juniors, so see you there!
 
Don't forget to check the Power of 10 website to find other events.
 

Obstacle Course/Social event @ Bletchingley Saturday 21st September 3-5 PM from Sam Burnett

We have organised a fun session which is open to *all* members of the Junior Academy and Junior section.

The Junior section has over 150 members and we thought some of you may like the opportunity to meet up after the long summer holidays and have a fun session at the beginning of term.

We will have exclusive use of an obstacle course in the beautiful countryside just minutes from Reigate/Reigate in Bletchingley.

You should have received an email about this event on Tuesday 30th July with booking instructions. Please send a message to if you have not received this email.

Make sure that you book your place now as there are a limited number of places for this event.

 

Senior news

 

Ian Edmonds and RPAC crew hosted the Run Reigate Run Club @ Priory Park Thursday 1st August

Ian was helped by Moray Carey, Jim Vince, Usha Stevens and myself with other Reigate Priory AC runners in support at the event.

As you can see, there was an excellent turn-out for this event. Ian got the cohort running around a large square in the park for an endurance session involving a climb and descent, followed by a 1Km run. The coaches from Reigate Ladies Joggers were on hand for the warm-up and cool-down.

There was interest in the Reigate Priory AC sessions shown by some participants.

 

MABAC event @ Wimbledon Common Tuesday 6th August

This event is hosted by Wimbledon Windmilers and details can be found here.

It takes place on Tuesday 6th August at 19:30, starting and finishing at Wimbledon Rugby Club SW20 0ET (Barham Road, just off the A3).

It is a 5 mile cross country event, with also joggers and junior events of about 2.5 miles. You should have received an email regarding this event from Andrew Bamford on Monday 29th July.

Meet in Bell St Car Park at 18:00 for a 18:15 departure if you want to car share, or make your own way there if you don't.

Please email to let the MABAC team know of your interest or if you have any queries about this event.

 

Wimbledon 5K Dash @ Wimbledon Sunday 11th August

This is the last Surrey Road League fixture, and there are still places for this event available.

Looking at this Reigate Priory AC have dropped from 1st to 3rd place in the Surrey Road League Men's League after the Elmbridge 10K.

Let's get a good turn-out for the last fixture at Wimbledon on 11th August - see this to enter the event.

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 6th August 7:00PM CANCELLED DUE TO MABAC RACE

The plan for Tuesday is for all to run the MABAC fixture, details as above.

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 7th August 7:00PM 

 Ian Edmonds will be leading the run from the Sovereign on Wednesday.

 

Session @ Priory Park Thursday 8th August 6:00PM by Gavin Lawrence

This week the group will be doing loops in the lower park of about 550 to 600 metres length.

This will be a pyramid session going from 4 to 3 to 2 to 1 loop with a jogged 100 metre recovery in between sets.

As usual meet opposite the pavilion at 6:00PM for warm up, main session 6:15PM start.

 

Good for Age entry open and closure date - a reminder from Mike Pocock

Applications for Good for Age entry into the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon will open on Wednesday 7 August 2019 and close on Friday 16 August 2019.

 

Parkrun tourism @ New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland Saturday 3rd August

Sarah and I were passing through New Ross on our way to our holiday destination in County Kerry.

Here we are "flying the flag" so to speak, although Sarah hadn't got her RPAC top. This event starts at 9:30AM - good job I checked. A lap and a half of the J.F. Kennedy Arboretum, which starts somewhat higher than it finishes. A quick down-hill at the start, and a long slow climb back up again.

They gave out 2 random prizes for a tea/coffee in the café, and I managed to get one! A fantastic well organised event with lovely people, and a good start to the holiday.

Where was your parkrun tourism this hoiday? How did it go? Do tell.

 

Dates for the diary

Tuesday 6th August 7:30PM MABAC League fixture @ Wimbledon Common - see this

Sunday 11th August Wimbledon 5K Dash @ Wimbledon - Surrey Road League final fixture -  see this

Saturday 17th August Southern Athletics League @ Tooting

Saturday 24th August RPAC Parkrun Tourism @ Tilgate - see this

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email me promptly and I can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let me know. 

If you wish to get in touch my email address is 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 29th July 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 29th July 2019

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Club news for everyone

 

Parkrun Tourism event 2 @ Denbies Saturday 27th July

Although it poured down during the previous night, the ground was solid at Denbies for the Mole Valley parkrun and conditions were excellent.

PBs over the course were registered by Charl Jordaan (who also crossed the finish in 1st place), Adrian Grant and myself.

Other attendees not in-picture were Moray Carey and Michael Clark. I hope that all attendees were pleased with their times, as it is not an easy course, and I think that everyone did well.

Some were tantalisingly close to their course PB!

17:56 Charl Jordaan 1st

21:41 Paul Walters 20th

24:57 Michael Clark 63rd

25:13 Andrew Bamford 67th

27:06 Bethany Higgins 103rd

29:24 Adrian Grant 141st

31:38 Jack Finn 178th

33:10 Moray Carey 206th

33:12 Stewart McIntyre 207th

35:33 Usha Stevens 224th

36:13 Michael Bashford 225th

38:14 Sarah Walters 239th

Full results are here.

We were joined by Sue Carnell and Paul Byrne for coffees all 'round at Squires Garden Centre on our return to Reigate.

The next parkrun event is on Saturday August 24th when we will be heading over to Tilgate. Shove it in your diaries!

Junior's parents and accompanied juniors are very welcome to join us.

Here is the list of future dates and venues...

24th August 2019 Tilgate parkrun
5th October 2019 Horsham parkrun
23rd November 2019 Hove parkrun - with minibus travel
28th December 2019 Reigate Priory parkrun
25th January 2020 Banstead Woods parkrun
29th February 2020 Nonsuch parkrun
28th March 2020 Tooting Common parkrun - with minibus travel


Reigate and Banstead Twinning - can you host a runner from France for Run Reigate 2019 (no responses as yet)?

Without getting embroiled in a Brexit debate (!), the Reigate and Banstead Twinning Association is hosting visitors from our twin town of Brunoy, France (pronounced "Brunoir") on Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September, and we have four runners coming over to take part in the half marathon over that Run Reigate weekend. Would you consider hosting someone from Brunoy? Let's show our entente cordiale!

If it is possible for you to host, can you please contact Sarah Walters by sending her an email to 

 

Southern Athletics League @ Tooting Saturday 17th August

A date for your diaries on the horizon for juniors U17 upwards and seniors. More information will be forthcoming soon.

 

Next Reigate Priory AC newsletter Monday 5th August

I intend to compose the newsletter from our holiday cottage in Sneem, Ireland. If there's no newsletter it will probably be due to lack of internet!

Please do feed me with items for next week by emailing .

 

Junior news

 

U13 Southern Inter-Counties T & F @ Kingston Saturday 27 July

The annual U13 Southern Inter-Counties Track and Field Championships took place at Kingston on Saturday.

Three young RPAC athletes were in the Surrey Squad and ran for the county in the non scoring 800m.

See the report from this event here.

Congratulations to all three on their first Track and Field competition for Surrey.

 

Final Lily B event @ Kingston Saturday 31st August

The track and field season for the Juniors is drawing to a close. However, there is one final Lily B event for the girls on Saturday 31 August at Kingston. Please mark the date in your diaries.

 

Senior news

 

Caterham Rotary 10K and Half @ Redhill Aerodrome Sunday 21st July

I mentioned last week that Claire and Mel had run the 10K. We had more competitors in the event than I realised, and the results of the 10K are here and the half are here. I can't help but think that there are still some missing. Please let me know!

 

Surrey Slog @ Peaslake Sunday 21st July

You can find the Reigate Priory AC results from the Surrey Slog here. Well done for completing a grueling course with such excellent finishing times!

 

Informal 10K @ Coulsdon Thursday 25th July

Running must have been difficult in the heat on Thursday night. I take my hat off to you all!

You can find the Reigate Priory AC results from the Informal 10K 3rd and final event for 2019 here.

Usha Stevens posted some of Ian Strong's photos of this event in our Facebook group here.

 

British Transplant Games @ Newport 28th July

Congratulations to Moray Laing who won gold in the javelin and silver in the discus (missed gold by 22cm) at the British Transplant Games at Newport on Sunday in his build-up to the World Transplant Games in Newcastle.

 

MABAC event @ Wimbledon Common Tuesday 6th August

This event is hosted by Wimbledon Windmilers and details can be found here.

It takes place on Tuesday 6th August at 19:30, starting and finishing at Wimbledon Rugby Club SW20 0ET (Barham Road, just off the A3).

It is a 5 mile cross country event, with also joggers and junior events of about 2.5 miles. You should have received an email regarding this event from Andrew Bamford on Monday 29th July.

Meet in Bell St Car Park at 18:00 for a 18:15 departure if you want to car share, or make your own way there if you don't.

Please email to let the MABAC team know of your interest or if you have any queries about this event.

 

Wimbledon 5K Dash @ Wimbledon Sunday 11th August

This is the last Surrey Road League fixture, and there are still places for this event available.

Looking at this Reigate Priory AC have dropped from 1st to 3rd place in the Surrey Road League Men's League after the Elmbridge 10K.

Let's get a good turn-out for the last fixture at Wimbledon on 11th August - see this to enter the event.

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 30th July 7:00PM by Ian Martin

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Medium and Long Distance Short Distance

Less Intense

Warm up and drills: High knees walking; butt kicks; A & B skips; open/close the gate; sidesteps; squats; lunges; high skips; tuck jumps; arms swings, punches; then high knees running in sets of 30 strides.

4 x 10 mins with 2.5 mins recovery between reps.


Reps 1 & 4: fast burst for 1 min at 4 mins and 9 mins.


Reps 2 & 3: fast burst for 1 min at 3, 6 & 9 mins.

Up to 10 sets of

300m at 80%, with 200m walk recovery,

200m at 90%, with 200m walk recovery.

400m, plus fast for 100m.

200m walk/jog recovery

47.5 minute session.

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 31st July 7:00PM 

 Ian Edmonds will be leading the run from the Sovereign on Wednesday.

 

Session @ Priory Park Thursday 1st August 

I don't know if there will be a session at 6PM on Thursday as per usual. Keep an eye on the calendar.

HOWEVER, there will be a Reigate Priory AC organised session in Priory Park on Thursday 1st August at 7:30PM as part of the Run Reigate Run Club season of training sessions building up to the Reigate Half Marathon on Sunday September 15th.

This will be led by Ian Edmonds with other coaches in attendance. All welcome.

  

What is Kate Knight up to?

Last week I told you that Kate finished the Elmore 7 on Saturday in a time of 1:43:59, but I missed that this was closely followed up by the Caterham Rotary Half Marathon on Sunday 21st July in a time of 3:20:15, a PB for the course.

Apologies Kate and Well Done! 

 

Dates for the diary

Thursday 1st August 7:30PM Run Reigate training session in the park by Reigate Priory AC.

Tuesday 6th August 7:30PM MABAC League fixture @ Wimbledon Common - see this

Sunday 11th August Wimbledon 5K Dash @ Wimbledon - Surrey Road League final fixture -  see this

Saturday 17th August Southern Athletics League @ Tooting

Saturday 24th August RPAC Parkrun Tourism @ Tilgate - see this

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email me promptly and I can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let me know. 

If you wish to get in touch my email address is 

U13 Southern Inter-Counties T & F Kingston 27 July 2019

U13 Southern Inter-Counties T & F Kingston 27 July 2019

 

The annual U13 Southern Inter-Counties Track and Field  Championships took place at Kingston on Saturday.  With 13 counties taking part (!)  Surrey as ever fielded strong teams with the girls taking 2nd place behind Kent and the boys 3rd behind Essex and Hertfordshire. 

Three young RPAC athletes were in the Surrey Squad and ran for the county in the non scoring 800m. The girls was split into two 800m races and Shakila Keable  (just returned from two weeks in Spain), won her race in 2.30.69 with Lilah Unwin then winning the second race with a big PB time of 2.30.98! Both girls times would have been good enough for 1st place in the B string race and beat a few in the A string for good measure!

Samuel Stapley ran a strong race and took 3rd place in the boys in a field of 12 with a time of 2.25.66.

Congratulations to all three on their first Track and Field competition for Surrey.

 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 22nd July 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 22nd July 2019

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Club news for everyone

 

Parkrun Tourism event 2 Saturday 27th July ***THIS SATURDAY*** @ Denbies

We will meet at 8:10AM at Reigate College (Rushworth Road entrance) to car share over to Denbies at Dorking to take part in Mole Valley Parkrun this Saturday at 9AM. (The car park will be locked afterwards until our return.)

If more convenient, please just make your own way to Denbies and we'll see you there.

All seniors, parents and accompanied juniors are welcome. Please run in club vest if you can, and bring some money for refreshments afterwards.

It'd be great to see you! You just need to turn up.

 

Reigate and Banstead Twinning - can you host a runner from France for Run Reigate 2019?

Without getting embroiled in a Brexit debate (!), the Reigate and Banstead Twinning Association is hosting visitors from our twin town of Brunoy, France (pronounced "Brunoir") on Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September, and we have four runners coming over to take part in the half marathon over that Run Reigate weekend. Would you consider hosting someone from Brunoy? Let's show our entente cordiale!

If it is possible for you to host, can you please contact Sarah Walters by sending her an email at 

 

Junior news

 

All England Schools Competition @ Birmingham Friday 12th July - by Ian Martin

Katie Mackison achieved a terrific 4th place in the Intermediate Girls Javelin at the All England Schools Competition in Birmingham on 12 July. Katie threw 43m 36cm and missed a 3rd place medal by only 4cm.

 

u17 / u20 News - by Ashley Burridge

Some Track and Field personal bests (and club records!) from the last week. Drew Burridge improved his 400m time to 53.04s at the Woodford Green Open meeting on Monday evening. He also took half a second off his 200m time at the Southern Athletics League meeting at Worthing on Saturday, running 23.7s. At the same meeting, James Naylor set a 200m u20 club best time of 24.9s.

 

Eight Counties Inter-County Championships Sunday 21st July @ Chelmsford

Two Reigate Priory AC athletes Lily Cain-Jones and Drew Burridge were chosen to represent Surrey competing against the best from Hampshire, Sussex, Kent, Middlesex, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex.

Well done to both! Read the report here.

 

YDL UAG event Saturday 28th July @ Mile End by Ashley Burridge

Last call for the final Youth Development League (Upper Age Group) match next Sunday at Mile End in East London. Please see the RPAC website calendar for more details.

If you wish to compete and haven't already told us, please email our team manager before Friday evening - 

 

Senior news

 

Race to the Stones 100K Ultra from Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July 2019 

Clare Pryor and Ruth Willis participated in the Race to the Stones 100k, an event Clare tells me is a great and super organised event you can run, run/walk or walk and do over 1 or 2 days.

Clare and Ruth did 50km each day and and camped over at "base camp".

They came away unscathed apart from 1 blister each! Their results were impressive - see this.

 

Vets League @ Croydon from Monday 8th July and SAL @ Worthing from Saturday 13th July 2019

Please see this for a report from these events.

I expect that you know already, but a special mention to Jo Davey. After her 800m of 2:20.8 on Saturday, she is ranked 1st V40 in the UK!

 

Elmore 7 @ Elmore House, Chipstead 20th July 2019

Well done to Melanie, Valerie and Kate - results are here.

 

Elmbridge 10K @ Walton Sports Track 21st July 2019

Due to injury and illness the men's team was unfortunately depleted for this fixture. You can see the results here. Take it from me, even though it was flat, the heat was sapping!

 

Caterham Rotary 10K @ Redhill Aerodrome 21st July 2019

Two competitors from our club, with a PB a-piece! Well done to Claire Humphrey with a finishing time of 54:15, and also to Melanie Fulton-Bell who posted an excellent time of 1:00:49 after running the Elmore 7 the day before. Results are here.

 

Surrey Slog @ Peaslake 21st July 2019

No results available as of Monday PM.

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 23rd July 7:00PM by Ian Martin

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

All apart from Less Intense

Less Intense

Warm up and drills: High knees walking; butt kicks; A & B skips; open/close the gate; sidesteps; squats; lunges; high skips; tuck jumps; arms swings, punches; then high knees running in sets of 30 strides.

300m paarlaufs at 80% of top pace, with partner of similar ability. Work in 2 teams rather than pairs. 1 lap jog in reverse direction after every 3 sets.

45 minute limit 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 24th July 7:00PM 

 Ian Edmonds will be leading the run from the Sovereign on Wednesday.

 

Session @ Priory Park Thursday 25th July 6:00PM *** CANCELLED ***

This session will not take place as you are encouraged to attend the SLH Informal 10K at Coulsdon Downs and Happy Valley - see this

 

What is Kate Knight up to?

Kate finished the Elmore 7 last Saturday in a time of 1:43:59. Kate is raising funds for East Surrey Hospital (£1,500 to date) in recognition of her 60th marathon this year and having working for 10 years as a nursing assistant for the Trust. Please visit her fund raising page here. She is looking forward to the Salisbury 50 km on 11th August and the South Downs Challenge on 31st August and 1st September.

 

Naomi Whyatt and Kurran her husband

Former Reigate Priory AC member Naomi Whyatt was married to Kurran at the weekend.

Here is the happy couple. Congratulations from all of us!

 

Possible dates for the diary

Thursday 25th July SLH Informal 10K @ Coulsdon Downs and Happy Valley - see this

Saturday 27th July Reigate Priory AC Park Run Tourism fixture 2 - Mole Valley Park Run @ Denbies. Further details above - and see this and this

Sunday 11th August Wimbledon 5K Dash @ Wimbledon - Surrey Road League final fixture -  see this

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email me promptly and I can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let me know. 

If you wish to get in touch my email address is 

RPAC Juniors @ 8 County Championships

RPAC Juniors @ 8 County Championships

The Eight Counties U17 Inter Counties Championships took place on Sunday at Chelmsford, Essex. Two RPAC athletes were chosen to represent Surrey competing against the best from Hampshire, Sussex, Kent, Middlesex, Buckinghamshire, Herfordshire and Essex.

drew and lilyLily Cain-Jones threw 33.6m in the Javelin to secure sixth place in a very competitive field. Drew Burridge ran a new PB of over 9/10ths of a second to secure 5th place in the 400m in a time of 52.11s. Both Drew and Lily were promoted to the first string in their events due to some absent athletes. Notably, several Surrey sprinters were invited to compete in relay events at the Anniversary Games. This meant Lily and Drew were called upon to fill gaps in relay squads at the end of the meeting, 4x300 and 4x100 respectively, to secure those all important team points! Well done both!

STOP PRESS: Jo Davey ranked No 1 W40 800m

STOP PRESS: Jo Davey ranked No 1 W40 800m

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Following her 2:20.8 pb for 800m at Worthing on Saturday, Jo Davey is now ranked No 1 in the country for the W40 800m. Congratulations Jo!

W40 800m ranking

 

Update from the Chair, July 2019

Update from the Chair, July 2019

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Junior Club Captain

The Committee recently took the decision to elect a Junior Captain to help us further our coaching practices and engagement of ALL members, including the parents of juniors. We are delighted to announce that Katie Mackison, Surrey Champion and fourth in this year's English Schools Javelin throw, has accepted the position. Please join me in congratulating Katie on her recent success and on becoming our first Junior Captain.

World Transplant Games

Congratulations to Donna Barrington-Smith (Archery) and Moray Laing (Throws) on their selection for the British team at the World Transplant Games in Newcastle later this year. To recognise Donna and Moray's commitment to the club as official and competitor, the committee have agreed to provide a grant of £150 to each of them as a contribution to their expenses.

In Case of Emergency (ICE)

If there is an emergency situation, it is extremely important that ICE emergency contact details and any relevant medical information is available to the coaches and/or run leaders. Although this information is provided on the membership form which is filled in when somebody first joins, it is not easy to make it available when it is required in an emergency.

We therefore strongly encourage everybody (juniors and seniors) to either wear an ICE wristband or carry a mobile phone with ICE information available without the need to unlock the phone. This is especially encouraged for any juniors with medical conditions or for seniors who regularly run on their own, but ideally ICE information should be easily available for any athlete in all situations.

