• Senior Ladies Cross-Country
  • Senior Track and Field Composite
  • Senior Men Road Racing Pic 1
  • RPAC at Dorking 10 2022
  • Junior Endurance Training Pic 2
  • Junior Academy Training Pic 3
  • Junior Academy Training Pic 2
  • RPAC at Brockham
  • Summer 10K 2022-3
  • Border League Cross-Country
  • RPAC Junior Coaches
  • Junior Endurance Training Pic 1
  • RPAC at Wimbledon
  • RPAC at Farnham Park 2022

All Club News 

 

Save the Date: Awards Night

Running shoes off, dancing shoes on - we'll be holding our annual awards night for juniors and seniors on Saturday, 13th January 2024, at Reigate Manor. More details to come!

Awards Night Raffle

This year, we're hoping to hold an awards night raffle and we'd love some donations or leads/contacts on donations. Please get in touch with Linda Rodriguez - see the emailed newsletter for her contact details - if you have any ideas.

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

U17 RPAC boys compete in Cardiff

 

Sam Rolaston, Samuel Stapley and Euan Willis made the trip to Cardiff to compete in the British Athletics Cross Challenge Cross country race in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff on Saturday 11th November. With blue skies, sunshine and no wind but plenty of mud, the conditions were near perfect for runners and spectators alike.

Facing some stiff opposition from some of the best British runners in this age group, the trio tackled the 5.56km course confidently, with all three finishing in the top half of the race. Samuel Stapley came 4th with a time of 17.58, Euan Willis 15th with a time of 18.30 and Sam Rolaston 26th in a time of 19.13.

 

Surrey XC League, Mitcham Common 

 
In the second of the four Surrey League XC fixtures, there were a wealth of excellent performances by RPAC Juniors at Mitcham Common. A welcome dry and sunny afternoon, with the common having dried out well after a wet week, led to decent conditions for the races.
 
The U15G'S team of Isla Kinniburgh,  Neve MacGregor,  Eloise Matthews and Olivia Heppenstall had a strong afternoon finishing in 6th place (14 clubs entered teams).
 
Emily Hancock was our sole finisher in the U17W'S race with a good run in only her second competitive outing for the club. 
 
The U13G'S race saw another excellent team performance with RPAC taking 2nd place in the team results having been placed 3rd in the first match in Richmond Park. 
 
Florence Tombleson had an outstanding race finishing in 1st place and with Gracie Shade 5th (although a non-scorer as still running as an U11), and Lara Tombleson 7th, they were well supported by excellent performances from Lisette Matthews,  Olivia Aries and Charlotte Ebbs. 
 
The U13 boys event saw good performances from James Beaty,  our sole scorer, and U11'S Rafi Vardy and Piers Matthews who both showed great promise with well placed finishes.
 
Missing our U17 boys who were in Cardiff for the first match in the British Athletics Cross Challenge Series, it was left to Josh Emmerson to run as our sole competitor in the combined U17/U15 boys team. Another typically strong run by Josh saw him well placed at the finish. 
 
The next match in the Surrey League is at Wimbledon Common on Saturday 13th January.  

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Sunday 3rd December Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford

Saturday 13th January 2024 Awards Night

 

Senior Section News

 

Please Return Your Trophies

With the Awards Evening coming up please can you return your trophies ASAP so that I can get them engraved, cleaned, etc. ready to be handed out. I'll be at Battlebridge on 21st and 28th of this month, alternatively you can leave them with one of the other coaches or contact me to arrange delivery or collection, email 

Thank you!

This Sunday, 19th November: MABAC Lightwater Country Park, final race of the season

After yet another change of venue the MABAC season wraps up this Sunday, 19th November, at Lightwater Country Park. The course will be the same as we ran back in September, but probably with more mud. There are some details on the MABAC website. It would be good if we can field a strong RPAC team. We're currently languishing in 5th place in the league with two teams just above us and definitely able to be caught. If you haven't tried a MABAC race before why not give it a go? I've never heard anyone yet say that they haven't enjoyed a MABAC fixture. They are as competitive as you want to make them and everyone who takes part scores points for the team. The more people we can field the more points we score.  We are nearly always short of lady runners. The course has one significant hill and underfoot is mostly sandy.

