All Member News

Summer Evening 10k - Appeal for Volunteers

Your club needs you! 

Thank you very much if you have already volunteered.

As host club, it’s our responsibility to manage the race safely. But we’ll need many more Volunteers in a variety of roles to be able to achieve this.

If you can help, please complete this Google form specifying your availability and the job you’d like to do. Remember there are a lot of tasks you can do either before or after the race and still run (such as set up or dismantle the course).

Please contact if you have any questions.

 

Saturday 8th June - Parkrun Tourism at Kingdom

We had really good fun at Kingdom. You can read a full report here

Our next venue is Brighton & Hove on Saturday 6th July and the details of our parkrun tourism 2024 schedule is here. I really hope that you can make it.

 

Saturday 28th September - our next Couch to 5K Programme

This is early notification that our next Couch to 5K Programme starts on Saturday 28th September, although there are optional but recommended lead-in sessions on Saturday 14th September and Saturday 21st September, so early registration is best.

Including the optional sessions and the programme graduation at a parkrun, the 12 sessions cost a total of £17 all inclusive, which may seem like an absolute bargain, but it gets even better, as if you subsequently join our club this cost is deducted from your joining fee. While this is the case, our main aim is to get people off the couch and running for health and welfare - joining our club is "icing on the cake"!

You may know someone who could benefit from the Couch to 5K Programme. If you do, please pass this information on. However, if you are already a club member and have had a break from running and need an entry back to fitness, participation in the programme is free-of-charge for club members.

The full details of the programme can be seen here.

 

Stewart McIntyre's mammoth challenge

You may have read about Stewart's challenge in our newsletter last week. Stewart is now half way through his walk, and expects to arrive in Dover next week.

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

 

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  

Saturday 15th June - Athletix Kidz Open 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 15th 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

Tuesday 11th June at 19:30 - MABAC Denbies *** tomorrow ***

Please turn out and run if you can as a good turnout will help prevent us from slipping down the league. Don't forget that everyone who runs scores points. 

I can't lie, this is a hilly course; the full 8km is essentially two laps of the Parkrun course but run in reverse. If you are not up to that (and I include myself in this) you always have the option of running or walking one lap, for which you will still score 2 points. 

If you haven't run a MABAC race this season (or indeed at all) there is no need to pre-register we will sort you out with a number tomorrow. MABAC races are a no pressure way of representing the club, but you can always find someone to compete with.

Please let me know if you need a lift from Bell St Car Park by emailing 



Tuesday 11th June - Battlebridge session

Please note that the regular Tuesday track session at Battlebridge on Tuesday 11th June will not be coached to encourage people to run the MABAC at Denbies instead. 

 

Wednesday 12th June - club session

As this Tuesday is MABAC, we are planning a gentle recovery run for our Wednesday session.  We will meet at the Reigate YMCA on Slipshatch Road, Woodhatch for 7pm to run up to the Skimmington Castle pub where there will be a chance to rehydrate! All welcome to join either at the YMCA or the pub - just remember to bring some money with you.

 

Monday 17th June - Masters League third fixture *** next Monday ***

The next Masters League fixture will be at Kingston Track on Monday 17th 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.

 

Thursday 6th June - Jimmy James Handicap race 1 @ Priory Park, Reigate

Ten runners took part in the first of our revised Jimmy James Handicap series last Thursday. Dwindling numbers over the past couple of years at Denbies led us to bring it home to Priory Park. I think ten is the largest turnout that we've had in the past four seasons. Fifteen people actually registered to run, but for various reasons on the day could not make it. I think these numbers confirm that the decision to stage it in Priory Park was a good one.

The course is approximately 4.8 miles comprising two short, two long, one short loops of Priory Park.  The clock was started at 19:05. The handicap times ranged from 14:40 to 23:20. 

First home was Will John-Cox who completed the course with 52:44 on the clock with an amazing "actual" time of 29:24. There was a tight battle for second place with newbie Scott Fanner finishing just one second ahead of Martin Wadham. There were close battles further down the field too with Andrew Patrick finishing only four seconds ahead of Sam Guest (although this did include some "showboating" near the finish from Paddy!). 

Well done to everyone who took part - full results are available here  and the Jimmy James Handicap page will be updated in the next day or two. Pictures can be found here.

Thank you to Jas, Usha, Ginevra, Nat, Paul, Gail and Adrian for making sure that it all ran smoothly on the night.

The next race in the series is scheduled for Thursday 4th July (TBC).

 

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June - Endure24 challenge @ Wasing Park, Reading

Early on Saturday morning, an intrepid team of six Reigate Priory women headed to beautiful Wasing Park, just outside Reading, to take on the Endure 24 challenge: As many laps of an 8km loop through the parkland as they could manage in 24 hours.

Led by a brilliant team captain and capable camper van driver, Ruth Willis, Linda Rodriguez, Gillian O'Regan, Sharon Brennan, Annette Morris, and Kelly Mason managed to complete 32 laps -- that's 256km, or 160 miles -- and earn themselves a third place trophy! You can see the results here.

The team maintained an impressive average lap time of 44:44; Linda ran the fastest lap in 36:17, and Ruth ran a final extra lap in an unbelievable 42:15, for seven in total, to clinch the third place slot for the team. They ran through the night, as temperatures plunged from the sweaty daytime high of 18 to a frigid 5, on little to absolutely no sleep, suffered a few falls and bruises, and kept fuelled with crisps, gels, bananas, porridge, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (Linda is American, after all), coffee and electrolyte drinks, and, for at least one lap, White Claw hard seltzer and gins in tins. Conditions were solidly favourable - "At least it's not raining" was said more than once by more than one runner - and there are certainly more difficult cross-country courses than Wasing Park, although they don't call that lengthy uphill stretch after 5k "Heartbreak Hill" for nothing.

The race itself was really well organised, supported, and marshalled, with a super energetic atmosphere - hundreds of sweaty, happy runners, some in fancy dress, all focused on getting through or to their laps, cheering on their teammates and fellow runners - and, crucially, enough porta-loos for everyone. Now, who's up for next year?

 

More members' news

Jim Vince participated in the St Albans Half on Sunday 9th June and finished with a time of 2:18:02. Jim reports that it is not a PB course but massive with a nice route, great organisation and very well supported.

Also on Sunday Liz Mason ran a very very hot Worthing 10K in a time of 1:03:58.

 

Up-coming races

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

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.

 

Keep in touch

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