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Reigate Priory AC News 19th February 2024

Reigate Priory AC News 19th February 2024

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URGENT: Volunteers needed for MABAC and Border League events on 3rd March

 
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help out at the MABAC and Border League fixtures. We will be contacting you later this week to let you know what you will be doing 
 
We still need more people so please sign up if you haven't done so already.  Please sign up via the form here

As a reminder of what's going on... On Sunday, 3rd March, RPAC will be hosting a double-header in Priory Park, starting with the senior MABAC race at 10 am, followed by the junior Border League races from 12 to 2 pm. Experience tells us that we need lots of volunteers to stage these event and so far, we do not have enough people signed up. Please help - it's a unique opportunity for junior parents to help at the senior fixture to allow seniors to run and for senior members to help at the Border League races so that parents can watch their children compete. 
 
If you can help, please sign up via the form here: We will need help transporting equipment from Battlebridge on Saturday afternoon, laying out the courses, marshalling at both fixtures, breaking down the courses, and transporting equipment back to Battlebridge afterwards. It will be possible to fulfil some of these roles and also run or spectate. If you have any difficulty with the form or you have any questions please email 
 
We also need a good turnout of athletes in the events so please run if you can....
 
We will not be able to stage these events unless we can get enough volunteers.
 

Hoodie Order

We will shortly be initiating a Hoodie Order for both Seniors and Juniors. I intend to place the order in WC 4th March . You can order a Hoodie using the LoveAdmin App and selecting Optional Extras. You have a choice of having your name on the back, or not, and also of having two initials on the front of the Hoodie. Payment should be made using the LoveAdmin App. Please contact Mike Gent with any questions.
 
 

Saturday 16th March Couch to 5K Graduation and Kate Knight's 500th parkrun at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

You're all invited along to Ifield Mill Pond parkrun on Saturday 16th March to run a flat parkrun as well as support our Couch to 5K participants and cheering in Kate Knight as she finishes her 500th parkrun. We will meet at Gossops Green Parade RH11 8HH (which has parking and a toilet) at 8:30AM to walk to the start. You're very welcome to come to the Langley Green Toby for a celebratory breakfast afterwards, but can you please confirm your attendance at the breakfast to Paul Walters  by Friday 1st March so that I can book the appropriate number of seats. This is always great fun to attend.
 

Saturday 23rd March Reigate Priory parkrun anniversary

The 10th anniversary of Reigate Priory parkrun is on Saturday, 23rd March. It's also the day after Paul Walters' birthday and his first event as a MV60. We will have a gazebo (with RPAC flag) in the park for a post-run breakfast - all club members and families are invited and very welcome! If you've got an RPAC running top, this would be the day to wear it - let's show off the club colours!

Provisional dates for later RPAC Parkrun tourism events are 20th April, 11th May, 8th June, 6th July (possibly Brighton & Hove Parkrun), and 7th September. More details to follow.

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Lilah competes at UK Athletics Indoor Championships 

What an experience for Lilah, taking part in the UK Athletics Indoor Championships at Birmingham on Saturday.

 
17 year old Lilah found herself in the same heat as Jemma Reekie who finished 4th in the 800m final at the last Olympics! (Reekie went on to win Sunday's final with a Championship record and the 2nd fastest indoor 800m time in the world this year).
 
 
Televised live on iplayer by the BBC, and in front of 7,400 spectators in the Utilita Arena, Lilah had to deal with a race with a faster start and first 400m than previously experienced but acquitted herself well in this first foray into the senior ranks.
 

Border League Match 4 - Sunday 3rd March - Reigate Priory Park

We are hosting the fourth and final match of this year's Border League in Priory Park on Sunday 3 March. This is a junior development cross country league with races for U9/U11/U13/U15 boys and girls. The first race is the U9 girls at 12:00pm.
 
I am hoping we can have a really strong turn out from the Club for these races. There is no cost to enter but we do need to register athletes ahead of time, so if your son/daughter would like to race please let Mike Gent know by Thursday 29 February.
 

Young Athlete Club Guildford - Easter Training Camps

The Young Athletes Club ("YAC") in Guildford run an Easter Training Camp at the Spectrum on Wednesday 3rd - Friday 5th April. The sessions run from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Applications close on Thursday 28 March but this will be popular so I would recommend booking sooner if you are interested . We know the YAC people well and these will be good sessions with high quality coaching.
 

Surrey Primary School Cross Country Championships

The Surrey Primary School Cross Country Championships were held in Priory Park on Saturday. There were some strong performances from RPAC athletes across the four races for Year 5 and 6 boys and girls.
 
In the Year 5 Girls race Vivvy Loynes ran well to finish fifth and there were also strong performances from Imogen Leung, Agnes Delaney and Rosie Prior. In the Year 6 girls Gracie Shade led from the start to win comfortably and Olive Barton ran very well to finish eighth. This will, certainly for Gracie, and hopefully for Olive too, win them Surrey vests at the South East Intercounties match in March. In the Year 6 boys we had a strong contingent of RPAC runners with Piers Matthews finishing seventh, Fin Killick fifteenth, Isaac Armitage nineteenth and Rafi Varah twenty second.
 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 24th February National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Sunday 3rd March Border League Match 4, Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

Sunday 3rd March 10:00 MABAC Reigate's Priory Park

If you are not volunteering at this event please run if you can. We need a strong turnout for this, our home fixture. Don't forget that everyone who completes the two lap course will earn at least 5 points. The fastest 5 men and fastest 5 ladies earn more points. 
 
If you haven't done one of these events before it is a low key way of representing the club. They attract runners of all standards so you can be as competitive as you wish. No need to pre-register as we can sort you out with a race number on the day. Please contact me if you have any questions 
 

Thursday 29th February Jimmy James Handicap Race 5

The penultimate Jimmy James Handicap race of the season will take place on Thursday 29th February at Denbies. Please email Jacqui Cooper   to register. Entries will be accepted up to the Sunday 25th February
Any runners who haven’t taken part in any of the races to date please provide your current 5k time, mobile number and emergency contact information when registering.
You must wear hi-viz and a torch in order to run; you will not be allowed to run without them. 
With two races to go Kate Knight is leading the charge, but she can still be caught! 

Start times and final instructions will be sent out by email.

 

Up-coming club fixtures

Please do take note of the fixtures for the Surrey Road League and the track and field Masters League. Get them in the diary and enter the events as appropriate!

 

Saturday 17th February Success at the British Masters Indoor Championships

Andrew Pringle took bronze medal by finishing third place in the M60 triple jump at the MAF Indoor championships with a PB of 9.39m.

 

Sunday 18th February Run Reigate Canicross and Trail 5K and 10K @ Gatton

Some RPAC related photos from this event are shown below...

You can see the results from Reigate Priory AC here.

 

Sunday 18th February XXXIX Seville Marathon

Neil McDonnell completed the 39th Seville Marathon with a chip time of 4h 20m 32s coming in 7,904th place.  Weather was sunny all day reaching 26°C. Congratulations Neil!

 

Dates for Your Diary   

Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

Thursday 29th February Leap Day Jimmy James

Sunday 3rd March MABAC Priory Park

Saturday 16th March Couch to 5K graduation and Kate Knight's 500th parkrun Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

Saturday 23rd March parkrun tourism, Reigate Priory

Sunday 24th March Y2Y North Downs Trek

Sunday 14th April MABAC Winterfold Forest

Wednesday 3rd July Summer Evening 10k 

 

Reigate Priory AC WhatsApp groups

The links to the main club WhatsApp groups are published in the email version of this newsletter. 

 

Keep in touch

If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is .

Reigate Priory AC News 12th February 2024

Reigate Priory AC News 12th February 2024

Category: All Club News

All Club News

URGENT: Volunteers needed for MABAC and Border League events on 3rd March

We're getting desperate: On Sunday, 3rd March, RPAC will be hosting a double-header in Priory Park, starting with the senior MABAC race at 10 am, followed by the junior Border League races from 12 to 2 pm. Experience tells us that we need lots of volunteers to stage these event and so far, we do not have enough people signed up. Please help - it's a unique opportunity for junior parents to help at the senior fixture to allow seniors to run and for senior members to help at the Border League races so that parents can watch their children compete. 
 
If you can help, please sign up via the form here: We will need help transporting equipment from Battlebridge on Saturday afternoon, laying out the courses, marshalling at both fixtures, breaking down the courses, and transporting equipment back to Battlebridge afterwards. It will be possible to fulfil some of these roles and also run or spectate. If you have any difficulty with the form or you have any questions please email 
 
We will not be able to stage these events unless we can get enough volunteers.
 

Swapping out the calendar on our website - again!

The part of our website which provides the calendar needs to be changed to a different product. This was due to happen on Sunday 28th January but the update was defered. We will be performing this change this coming Sunday 18th February,

It is a like-for-like swap, so hopefully the new calendar will work for you just as well as the old one.

