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Reigate Priory AC News 23rd May 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 23rd May 2022

 

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GoCardless Emails

Some members will have received a notification that their GoCardless Direct Debit mandate with the club has been cancelled. This is the former DD payment system that we used before we moved to LoveAdmin, so this has no effect on current payments. 

Reigate Priory AC Summer Evening 10K - Volunteers Needed

This year's Summer Evening 10K takes place on Wednesday 6th July at 7:30PM. You should have received an email asking for volunteers. Please help if at all possible. 

Full details of the event can be found here.

Fundraising for the World Scout Jamboree

After a really challenging selection process three members of our Junior Section have been lucky enough to have been selected to go to the 25th World Scout Jamboree in August 2023 which is being held in South Korea! They are now fundraising to help pay for this trip of a lifetime. If you can support any or all of them I am certain that they would be be hugely grateful.

Euan Willis and Will John-Cox who are members of local Scout groups are each planning to run/swim/cycle 550 miles to represent the 5500 miles between Reigate and Seoul. Please check out their JustGiving pages below for more detail and follow them on Strava to see how they’re doing.  
 
Charlotte Pelekani has been selected to represent UK Girl Guiding at the Jamboree. She is one of nine Guides from South East and Greater London and is thrilled to be going. She is organising a number of events over the coming months, including organising group litter picking sessions in Reigate (because the focus of the Jamboree is the environment and sustainability) and a quiz night. Her JustGiving page has more information and she would be very grateful for any support. 
 

Southern Athletics League K2 Crawley, Sunday 22nd May 2022

The Junior and Senior sections of the club were well represented at the SAL event at K2 yesterday. Check out the full story here.

Hoodies Order

You should have received an email about an upcoming order for RPAC hoodies. These are available in adult and junior sizes and you can order them via LoveAdmin "Optional Extras". 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing . If possible please can you submit them by Sunday evening at the latest as this allows us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

  

Junior Section News  

New PB For Samuel

On Wednesday night at Watford, Samuel Stapley broke the 2 minute barrier in the 800m with a new PB of 1:59.48. Samuel's 5th 800m PB of the season! Well done Samuel!

Calling all U17 and U20 athletes

The next UK Youth Development League match for the upper age group is this coming Sunday, 29th May at Bexley AC's track in Erith.

If you haven't already done so, please let Ashley Burridge know your availability as soon as possible. Following a great turnout for the County Championships it would be great to see as many of you as possible representing the club!

For further information and to tell us which events you would like to compete in, email 

 Lily B - June 4 at Epsom

The first match in this year's Lily B league is on Saturday 4 June at Epsom. There are events for U11-U17 girls. Each athlete can do three events and a relay. There is no cost to enter but we do have to register athletes by the Thursday ahead of the event. Please let me know if your daughter would like to compete. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mike Gent ().

Dates for the Diary

Ebbisham Boys League

The dates and venues for this year's Ebbisham Boys league are as follows:

Sutton - Sunday 19th June
Coulsdon - Sunday 17th July

This league has events for U11-U15 boys.

Lily B Girls League

The Lily B  is a track and field league for U11 to U17 girls. The four fixtures for this season are:

June 4 at Epsom
June 25 at Guildford
9 July at Kingston
27 August at Sutton

Surrey Team Quad Kids

This event is for school years 5 and 6. We need a team of 5 girls and 5 boys. The event is on Wednesday 15 June at the Spectrum in Guildford with a 5:30pm start.

 

Senior Section News 

The SLH NADI Thursday 26th May 2022

This Thursday's training session in Priory Park has been cancelled to allow people to attend the Near As Damn It 10K organised by SLH. This takes place on Farthing Down near Coulsdon.  Entry costs £6. Full details are on the noticeboard

Goring Gap Ultra 15th May 2022

David Neumann completed the Goring Gap Ultra (52 KM) last Sunday (15th May). This is a trail race that runs by the Thames at the foot of the Chiltern Hills.

David reports that it was his first (and he says probably his  only laughing) Ultra Marathon.
David finished in 264th position and was 16th in his age category. His finish time was 07:40. Great stuff David!

 

50 Mile North Downs Way Centurion Run 21st May 2022

On Saturday, Rich Friar and Jon Payn undertook the epic 50 mile North Downs Way Centurion Run. I am reliably informed that the course was actually 51.5 miles long!
 
The race begins in Farnham at the western end of the North Downs, traveling past Puttenham and Guildford following the North Downs Way National Trail. The course then continues on to Ranmore Common before the steepest climb of the race up to the top of Box Hill. The trail then drops down the other side and back up Colley Hill, on through Merstham to Oxted and a further 8 miles to Knockholt Pound and the finish. The total climb is some 5600 feet.
 