ICE wristbands are available from:

whilst for phones:

  • iPhones have a built in application
  • Suitable apps are available for Android phones, e.g. here

England Athletics Club 360 Review

The review with England Athletics is progressing well, Natalie Kavanagh-Clarke (EA Club Support Officer) has already met with the committee, coaches, parents and seniors. There is also an online survey, which is still open. If you haven't already completed the survey, please do so in the next couple of weeks, see https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/M2M235K.

Volunteers at the Summer Evening 10k

I know Chris Veale has already thanked you all for your contribution to the Summer Evening 10k, but I would like to add my thanks to anyone who contributed in any way. This includes the help received from members of both Horley Harriers and Redhill Cycling Club and from Run Reigate, which was gratefully received.

It was a very successful event, which has raised much needed funds for the club and raised our profile in the local community.

Website & Club Calendar

A reminder that there is lots of information available on the club website, www.rpac.org.uk, including:

  • Club Calendar (direct link: www.rpac.org.uk/calendar)
  • Noticeboard, for useful information from other organisations and about other upcoming events
  • News items and reports on recent events
  • Results
  • Volunteer recognition
  • and lots of other useful stuff

Some information is only available if you log in to the site, every member was provided with login information when you first joined. If you have any questions, please visit the website first, the answers may be there already!

Note that we are working to get a menu system that works fully on mobile devices and to make the content more easily navigable.

Summary Minutes, Committee meetings, May & June 2019

The summary minutes are now available, see May and June (website login required).

Malcolm Woodman

Vets T&F and Southern Athletics Leagues, July 2019

Vets T&F and Southern Athletics Leagues, July 2019

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Vets League - Monday 8th July 2019 - Croydon

A team of Vets were at the Croydon Sports Arena, Monday 8th July to compete in the last Southern Vets League of the season. Despite depleted numbers due to holidays and injury there was no shortage of enthusiasm or excellent performances.  Malcolm Woodman (V55) and Steve Smith (V45) were the all rounders of the the night competing in multiple track and field events which included - 100m, 400m, 1 mile, Javelin, Long jump and high jump.  Dave Rayner (V55) and Jo Davey (V40) both put in strong performances in the mile at the end of the night, Jo narrowly winning her event against a strong contender from Striders of Croydon. Thanks to Annette Morris for her officiating & cheering duties whilst nursing a recovering foot, to Ivan Barrett and Ian Crouch for officiating in the field events and to Ashley Burridge for timekeeping. 

SAL - Saturday 13th July 2019 - Worthing

The 4th SAL match of the season took place at Worthing Athletics track on Saturday 13th July.   It was a warm day with great conditions for pbs in the sprint events.  Our dynamic duo Drew Burridge and James Naylor dominated the 200m and 400 m track events.  Drew took second in the 400 in a time of 55.2s, narrowly pushing James into third in 55.5s.   The 200 proved to be the event of the day for Drew who smashed his Pb in a time of 23.7.  James also took the club record for the U20s in a time of 24.9s.  

Jo Davey won the ladies 800m knocking nearly 3 seconds off her Pb in a time of 2mins 20.8s.  She wasn’t quite so spritely in the 5000m but still got some valuable points for the team.  Dave Rayner gave another solid performance in the men’s 3000m proving his commitment to the club yet again. 

On the officials side of things.  A big thanks to Ashley Burridge, Ian Crouch and Ivan Barratt for their time keeping and field judging skills.   

Our last match is in Tooting on Saturday 17th August.  Please let Jo or Ginevra know if you would like to compete via sal@rpac.org.uk.

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Reigate Priory AC Club News 15th July 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 15th July 2019

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Club news for everyone

 

Parkrun Tourism event 2 Saturday 27th July @ Denbies

We will meet at 8:10AM at Reigate College (Rushworth Road entrance) to car share over to Denbies at Dorking to take part on Mole Valley Parkrun at 9AM. (The car park will be locked afterwards until our return.)

All seniors, parents and accompanied juniors are welcome. Please run in club vest if you can, and bring some money for refreshments afterwards.

It'd be great to see you!

 

Volunteering to help at Run Reigate 2019

if you don't wish to enter the run but still want to be part of Run Reigate 2019 then you may want to volunteer.  All volunteers get a free breakfast, t-shirt and entry to Run Reigate 2020.

See this for more details.

 

Junior news

 

u17/u20 News - by Ashley Burridge

Some Track and Field personal bests (and club records!) from the last week. Drew Burridge improved his 400m time to 53.04s at the Woodford Green Open meeting on Monday evening. He also took half a second off his 200m time at the Southern Athletics League meeting at Worthing on Saturday, running 23.7s. At the same meeting, James Naylor set a 200m u20 club best time of 24.9s.


Three RPAC athletes have been selected to represent Surrey at the Eight Counties U17 Inter County Championships at Chelmsford this coming Sunday. Congratulations to Katie Mackison (Javelin), Lily Cain-Jones (Javelin) and Drew Burridge (400m and 4x400 relay).

 

YDL event Saturday 20th July @ Tooting Bec

You should have received an email describing the event on Monday 15th July. Please email  if your child is available to attend this meeting.

 

Senior news

 

North Downs Way Half Marathon 7th July 2019

Fantastic results that you can see here from Charlie Butcher (1st), Fran Dunham (2nd) and Rick Coles (7th).

 

SCVAC Track & Field League fixture 4 Monday 8th July @ Croydon

I understand that due to injury and illness numbers were depleted for this fixture (I had a cold!). Results are to follow.

 

SAL meeting Saturday 13th July @ Worthing

I understand that there were some excellent performances. Results are to follow.

 

Hillsong Youth Guildford Half Marathon 13th July

Jack Finn ran the half marathon with some friends to raise money to get the youth (11-18 year old) to the church conference. Well done Jack! It's not too late to sponsor Jack, so see this

 

Sunday Social run and  "Walk" 14th July @ Reigate Hill car park

The eight runners headed off through Walton Heath towards Ebbisham Lane and back for a 9 mile run at 9:00AM last Sunday, and returned at around 10:30AM to join the "walking group" at the Reigate Hill café. A great time was had by all, although for the walkers it only involved a brisk 20 metres walk from/to the cars! Thanks to Ali, Sharon and Graham for instigating this, and we must plan to do it again soon.

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 16th July 7:00PM by Ian Martin

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Short distance

Medium and long distance

Less Intense

Warm up and drills: High knees walking; butt kicks; A & B skips; open/close the gate; sidesteps; squats; lunges; high skips; tuck jumps; arms swings, punches; then high knees running in sets of 30 strides.

600m wind-ups

Walk 150m

then 150m at 50% pace

then 100m at 70% pace,

then 100m at 90% pace,

then 100m at 100% pace.

In teams of 3:

800m reps.

Ist runner sets off, after one lap 2nd runner joins to lead 1st runner.

After 2 laps 3rd runner joins to lead 2nd runner and 1st runner stops for static rest.

After 3rd lap 1st runner joins to lead 1st runner and 2nd runner stops for static rest, and so on.

600m, 200m walk/jog recovery

45 min session

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 17th July 7:00PM 

 Ian Edmonds will be leading the run from the Sovereign on Wednesday.

 

Session @ Priory Park Thursday 18th July 6:00PM

Meet at 6.pm by Pavillion /tree seat for Warm up, loop around pond and back. 6.15 main session.

Short hill loops in lower park from pavilion / tree straight up to the bench left along the treeline to south east corner clump of trees and back down to the Ha-Ha by the Priory School, along the path back to the tree seat.

Sets of 3 then 2 then 1 then 2 then 3. 1 minute recovery between each set.

Gavin Lawrence as coach.

 

Surrey Road League 2019

It might have missed your attention that Reigate Priory AC are leading the Surrey Road League after four events. The final two events are the Elmbridge 10K (only 65 entries left!) this coming Sunday 21st July and the Wimbledon 5K Dash on Sunday 11th August. Let's get a strong turn-out for these events!

 

What is Kate Knight up to?

Kate took part in the Peak District Challenge 100Km this last weekend and finished in a time of 32:00:38. Kate is now looking forward to the Salisbury 50k on 11th August. (Sorry I missed you from the Informal 10K results race 2 Kate - now added!)

 

Possible dates for the diary

You may want to know about these up-and-coming local fixtures - a busy end-of-the-month...

Saturday 20th July The SLH Elmore 7 - see this

Sunday 21st July Elmbridge 10K - *** Surrey Road League event so do this in preference *** see this

Sunday 21st July Caterham Rotary Half Marathon and 10K - see this

Sunday 21st July Surrey Slog @ Holmbury Hill - see this

Thursday 25th July SLH Informal 10K @ Coulsdon Downs and Happy Valley - see this

Saturday 27th July Reigate Priory AC Park Run Tourism fixture 2 - Mole Valley Park Run @ Denbies. Further details above - and see this and this

Sunday 11th August Wimbledon 5K Dash @ Wimbledon - Surrey Road League final fixture -  see this

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email me promptly and I can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let me know. 

If you wish to get in touch my email address is 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 8th July 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 8th July 2019

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Club news for everyone

 

 

England Athletics Club Review by Usha, Ellis and Malcolm

You will have received an email about a survey on Friday 5th July, intended for everyone (members and parents).

Please let us encourage you to read the email and complete both the EA survey and our own additional questions.

 

Summer Evening 10K Wednesday 3rd July

Congratulations to our Summer 10K organisers and volunteers for making the event such a success - read this.

Really sorry that I couldn't have been there. I'd have been fascinated to see the bamboo cups given out - such a great idea.

 

Summer BBQ Tuesday 9th July @ Battlebridge Track

Remember that it is our Summer BBQ tomorrow. Food will be ready by 7:00PM for juniors and 8:00PM for seniors.

Please bring your own drinks and money for a small contribution to the cost of the food (£1 for juniors, £2 for seniors).

Really hope you can make it, and friends and family are all welcome.

 

SAL meeting Saturday 13th July @ Worthing by Jo and Ginevra

You should have received an email on 5th July regarding this event. It is the penultimate SAL event, and it'd be great to see many athletes taking part. 

The meeting is open to U17s, U20s and Seniors (Vets included). If you are interested in competing please let us know as soon as possible (by Wednesday 10th July at the latest) and which events you would like to compete in.

The timetable is available here, so please read the email for more information and email  if you'd like to compete.

 

Junior news

 

Lily B League @ Guildford Sunday 7th July by Mike Gent

The third Lily B match of the season was held at Guildford yesterday. A good turn out from RPAC Junior girls. with a number of PBs including Shakila Keable in the U13 1500m and Francesca Manrow in the U15 Discus, with a new Club record.

 

EBL Boys League @ Woodcote School, Coulsdon Sunday 14th July

An email was sent out on Monday 8th July regarding this fixture for boys U11 to U17.

Please read the email and send an email to  to confirm attendance providing the required information as per the email.

 

Senior news

 

Volunteers needed for the MABAC Surrey Slog Sunday 21st July @ Holmbury Hill by Andrew Bamford

Volunteers are needed for this challenging half marathon run on trails around Holmbury Hill.

It is a major fundraiser for the league and enables the league fixtures to be staged free of charge. Surplus funds are distributed to local charities. Please support the race if you can. If you can help email 

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 9th July 7:00PM by Ian Martin

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Short distance

Medium and long distance

Warm up and drills: High knees walking; butt kicks; A & B skips; open/close the gate; sidesteps; squats; lunges; high skips; tuck jumps; arms swings, punches; then high knees running in sets of 30 strides

Jog 200m then:

5 x 400m at 80% top pace with 200m walk recovery

5 x 300m at 90% top pace with 200m walk recovery

5 x 200m at 100% top pace with 200m walk recovery

Jog 200m and then up to 6 sets of:

600m at faster than 5k pace with 100m walk recovery;

500m at faster than 600m pace, with 100m alk recovery;

400m at 80% top pace, with 200m walk recovery.

Warm down:  with burgers, hot dogs and plenty of fluid.

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 10th July 7:00PM 

 Ian Edmonds will be leading the run from the Sovereign on Wednesday.

 

Session @ Priory Park Thursday 11th July 6:00PM

Meet at 6:00pm for warmup. 1 short loop. Main session starts at 6:15pm. 2 short loops, 2 long loops, 1 short loop. Gavin Lawrence as coach.

 

Sunday Social Run from Reigate Hill car park Sunday 14th July 9:00AM (and a coffee and walk from 9:30AM)

You may have noticed on Facebook that there will be a meet-up for a coffee and a walk from Reigate Hill at 9:30AM with Ali Rustige, Meera Siva and Graham Tucker in attendance, with others very welcome to join too.

Ian Edmonds will be running from Reigate Hill car park at 9:00AM on Sunday 14th July for an easy run of 100 minutes with the thought that we can meet up with the walkers at the end of the run.

 

Possible dates for the diary

You may want to know about these up-and-coming local fixtures - a busy end-of-the-month...

Saturday 20th July The SLH Elmore 7 - see this

Sunday 21st July Elmbridge 10K - *** Surrey Road League event so do this in preference *** see this

Sunday 21st July Caterham Rotary Half Marathon and 10K - see this

Sunday 21st July Surrey Slog @ Holmbury Hill - see this

Thursday 25th July SLH Informal 10K @ Coulsdon Downs and Happy Valley - see this

Saturday 27th July Reigate Priory AC Park Run Tourism fixture 2 - Mole Valley Park Run @ Denbies. Further details to follow - see this and this

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email me promptly and I can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let me know. 

If you wish to get in touch my email address is

Summer Evening 10k - Thank You!

Summer Evening 10k - Thank You!

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The sun, a slight breeze and temperatures in the high teens were all delivered as planned for this year's Summer Evening 10k.  We were pleased to see plenty of happy faces around the finish funnel as athletes re-hydrated from their RPAC branded bamboo cups! 

This was only possible with the help of around 70 selfless RPAC members, friends and families donating their time to the club.  It's humbling to look at the sheer volume of names on the list of volunteers. 

Thanks to everyone who helped to make the event a success.

Chris Veale, Race Director

I would like to add my own thanks to everyone who helped on Wednesday, but in particular to Chris himself. I think everybody will agree that he has done an excellent job in his first year as Race Director, continuing the high standards set and maintained by all his predecessors, whilst putting his own unique stamp on our race. Thank you Chris!

Malcolm Woodman, Chair

Reigate Priory AC Club News 1st July 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 1st July 2019

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Club news for everyone

 

Summer Evening 10K Wednesday 3rd July

It is of course the week of our Summer 10K on this Wednesday 3rd July at 7:30PM. Hope to see you there!

 

Summer BBQ Tuesday 9th July @ Battlebridge Track

You should have been sent an email sent on 30th June inviting you to our Summer BBQ. Food will be ready by 7:00PM for juniors and 8:00PM for seniors. Really hope you can make it, and friends and family are all welcome.

 

Junior news

 

Third YDL UAG league match @  Erith Sunday 30th June

You can read a report here, but in summary Dan Statham improved on his high jump personal best with a leap of 1.78m. Under 17s Lily Cain-Jones and Drew Burridge both won their events in the Javelin and 400 metres respectively. Drew was well in the lead in the 200 metres when one of the laces failed on his running spikes as he was coming off the bend, forcing him to pull up.

Please could all parents of upper age-group junior athletes re-double their encouragement to get a better attendance for our next match at Mile End on Sunday, 28th July - email to follow later this month.

 

Third Lily B match @ Guildford Spectrum Sunday 7th July

This is an event for U11-U17 female athletes. You should have received an email sent on 27th June describing this event.  Please contact Mike Gent on  by Tuesday 2nd July to inform him of which events your daughter would like to compete in, and if you can, consider sparing a little time on the day to help out with the events.

 

Senior news

 

SLH Informal 10K @ Farthing Downs Thursday 27th June

Our results can be found here. Well done to our participants. I hope that it wasn't too hot!

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 2nd July 7:00PM

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Short distance

Medium and long distance

45 mins session

45 mins session

400m wind-ups:

100m walk

100m at 50%

100m at 70%

50m  at 90% with last 50m at 100%

1 km at 10K pace, then 200m jog.

Then 800m at 80% pace, with 90 secs static recovery.

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 3rd July 7:00PM CANCELLED

 This session is cancelled as it's the night of our Summer Evening 10K.

 

Session @ Priory Park Thursday 4th July 6:00PM

 Meet at 6:00pm opposite the pavilion - session lead by Gavin Lawrence.

For the warm up, loop around lake and back along the treeline.

The main session starts at 6.15pm at the bottom of the gully by the beacon.

Kenyan Hills using the Gully. Hard on the uphill and along the outside path until it starts to descend then easy steady jog back to the bottom of the gully.

Either 4,5 or 6 loops for beginner/intermediate/fast.

 

Southern Vets T&F League Monday 8th July @ Croydon

It is the fourth and final fixture in this year's Veterans' Track and Field League on Monday 8th July. The venue is the Croydon Harriers track in Croydon. The field events start at 6.30 pm and the track events at 7 pm. You should have had an email describing the event sent on 28th June, and if you wish to compete, please email Malcolm or get your name on the team sheet on Tuesday 2nd July during the 7PM session at Battlebridge Track.

 

What is Kate Knight up to?

If you missed Kate's three marathons in April, she ran in Manchester 7:15:24, Brighton 7:10:23 and London 7:02:23. Notice the improvement through the month? 

This last weekend Kate was taking part in the Cotswold Way Challenge 100km, which she completed in a time of 31.55.24,  a new PB for this course by just under 6 hours. Fantastic Kate!

The Peak District Challenge 100km on 13th and 14th of July is approaching on Kate's schedule.

By the way, Kate is fund raising for the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust. You can see her fund raising page here.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email me promptly and I can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let me know. 

If you wish to get in touch my email address is

YDL UAG, Erith - 30 June 2019

YDL UAG, Erith - 30 June 2019

Onwards and upwards for Dan!

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The Reigate Priory athletes who attended the third Youth Develoment League match at sunny Erith on Sunday enjoyed great success. Most notably, Dan Statham improved on his high jump personal best with a leap of 1.78m. He was second in his u17 age group, narrowly missing victory on countback.

failed puma evospeed discUnder 17s Lily Cain-Jones and Drew Burridge both won their events in the Javelin and 400 metres, respectively. Drew was well in the lead in the 200 metres when one of the "laces" failed on his running spikes as he was coming off the bend, forcing him to pull up. A cautionary tale for those athletes with, or considering purchasing, the Puma evoSpeed Disc spikes.

Due to the poor turnout of athletes, we finished 7th from the eight clubs in this match. We were also penalised for not providing sufficient helpers with Ashley Burridge, timekeeping, our only licensed official. Please could all parents of upper age-group junior athletes re-double their encouragement to get a better attendance for our next match at Mile End on Sunday, 28th June - email to follow later this month. The Youth Development League is just that, an opportunity to develop in a competitive environment, rather than Championship-only competition.

Qualifying as an athletics official is a pleasurable and relatively simple process. As a small club we have some very experienced officials across all the disciplines (track, field, timekeeping, photofinish and starting) but just not enough weight of numbers. If you would like to find out more, please visit the England Athletics website: https://www.englandathletics.org/officiating/

YDL Battersea 22 June 2019 - A Day of PB's!

YDL Battersea 22 June 2019 - A Day of PB's!

It was a great team effort at the latest YDL match held in Battersea on Saturday.  So many RPAC athletes with personal best performances!

In the U13 girls there were 1st place finishes  - ALL of which were with a PB!  - for Charlotte Pelekani A race 70mH, Phoebe Bakker B race 70mH, Lilah Unwin A race 800m,  Shakila Keable A race 1200m and Alessia Turner B race 1200m. For Shakila, posting a sub 4 min 1200m lifted her into illustrious company as only the third RPAC girl to achieve this. For Alessia there was also a big PB in taking 2nd place in the long jump where she jumped 4.06m. Lily Woodhams and Imogen Wheeler both PB'd in their 150m races. Several competed in two or three different events helping boost the team score.  At the end of a long hot day of athletics, Alessia Turner, Sophia Bryant, Tiggy Boyce and Imogen Wheeler ran a fast 4 x 100m U13G's relay securing a 2nd place finish. For some, this was their fourth event.