It's a bit of a trek to get there so car sharing is a good idea. For those of use travelling from Reigate we will be meeting in Bell St Car Park at 8:30. If you need a lift or are able to drive others please let Andrew know by emailing .

 

Saturday, 11th November: Surrey League Cross Country Races

On Saturday the Ladies team travelled to Mitcham Common and the Men's team travelled to Hurst Green (Oxted) for the second of the season's Surrey League Cross Country fixtures.

You can read all about the men's exploits here (thank you Ewan!). A total of 19 RPAC men took part and finished in 9th place overall. Ewan Mc Kay was the first RPAC man home in 31:23. Well done gents!

I haven't seen too much about the Ladies', but I do know that 10 RPAC ladies raced and the A team finished in 17th place. Well done ladies!
Eloise was our first finisher, coming home in 20th place in 22:47. Off the back of that result Eloise has been selected to represent Surrey at the South of England Inter Counties XC Champs in Oxford on the 9th December. Well done Eloise!

Results will be added to the results section in the coming days.

 

Sunday, 12th November: Leatherhead Fire Station 10K

 

A small band of RPAC runners tackled the hills and mud of the Leatherhead Fire Station 10K on Sunday.
This race is described as "scenic but undulating route with spectacular views. At the end there will be Trish & Tracy's famous Tea and Cake stall, which is not to be missed and by then you will deserve it! This is a charity event, raising funds for several local charities, which are close to the hearts of the Red Watch Team. " 
I haven't heard how good the cakes were, but I do know that Paul Walters was first home for RPAC in 45th place in 00:45:51, followed by Liz Mason (160th in 01:00:59), Kelly Marie Mason (202nd in 01:12:02) and Naomi Jones (208th in 01:29:47). Liz was first in her age category and Kelly said that she was happy with her result as she "had a nasty chest and was full of cold". Well done to all of you.

It would be nice to get a better turnout for this one next year. 

 

Thursday, 30th November: Jimmy James Handicap Race 3

Participation hasn't been terrific for the previous two races, but it's not too late - you can still beat Jas, who has been the first RPAC runner home in both of the races held so far! The next race will be Thursday, 30th November, at Denbies. You need to register before Sunday 26th November by emailing   . If you have not taken part before you need to provide a recent 5K time, mobile number and emergency contact details. Hi-viz and torches are mandatory.

Saturday, 9th December: Parkrun tourism to Cranleigh

Mark your calendars - on Saturday, 9th December, we'll be going to Cranleigh parkrun at Knowle Park for the run and a post-race breakfast at the cafe.

Sunday 17th December: Annual Turkey Trot

Save the date - Sunday 17th December - for the annual Turkey Trot run and/or walk from Denbies. More details to follow.

Weekly schedule

Details for the weekly sessions can be found on the RPAC website as well as the club calendar. If you'd like to be added to any of the WhatsApp groups just email . All are welcome!

Members' news

Neil McDonnell ran the Authentic Athens Marathon on Sunday 12th November, finishing in 4:47:24. Well done Neil!

 

From slightly further afield Sharon Miller writes:

"I was looking for a 10k but couldn’t find one so did the Jacksonville Parkrun Saturday morning 7.30. Had to leave our accommodation at 3.30am (my husband’s a good sport) not a tough course but very hot and humid 83F in old money. Would you believe I met a lovely couple from Dorking, Joe acts as race director for the kids at Reigate on a Sunday.

Sunday I did another 5K in Melbourne for Homeless Vets got almost the exact same result 28.01 and best of breed as my husband so politely puts it."
Great stuff Sharon!
 
Even further afield I noticed that Jim Vince completed the Mount Ainslie Parkrun near Canberra. Well bowled Jim!
 

Dates for Your Diary 

 

Sunday 19th November MABAC Farley Heath & AGM

Saturday 9th December Parkrun Tourism to Cranleigh

Sunday 17th December Turkey Trot

Saturday 13th January Awards and Social Night, Reigate Manor

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