Rich finished in 09:24:37.  Lisa writes of Jon "He was well prepared and knew the route but nothing but running that distance can really prepare you.  He finished in a time of 10h 21m 9s.  Absolutely awesome effort! "  
 
Really impressive running gents; well done both of you!
Rich crossing the finish line.
 
John with his support team.

Windermere Marathon

Lisa Ashley completed the Windermere Marathon yesterday in a time of 4.21.
 
Lisa reports "It was tough, hilly and very wet! If anyone wants a challenging marathon give this one a go!"
You're not selling it Lisa, but very well done !
 
 

Hogsmill 5 Mile  Race Sunday 22nd May 2022

Lisa Payn writes "I think I was the only RPAC runner at the Hogsmill women’s race today. Finished in 35th place (out of 160) with a time of 45:19. It was hot! Lovely course though through parks and quiet streets. "

 
Well done Lisa!
 

Conner The Spartan

Conner Wickens took part in the London West Trifecta Weekend held in Henley-On-Thames on 7th and 8th May. Conner did rather well, finishing in first place in the 25-29 age category in both the Spartan Beast race (14.2 miles with 30 obstacles and a elevation of 2,418ft ) held on the Saturday and in the Spartan Sprint race  (4.9 miles with 20 obstacles and elevation of 889ft ) held on the Sunday. Absolutely brilliant Connner!

Annette Breaks Her Own Record

Impressive as always, Annette Morris broke her own Brooklands Parkrun course record in the W65-69 age category record by 6 seconds on Saturday, finishing as 3rd lady overall in 24:14. She topped the age grading with 84.95. Wow Annette there is no stopping you!

 

Presentation to Viv Burgess Saturday 21st May 2022

Viv Burgess (pictured above) graduated from the Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K Programme in July 2021.

Viv found the first week of the Couch to 5K to be a real challenge, stopping in the first minute of running, but after a week or so not only did she find that she could complete the running sessions, but she also discovered how rewarding running was for her.

After completing the course she joined our club and continued running with our groups. She ran the RunReigate 5K race on 19th September 2021 in a time of 51:31, the fastest 5Km she had run by some way.

Unfortunately, Viv has been injured for some time, but she's hoping to be back running with the club soon.

After the Couch to 5K / Saturday Social running groups last Saturday Viv was presented with the lady V45 5K club award for her RunReigate time (she was away at the time of the awards evening). She's pictured above beaming after receiving her trophy.

 

Reigate Priory AC Grand Prix 2022

You may or may not realise that there is a club Grand Prix competition this year, and if you have not taken part in it yet there's plenty of opportunity.

With thanks to Rick Coles you can read all about the Grand Prix including the included events and current standings here.

 

Sunday 12th June Dorking Tens

Note that the Dorking 10 mile race takes place on Sunday 12th June, which incorporates the RPAC 10 mile club championship, the RPAC Grand Prix, the Surrey Road League and the Surrey Ten Mile Road Race Championships, and it's also a great race to boot. https://www.dmvac.org/events/dorking-tens/


MABAC Holmwood Common Sunday 19th June 10:00AM

This is our chance to regain second place spot in the league, but we can only do this if we get a good turnout.

At Farnham we lost out to Blackwater Valley because they had twice as many runners as we did. We particularly need more of the faster ladies to run.

As far as I can tell there are no conflicting local races so why not come and turnout for us? 

 

Dates for Your Diary

Thursday 26th May - SLH Near As Damn It 10K - see the noticeboard for details

Sunday 12th June - Dorking 10's (10 mile and 10K races) The 10 mile is the RPAC Club Championship 10 mile race, a Grand Prix event, a Surrey Road League and County Championship too. See this.

Sunday 19th June - MABAC @ Holmwood Common

Sunday 26th June Richmond 10K which is a Surrey Road League event as well as a County Championship. See this.

Saturday 16th July - Elmore 7 which is in the RPAC Grand Prix and Surrey Road League. See this.

Sunday 24th July - Surrey Slog Half Marathon This race is an open race organised by MABAC. The profit from this race means that the regular MABAC league fixtures can continue. Please support it if you can. The course is described as "challenging but rewarding, hilly and undulating". More details are at https://running.mabac.org.uk/surrey-slog-half-marathon/ 

  

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Southern Athletics League, K2 Crawley 22nd May 2022

Southern Athletics League, K2 Crawley 22nd May 2022

Southern Athletics League, K2 Crawley 22nd May 2022 from Jo Davey

There was a sea of RPAC vests competing at the SAL yesterday at the K2. We dominated in the middle distance events with commanding performances from our juniors. Lilah Unwin led the whole way in the women’s 800m winning in a season’s best of 2 min 17s. Oscar Curry ran in a similar fashion race winning the men’s A string 1500m followed up by Euan Willis who won the B-string with a great tactical run. In the women’s 1500m Jo Davey was 2nd A-String runner.

