All Member News

Summer 10K volunteers needed

The 30th edition of the Summer Evening 10K is coming up on Wednesday, 3 July and, after last year's cancellation, we're really hoping to make this one a big one. If you're not able to run - and spots are still available, hint hint - please consider volunteering. We're going to need a lot of help to pull off a big event, so please fill out this Google form with your availability. Thanks!

Stewart McIntyre's mammoth challenge

Some of you may remember that Stewart McIntyre walked 150 miles from Somerset to Redhill in aid of the YMCA East Surrey last year, celebrating his 75th birthday as well as the great work that the YMCA has done for the last 150 years. One year on and one year older, Stewart has upped the ante and is walking coast to coast from Weston-Super-Mare to Dover, 280 miles, in aid of YMCA East Surrey.

If you'd like to read more and support Stewart, please go to this link to sponsor him.

Parkrun Tourism to Kingdom, 8 June

It's that time again! We’re off to Kingdom parkrun on Saturday, 8 June, for the next fixture in our parkun tourism series. Kingdom parkrun, three laps of an undulating course, is at Penshurst, Kent (near Tonbridge) and is one of the prettiest that you may see locally. We're planning to breakfast at the Kingdom Café afterwards.

It should take about 45 minutes to get there from Redhill or Reigate, and we suggest that you arrive by 8:30 am. There is free on-site parking for 60 cars plus additional parking along Grove Road. The postcode of the venue is TN11 8DU. From the parkrun course page, “From all directions follow signs for Penshurst Place then take B2188 south-west for approx 2/3 of a mile before turning into Grove Road. The entrance to Kingdom is then on the left after approx 1/2 mile.” Note that there are toilets at the venue.

You can see the current standings of our parkrun tourism competition here.

Fifth Reigate Girl Guides

This is a bit unusual for an Athletics Club newsletter, but the Fifth Reigate Girl Guides desperately need new leaders if they are to continue to operate. I know that we have a number of members past and present who have belonged to this vibrant Girl Guide unit. They now find themselves at risk of closure as their current leadership team is unable to continue. If you would be interested in helping keep this unit alive, or you know someone who would, please let me know by emailing . The Fifth Reigate Girl Guides was originally founded in 1918 - it would be a shame to see such a longstanding part of Reigate fold. 

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Juniors News  

Parkrun PBs

Three juniors ran the Reigate parkrun on Saturday and recorded impressive improvements in their personal bests. Isaac Armitage shaved almost 15 seconds off his best, with a time of 22:33; Keagan Stricker-Timmermans took almost 50 seconds off, recording a time of 20:55; and Ted Smythe took 34 seconds off his PB, coming home in 20:54. On Sunday, Rafi Varah improved his junior parkrun PB by 23 seconds, with a 7:00 finish.

YAC Open Meeting, 27 May

A number of RPAC athletes competed in the Young Athletes Club Guildford Open meeting on Monday, 27 27. Penelope Gargowitsch and Morgan Du Preez competed in the U11 Quad Kids event, scoring well across all four events, including new PBs in both the 75m and 600m; they finished third and sixth overall respectively out of 50 athletes, even more impressive given that both are at bottom of the age group. Eleni Harvey also performed well and was highly placed. Keagan Stricker-Timmermans continued his strong start to the season by winning the U13 200m and 800m. Rafi Varah was fourth in the long jump and 100m, and fifth in the 200m, achieving a Level 4 on the EA PB awards. Raphael Watkins and James de'Ath both had strong performances in the 800m and long jump.

Lily B in Sutton, 1 June

The second match in this year's Lily B Girls league took place at Sutton on Saturday. The weather was dry, but cold and breezy and not ideally suited to fast times - nevertheless, our RPAC juniors turned out some great performances and PBS. 
 
For the U11s, Emma Aries was the overall winner of the U11 long jump, with a jump of 3.50 which represents a level 5 on the EA awards scale. Eleni Harvey also jumped over 3 metres and Amira Jaffar and Morgan Du Preez fell just short of 3m. In the 600m, Emma , Amira and Lucy Pace all improved their PBs, whilst Imogen Leung was just fraction of a second short of improving hers. In the 75m, Eleni and Miia Voutilainen both improved their PBs. For the U13 girls Leila Modarres improved her 100m PB to 15:20, Olive Barton and Charlotte Ebbs both finished second in their respective 1500m races and Freya Else recorded PBs in both the 200m and 800m.
 
For the U15s, Florence Tombleson and Isla Kinniburgh experimented with the 300m and recorded good times; both earned a level 5 on the EA PB awards scale. Isla also achieved PBs in both the 1500m and javelin. Olivia Aries continued her great progress in the high jump - her PB at an impressive 1:35m also earned her a level 5. Livvy Heppenstall ran strongly in the 1500m. Lara Tombleson did well on her first match post injury and equalled her high jump PB, while Mia Perez recorded PBs in both the 800m and 200m.
 
 

Athletix Kidz Open,15 June VENUE CHANGE

Athletix Kidz are organising a track and field open meeting on Saturday, 15th June, starting at 2 pm, now at St. Josephs School, not Hawthorns School. There are events for athletes aged from 2-12 years old; each athlete can do three track events and two field events. More information is available by downloading the details here.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 15 June Athletix Kidz Open at St. Josephs 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

Dorking Tens success

Though the weather was definitely better suited to barbecuing and not running, Sunday nevertheless saw a terrific turnout and brilliantly sunny skies for the Dorking Tens. In the Cockerel 10K, Euan Willis successfully defended his title as the champ for the second year in a row, finishing in 33:55, while Laura Ebbs ran 39:53 to be first lady. In the 10-mile race, Max Smithson was first home for RPAC in 57:23, with Harry Mullard hot on his heels in 57:51 and Lee Savage following in 1:01:19, while Emily Jeanes (1:08:12), Katie Newton (1:09:40), Gillian O'Regan (1:13:12), and Ruth Willis (1:13:43) made up the women's second place-winning team. Newton also snagged a third place medal in her age category, and Annette Morris ran 1:25:33, her best Dorking 10-mile time since 2015, earning herself a third place Surrey Champs medal for her age group. There were also a few PBs, including from Paul Walters (1:12:28, smashing it in his new age category), Linda Rodriguez (1:14:04) and Lisa Payn (1:25:48). 

