RPAC Awards Night, Saturday, 13th January
Ditch the running shoes and grab your dancing shoes - we'll be celebrating your achievements this year at the annual Reigate Priory Athletic Club's Awards Night on 13th January 2024 at the Reigate Manor Hotel!
Please arrive at 6:30 for a light buffet dinner - vegans welcome - drinks from the pay bar, and chat. The awards ceremony will start at 7:30 pm for both the Juniors and Seniors. From 8:30, we'll have cake, more drinks, and dancing until midnight. This year we're also holding a raffle featuring prizes from Run Reigate, Movement Mechanics, Sweaty Betty, Chalk Hills Bakery, and others, so come ready to buy tickets!
We ask that juniors be accompanied by at least one adult; seniors are welcome to purchase additional tickets for a plus one.
Tickets are available via LoveAdmin or purchased directly from the club at track and junior sessions.
Adults: £10 until Thursday, 30th November (the discounted rate will be applied when you make payment), £15 from 1st December. All ticket sales will end on 20th December.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Linda Rodriguez,
*Please Return Your Trophies*
With the Awards Evening coming up, please can you return your trophies so that we can get them ready to be handed out. Andrew Bamford will be at Battlebridge on Tuesday, 28th November, or, alternatively, you can leave them with one of the other coaches or contact him to arrange delivery or collection at . Thank you!
Nominations for Ted Baker Award 2023 are now open
The Ted Baker Award, awarded in memory of past chair, coach, and athlete, Ted Baker, is presented annually to the person who has made a significant contribution to the club in the last year. Contributions in previous years may also be taken into account. The Award is open to anyone - non-members included - who has made a contribution to the club in 2023. However current members of the Committee and previous recipients (see the website for list) cannot receive the Award. The short list of candidates is determined by nominations from members and/or parents, with the Committee making the final decision on the recipient.
Please send your nominations to by Friday, 1st December.
parkrun tourism to Cranleigh, Saturday 9th December
We are off for parkrun tourism to Cranleigh parkrun on Saturday, 9th December - all are very welcome. Please plan to be in Cranleigh for 8:30am. Parking is available at the venue near the start, but please do read the website as it gives full details of the parking available. The location is Knowle Park, Knowle Lane, Cranleigh GU6 8JL. Knowle Park is a newly designed park designed with runners in mind (extra wide paths).
We want to encourage car sharing, so please do either partner up with others who can come or send Paul an email if you want a lift or can offer lifts and he will coordinate. For afterwards, there is a large choice of cafes in Cranleigh's nearby High Street, already researched by Adrian and Debs Grant and Peter Luxton. The Yangaz Bistro Grill is the best, located in High Street at end of Knowle Lane. Unfortunately they don't take bookings, but we will find somewhere. Any questions, please email .
Turkey Trot, Sunday 17th December
Our annual festive Turkey Trot at Denbies led by Paul Walters (running, with a route of 5.75 miles) and Stewart McIntyre (walking, with a distance which will be shorter but TBA), on Sunday 17th December. We will meet at 9:00am in Denbies Car Park for a 9:15 start. Seasonal attire optional but encouraged. Refreshments at Denbies afterwards. Any questions email.
Couch to 5K Programme begins, Saturday 13th January 2024
Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 13th January with an optional lead-in session on Saturday 6th January, Please pass on the details to anyone who may be interested that are available here.
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
Border League, Guildford, Sunday 3rd December
Match 2 of this year's Border League will be held in Stoke Park Guildford on Sunday 3rd December. There are separate races for girls and boys at U9 (school yrs 3 and 4)/ U11 (yrs 5 and 6)/U13 (yrs 7 and 8)/U15 (yrs 9 and 10). The first race is U9 girls at 1:30pm and last race U15s at 3:00pm. We are keen to have a strong turnout of RPAC Juniors. There is no cost to enter and no limit on numbers, but we do need to register athletes ahead of time.
Please let Mike Gent know if your child would like to compete by Thursday, 30th November.
Dates for the Juniors diary
Sunday 3rd December - Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford
Sunday 7th January - Surrey County Champs, Denbies in Dorking
Saturday 13th January - RPAC Awards Night
Saturday 13th January - Surrey Cross Country League - Match 3 Wimbledon Common
Saturday 20th January - Surrey Schools Championships, Reigate Priory Park
Saturday 27th January - Southern Cross Country Championship, Beckenham Park
Saturday 10th February - Surrey Cross Country League Match 4 - Venue TBA
Sunday 11th February - Border League Match 3 - Lightwater Country Park, Woking
Saturday 24th February - National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire
Saturday 24th February - Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Reigate Priory Park
Sunday 3rd March - Border League Match 4 - Reigate Priory Park
Senior Section News
No Wednesday session this week
Enjoy your Christmas party!
Sunday 7th January 2024 Surrey Cross Country Championships, Denbies
The Surrey Cross Country Championships will be held on Sunday 7th January 2024 at Denbies, with the senior women's race (8.4km) starting at 11:30 am and the senior men (12.2km) at 2 pm. All athletes must be Surrey qualified through birth or residency for the last 9 months. Club vests must be worn, no late entries will be accepted. Please let us know by Friday 22nd December 2023 if you would like to be included in the entry by emailing .
Couch to 5K graduation at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun
On a crisp and bright late November morning, Reigate Priory AC headed to Ifield Mill Pond parkrun with the participants of the Couch to 5K Programme to support them through their graduation run. We had a terrific turnout and saw some excellent performances - Annette Morris finished in 25:19, earning the day's top age grading of 82.55 percent! Congrats to all the graduates (and Annette!); you can read more about the event here.
We are sorry to report that we neglected to mention (because we hadn't been informed, ahem) that Charlie Butcher bested Fran Dunham's V40 half marathon record on 22 October at the Kingston Half Marathon - Butcher raced to second place overall in an unbelievable 1:12:17. Well done, Charlie!
More recently, on 25 November, an intrepid team of RPAC runners took on the 5-mile South of the Thames Cross Country race; Henry Munro reports: "On a crisp, sunny afternoon in Beckenham Place Park, the quartet of Andrew Patrick, Dave Rayner, Henry Munro and Ian Burks boldly took on the challenge of the South of the Thames cross-country team race. The likes of Kent AC had over 60 runners so we were definitely outnumbered, but was good to get a team out. On the start line a moving tribute was given to Ron Hales, a Kent AC member of 76 years who passed away this year, aged 98. He was one of the founders of SOTT and Beckenham park was his home race, he loved it so much his ashes were scattered in the park after he passed. A poignant reminder of the history in these races.
The race itself was a delight compared to the last cross country race over in Oxted. No bogs, just 5 miles of undulating terrain through the park. No idea on where we placed, but fair to say we were all there for the enjoyment of cross country rather than looking for a victory. A great event." (For the record, the Reigate men came 31st, according to the provisional results.)
Kate Knight completed her 153rd marathon at the weekend, the very chilly Turkey Trot from the Suffolk Running Centre at Bury St. Edmonds, on Saturday. Next up, she says, Ferry Meadows County Park!
Dates for Your Diary
Saturday 9th December Parkrun Tourism to Cranleigh
Sunday 17th December Turkey Trot
Sunday 7th January Surrey XC Championships at Denbies
Sunday 7th January Tadworth 10 - see this
Saturday 13th January Couch to 5K Programme starts - see this
Saturday 13th January Awards and Social Night, Reigate Manor Hotel
Sunday 25th February 2024 Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)
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