In the sprint events another talented junior, Roman Thompson-Lamont ran the 100m & 200m races - a season's best in the 100 of 12.1s and a strong performance also in the 200 (time tbc). Jo Davey ran a PB in the 400m in 65.5s to come 2nd in A-string race.
Laura Ebbs made her track debut in the women’s 3000m (and first time running in spikes!) and had a sterling run finishing 3rd A-string in a time of 11 min 33s.

In the field events Dan Statham unfortunately had to drop out early due to a back injury niggle but still managed to put in a 1 m 65cm jump scoring valuable points for the team.

Here are a few photos from the day:

 

Reigate Priory AC News 16th May 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 16th May 2022

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Mike Ormerod RIP

Unfortunately Mike has recently passed away. As well as being a well-known local councillor and a member of the local cycling club, he was also a member of Reigate Priory AC for a time.

There will be a celebration of his life on 26th May. If you wish to know more please contact Ginevra 

 

Advance notice: Reigate Priory AC Summer Evening 10K

This year's Summer Evening 10K takes place on Wednesday 6th July at 7:30PM. We will be putting out the usual plea for volunteers (watch this space), but put the date in your diaries!

Full details of the event can be found here.

 

Club Membership Renewal

Membership is now overdue and should be paid as soon as possible. Please remember to let me know if you wish to resign so I can update the club records.

Anyone experiencing difficulties paying, please let me know so we can help by emailing  .
 

Thank you to the mystery cleaner

We must pass on our thanks to whoever tidied up the container a week ago  - whoever did it, it's much appreciated!

 

Club Committee

Following on from the AGM the RPAC committee can be seen listed on our website here.
 
 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing . If possible please can you submit them by Sunday evening at the latest as this allows us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

  

Junior Section News 

Saturday and Sunday 14th 15th May - Surrey Track and Field Championships, Kingston

A hot and sunny Saturday saw a busy schedule on the first day of the Surrey T&F Championships held in Kingston.

First up for RPAC were U13G'S Neve MacGregor and Florence Tombleson in the final of the 1500m. With the final divided into two races due to the number of entrants, both Neve and Florence finished 6th in their respective races. Florence's first 1500 but for Neve a big PB taking 15 seconds off her previous best time!

The heats for the U13G'S 800m saw Lisette Matthews, in her first 800m race, qualify for Sunday's final with an excellent time of 2.38.85. Isla Kinniburgh missed out on the final but her time of 2.41.68 took a full 19 seconds off her previous PB! Lisette returned on Sunday morning to finish 7th in the 800m Final. An excellent achievement having only turned 11 years old this month.

Max Orchard, (far right in the photo above) stepping up to U15 this year, took the Bronze Medal in the 80mH in a quick time of 13.20. Max returned on Sunday to finish 5th in the U15B'S long jump final with a PB jump of 5.13m.

The heats of the U13G'S 100m saw Eloise Matthews and Isla Kinniburgh (after her earlier 800m heat!) both finish 4th and just miss out on progressing to the semifinal.

Meanwhile, Michael Maguire and Mateo Mahop were in spectacular action in the U13B'S long-jump with Michael taking Gold and Mateo Bronze! Michael's jump of 5.19m was a new club U13B's outdoor record, and just short of his own indoor PB of 5.20m.


With the heat growing through the afternoon, the U17 800m heats began. All our U17 competitors have stepped up this year from U15 last year. Samuel Stapley eased through his heat in 1st place, and in the U17W'S heats, Lilah Unwin also came 1st with Ella Scrase 2nd to ensure all three qualified for their finals.

Cara Koutzaroff-Richards finished 5th missing qualification by less than 1 second, and Sophia Bryant also missed out despite a strong run and sixth place in her heat.

Late in the afternoon, a series of finals arrived with U17 Euan Willis first off in the final of the U17B's 1500m. A strong performance from Euan saw him home in 4th place with a PB time of 4.24.97! An excellent run in a very strong field.

Next up Samuel Stapley ran a brave 800m leading at the final bend and finishing 3rd to take Bronze in a quick 2.00.99. 1st and 2nd both ran in the 1.59's in a tight 3 way finish at the line.

This was followed by the U17W'S 800m final which saw Lilah Unwin take the Silver Medal and Ella Scrase Bronze! Lilah had another sub 2.20 time, and for Ella there was a big PB with 2.22.97.

