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Reigate Priory AC AGM Notification

On Tuesday 26th March you should have received an email regarding the club AGM which will take place on Monday 29th April at 6:45PM for 7:00PM at the YMCA Sovereign Centre, Slipshatch Road, Reigate. If you have not received this please do send an email to Do please come and attend this meeting, and provide some input to the running of your club.

 

Parkrun Tourism to Banstead Woods on Saturday April 27th

After the successes of our first parkrun destination, we’re hoping for another big turn-out at Banstead Woods on Saturday 27th April.

Please see full details of our parkrun tourism including the rules and current standings of our competition on our website here.

Note that the car park at Banstead Woods does fill up, so you are advised to set off early on the day.

We’re going to the Waterhouse Café for breakfast straight afterwards, but we need to know numbers and breakfast choices. You can see the breakfast menu here. Can you please indicate whether you can attend on the poll here and also email us on  to indicate your breakfast choice from the menu. If you add yourself to the poll but don’t email us, we will assume that you just wish to attend for a drink – no breakfast.

YMCA Fun Run Sunday 5th May

The YMCA Fun Run and Sports festival held in Priory Park is back on 5th May. This is a popular event, raising money for a great local charity, with 1 mile fun runs for both adults and children and a five mile adult run. There are separate races for U6,U8,U10,U12 and U16 age groups. Entries can be made by following this link.  

 

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 

Open Meeting Results 1st April

 
At the Tonbridge open meeting on Easter Monday Gracie Shade ran a PB in the 600m of 1:49.99 and in doing so broke the Club Record and registered an impressive level 7 on the EA PB awards scale. Congratulations to Gracie.
 

Ebbisham Boys League

 
The first match in this year's Ebbisham Boys league was held at Epsom on Sunday 7th April in dry but windy conditions. Notwithstanding the wind there were some good performances from the small Reigate Priory team. James Beaty and Piers Matthews both ran PBs in the 800m. Piers did likewise in the Long Jump. Performance of the day though went to Keagan Stricker-Timmermans who won both his sprint events, 100m and 200m, in times that earned a level 5 on the EA PB awards scale and then followed this up with an impressive 800m time too.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

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

 

MABAC Winterfold Forest - This Sunday 

Please turn out if you can for the MABAC fixture in Winterfold Forest, this coming Sunday (14th April) at 10:00. 

If you haven't taken part in a MABAC event before, these are a no pressure way of representing the club. Every runner who turns out for the club earns points, and you will always find someone of a similar level to compete with. All races are approximately 8 km long with a 4km option if you're not feeling up to the full distance. I'm not going to lie, this one is hilly but it shouldn't be too muddy. You do not need to pre-register we will sort you out with a race number on the day.

If you are travelling from Reigate we'll be meeting in Bell Street Car Park for an 8:45 departure. Please let me know if you need a lift or can help with transport

If you are going direct we have been asked to park in Hurtwood Car Park 13 which is just off Winterfold Heath Rd, close to the junction with Barhatch Rd. The What3Words location is shown here

If you have any questions please contact me , or if you'd like more information about the league visit their website. 

 

Sutton 10K

The RPAC team for the first Surrey Road League fixture of 2024 comprised of nine men and one lady. The course was run over two laps in Nonsuch Park.  
First home for RPAC was Steve Cheesman who finished in 31st place in a time of 00:37:19. Steve Bass finished just 30 seconds behind Steve C, taking 39th place overall. 

Eloise Bull was our sole lady runner. She finished in 55th place overall, but was 4th lady home in 00:38:39

Full results will be added to the results section of the website in due course. I'm afraid that I do not have any detail about league positions after this first race. 

Well done everybody!

Brighton Marathon Sunday 7th April

A number of RPAC athletes took part in the Brighton Marathon yesterday. It's very hard to search for results as one cannot search by club; please let me know if I have missed you! Harry Mullard completed what I think was his first marathon in a stunning time of 02:45:33 (14th man home). James England finished in 03:37:07. A big cheer for Peter Luxton who completed completed his first marathon in an excellent time of 05:06:01. Kate Knight completed her second marathon of the weekend, finishing in 08:51:47. 

Pictured above Peter and Kate. 

Very well done to you all!

 

Canum 40 Mile Utra by Gail Hill

If you want to try an Ultra, how about The Canum, along the Monmouthshire - Brecon Canal. Ooh Wales, oooh a medal with like minded people, let's give it a try.
 
The race started at 7 am from 14 locks, Newport so we were ready bleary eyed as the coach left at 5 am to take us down. As we came into the outskirts of Newport dawn arrived and we arrived at the picturesque 14 Locks.  
 
The usual "de rigeur" queue for the toilets and pre race photos, the pre race briefing by the race of director which none of us could hear!! 😂  And we were off, running slightly down hill into the sunlight.  Didn't take long for us to separate out..  Initially the canal followed the course of the M4, quite surreal the beauty of the canal and the birds twittering, juxtaposed to the thrum of the M4.  Soon it was past.  Initially I ran with my friend Gayle but I knew I would need to take it very steady to even stand a chance of making it.  So I wanted to stick with some of the Flanci crew who had offered to stick with us at the back, Vic (The only woman ever to complete the Lonlas Ultra - 250 miles unsupported from Holyhead to Cardiff) and the wonder Nicky (who makes the fabulous colourful skorts etc that I wear, also a seasoned ultra runner), I knew their positivity and experience would help me get there.  Two others joined our gang of five and Gayle loped off into the distance.
 