The U13 boys were also clocking up personal best performances.  Justin Collins had 3  -  100m, 200m and in the  high jump with an excellent 1m. 30 clearance. Harry Peters picked up PB's in the 75mH and 200m, Sunny Boyce in the Shot and the Javelin.  Max Orchard in his first YDL appearance had a long jump PB and ran a good first ever 800m to take 3rd place in the A race. In the 1500m there was a big PB in taking 2nd place in the A race for Sammy Rolaston. 

More happy faces amongst the U15 girls where they all achieved best ever performances! Caitlin Holloway had three, 300m, Shot and Discus. Eva Marsh has had a great season and improved both her 1500m and long jump bests while others to double up were Iris McAuliffe with PB'S in her 100m race and in the Shot, Francesca Manrow who PB'D in the 200 and the 300m races, and Zara Watkinson in the 800m and Javelin! In the U15G'S 800m Imogen Gregory took a full 18 seconds off her PB!

Another who has been improving his times all summer is U15B Oscar Curry.  Oscar won the A race 800m with yet another PB finishing in a speedy 2.12.80.

The fourth and final Lower Age group YDL match is scheduled  for Saturday 20th July. This was to be held at the Wimbledon Park Stadium but now seems likely to be switched to the home track of Herne Hill Harriers in Tooting. Confirmation in due course.

 Four RPAC parent volunteers help Long Jump Official Ivan (back turned):

Some more Pics from Battersea 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 24th June 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 24th June 2019

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Club news for everyone

 

Summer Evening 10K Wednesday 3rd July (from Chris Veale and Usha Stevens)

We need more selfless individuals to enjoy the summer evening sun (probably) whilst helping to deliver a great event for our runners as per the email you should have received on 21st June.

Please drop Usha and Chris a note to  (if you haven't already) and we'll add you to the list of merry men, women and juniors who will make our event a success!

Remember - without the support of the club this event cannot run. Thanks again.

 

Parkrun tourism fixture 1 @ Worthing Saturday 22nd June

You can see the run report here. We had a fantastic time, returning with some PBs and happy memories. The event was attended by members and ex-members, so it'd be great to see some parents and accompanied juniors next time - Saturday 27th July at Mole Valley parkrun, Denbies, Dorking. There will be further information about this event nearer the time, including where to meet for car sharing to the event.

 

Southern Athletics League, Match 3 @ Lewes from Saturday 15th June

Results are now available from this event here courtesy of Malcolm Woodman. A reminder that there is also a report here.

 

Junior news

 

South East Schools Inter-Counties Championships @  Erith Saturday 15th June by Dave Mills

Our two outstanding U17 Javelin throwers, Katie Mackison and Lily Cain-Jones were in action for Surrey at the South East Schools Inter-counties Track and Field Championships held recently in Erith. 

Having been selected on the strength of their Gold and Silver medal performances at the recent Surrey Schools Championships, they yet again produced a master class in throwing to finish 1st and 2nd against the best from Middlesex, Kent, Hampshire and Sussex. Katie threw a huge 43.35 metres and Lily an impressive 34.92 metres. Both girls are highly placed in the UK rankings for the javelin with Katie 6th and Lily 23rd.

 

Surrey Quad Kids 2nd semi-final @ Guildford Wednesday 19th June by Mike Gent

Two RPAC teams, twenty athletes, competed in the Surrey Quad Kids second semi final at Guildford on Wednesday. There were some great performances on the night and the A team qualified for the final on 3 July, finishing second of all the teams across the two semi- finals. Special mention to Max Orchard who was the leading boy on the night with a very impressive score of 280 points.

 

Youth Development League @ Battersea Park Saturday 22nd June by Dave Mills

There was a good turn out from the U13/U15 boys and girls for the latest Lower Age Group Youth Development League match held in hot, sunny conditions at Battersea Park on Saturday. 

Official results not yet posted to Power of 10 but we already know there were many RPAC Personal Bests achieved!

Ashley Burridge and Ivan Barratt were on Officials duty all day so special thanks to them and to David Manrow for managing the team.

A full report plus some pics will be posted on the web site once the results are published. 

 

Mercedes Benz 5k @ Mercedes Benz World Sunday 26th May

Henry Stockley was given a free place in the Mercedes Benz 5k by Reigate Priory AC and RunThrough, and Henry has rewarded that gift by coming 12th out of 138 participants, with a gun time of 21:46 and a chip time of 21:44. The result can be seen here. Well done Henry!

He enjoyed the event so much that he is going to run it again in September.

 

Senior news

 

Wollaton Park 10K @ Nottingham Saturday 15th June

Recent joiner Freddie Roux finished in third place with a time of 37:45. See the report from this event here.

 

Richmond 10K @ Ham Sunday 16th June

We now have a race report on the website courtesy of Andrew Bamford here.

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 25th June 7:00PM

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Short and Middle distance

Long distance

Less intense

Short and Middle & Long distance together

45 minute session

300m paarlauf with a partner of similar ability

 

45 mins session

300m paarlauf with a partner of similar ability

 

45 mins session

Run as 2 teams rather than pairs.

Each team starts when the back marker of the incoming team finishes

Take a 400m jog recovery after each set of 3 runs.

 

Individuals can finish before 45 minutes, depending on levels of experience

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 26th June 7:00PM

Ian is back to lead out the session on Wednesday night. You can read about the Wednesday sessions here.

 

Session @ Priory Park Thursday 27th June 6:00PM cancelled

Cancellation due the Informal 10K as below.

 

Informal 10K (a.k.a. Near-as-Dammit 10K) @ Coulsdon Thursday 27th June 7:30PM

You are encouraged to participate in the Informal 10K this coming Thursday 27th June. The session in Priory Park on Thursday is cancelled for this week.

It's probably the least expensive 10K race you'll be able to take part in locally, the price for entry being just £4.

These events are hosted by South London Harriers, a series of three informal 10K races each year run over Coulsdon Downs and Happy Valley along tracks and paths. The entry form is here. I suspect that there will be a number of people entering this event from the club - Mike Pocock and Gavin Lawrence being two. If you want more details about this or wish to car share, it would be worth making this known at the track on Tuesday.

Also note that the last Informal 10K event of this year is on Thursday 25th July.

 

Harriers' Fast 5 Miler trail course @ Nonsuch Park on Sunday 30th June

Epsom & Ewell Harriers are hosting this new event next Sunday, including 1 mile and 5 mile races. You can enter the event via the Run Britain website here.

 

What is Kate Knight up to?

On the back of the Cheddar Gorge Challenge half marathon on Sunday 16th June (finish time 5:08:07), Kate followed up by running her fastest parkrun for a long time on Saturday 22nd June at Banstead Woods in a time of 43:12, and on Sunday 23rd of June she took part in the Midsummer Munro - a 'gratuitously difficult' half marathon with height gain/loss of 3000 feet - equivalent to a Scottish Munro - an 'ultra-half'. Kate finished the event in a time of 5:30:00.

Blimey! Congratulations Kate!

 

Get in touch

 

 If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email me promptly and I can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let me know. 

If you wish to get in touch my email address is

 

Richmond 10K

Richmond 10K

Category: Seniors News

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.

 

 

 

Parkrun tourism event 1 - Worthing Sat 22nd June

Parkrun tourism event 1 - Worthing Sat 22nd June

Category: Seniors News

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!

Freddie Finishes Third

Freddie Finishes Third

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Recent club joiner Freddie Roux finished in third place at the Wollaton Park 10K on Saturday 15th June in a time of 37:45.  For those of you who don't know, Wollaton Park is on the outskirts of Nottingham and  is a deer park and home of Wollaton Hall, Nottingham Natural History Museum and Nottingham Industrial Museum. The course is described as  two laps of a 5k circuit, across undulating terrain composed of paths and grass.

 

 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 17th June 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 17th June 2019

Category: All Club News

Club news for everyone

 

Summer Evening 10K (from Chris Veale and Usha Stevens)

We've had a few more members (and their friends) offering a helping hand with the Summer Evening 10k.  Thank you all very much.

We need around 20-30 more selfless individuals to enjoy the summer evening sun (probably) whilst helping to deliver a great event for our runners. 

Please drop Usha and Chris a note to  (if you haven't already) and we'll add you to the list of merry men, women and juniors who will make our event a success!  Thanks again.

 

Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism @ Worthing Saturday 22nd June

 Last call for Worthing parkrun for this Saturday - email me now. You can read more about this event here. If you'd like to come please email me informing me of attendees and breakfasts required, and I'll reply with payment details.

My email address is

 

Southern Athletics League @ Lewes from Saturday 15th June, including a new club record!

You can read a report from this event here. Well done to our participants!

 

Have results for the website? Let us know

If you know of results that could go onto the website, you just need to email them to  to get them published.

 

Junior news

 

YDL @ Belgrave Harriers Battersea Park on Saturday 22nd June

Please read the email sent on Sunday 16th June regarding this event and reply to  with attendance. You can either email this address or get back to me if you did not receive the email.

 

YDL UAG @ Erith Stadium for U17s and U20s on Sunday 30th June

Please read the email sent on Friday 14th June regarding this event and reply to  with attendance and which events you'd like to compete in. You can either email this address or get back to me if you did not receive the email.

 

Invicta East Kent Open Meeting @ Canterbury from Thursday 13th June - by Ashley Burridge

In the absence of their sprint coach - busy greeting his new grandchild in sunny Greece - James Naylor and Drew Burridge set off on a mission to deepest Kent on Thursday to show them how we do running in Reigate. Entering the 300m at the Invicta East Kent Open meeting in Canterbury with minutes to spare, due to heavy traffic, Drew won in a new RPAC best time of 37.16s with James setting an u20s best of 39.05s in 2nd place.

 

Senior news

 

Richmond 10K Club Championship @ Ham on Sunday 16th June

A much improved turn-out on last year and excellent conditions greeted us on Sunday morning. You can see the results here. Well done all, and after this event Reigate Priory AC is still leading the Surrey Road League.

 

Ladies Surrey Cross Country League 2019/20 Season - from Nat Wilson

Can you please add these four fixture dates to your diaries...

Saturday 12th October 2019 (Reigate Priory hosted by Reigate Priory AC)

Saturday 9th November 2019 (venue and hosts to be confirmed)

Saturday 11th January 2020 (venue to be confirmed, hosted by Guildford and Godalming)

Saturday 8th February 2020 (venue and hosts to be confirmed)

Start times are to be confirmed but are usually either 11am or 1pm.

As Sonia has departed for Cornwall, Gillian O'Regan has taken over as ladies vice captain. If you don't know Gillian, her photo appears on this page if you click on "Captains".

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 18th June 7:00PM

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Short and Middle distance

Long distance

Less intense

200m wind ups  (inside lanes)

Rolling session (outside lanes)

45 minute session

4 x 400m (at 80%) with 200m walk back/forward

5x 300m (at 90%) with 100m walk back/forward

6 x 200m (at 100%) with 100m walk back/forward

1K at 10K pace with 200m jog recovery.

Then up to 8 sets of:

400m with 100m jog

... followed by ...

600m with 200m jog

All reps at faster than 5k pace

45 min session

800m with 400m jog recovery

Up to 45 minutes depending on level of experience

 

Improvers and Recovery Run from the YMCA Sovereign Centre on Wednesday 19th June 7:00PM

In the absence of Ian Edmonds, I (Paul Walters) will be taking the group out on Wednesday evening, along with Andrew Bamford.

We will run from the Sovereign Centre to the bottom of Somerset Road, to do some loops of Pendleton Road -> Mount Walk -> Cronks Hill Road -> Somerset Road, and then back to the Sovereign Centre.

 

Session in Reigate's Priory Park Thursday 20th June 6:00PM for 6:15PM

Meet at 6:00PM for a warm up. The main session starts at 6.15PM, comprising of short and long hills using the gully, lead by Gavin Lawrence.

 

Get in touch

 

 If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email me promptly and I can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let me know. 

If you wish to get in touch my email address is

A productive day in Lewes, including a new club record!

A productive day in Lewes, including a new club record!

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A small team of RPAC members competed at the Southern Athletics League match in Lewes yesterday (Saturday 15th June), in a joint team with Dorking & Mole Valley and Holland Sports.

In the field events, RPAC were represented by Anousha Wardly and Dan Statham. Anousha won the pole vault despite only taking off from a short run  to protect a sore foot that prevented her from competing in all her planned events. Dan Statham also won the high jump and smashed his PB in the process. He jumped 1.76m which is a new U17 boys RPAC club record!

On the track, times were not helped by a big headwind in the home straight but there were a number of wins. Great scoring runs from James Naylor (100-B 13.0s) and Drew Burridge (400-A 53.3s & 200-B 24.2s), both winning their races against Seniors. Ginevra Stoneley won the 3K in 10:59.2 and was third in the 1500m in 5:13.1.

Ashley Burridge and Ivan Barrett were officiating all day for RPAC. From his position on the finish line as timekeeper Ashley started the day at noon putting on factor 25 and ended at 5:00pm in full wet weather gear! Ivan was also there all day and was officiating at the high jump to see Dan win.

Next SAL fixture is Saturday 13th July at Worthing, an excellent opportunity for the U17 and U20s to join with Seniors & Veterans in the only league which crosses the divide between Juniors & Seniors.

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Reigate Priory AC Club News 10th June 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 10th June 2019

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Summer Evening 10k (from Chris Veale and Usha Stevens)

 

The call for volunteers to assist with the Summer Evening 10k on the 3rd of July went out this week and we've been delighted to receive over 30 members (and their friends) offering a helping hand.  Thank you all very much.

To make the event a success we will need about 70 people to generously give the club a couple of hours of their time.  We're a decent amount of the way there but still need a few more friendly faces to get involved.

If you've not replied to the email sent out on Wednesday 5th June please drop Usha and Chris an email at  so that we will add you to the list of merry men, women and juniors who will make our event a success!

Also, please direct anyone you meet to www.summer10k.com and encourage them to sign up!
 

Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism Saturday 22nd June *** email me now ***

 

To kick off our new venture, we are off to the flat and fast Worthing parkrun on Saturday 22nd June.

Our parkrun visits are targeted at seniors, parents of juniors and accompanied juniors, but non-members may also attend.

The price is £14.50 (or £17.50 for non-members) including travel and a breakfast in The Burlington Hotel on Worthing seafront.

You can see the breakfast menu here.

The deadline for inclusion is Thursday 13th June. you can read more here.

If you'd like to come please email me informing me of attendees and breakfasts required, and I'll reply with payment details.

My email address is

 

Southern Athletics League Saturday 15th June (from Ginevra Stoneley and Jo Davey)

 

We have our third SAL (Southern Athletics League) meet on Saturday 15th June, 2019 at Lewes - BN7 2XG, and it would be really great if we can get as many athletes as possible taking part.

The meeting is open to U17s, U20s and Seniors (Vets included). If you are interested in competing please let us know as soon as possible and which events you would like to compete in.

You should have an email describing this event in your inbox from 4th June. Let me know if you did not receive it.

Please inform us (the SAL Team Managers, Jo Davey and Ginevra Stoneley) on address  if you would like to compete.

 

Junior news

 

Crawley Open Meeting from Wednesday 5th June (from Dave Mills)

The third Crawley Open Meeting of the summer took place last Wednesday and a number of Juniors took the chance to run in graded races and attack their PB's. 

In the 1500m's there was another outstanding performance by Oscar Curry who won his race in 4.38.65 adding to his impressive run of PB's this season. 

Eva Marsh and Shakila Keable also ran PB's in their 1500's, both girls improving on the PB's they had achieved 4 days earlier at the Lily B match in Walton!

Eva Peters and Lucy Dénecé doubled up with good times in their respective track events whilst for Eva there was a good leap of 4m.01 in the long jump and a season's best 18m.45 in the javelin for Lucy.

Year seven athletes were otherwise engaged on Wednesday with a schools match held at Hartswood.  One highlight worthy of note was Samuel Stapley's win in the 800m.

Whilst the time is unofficial, Samuel beat the outstanding Surrey 800m runner from Oxted School in the week where that runner was featured in Athletics Weekly Magazine! Well done Samuel.

 

Surrey Schools Track and Field Championships from Saturday 8th June (from Dave Mills)

The Surrey Schools Track and Field Championships took place on Saturday in Kingston. Having qualified through the various District events held earlier in the summer, a number of RPAC Juniors took part.

There was more Javelin success with Katie Mackison and Lily Cain-Jones taking Gold and Silver respectively in the Inter-Girls competition. Katie threw a massive 40m60 and Lily had a PB with an impressive 37m65. Katie should find herself going forward to the English Schools Championships as part of the Surrey team having achieved the Entry Standard with her throw, and having achieved the even more stretching National Standard earlier this summer. 

Dan Statham equaled his high jump PB with 1m.65 finishing 6th in the Inter-Boys competition.

Vicky Wilkes (I-G 200m), Drew Burridge (I-B 400m) and Oscar Curry (Junior Boys 800m) all made it through to the final of their event with Vicky and Drew taking 4th place and Oscar 5th. Good achievements by all, firstly to qualify for these Championships, then to all have competed in the final of their event.

 

Get your vests on, Juniors - You never know who you might end up competing against

Under 17 Drew Burridge entered the Blackheath & Bromley Open graded meeting last Monday evening to compete in the 400 metres. Lining up outside him was Team GB's 2012 World Indoor gold medalist Perri Shakes-Drayton!
 
Drew held her off throughout the race, beating her by 0.4s.

 

Senior results

 

Vitality London 10K from Monday 27th May

Congratulations to our competitors at the Vitality London 10K. Results can be seen here.

 

MABAC league @ Holmwood Common Sunday 9th June

21 people participated - a fantastic turn-out from our club, and great to see some new faces running in this event. Provisional results can be seen here. Also big thanks to both Stewart McIntyre and Moray Laing for coming along to support us.

Moray took some great photos that can be seen on the Facebook group here.

 

SCVAC Track & Field League fixture 3 @ Walton Monday 10th June

Unfortunately this event was cancelled due to the downpour. 

 

Surrey Road League 2019/2020 (from Ian Martin's post to the Facebook group)

The latest position in the Surrey Road League after Dorking 10: RPAC leading by 4 points as can be seen here. Let’s try to push on and regain this trophy.

 

Senior events on the calendar

 

Tuesday Battlebridge session Tuesday 11th June

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track at 7PM is scheduled as follows...

Short and Middle distance Long distance Less intense
200m wind ups  (outside lanes) Rolling session (inside lanes): 45 minute session

1st 50m: 50% top pace

2nd 50m: 70% top pace

3rd 50m: 90% top pace

4th 50m: 100% top pace

400m, 100m jog

500m, 100m jog

600m, 100m jog

Sets of 400m, 200m jog, 600m.

400m jog between sets.

Up to 45 minutes depending

on your level of experience

 

Richmond 10K Club Championship Sunday 16th June

You still have the opportunity to join this event here. Hoping for a good turn-out next Sunday.

 

Cabbage Patch 10 Sunday 13th October

I mention this race as it is nearing being full, and I know that it has been a popular race for some over the years as a flat and fast 10 miler. You can enter the race here. Note that this event is probably the day after the Surrey League cross country race, so I for one will unfortunately not be on the start line!

We have four entrants already.

 

Other news

 

Very sad news posted on the SCAA website that Jack Rutherford, until recently the chairman of Walton AC,  has passed away.

He was a great supporter of athletics across the county, and was at the Priory Relays supporting his Walton runners every year.

 

Get in touch

 

 If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email me promptly and I can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let me know. 

If you wish to get in touch my email address is below...

Update from the Chair, June 2019

Update from the Chair, June 2019

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Now that Paul Walters is publishing a weekly news article / e-mail (thank you Paul!), I am going to largely restrict my monthly update to matters relating to the running of the club, rather than repeating information in the weekly news.

Committee 2019/2020

Subsequent to the AGM, parent Sam Burnett put her name forward to stand for the remaining vacant position on the committee. In the absence of any other nominations, Sam is duly elected to the Committee.

The full list of roles on the committee are:

Chair: Malcolm Woodman
Treasurer: Anthony Collins
Secretary: Ginevra Stoneley
Membership Secretary: Jas Dhanda
Communication: Paul Walters
Competition: Andrew Bamford
Development: Ellis Cain-Jones
Juniors: Mike Gent
Social / Volunteering: Sam Burnett / Usha Stevens

I will also be taking on the coach liaison role on the committee.