Sunday was a lot cooler! There were more medals to come though.

Oscar Curry ran a fantastic race to come home 1st with a PB and breaking the 2min barrier in the final of the U20M's 800m! Gold for Oscar in 1.59.39!

In the U20M's high jump it was Gold for Dan Statham with a clearance of 1m.80, just short of his PB.

U13 Mateo Mahop returned on Sunday to compete in the 100m where a new PB time of 13.83 in the heat saw him qualify for the final and take 7th place. A good weekend for Mateo.

A good return of medals for the RPAC Juniors including three Golds at these major athletics championships.

As ever a big thank you goes out to all the officials especially those from RPAC with long hours put in.

 

Dates for the Diary

Ebbisham Boys League

The dates and venues for this year's Ebbisham Boys league are as follows:

Sutton - Sunday 19th June
Coulsdon - Sunday 17th July

This league has events for U11-U17 boys.

Surrey Team Quad Kids

This event is for school years 5 and 6. We need a team of 5 girls and 5 boys. The event is on Wednesday 15 June at the Spectrum in Guildford with a 5:30pm start.

 

Senior Section News 

Reigate Priory AC Grand Prix 2022

You may or may not realise that there is a club Grand Prix competition this year, and if you have not taken part in it yet there's plenty of opportunity.

With thanks to Rick Coles you can read all about the Grand Prix including the included events and current standings here.

 

Sunday 12th June Dorking Tens

Note that the Dorking 10 mile race takes place on Sunday 12th June, which incorporates the RPAC 10 mile club championship, the RPAC Grand Prix, the Surrey Road League and the Surrey Ten Mile Road Race Championships, and it's also a great race to boot. https://www.dmvac.org/events/dorking-tens/


MABAC Holmwood Common Sunday 19th June 10:00AM

This is our chance to regain second place spot in the league, but we can only do this if we get a good turnout.

At Farnham we lost out to Blackwater Valley because they had twice as many runners as we did. We particularly need more of the faster ladies to run.

As far as I can tell there are no conflicting local races so why not come and turnout for us?

 

Monday 2nd May Vitality 10K

Sorry - I missed this race result out last week. You can see our club results here.

 

Sunday 15th May Sutton 10K - Surrey Road League

Sunday saw the second fixture of the Surrey Road League at the Sutton 10k.

The Sutton 10k takes place in the beautiful Nonsuch Park and is run on a mix of road and paths in the park. 

The well marshalled race is a 2 lap course passing through Nonsuch Park Cheam Park and the surrounding roads.

Thankfully the weather wasn’t as hot as Saturday but still many found it humid and surprisingly hilly!

First back for the club was Tom Almond in 33.53 and 6th overall. Next and continuing his fine running form was Rob Wigley 36.51 with Neil Fenwick hot on his heels finishing in 36.59 and Alex Mansfield in 37.03 completing the men's team.  Steve Bass crossed the line in 38.44.  Ben Stanton 39.48, Jack Finn 48.57 and Malcolm Woodman 55.24.

Nat Wilson led the ladies team in with a time of 39.43 with Ginevra Stoneley not far behind in 39.58.  Jo Davey recorded a PB in 40.44 and completed the ladies scoring team.  Next in was Jamilla Ncayiyana in 43.29, Ruth Willis 45.13, Liz Mason 58.36 and Kelly Mason 1.01.

Nat Wilson picked up the prize for 2nd V40 and Ginevra 3rd V40.

 

Saturday and Sunday 14th 15th May - Surrey Track and Field Championships, Kingston

Eloise Bull won Silver in the SW 3000m in a time of 10.28.73. Congratulations Eloise!

 

Sunday 15th May Jurassic Coast Challenge

Kate Knight completed this event - very hilly and very wet in places she reports, but a fantastic event.

 

Dates for Your Diary

Sunday 12th June - Dorking 10's (10 mile and 10K races) The 10 mile is the RPAC Club Championship 10 mile race, a Grand Prix event, a Surrey Road League and County Championship too. See this.

Sunday 19th June - MABAC @ Holmwood Common

Sunday 26th June Richmond 10K which is a Surrey Road League event as well as a County Championship. See this.

Saturday 16th July - Elmore 7 which is in the RPAC Grand Prix and Surrey Road League. See this.

