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Urgent: Relays Race Director needed

The Priory Relays, typically held in early November, have been an important fixture on the local race calendar since before Reigate Priory AC was a club - in fact, we inherited the race from the Redhill and Surrey Beagles. But this year, Jas Dhanda is stepping down as race director, meaning that if we want the tradition to continue, we urgently need someone or several someones to step into his shoes. The race director establishes the basic infrastructure for the race, supported by and working with other team members, including the race facilitator, entries secretary, volunteer co-ordinator, chief marshal, and others to deliver a successful event. This is a well-established race and though there are logistics to work out, there is also a lot of support available to do so. If you are at all interested, please contact the club secretary at for more information. 

Help promote the Summer Evening 10k 2024

The Summer Evening 10K is fast approaching: Early bird pricing - £16 with UKA number, £18 without - ends on Sunday, 19 May, so please sign up yourself or get the word out as much as you can, whether that's sharing our posts on social media or even telling fellows runners in person (gasp!). Remember, this race was cancelled last year, so we're really hoping to come back big this year!
We're also looking for help promoting the race at the Dorking 10 on Sunday, 2 June. Can you come before the start to leaflet cars parked in the Big Field? Please contact Acting Race Director Moray Carey at if you’re able to help. 
Also, just a reminder: The Reigate Priory 10k Fun Run this coming Sunday, 19th May, is not an RPAC event.
 

Membership renewals

Membership renewals have now been sent, please ensure prompt payment is made. If anyone has not received their renewal, please let us know by emailing .  Should you not wish to renew, please also let us know to avoid unnecessary emails. Many thanks to all those who have paid so far.

Parkrun tourism a success

It was a lovely day for a run by the seaside - check out the report from Saturday's parkrun tourism to beautiful Lancing Beach Green and remember, the next parkrun tourism destination is Kingdom in Penhurt, Kent on 8 June. 

Steve Bass update 

Member and former men's team captain Steve Bass remains in intensive care following a catastrophic vehicle collision outside his home in Merstham on 23 April. His wife and three children are extremely grateful for the goodwill messages and the donations that continue to arrive; if you'd like to help, consider donating to a crowdfund to support them through this difficult time, or send messages through . Thank you. 

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. 

Follow us on social media

If you don't already, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram - we're growing, but we need all the support we can get!

Juniors News  

Medals for RPAC athletes at Surrey County Champs in Kingston
RPAC junior athletes had a terrific weekend at the Surrey County Champs in Kingston this weekend, coming away with five medals, including two golds.
Lilah Unwin confirmed her billing as the strong pre-race favourite and comfortably won the U20 800m. Michael Maguire shrugged off a back injury to win the Under 15 boys Long Jump and is now ranked fifth in the country. Mateo Mahop jumped well, almost equalling his PB in the long jump and then impressively took silver in the Triple Jump in his debut competition in the event. Florence Tombleson, Millie McKay and Isla Tombleson all ran strongly in the U15 girls 800m, as did Isaac Armitage, Piers Matthews, who took five seconds off his PB, and Rafi Varah in the U13 boys 800m. Conditions were very warm for the U15 girls 1500m, but Olivia Heppenstall and Yasmin Mitchell ran well despite the heat.
 
The performance of the weekend was Keagan Stricker-Timmermans: Keagan won bronze medals in both the 200m and 800m, recording PBs in both and taking almost 20 seconds off his previous 800m best time. Both times were Level 7 in the England Athletics PB awards scheme.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Monday 27th May YAC Quad Kids and Open event 

Saturday 1st June Lily B Girls Track and Field League, David Weir Centre, Sutton

Saturday 15 June Athletix Kidz Open at Hawthorns School

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

 

Seniors News

Strength and conditioning taster session 

Interested in a strength and conditioning session to boost your running? Trainer Frank Sinclair of Fit With Frank will be leading a free taster session on Wednesday, 15 May, 7:30-8:15 pm at Battlebridge Sports Centre (next to the track, entrance off Frenches Road). If the taster proves a success, subsequent sessions will be £7.50 each. Note that this session does clash with the Wednesday evening social run - our apologies about that, but this was the only night that seemed viable. Let Nat - - know as soon as possible if you'll be attending. 

SAL: Saturday, 18 May

It's not too late to give track and field a go! This Saturday, 18 May, will see the first match of the Southern Athletics League at Tooting, where we team up with Holland Sports AC and Dorking & Mole Valley AC to compete in Division 3 against other clubs from the South East. The meetings are open to U17s, U20s and Seniors, with vets included. Please let SAL Team Managers, Jo Davey and Ginevra Stoneley, know if you would like to compete or if you have any questions; contact .