See the e-mail version of this update for e-mail addresses if you want to contact any of us direct.

Summer Evening 10k

It is our Summer Evening 10k on Wednesday 3rd July. Our new Race Director, Chris Veale, has been busy over the last few months putting everything in place, with an emphasis on making the race eco-friendly. With just over 3 weeks to go, we already have 270 entries, so we are well on the way towards our goal of 500 runners.

The first call for volunteers went out last week, and over 30 members, parents and friends have already responded. However, we need approximately 70 people in total to stage the race, so if you are able to help and have not yet replied, please do so as soon as possible. I am sure there will be further communications on this topic over the next few weeks!

EA 360 review

Subsequent to the AGM, we have formally agreed with England Athletics that they will perform a 360 Review for us, to help us identify our strengths & weaknesses and to support the development of the club going forward. This review will be lead by Natalie Kavanagh Clarke, our Club Support Manager at EA.

The plan is for Natalie to meet with as many people as possible who are involved in the club, whether that is as athlete, parent, coach or committee member. There will be a number of informal sessions organised where Natalie will be able to get feedback. The current plan is:

  • Wednesday 12th June: Committee
  • Tuesday 25th June: Parents and juniors (at K2 session)
  • Friday 5th July: Junior & senior coaches
  • Tuesday 16th July: Senior athletes (at Battlebridge)

We also need to arrange a session with the Wednesday evening group of senior athletes, but the date for that has not yet been finalised.

There will also be an online survey, which will be open to anyone connected to the club. Details of this are being finalised at the moment.

Further details of all these meetings and the survey will be sent out as required.

MABAC Holmwood Common

Having said I am going to restrict these updates to club matters, I do want to break my new rule immediately, to highlight that we had 21 seniors running in the MABAC league race at Holmwood Common this morning. This is comfortably a record turnout, and there were a large number of new faces amongst the 21. Well done to everyone who ran, it will be interesting to see if we finish further up in the team competition with that many runners! The photo below is not quite the complete team.

MABAC Holmwood Common 2019

 

Summary Minutes

Summary minutes for both the March and April 2019 committee meetings are now available.

Malcolm Woodman

Reigate Priory AC Club News 3rd June 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 3rd June 2019

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parkrun tourism first event 22nd June - for everyone

 

The Reigate Priory parkrun tourism activity is here! You can see the Reigate Priory AC news item advertising the schedule here.

Our parkrun visits are targeted at seniors, parents of juniors and accompanied juniors, but if we have the space even non-members may attend.

We will be visiting Worthing parkrun by minibus on 22nd June, and the deadline for inclusion is Thursday 13th June, so please read the article and get in touch!

 

Junior results

 

Youth Development League from Sunday 26th May

Our second Youth Development League, Upper Age Group match took place at Mile End in East London on Sunday, 26th May.

Three under 17's from Reigate Priory AC were the only athletes turning out for the u17/u20 Reigate/Holland Sports joint team.

Alex Collins took on the 100m producing a personal best time and also scored points in the Triple Jump and 200m. Lily Cain-Jones won the Javelin and Drew Burridge came within 1/10th of a second of his PB in the 400m.

Our next match is at Erith on Sunday, 30 June (details on the club's calendar).

As this is the first weekend after the exam season we hope to see more competitors there! More details to follow by email later this week.

 

Lily B League from Saturday 1st June

On Saturday 1st June RPAC took 28 junior athletes to the fantastic new track at Walton for the second round of this year’s Lily B competition.

There were a number of great performances, but highlights were Ewa Marsh’s big PB in the U15 1500m, Imogen Wheeler who registered best PBs  in both the 100 and 200m and Eve Goulding who was the fastest out of almost 50 U11 sprinters in the 75m.

You can read the full reports from the girls Lily B League match at Walton from Saturday here

 

Ebbisham Boys League from Sunday 2nd June

A small contingent of RPAC boys turned out for the Ebbisham Boys League match at Ewell on Sunday and produced some excellent results.

You can read the full reports from the Ebbisham Boys League match at Ewell from Sunday here.

 

Senior results

 

Club Championship Dorking 10 from Sunday 2nd June

Sunday 2nd June was the day for the hot and hilly Dorking 10 road race, our club championship.

Apart from the championship results (available on the link below), our men's team came a fantastic 2nd overall. Additionally three of our members participated in the 10Km race.

Full results from the Dorking 10s can be found here.

 

Surrey Masters @ Kingsmeadow Sunday 2nd June

Congratulations to Moray Laing who won a silver medal in the V55 javelin.

 

Other recent results

Southern Athletics League, Match 2 from 19th May

Southern Vets Athletics, Match 2 from 20th May

Adrian Bowden ran the Edinburgh Marathon on 26th May in a time of 4:29:57 - congratulations Adrian, and we'll get the result added to the website.

Dorking 10s from 2nd June

Surrey Masters Track and Field from 2nd June

 

Senior events on the calendar

 

MABAC League Sunday 9th June

The next MABAC fixture is on Sunday 9th June at Holmwood Common at 11am. There is some information about the course and parking here.

For further information an informative email was sent to seniors on last Thursday 30th May. If you fancy running let the RPAC MABAC team know - their email address is within the email sent on the 30th. If you don't have the email you can always email me.

 

Vets Track and Field @ Walton Monday 10th June

It is the third fixture in this year's Veterans' Track and Field League on Monday 10th June. The venue is the Waterside Athletics Arena, Walton. The field events start at 6.30 pm and the track events at 7 pm.

An email was sent out to seniors about this event on Sunday 2nd June with the itinerary. If you'd like to take part, please let Malcolm know. If you don't have the email you can always email me.

 

Club Championship Richmond 10K on Sunday 16th June

This is a reminder that this event will be on us before you know it, and the event fills up. You can still enter here.

 

Other news

 

Mick Heaver's challenge

Mick is currently undertaking a challenge of running a 5km every day, without a rest day, for 365 days straight. The challenge is called "5-4-365" and he is attempting to raise £5k for Centrepoint charity, who specialise in helping 18-25yr olds who are homeless. He has passed day 50!

If you want to follow his journey it is on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/_mII8UDs9h4 or on Instagram: mick_heaver

Should anyone be feeling generous, the link to his justgiving page is here

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email me promptly and I can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let me know. 

I have purposely made each item of this newsletter brief and to the point. If you have any comments regarding the format, do let me know.

If you wish to get in touch my email address is below...

Reigate Priory AC parkrun tourism 2019 / 2020

Reigate Priory AC parkrun tourism 2019 / 2020

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Reigate Priory AC parkrun tourism 2019 / 2020

 

Parkrun explained

For those who don't know (will there be anyone?) parkrun is a fantastic organisation, providing free 5km running events all over the UK and beyond, generally at 9AM on a Saturday morning. There are plenty of parkrun events within reach from Reigate for us to have a full schedule with a different parkrun each month for at least 2 years. You register at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/ and once registered you can visit any parkrun with your printed bar code (provided on registration). Results are provided later in the day on the parkrun website.

 

Who can come with us?

We want to invite senior Reigate Priory AC members, parents of junior members and accompanied junior members along to the parkrun events, but as long as there is space non-members can tag along. Note that for club members, we want to encourage you to wear your Reigate Priory AC vest.

 

Our parkrun tourism schedule

We have planned some dates for parkrun tourism for this coming year.

Our provisional schedule (liable to change dates/venues) is as follows...

22nd June 2019 Worthing parkrun - with minibus travel
27th July 2019 Mole valley parkrun
24th August 2019 Tilgate parkrun
5th October 2019 Horsham parkrun
23rd November 2019 Hove parkrun - with minibus travel
28th December 2019 Reigate Priory parkrun
25th January 2020 Banstead Woods parkrun
29th February 2020 Nonsuch parkrun
28th March 2020 Tooting Common parkrun - with minibus travel

 

We wish to cover the majority of the park runs using car sharing, but for three of them we will take minibuses.

 

Our first visit - Worthing parkrun Saturday 22nd June 2019

 

Why Worthing parkrun? 

Worthing is a large and attractive seaside town in West Sussex at the foot of the South Downs with a pier and a long sea front.

But, and this is the main point, Worthing parkrun is a flat and fast out-and-back. It is PB material. Indeed, my two fastest parkrun times are set here. If you want to see what is possible here, see the Worthing results from 25th May 2019.

Afterwards, the visit to the hotel with a slap-up breakfast will cap off a wonderful visit to Worthing.

 

What is the itinerary?

The schedule will be...

7:15 Arrive at Reigate College (Rushworth Road entrance). We have use of the car park. 
7:20 (Latest) set off for Worthing.
8:30 Arrive at Worthing.
9:00 Worthing parkrun.
10:00 Breakfast in The Burlington hotel.
11:00 minibus departs Worthing.
12:30 Back in Reigate College car park.

 

You can see the article from our previous Worthing park run adventure here.

 

What does it cost?

The cost is £14.50, which includes a full breakfast from The Burlington hotel on Worthing seafront and a contribution towards the minibus. The cost for non-members is £17.50, which includes breakfast but reflects a full payment for the minibus hire, although non-members will need to wait until the 13th June for confirmation as seniors, parents and accompanied juniors have priority over the seats available.

You can see the provided breakfast here, and you will need to send us your main breakfast selection from this list, although they can do special requests and dietary requirements - just ask us.

 

How do I take part?

If you'd like to take part, please send me an email on the address below before Thursday 13th June, and include who would like to come with their breakfast selection from here...

... and I will reply back with confirmation and details of how to pay.

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday June 22nd.

 

Ebbisham Boys League, Ewell 2nd June 2019

Ebbisham Boys League, Ewell 2nd June 2019

A small contingent of RPAC boys turned out for the Ebbisham Boys League match at Ewell on Sunday and produced some excellent results.

In the U15 800m Oscar Curry won the A string with another fast time to keep his good run of form going this season. Gusie Lewis, fresh from setting a new PB in the 800M at the Brighton Open Meeting last Wednesday, ran a second consecutive 800M PB finishing  2nd in the B string with a time of 2.26.6. Joe Walker completed a strong line up with a good run in the non scoring U15 800m.

Oscar doubled up in the hunt for points with a PB in his 2nd place finish in the 300m while Gusie Lewis also doubled up with a 300m and was rewarded with yet another PB! A good few days for Gusie!

Barton Carter won the A string U15 long jump with 5m.02 and Rudi Haylock had another good match winning the B string U15 long jump with a PB 4m.77. Rudi also equalled his PB finishing 2nd in the high jump with 1m.55 and ran a fast 13.3 in the 100m. Gusie Lewis was our third U15 long jumper also jumping well.

Noah Young ran well as a non scoring U17 in the 1500m posting 5.05.6.

In the U13's Justin Collins picked up another PB in winning the high jump with 1m.25. He also performed well in the long jump and in his first 200m.

There were excellent performances  from our U11'S  with the highlights Michael Macguire clearing 3m.96 in winning the long jump,  and a fast 600m by Aiden Kelley posting 2.04.4. Michael also ran a good 75m race while Aiden was one of the fastest in the 150m and jumped well too. George Turner had good results in both his events, the 600m and the long jump, and Etham Else ran well in his 150m and 600m races.

The next Ebbisham Boys League match is at Coulsdon on Sunday 14th July.

Lily B League, Walton 1st June 2019

Lily B League, Walton 1st June 2019

Summer was truly with us on Saturday for the Girls' Lily B League match at the sparkling new athletics stadium in Walton on Thames. There were plenty of performances by the RPAC  athletes in both track and field events to match the hot weather.

In the field, as ever our outstanding U17 Javelin girls, Katie Mackison and Lily Cain-Jones, took 1st place in both the A and B string with massive throws. They were well supported by Lucy Dénecé who was 3rd in the U15 Javelin and Alessia Turner 2nd in the U13'S with a new PB of 16.04m.

There were strong performances in the long jump too. With A and B representation in both the U15 and U13's all four of our athletes finished 3rd in their respective battles. These included a PB jump of 4m.23 by Eva Marsh in the U15's and both our U13's, Imogen Wheeler and Alessia Turner,  finishing with the same best jump on the day of 3m.70.

Completing our scoring in the field events, Francesca Manrow had a good throw of 16m.16 in the U15 discus.

In the track events there were several new PB's and a number of girls competing in an event for the first time. Amongst the new PB's from those who already  had a time, both Eva Peters and Imogen Wheeler doubled up with personal best times in both the 100 and 200m. Eva Marsh added to her Long Jump PB with a new best time in finishing 2nd in the U15 1500m. In the U15 800m Amelia South knocked 4 seconds off her previous best. Vicky Wilkes missed out on an U17 100m PB by just 1/10th of a second.

It was great to see Charlotte Pelekani and Phoebe Bakker running in the U13 75mH at the start of the meeting. For both girls it was their first 75m hurdles race.  Ella Scrase in the U13 800m ran well on her debut in the event. In the U15 's Iris McAuliffe in the 200m and Maddie Blakeley in the 300m and the long jump both performed well, also in their first attempts at the events. Shakila Keable ran hard to take 3rd place in her first U13 1500m race. 

A good contingent of U11's competed in the non scoring 75m, 600m and long jump. Eve Goulding was our quickest in the 75m where she equalled her PB with a speedy 11.4. Eve also equalled her PB in the long jump with 3m12 with Isla Kinniborough also clearing over 3m with a leap of 3m.02.  Emily Sheard was second quickest in the 75m with a time of 12.6. In the 600m our two fastest finishers were Isla Kinniborough (2.15.9) and Lily Tomkins with a time of 2.20.3.

Four of the U11's also stayed on to compete strongly in the 4 x100m relay. 

The next Lily B League match is in Guildford on Sunday 7th July.

Pics from Walton:

 

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Reigate Priory AC Club News May 31st 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News May 31st 2019

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Reigate Priory AC Club News May 31st 2019

 

Introduction

Hello. I'm Paul Walters.

 

Here I am at a recent 80's night. Yes, I am that old. For those who don't know me, I joined Reigate Priory AC in 1999, but after all of this time I've just joined the committee for the first time. I've taken on the communication and marketing role on the committee.

Going forward, I'm intending to publish a weekly newsletter on a Monday that will go to the club website, Facebook page, Facebook group, Twitter and email.

My intention is to publicise any event that is coming up in the next week and further horizon as well as to inform you of achievement within the club. I'm also intending to include brief details of any important e-mails that have gone out in the last week, in case they have been marked as spam.

This week may be a little short and sweet, but if you want to publicise achievement, whether it is yourself or running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let me know. 

If you wish to get in touch my email address is below...

Note that the target audience is for everyone. So whether you are a junior, parent, senior, official or whoever, you're welcome to get in touch. I'll no doubt be brushing up on the format of this communication as time goes on, so please bear with me.

So, to start as I mean to go on, here goes.

 

For all - park run tourism - coming soon

Put this date in your diary - Saturday 22nd June. We're planning a schedule of monthly park run tourism visits from Reigate Priory AC, and our first visit will be to Worthing park run.

See this for a previous visit to Worthing park run - a flat and fast out and back course along the sea front and fond memories.

These events are open to all - seniors, parents of juniors, and accompanied juniors. We will be travelling to Worthing in a minibus, and we are expecting the cost to be about £15 for this visit which will include breakfast in a hotel on Worthing sea front as well as a contribution to the minibus cost. It'd be great to get a good showing from the club.

I should be in a position to advertise this fully next week, so watch this space!

 

Junior news

There's the second Lily B league event at Walton this Saturday 1st June. Lily B is a girls only athletics league.

The next Ebbisham League match is this Sunday 2nd June at Epsom. The Ebbisham League is a boys-only event.

 

Senior news

Top news - it is our club championship the Dorking 10 this Sunday 2nd June at 9AM starting and finishing in Brockham village. This has been our 10 mile club championship for as far back as I can remember.

You should be able to enter on the day. Note that the club championship only extends to the 10 mile event, although there is also a 10Km race on the day if you don't fancy the 10. Also, club rules apply, so read this - make sure you wear your club vest! You can see the entrants here. 19 from RPAC so far apparently. We had 22 last year, so please let me encourage you to take part.

You might have noticed that there is now a less intensive session at Battlebridge track on Tuesday's at 7PM. There are often 3 activities to choose from, so let me encourage you to try a track session or two if you don't go down to the track on a Tuesday night already.

You might have seen in a recent email that the next MABAC league event is on Sunday 9th June (put the date in your diary), but the link to the event did not work. You can read about this event here.

 

For all - good luck this weekend

Good luck to all of you running this weekend. Hopefully we will have lots of achievements to mention next week!

 

Paul.

 

Southern & Vets Leagues, 19/20th May 2019

Southern & Vets Leagues, 19/20th May 2019

Category: Seniors News

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

Ladies' Day at MABAC Farnham Park

Ladies' Day at MABAC Farnham Park

Category: Seniors News

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.

MABAC Farnham Park 2019

National Youth Development League, Ware, 18th May 2019

National Youth Development League, Ware, 18th May 2019

A long trip to Ware in Hertfordshire didn't put off a good contingent of athletes from RPAC for the 2nd match in this season's YDL.

There were plenty of PB's, several 1st place finishes and a couple of athletes competing for the first time. 

Barton Carter had another good day to follow up after his medal success at the recent Surrey Championships.  He came 1st in the U15B'S long jump and scored heavily for the team by adding 3rd place finishes in both the 100 and 200m races, achieving PB's in each! Rudi Haylock was in good form too, equalling his PB in winning the high jump with 1m55 and then coming 1st in both the B string long jump and 200m. Rudi's long jump was a new PB. Also in the U15B'S,  Oscar Curry had 2nd place finishes in the 300 and the 800m races posting fast times in each.

Our U15G'S both scored well by competing in three events each. Francesca Manrow won the discus, came 2nd in the 300m with a PB and was 4th in the 200m. Caitlin Holloway  had a PB in finishing 2nd in her 300m race and threw well in both the discus and the shot.

Imogen Wheeler had a great day! Three events and three PB's! Imogen came 2nd in the U13G'S long jump with 3m 73 and was speedy in both the 75 and the 150m races. Charlotte Pelekani scored heavily for the team in her first appearance taking 2nd place in her long jump competition and having 3rd place finishes in both her 75 and 150m races. Tiggy Boyce also in her first appearance ran a great 800m to finish in 2nd place by a fraction of a second, but in doing so took maximim points as the winner of the B string. (A and B runners competed in the same race). Pollyanne Stott finished the race in 1st place to also pick up maximum points. Both girls then ran well in the 75m sprint. Completing our contingent of U13G'S,  late in the afternoon it was Shakila Keable's turn in the 1200m where,  despite having to run on her own at the front throughout, Shakila won in a time of 4.01.9. This time is in the top 25 in the UK currently and ranks her 3rd in the club records for U13G'S 1200m.

Justin Collins as ever turned out in three events and was rewarded with a PB in his U13B'S 75mH race. Justin also competed well in the 100m and in the high jump. A first outing for Sunny Boyce saw him also competing well in the 100m and Javelin. 

Thanks go to Ivan Barratt and Ashley Burridge for officiating all day and to David Manrow for managing the team. 

The next YDL match for U13,  U15 boys and girls is on Saturday 22nd June in Battersea. 

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.

Vets Track & Field League, Monday 29th April

Vets Track & Field League, Monday 29th April

Category: Seniors News

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.

Malcolm Woodman Vets League April 2019

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.

Gavin Lawrence Vets League April 2019

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.

Jo Davey Vets League April 2019

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.

April Marathons 2019

April Marathons 2019

Category: Seniors News

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

Matt Aylott at Manchester 2019          Graham Bull at Brighton 2019        


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.

     Clare Pryor at Brighton 2019     Kate Knight at Brighton 2019

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.

Fran and Ginevra at London 2019 v2

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:

May time trial

May time trial

Category: Seniors News

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. 

