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All Member News

Summer Evening 10k Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help at our Summer Evening 10k on Wednesday! Detailed information about roles, responsibilities, meeting points, times etc. are being issued today.
 
Race signage was put up on the road element of the course yesterday so no help is now needed tomorrow. The remainder of the course will be constructed in the Priory on Wednesday afternoon.
 

Please contact if you have any questions.

Summer Evening 10K This Wednesday Evening

Please publicise our Summer 10K with any of your friends who run but are not club members.

The race starts in Priory Park at 19:30 and is run mostly on quiet roads before finishing back in Priory Park.   
You can still enter on line via Sports Systems until 10:00 on 3rd July, and there may be some entries on the day on a first come first served basis. More details are on our Summer 10K race page  

Saturday 6th July Parkrun Tourism at Brighton & Hove ** This Saturday**

Our parkrun tourism series continues with a visit to Brighton & Hove on this Saturday 6th July which takes place in Hove Park. There is plenty of on-road car parking around the park.  There is a café (for afterwards) and also toilets located in the park. Adrian Grant reports that when he attended the marathon he parked at the southern end of Goldstone Crescent (adjacent to the park) at approx postcode BN3 6LQ - 3 hours free parking on a Saturday.

You can see our website page dedicated to RPAC parkrun tourism here, and the current standings to our competition are here.

Our parkrun visits are always great fun, and it'd be lovely to see you there! If you have any queries do please contact us on

Moray Laing 

It is with great sadness that we report that former club member Moray Laing has passed away. People may remember Moray as a dedicated club member who ran as well as being a talented field athlete, even though he had undergone a kidney transplant. He used to take part in the British and European transplant games with great success and still holds a number of club records in throwing events. We would like to direct you to a couple of dedications to Moray from recent Banstead Woods parkrun news here and here.

Stewart McIntyre's Coast to Coast Walk 

Stewart reports that he has completed his coast to coast walk from Weston Super Mare to Dover last week. He says that it took 17 days and covered almost 300 miles. He added:  "I can safely say 'never again' . I know everyone says that after a marathon but ….. !"

You will recall that Stewart was walking to raise funds for the YMCA East Surrey. He thanks everyone who sponsored him; if you meant to do so but didn't get round to it his Just Giving page is still open.

Couch to 5K Programme starts 28th September

Our next Couch to 5K Programme starts on Saturday 28th September, with optional but recommended lead-in sessions on Saturday 14th September and Saturday 21st September. Participation is free for members, but if you know someone outside the club who might benefit from the programme, please let them know about it. The cost of the 12-week programme, including the optional sessions and parkrun graduation, is £17 all inclusive - an absolute bargain, but it gets even better: Graduates who go on to join our club will see that cost deducted from their joining fee. Of course, our main aim is to get people off the couch and running for health and welfare - joining our club is icing on the cake!

The full details of the programme can be seen here.

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The latest discount code for sportsshoes.com will be published in the email version of this newsletter. It will give you 10% off and free shipping on orders over £50. The code expires on 1st August 2024. Please note that some products including Coros, Garmin, Shokz, Maurten and a few shoes are excluded from the offer. 

Please do not share this link outside of the club.

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  

Park Run PBs

There were PBs for two RPAC juniors in the local park runs this last weekend. Keagan Stricker Timmerman improved his PB by 12 seconds to 20m 28s in the senior park run, whilst Lucas Nilsson took a second of his PB for the Junior Park run. Congratulations to you both.
 

Lily B - Epsom Saturday 29 June

Summer finally arrived for the Lily B event held at Epsom on Saturday. In beautiful weather thirteen RPAC athletes competed in the third match in this year's series.
It was a good day for our endurance runners with Millie Mckay and Sophia Foxwell both achieving PBs in the U15 800m and Olivia Aries doing likewise in the 1500m. Indeed it was a good day for the U15s all round as Lara Tombleson PB'd in the High Jump and her sister Florence did in the 300m.
In the U11s Miia Voutilainen achieved a PB in the 75m as did Imogen Leung in the 600m. Eleni Harvey jumped well to finish third overall in the U11  Long Jump.
It was great to have three girls competing for the Club for the first time, Alexandra Nixon, Meda Gailiuniene and Sophia Foxwell.
Many thanks to Valerie Du Preez, our lone Official ,who spent over seven hours sat out in the full glare of the heat timekeeping.
 