Sunday 24th July - Surrey Slog Half Marathon This race is an open race organised by MABAC. The profit from this race means that the regular MABAC league fixtures can continue. Please support it if you can. The course is described as "challenging but rewarding, hilly and undulating". More details are at https://running.mabac.org.uk/surrey-slog-half-marathon/ 

 

Surrey Care Trust - become a mentor and make a difference to someone's life - from club member Ken Packer

Surrey Care Trust is a local charity supporting adults, families and young people who would benefit from one to one support through some of life's challenges. There are increasing numbers of young people needing support and new mentors are needed to support the charity's work. You can see more about the charity at www.surreycaretrust.org.uk and for further information, please contact Emma-Louise Lowe on 07712 653 315 or email emma-louise.lowe@surreycaretrust.org.uk. The next training course takes place on Wednesday 8th June.

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 9th May 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 9th May 2022

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Advance notice: Reigate Priory AC Summer Evening 10K

This year's Summer Evening 10K takes place on Wednesday 6th July at 7:30PM. We will be putting out the usual plea for volunteers (watch this space), but put the date in your diaries!

Full details of the event can be found here.

 

Club Membership Renewal

You should all have received your membership renewal requests.  Prompt payment would be appreciated.  If you wish to resign from the club, please let me know at  so that I can ensure any pre-authorised payments you may have made, are cancelled.
 

Couch to 5K programme starts this coming Saturday

The next Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K Programme will start on Saturday May 14th - full details are here if you know anyone who would be interested. 
 

Southern Athletics League

We have the dates for the Southern Athletics League (SAL) confirmed and they are listed below.
 
SAL is a track and field league where the club teams up with Holland Sports AC and Dorking & Mole Valley AC to compete in Division 3 against other clubs from the South East of England.
 
The meeting is open to U17s, U20s and Seniors (Vets included). The typical timetable of events for on the day is attached.
 
Match 1       Sunday 22nd May         K2 Crawley
Match 2       Sunday 12th June         Lewes
Match 3       Saturday 16th July        K2 Crawley
Match 4       Saturday 13th August    Hastings
  
Please respond to us (the SAL Team Managers, Jo Davey and Ginevra Stoneley) if you would like to compete or if you have any questions. Either reply to this e-mail or use the e-mail address .

Hope to see lots of you at Match 1 in Crawley,

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The latest code will be shared in the email version of this newsletter. Please do not share this code outside of the club.

 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing . If possible please can you submit them by Sunday evening at the latest as this allows us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

  

Junior Section News 

 

Sunday 1st May YMCA Fun Run

Missing from last week's newsletter: Alex Anderson who came to Reigate Priory AC for the first time on Saturday 30th April came 1st in the YMCA fun run U10s with a PB of 6:46. Well done Alex!

 

Sunday 8th May - The Gatwick Family Run

Arthur Naish took part in the Gatwick Family Run on Sunday. It was a mile race and he was first boy over the line (and chip time) in 7:19. Congratulations to Arthur!

 

Dates for the Diary

Ebbisham Boys League

The dates and venues for this year's Ebbisham Boys league are as follows:

Sutton - Sunday 19th June
Coulsdon - Sunday 17th July

This league has events for U11-U17 boys.

Surrey Team Quad Kids

This event is for school years 5 and 6. We need a team of 5 girls and 5 boys. The event is on Wednesday 15 June at the Spectrum in Guildford with a 5:30pm start.

 

Senior Section News 

Saturday 7th May - Weymouth Parkrun

Annette Morris finished in 24:29 and was 2nd overall in the age grading table with 84.07%!

 

Sunday 8th May - Ranelagh Richmond  Half Marathon

Some impressive results from the day can be seen here. Bethany Higgins took 16 minutes off her PB!

 

Sunday 8th May - Gatwick Half Marathon

An excellent turn-out and great results for this one. You can see the results here.

 

Sunday 8th May - Gatwick 10K

More results from Gatwick that you can see here. Well done to Neil, Lisa, Derwella and Susie.

 

Sunday 8th May - Gatwick 5K

Steve Cheesman finished in 172nd place and in a time of 31:17.

 

Sunday 8th May - MABAC at Farnham Park

You can see a full report here.

 

Dates for Your Diary

 

Sunday 15th May Surrey Road League, Sutton 10K see above

Sunday 12th June Dorking 10's (10 mile and 10K races) The 10 mile is the RPAC Club Championship 10 mile race and a Grand Prix event (and Surrey Championship too) More details on the noticeboard soon. 

 

Wakehurst Willow 8k by Moray Carey

The 200+ hectares of ornamental gardens, woodlands and nature reserve at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, provide the spectacular setting for the Wakehurst Willow, an 8k race organised by Haywards Heath Harriers!

The race is officially described as a “challenging two-loop 8km long course on tarmac, woodchip and rocky earth paths winds its way around the perimeter of the botanical gardens, under massive redwoods, stunning lakes and past the world-famous Millennium Seedbank.”

