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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. This was followed up by an email sent this evening (Monday 15th April) containing the Treasurer's Report, Membership Secretary Report and the Minutes of the 2023 AGM.  If you have not received the emails 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

*** PLEASE TELL US NOW IF YOU'RE COMING TO BREAKFAST AS WE DO NEED TO KNOW NUMBERS ***

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  

RPAC in Portugal

Very early last Saturday morning, an enthusiastic if somewhat bleary-eyed bunch of RPAC Juniors plus associated family members assembled at Gatwick for a 6am flight to Portugal. It was the start of an amazing week, and the culmination of a plan first proposed in a muddy cross-country field when thoughts of running in the sunshine felt like a different world!

 
 
The boys U17 team (Sam Stapley, Sammy Rolaston, Will John-Cox and Euan Willis) joined forces with the U17 girls team (Lilah Unwin, Ella Scrase, Nicole Haycock and Emily Haycock) and, led by Coach Dave Mills, stayed at the Victoria Sport & Beach resort for a warm weather training camp.
 
 
They were able to train alongside international athletes and para-athletes, all making use of the incredible facilities at the hotel, including running track, XC trails, gym, padel/tennis courts and pool, for the all-important aqua-aerobics. It would be fair to say they also put the all-inclusive hotel dining to good use too (who knew it was possible to fit 5 meals into one day?), whilst the more mature members of the group may also have sampled some local beverages, and everyone enjoyed the hotel entertainment*.
 
 
But enough of the fun - there was lots of fantastic running, with all the juniors, and some of the seniors, making the most of the experience. All of them have come home invigorated by the enhanced training and looking forward to the new track season. We thoroughly recommend the venue and wonder if a trip to sunny Albufeira might make its way onto the annual RPAC calendar?
 
Huge thanks for everyone who attended for making it such a fun week and especially to Claire & Rob Stapley and Dave Mills, for the intense organisation, communication, and general herding required to get us all there and back in one piece!
 
*Video evidence currently held under lock and key; we will only confirm that Dave and Kerry Rolaston led some new warm up routines in the hotel bar, to the tunes of Sweet Caroline and the Macarena respectively.

 

Milton Keynes Open

Two RPAC juniors had very successful days at the Milton Keynes Open meeting on Saturday.  Gracie Shade recorded PBs in both the 200m and 800m and Morgan Du Preez came second overall in the U11 Quad kids event, scoring highly in all four events and being the overall winner of the 600m. Well done to both of them.
 

YAC Open Meeting and Quad Kids event - Monday 27 May

On the Monday of the bank holiday weekend the Young Athletes Club in Guildford is organising a combined Quad Kids Event for U7s/U9s and U11s and an Open Meeting for U13s. This will be held at the track at the Spectrum in Guildford. First event is at 12:30pm. U11s are school years 4 and 5 and Quad Kids comprises four events,  75m, 600m, standing long jump and howler throw. The events for U13s are 100m, 200m, 800m and Long jump. This will be a great event based on past experience and is highly recommended. Please enter directly at the YAC Guildford website.
 

Surrey County Championships

The Surrey County Championships take place on the weekend of May 11th and 12th at Kingston. The timetable can be found at the attached link - https://data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2024/GBR/tfsurrey/  (NB Due to timetabling issues certain events namely all U15-U20 3000m , except for U17 W, and U17m,U17W and U20M 1500m, are scheduled for a separate meeting on 6 July)There are no events for U11s. U13s for these purposes are school years 6 and 7. Entries close on May 2nd. Please let me know if your son/daughter would like to compete and what their chosen events are. There is no cost to enter. 
 

Upcoming Open Meetings

Some of the key local open meetings in April/May are as follows...
Saturday 27th April - SLAN Open at David Weir Centre Sutton - Entry via Open track events for U13 and upwards only.
Monday 29th April - Blackheath and Bromley Open - Entry via B&B website.
Tuesday 30th April - Tonbridge Open - Entry via Open track.
Watford Opens  - for U15s and upwards Wednesday 17th April, Wednesday 1st May and Wednesday 15th May.
 
Please make these entries directly if you wish to compete in these events.

 

Senior Section News

Report from MABAC @ Winterfold Forest

On Sunday 14th April there was a MABAC race at Winterfold Forest.

You can read a full report and see photos of the event.

 

Sunday 14th April Manchester Marathon

There were some excellent results from the Manchester Marathon - as follows lifted from the results site...

POS NAME BIB CHIP TIME
431 Harry Mullard 12207 02:52:32
5353 Jon Payn 16592 03:37:59
14630 Neil McDonnell 34231 04:31:54
21802 Kate Knight 12273 08:28:01

Commiserations to Toby Kent who after putting in a huge amount of preparation had to pull out through illness, and to Steve Watkins who did not finish due to injury.

 

Update to Thursday Sessions

From Thursday 25th April, Jas will provide a 45 minute technique session in Priory Park each Thursday at 6:15pm. It will focus on improving technical and movement skills to run more efficiently (and faster). There will obviously be some running involved but those who want to will be able to also complete a full 7pm session. It will be limited to MAX 10 senior members and will be managed via the Thursday WhatsApp group - see the bottom of the email version of the newsletter for the link to the Thursday WhatsApp group.

 

Monday 13th May Masters League Fixture 1 @ Wimbledon Track

Have you ever considered taking part in track and field events? The Masters league is a fantastic and accessible way to be able to compete at a running track with people of similar ages and abilities. The age categories are V35, V50 and V60 for men and women. For the first fixture at Wimbledon Track the track and field events you can take part in are as below...

Our club records are listed here. You may even have an eye on taking a club record for your age category at the Masters League!

There are further details of the Masters League on our website here. We will need to schedule who is running which event, so if you're interested in giving this a try do please contact us on to indicate your interest or to ask any queries.

 

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 can see a full list of events on our website here.

You lucky people - so much choice for running going forward. 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.

 

Summer Evening 10k 2024 - update (by Moray Carey, Acting Race Director)

We've recently received the required permissions (licence and permit) to stage the 2024 edition of the race!

This has allowed us to now book the services of specialist race partners including Medical Despatch, who will be providing professional medical support.  

In close collaboration with Sport Systems, we're working towards opening an online store for entries asap. 

Our social media team will then be actively publicising the event. We can all play a part by sharing their posts and promoting the race among friends, workmates etc

Watch this space!  

 

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.

 

Keep in touch

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