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Reigate Priory parkrun anniversary and takeover

We're taking over the Reigate Priory parkrun this Saturday, 23rd March! In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Reigate Priory parkrun - not to mention Paul Walters' first event as a MV60 - we'll be turning out at parkrun in force. We will have a gazebo flying the RPAC flag for a post-run breakfast - all club members and families are invited and very welcome. And if you've got an RPAC running top, this would be the day to wear it - let's show off the club colours!

RPAC Parkrun Tourism 2024

The first venue of RPAC parkrun Tourism 2024 is at Reigate Priory this coming Saturday, but you can see the full schedule here - next up is Banstead Woods on 27 April. We're also running a competition throughout the season this year; please check out the details of that on the page mentioned above (as well as Adrian Grant's excellent notes on area parkruns). Hope to see you this Saturday!

Couch to 5K grads at Ilfield parkrun

Well run, grads! Check out the full report on the Couch to 5K graduation run at Ilfield Mill Pond here.

Send us your results, please!

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

 

Junior Section News 

Stapley and Willis at Leeds 

RPAC juniors Samuel Stapley and Euan Willis travelled up to Leeds with the Surrey Schools cross country team for the English Schools National Cross-Country Championships. After an 8-hour journey to the hotel (including an all-important Toby Carvery pitstop), it was an early night to match the 6:30am start; both managed to avoid the full English breakfast that was on offer! In usual Surrey tradition, the morning consisted of a powerful team talk led by the team manager and captains to remind everyone of previous successes, then arriving in plenty of time to walk the 6.1km course before relaxing and fuelling ahead of the 3pm race start. By the start of the senior boys’ race, the course was absolutely torn to shreds, with thick mud that your whole foot would sink into covering large parts of the laps. Despite the mud, England’s premier Youth XC race was incredibly fast, as always, with over 300 of England’s top 16 to 18-year-old boys competing. Nevertheless, our boys managed to secure Team Silver with impressive individual performances – 23rd for Samuel Stapley and 75th for Euan Willis, despite both being the year down in their age group. With quite the day of championship racing behind them, it was a long journey home – but the trip was eased by some service station fast food!

Niamh Brown to run for GB

Many congratulations are due to Niamh Brown, an RPAC alumna, who has been selected to run for Great Britain in the World Cross Country Championship to be held in Belgrade on 30th March. Niamh was coached in the early stages of her career by Stewart McIntyre.
 

Athletix Kidz Easter Holiday camps

Athletix Kidz are running athletics-based holiday camps at St Bede's School on 8th to 10th April, 10 am to 1 pm, with sessions for 3-6-year-olds and 7-10-year-olds. Bookings can be made here
 

Young Athlete Club Guildford Easter Training Camp

The Young Athletes Club in Guildford run an Easter Training Camp at the Spectrum on 3rd to 5th April, 10 am to 2 pm. Applications close on Thursday, 28th March, but this will be popular so book soon if you are interested - these will be good sessions with high quality coaching.
  

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Sunday 7th April Ebbisham Boys track and field League, Epsom

Saturday 4th May Lily B Girls Track and Field League, Sutton

Saturday 1st June Lily B Girls Track and Field League, Guildford

Sunday 23rd June Ebbisham Boys Track and Field League, Kingston

Saturday 29th June Lily B Girls Track and Field League, Epsom

Wednesday 3rd July Surrey Quad Kids Team Event for Years 5 and 6, 6 pm 

Sunday 28th July Ebbisham Boys Track and Field League, Coulsdon

Saturday 24th August Lily B Girls Track and Field League, Kingston

 

Senior Section News

Jimmy James Handicap, 28th March 7pm

It’s time to register for the final race in the Jimmy James handicap series, to be held at Denbies on Thursday, 28th March at 7 pm. Please email to register, entries will be accepted up to the 24th March. Start times and final instructions will be sent out by email in the week before the race. Any runners who haven’t taken part in any of the previous races should please provide a current 5k time, mobile number and emergency contact information when registering; hi-vis clothing and a torch are mandatory. Kate Knight has been the sole RPAC runner in a few of these races, let's try to get a  few more people out for the final race. 