Take note though that there may be disruption to the website while it is being modified - particularly to the calendar.

You can always contact us regarding the website with queries or comments via email to I

Surrey Rights of Way consultation

Surrey County Council is responsible for around 2,164 miles of public paths and is currently working on updating its improvement plans for them. Anyone who uses these public rights of way - and that's most of us who run - can have a say in how they're cared for: Respond to this survey by 10 March.  

Reigate Priory parkrun anniversary, 23rd March

The 10th anniversary of Reigate Priory parkrun is on Saturday, 23rd March; it's also the day after Paul Walters' birthday and his first event as a MV60. The plan now is for a gazebo in the park for a post-run breakfast - all club members and families are invited and very welcome! If you've got an RPAC running top, this would be the day to wear it - let's show off the club colours!

Provisional dates for later RPAC Parkrun tourism events are 20th April, 11th May, 8th June, 6th July (possibly Brighton & Hove Parkrun), and 7th September. Do please let Paul know if you know of any events that clash with those dates ().

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Surrey XC Selection for Samuel and Euan  

Congratulations to Samuel on his selection in the Surrey team of eight for the UK CAU Inter-Counties XC Championships in Nottingham on 9th March. A massive event which sees all of the counties from right across the UK sending their top xc runners to compete. Euan is named as a reserve.
 
With a slightly different age grouping, both Samuel and Euan are both selected in the Surrey Schools Senior Boys team of eight for the hugely prestigious English Schools XC Championships on 16th March. This year's event is being held in Pontefract, West Yorkshire. 
 

England Athletics Indoor Track and Field Championships, Sheffield 10/11 Feb 

With XC in Nottingham and Yorkshire to come, Samuel is racking up some serious motorway miles having competed, together with Lilah, in the U20 800m at the England Athletics Indoor Open Championships in Sheffield on Saturday. 
 
Both Samuel and Lilah have made the step up to U20 on the track this year,  and both ran well in their respective heats, each taking 3rd place. However, with the numbers involved, only 1st place in the heats secured places in the final.
 
Still cross-country season so testament to the commitment and effort of both to their training to be able to take on major track races in February!
 
Michael Maguire had a tremendous weekend at the England Athletics Indoor Champs in Sheffield. Competing in the U15 Long Jump and Triple Jump he won two silver medals and achieved two massive personal bests, jumping 5.80m in the Long Jump and 12.08m in the Triple Jump. Congratulations to Michael.
 
 

Surrey Cross Country League - Match 4 West Horsley Place 

Match 4 of this year's Surrey Cross Country League was held at West Horsley Place. As the starter said before each race this was the first time a cross Country Race had been held here for 600 years. It proved an excellent venue, although due to recent rain the course was muddy in the extreme, making it at times very challenging under foot.
 
 
First up were the U13 girls. A strong team performance saw them finish third on the day, to cement their third place overall position for the season. Florence Tombleson led the team home finishing third on the day which meant she was second overall across the season, by the finest of margins, being just one point/place behind the winner. Congratulations Florence. Lara Tombleson ran very strongly to finish ninth and they were ably supported by Olivia Aries and Charlotte Ebbs who finished twenty second and twenty sixth respectively.
 
 
In the U13 boys James De'Ath, in his first race for the Club, and Piers Matthews, running as an U11 in the U13 age group, ran impressively to finish thirty first and thirty second respectively. Neve Macgregor in the U15 race ran well to finish nineteenth.
 

Border League Match 3

The third match of this year's Border League was held at a new venue at Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon. If possible it was even wetter than the Surrey XC league event the previous day. The course was at times very narrow, waterlogged and slippery with a number of athletes losing shoes and falling, including all our U11 boys as the photos will evidence.
 
First race was the U9 girls. Morgan Du Preez was first home in fifth place and is very much in contention for an individual medal across the season after the final race in Reigate. Penelope Gargowitsch and Imogen Leung had great races to finish eighth and tenth and Scarlett Maxwell ran strongly in her first race for the Club finishing sixteenth, ensuring RPAC were second placed team on the day. Amira Jaffer also ran well
 
 
The highlight of the day was the U11 girls race. Gracie Shade went out fast from the start and held her lead to win the race. Having won all three events so far she ensured that she is the outright winner of the U11 girl category for this season. Vivvy Loynes finished third putting her in with a good chance of an individual medal with one race to come. Maya Pocock and Olive Barton ran very well finishing eight and ninth respectively, ensuring RPAC were first team on the day. Sofia Leonard and Freya Brown in their first races for the Club also ran well in the challenging conditions. 
 
 
In the U11 boys Fin Killick was first home in eight place ,with Rafi Varah just behind in tenth, and Isaac Spilling and Isaac Armitage also running strongly for RPAC to be third placed team on the day.
 
 
In the U13 girls race Lara Tombleson and Olivia Aries were very bravely taking on their second race of the weekend and ran very impressively to finish third and tenth respectively, with Sadie Casserley only just behind in fourteenth place, ensuring another top three team finish for RPAC on the day. A strong finish in the final fixture of the season would put Lara amongst the individual medal winners for the season.
 
Piers Matthews not only was doing his second race of the weekend but ended up running in the U13 race despite being an U11 and finished very creditably more than half way up the field.
 

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 17th February Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Year 5 and 6 only, Reigate Priory Park (please note revised date)

Saturday 24th February National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Sunday 3rd March Border League Match 4, Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

 

Surrey League XC Match 4  Saturday 10th February

Sorry that this is not up to the usual standard of amusing XC write ups!

The Ladies' Team travelled to West Horsley Place (aka Button House from BBC's "Ghosts") for their final Cross Country fixture of the season. Judging by the comments that I have seen on Strava I believe it was horrendously muddy! The 'A' team comprising  Laura Gent (27th place in 34:46), Lindsay Browning (48th in 36:47), Jo Davey (57th in 37:17), Ginevra Stoneley (64th in 37:51) and Laura Ebbs (68th in 38:03) finished in 10th place on the day. The 'B' team - Jamilla Ncayiyana (74th place in 38:22), Nat Wilson (78th in 38:39), Abbie Smith (80th in 38:52), Linda Rodriguez (97th in 39:49) and Hannah Wright (113rd in 40:54) finished in 16th place on the day. Natanya Freedman  was a non-scorer and finished in 137th place in 43:05. Overall positions at the end of the season are 14th place for Reigate A and 23rd place for Reigate B. Well done Ladies! I also note that Ruth Willis was ranked 4th overall in her age category for the season - very well done Ruth!

 

The men's team meanwhile travelled over to the much less salubrious surroundings of Lloyd Park in Croydon where I suspect conditions were equally muddy. The men's A team was comprised of Max Smithson (28th place in 31:08), Tom Almond (35th in 31:27), Steve Bass (55th in 32:36), Alister Moses (64th in 33:02), Ben Stanton (67th in 33:05), Jack Yates (78th in 33:49), Rick Coles (88th in 34:22 - good to see you back Rick!), Simon Smythe (90th in 34:26), Dominic Hayward (119th in 36:22) and Tim Pearson (123rd in 36:36). An incomplete B team comprised Ian Burks (162nd in 39:12) and Andrew Patrick (188th in 42:21). The A team finished in 7th place on the day. Overall RPAC finished in 9th position in the league for the season.  Well done Gentlemen!

Results will be posted in the results section in due course. 

 

Jimmy James Handicap Race 5 Thursday 29th February

The penultimate Jimmy James Handicap race of the season will take place on Thursday 29th February at Denbies. Please email Jacqui Cooper   to register. Entries will be accepted up to the Sunday 25th February
Any runners who haven’t taken part in any of the races to date please provide your current 5k time, mobile number and emergency contact information when registering.
You must wear hi-viz and a torch in order to run; you will not be allowed to run without them. 
With two races to go Kate Knight is leading the charge, but she can still be caught! 

Start times and final instructions will be sent out by email

 

Barcelona Half Marathon from Gail Hill

We were awoken early by the wind banging our window and could hear it howling. With the usual quota of nerves and trepidation we set off for the start at the Arc de Triomf in the Cuetadella Parc. Luckily the wind had subsided and it was a bright sunny day. 