MABAC Farnham Park: Sunday, 19th May

The next MABAC race is at Farnham Park on Sunday, 19th May - hosted by Blackwater Valley, this course is mostly run on grass with only one significant hill. Please turn out if you can: MABAC races are a no pressure way of representing the club and they can be as competitive as you wish to make them - all runners score points. There is no need to pre-register if you haven't run a MABAC race before.
Please car share as much as possible - for people travelling from Reigate, we will meet in Bell Street car park for departure at 8:30am. Please let Andrew know if you need a lift or can help transport others by emailing
 

Jimmy James Handicap Reboot

Attendance at the Jimmy James Handicap races that we've held in conjunction with Dorking & Mole Valley AC for the last few seasons has dwindled to the point where it's no longer viable in its current form, so for this year we have decided to try something different to try to encourage more people to take part. On the first Thursday of each of the next three months, we will stage a handicap race within Priory Park in place of the regular hills training session. The first race will be on 6 June.

The course will comprise long and short loops of the park and will be approximately 4.8 miles (7.7 km) long. There will be a "target" time of one hour. In order to avoid a lot of waiting around, you will need to pre-register and let us know a recent 5K or 10K time so that we can calculate your handicap and start time. Please email . The current scoring mechanism will still apply: 12 points for first place, 10 for second, 9 for third an so on. All runners will score at least one point. The Jimmy James Handicap Trophy will be awarded to the runner with the highest number of points after the final race has been held.

We will also require a few volunteers to help marshal the course, so keep an eye out for emails soon. 
 

Men in third place at Richmond Half 

The 8:30 am start did little to mitigate the rising temperatures at this weekend's Ranelagh Harriers Richmond Half Marathon, the typically fast and always flat Surrey Road League race along the Thames. Despite the heat and the unrelenting sun, the men's team - Tom Almond, Harry Mullard, Rich Hoare, Steven CheesmanRob Wigley, Ben Stanton, and Neil Freeman-Jones - sweated their way to a third place team finish. We didn't quite have enough women to constitute a team, however, Natanya Freedman's training paid off, netting her a sub-1:40 finish, while Linda Rodriguez (1:39:24) and Lindsay Browning (1:40:56) were 4th and 5th in their age categories respectively. Check out the full results here, on our site.
 
This was the second race in the Surrey Road League series, following the Sutton 10K in April; next up will be the Dorking 10 on 2 June. While we didn't field enough women to make a team for the race's standings, we did have just enough to get us into the Road League's tables - so keep an eye out for more updates on how both our men and women's teams are doing. Results here!
 

Gatwick 10K

And by 11 am, the start of the Run Gatwick 10K, temperatures were already in ridiculous territory - but our hardy RPAC runners weren't daunted. We even had at least one runner decide to give it a go on the day, despite knowing full well what she was in for - looking at you, Gem Frith! Well done, Alex Green, James Webb, Jack Finn, Philippa Drysdale, Lisa Ashley, Clare Pryor, Sharon Miller, Hydi Ashley, Peter Luxton, Juliette Stern, Adrian Bowden, Derwella Moreno, and Elaine Reddyhoff!

 

In other member news...

Andrew Pringle is creeping up on 10 meters in the Triple Jump after landing a PB at the Surrey Champs on Saturday - 9.83 meters! Rich Friar ran the UTS100 race on Saturday, 11 May - an unbelievable full tour of Snowdonia, covering 105k and seven mountains with 6400 meters of ascent; he finished in 18 hours 43 minutes, ending in 33rd place. Julia Dawe earned herself a PB at the East Grinstead Sprint Triathlon, finishing in 2:04:12 (and nailing the 400m swim in 7:35, way to go, Julia!). Kate Knight ended the weekend with a relatively short - for Kate - half marathon with Suffolk Running Centre, although she says she did bring the distance up to 20 for training purposes. And Bethany Higgins donned the red again for the Horsley 4 Mile race, snagging herself a first lady finisher! 

 

Up-coming fixtures

So much choice for running this summer! Whether club championship races, MABAC, Surrey Road League, SAL, Masters League, XC, parkrun tourism or other events we take part in, there's many an opportunity to don the RPAC vest. You can see a full list of events on our website here.

Do get in touch with the appropriate league managers if you have any queries - see the Who's who page to find out the contact details. All of these events should be on our calendar.

 

Dates for the Seniors diary

Saturday 18th May SAL fixture 1 at Tooting

Sunday 19th May 10:00AM Farnham Park MABAC league 

Thursday 30th May SLH NADI 10km XC race

Sunday 2nd June Dorking 10Surrey Road League, a club championship, and club Grand Prix event

Monday 3rd June Masters League fixture 2 at Epsom

Saturday 8th June 9:00AM Parkrun tourism to Kingdom

Tuesday 11th June 7:30PM Denbies MABAC 

Saturday 15th June SAL fixture 2 at Twickenham

Monday 17th June Masters League fixture 3 at Kingston

Sunday 23rd June Richmond 10k - a Surrey Road League event and a club championship.

Thursday 27th June SLH NADI 10km XC race

Wednesday 3rd July 7:30PM Reigate Priory AC's Summer Evening 10K.

WhatsApp groups

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