Update from the Chair, April 2019

Update from the Chair, April 2019

Category: All Club News

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:

Dan Equals U17B's High Jump Club Record - Crawley Open 20 April 2019

Dan Equals U17B's High Jump Club Record - Crawley Open 20 April 2019

In perfect athletics weather at the latest Crawley Open Meeting, Dan Statham  cleared 1m 65 in the High Jump to equal the U17 boys club record! Needless to say, a new PB for Dan. There was another good jump, in the U15 boys, by Rudi Haylock who cleared 1m 55. Both boys also produced good long jumps and Rudi, competing in his first meeting for RPAC, also ran in the 100m clocking 13.29.

Lily Grant was in good form competing in her first track event of the season coming home in a speedy 48.39 in the U17W's hurdles. 

Oscar Curry,  in his first U15B 800m of the season, came home in 1st place and secured a massive PB in the process with a time of 2.16.66. Amelia South was another athlete at her first meeting and ran well in the U15G'S 800m.

Three U13 boys had their first taste of the 1500m and all performed well. Outstanding was Samuel Stapley who came in 1st in a quick time of 5.01.54! With 14 in the race Sam Rolaston finished a very creditable 4th also with a quick time and Will John-Cox ran a consistent race finishing strongly. 

Max Orchard had his first track outing of the season winning the U11 600m comfortably in 1.57.28 just outside his PB.

 

Max and Oscar on their way to 1st place finishes. Sam, Samuel and Will after their first 1500's:

Three Senior Club Championships on the Horizon

Three Senior Club Championships on the Horizon

Category: Seniors News

There are three Reigate Priory AC club championships on the horizon...

Date Championship Location
Tuesday 14th May 1 Mile (if ratified at the AGM) Battlebridge Track
Sunday 2nd June 10 Miles Dorking 10
Sunday 16th June 10K Richmond 10K

I'd note these in your diaries and book your entries now for Dorking and Richmond. Participation in the club championships was down last year, so let's all make an effort to be in attendance.

To book your entry to the Dorking 10 (Not the 10K unless you do not want to take part in the club championship) click here.

To book your entry to the Richmond 10K click here.

I've looked and Richmond 10K is 8 weeks away and there appears to be quite a few 8 week 10K training schedules available on the internet. You could try considering following a suitable schedule. Note that the 10K is a fast course and it gets filled quickly, but it appears from the website that entry is still open okay.

Paul Walters.

Southern Athletics League, 13 April 2019

Southern Athletics League, 13 April 2019

Category: All Club News

As part of the joint team with Holland Sports and DMVAC, 5 RPAC athletes (juniors & seniors) competed in the SAL match at the Bromley track on Saturday. Each team fields 2 athletes in each event, competing in either the A or B race. Each team can also field extra competitors as non scorers in any event.

Running in his first ever competitive 100m, Jake Chandler came 4th in the B race with a time of 13.25 seconds; an excellent debut.

Drew Burridge set another 2 PBs; finishing 2nd in the A race 400m in 53.86 seconds and winning the B race 200m in 23.91 seconds; an improvement of 0.38 seconds. 

Abbie Horsfall, running in her first competition since 2017 finished 3rd in the A race 200m, improving her PB by 0.23 seconds to 27.95 seconds.

Noah Young, still only 14 years old, finished a very creditable 3rd in the B race 1500m, breaking 5 minutes for the first time to achieve a PB of 4 mins 55.4 secs.

Not to be outdone, Senior team captain Tom Almond knocked 29 seconds of his 5000m PB in breaking 17 minutes for the first time.  Tom finished 2nd in the A race in 16 minutes 33.8 seconds. 

The next SAL meeting is on Sunday 19 May at the Hercules Wimbledon track. Contact Jo Davey or Ginevra Stoneley if you wish to compete

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8 go down (up) to MABAC Winterfold Forest

8 go down (up) to MABAC Winterfold Forest

Category: Seniors News

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.

PB's and Club Records at Early Season Opens. Crawley 7 April and Woodford Green 30 March 2019

PB's and Club Records at Early Season Opens. Crawley 7 April and Woodford Green 30 March 2019

 

One of the most successful aspects of RPAC is our strong core of UK Athletics Officials who can be seen at so many of the events the club compete at. Today at the Crawley Early Season Track and Field Open Meeting was no exception. Amongst those on duty was Naomi Jones. Naomi is already a track judge and today was her first event as a Starter. She performed her role without a hitch (but as she was packing a couple of pistols I was never going to say different)!

Naomi at K2 

It was a great day for all the RPAC juniors who took this early opportunity for a track race. 

In the U17 Boys sprints, Drew Burridge won both the 300m and 150m with PB's in each and set new U17B's club records at each distance! Drew carrying on where he left off last year!

Drew winning at K2:

Another club record came in the U13 Girls 600m. Lilah Unwin ran a fantastic race to take a full 5 seconds off the existing club record and her time of 1.52.80 bodes well for her prospects at 800m later in the season.  Also shining in the 600m was U15B Oscar Curry who won against a strong line up in a PB time of 1.39.10 which places him 2nd in the club records for the U15B 600m.  Joe Walker ran well too to clock well under the 2min mark.

In the U15 Girls 600m both Lottie Burnett and Imogen Gregory had strong runs and quick times. 

Lilah lines up at the start of her 600m:

Oscar and Joe waiting for their race:

 

Lottie and Imogen at K2 in the U15G's 600m:

 

Running last weekend at the Woodford Green Open Meeting U13 Alessia Turner took an amazing 13 seconds off her 800m PB. Her time of 2.35.73, particularly when running at the end of March, so early in the track season, gives every reason for Alessia to be optimistic about the season ahead. 2.35 is fast at U13!

There are two league meetings ahead this month for the Juniors. The first of this seasons Lily B League matches for girls is on Easter Monday at Epsom. Then on Saturday 27th April the first Lower Age Group Youth Development League match (boys and girls, U15 and U13) takes place in Sutton.

 

 

Celebrating Half Marathon Successes

Celebrating Half Marathon Successes

Category: Seniors News

With the spring half marathon season coming to an end, it is time to celebrate everyone’s successes so far this year.

20 senior members of the club have run at least one half marathon this year already. 10 members have achieved a pb, plus there have been a number of near misses. Congratulations to everyone who has competed, and apologies if we’ve missed anyone (blame Power of 10 for that!).

The results include 4 senior men in under 80 minutes, led by Matt Ryde’s 73:18 at Greenwich, which places him (at time of writing) at 41st on the UK V40 list for 2019. The ladies results are led by Ginevra Stoneley’s 86:03 at Fleet (a 3 minute PB), which puts her at 35th in the women’s UK V40 list. Another high UK ranking is Mike Pocock, who is 48th on the V60 list. The full list of runners and times is below.

The award for the furthest travel goes to the group who competed in the Barcelona Half Marathon back in February. They all did good times and apparently had a very enjoyable time!

Half mararthon composite photo

Matt Ryde in London, and the team in Barcelona

The successes may not end here though, as at least 2 members are running at Paddock Wood on 7th April, in their last big effort prior to the London Marathon. Good luck to them and anyone else racing in the near future.

Tom & Malcolm

 

Chip

Category

PB

 

Where

Date

Matt Ryde

1:13:18

V40

1:13:06

 

Greenwich

10-Mar-19

Thomas Almond

1:17:20

Senior

1:17:20

PB

Greenwich

10-Mar-19

Lee Savage

1:18:52

V35

1:18:52

PB

Worthing

10-Feb-19

Matthew Aylott

1:19:26

V40

1:19:26

PB

Bath

17-Mar-19

Ginevra Stoneley

1:26:03

V40

1:26:03

PB

Fleet

17-Mar-19

Nicholas Wade

1:31:38

V45

1:31:38

PB

Wokingham

24-Feb-19

Mike Pocock

1:32:35

V60

1:29:06

 

Bath

17-Mar-19

Alice R Smith

1:33:02

V50

1:33:02

PB

Wokingham

24-Feb-19

Ruth Willis

1:38:15

V45

1:38:15

PB

Woking

10-Mar-19

Steve Watkins

1:41:50

V40

1:41:50

PB

Thames Ditton

17-Feb-19

Mike Scott

1:42:27

V55

1:33:42

 

Greenwich

10-Mar-19

Leanne Sandifer

1:47:58

Senior

1:47:58

PB

Tunbridge Wells

17-Feb-19

CLAIRE HUMPHREY

2:07:02

V40

1:58:23

 

Barcelona

10-Feb-19

Melanie Fulton-Bell

2:07:32

V40

1:54:40

 

Reading

17-Mar-19

BETHANY HIGGINS

2:08:38

U23

1:59:23

 

Barcelona

10-Feb-19

Ian Edmonds

2:16:17

V65

1:58:24

 

Worthing

10-Feb-19

Andrew Pringle

2:16:48

V55

1:43:55

 

Tunbridge Wells

17-Feb-19

LIZ CLARK

2:28:17

V40

2:12:40

 

Barcelona

10-Feb-19

Usha Stevens

2:34:34

V45

2:34:34

PB

Greenwich

10-Mar-19

Max Olive

3:24:09

Senior

1:38:14

 

Eton

16-Mar-19

Birthday parkrun, March 23rd 2019

Birthday parkrun, March 23rd 2019

Category: Seniors News

From Paul Walters

When I ran Worthing parkrun on New Year’s Day 2019 while trying to find a fast one (with a much-improved parkrun PB of 19:31) I was so impressed that I decided to return for my birthday with others.

On Saturday March 23rd 18 people (16 runners) descended on Worthing Parkrun in a minibus provided by Reigate College. This was my first V55 event having had my birthday on the previous day.

Conditions were good – overcast, fairly warm for this time of year with little wind. The course is along the sea front. It sets off in a westerly direction just before the pier, and eventually you turn around a cone to return back to the finish outside a leisure centre a little further east to the start.

You can see the results below, and I’ve added previous bests from just the last year for each runner– PBs are in red. (Note – for some there are much better times historically, so I hope no one minds this format!)

On the day there were of course some injuries and niggles within our group, and quite a few were racing in longer distance running events on the next day, which makes the results even more impressive.

It’s well worth a mention that this was Adrian Grant’s 200th ever parkrun.

Afterwards we went to the Burlington Hotel on Worthing sea front for a breakfast. The hotel did us proud and put us in our own room with a large square table arrangement.

Worthing parkrun breakfast

Breakfast in the hotel

For me, there was no disappointment in finishing one second off my parkrun PB. This was such a lovely event. We were back in Reigate just after mid-day.

We even got a mention in the Worthing parkrun news!

Worthing parkrun minibus

Climbing into the minibus for the return journey

A big thank you to Ian and Janet Moore for coming to support us and taking photos, and also to Ian Edmonds, who stepped in to drive the minibus due to Sarah being unwell.

We want to do this again soon but opening the event up to the club, perhaps at Worthing with a visit back to the Burlington Hotel, or may be at a different location. Watch this space!

Worthing parkrun the group

The group before the start of the parkrun

 

Name

Prev recent PB

Prev recent Age grading

Worthing result

Worthing age grading

Monika KLEINOWSKA

28:56

51.15%

33:43

43:90%

Adrian GRANT

26.53

58.25%

32:44

48.57%

Usha STEVENS

31:35

51.82%

31:37

51.77%

Claire HUMPHREY

26:23

58.31%

30:28

50.88%

David WILLIAMS

29.23

63.41%

29:15

63.70%

Fran AFONSO

27.50

60.24%

29:58

56.62%

Juliette STERN

27:56

58.59%

28:15

60.06%

Stewart MCINTYRE

28:19

62.27%

26:57

65.43%

Ian EDMONDS

25:38

65.41%

25:15

67.06%

Susan CARNELL

25:09

71.97%

24:53

72.74%

Annette MORRIS

23:57

81.00%

24:50

78.12%

Andrew BAMFORD

24:18

65.43%

22:38

70.84%

Michael CLARK

23:10

62.66%

22:09

65.54%

Paul SAPSARD

21:48

74.85%

21:50

75.42%

Paul WALTERS

19:31

78.05%

19:32

78.67%

 

South East Schools Inter-Counties XC Championships, Horsham 23 March 2019

South East Schools Inter-Counties XC Championships, Horsham 23 March 2019

There were plenty of new Surrey yellow vests on show as the Surrey Schools Year 7 and Year 8 cross country teams took on Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and Essex at the South East Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships.  Held at Christ's Hospital School near Horsham, the course was flat and fast on a firm grass surface and run in dry, sunny conditions. Selection is based on the results of the Surrey Schools Cross Country Championships held in January and entry to that race only comes with finishing high in the district races held before Christmas. 

First off was the year 7 girls race and a strong run by Shakila Keable saw her finish 18th out of 89 runners and help the Surrey team to a 1st place finish!

Three from RPAC had been selected for the Surrey Y7 boys team and Samuel Stapley,  Sam Rolaston and Will John-Cox performed well to help Surrey to 2nd place behind Hampshire. Samuel and Sam were close to each other all the way round to finish 23rd and 27th respectively,  again in a race with 89 runners.

Gus Lewis ran well in the year 8 boys race helping Surrey to a 4th place in the team results. 

Pictures from Sussex:

English Schools XC Championships, Leeds 16 March, 2019

English Schools XC Championships, Leeds 16 March, 2019

Two young runners from RPAC competed for Surrey last weekend in cold,  wet and muddy conditions at the English Schools XC Championships held near Leeds .

Both had won selection to the Surrey team on the strength of their performances in the district xc races in the autumn and then, having qualified for the Surrey Schools XC Championships in January, their high placed finishes in that race. 

Lucy Broderick,  running in the Inter-Girls race,  helped Surrey to 1st place in the team event. Lucy Dénecé, competing in the Junior girls race, was the 2nd Surrey runner home helping the team to finish in 6th place out of the 45 counties that took part. 

Great achievements by both girls!

Update from the Chair, March 2019

Update from the Chair, March 2019

Category: All Club News

Welcome to my update for March 2019. As the club constitution limits the officers of the club to 3 terms, each of 2 years, this will be my last update, as it is 6 years this April since I took over as Chair.

Please note that nobody has yet shown a willingness to take on the role of Chair, so it may well be that as of the AGM, the club will not have anyone in the role - which causes problems with both the day-to-day running of the club and with our EA affiliation! If anyone wants information about what the role entails, please contact me.

Please read on for information about the changes that are proposed to the constitution and the arrangements for the AGM.

Please see the e-mail version of this update for e-mail addresses.

Competition & Awards
I'll start this month though with competition, in particular the last fixture in the Ladies Surrey League. At this race, our Ladies team defied the odds to retain their place in Division 1 for the 15th successive year. Well done to everyone, and a massive thank you to our Ladies Captain, Nat Wilson.

The next day, we organised our first MABAC fixture, 5 miles around Priory Park in the rain and mud. We have had some very complimentary feedback, so congratulations to everyone who ran, thank you to all the volunteers and especially to Claire Humphrey and Jas Dhanda, who between them did most of the hard work. 

The following weekend, at the Junior & Senior Ladies end-of-cross country meal, we were able to celebrate the successes in the cross-country competitions this winter, as well as the Junior performances in track & field last year. Well done to everyone who competed in any race or match and congratulations to the awards winners.

The same day, Lucy Dénecé ran in the CAU UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships at Loughborough, where she was part of the Surrey U13 Girls team who won the Gold medal. A really good result for both Lucy and Surrey!

I'll finish this section with advance notice that MABAC will be organising a pairs relay on Sunday 18th August. This will be a 10 x 1k relay, with each team member running 5 legs. The race will be followed by a barbecue. We are checking whether the juniors will be allowed to have more than 2 runners per team, if the answer is yes, then we will be able to make this a day out for the entire club!

Changes to the Constitution & AGM
As I alluded earlier, changes to the club constitution will be proposed at the upcoming AGM (7 pm on Wednesday 24th April). The full details of the changes will be published along with the AGM notification at the beginning of April, but the intent of the changes is:

  • Allow parents/guardians of junior members (not junior academy) to fully participate in the running of the club, by allowing them to:
    • Vote at the AGM
    • Stand for election to the Committee, as both executive officers and non-executive members
    • This change will significantly increase the number of people eligible to take on these roles, thus easing the task of finding sufficient volunteers to keep the club "running"
  • Formalise the transfer from junior academy member to junior member of the club
    • Any club member 10 or over on the 1st May, but under 18 on the same date, will be a junior member
    • This will make it easier for the coaches to identify those club members who are / will become eligible to compete as U13s in the following year
    • It will also simplify both the membership renewal process and EA affiliation as juniors turn 11
    • This change affects the membership status of juniors, not necessarily where or when they train. The latter will still remain as a discussion between the juniors themselves, their parents/guardians and their coach

These changes will be taken as the first item on the AGM agenda. The changes need to be approved by at least 2/3 of the senior members present. Assuming the changes are accepted, then parents/guardians of juniors will be able to fully participate in the rest of the meeting, including voting and standing for the committee.

First Aid course
Ian Martin has organised a First Aid course on the evening of Thursday 4th April (7-10 pm). This will be open to all club members and parents, but priority will be given to coaches, officials and parent helpers, all of whom need to have a current first aid qualification.

If you would like to attend this course, please contact Ian as soon as possible.

Club Kit
The club has a number of sources of club kit, as follows:

  • Every member will be given a club vest on joining. These are held by Nat Wilson (for the seniors) and Mike Gent (for the juniors). Replacement vests can also be purchased for £15. Please contact Nat or Mike if you haven't got your club vest or would like a replacement.
  • The club also has a good stock of club t-shirts in all sizes and colours (red, dark blue, light blue). You may well have seen these being modelled by many members at both training and matches! These are available to purchase for £12.50 (juniors) or £15 (seniors). Again, contact Nat or Mike.
  • The club regularly orders personalised hoodies, there is a request for orders out at the moment, see the recent e-mail from Mike Gent. You have until 23rd March to place your order!
  • Crop tops are also available for the ladies & junior girls, see the website for details of how to order
  • Finally, there is a wide range of club-branded kit available from iProSports.

All this information (but in greater detail) is available on the website.

Volunteering
Two new articles about volunteering have been added to the website, see here. These cover the role of Race Director (by Ian Martin) and volunteering at the London Marathon (by Liz Clark).

Summary Minutes

Summary minutes from the January and February 2019 committee meetings are available here (website login required).

Malcolm Woodman

CAU UK Inter-Counties XC Championships, Loughborough 9th March 2019

CAU UK Inter-Counties XC Championships, Loughborough 9th March 2019

The annual CAU UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships took place on Saturday in Loughborough. 

With 40 counties from across the UK sending their best runners, the competition was fierce. Lucy Dénecé was in the Surrey U13 girls team on the strength of her performances at cross country this winter and in particular, her Silver Medal in the Surrey Cross Country Championships in January. 

Another strong run saw Lucy finish 22nd in a field of 307! This placed her in the top 4 finishers from Surrey and not surprisingly,  with 4 of the top 22, the Surrey U13 Girls took 1st place and the Team Gold.

Lucy will be back in action next Saturday running in the Surrey Schools Junior Girls team at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in Leeds. Joining her in the Surrey Squad hotel on the Friday night will be Lucy Broderick who has been selected in the Surrey Schools Inter-Girls team. 

Good Luck to both RPAC girls in the English Schools!

 

Surrey team Gold flanked by Kent and Buckinghamshire:


Ladies Surrey League Cross-Country

Ladies Surrey League Cross-Country

Category: Seniors News

The RPAC Ladies team survived relegation from Division One of the Surrey Cross-country League on Saturday in the last match of the women's season.

Running at Lloyd Park in Croydon, we went into the race 13 points deep into the relegation zone with Dulwich our closest rivals.We were without a number of the regular runners through injury, but still managed to field a team of 6 in the sunshine.

Jo Davey set off leading the team, with Ginevra Stoneley hot on her heels. Ginevra eventually overtook her teammate and continued her lead to finish first for the team, coming in 40th place (34:37). Jo finished a short way back in 47th (35.01). She was followed by club captain Natalie Wilson in 50th (35.23, showing a welcome return to cross-country form) and debutant Leanne McKeogh in 75th (36.34).

Also making her debut was Gillian O'Regan who despite never racing before, brought the ladies team home in 152nd (46.44). Annette Morris closely followed Gillian in 154th (47:01). providing welcome backup.