The start area was teeming with nervous, excited runners and rather chaotic.  Zoe (Kent) and I were part of the final wave; it was quite a challenge getting where we should be to start. In the end we had to run with some of the faster runners and weave across the road! 
Finally in the start area, excitement mounting, we could hear U2's It's A Beautiful Day pounding out, dancing runners and happy smiles all around. As we got nearer we realised it was a U2 cover band and so it was we set off to the sounds of U2 ringing in our ears!!
Soon we were running along a wide boulevard past several statues, towards a huge column celebrating Christopher Columbus and finally in our stride, though I had already managed to lose Zoe by then!
After the first mile I was boiling and spent the next few yards wrestling to get my long sleeve top from underneath my t-shirt!
Somehow I'd got into a steady pace, as the course weaved out of the city centre before we eventually turned around and headed to the site of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics aquatic sports by the beach - this was a long straight flat section, which I could see i would have to run back along. It wasn't so bad, the kilometres kept disappearing (although it was a half marathon, every sign was in km) and soon I was ascending the only hill, just a tiny ramp really - 19K!! Almost there!! 
Back up from the beach over 12 miles done, running towards the spectacular Familia Sagrada, the roar of the crowd on either side, through the Brooks zone giving a final boost, before turning the final corner, the finish line in site and pushing through to the euphoria of the finish line 🙂
2:22:22 very happy with that 🙂
I picked up my medal and waited for Zoe to finish and she romped about 20 minutes. A brilliant morning in sunny Barcelona 🌞 
 
Well done Gail & Zoe!

 

 

Join us! Surrey Road League fixtures for 2024

Mud, freezing temperatures, and the better-than-average likelihood of a sprained ankle not your thing? Well, there's always the Road League! The fixture dates are set now and remember, league standings will be decided based on a runner's five best scores out of the seven races; learn more about the Surrey Road League here.

Sunday 7th April Sutton 10k
Sunday 12th May Richmond Half
Sunday 2nd June Dorking 10
Sunday 23rd June Richmond 10k (club championships)
Saturday 13th July Elmore 7
Sunday 21st July Elmbridge 10k
Friday 26th July Wedding Day 7k

Clarification of the rules for Club Championship races

In order to be eligible to win a Club Championship trophy you must enter a designated championship race as a member of Reigate Priory Athletic Club and you must run in an RPAC vest. The exception to these rules is the club marathon championship, where you can enter any road marathon race that is eligible to be included on the Power of 10 website and you can wear a RPAC vest, a charity vest or a county or country vest. You must still be entered as being a member of Reigate Priory Athletic Club.

Members' news

Ashley Burridge reports that  "It was a pleasure to welcome Andrew Pringle to the timekeeper's stand for the first time at yesterday's EMAC/VAC Indoor Championships at Lee Valley. 
We always need licensed officials to meet our responsibilities at various track & field and endurance events which the club competes in.
If, like Andrew, you would like to get involved as an official, information and courses can be found on the England Athletics website: https://www.englandathletics.org/coaches-and-officials/officials-qualifications/
The club's officials would be more than happy to discuss this process and what's involved. Contact via the  "
 
Kate Knight reports that she: " completed 8 laps of Ferry Meadows Country Park (Peterborough) for my 159th marathon. A fantastic day and met up with some fantastic people.  Very wet under foot. And waded through 2 areas of deep water!" Well done Kate!
 

Dates for Your Diary   

Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

Thursday 29th February Leap Day Jimmy James

Sunday 3rd March MABAC Priory Park

Saturday 16th March Couch to 5K graduation, likely Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

Saturday 23rd March parkrun tourism, Reigate Priory

Sunday 24th March Y2Y North Downs Trek 

Sunday 14th April MABAC Winterfold Forest

Wednesday 3rd July Summer Evening 10k 

 

Reigate Priory AC WhatsApp groups

The links to the main club WhatsApp groups are published in the email version of this newsletter. 

 

Keep in touch

If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is .

Reigate Priory AC News 5th February 2024

Reigate Priory AC News 5th February 2024

Category: All Club News

All Club News

URGENT: Volunteers needed for MABAC and Border League events on 3rd March

We're getting desperate: On Sunday, 3rd March, RPAC will be hosting a double-header in Priory Park, starting with the senior MABAC race at 10 am, followed by the junior Border League races from 12 to 2 pm. Experience tells us that we need lots of volunteers to stage these event and so far, we do not have enough people signed up. Please help - it's a unique opportunity for junior parents to help at the senior fixture to allow seniors to run and for senior members to help at the Border League races so that parents can watch their children compete. 
 
If you can help, please sign up here: We will need help transporting equipment from Battlebridge on Saturday afternoon, laying out the courses, marshalling at both fixtures, breaking down the courses, and transporting equipment back to Battlebridge. It will be possible to fulfil some of these roles and also run or spectate. 

Surrey Rights of Way consultation

Surrey County Council is responsible for around 2,164 miles of public paths and is currently working on updating its improvement plans for them. Anyone who uses these public rights of way - and that's most of us who run - can have a say in how they're cared for: Respond to this survey by 10 March.  

Reigate Priory parkrun anniversary, 23rd March

The 10th anniversary of Reigate Priory parkrun is on Saturday, 23rd March; it's also the day after Paul Walters' birthday and his first event as a MV60. The plan now is for a gazebo in the park for a post-run breakfast - all club members and families are invited and very welcome! If you've got an RPAC running top, this would be the day to wear it - let's show off the club colours!

Provisional dates for later RPAC parkrun tourism events are 20th April, 11th May, 8th June, 6th July (possibly East Brighton parkrun), and 7th September. Do please let Paul know if you know of any events that clash with those dates ().

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The discount code for February will be in the email version of the newsletter.

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

South East Inter-Counties Match

Two RPAC juniors represented Surrey in the South East Inter-Counties match held at Ardingly on Saturday. Josh Emmerson was very creditably placed in the top 50 in the Junior Boys race and Sam Rolaston in the Senior Boys race had a great run to finish 25th and be part of the scoring Surrey team that finished third overall on the day.

Saturday 10th February Surrey Cross Country League Match 4, West Horsley Place

The final race in this year's Surrey Cross Country League will be held at West Horsley Place on Saturday, 10th February. The first race is the U13 girls at 10:55am and the last Junior race is the combined U15/U17 boys at 12:30pm. There is no cost to enter, but we do need to register athletes ahead of the race. If your child would like to take part, please let Mike Gent know by Thursday, 8th February.

Sunday 11th February Border League Match 3, Guildford

The next race in this year's Border League will be held at Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon, Guildford (not Lightwater, as originally planned), on Sunday, 11th February. The first race is the U9 girls at 11:00am and the last race will be the combined boys and girls U15 race at 12:30am. Please let Mike Gent know if your child will take part by Thursday, 8th February.

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 10th February Surrey Cross Country League Match 4, West Horsley Place

Sunday 11th February Border League Match 3, Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon, Guildford (please note new venue) 

Saturday 17th February Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Year 5 and 6 only, Reigate Priory Park (please note revised date)

Saturday 24th February National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Sunday 3rd March Border League Match 4, Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

Medals at Chichester 10K

Seven RPAC athletes set out on a "lightning fast" but cold and windy Chichester 10k circuit on Sunday, 4th February. In addition to the open race, the event included the British Masters 10k championships: Nat Wilson found the last 2k "challenging" after her injuries in 2023, but nevertheless came away with a W45 silver medal after an excellent comeback time of 39:46 (chip time 39:37). Not far behind was Ginevra Stoneley in 39:59 (chip time 39:47), earning herself the W45 bronze medal. Annette Morris finished 6th in her category, W65, in 51:55 (chip time 51:22, beating her own 10K club record). As a composite W45 team - with Annette competing two decades below her age bracket - they won another silver medal; Ginevra, meanwhile, proceeded to run another 7 miles as part of her marathon training. For the men, Neil Fenwick was the first RPAC finisher and 14th M45 in an excellent time of 36:25 (chip time 36:16). Hugo McLaughlin, making his club 10K debut, ran brilliantly to finish in 39:52 (chip time 39:40) and, also on the comeback trail, was Gavin Lawrence, finishing in 42:14 (chip time 42:21). “Watch this space," says Gavin. Jack Finn ran as the 55-minute pacer, finishing in 54:47 (chip time 54:06). A good day out, according to reporter and chauffeur Stewart McIntyre. 

Windsor MABAC report

A small but hearty crew and no flesh-and-blood royals actually sighted - check out Andrew's report from last Saturday's MABAC at Windsor

Final XC match this weekend

The final Surrey XC League races are set for this Saturday, with the women racing at West Horsley Place in Leatherhead at 2pm, and the men from the infamous Lloyd Park. And it's not too late to join! Maybe, like men's manager Ewan, you're addicted to the rush, maybe you just really like mud, whatever the case, please consider joining us on Saturday. Club vests are required, but entry is free, and the races are suitable for all abilities - everyone is welcome. Contact  or  as soon as possible, if you're interested. 

Join us! Surrey Road League fixtures for 2024

Mud, freezing temperatures, and the better-than-average likelihood of a sprained ankle not your thing? Well, there's always the Road League! The fixture dates are set now and remember, league standings will be decided based on a runner's five best scores out of the seven races; learn more about the Surrey Road League here.

