It is only Monday but I hope that you're having a good week. It's a bumper newsletter today and the potential for error and omission is quite high! apologies in advance if anything is found to be amiss.
All Club News
Jack Finn Ashleigh Brailsford
Jack and Ashleigh are getting married this coming Saturday 28th August. On behalf of all of us at Reigate Priory AC can I please wish Jack and Ashleigh our fondest wishes from us all - have a lovely day! Photo or two next week please?
RPAC branded T-shirts
Run Reigate 2021
Don't forget that this year's Run Reigate event is being held on Sunday 19th September from 09:00. At the time of writing there are still spaces available in the half marathon, 10K, 5K and children's races, although I'm told that aren't many spaces left.
Details of how to enter are here. RPAC has always been well represented in the longer races and I am sure this year will be no exception. There is also an option of virtual races if you don't fancy running in a crowd.
RPAC and Run Reigate have always had a good relationship and have provided support and publicity for eachother's events.
If you are not running at Run Reigate how about volunteering for the Run Reigate Race Crew? Full details are here. All volunteers will get a free place in either Run Gatwick or Run Reigate next year.
Advance warning of events particularly for volunteers
There will be a Priory Relays in Priory Park this year - November date yet to be finalised, but we will let you know, and the Holly Run will be on Sunday 12th December.
Give us your results please
If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing . If possible please can you submit them by Sunday evening at the latest as this allows us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages.
Junior Section News
Saturday 21st / Sunday 22nd August South of England Track & Field Championships Kingston
At the South of England Championships held in Kingston over the weekend, Michael Maguire won the Gold Medal in the U13B'S Long Jump setting a new Club Record with a leap of 5.05m. A great performance by Michael!
In the U15G'S 800m, Lilah Unwin came through her heat on Saturday, returning on Sunday for the final where she finished 2nd picking up the Silver Medal to add to her collection for 2021.
Another to comfortably navigate her heat on Saturday was Eva Marsh in the U17 1500m. In the final on Sunday, Eva ran yet another PB in a season of continual improvement finishing in 7th place out of 12 finalists.
The Championships see a high quality gathering of athletes from across the South East of England and these young athletes can be very proud of their performances.
Saturday 25th September Juniors Obstacle Course event near Bletchingley, Redhill ***Date for the diary! ***
Reigate Priory AC are organising this fun social event open to all members of the Junior Academy and Junior section which will be on Saturday 25th September from 2:00pm-4:00pm.
We would also encourage any new Academy members to come along and meet some of the Junior section.
Please keep an eye out in your email in-boxes - details will follow soon!
HOWEVER - we require 2 or 3 parent helpers to assist with the running of this event. Please contact if you are able to assist.
Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent
Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:
There are two remaining track competitions this season. It would be great to have a strong turn out from Reigate in these final two matches.
Saturday 28th August - Lily B - Sutton- Girls U11-U17s
Saturday 4th September - YDL LAG - Sutton - U13-U15 Boys and girls
Sunday 5th September - YDL UAG - Crawley - U17- U20 Boys and girls
Saturday 25th September - Junior Obstacle Course event
Senior Section News
Monday 30th August Session Cancelled
Due to the Bank Holiday Ian E. has cancelled next Monday's session.
Thursday PM training sessions in August in Priory Park
Just a reminder that on Thursdays in August there will be no track sessions but instead we will be holding sessions in Priory Park at 7pm.
Meet under the big tree close to the café but please let us know if you are coming.
Surrey Road Relays 4th September at Wimbledon
A reminder to let your team captains know if you want to take part in the relays. The deadline is Tuesday the 31st of August 2021. Men should respond to and ladies should respond to
MABAC League - confirmed dates for events
Sunday 19th September - Lightwater Country Park
Sunday 24th October - Nonsuch Park
Sunday 21st November - Farley Heath
Sunday 16th January - Windsor Park
Saturday 21st August The Shere 42km Trial Marathon
Here he is - the latest member of the 100 marathon club! Jim told us that he managed to finish this event in a "sociable" 5 hours 57 minutes. He said "I could’ve picked an easier one as it was a little hilly with 3,500ft of climb but some beautiful scenery".
Leanne McKeogh participated in the Shere Marathon on Saturday, finishing in a time of 6:13:51.
Kate Knight completed the Shere Marathon on Saturday, and followed this up with participation in the Thorpe and Egham Half on Sunday.
Saturday 21st August The Shere 10K - by Moray Carey
The rugged countryside surrounding the attractive village of Shere provided the rural setting for a series of trail runs plotted over challenging courses on Sat 21st Aug.
The shortest distance was 10k but there were also options of 21k and 42k which Jim Vince selected as his 100th marathon.
Unfortunately, I didn’t see Jim to wish him luck since the 10k race in which I was running had a later start time but I did encounter fellow RPAC member, Jeremy, immediately noticeable in the distinctive RPAC running vest.
After a mini circuit of the field behind the Shere Village Hall, the multi terrain route climbed the precipitous London Lane passing under the A25 and rising continuously within a tree lined corridor.
Because this is “byway open to all traffic” (BOAT), vehicular use had created water filled trenches leaving the attempted negotiation of the uneven, flint encrusted banks as the only alternative way forward.
The steady climb of almost 2 kms comprises practically one fifth of the entire 10k course! After reaching level ground, the route meandered in and out of woodland tracks and trails where cyclists, walkers and horse riders were occasionally encountered.
Tackling the 10k course required semi orienteering skills, due to the general absence of Marshals, but following direction arrows hand painted on the ground and ribbons suspended from branches added to the sense of adventure.
A race official kindly offered fruit and jelly babies at a feed station at about 6k and a bit further on a clearing had been carved out of the woodland revealing the charmingly named Honeysuckle Bottom Sawmill. Peering out of one of the barns was a character with a long, straggly, bushy beard resembling one of the guitarists from ZZ Top!!
After overcoming one further incline, the paths were reasonably level before re-joining London Lane for the long descent back to the field for the final few hundred metres to the finishing line to claim the race mementos – a wooden medal and a t-shirt.
I had intended running solo but, for most of the race, I was paced by and chatted to local Shere resident, Mike Keeble. By the time we re-entered the field he was a good 15-20 seconds in front of me but he paused for me to catch up with him so we could finish the race together.
An altruistic act of sportsmanship to crown an exhilarating race!
Sunday 22nd August The Big Half
Tom Almond and George Roux ran in The Big Half on Sunday. Tom finished in a time of 1:12:18 and George finished in a time of 1:14:12.
Mike Wylie finished The Big Half in a time of 1:26:24.
Steve Watkins ran in this event despite injury, finishing in 1:55:34.
Apologies if there were other entrants from the club that we've missed - let us know. Well done guys!
Sunday 22nd August Gatliff Ultra
Stop press - we hear that Ian Stammers took part in this 63km ultra and finished in a time of 10.5 hours.
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