Hello everyone. I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well in these difficult times.
We’ve noticed that the container at Battlebridge is no longer water tight and there is risk of damage to its interior which includes of course the control for the flood lights.
Are there any members or friends of members who have any experience with metalwork or steel panel repairs? If there are please get in touch with Ellis on
Two Missing Trophies
The Jimmy James Handicap and Ladies V35 Half Marathon trophies have been mislaid and have not been seen since the awards evening in January last year.
If anyone knows their whereabouts please contact me at .
Two Appeals for Help
We have been approached by two PhD students who as part of their research, are conducting investigations into different aspects of running.
The first is a student at Anglia Ruskin University who is doing research into running with spectacles. This takes the form of a survey which can be found here.
The second is being conducted by a student at Old Dominion University in Virginia who is researching the effects of nutritional intake on gastro intestinal symptoms experienced by runners. Details of this survey can be found here.
If you are willing to take part you must be 18+ to complete either survey, the latter study has some further stipulations about eligibility.
EA Virtual Road Relays
There was coverage of our success in the England Athletics virtual road relay in last week's Surrey Mirror.
As outlined in last week's newsletter RPAC finished in 35th place and we have thus qualified for the second round.
This will be run from 00:01 on Wednesday 10 February to 23:59 on Monday 15 February 2021. We can have as many first claim runners as we like sign-up for Round 2 (National Round) with the fastest 4 men and fastest 4 women scoring. The top club from Round 2 will progress to Round 3 (International Round).
Runners do not need to have taken part in Round 1 of the competition in order to run in Round 2.
In order to spice it up a bit more and get some more of you running Malcolm and I have decided to make Round 2 a handicap competition. If you ran in Round 1 your time will be used to calculate your handicap. If you plan to run in Round 2 send your predicted time to for us to calculate your handicap time. Please let me know if you have any questions.
A reminder email will be sent out nearer the time.
The Return of Virtual Challenges
As promised, here is the first virtual challenge of the current lockdown. We are starting with something simple - run or walk the shortest distance to find road names that spell out the word "MARATHON". The words "road" and "avenue" do not count - although I suppose that if there were an "Avenue Road" (as there is in Epsom) I would have to allow the A!
Send your answers to me at . Similarly if anyone has any good ideas for virtual competitions that can be undertaken by both junior and senior members please email me.
Keep in touch
It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.
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