Sunday 7th April Sutton 10k
Sunday 12th May Richmond Half
Sunday 2nd June Dorking 10
Sunday 23rd June Richmond 10k (club championships)
Saturday 13th July Elmore 7
Sunday 21st July Elmbridge 10k
Friday 26th July Wedding Day 7k

Clarification of the rules for Club Championship races

In order to be eligible to win a Club Championship trophy you must enter a designated championship race as a member of Reigate Priory Athletic Club and you must run in an RPAC vest. The exception to these rules is the club marathon championship, where you can enter any road marathon race that is eligible to be included on the Power of 10 website and you can wear a RPAC vest, a charity vest or a county or country vest. You must still be entered as being a member of Reigate Priory Athletic Club.

Members' news

Rich Friar reports that he ran the brutal-sounding Arc of Attrition trail race on Saturday, 27th January, "a brilliant 51-mile trail race on the South West coast path that goes around Land's End and takes in some of Cornwall's most beautiful, remote, and challenging scenery." Rich finished in 9 hours and 44 minutes, landing in 14th place. Amazing running!

Dates for Your Diary  

Saturday 3rd February MABAC Windsor Great Park (Note Saturday rather than Sunday and 9am start rather than 10am) 

Tuesday 6th February Technique session at Battlebridge, 7pm (normal track session to follow)

Saturday 10th February Final XC match of the season, location TBD

Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

Thursday 29th February Leap Day Jimmy James

Saturday 16th March Couch to 5K graduation, likely Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

Saturday 23rd March parkrun tourism, Reigate Priory

Sunday 24th March Y2Y North Downs Trek 

Wednesday 3rd July Summer Evening 10k 

 

Reigate Priory AC WhatsApp groups

The links to the main club WhatsApp groups are published in the email version of this newsletter. 

 

Keep in touch

If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is .

MABAC Windsor Park 3rd February 2024

MABAC Windsor Park 3rd February 2024

Category: Seniors News

MABAC Windsor Park 2024

 

As usual the first fixture of the season for the MABAC League took place at Windsor. Unusually it was held on a Saturday in February with a start time of 09:00 (MABAC races generally take place on Sundays with a start time of 10:00 - and the Windsor race normally takes place in January). These changes were made at the insistence of the Crown Estate who give us permission to race in the park, despite telling us that the changes that we had to make for last year's race (different start point resulting in shortening the course by a mile) would be the last changes that we'd have to make. That said, it is a lovely course which affords the runners the chance to spot a few royals along the route (more of that anon). Unusually for a MABAC race this is run almost all on tarmac and it is approximately 7 miles long instead of the standard MABAC 5 miles. 

The course starts at the Guards Polo Club and loops around the edge of the polo field past the first of our royal viewings, the statue of Prince Albert. From there the route passes the edge of Virginia Water Polo Ground before following an undulating road through woodland to the Deer Park, from here we climb to cross the end of the Long Walk where we get a view of Windsor Castle to the right and the second of the royals, King George III on his horse, on our left. On past the Crown Estate Commissioners offices and the York Club, the route then takes in the next royal sighting, the Golden Jubilee statue of Queen Elizabeth II. We then pass into the Tolkien-esque sounding Dark Wood past The Royal School back towards the finish at the Guards Polo Club. The finish is cruel as you can see it from more than a mile out, but the route follows a long curve (passing Prince Albert for a second time) before you get there.

With the early start on a Saturday, it was always going to be a struggle to get numbers out (the parking costs don't help either!), although other clubs seem to be able to do it. A big thank you to everyone who did turn up - Ruth Willis, Gillian O'Regan, Gail Hill, Gayle Mason, Ian Burks, Paul Sapsard, Ben and Stewart Stanton, Gareth Bowers - and me of course. 

Results are still being finalised but I think the finishing order was Ben, Ian, Gillian, Ruth, Stewart, Gayle, Gareth, Andrew, Paul in the 7 mile race; Gail did the shorter distance which was approximately 4 miles I believe. I think we probably finished in 6th place as a team. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reigate Priory AC News 29th January 2024

Reigate Priory AC News 29th January 2024

Category: All Club News

All Club News

RIP John Mackenzie

Some of you will remember John Mackenzie. I'm sorry to report that John passed away over the last weekend.

John was a good friend of our running colleague Paul Sapsard (John on the left, Paul on the right). Some of you may not know Paul, but he leads out Sunday runs and is often seen at a MABAC as well as other events.

Paul says "I met John in March 1983 when we both joined Redhill and Reigate AC. We have done many races down the years and trained together. He knew a lot of the old Priory gang, and was a member when Redhill and Surrey Beagles folded. John achieved a 3 hour 10 marathon time in his heyday, but most of all his sense of humour shone through and helped me when the going got tough."

 

Message from our President and Founder John Hopkins 

As you know it was John's 90th birthday recently and as a club we sent him lots of messages from members and a gift.

John has sent us a thank you card as below...

The front of the card shows "Morning Stretches" - very apt, and we are all doing these?!

 

The message from John to everyone in Reigate Priory AC.

 

Sunday 3rd March Volunteers needed for MABAC and Border League events

On Sunday, 3rd March, RPAC will be hosting a double-header in Priory Park, starting with the senior MABAC race at 10 am, followed by the junior Border League races from 12 to 2 pm. Experience tells us that we need lots of volunteers to stage these event;  it's a unique opportunity for junior parents to help at the senior fixture to allow seniors to run and for senior members to help at the Border League races so that parents can watch their children compete. 
 
If you can help, please sign up here: We will need help transporting equipment from Battlebridge on Saturday afternoon, laying out the courses, marshalling at both fixtures, breaking down the courses, and transporting equipment back to Battlebridge. It will be possible to fulfil some of these roles and also run or spectate. 

 

Wednesday 3rd July Summer Evening 10k 2024 by Moray Carey

We’ve now commenced planning the 30th edition of our historic Summer Evening 10k.  

This edition was originally due to take place last July. Regrettably it had to be cancelled since overrunning roadworks on part of the course would have posed an unacceptable risk to participants. 

To successfully deliver the 2024 event we’ll need our usual dedicated band of volunteers! The scheduled day is Wednesday 3rd July at 7.30pm - so please hold this date!  

Thank you!

Moray - Acting Race Director.

PS - RPAC has no connection with the “Reigate Priory Park 10k Charity Fun Run” due to take place in May.   

 

Swapping out the calendar on our website - postponed

Although there were loads up updates applied to the website last Sunday, the majority of these were under-the-hood so unnoticeable. We postponed the replacement of the calendar due to a problem that has arisen that will be fixed soon, so the migration to another calendar app will still happen soon.

You can always contact us regarding the website with queries or comments via email to 

  

Saturday 23rd March Parkrun Tourism @ Reigate Priory by Paul Walters

It may appear on face value to bit a little silly to do a parkrun tourism to Reigate, it being the local one and all, but we have done it before. We've selected Reigate for Saturday 23rd March as it is the 10th anniversary of Reigate Priory parkrun on this day. It's also my birthday the day before, and this will be my first event as a MV60. The intention is to have a gazebo in the park with teas, coffees, croissants etc for breakfast afterwards. I don't know all of you, but all club members and families are invited and are very welcome to attend. It'd be lovely to see a good turn-out. Can we please all be in RPAC running tops on the day to show off the club colours?

Provisional dates for the later fixtures of RPAC parkrun tourism are below. Do please let us know if there is a clash with events that you're aware of.

Saturday April 20th
Saturday May 11th
Saturday June 8th
Saturday July 6th - possibly East Brighton parkrun
Saturday September 7th

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The discount code for February will be in the email version of the newsletter.

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Sunday 11th February Border League Match 3 @ Guildford

The next race in this year's Border League will be held at Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon, Guildford ( not Lightwater as originally planned) , on Sunday 11th February. The first race is the U9 girls at 11:00am and the last race the combined boys and girls U15 race at 12:30am. There is no cost to enter but we do need to register athletes ahead of the race. if your son/daughter would like to take part please let Mike Gent know by Thursday 8th February.

 

Saturday 27th January South of England Cross Country Championships

Three RPAC juniors bravely took up the challenge of the South of England Cross Country Championships held at Beckenham Park Place on Saturday. Conditions were relatively favourable with the course mostly firm under foot and the temperatures mild, but this was still a tough undulating course with big fields of circa 180 runners in the Junior races. Pete Littlemore was up first in the U15 boys and continued his encouraging return to full fitness coming home in seventy third place. Neve Macgregor was up next in the U15 girls. Neve deserves a medal for commitment to the cause having an almost two hour trip to the race on the train and then having to shoot off straight after to honour a school commitment. She paced her race well working her way through the field to finish one hundred and thirteenth. The final RPAC runner was Euan Willis in the U17 boys who had a very strong run to finish an impressive twentieth.