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At the end of the race the team had finish 12th, and with Dulwich pulling off a fourth-placed finish it seemed as if we would be relegated. However, despite Guildford and Godalming going into the race 207 points ahead of us, their team struggled with injuries and finished 18 points behind overall, condemning them to relegation and keeping our Ladies team in Division One for a 15th year!

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SURREY COUNTY INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 16 & 17 FEBRUARY 2019

SURREY COUNTY INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 16 & 17 FEBRUARY 2019

Category: All Club News

A small group of RPAC junior athletes had mixed fortunes in the County Indoor Championships at the David Weir Leisure Centre over the weekend.

Barton Carter jumped good distances in the U15 long jump, but consistently failed to reach the take off board, finishing in 4th place. Eva Peters had 3 jumps over 4 metres in the U15 long jump, with her best just below her PB. In the 60 metres sprint heats Eva improved her PB by 0.3 seconds, just missing out on a semi-final place.

On Sunday, Drew Burridge, running in the U17 60 metres  as practice to sharpen his starting for his favoured 400 metre event, ran just below his PB. Drew was compensated by a 3rd place medal in the U17 shot putt, achieving over 9 metres in his first ever competition in the event.  Jake Chandler, in his first ever competition, ran creditably in the U17 60m 

 

 

Update from the Chair, January 2019

Update from the Chair, January 2019

Category: All Club News

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

South of England XC Championships, Parliament Hill 26 Jan 2019

South of England XC Championships, Parliament Hill 26 Jan 2019

The annual South of England XC Championships took place on Saturday over the challenging Parliament Hill course in London. With clubs from as far apart as Cornwall and Norwich represented, there was no shortage of quality competition. 

First off for RPAC was Noah Young in the U15 boys race. This was Noah's third consecutive year competing in XC at Parliament Hill and a strong run saw him come home in a respectable middle of the finishers position.

The U13 Girls tackled the long, steep uphill start next and Lucy Dénecé continued her run of good form by coming home 12th in a field of 316. One of the best placed finishes we have seen for RPAC in this major championship. Both Shakila Keable and Lily Woodhams had good races too, with Lily at the finish nominating it her favourite XC race.

 

 

In the Under 13 Boys race, both Samuel Stapley and Sam Rolaston put in great performances with both comfortably in the top half out of the 330 who finished. With four of our under 13's still in year 7, the experience they gained on Saturday will hold them in good stead in next year's Southern Championships when they will compete again as under 13's over the same distance.

Another who has raced several times now at Parliament Hill is Emelye Kenyon-Brown who put in a characteristically strong run to also come home in the top half against strong opposition. Emelye was running in the Under 17 Womens race. Next weekend Emelye will be joined by Lucy Broderick and Katie Driver in the Surrey Schools XC team taking part in the South East Inter-counties Championships in Hampshire. Lucy Dénecé will be there too as part of the Surrey Schools U15 girls team.

 

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Surrey Schools XC Championships, Reigate 19th Jan 2019

Surrey Schools XC Championships, Reigate 19th Jan 2019

Eighteen young athletes from RPAC took part in the Surrey Schools XC Championships on Saturday.  All those taking part had qualified for these Championships by competing to a high standard in the district races held around Surrey before Christmas. 

With the top six finishers in each age group guaranteed selection for the Surrey Schools team competing at the English Schools XC Championships in Leeds on 16th March, the competition was fierce. Huge congratulations to Lucy Broderick, 4th in the Inter-Girls race, and Lucy Dénecé, 4th in the Junior Girls race, who have both been confirmed in the Surrey team.

In addition to the English Schools National Championships there are two South East Schools Inter-counties matches coming up. Lucy Broderick will be joined by Emelye Kenyon-Brown and Katie Driver in the Surrey Senior Girls and Inter-Girls teams competing in Hampshire on 2nd February.  The Surrey Year 7 and Year 8 teams are competing  in Sussex on 23rd March and RPAC have a strong presence with Lucy Dénecé  joined by Gusie Lewis,  Shakila Keable,  Samuel Stapley,  Sam Rolaston and Will John-Cox. 

In addition to those mentioned above, there were plenty of other strong runs from the club's juniors. In the Senior Girls, Poppy Wardley and Pippa Wonders. In the Junior girls Eva Marsh and Zara Watkinson.  In the U13 girls Alessia Turner,  Lilah Unwin,  Lily Woodhams and Holly Elliott. Freddie Fowler ran well in the Junior boys race.

The big races keep coming at this time of year with several off to Parliament Hill this Saturday to compete in the South of England XC Championships. 

 

Pictures from the Surrey Schools:

 

Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park, Croydon 5th Jan 2019

Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park, Croydon 5th Jan 2019

The annual Surrey XC Championships took place last Saturday at Lloyd Park in Croydon. 

In the U13 girls race, a determined run by Lucy Dénecé saw her come home in 2nd place to pick up the Silver medal.  A top six finish also guaranteed Lucy an automatic place in the Surrey team for the CAU UK Inter-Counties XC Championships in Loughborough on 9th March.

In the team event at Croydon, Lucy was joined by Genevieve Alcock, Shakila Keable, Alessia Turner, Lilah Unwin, Lily Woodhams and Yasmine Badawi in seeing the RPAC U13 girls finish 5th. Our U13 boys team of Samuel Stapley,  Gus Lewis, Will John-Cox,  Sam Rolaston,  Chris Hodgetts, Ben Wright, Kai Adams and Ollie Burnett finished in 8th place. Only Gus moves up to U15 next year so the boys have gained valuable experience this time round.

Amongst the older runners there were several impressive performances including from Noah Young, Oscar Curry and Joe Walker in the U15 boys race, Imogen Gregory,  (U15G), Emelye Kenyon-Brown (U17W) and Eloise Bull in the U20 women's race.

Pics from Croydon:

 

Update from the Chair, December 2018

Update from the Chair, December 2018

Category: All Club News

I'm writing this listening to the wind and rain lashing against the window, a far cry from our long hot summer which is now just a distant memory. I hope everyone is managing to keep keep training & competing despite the weather, it's good for your athletic performances in the long run (honest!).

On the subject of winter running, please remember that it's a good idea to wear high visibility clothing and carry a torch if you are running on the road after dark. High visibility and bright clothing is mandatory on any autumn/winter road runs organised by the club - the coach in charge of the session will not let you participate if you are not suitably equipped. This is covered in the "Code of Conduct for Road Running", available on the website (login required). The monthly Jimmy James handicap also requires participants to carry a suitable torch.

This Code of Conduct has recently been updated to allow our older juniors (16 and over) to participate in road sessions with the seniors, allowing for the necessary safeguards. A number of our juniors have already taken advantage of this, joining in with Jas Dhanda's Thursday evening sessions.

Volunteering

A massive thank you to everyone who helped at any of our recent races, the Priory Relays and the Surrey Men's X-C League fixture at the start of November and the Border League X-C last weekend. We have had nothing but compliments about all 3 races, so well done everyone!

Our next race is the Holly Run on Sunday 16th December, where we are expecting to have over 400 runners across the 8 races. The benefits to the club include raising our profile in the local community, helping us to identify prospective new members, providing competitive opportunity for local runners and raising funds for the club. This is only possible with a large number of marshals and other roles. I know there are positions (10 or more in both morning and afternoon sessions) that have not yet been filled, so if you have not already volunteered, please contact Nat Wilson (see e-mail version of this update for the e-mail address) as soon as possible to offer your help.

Still on the subject of volunteering, Donna (Barrington-Smith) has recently written about her experiences since she first volunteered as an official over 10 years ago. The full write-up is on the website (no login required this time), but to give you a short flavour:

"When you’re watching your child regularly enjoy the variety and competitiveness of athletics, and you’re travelling many weekends from a track one week, to a cross country course another, then you’re asked if you’d help the athletics club to be in a position to join an athletic league as they have to provide ‘officials’ – what do you say?

Of course you say yes! And so RPAC joined the Lily B league for the first time... And I, somehow, became an UKA Technical Timekeeper. ...."

The same page also includes a short article from Liz Clark about volunteering at the Vitality London 10k. It is our intent to add further write-ups about other roles within the club - if you want to contribute please let me know!

Social

I'm pleased to be able to announce that Clare Pryor has agreed to resume her role organising the club social events, even though she is not on the committee. If you have any suggestions for social events (for juniors or seniors) or are willing to help organise an event, please contact Clare (see e-mail version of this update for her e-mail address). Thank you Clare!

Clare is already hard at work sorting out the details of the annual Awards Evening, which is provisionally booked for Saturday 19th January 2019. Watch this space for further details as soon as they become available.

For the seniors, Ian Edmonds is organising the annual "Turkey Trot" in conjunction with the Polesdon Lacey 10k on Sunday 23rd December. Full details are on the website calendar and will be published on the Facebook Group.

Kevin Archer

Former member and super-vet Kevin Archer recently e-mailed Nat to give an update on his results this year, including a silver medal in the M65 1500m at the World Masters Championship in Malaga, in a time of 4:50.98. See here for the full text. A great shame that Kevin moved away from the area, so had to leave the club, he would be giving Mike Pocock & Paul Chandler a run for their money in our age group championships!

Summary Minutes

The summary minutes for both the September and October committee meetings are now available (website login required).

It simply remains for me to wish everyone a Merry Christmas / Season's Greetings, and to hope that everyone has a successful and injury-free 2019! I l hope to see many of you at the Holly Run on 16th December.

Malcolm Woodman

A message from former member Kevin Archer

A message from former member Kevin Archer

Category: Seniors News

For those that remember former member Kevin Archer, he recently sent Nat the following update on his athletics:

 

Hello Natalie,

One of the reasons you’re so hard to forget is that last December time you were appearing regularly in the Athletics Weekly results, ‘stalking’ and even beating some of my former rivals, good athletes as well. I didn’t write to say well done then, because I was a bit injured, and didn’t want to make you big-headed. Now, I see your ladies team got the bronze at the Surrey Road Relays, so well done for that too. Of course, my Indoor and Outdoor track seasons did pick up, so I thought I’d do a bit of bragging too! I’ve probably missed loads of other good performances you’ve done, so hit me with them to get your own back, if you want.

I’ve had a stellar year.

Indoors - South of England 800m title (just did the one race); Inter Area 800m/1500m titles; silver in the British Champs (feeling rough, and defeat since avenged).

Outdoors – I won the Westminster Road Mile for the second year in succession, at the end of my age-group, beating Lord Sebastian Coe again (he's 3 years younger, but perhaps he wasn’t trying quite as hard as me?!

On the track, I did the South West and South of England 800m/1500m doubles; Inter Area 800m (just the one race); British Champs double. British lead 800m time by 8.74 secs, with 2:21.66, which is 2nd fastest all-time; 1500m by 8.9 secs, with 4:50.98 which is 3rd fastest all-time British run. British track Mile record 5:241 (still a soft record). World Champs 800m 4th, and 1500m, silver recently in Malaga. Now I’m full of the ‘flu and possibly a urinary infection, or heaven forbid something worse!! The ups and downs of stardom, eh! One of my long-time German rivals took a picture of us and sent it to the German press, so I am internationally famous now.

From June, my rise to fame was mainly because I moved into a new age-group (so I thought, you’re running against old men here, make it count!) Did you move up age-group?

Do you have a club house there? If so, be a sport and organise a plaque in my honour would you?!!! Well, perhaps not, but say hello to anyone who remembers me. I remember you once said, leaning over the balcony, just like Juliet, that you would be looking after me in a few years. Where are you now, when I’m just recovering from death’s door?!

I will still have to come and do the parkrun one day.

Best Wishes and happy running,

Kevin.

Photo shows me finishing 2nd in the World 1500m final, 7 secs clear of bronze.

Kevin Archer 2

 

Camberley Open Meeting 18th November

Camberley Open Meeting 18th November

RPAC had a successful day at the Camberley Open on Sunday 18 November,  winning nine medals in total, three individual ones and six team ones. On an attractive course through the woods and finishing on a very steep hill RPAC fielded sixteen runners across the various age groups.

Ada Heims took individual bronze in the U9 girls, finishing strongly to hold off a fast closing rival. In the U9 boys the team packed well with Callum Hart, George Turner and Oscar Birch, 6, 7 and 9 respectively. Robert Duncton also ran well to finish 11th.

In the U11 girls Jessica Randell ran with great determination to finish third despite being pushed hard all the way up the hill and to the finish. The highlight of the day though was the U11 boys where in a competitive field Max Orchard put in an impressive sprint to snatch second place in the last ten metres. Ollie Burnett and Harry Peters also had good races finishing 7th and 11th respectively to ensure RPAC won the team silver. This race saw our strongest turn out of the day with Will Shortall, Ethan Else, Isaac Beckett and Bertie Morgan all placed well. 

In the U13 boys race Joel Lawrence was our sole competitor and had to navigate the hill twice, running strongly to finish 9th. In the U13 girls Alessia Turner ran well to finish 8th and Phoebe Taylor had a good race also.

 

 

Surrey XC Relay Championships, Guildford Saturday 27th October

Surrey XC Relay Championships, Guildford Saturday 27th October

The annual Surrey (Bruce Judd) XC Relay Championships took place at Stoke Park in Guildford on Saturday.

Six teams from RPAC competed with each team member running the same lap of c.2.5K around Stoke Park. Our U17W's team finished in 4th place. Lucy Broderick  ran our quickest lap and finished with the 7th fastest individual lap time in the U17W's race.

There was a 4th place finish for our U13G'S A team too. With 15 complete teams (plus some incomplete teams with less than 3 runners) taking part, this was a great result.Two of our U13G'S finished amongst the top 10 individuals with the fastest laps. Lucy Dénecé was the 4th quickest and Shakila Keable the 7th quickest. In the U13B's race our A team were placed 7th with Samuel Stapley running the 14th quickest individual lap (66 boys took part). Our U15B's team finished 13th with all three runners completing their individual laps in almost identical times, all being within 4 seconds of each other.

Several of the RPAC athletes have been selected to represent Surrey Schools in the annual West Midlands Inter-Counties XC match being held this year in Cheshire on Saturday 8th December. However, following Saturday's performances, a number are now likely to be switched to the Surrey County XC teams competing in the South of England Inter-Counties XC Championship in Oxford. Unfortunately,  this year the dates clash. 

 

Some of the RPAC runners at Guildford:

Surrey XC League Match 1 Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common 13th Oct

Surrey XC League Match 1 Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common 13th Oct

The first Surrey League xc matches took place on Saturday 13th October with the Boys racing in Richmond Park and the Girls on Wimbledon Common. 

The highlight for the Boys teams was 7th place in the U13's with 15 clubs competing.  As we had no Y8's in the team, they can all still compete in the U13's next year too. Samuel Stapley 14th, and Sammy Rolaston 16th, were our two highest placed runners.

In the Girls match the U13 team finished in 4th place, again with 15 clubs taking part. Lucy Dénecé and Shakila Keable had exceptional races coming home in 4th and 5th place respectively. 

The 2nd round of matches takes place on Saturday 10th November. The boys are on Wimbledon Common at 2.30 and the Girls in Nonsuch Park, Cheam with the U17/U15 race at 12.00 and the U13's at 12.30.

The U13B's at Richmond Park:

Some of our U13G's running at Wimbledon Common:

Update from the Chair, September 2018

Update from the Chair, September 2018

Category: All Club News

It's the end of September, the nights are drawing in and the track and field season is over. It's therefore time to turn our attention to cross-country running for the next few months! The seniors have already received details of the fixtures over the winter, an e-mail will be coming out to all juniors in the next couple of days. Please review the fixture list and get the relevant dates in your diaries.

Summer Evening 10k

However, I'm going start my update this month with a look back at the last couple of months. Firstly, the Summer Evening 10k,which we held at the beginning of July in the middle of the heat wave. We had nearly 500 entries and 406 runners completed the course on the night, with no major medical incidents despite the temperature. So not only an excellent turnout, but we also raised over £2,000 for club funds. Thank you to all club members, parents and friends who helped at the event both before and on the night. 

In particular, the race would not have taken place without the hard work of Race Director Wayne Chappell and Race Consultant Moray Carey, so a massive thank you to both of them for both this year and previously. Both Wayne and Moray have decided that it's time to take a break from race organisation, so are standing down with immediate effect. However, Chris Veale has already volunteered to take over as Race Director for 2019, thank you Chris! Chris will be looking for an assistant so as to spread the workload, please let him know if you are able to help.

Junior Track & Field Leagues

The juniors have successfully competed in all the following track & field leagues this year, covering all age groups:

  • Lily B
  • Ebbisham Boys League (joint team with Dorking & Mole Valley)
  • Youth Development League (lower age group)
  • Youth Development League (upper age group) (joint team with Holland Sports)
  • Southern Athletics League (joint team with RPAC seniors, Dorking & Mole Valley & Holland Sports)

Our participation in all these leagues is hugely reliant on us providing people to officiate and help with the events on the day. I won't try to list everybody who has helped in this way, as their names have already been published on the website. However, we do need to ensure that we have sufficient people available to help in the leagues next year, so we will be organising an introductory session for track & field officiating in Spring 2019. Keep a look out for further details.

Having said all that, the most important volunteers are our Team Managers, on whose shoulders falls the responsibility for getting our athletes to the matches in the first place. Thank you therefore to all of Anita Evered, Sam Jenner, Kirsten Mackison and Tessa Wardley. All four of them are however standing down now the 2018 season has ended, as their children are all moving on through the age groups. Adriana Collins (Ebbisham Boys League) and Ashley Burridge (YDL UAG) have already agreed to manage the respective teams for 2019, but the positions are still vacant for the Lily B and YDL LAG. If your child / children will be competing in either of these leagues next year and you would be willing to take over as Team Manager, please contact Mike Gent (see e-mail version for the address) for further information or to volunteer.

Summer Barbecue

At the beginning of September we had our annual club barbecue at Battlebridge after Tuesday training. The weather smiled on us this year and we had an excellent turnout of both juniors and seniors. Thanks to Ian Edmonds and his team for organising, cooking and clearing up afterwards, it was an excellent evening.

Club Mailing List

We are now 5 months into the club membership year, so it is expected that everybody who is planning to renew their membership for 2018/19 will have now done so. With this in mind, we will be removing anybody who has not renewed their membership from the club mailing list by the end of the coming week (7th October). If you have not renewed, this is therefore likely to be one of the last communications you receive from the club!

If you have not renewed for any reason, but still want to do so, please contact Treasurer Paul Chandler urgently.

Beat Box Hill 5k

This morning saw the first running of the Beat Box Hill 5k, 2.5k down the hill, then back up again. The organisers offered us two free places, which were taken by Annette Morris and Moray Carey. Annette finished in the excellent time of 25:39, the 73rd runner across the line, whilst Moray was a few minutes further back. I'm looking forward to hearing what it is like to run steeply downhill, then straight back up again!

Club Championship Half Marathon

For the seniors, we have 3 club championship road races each year, over 10k, 10 mile and Half marathon distances. The RunReigate Half Marathon was once again the half marathon championship this year.

Full championships results are on the website, congratulations to all our winners & runners-up as well as to everyone who raced in the half marathon or any of the other races organised by RunReigate the same day. The highlight of the day looks to have been Fran Dunham holding off new member Matt Ryan by just 17 seconds to claim the senior men's championship. Matt has the consolation of claiming the men's veteran 40 championship in his first competitive race for the club.
 
Senior Grand Prix

The Grand Prix for the seniors has now completed for 2018, congratulations to all the winners. The final results are on the website, but to summarise the key points:

  • In Group 1,  Steve Bass retained his first place, despite not finding anyone willing to sponsor his return to the UK for the RunReigate Half Marathon. Andy Walker also stays in 2nd, as Fran Dunham had left himself to much to do to catch him, having missed the early races through injury
  • Tom Almond is the winner of Group 2 with a perfect score, but behind him Ginevra Stoneley overtook Gav Lawrence for 2nd place, as strangely Gav preferred to run and win the RunReigate 5k (with its attendant prizes) rather than run the Half Marathon!
  • Group 3 is won by Dan Emson-Jukes, I won't mention who came second in that one
  • Group 4 was very tight, Michael Clark just edging out Andrew Bamford by 2 points
  • Anthony Collins is the winner of Group 5, with another perfect score. However, behind him, the Collins family was prevented from taking a clean sweep, as Kimberly Duckworth's run in the RunReigate Half Marathon meant she edged out Adriana for 2nd place

Summary Minutes

The Summary minutes for the Committee meeting back in July are available here (website login required).