There are certainly precipitous descents and ascents around the meandering, colourful course!

It takes place at 7:15pm on Wednesday 13th July 2022, one week after the RPAC Summer Evening 10k. Onsite facilities include plentiful free parking, toilets in several locations and refreshments.

As at 1600 today there are only 13 places left of the 400 race limit so, to if you want to secure one of the last places you will need to act quickly!

https://www.theentrypoint.co.uk/events/wakehurst-willow-8k-2022-j6d5P98gR4qRADn

 

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Farnham Park MABAC 8th May 2022

Farnham Park MABAC 8th May 2022

MABAC Farnham Park Sunday 8th May 2022

With the competing calls of the Surrey Road League Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon and the Run Gatwick Half Marathon, 10K and 5K I feared that we would get a very poor turnout yesterday for the MABAC race in Farnham. I am happy to report however, that I was proved wrong and we actually got a very respectable turnout.

Not only did we get a respectable turnout but RPAC athletes finished in first and second place with Rob Wigley and Andrew Reeves finishing in 30:25 and 31:11 respectively. Frank O'Regan, Ben Stanton and Jez Greenwood were our other scoring men, all finishing in the top 20. Ruth Willis was our first lady home in 37:47 followed by Hannah Williams making her MABAC (and I think, club) debut in 39:52. We had a "Battle of the Pauls" with Paul Chandler finishing ahead of Paul Sapsard by just four seconds. 

The full team was Rob Wigley, Andrew Reeves, Frank O'Regan, Ben Stanton, Jez Greenwood, Alastair Swanepoel, Ruth Willis, Paul Chandler, Paul Sapsard, Hannah Williams, Andrew Patrick, David Winzer, Juliette Stern, Andrew Bamford, Sharon Miller, Fran Afonso and Ian Edmonds. 

My memory was playing up as well. I had assured people that it wasn't all that hilly, but I was wrong; it was pretty hilly and pretty warm too, but it was good to be out there. Farnham Park at this time of year (and at any other time for all I know) is beautiful.

Sadly for us despite the great performances, we have lost our second place in the league to Blackwater Valley who turned out in droves (it's their local run). They fielded 34 runners to our 17 and had some high scoring lady runners. We are now in third place with everything to play for.

Holmwood Common next month...turn out and help us get our second place slot back!

 

Ben, Frank and Jez - I think Rob and Andrew were too quick for the photographer.

Alastair and Ruth

Hannah looking like she's enjoying herself and Paul trying to dodge the photograph

Juliette and Paddy

Sharon and Ian both sporting knee braces, but still doing the full distance.

 

Reigate Priory AC News 2nd May 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 2nd May 2022

It's been a busy weekend for RPAC with junior races and the Awards Evening on Saturday, the YMCA fun runs yesterday and I know a number of people took part in the Vitality 10K in London today. 

All Club News 

Club Membership Renewal

You should all have received your membership renewal requests.  Prompt payment would be appreciated.  If you wish to resign from the club, please let me know at membership@rpac.org so that I can ensure any pre-authorised payments you may have made, are cancelled.

The Awards Evening Perrywood Sports & Social Club Saturday 30th April

This was our second joint awards evening and I think everyone who attended will agree that it was a very enjoyable evening and the venue was a good choice. Huge thanks to Usha Stevens and Mel Fulton-Bell for organising it! 

There are more details of the awards in the Junior and Senior Sections below and there is a full list of the award winners here.

A Message From Malcolm

On Saturday our former chair Malcolm Woodman, was awarded the Ted Baker Award. This award is made to the person who the members deem has made the biggest contribution to the club in the past year (current members of the committee are not eligible to receive the award). 

Malcolm writes:

“A massive thank you to everyone who nominated me for the 2021 Ted Baker Award – it’s a great honour to receive this, especially as I have simply been trying to give back something to the club which has supported & encouraged my running for nearly 30 years. Jo and I have lived in this area for over 33 years, so I have been a member for nearly all that time. When we finally complete our upcoming move to the wilds of Exmoor, it is not just the racing and training that I will miss, but all of you who have been such an important part of my life for so long. So much so that I intend to remain as a 1st claim member of RPAC and to reappear as and when I can – so the seniors who train at Battlebridge on a Tuesday evening should not get lulled into a false sense of security, I will be back to shout at you! 😊 Once again, thank you everyone. Malcolm”  

Sunday 1st May YMCA Fun Run 

As always there was a good turnout from RPAC in support of the YMCA with RPAC athletes winning prizes in each of the races. More details are in the Junior and Senior Sections below. 