 

Saturday 27th January Reigate Priory parkrun

Congratulations to Isla Stock for recording a Park Run PB of 21m.19s at the Reigate Park Run on Saturday, taking a full forty seconds of her previous best.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 10th February Surrey Cross Country League Match 4 - West Horsley Place

Sunday 11th February Border League Match 3 - Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon, Guildford (Please note new venue) 

Saturday 17th February Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Year 5 and 6 only, Reigate Priory Park, please note the change of date

Saturday 24th February National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Sunday 3rd March Border League Match 4, Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

Saturday 3rd February 09:00 MABAC @ Windsor Great Park *** Next Saturday ***

The first MABAC of the year is always a little out of step with rest of the league races; for a start it's longer than the normal distance (at circa 7 miles instead of circa 5 miles) and it's run mostly on tarmac rather being full cross country. This year it's even more out of step as a. it's being held on a Saturday and b. it starts at 09:00 (rather than the usual 10:00). These conditions were imposed by the Crown Estate so unfortunately there is nothing that the league can do about them.
I'm hoping that RPAC members will treat this a sort of Parkrun tourism on steroids and turn in out in good numbers. Last year we finished in our lowest league position for several years. It would be good to turn that around and get off to a good start. If you haven't done one of these races before they are a low key way of representing the club and everyone who runs scores points so the more runners we can get out the more points we score. There is a shorter option of around 2.8 miles if you don't fancy the full distance. You can decide this on the day. There is no need to pre-register, we will sort you out with a number on the day. 

This is a lovely run through Windsor Great Park with a great view of the castle at one point. I haven't spotted any royalty in previous years, but there's always a first time!

Car sharing for this race  is essential as car parking is expensive. (Again the Crown Estate mandate where we have to park and set the fees - grr!) I would suggest that those of use travelling from Reigate meet in Bell St car park at 07:30 (sorry!) as it's a fair walk from the car park to the start. 

There is more detail on the MABAC website or you can email me () if you have any questions.

If you are unable to run but fancy a trip to Windsor I do know that volunteers are needed. Let me know if you are able to help.

 

Sunday 4th February Sunday run from YMCA Redhill *** Next Sunday ***

This year's Y2Y North Downs Trek will take place on 25th March and to get ready, there will be a special training session open to everyone on Sunday, 4th February. This year, there are two options for the training run - a 13 to 15 mile run at 9-minute mile pace led by Mike Pocock and Ian Burks heading south from the YMCA and a 10 mile run at a slower pace led by two runners from the Earlswood Running Club as well as Mel Fulton-Bell. Even better, there will be tea, coffee, and biscuits on offer before and after the runs, plus showers and free parking at the YMCA on Princes Road in Earlswood. 

 

Sunday 23rd June Richmond 10K Club Championship

If you intend running this face the early bird entries apparently run up to this Wednesday 31st January, so you may wish to promptly enter for the event here. This event is also a Surrey Road League fixture - see below.

 

Surrey Road League fixtures for 2024

The fixtures are available for the Surrey Road League here.

Sunday 7th April 2024 Sutton 10k
Sunday 12th May 2024 Richmond Half
Sunday 2nd June 2024 Dorking 10
Sunday 23rd June 2024 Richmond 10k
Saturday 13th July 2024 Elmore 7
Sunday 21st July 2024 Elmbridge 10k
Friday 26th July 2024 Wedding Day 7k

The "early bird" entries for both Richmond Half and Richmond 10K close on this Wednesday 31st January.

 

Thursday 25th January Jimmy James Race 4 @ Denbies

Kate Knight was the sole RPAC runner this time. Well done Kate!
 
A big thank you to Jas who helped out at the finish.
 
There are two more races in the series. The next one will be on Thursday 29th February (TBC).

 

Sunday 28th January 2024 Marrakech Marathon

Jim Vince completed the Marrakech Marathon on Sunday - "hard work with the heat & altitude (and lack of training) but not too bad".

 

Sunday 28th January 2024 BMAF Indoor Pentathlon Championships

Andrew Pringle picked up a Bronze for 3rd pace in M60 Indoor Pentathlon at the British Masters championships at Sheffield.

Just for information, upcoming BMAF championships are still open for entries...

17-18 Feb 2024 British Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships, Lee Valley Athletics Centre (Closing date: 7 Feb 2024)
02-03 Mar 2024 British Masters Winter Throws Championships, Horspath Athletics Stadium, Oxford (Closing date: 21 Feb 2024)

More details and entry through following link: https://bmaf.org.uk/fixtures/

 

Sat 27th / Sun 28th January London Winter Walk

Kate Knight completed 2 marathons in 2 days, and improved her time on the 2nd day by 15 minutes! Well done Kate!

 

Dates for Your Diary  

Saturday 3rd February MABAC Windsor Great Park (Note Saturday rather than Sunday and 9am start rather than 10am) 

Tuesday 6th February Technique session at Battlebridge, 7pm (normal track session to follow)

Saturday 10th February Final XC match of the season, location TBD

Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

Saturday 16th March Couch to 5K graduation - probably @ Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

Saturday 23rd March parkrun tourism @ Reigate Priory

 

Reigate Priory AC WhatsApp groups

The links to the main club WhatsApp groups will be published in the email version of this newsletter. We intend to do this on a regular basis.

 

Keep in touch

If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is .

Reigate Priory AC News 22nd January 2024

Reigate Priory AC News 22nd January 2024

Category: All Club News

All Club News 

Happy Birthday to our President and Founder John Hopkins 

Our Club President and Founder John Hopkins celebrated his 90th birthday last Monday. As you know we sent him a card with messages from many of our club members, and a small gift. 

Here is John holding a jar of "Hoppy's Murray Mints" which were a gift from the club. We hope you had the best of days John! 

 

Volunteers needed for Sunday, 3rd March

On Sunday, 3rd March, RPAC will be hosting a double-header in Priory Park, starting with the senior MABAC race at 10 am, followed by the junior Border League races from 12 to 2 pm. Experience tells us that we need lots of volunteers to stage these event;  it's a unique opportunity for junior parents to help at the senior fixture to allow seniors to run and for senior members to help at the Border League races so that parents can watch their children compete. 
 
If you can help, please sign up here: We will need help transporting equipment from Battlebridge on Saturday afternoon, laying out the courses, marshalling at both fixtures, breaking down the courses, and transporting equipment back to Battlebridge. It will be possible to fulfil some of these roles and also run or spectate.  
 

Pertinent reminder - WhatsApp "Reigate Priory AC Alerts" group

We have a group available on WhatsApp for members and parents of juniors to be alerted - for instance in the eventuality of a cancellation of a session due to weather conditions (e.g. last Tuesday's sessions). We encourage all senior members and parents of juniors to get added to this group. You will find the URL address of this group in the email version of the newsletter. We expect that messages will only be sent to this group on rare occasions, and only the coaches will be able to do so.

As a club, we adhere to WhatsApp's safety and responsibility terms by ensuring that all communication on the platform is respectful, lawful, and does not violate any community guidelines. Please find the guidelines here

 

Photos from the Award Evening 13th January

Paul has created a photo gallery from last week's awards evening. You can find it here 

 

Swapping out the calendar on our website

The part of our website which provides the calendar needs to be changed to a different product. This is due to happen next Sunday 28th January.

It is a like-for-like swap, so hopefully the new calendar will work for you just as well as the old one.

Take note though that there may be disruption to the website while it is being modified - particularly to the calendar.

You can always contact us regarding the website with queries or comments via email to 

 

Y2Y North Downs Trek

This year's Y2Y North Downs Trek will take place on 25th March and to get ready, there will be a special training session open to everyone on Sunday, 4th February. This year, there are two options for the training run - a 13 to 15 mile run at 9-minute mile pace led by Mike Pocock and Ian Burks heading south from the YMCA and a 10 mile run at a slower pace led by two runners from the Earlswood Running Club. Even better, there will be tea, coffee, and biscuits on offer before and after the runs, plus showers and free parking at the YMCA on Princes Road in Earlswood. 

Volunteers and runners needed for the Run Reigate Winter Canicross and Trail races

The third annual Run Reigate Winter Canicross and Trail 5 and 10K races are coming up on Sunday, 18th February at Gatton Park. Enter to run here or volunteer to marshal or set up for the race here - remember, volunteers will get a free place to use themselves or transfer to a friend for another event this year.  

Sport Systems are recruiting! by Moray Carey

Sport Systems have provided event management services for RPAC for a number of years.
This has included creating online entry stores for our 3 (now 2) hosted races, supplying race numbers plus timing and producing Results for the Summer Evening 10k.
They’ve also been involved in other local events such as the recent Tadworth 10’s and Surrey County Cross Country championships ​in which many RPAC members participated.
They’re now "on the look out for talented and enthusiastic people to join our event support and timing teams".

To see their full ad, please click here.