The fourth and final match in this year's league is on Saturday 24 August.
 

Podium Performance Athletics Academy 

Podium Performance Athletics Academy is hosting a number of sessions in August - see the poster below for details. 

 

Dates for the Juniors diary

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

Saturday 21st September Southern Road Relays, Aldershot

 

Seniors News

Jimmy James Handicap Priory Park, 19:00 Thursday 11th July

The next race in our Jimmy James Handicap race series will take place on Thursday 11th July. If you want to run you need to pre-register by 23:59:59 on Tueday 9th July by sending your name to If you did not compete in the last race you will need to include a recent 5k or 10K time so that I can work out your handicap. If you did run in the last race please be aware that I may adjust your handicap based on your finishing time in that race. Handicaps and start times will be sent out on Wednesday 10th July.  

SLH NADI 10K Thursday 27th June

A number of RPAC athletes gathered in the sunshine on Farthing Down last Thursday evening (27th June) to take part in the latest SLH NADI (Near as Dammit) 10k race. At the time of writing I do not have the results, but I am assured that the course was less boggy than last month's race!

Ranelagh Richmond 10k

Full results including club championship winners are here. Do please check for errors and omissions though!
 

Masters League news

The results from Fixture 3 at Kingston are now here. The next fixture will be at Sutton on Monday 8th July. Details are here. You can email with any queries.
 

Strength and Conditioning Class

I’m told that the first of the new strength and conditioning classes led by Alex Crump at Mercer’s Country Park last Wednesday was a great success. Nat said :" Feedback was very positive and classes will be tailored for us runners. Alex is very encouraging. I definitely felt it the next day! " The next session will be on Wednesday 10th July.  

Here is the link to his website detailing more about Alex and what to expect.

Instagram @ruggedfit_outdoors 

Each 45 minute session is £7 Pay As you Go and there is a QR code on site you can securely pay on arrival.  If you decide you enjoy these sessions, there is the option to pay on subscription at £25 monthly.

Please join the WhatsApp group which will appear here in the email version of this newsletter if you are interested in coming along so that any last minute changes can be communicated.

For anyone interested, a health questionnaire will be sent to you for completion

Up-Coming Races

Cranleigh 7/14/21, 14 July

The MABAC's only fundraising race, the Cranleigh 7/14/21, is coming up on Sunday, 14th July, and it would be terrific to get a great turnout. The race itself is mostly flat, multi-terrain, and you can decide whether you want to run 7, 14, or 21 miles on the day. But more importantly, MABAC relies on profits raised from this to ensure that the league races are free to all member clubs. This year, it will be a championship race for the Association of Running Clubs, under whose jurisdiction all MABAC races are run, so there will be prizes!
As a member club we are required to provide two volunteers to help marshal. If you are able to help please email 
 

You can see a full list of other races and 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.

Members' News

RPAC runners participated in 19 different Parkruns last Saturday, ranging from home territory in Reigate's Priory Park, through Sussex in Tilgate, East Grinstead and Wakehurst, along the South  Coast in East Brighton, Hove Promenade and Lancing Beach, through the New Forest in Brockenhurst to Somerset in Burnham and Highbridge. Our furthest flung runner was Nick Wade who ran the Jamaica Pond Parkrun in Boston, Massachusetts. 

As a change from running Andrew Patrick excelled in the Surrey Masters Swimming Champs recently taking 1st 100m Breaststroke, 1st 50m Breaststroke, 3rd 200m Freestyle and 3rd 25m Breaststroke in the V60 category. He was swimming for Dorking Masters. Well done Paddy!

 

Dates for the Seniors diary

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

Saturday 6th July parkrun tourism to Brighton & Hove

Thursday 11th July Jimmy James Handicap, Priory Park

Saturday 13th July Elmore 7 - a Surrey Road League race and RPAC Grand Prix fixture

Sunday 14th July MABAC Cranleigh 7/14/21, Cranleigh

Sunday 21st July Elmbridge 10K - a Surrey Road League race

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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