Club Branded Kit

Several club members have asked about club branded training kit.  We have some training t-shirts (red & blue) available via Nat but all other branded kit is available via our kit partner, iProSports.
 
The range of kit available can be found and ordered via the iProSports Club Zone (https://www.iprosports.co.uk/product-category/club-zone/reigate-priory-athletic-club/).  If there's something you're specifically looking for and can't find available, please let Usha know and we'll work with the iProSports team to find if what you're looking for can be made available.
 

Couch to 5K programme

The next Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K Programme will start on Saturday May 14th - full details are here if you know anyone who would be interested. 
 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing . If possible please can you submit them by Sunday evening at the latest as this allows us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

  

Junior Section News 

 

Junior AAA Award Winners by Ashley Burridge 

Many of our junior athletes attended the RPAC awards evening on Saturday to receive their AAA Standards awards for their achievements during the 2021 track and field season.

The Amateur Athletics Association Standards scheme awards Grade 1 to the top achievers down to Grade 4 - a level which still outperforms the majority of junior athletes around the UK.

All the Reigate Priory award winners for 2021 were:

Max Orchard, Grade 1 in U13 800m, 75m hurdles and Long Jump
Michael Maguire, Grade 1 in U13 Long Jump
Buddy Kedgley, Grade 1 in U13 800m
Imogen Wheeler, Grade 1 in U13 60m (indoors) and Grade 4 U15 100m.
Lisette Matthews, Grade 4 - U13 600m
Eve Goulding, Grade 3 - U13 75m
Samual Stapley, Grade 1 - U15 800m
Lilah Unwin, Grade 1 - U15 800m
Shakila Keable, Grade 3 - U15 3000m
Lily Woodhams, Grade 4 - U15 200m
Ella Scrase, Grade 4 - U15 800m
Oscar Curry, Grade 4 - U17 800m
Eva Marsh, Grade 3 - U17 1500m

Some of these juniors reached grades in other events also, but only their top graded events are shown. Congratulations to all!
We look forward to many more top achievers during the 2022 season!

You can find a downloadable standards booklet and more information here: https://www.englandathletics.org/young-athletes-and-schools/aaa/
 

RPAC Juniors Triumph at YMCA Fun Run

There were winners' trophies for Will John-Cox (U16's), Florence Shade (U12's) and Gracie Shade (U10's) at Sundays YMCA 1 mile Fun Runs.

Milo Seals came 3rd in the U16 race and Charlotte Ebbs was 2nd in the U10's.

Great running by all!

 

PB'S Again For Samuel and Sammy

Competing in the South London Athletics Network (SLAN) Open at Coulsdon on Saturday, U17's Samuel Stapley and Sammy Rolaston both recorded new PB'S.

For Samuel it was his third consecutive 800m PB of the season with an exceptionally quick time of 2.00.23. A sub 2 minute 800m is surely coming.

Sammy took part in his second 3000m race and knocked some 15 seconds off his PB set two weeks ago with a new time of 9.39.83.

 

Surrey County Athletics Championships

A reminder that entries for the Surrey County Track and Field Championships closes at noon this Wednesday, 4th May. Don't miss out - there's medals to be won! 
Entries are now being accepted for the championships on 14th/15th May. Entry link via the https://surreyathletics.uk website 
  

Dates for the Diary

Ebbisham Boys League

The dates and venues for this year's Ebbisham Boys league are as follows:

Sutton - Sunday 19th June
Coulsdon - Sunday 17th July

This league has events for U11-U17 boys.

Surrey Team Quad Kids

This event is for school years 5 and 6. We need a team of 5 girls and 5 boys. The event is on Wednesday 15 June at the Spectrum in Guildford with a 5:30pm start.

 

Senior Section News 

Awards Evening From Usha Stevens

Usha writes:

"Thank you all for helping make last nights Awards & Social event a success.
 
The juniors enjoyed the outdoor space the venue offered and they pretty much all chose to go out and run around prior to handing out the awards.
 
Big thanks to Mike and Ashleigh for handing out the junior awards and to Andrew, Nat and Malcolm for handing out the senior awards and to Paul and Sam for creating the playlists.  It's a shame we didn't have more award winners attend the event to receive them.  Andrew took a large number of awards home so we now need to find a way of those winners to receive them; there are far too many to keep in the container at the track in its present state.
 
Huge thanks to Mel for helping with the whole event, from the booking and management of tickets via LoveAdmin through to last minute calls to the venue regarding the storage of the food and also assisting with the clearing up.
 
Thank you also to Colin for popping by and just helping with doing whatever we needed. 
 
Lastly, thank you to Ginevra and Colin for providing the evening entertainment - tequila shots and drunken dancing were enjoyed by a good number of attendees.
 