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Surrey Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships - Reigate Priory Park - Saturday 20 January from Mike Gent

The Surrey Schools Cross Country championships were held in Priory Park on Saturday. At stake were places to represent Surrey in the English Schools Championships to be held at Pontefract Racecourse on 16 March or in the South East Inter-County matches. Every athlete who ran on Saturday had previously had to qualify by being placed in the top ten for their District in the qualifying races before Christmas, so just having the opportunity to race on Saturday represents a significant achievement.

Up first were the Year 7 girls, Freya Else had a strong race to gain county representation, coming in eighteenth, whilst Charlie Ebbs and Sofia Poole also ran well to finish thirty-second and sixty-sixth respectively. In the Year 7 boys Ted Smythe (pictured above) had a storming race to finish seventh and secure County representation. Keagan Sticker-Timmermans ran well to finish twenty-third out of a field of ninety, just missing out on a County place. In the In the Junior Boys Josh Emmerson had a good run to finish nineteenth and gain a county vest. In the Junior girls there was strong representation from the Club. Isla Kinniburgh was first home in twenty-fifth, just ahead of Florence Tombleson in twenty-sixth and Florence Shade in twenty-ninth. Not far behind were Neve Macgregor, Millie Mckay, Lara Tombleson and Olivia Aries in thirty-sixth, forty-ninth, sixtieth and seventy-first respectively. Florence Tombleson and Florence Shade gained County selection for the Year 7 and 8 South East Intercounties Match.

In the Intermediate boys Pete Littlemore continued his return to form after injury to finish twenty-sixth in a competitive field. In the Intermediate girls Isla Stock and Charlotte Pelekani had strong races finishing thirty-ninth and sixty-second respectively, in a race won very impressively by Katie Pye of AFD, who had won a gold medal as part of the GB U20 team at the European Cross Country championships in December. In the Senior Girls Abbie Smith secured a county vest running well to finish thirteenth.

The day ended on a high with the Senior boys race. A tough course with three long laps taking you up the hill to the top corner of the Park. Our three boys are all bottom of age and faced some strong competition, from three strong top of age AFD athletes in particular. Sam Stapley, fresh from his 15m:11s Park Run the previous week, ran very impressively to finish second. Euan Willis had a great race too, finishing sixth, so both Sam and Euan will represent Surrey at the English Schools Cross Country Championships. Many congratulations to you both. Sam Rolaston also had a very strong race finishing eleventh and will gain a Surrey vest in the South East Intercounties match.

 

National Cross Country - Saturday 24 February Weston Park near Telford.

This year's National Cross Country is being held on Saturday 24 February at Weston Park country house in Staffordshire. This is a great event with big fields that everyone should experience at some point. Entries close on Friday this week. We already have a team of four athletes entered. There is no cost to enter but I will need to know if your child wants to run by end of day on Wednesday so they can be registered on time (please email ). 

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 27th January  Southern Cross Country Championship, Beckenham Park

Saturday 10th February Surrey Cross Country League Match 4 - West Horsley Place

Sunday 11th February Border League Match 3 - Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon, Guildford (Please note new venue) 

Saturday 17th February Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Year 5 and 6 only, Reigate Priory Park, please note the change of date

Saturday 24th February National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Sunday 3rd March Border League Match 4, Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

 

Changes to RPAC WhatsApp groups

From Sunday 28th January we will make changes to some of the club's WhatsApp groups as follows...

For the WhatsApp group RPAC Thursday sessions we will change the permissions so that club members cannot comment and will enable disappearing messages, set to 7 days.

For the WhatsApp group RPAC Saturday Group we will change the name to RPAC Saturday sessions and we will change the permissions so that club members cannot comment and will enable disappearing messages, set to 7 days.

We will create new groups RPAC Monday sessions and RPAC Wednesday sessions, and if you attend these sessions you are encouraged to join the groups. We will set the permissions so that club members cannot comment and will enable disappearing messages, set to 7 days.

For the current group called RPAC Mon and Weds Groups we will rename this group to RPAC Socials. Going forward this group will be dedicated to club chit-chat for seniors and all senior members can comment. You may wish to assess your membership of this group, whether to be added or removed, sometime next week. Membership of this group will not be automatically migrated to the new RPAC Monday sessions and RPAC Wednesday sessions groups; you will need to register for these groups using the links in the email version of this newsletter.

Your session coaches will post any required information onto the WhatsApp group, which will include polls for attendance of the session.

We are making these changes to lay out the WhatsApp groups logically, and to allow members to opt in or out of the social group without compromising their ability to access the groups dedicated to club sessions.

The links to all of these WhatsApp groups will be in the email version of this newsletter, and will also be posted to existing WhatsApp groups this week.

 

MABAC Windsor Great Park, Saturday 3rd February 09:00

The first MABAC of the year is always a little out of step with rest of the league races; for a start it's longer than the normal distance (at circa 7 miles instead of circa 5 miles) and it's run mostly on tarmac rather being full cross country. This year it's even more out of step as a. it's being held on a Saturday and b. it starts at 09:00 (rather than the usual 10:00). These conditions were imposed by the Crown Estate so unfortunately there is nothing that the league can do about them.
I'm hoping that RPAC members will treat this a sort of Parkrun tourism on steroids and turn in out in good numbers. Last year we finished in our lowest league position for several years. It would be good to turn that around and get off to a good start. If you haven't done one of these races before they are a low key way of representing the club and everyone who runs scores points so the more runners we can get out the more points we score. There is a shorter option of around 2.8 miles if you don't fancy the full distance. You can decide this on the day. There is no need to pre-register, we will sort you out with a number on the day. 

This is a lovely run through Windsor Great Park with a great view of the castle at one point. I haven't spotted any royalty in previous years, but there's always a first time!

Car sharing for this race  is essential as car parking is expensive. (Again the Crown Estate mandate where we have to park and set the fees - grr!) I would suggest that those of use travelling from Reigate meet in Bell St car park at 07:30 (sorry!) as it's a fair walk from the car park to the start. 

There is more detail on the MABAC website or you can email me () if you have any questions.

If you are unable to run but fancy a trip to Windsor I do know that volunteers are needed. Let me know if you are able to help.

 

Volunteers required for the SCVAC Veterans League

Reigate Priory AC participate in the SCVAC Veterans League, South London Division, competing in four evening track events each year at various area locations. After six years as organisers, Malcolm Woodman and Ginevra Stoneley are standing down and we'll need new volunteers to take on the role. The position largely requires organising athletes and entries, as well as participating in the South London Division committee meeting at the end of January. If you're at all interested or would like to know more, contact Ginevra at .

Dates for Your Diary  

Saturday 3rd February MABAC Windsor Great Park (Note Saturday rather than Sunday and 9am start rather than 10am) 

Tuesday 6th February Technique session at Battlebridge, 7pm (normal track session to follow)

Saturday 10th February Final XC match of the season, location TBD

Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

 

Keep in touch

If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is .

Reigate Priory AC News 15th January 2024

Reigate Priory AC News 15th January 2024

Category: All Club News

All Club News 

Awards Night 

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to make it to the Awards Night on Saturday, we sincerely hope that you had a great time! Pictures from the event will be in the Picture Gallery soon, and you'll find a list of the winners here - well-deserved congratulations to everyone who won! If you won an award and were unable to attend the event, club Secretary Ginevra Stoneley has your trophy and plate; she will be at K2 on Tuesday and Battlebridge the following week, or you can contact her directly at  to organise pick-up. I think we also owe a real debt of gratitude to the Alice in Wonderland-themed charity event taking place in the other room for letting us steal their celebrity lookalikes and crash their dance floor - here's hoping we managed to recruit a few people for the club at least!

Volunteers needed for Sunday, 3rd March

On Sunday, 3rd March, RPAC will be hosting a double-header in Priory Park, starting with the senior MABAC race at 10 am, followed by the junior Border League races from 12 to 2 pm. Experience tells us that we need lots of volunteers to stage these event;  it's a unique opportunity for junior parents to help at the senior fixture to allow seniors to run and for senior members to help at the Border League races so that parents can watch their children compete. 
 
If you can help, please sign up here: We will need help transporting equipment from Battlebridge on Saturday afternoon, laying out the courses, marshalling at both fixtures, breaking down the courses, and transporting equipment back to Battlebridge. It will be possible to fulfil some of these roles and also run or spectate.  

Y2Y North Downs Trek

This year's Y2Y North Downs Trek will take place on 25th March and to get ready, there will be a special training session open to everyone on Sunday, 4th February. This year, there are two options for the training run - a 13 to 15 mile run at 9-minute mile pace led by Mike Pocock and Ian Burks heading south from the YMCA and a 10 mile run at a slower pace led by two runners from the Earlswood Running Club. Even better, there will be tea, coffee, and biscuits on offer before and after the runs, plus showers and free parking at the YMCA on Princes Road in Earlswood. 