Surrey Road League needs you

The first race of the Surrey Road League - the Sutton 10K on 7 April - is fast approaching and we need you! Let's be honest: You were probably going to do some of these races anyway, right? Why not do as many as you can and help RPAC get to the top of the league? Last year, the men managed an impressive 6th place finish, with the women in 7th; this year, with more runners, we hope to do even better. All you need to do is enter the races you can make and list Reigate Priory Athletic Club as your club. Contact or if you have any questions or want to coordinate travel to the races.

Sunday 7th April Sutton 10k
Sunday 12th May Richmond Half (Surrey Champs race)
Sunday 2nd June Dorking 10 (Surrey and Club Champs race)
Sunday 23rd June Richmond 10k (Surrey and Club Champs race)
Saturday 13th July Elmore 7 (at the Chipstead Village Flower Show and Fair)
Sunday 21st July Elmbridge 10k
Friday 26th July Wedding Day 7k

 

SAL track and field

Southern Athletics League is a track and field league where the club teams up with Holland Sports AC and Dorking & Mole Valley AC to compete in Division 3 against other clubs from the South East of England. The meetings are open to U17s, U20s and Seniors (Vets included). 

The dates and venues for 2024 are:

  • Saturday 18 May - Tooting
  • Saturday 15 June - Twickenham
  • Sunday 14 July - Carshalton
  • Saturday 17 August – Tooting 

Please let the SAL Team Managers, Jo Davey and Ginevra Stoneley, know if you would like to compete or if you have any questions -- .

Masters League track and field

If you'd like to give track and field - think high jump, long jump, javelin - a go but are looking for slightly more laid back events than the SAL, then consider the Masters League. Andrew Pringle is the Masters League manager for RPAC, so please reach out to him if you have any questions, . The dates this year are:

  • Monday 13th May Wimbledon
  • Monday 3rd June Epsom
  • Monday 17th June Kingston (unconfirmed)
  • Monday 8th July Sutton (unconfirmed)

Members' news 

Sunday was wet and miserable, but it nevertheless saw some brilliant running from a whole pack of RPAC runners at the Kingston Break-Fest 8, 16, and 20 mile races. Apologies if we miss you here - the results page doesn't seem to allow us to search by club - but well done to Ginevra Stoneley, using the 20-mile as a training run in her marathon cycle and still flying in 2:32:43; Ruth Willis, also deep in her training for London, finishing in 2:44:45; Toby Kent, on a streak after last week's Paddock Wood Half, finished the 16 mile race in 2:25:10; Lisa Ashley, also in training, finished the 20 miles in 3:04:55; and Claire Humphrey powered through to 16 miles in 2:41:48.

If Kingston was wet, at least it wasn't wet and centred around a monumental hill. Major kudos to Kelly-Marie Mason who, having only just returned from supporting her brother's Tokyo Marathon and running the Friendship 5K there, decided to power up and down one of the area's most notorious hills in the Leith Hill Half Marathon. "It's my favourite trail half marathon, but the conditions on the ground were the worst I've ever seen," Kelly said. "But was all worth it to get to the top of Leith Hill and the cooked breakfast at the end!" 

Dates for Your Diary    

Saturday 23rd March parkrun takeover at Reigate Priory

Sunday 24th March Y2Y North Downs Trek

Sunday 7th April Sutton 10K, first race of the Road League season

Sunday 14th April MABAC Winterfold Forest

Wednesday 3rd July Summer Evening 10k 

 

Reigate Priory AC WhatsApp groups

The links to the main club WhatsApp groups are published in the email version of this newsletter. Make sure that you are added to the appropriate WhatsApp groups for any weekly sessions you may participate in.

 

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