If anyone has any feedback on any part of the event, from booking through to the venue itself and the catering, please let me know.
 
Here's to the next one! "
 
Stop Press: I intend to come along to the track tomorrow evening to distribute awards to any recipients who are training. If you are not going to be there please let me know and I will make alternative arrangements to get them to you. 
 

RPAC Seniors Sweep The Board at YMCA Fun Run (more or less)

As always RPAC seniors turned out in force to support the YMCA and there were some outstanding runs.

In the 5 mile race Fran Dunham finished in first place in a staggering time of 29:37, followed by Steve Bass in 30:58 and Ian Stammars in 31:50. Laura Ebbs was first lady home, finishing in 9th place overall with a finish time of 33:24 (beating the next lady home by over two and a half minutes). Ian Burks  (34:44) and Annette Morris (41:49) were the winners of their age categories. Well done to everyone who took part and I am sorry that I can't mention you all without this turning into a list. All results will be on the club website soon.

In the Adult 1 mile race Rob Wigley finished in first place with a finish time of 05:37, Bethany Higgins finished in third place overall and was second lady home in 07:10, Linda Rodriguez was in fourth place overall and third lady home in 07:25. Well done to all of you!

Here are a selection of photos 

Steve, Fran and Ian. Fran receiving his trophies from the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead (Councillor Jill Bray), with Sue Carnell in the background 

Steve and Ian receive their awards

Laura and Annette receiving their awards.

Juliette with her race face on...

Rob and Bethany get their awards

Linda (Where's the club vest Linda?) getting her award

 

Surrey Road League Sunday 8th May

A reminder that the next Surrey Road League Fixture is the Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon this coming Sunday (8th May) 

Please let your team captain know if you plan to take part.
 

MABAC Farnham Park Sunday 8th May

A reminder that the next MABAC fixture is on Sunday (8th May) in Farnham Park.

Don't forget that we are currently lying in second place in the league so we need a good strong turnout to maintain our position.

More details are here. As with all MABAC races there are one lap and two lap options and you can decide which you are going to run on the day.  My recollection is that although Farnham Park is very hilly, the course itself isn't too bad as it mostly runs along the top of the hill.  The walk to the start is a different story. Please don't hold me to that as it's two or three years since I last ran it!

Car parking is limited so I suggest meeting in Bell St Car Park for an 08:30 departure. If you need a lift or you can help with transport please let me know 

Unfortunately this clashes with the Richmond Half listed above but hopefully the two races will draw from different pools of athletes.

 

 

Members' News 

 

Frank O'Regan set a new PB in the Limerick Half Marathon yesterday (1st May), finishing in 01:22:36. Brilliant time Frank, well done!

Kate Knight and her husband celebrated their 35th Wedding Anniversary by completing the Isle of Wight Ultra (106km). Kate's husband and son did the first half that is 102 marathons for Kate.  Well done Kate and many congratulations on your Wedding Anniversary!

Linda Rodriguez completed the Vitality 10K this morning and managed to avoid any Kamikaze squirrels (long story!) although she did meet some Egyptian Geese at the start. She finished in 46:06. Well done Linda - 3 runs in three days!

I know that a number of other RPAC runners took part in this race but I have not had the chance to analyse all the results yet. A special report will follow later in the week. 

Saturday Social running group

By way of an explanation the Saturday Social running group is a run / run-walk on a Saturday morning at 10:30AM usually from Reigate Priory, but is often replaced by the Couch to 5K session when the programme is running.

The schedule for the Saturday Social running group / impending Couch to 5K is as follows...
 
Saturday 7th May - 10:30AM start in Priory Park, and a 2nd optional lead-in session for the up-coming Couch to 5K programme also in Priory Park.
Saturday 14th May - 10:30AM start of the Couch to 5K programme in Priory Park, social running group are welcome to come to help and encourage.
Saturday 21st May - 10:30AM Priory Park, Saturday Social running group will be timed alongside the 2nd week of Couch to 5K to frequent the cafe afterwards.
If you'd like to join us for any of this do please let me know at     

Dates for Your Diary

Sunday 8th May Surrey Road League, Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon see above

Sunday 8th May MABAC Farnham Park see above

Sunday 15th May Surrey Road League, Sutton 10K see above

Sunday 12th June Dorking 10's (10 mile and 10K races) The 10 mile is the RPAC Club Championship 10 mile race and a Grand Prix event (and Surrey Championship too) More details on the noticeboard soon. 

 

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Welcome to the Senior section

Here you will find details of trainingsocial runs, races and results for seniors - please check the drop-down menu at the top of the page for full details.