Malcolm Woodman

SEAA Southern Road Relay Championships, C Palace 23 Sept 2018

SEAA Southern Road Relay Championships, C Palace 23 Sept 2018

The annual SEAA Southern Road Relay Championships took place on Sunday at Crystal Palace. 

Starting and finishing in the Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium, each runner ran the same 3.1K lap. Despite heavy rain all morning, the young RPAC runners all performed well with some excellent lap times achieved. 

The U13 boys, Matthew Pickering, Gusie Lewis, Sam Rolaston and Will John-Cox finished in 20th place out of 44 teams from across Southern England. Matthew ran the 10th quickest lap of all (145 competitors) and this despite a heavy fall out on the course which saw him treated in first aid after the race. The U13 girls were placed 25th out of 56 teams with Lucy Dénecé,  Alessia Turner, Shakila Keable and Lily Woodhams all taking part. Lucy, like Matthew, ran the 10th quickest lap overall in her age group where 179 girls competed.

With Noah Young and Joe Walker running well in the U15 boys and Emiko Salvi one of the fastest amongst the Surrey qualified U17W, the rain was forgotten.

The Surrey XC Relay Championships take place in Stoke Park, Guildford on Saturday 27th October. Teams of 3, with a minimum age of 11 on the day of the race. Before that, the first Surrey League xc matches take place on Saturday 13th October. The girls match is at Putney Vale. The men's race is at Petersham but boys venue to be confirmed.

 

Seniors results, 15/16 September 18

Seniors results, 15/16 September 18

Category: Seniors News

Reigate Priory AC runners were out in force over the weekend.  On Saturday the ladies fielded two team in the annual Surrey Road Relays in Wimbledon.  The V35 team was lead off by Jo Davey who ran a strong 3 mile leg, passing over to Nat Wilson.  Taking over from Wilson was Sarah Campbell before Ginevra Stoneley ran the anchor leg.  Ginevra's impressive run was the fastest lap of the team, securing the team a Surrey Bronze medal and only missing out on Silver by 15 seconds.  The V45 team was led out by Alice Smith with Sonia Galloway taking over and Annette Morris running the last leg finishing the team in 6th place.

Surrey Road Relay 2018 v35 team with medals Surrey Road Relay 2018 Ladies team

 

Reigate Priory had a large number of runners taking part in the 5th Reigate half marathon on Sunday, which is club's half marathon championship.  Battling it out for the club champion title were Fran Dunham and Matt Ryde.  Matt, running his debut race for the club, started to suffer with about 2k to go enabling Fran to pull away.  Fran managed to maintain his advantage, finishing 7th overall and taking the title of club champion in a time of 1.14.57.  Matt not far behind was the first V40 over the line and became the V40 club champion, finishing with an impressive personal best time of 1.15.14.  Other club titles went to Graham Bull (V50 champion) and Paul Chandler (V60 champion)  In the ladies race, Ginevra Stoneley retained the ladies club champion finishing 4th overall.  The other ladies champions were Ruth Willis (V35 champion), Claire Pryor (V45 champion) and Sarah Walters (V55 champion).  In the new 5k race this year, Reigate Priory's Gavin Lawrence was the first first across the line, whilst there was good RPAC representation in the 10k as well.

In Woking, three Reigate athletes took part in the MABAC league at Lightwater Country Park.  Malcolm Woodman was first home for the club over the hilly 5 mile course.  Malcolm was followed by Anthony Collins and Adriana Collins.

In the Berlin marathon on Sunday, Reigate Priory's Matt Aylott was attempting sub 3 hours . Matt, who has been training hard to run to achieve his goal, had an impressive run, smashing the 3 hour mark finishing in a personal best time of 2.54.48.

Congratulations to all our runners this weekend, an impressive set of results!

(Adapted from Nat Wilson's report for the Surrey Mirror.)

Junior competition schedule, winter 18/19

Junior competition schedule, winter 18/19

The Junior coaches also have access to paper copies of the attached.

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Lily B League, Sutton, 25 August 2018

Lily B League, Sutton, 25 August 2018

The last Lily B League meeting of this year took place on Saturday at The David Weir Athletics Stadium in Sutton and a small contingent from RPAC acquitted themselves well with plenty of first places.

Competing in A stream events, Lucy Dénecé won the U13 1500m and also the Javelin with a throw of 21m 46. Katie Mac won the U17 Shot with 9.54 and was 2nd in the 80mH. Eva Peters won the U13 long jump with 3m 66 and was 2nd in both the 100 and 200m races. Lily Cain-Jones won the U15 Javelin with a throw of 27m 67 and Francesca Manrow won the U13 Discus with a throw of 16m 71.

Alessia Turner finished 2nd in the U13 70mH and won the B string long jump with a leap of 3m 66. Lily Woodhams picked up good points for the team with 2nd place in her U13 100m race and 3rd place in the 800m. Lily also jumped well in the long jump. 

U11's Emily Sheard and Eve Goulding both performed well in the 75m and 150m sprints with Emily also putting in a good jump in the non-scoring long jump competition.

Thanks go to Kirsten Mackison for all the organising of our Lily B participation throughout the summer, and her management of the team at each of the matches. Also to the officials from RPAC and the parents and coaches who helped them. Special thanks go to Fiona Gent who spent the whole afternoon collating the results for the meeting.

Pics from the match starting with Katie and Alessia in the hurdles:

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Moray Laing in the medals again

Moray Laing in the medals again

Category: Seniors News

Congratulations to club member Moray Laing, who won 4 medals (1 Gold and 3 Silver) in the M50 category at the recent British Transplant Games in Birmingham.

Moray's full results were:

  • Gold, Javelin. 36.40m (nearly 9m further than the athlete in 2nd!)
  • Silver, Discus. 26.60m
  • Silver, Shot Put. 9.09m
  • Silver, Ball Throw (an event specific to the transplant games). 48.25m (just 15 cm behind  the winner)

Moray will be back in Birmingham over the bank holiday weekend, where he is competing in the Javelin at the British Masters Championship. Good luck!

Moray Laing British Transplant Games 1 Moray Laing British Transplant Games 2

 

Update from the Chair, July 2018

Update from the Chair, July 2018

Category: All Club News

A while since my last update. Club members have participated in many competitions recently, well done to everybody for continuing to take part in both track & field matches and road races despite the very hot weather we've been having.

Particular congratulations to two of our field eventers. Katie Mackison took 5th place in the recent English Schools Championships, whilst a few weeks earlier Moray Laing won silver (discus) and bronze (javelin) medals at the European Transplant Games in Cagliari, Sardinia.

This year for the first time, the veterans in the club have competed in the Southern Counties Veterans AC Track & Field league (South London division). The women finished in 5th place overall, whilst the men were 6th, both out of the 8 participating clubs (and both beat our local rivals Dorking & Mole Valley AC!).

Alice Smith 200m  Moray Laing Javelin

(Alice Smith and Moray Laing in action at a recent SCVAC T&F League)

With this competition, our participation in a joint team in the Southern Athletics League and the various leagues for Juniors, I think we can truly say we are moving to being a club for all disciplines, not just running.

Summer Evening 10k 2018

My thanks to all the 50+ people who volunteered at the Summer Evening 10k earlier this month. Another hugely successful event, with nearly 500 entries and nothing but compliments received. The accounts have not yet been finalised, but it looks like the race has made a significant contribution to club funds yet again, and has also successfully raised our profile with the local community.

Special thanks to Race Director Wayne Chappell and Race Consultant Moray Carey for all their hard work before, during and after the event.

Volunteering

I make no apologies for returning to the topic of volunteering, as having insufficient volunteers available poses a significant risk to the club. Although the Summer Evening 10k demonstrated what we can do as a club, we are still reliant on a relatively small group of members, parents, parents of former members and friends to keep the club running, organise events and take part in all the competitions we do.

Volunteering opportunities currently available include:

  • Race Director of the Priory Relays, which are held in Priory Park in early November
    • This is probably the simplest of the 3 races that we organise, with both Gavin Lawrence and Ian Martin available to assist and guide the person who takes on the role
  • Assisting the Committee with marketing of the club, both internally and externally
    • Somebody with experience and access to PhotoShop would be particularly welcome!
  • Organisation of senior social events and assisting with the annual senior awards evening
  • Longer term, Team Manager of the RPAC team for the Ebbisham Boys League for 2019
    • Thanks to Sam Jenner who has been doing this role for the last few years, but her sons are now moving into higher age groups, so will no longer be competing in this league
    •  Realistically needs to be a parent whose son(s) will be competing in this league next year

If you want any further information about any of these roles or want to put your name forward, please contact me in the first instance (see e-mail version of this update for all contact details).

Please remember that if you want our club to improve and continue to provide the opportunity to participate in all aspects of athletics, then we need people to contribute in many ways, not simply sit on the sidelines and wonder why nothing is happening!

Men's Captain

Steve Bass (Men's Captain) and Ronnie Murray (Men's Vice-Captain) are leaving the club to take on new challenges elsewhere in the world (New Zealand and Canada respectively). My thanks to both of them for their hard work and commitment to the men's team.

With immediate effect, Tom Almond is appointed as Men's Captain, assisted by Fran Dunham and Rick Coles as Vice-Captains. Tom, Fran and Rick can be contacted via e-mail.

Beat Box Hill 5k, 30th September 2018

We have been offered 2 free places in this new race, down and up the (closed) zig-zags on Box Hill. If you want to put your name forward for one of these places, please e-mail Ginevra as soon as possible and definitely before Tuesday 7th August.

You must have volunteered in some way in the last year to be eligible, but as long as you satisfy that criteria, the successful applicants will be decided by a draw.

Membership

If you haven't already renewed your membership or told Paul Chandler you are resigning from the club, please either pay and / or contact Paul Chandler as soon as possible (via e-mail).

Summary Minutes

The summary minutes for both May and June are now available (website login required).

I hope everybody has a good summer, please look out for details of a social event in early September for the whole club and e-mails about the remaining Track & Field events and road races over the next 2 months.

Malcolm Woodman

YDL Wormwood Scrubs, 21 July 2018

YDL Wormwood Scrubs, 21 July 2018

The last of this seasons Lower Age Group YDL matches took place on Saturday at the Linford Christie Stadium in Wormwood Scrubs.

With most taking part in two or three events, there were a number of new PB's and highly placed finishes from the RPAC athletes.

For Joely Watkinson there was an excellent throw of 21m31 in the U15 Javelin. A new PB and 1st place on the day. Joely also ran a good 1500m finishing 3rd. Francesca Manrow continued a great run of PB'S this season by improving her 150m time and her clearance in the high jump. Eva Peters had another Long Jump PB with 4m11.

Barton Carter returning to action after a lengthy break finished 2nd in the U15 Long Jump,  Zara Watkinson had a 3rd place finish in the U13 1200m and Joel Manrow was 3rd in the U15 800m.

Thanks go to Anita Evered for putting together the team entry and to David Manrow for overseeing the team on the day.

Pictures from the Linford Christie Stadium:

Lily B League, Kingston 15 July 2018

Lily B League, Kingston 15 July 2018

Hot again at the latest Lily B League match, this time at a parched Kingston.

Amongst numerous good performaces there were several PB'S obtained including two for Francesca Manrow who threw 17.41 in the discus and cleared 1.25 in the high jump. Lucy Dénecé threw a huge PB in the Javelin with 21.58. A distance that sees her ranked 4th in Surrey for U13G'S Javelin. Lucy also ran a fast 1500m winning her race in 5.15.4.

There was a Shot PB for Katie Mackison with Katie edging ever closer to the 10m mark throwing 9.91. Katie also threw 38.65 in winning the U17W'S Javelin competition. Iris McCauliffe had a PB in the Shot too.

Lily Woodhams had a PB in the 100m and competed well in the Long Jump and 800m. Eva Peters equalled her PB in the 100m, did well in the Long Jump with 3.97, and threw a respectable 11.19 in her first attempt at the Javelin. In the U13G'S 800m there was another strong performance from Shakila Keable, finishing in 2nd place with a time of 2.38.2.

Our U11 competitors, Eve Goulding and Amelie Lawrence both ran well in the 75m and 150m sprints. Eve picked up new PB'S in both!

 

Lucy throwing 21m:

Shakila and Francesca in the 800m:

Iris in the Shot:

Eve and Amelie in the U11 sprints:

Lucy after her 1500m:

Francesca in the 800m:

Lucy and Eva:

 

 

Katie Mac takes Javelin Final 5th place at English Schools T & F Championships

Katie Mac takes Javelin Final 5th place at English Schools T & F Championships

Competing in the Inter Girls Javelin Final at the prestigious English Schools Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, (held over two days, Friday and Saturday 13th/14th July), Katie Mackison finished in 5th place with a throw of 39.65m!

Katie was selected to represent Surrey based on her Gold medal winning performances at both the Surrey Championships and the Surrey Schools Championships earlier this summer. In both competitions she achieved the qualifying distance which is a prerequisite for competing at the English Schools National Championships.

Many congratulations to Katie!

Katie at the Alexander International Stadium in Birmingham after her Final:

South Surrey Quad Kids Final, Guildford 4th July 2018

South Surrey Quad Kids Final, Guildford 4th July 2018

Following the qualifying heats in June, two RPAC teams made it to the South Surrey Quad Kids Final held at Guildford on Wednesday 4 July. The format was 8 teams of ten athletes, 5 boys and 5 girls, with each athlete doing a 75m sprint, a 600m, a standing long jump and a Howler throw.

After they had won their heat we had hopes of the A team winning a medal for the first time, but we were up against strong competition from Guildford, Epsom and Camberley, all of whom had been in the other qualifying heat.

Our athletes excelled themselves. Travis Bateman was second fastest overall in the sprint and had the second best long jump. This placed him third overall in the boys event. Max Orchard was sixth overall, which is a tremendous achievement for a year 4 athlete up against year 5 and 6's. Sam Stapley had the second fastest 600m overall and achieved a gold standard score as did Harry Peters. Kai Adams also scored very strongly.

Amongst the girls Alessia Turner and Shakila Keable performed hugely impressively, scoring highly in all events and finishing third and fifth overall respectively. Holly Elliott and Lily Woodhams also competed very strongly, achieving gold standards and ensuring that in aggregate the team amassed an impressive score.

At the final analysis we learnt that we had won the silver medal, beaten only by the hosts Guildford Young Athletes Club.

There was also a number of impressive performances from our second team. Sam Rolaston achieved a PB in the 600m and had the third fastest time overall on the night. Pollyanne Stott scored strongly across all events, achieving a gold standard and Charlotte Pelekani and Daisy O'Brien only just missed out on this, achieving a silver standard score. Joel Lawrence and Ollie Burnett scored well and excelled particularly in the 600m with impressive times, likewise Justin Collins who had a particularly impressive score in the long jump.

We also had a number of younger athletes, Will Shortall, Amelie Lawrence and Henry Stockley, who scored well and will be eligible to compete again next year.

 

Moray Laing wins medals at European Transplant Games

Moray Laing wins medals at European Transplant Games

Category: All Club News

GB transplant athletes returned with the Overall Best Team Trophy from the European Transplant Sport Championship in Cagliari, Sardinia. Over 50 inspirational transplant athletes who have overcome serious illness have returned triumphant from Cagliari, Sardinia with a haul of medals.  The championships are open to all organ and bone marrow transplant recipients and dialysis patients of all ages and abilities from over 25 different countries.

One of the athletes returning was Reigate Priory's Moray Laing from Coulsdon.  Moray, who had a kidney transplant ten years ago and already a World Transplant Games champion at javelin, returned with one silver and one bronze medal for discus and javelin.

Moray said it was an honour to represent Team GB at the Games and to compete against other transplant athletes from many European countries.  "The Games provide an incentive to keep fit, take advantage of a second chance generously given to me by my donor and to help in promoting organ donation. The coaching and support I have received at Reigate Priory AC definitely helped me in winning the medals.  I am also grateful to my sponsor Angelo Conte of Nonna Rosas in Coulsdon who kindly provided  my team kit as all team members are self funded or sponsored".

Moray is now preparing for the British Transplant Games in August with a view to qualifying for the British team which will compete in the World Transplant Games next year in Newcastle.

Congratulations Moray!

European transplant games 1  European transplant games 2  European transplant games 3

YDL Eltham, 17 June 2018

YDL Eltham, 17 June 2018

 

Sunday saw the latest match in the Lower Age Group Youth Development League, taking place on this occasion at Eltham.

For U15 Alex Collins there was a continuation of his run of PB's with 4.18 in the long jump and a time of 27.96 in the 200m. Alex was close to his best in the 100m too. Dan Stapley cleared an impressive 1m.60 in the U15 high jump. Lily Cain-Jones was second in the Javelin with a big throw of 24m.25.

Frankie Evered picked up a PB in the U15 Shot having already raced well in both the 800m and 300m. George Evered competed in the U13's with fast racing in both the 100 and 200m's, and George picked up points for the Shot too.

There were new PB'S amongst the U13's for Ben Wright and Shakila Keable in the 800m, Lucy Dénecé in the 1200m, Zack Lovegrove in the 200m and Lily Woodhams in the long jump. Shakila's time for the 800m, 2.35.94, is particularly quick for a still 10 year old, and Lucy's 1200m time of 4.03.01 is the third quickest in the club's records. Matthew Pickering won the 1500m by a comfortable margin.

Several athletes competed in three events each including Eva Peters who had a good day with third place finishes in each of the 75m, 150m and long jump. Lily Woodhams ran in the 75m and 800m as well as doing the long jump, and Ben Wright added the 100m and the long jump to his 800m.

Anita Evered was organised and calm as ever in her role as team manager and as always at the YDL meetings Simon Evered was helping officiate events throughout the day. A mention too for Ivan Barrett who was one of the UKA officials running the match.

Pictures from the YDL - starting with George, Zack and Ben:

Shakila on her way to another 800m PB:

Lily and Eva in the Long Jump:

Surrey Call Up for U17's Lucy, Katie and Emiko

Surrey Call Up for U17's Lucy, Katie and Emiko

Congratulations to Lucy Broderick (800m), Katie Mackison (Javelin) and Emiko Salvi (3000m) who have all been selected to represent Surrey in the U17'S Southern Inter - Counties match being held at Lee Valley in July.

All three were also selected by Surrey Schools for the inter-counties match against Kent, Hampshire and Sussex hosted by Sussex this weekend.

Each of them won medals in both the Surrey County Championships held in May, and the Surrey Schools Championships held earlier this month.

 

Emiko, Lucy and Katie with some of their medals won this summer:

Ebbisham Boys League, Coulsdon 10 June 2018

Ebbisham Boys League, Coulsdon 10 June 2018

The latest match in the Ebbisham Boys League took place at Coulsdon on Sunday.

In the U11'S there were particularly strong performances from Max Orchard and Jayden Alabi. Both ran fast 150m and 600m races and both were amongst the highest scoring long jumpers. Harry Peters and Justin Collins also performed well at three events each with Harry picking up a new PB in the 150m and Justin equalling his PB in the 150m.

A good turnout in the U13's saw Finlay Caldwell, Ben Wright and Joel Lawrence taking on three events each and a number of others doubling up with two events.  Matthew Pickering took 2nd place in the 1500m and Gusie Lewis was 3rd in the 800m. Samuel Stapley finished 2nd in the B string 800m with Sam Rolaston leading home the four other RPAC 800m runners in the non scoring event.

In the U15's it was a great day for Alex Collins who had PB's in all three of his events! 100m, 200m and long jump.

Dan Stapley won the U15 high jump with a clearance of 1m.50 whilst Oscar Curry and Joe Walker ran well in the 800m. 

U17's can take part as non scorers in this league and turning out consistently all summer has been Drew Burridge. Drew equalled his PB in the 400m and running his first competitive 100m had a fast time of 11.9! Charlie Jenner threw 13.51 in the discus to establish a club record for U17B's Discus!

Thanks go to Sam Jenner for Managing the team and liaising with Dorking and Mole Valley AC with whom we formed a joint team.