Volunteers and runners needed for the Run Reigate Winter Canicross and Trail races

The third annual Run Reigate Winter Canicross and Trail 5 and 10K races are coming up on Sunday, 18th February at Gatton Park. Enter to run here or volunteer to marshal or set up for the race here - remember, volunteers will get a free place to use themselves or transfer to a friend for another event this year. 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Juniors XC at Wimbledon

The third match in this year’s Surrey Cross Country League was held at Wimbledon Common on Saturday. The course was challenging, being very undulating and narrow in places. The U13 girls competed strongly as a team, coming home fourth out of 13 teams. Florence Tombleson was first home, in fifth place. Gracie Shade had another great run coming in 11th, with Lara Tombleson and Olivia Aries supported them well in 15th and 22nd, respectively. The U15 girls placed seventh out of 17 teams on the day: Isla Kinniburgh led the team home in 13th, with Neve Macgregor not far behind in 20th and Olivia Heppenstall running bravely to close out the team. The U15/U17 boys compete in a combined event, with RPAC coming 7th out of sixteen teams on the day. Euan Willis ran strongly to finish 5th, followed soon after by Sam Rolaston in 15th, and it was great to see Pete Littlemore back competing and making an impressive return finishing 15th U15.

Southern Age Group Indoor Champs

Michael Maguire had a good day out at the Southern Age Group champs on Saturday, winning the U15 boys Triple Jump and taking bronze in the long jump, recording personal bests in both events. Well done, Michael!

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 20th January  Surrey Schools Championships, Reigate Priory Park

Saturday 27th January  Southern Cross Country Championship, Beckenham Park

Saturday 10th February Surrey Cross Country League Match 4 - Venue TBA

Sunday 11th February Border League Match 3 - Lightwater Country Park, Woking

Saturday 17th February Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Year 5 and 6 only, Reigate Priory Park, please note the change of date

Saturday 24th February National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Sunday 3rd March Border League Match 4, Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

Ladies' XC at Wimbledon

It's quite possible that this particular course is cursed: Last time we raced at Wimbledon Common, Annette Morris sprained her ankle; this time, it was Sharon Brennan. And she certainly wasn't the only one to take a tumble - between the ankle-deep mud, the narrow trails, the hidden roots and rocks, and the steep downhills, it was less of a race to see who could run the fastest and more to see who could stay on their feet. 

Nevertheless, the RPAC ladies - in RPAC ribbons and facepaint - put on a fine effort, with Eloise Bull first home for the A team in 33:13 and 34th overall, followed by Jo Davey in 35:15, Jamilla Ncayiyana in 36:26, newly-minted senior Abbie Smith in 36:29, and Laura Ebbs in 36:31. The A team ended in 10th place in the match's standings, putting us in 13th place in Division 1 with one more race to go. Ginevra Stoneley was first home for the B team, in 36:43, followed by Ruth Willis in 38:55, Linda Rodriguez in 39:05, Hannah Wright in 39:30, and Carmela Charalambus, in her first XC race, in 39:49. Maxine Puddephat, also running her first XC race for the team, finished in 40:46, with Gillian O'Regan hot on her heels in 40:47, and Lucy Kulp tying it all up in 46:34. 

The final race of the season will be 10th February, so there's still time to join us - and next time, we promise there will be cake!

Men's XC at Oxshott 

Seventeen brave runners turned out for the men's Division 2 cross country race at Oxshott Woods, despite the frigid temperatures. Ewan McKay was first back for RPAC, finishing in 28:52 and in 47th place, followed by Neil Fenwick in 29:31, Henry Munro in 29:32, Stephen Bass in 30:22, and Ben Stanton in 30:36; Alistair Moses, Frank O'Regan, Simon Smythe, Time Pearson, and Tom Casserly rounded out the scoring team.

Please do read Ewan McKay's excellent report on the match -- Ewan, help is out there, you've just got to be strong enough to ask for it. 

Volunteers required for the SCVAC Veterans League

Reigate Priory AC participate in the SCVAC Veterans League, South London Division, competing in four evening track events each year at various area locations. After six years as organisers, Malcolm Woodman and Ginevra Stoneley are standing down and we'll need new volunteers to take on the role. The position largely requires organising athletes and entries, as well as participating in the South London Division committee meeting at the end of January. If you're at all interested or would like to know more, contact Ginevra at .

Dates for Your Diary  

Saturday 3rd February MABAC Windsor Great Park (Note Saturday rather than Sunday and 9am start rather than 10am) 

Tuesday 6th February Technique session at Battlebridge, 7pm (normal track session to follow)

Saturday 10th February Final XC match of the season, location TBD

Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

 

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XC Addicts Anonymous: The Men's XC at Oxshott

XC Addicts Anonymous: The Men's XC at Oxshott

Category: Seniors News

by Ewan McKay, Mens XC manager

 

“My name is Ewan and I run cross country.”

Hi Ewan.

“It’s been two days since my last race.”

Clapping.

“It’s been going on for a number of years now.

It all started when the wife and I had kids. I was just looking to get out of the house really. I was only going to do one race but things quickly spiralled out of control.

Before I knew it, I was spending each winter knee-deep in mud. I tried to cover it up when I got home but the signs were pretty obvious. Dirt all over my legs and shoes; vomit down my front; guilt written all over my face.

It took over my life and it was all I could think about. ‘When could I get my next fix at Lloyd Park?’ I’d ask myself. I couldn’t wait until February. The wife doesn’t know but some nights I’d go up there after she was asleep. I’d don the kit, maybe spike myself in the leg to really make it feel like a proper start, and then I’d imagine myself going out way too hard for two minutes and spending the rest of the time being passed by runners. I knew it wasn’t good for me but I couldn’t stop.

I’ve not been on my own either. Others are at it too which makes it harder to break the cycle. Paddy Patrick is always there. It’s crazy stuff. By the end he’s always chatting to some random with his top off. Ian Burks can’t stay away; he’s been doing it for years. Tried giving up many times but keeps failing. Steve Bass has had it bad. One year his wife won the captain’s award for putting up with it! He managed to knock it on the head pre-Christmas but, bless him, he was back again at the weekend.

It doesn’t get any easier either. As soon as one person looks to move on with their lives then others replace them - recent new additions include Tom Casserley, Phil Stock and Chris Morgan. Poor guys.

The others and I ran at Oxshott Woods at the weekend. It was a sordid affair with a brutal hill midway that had to be repeated twice. I can tell you now that I’m going to be back there one night this week. I was so out of it that I thought some marshal was dressed as a cone!

The conditions were somewhat benign as it goes. Dry underfoot although quite heavily rooted throughout. I could do with more mud to get my hit but maybe that was for the best. In the end, the biggest challenge of the day was paying for parking using the Ringo app. 

Cross country is an addiction that I, we, are stuck with. We recognise we’re not very good at it but we keep coming back for more and we can only try to stop. It’s Lloyd Park next though so I’m not sure if I can hold out.”

‘God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.’

Reigate Priory AC News 8th January 2024

Reigate Priory AC News 8th January 2024

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RPAC Awards Night, Saturday, 13th January - This Saturday

A reminder that our annual awards night is being held this Saturday at Reigate Manor Hotel

6:30 for a light buffet dinner

7:30 Junior and Senior Awards

Dancing until midnight!

This year we're also holding a raffle featuring prizes from Run Reigate, Movement Mechanics, Sweaty Betty, Chalk Hills Bakery, and others, so come ready to buy tickets! We ask that juniors be accompanied by at least one adult. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Linda Rodriguez,  

Couch to 5K Programme starts Saturday, 13th January

Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 13th January with an optional lead-in session on Saturday 6th January. More details are available here, please pass on to anyone who might be interested.

  

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

 

 Surrey Cross County Champs - Denbies Sunday 7th January 2024

Sunday saw the Surrey County Cross Country Champs hosted at Denbies on a beautiful, if slightly cold, day with the going underfoot surprisingly firm given the rain over the preceding week. Across the 6 races we had 20 athletes compete with a number participating in their first competitive race for the Club which was great to see.
 
First up were the U13 boys. Ted Smythe had a great run coming in nineteenth out of a field of ninety. James Beaty also ran strongly to finish comfortably in the top half of the field.
 
In the U13 girls Florence Tombleson ran in her usual fiercely determined manner to finish ninth in a very strong field. Olivia Aries, Sadie Casserley and Willow Greaves all ran well and completed the scoring A team who finished a very creditable 7th place overall. Daisy Barton, Evie Mayo, Mia Perez and Charlotte Anderson all ran bravely to place well on whatwais a very challenging course with a long uphill drag in the middle section.
 
In the U15 boys Pete Littlemore had to pull out with injury and Josh Emmerson was injured mid race. Hopefully they will both soon be back to full fitness.
 