After the races, there were cookies and brownies for runners and supporters alike - a big thank you to everyone who turned up to cheer - as well as for a cheeky Herne Hill runner who saw that cookies were on offer and asked for not one but two! He is now contractually obligated to run for RPAC. 

You can find the results here and please let us know if anything is amiss; we'll have more information on the club champs standings soon. Brilliant running!

Muddy XC at NADI

It was proper cross country conditions at the South London Harriers' Near As Damn It 10K trail race on Thursday, 30 May - rain, grey skies, and ankle-deep mud - but our hardy RPAC runners managed to slide their way across Farthing Downs and, eventually, into the SLH bar for post-run pints. Harry Mullard, who is never not running, was first back for the team, finishing in 40:03 and in seventh overall, followed by Ben Stanton (43:08), Lee Savage (43:16), and Frank O'Regan (43:18); Laura Ebbs was out first woman back, finishing in 45:39 and winning the ladies' third place. You can see the rest of the results here, fantastic running, everyone!

The next NADI will be on Thursday, 27 June - hope to see you there!

Masters League third fixture, 17 June

Unfortunately, the Masters League fixture 2 which should have taken place on Monday, 3 June at Epsom was cancelled (which is probably just as well, as some of us are still suffering from a hard run at the Dorking 10). The next fixture will be at Kingston Track on Monday, 17 June, and you'll find the available events on our Masters League page here. Please email to inform our Masters League organisers if you'd like to attend, including your chosen events and your age category.

MABAC Denbies, Tuesday 11 June 

The next MABAC race is at Denbies on Tuesday, 11th June at 7:30 pm. Hosted by DMVAC, this course is essentially two laps of the Mole Valley parkrun, but in reverse. 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 6:30 pm; let Andrew know if you need a lift or can help transport others by emailing
 
Please note that the regular Tuesday track session at Battlebridge that night will not be coached to encourage people to run at Denbies instead. 
 

Jimmy James Handicap, Thursday 6 June 

If you wanted to run in the first of the Jimmy James Handicap series this Thursday, we're afraid you have missed the deadline for this one. But never fear - all going well, you'll have another bite at the apple in the coming months. Thank you to those of you who have registered; Andrew will be sending out an email with your handicap times tomorrow. If anyone is available to help marshal/organise runners, please contact

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, and 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.

Wednesday sessions back at the YMCA

We'll be moving the meet point for the Wednesday evening sessions back to the YMCA Sovereign Centre in Slipshatch Road for the duration of June, starting this Wednesday, 5 June, at 7pm. See you there for a relaxed social run!

More members' news

Tom Almond ran three legs of the South Downs Way 100 Mile Relay on Saturday, 1 June, most of which appeared to be uphill on some of the South Downs' most unforgiving trails. Tom ran with the Vegan Runners team, six runners finishing in smashing time of 11 hours and 33 minutes.

Susie Cardoso, meanwhile, finished the 5k Race for Life on Sunday in Horsham, raising funds for Cancer Research UK. Well done, Susie! 

And Andrew Patrick ran 23:10 at a very green and grassy parkrun in Freiburg, Germany on 25 May - no club vest, however, he did manage to get the club mentioned in the write-up! (Yes, that is him in there...)

Up-coming races

Crystal Palace Fun Runners Dino Dash, 12 June

On Wednesday, 12 June, the Crystal Palace Fun Runners are hosting their annual Dino Dash - three runners, each leg a 3K lap. The race starts at 7:30 pm and proceeds will benefit St. Christopher's Hospice; gather your team and enter by 10 June. Note: We're definitely sharing this because they promise someone will be running in an inflatable dinosaur costume.

Nonsuch Relays, 18 June

The Epsom and Ewell Harriers 3K Relay Race is on Tuesday, 18 June, 7 pm, at Nonsuch Park - this is meant to be a really lovely and often over-subscribed race, so get your registration in early. 

Lingfield 10s, 30 June

Lingfield Running Club is hostings its Lingfield 10s races - a hilly but scenic 10-mile and an allegedly less hilly 10k route - on Sunday, 30 June, at 9 am, starting from Lingfield College. Definitely a challenge, but some beautiful views!

Cranleigh 7-14-21 Mile Race, 14 July

Entries are now open for the MABAC league's only fundraising race of the year, the Cranleigh 7-14-21-mile on Sunday, 14 July - profits from this ensure that the MABAC league races are free to enter. As always, the race is 7-mile loops on a mixture of road and trail, including the Downs Link path; you can decide what distance you'd like to run on the day. More details and entry are here - but if you don't fancy running any distance, please consider volunteering! As a member club, we're required to provide at least two volunteers and really, what better way to spend a Sunday not running?

There are, of course, more races and events on the calendar - so much choice for running this summer and 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 8th June  Parkrun tourism to Kingdom

Tuesday 11th June 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 club 10K championship

Thursday 27th June SLH NADI 10km XC race

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

 

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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