Pictures from Coulsdon:

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Surrey Schools Track and Field Championships, Kingston 9th June 2018

Surrey Schools Track and Field Championships, Kingston 9th June 2018

On Saturday it was back to Kingston, this time for the Surrey Schools Track and Field Championships. Having qualified through the South Surrey District competition, several RPAC athletes were in action in a high quality meeting. With a host of strong performances they came away with six medals.

For Katie Mac it was business as usual as she won Gold in the Intermediate Girls Javelin with a throw of 38.75m. Competing in the same age group both Lucy Broderick (800m) and Emiko Salvi (3000m) won Silver medals and Lily Grant took the Bronze Medal in the 300m Hurdles. Vicky Wilkes ran a new PB time of 27.01 on her way to the Bronze medal in the Junior Girls 200m. 

In the Junior Boys High Jump, Dan Statham jumped a new PB height of 1.63m. This earned Dan the Bronze Medal and was also a new club U15 boys High Jump record!

There were other notable performances from Poppy Wardley (4th in Senior Girls 1500m), Abbie Owen (4th in Senior Girls 800m), Frankie Evered who came through a gruelling heat in the Junior Girls 800m to take 5th place in the final, Drew Burridge who ran a PB in the heats of the Inter Boys 400m, Rosie Braid who had a big PB in her Junior Girls 200m heat and 5th place for Lily Cain-Jones in the Junior Girls Javelin.

Drew has been on a good run all summer and in his last 300m race (at Finsbury Park on 31st May) he set a new U17 boys 300m club record with a time of 38.77!

Dan Statham in action the day after The Surrey Schools Championships, at the Ebbisham Boys League:

Lily, Vicky, Katie, Emiko and Lucy with their Championship Medals:

Lily B League, Croydon, Saturday 2nd June 2018

Lily B League, Croydon, Saturday 2nd June 2018

There were several personal best performances (including Lily Grant's new club record in the U17W'S 300m hurdles) and plenty of other great efforts by the RPAC athletes at the latest Lily B League match held in Croydon on Saturday.

Javelin proved a strength again with Lily Cain-Jones throwing a new PB of 33.97m in winning the U15'S while Katie Mackison won the U17'S with a throw of 36.75m. Katie had a good day, finishing second in the Shot with a PB (9.59) and running a PB in the 300mH. Lily Grant added a Shot PB to her record in the hurdles.

In the U15'S there was also a new PB for Erin Taylor-Benson in the high jump and good points were scored by Vicky Wilkes, Eva Marsh and Evelyn Salisbury who all doubled up with two events each.

The U13'S had plenty of success too. Francesca Manrow ran a new PB in the 200m, came 1st in the discus and competed in the 800m. Shakila Keable ran a fantastic  2.39.8  in the 800m. Not many below 2.40 in year six! Lily Woodhams had a new long jump PB with 3m.29 and also had first competitive outings in the 100 and the 200m sprints. Eva Peters as ever scored good points with her 100m,  200m and long jump. For Alessia Turner it was a busy afternoon too. Alessia performed well in the discus and the high jump but her highlight was her first 1500m where a long sprint finish saw her come home in 5.38.3. We haven't seen too many year six 1500's but this time compares very favouroubly with those from RPAC that have gone before.

An exciting 75m sprint was won by U11 Eve Goulding in a fast 12.1 seconds! Eve also ran a good 150m. Yasmin Badawi had another good all round performance competing in three U11 events and coming away with a PB  of 3.18 in the long jump. Harriet Thynne as ever undertook three events and Harriet ran a new PB of 24.8 in the 150m. There were also good performances from Florence Carter, Amelie Lawrence and Jessica Randall.

Ian Crouch and Donna Barrington-Smith are both UK Athletics Officials from RPAC and we are grateful to them for once again giving up their Saturday's to officiate at the match.

Lily and Eva in their 200m races:

Florence Carter and Jessica Randall:

Shakila in the 800m:

Francesca in the 200m:

Lily and Eva again:

Yasmin jumping 3.18 (PB):

Donna (Standing) official time keeper:

At the end of a long afternoon, the U11'S and U13'S both took part in the 4 x 100m relays. After clocking 69.5 at the first Lily B match in Ewell, the U11'S improved their time to a speedy 65.7 seconds!

The U13 team of Francesca, Alessia, Lily and Eva finished their race in 3rd place in a time of 60.5 seconds. As can be seen from the Power of 10 this time is pretty quick! ( The Croydon time of 60.5 not posted to P of 10 yet).

U13 4 x100m Relay Team at Croydon:

New Club Record for Lily Grant in 300m Hurdles, Croydon 2 June 2018

New Club Record for Lily Grant in 300m Hurdles, Croydon 2 June 2018

Congratulations to Lily Grant who won the U17 Women's 300m Hurdles race at the Lily B match in Croydon in a new Club Record time of 47.9!

Lily is pictured in the race with Katie Mackison (RR) who also ran a new personal best time of 49.2 to make it 1st and 2nd in the race for RPAC.

It has been a good week for Lily who finished 4th in the Surrey U17W'S Pentathlon Championships on Wednesday with a performance that included PB's in the 80mH and Javelin. Lily also won the 800m at that event by a margin of 7 seconds!

New Club Records for Emiko and Frankie, May 2018

New Club Records for Emiko and Frankie, May 2018

 

Shining under the floodlights at recent Open Meetings, Emiko and Frankie have had a great couple of weeks.

A club record that had stood for 9 years in the U17 Women's 3000m fell to Emiko Salvi at the British Milers Club meeting in Brighton late in the evening on Wednesday. Following her 9 second PB in taking the Silver Medal in the 3000m at the Surrey T & F Championships, Emiko took another 8 seconds off in a 3000m race, described by the commentator as "loaded with big names". With two pacesetters pulling the race along, Emiko finished in 10.26.82. A week earlier, running at another BMC meeting this time at Cambridge Harriers track in Eltham, Emiko took 7 seconds off her 1500m time finishing in 4.48.64. 

Frankie was another late evening runner. Last week on the Monday night, she set a new U15G'S club record in the 400m at the Blackheath and Bromley Open with a fast time of 61.82! This week, finding herself in the West Country, Frankie turned out at the BMC meeting in Exeter on Tuesday to record a new 800m PB with a time of 2.24.09.

 

Emiko and Frankie. Frankie wearing her British Milers Club vest at Exeter. Emiko flat out (also in BMC vest) after the 3000m in Brighton:

YAC Quad Kids Open, Guildford Saturday 26 May 2018

YAC Quad Kids Open, Guildford Saturday 26 May 2018

 

12 RPAC athletes entered the YAC Quad Kids Open event and recorded some great performances.

In the U11 Girls Charlotte Pelekani was 8th overall, Eve Goulding 14th and Lucy Cawthorne 30th out of a field of 45 athletes. They had strong performances across all four events but particularly commendable was Charlotte's standing long jump, where she was fifth overall, and Eva's sprint where she was third overall.

In the U11 boys RPAC dominated, with Travis Bateman second overall, Max Orchard third, Ollie Burnett eighth and Henry Peters thirteenth out of a field of 38. Henry Stockley and Tyler Giles also recorded strong scores in their first track competitions for the Club. Travis was first overall in the Howler throw and the Sprint, Max was second in the 600m with Ollie third and Harry was second in the Howler throw.

In the U13 girls again RPAC dominated with Eva Peters second, missing first place by the finest of margins, and Lily Woodhams fourth overall.

We also had two athletes in the younger events with Robert Duncton doing very well in the U9's and brother George performing strongly in the U7's event.

This all bodes well for the Surrey Quad Kids team event which starts with the qualifying round on Wednesday 13 June.

 

Update from the Chair, May 2018

Update from the Chair, May 2018

Category: All Club News

I hope everyone is enjoying the weather, it looks like spring (or is it summer already?) has finally arrived!

First off this month, the technical stuff. The new GDPR comes into force on Friday, 25th May. To satisfy the regulations, we have published the new privacy notice on the website here. You should have already seen this privacy notice in your membership renewal e-mail, but there have been some minor amendments since that went out, so please take the time to review the latest version on the website.  

Competition 

It's been a busy month for juniors and seniors. The Junior Academy competed in a Quad Kids competition back in April, whilst the juniors have had fixtures in all of the YDL (lower and upper age groups), Ebbisham Boys and Lily B leagues, plus the Surrey Track & Field Championships. Reports for many of these fixtures are on the website, but the highlight has to be the 9 medals won at the Surrey Championships including 4 Golds (Katie Mackison, Javelin; Lucy Broderick, 800m; Anousha Wardley, Pole Vault; Lily Cain-Jones, Javelin).

The seniors started with an unusually hot London Marathon. Congratulations to everybody who ran, simply finishing in those conditions was an achievement, and commiserations to those who did not manage to complete. Two of our runners decided to try again at the Milton Keynes Marathon 2 weeks later, but discovered the weather gods were against them as that day was even hotter!

Other races for seniors have included the YMCA 5 and Richmond Half Marathon, but culminated in 4 races in 2 days this past weekend. Sunday saw all of the Sutton 10k, a MABAC fixture and the Southern Athletics League, whilst Monday evening saw an intrepid 11 veterans compete in the Southern Vets T&F League - a new venture for the club.

To help everybody plan ahead for the summer, we are producing 2 flyers covering both competitions and volunteering, one each for the juniors & seniors. The one for the seniors is already available, an A3 copy is on the the new noticeboard at Battlebridge (thanks to Gavin Lawrence for the donation) and A4 versions are also available to be taken away. An electronic copy of the flyer is available here. The junior flyer will be available shortly.

Noticeboard at Battlebridge v2

 

AGM

At the AGM, we welcomed two new committee members in Ellis Cain-Jones and Jas Dhanda (who is actually returning to the committee after a break), replacing Christian Froggatt and Ronnie Murray. My thanks to both of them for agreeing to stand and to Christian & Ronnie for their work for the club. The Officers and other committee members remain the same, see the website for a full list. My thanks also to everyone who attended and participated in the discussions.

The major item on the agenda was about volunteering and how to encourage our members and parents to participate in the various opportunities. The discussion was very valuable and ruled out a lot of the suggestions that had been made during the earlier committee brainstorm. Your committee will be taking this forward, but some immediate information:

  • To recognise the contribution of our volunteers, we will be publishing the names of everybody who has helped at all events on both the website and the Facebook Page
  • With immediate effect, any seniors wanting to enter one of the 3 club organised races (Summer Evening 10k, Priory Relays or Holly Run) MUST also volunteer before or after the race, or provide somebody else to assist during the race. This change is a direct response to the strongly held views expressed at the AGM
  • Additional assistance from within the club would be welcome in all the following areas, to assist the designated committee members:
    • Marketing (to work with Ginevra Stoneley and me)
    • Priory Relays co-Race Director (to work with Gavin Lawrence)
    • Volunteering (to work with Liz Clark and Gavin)
    • Social Events (especially for seniors) (to work with Gavin)

Ellis Cain-Jones took an action from the meeting to review the current constitution and to propose a way of allowing parents of junior members to have the ability to vote on club matters and to stand for the committee, which is not currently permitted unless they are a full member in their own right.

Summary Minutes

The summary minutes from the March Committee meeting are available here (website login is required).

Malcolm Woodman

YDL Dartford 19th May 2018

YDL Dartford 19th May 2018

Some of the RPAC athletes at Dartford:

 

The latest match in the YDL took place in Dartford on Saturday. A good turnout of athletes despite the clash with the Royal Wedding saw several come away with new Personal Best's.

Anyone called Francesca had a particularly good day with a 100% return of PB'S! For Frankie Evered they came in the 100m, 200m, with a time of 28.2, and in the Shot, and for Francesca Manrow in the 150m and in the 800m where Francesca took her time down to 2.44.0. There were two PB's for Eva Peters, in the 75m with a speedy 10.9 and in the 150m with 21.8 and Eva only narrowly missed her best long jump distance.

There were two personal best's for Lucy Dénecé - a big one in her 1200m time where she took 1st place with a fast 4.07.8 and a throw of 14.53m in the Javelin earning her 2nd place in that event.

Alessia Turner had a good afternoon with a PB in the long jump, 3m.65, a good 75m and a first 1200m run in an impressive 4.25.2.

In the U15B's 1500m Noah Young ran a PB time of 5.03.1. Fellow U15 Joel Manrow competed well with good results in the 300m and 800m. George Evered as ever earned good points competing in three events, the U13B'S 100m and 200m sprints and in the Shot.

Others competing well at events for the first time included Samuel Stapley with an excellent 2.35.3 in the U13B's 800m, Zack Lovegrove with great efforts in the 100m, 200m and long jump, and Lily Woodhams with a good first 800m.

The afternoon ended with a spectacular 4 x100m relay by the U13G'S (Francesca Manrow, Alessia Turner, Lily Woodhams, Eva Peters) who finished with the equal third  fastest time of 59.8. (Out of 7 U13G'S relay teams).

Thanks go to Anita Evered for managing the team and to our UKA Official Ivan Barrett for giving up his Saturday to officiate so many of the events.

The next Lower Age Group (U15/U13) YDL match is at Eltham on Sunday 17th June.

Pictures from Dartford:

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Surrey Track and Field Championships, Kingston 12th/13th May 2018

Surrey Track and Field Championships, Kingston 12th/13th May 2018

Two days of intense competition at the Surrey Track and Field Championships in Kingston saw a healthy return of precious metals as the club's young athletes came home with nine medals. Including four Gold.

Saturday saw George Evered picking up another PB in the heats of the U13 200m whilst in the U15 200m Vicky Wilkes breezed through the heat and semi final with a healthy PB in the heat, to take the Bronze Medal in the U15 Girls 200m Final! Although going out in the semi final, U15 Ellie O'Donovan picked up a new 200m PB, doubling up on Sunday with a 100m PB in the heats of the 100m. In the U15 Girls 800m heats Eva Marsh just missed out on progressing to the final but kept up her record of a PB in all three of her 800m races this year!

As the rain set in through the afternoon, Katie Mackison stepped up for the U17W'S Javelin Final and with a throw of 37.72m won her thrd consecutive Surrey Championships Gold Medal!

Vicky in the final and Katie:

With Gusie Lewis (winning his 800m heat) and in the 1500m's Matthew Pickering and Lucy Dénecé safely navigating their heats to return for Sunday's finals, the U17W'S 800m Final was held on Saturday. Outstanding racing from Lucy Broderick and Emiko Salvi saw them finish with Gold for Lucy and Bronze for Emiko. A Season's Best time of 2.18..26 for Lucy and a PB of 2.20.78 for Emiko.

Lucy, Emiko and Gusie:

 

Sunday saw much better weather and Gusie picked up a PB with 2.28.2 in the U13 800m Final coming home in 7th place.

Another big medal for Anousha Wardley! With a clearance of 3.0m Anousha won Gold in the U20W's Pole Vault. Around the same time, Poppy Wardley picked up Silver in the U20W'S 1500m with a Season's Best time.

Anousha and Poppy with their medals:

Drew Burridge continued his fine run of PB'S in the U17 400m with a time of 55.92 in the heat. For Lily Grant there was the disappointment of disqualification in the 300mH with no second chance for a false start.

Out on the field, Lily Cain-Jones had recorded a huge PB throw of 32.36m in the U15 Javelin Final and this proved good enough to win the Gold Medal against tough opposition.

Lily with her Gold and Drew in his 400m:

 

Back on the track meanwhile, having narrowly missed qualification for the U15 800m final despite finishing second in her heat (five heats, only the winner of each guaranteed a final place), Frankie Evered was continuing her run of PB'S in the U15 300m. With a time of 44.34 Frankie won her heat with ease and returned to finish 5th in the Final.

Frankie in the 300m final:

Now late into the afternoon. the middle distance finals started. 

Emiko Salvi was back to take part in a gruelling  U17W'S 3000m. With a trademark surge over the last 300, Emiko ran a big PB time of 10.34.18 to pick up a Silver Medal to add to her collection. Her time moves her up to 20th quickest in the UK at the time of writing.

Matthew Pickering was next and was another to pick up a PB with 4.49.66 seeing him also finish with a Silver Medal in the U13 boys 1500m - and ranked 16th in the UK!

Yet another PB was to come! Lucy Dénecé took 11 seconds off her previous best to finish 7th in the U13 girls 1500m Final with a time of 5.12.80. This sees Lucy into the top 30 in the UK ranking for the event.

I make that 4 Gold's, 3 Silvers and two Bronze Medals!

Emiko, Matthew and Lucy (First pic is Matthew finishing in 2nd place):

   

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Finish of the U17W'S 3000m:

Frankie and Eva line up for their U15 800m heat:

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Lily B League, Ewell, Saturday 5th May 2018

Lily B League, Ewell, Saturday 5th May 2018

A  hot and sunny day meant this year's first Lily B League match of the season took place in ideal conditions at Ewell on Saturday. Bolstered by a large contingent of Under 11's, the RPAC team enjoyed a good day competing in track and field events.

There were many notable performances, including from several athletes competing in the league for the first time. Amongst so much potential shown by the under elevens, the older girls didn't disappoint and the Under 17's had some particularly outstanding results. In the 300m hurdles Lily Grant and Katie Mackison both achieved personal best's. Lily's time takes her to number 2 in the club's records for the event (behind Sophie Elliss who at U17 represented England at hurdles in the Schools International in 2015). For Katie there was also a PB and new club record (again!) in the javelin with a throw of 40.25 metres. Katie is now ranked 3rd in the UK for the event. Lucy Broderick won the U17 800m by a distance with a seasons best time of 2.19.9. 

All three girls are now set up nicely for next weekend's Surrey Championships.

Katie at Ewell after breaking the 40m barrier and Lucy winning the 800m

 

Highlights amongst the under 15's included two PB's for Eva Marsh, in the 800m and the long jump, and a first league appearance by Jasmine Foster who performed well in the long jump, shot and 800m. The 800m race completed despite losing a shoe at the start when someone trod on her heel. Jasmine ran the whole race with a shoe missing!

Under 15's Erin Taylor--Benson in the High Jump and 800m, and Imogen Gregory in the Long Jump and 1500m also performed well in their first league outings. There was another good double from Joely Watkinson with a fast 1500m time and a good throw of over 18m in the Javelin.

Amongst the Under 13 highlights were two PB's for Francesca Manrow, in the 200m and the discus, and two fast races run by Shakila Keable in the 200 and the 800m's. We were spoilt for choice in the 200m with Ella Scrase and Jessica Basnett also competing. Both Ella and Jessica also took part in the long jump. Caitlin Evans was our U13 100m runner with a time table clash with long jump meaning Jessica missed out. Lucy Dénéce and Zara Watkinson doubled up in the 1500m and Javelin with good results.

Ella in the long jump:

Zara and Lucy in the U13 1500m:

 

We had U11'S competing in the 75m, the 600m and in the long jump.

Yasmin Badawi had a particulaly good day, competing in all three events with 2.90 in the long jump, 12.0 in the 75m and 2.09.6 for the 600m. Others to do especially well in the 75m were Imogen Wheeler with a time of 11.9 and Harriet Thynne with 12.1. In the 600m there were particularly good times run by Holly Elliott with 2.08.1 and Daisy O'Brien with 2.09.6 (the same time as Yasmin). Harriet also had one of the leading scores in the long jump with 2.86 with Imogen jumping 2.65 and Amelie Lawrence, 2.50 and Emily Sheard with 2.49 also doing well.

Ruthie Lewis ran a good 600m race on her eighth birthday! Our youngest competitor.

The U11'S also ran a fantastic 4 x 100m relay!

 

Thanks as ever go to those parents who helped with the officating and especially to Kirsten Mackison for managing the team. This involved Kirsten running to and from the scorers office on many occasions to amend/update our team sheet with changes and late entries.

The next Lily B League match is in Croydon on Saturday 2nd June. Let Kirsten know as soon as you like if you want to compete!

More pics from Ewell:

Katie sets new U17W'S Javelin Club Record

Katie sets new U17W'S Javelin Club Record

Katie Mackison has started the summer in top form!

Having set a new U17W's club record for the Javelin with a throw of 37.94m at the recent Haywards Heath Harriers Open Meeting, Katie produced an even lo