The first 9 to 10 miles passed fairly quickly on good paths with lots of laughter and it helped that the scenery was stunning once we'd got out of Newport; tree lined, ducks dabbling and sunshine.  First check point checked my feet, we all refuelled and off we went.  Naturally we seemed to run with different people in our group and as we nattered and got to know each other the miles slipped by - the paths not quite so good with plenty of mud to slosh through and the off hummock where we had to get up and over rather than under bridges - most bridges were pretty single arch stone bridges. Spring was in the air, celandines showed the way with their cheery bright flowers and herons surveyed us as we plodded by.
 
By 20 miles us non-profs were feeling quite tired, so we started "jeffing" 2 minutes running 2 minutes walking - the spectacular Brecon Beacons rising all around us certainly helped to distract us.  Mile 30 one of us could run no more we dropped down to walking, glad to reach the next checkpoint around 32 miles.  The check point crew were all amazing, so cheerful, checking we were ok, lots of great snacks to keep us going, including gluten free and  vegan, amazing bunch.  You had to leave within 30 minutes but after a quick rummage in our drop bags, a few shoe changes, we were gone in 15.  Nicky chose to stay there; but the 4 of us carried on.
 
The conversation still flowed and our target got closer and closer ....
 
40 miles came and went (ultra's seem to be very ish in terms of distance!).  Around 41 miles the rain came, we sheltered under one of the bridges to stick our waterproofs on and carried on.  Oh my God did the rain come!  It was sideways and felt like needles stinging our faces and legs (later discovered it was 40 mph winds!!), we sploshed on.
 
Finally through our salt stinging eyes we saw some friendly huggles (very colourful dry robes), whooping and screaming with joy.
 
43.2 miles!!  Would never have done it with out Vic, Nicky, Paul and Jadu.
 
An amazing event run by Pegasus running.
 
Amazing running Gail!

 

Up and coming fixtures

Whether club championship races, MABAC, Surrey Road League, SAL, Masters League, XC, parkrun tourism or other events we take part in, it's always really great to see a lot of RPAC vests at events.

You lucky people - so much choice for running going forward. Here is a list of events up-to the end of July where your participation in any would be really appreciated. Put them into your calendar and if required get yourselves an entry for each selected event. 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.

Sunday 14th April 10:00AM

Winterfold Forest MABAC league event.

Saturday 27th April 9:00AM

Parkrun tourism event @ Banstead Woods

Monday 29th April 6:45PM for 7:00PM

Reigate Priory AC AGM @ YMCA Sovereign Centre.

Sunday 5th May

YMCA Fun Run which is a club Grand Prix event

Saturday 11th May 9:00AM

Parkrun tourism event @ Lancing Beach Green

Sunday 12th May

Surrey Road League event Richmond Half

Monday 13th May

Masters League fixture 1 @ Wimbledon

Saturday 18th May

SAL fixture 1 @ Tooting

Sunday 19th May 10:00AM

Farnham Park MABAC league event.

Sunday 2nd June

Dorking 10 which is a Surrey Road League event and a club championship and club Grand Prix event.

Monday 3rd June

Masters League fixture 2 @ Epsom

Saturday 8th June 9:00AM

Parkrun tourism event @ Kingdom

Tuesday 11th June 7:30PM

Denbies MABAC league event.

Saturday 15th June

SAL fixture 2 @ Twickenham

Monday 17th June

Masters League fixture 3 @ Kingston

Sunday 23rd June

Richmond 10k which is a Surrey Road League event and a club championship.

Wednesday 3rd July 7:30PM

Reigate Priory AC's Summer Evening 10K.

Saturday 6th July 9:00AM

Parkrun tourism event @ Brighton & Hove

Monday 8th July

Masters League fixture 4 @ Sutton

Saturday 13th July

Elmore 7 which is a Surrey Road League event.

Sunday 14th July 9AM

Cranleigh 7 – 14 – 21 Race

Sunday 14th July

SAL fixture 3 @ Carshalton

Sunday 21st July

Elmbridge 10k which is a Surrey Road League event

Friday 26th July

Wedding Day 7k which is a Surrey Road League event

Update on Summer Evening 10k (by Moray Carey, Acting Race Director)

The Summer Evening 10k website www.summer10k.com has been updated to formally announce our intention to stage the 30th edition of the race at 7.30pm on Wed 3rd July.  

Planning is still in its early stages but a number of preliminary actions have been taken. 

  • Emergency services have been notified 
  • Enquiries about any planned race day road works have been made
  • An England Athletics Race Licence has been applied for
  • A permit from the Council to use the Priory has been requested

I anticipate accelerated progress during this month and that we’ll be in a position to accept entries before the end of April.  

 

Woking AC Open Nights

Woking AC will be hosting two open nights: track and field including the mile (29th May) and 10,000m seeded and paced races (8th May).
Full details: https://data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2024/GBR/woking-10kopen-night/

These take place at Woking Sportsbox, Egley Road, GU22 0AF

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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