In the U15 girls Isla Kinniburgh and Neve Macgregor showed their usual resilience and consistency being placed 26th and 32nd respectively. It was also great to see Millie Mckay and Isla Stock perform so well in their first major competitive race for the Club. Overall the U15 girls placed 8th. Eloise Matthews ran bravely to complete the course despite carrying a back injury for a lot of the way.
 
The day finished on a high with the U17 races. The U17 boys ran very impressively finishing second overall behind a strong Sutton team with Samuel Stapley running a very well paced race to take the individual silver, Euan Willis shrugging off his recent injury challenges to finish ninth and Sam Rolaston completing the team with a strong run to finish sixteenth overall. Will John-Cox also had a strong run.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

 

Saturday 13th January - RPAC Awards Night

Saturday 13th January - Surrey Cross Country League - Match 3 Wimbledon Common

Saturday 20th January  - Surrey Schools Championships, Reigate Priory Park

Saturday 27th January  - Southern Cross Country Championship, Beckenham Park

Saturday 10th February - Surrey Cross Country League Match 4 - Venue TBA

Sunday 11th February - Border League Match 3 - Lightwater Country Park, Woking

Saturday 17th February - Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Year 5 and 6 only, Reigate Priory Park, please note the change of date

Saturday 24th February - National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Sunday 3rd March - Border League Match 4, Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

Surrey Cross Country Champs - Denbies, 7th January from Ewan Mc Kay

The Surrey cross-country championships took place on Sunday at Denbies with performances across all ages including U13s, U15s, U17s, U20s and the senior women and men.  

Though conditions were much colder than we’ve recently experienced, the act of running to the top of the vineyards meant that heart rates were raised. What would normally cause a commotion amongst the ambulance drivers of East Surrey hospital, instead delivered warmth to the hands of our hardy RPAC runners. Of course the average age of visitors to Denbies is about 85 so it’s a well known patch amongst local paramedics.

There were strong performances from many of the Reigate runners and thank goodness for that too. In a week in which 16 year-old Luke Littler dominated the sporting pages, it looked like Darts was about to become THE national obsession. Gone are the days of Ovett, Coe and Cram, when youngsters used to ask about running the mile and what happened in the latest fixture of RPAC’s Grand Prix competition. Seeing our juniors give it their all on Sunday was great to see. For me, there’s room for cross country in Littler’s Wonderland. 

As Luke rocked the senior darts-playing establishment to its core, so parallels were felt amongst the senior Reigate runners. Eloise Bull and Ewan McKay were first home for the senior women and men, placing 32nd and 89th respectively. However the U17 Men placed 2nd, 9th and 16th. Take a bow: Sam Stapley, Euan Willis and Sam Rolaston.

To conclude, big congratulations to all runners but especially to these guys who racked up something akin to a 9 dart finish.

(n.b. It’s a shame that Eloise didn’t come in 33rd because in Darts terminology, from Gloucestershire, this score is known as a Bull Calf)

#darts #pdcworldchampionship #pdc #pdcdarts

 

Tadworth 10s Sunday 7th January

A team of 19 RPAC athletes gathered in the sunshine on Epsom Downs yesterday morning to take part in the Tadworth 10s. This was the 41st running of the 10 mile event and the inaugural running of the 10K, the 10m mile race also happens to be our first Grand Prix event of the year. 

Some excellent results were achieved and a number of prizes were won by RPAC runners. You can read all about it here

Volunteers required for the SCVAC Veterans League

As a club Reigate Priory AC participate in the SCVAC Veterans League, South London Division, which comprises of a league competition over 4 evening track events each year at various South London locations.

Malcolm Woodman and Ginevra Stoneley have been the club organisers for the SCVAC league over the last six years but are now standing down from this role, so we are looking for fresh volunteers to take on this position.

The role is as follows…

1.      Manage the team “on the night”, or arrange for somebody to do it for the club

2.      Publicise the upcoming match, and organise the team availability, including sorting if there are too many people who want to compete in the same event

3.      Ensure there are sufficient numbers available for everyone who is competing

4.      Organise the RPAC officials for all matches across the season

5.      Ensure that the affiliation fee and required forms are paid/submitted

6.      Participate in the South London Division committee, which from the end of January does the following:

a.      Sets the dates & venues

b.      Sorts the events & timetable for each match

c.       Decides on how entries will be handled and the results compiled

If you’d like to know more about the SCVAC Veterans League and the vacant position detailed above or wish to put your name forward, can you please contact 

 

Technique training at Senior Tuesday track sessions

The first monthly session on running technique, led by Jas, will be held in the senior track sessions at Battlebridge tomorrow, Tuesday 9th January. 

It is expected that these technique sessions will last approximately 20 minutes, and will be followed by the normal track intervals. The Tuesday evening session will not therefore finish until close to 8.30pm rather than the normal 8.00pm on these evenings. There will however be a shorter interval session set for anyone who needs to be finished by 8.00pm.

Technique is the fundamental basis for good running efficiency, so these sessions will be beneficial for everyone, whether you are aiming for a marathon or shorter distances.

 

A Gentle Reminder About Courtesy and Safety

When running as a group, it is easy to get absorbed in conversation or rely on the persons leading the group to navigate and warn of hazards. However, we must all try and stay aware of our surroundings to keep us and other users safe. We need to be mindful that as a group of runners, we can be perceived as intimidating by others. We need to provide space for others to pass safely. Whether or not you're a qualified run leader, if you're leading the pack do warn others of what's coming up ahead and if needed, which side of the path to run in single file. Thank you.

Members' News

James Webb and Siubhan Clines ran the Run Through Battersea Park Half Marathon on Saturday 6th January finishing in 01:37:11 and 01:43:17 respectively. Very well done to both of you.

 

Dates for Your Diary  

Saturday 13th January Couch to 5K Programme starts - see this

Saturday 13th January Awards and Social Night, Reigate Manor Hotel

Saturday 3rd February MABAC Windsor Great Park (Note Saturday rather than Sunday and 9am start rather than 10am) 

Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

 

Keep in touch

If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is 

Tadworth 10s Sunday 7th January 2024

Tadworth 10s Sunday 7th January 2024

Category: Seniors News

Tadworth 10s

A team of 19 RPAC runners gathered in the chilly sunshine on Epsom Downs for the 41st running of the 10 mile event and the inaugural 10K event. Our club was represented in both events. It was a smaller turnout  than we might have expected because of the Surrey XC Championships the previous day and due to a number of injuries. A number of our runners had transferred from the 10 mile race to the shorter distance.

The course is a mix of trail and road so is always a dilemma for choice of shoes. Given the amount of rain that we had recently there were a number of areas where there were large puddles and slippery mud, but by and large it was not too bad underfoot and I rather regretted not wearing road shoes. 

From the start close to the Grandstand the course heads towards Tattenham Corner before cutting across the downs to the bottom of Ebbisham Lane. Ebbisham Lane is a mile of climbing, not all  is steep, but the first half is quite tricky underfoot. After a much needed water station close to the top of the hill the course cuts into Walton-On-The Hill village, past the pond and then onto a long downhill stretch on The Avenue, Downs Way and  Downsway Close. A short wooded section leads back onto the downs on an uphill that runs parallel to what is colloquially known as "The Switchback". A sharp left at the top of the hill marks the start of the second lap. The finish is quick as the final half mile is mostly downhill with the last 200m or so being on grass alongside the race course.

The 10K follows one lap of the longer race with an additional loop towards Langley Vale before the finish.

RPAC athletes posted some great results - highlights included Andrew Reeves finishing first in his age category (11th overall in 01:04:20), Ruth Willis finishing second in hers (92nd overall in 01:16:57) in the 10 mile race and Duncan Mallison winning the 10K race (in 43:00). Full results will be in the results section of the website shortly.

 

 

 

Reigate Priory AC News 1st January 2024

Reigate Priory AC News 1st January 2024

Category: All Club News

Message from Editorial

As it is New Year's Day today club news is a little thin, but we've published a newsletter, with such fantastic news that Lilah Unwin will be competing in the forthcoming UK Athletics Indoor Championships at Birmingham - congratulations Lilah!

Our next Newsletter will be on Monday 8th January, where we be reporting on the Surrey XC Championships at Denbies as well as the Tadworth 10 that take place next Sunday. Good luck if you're taking part in these events. We'll look forward to seeing you at the club Awards Evening on Saturday 13th January.

Wishing you a Happy New Year for 2024!

 

All Club News 

Couch to 5K Programme starts Saturday, 13th January ***lead-in session this coming Saturday***

Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 13th January with an optional lead-in session on Saturday 6th January. More details are available here, please pass on to anyone who might be interested.

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The discount code for January will be in the email version of the newsletter.

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Lilah to compete at UK Athletics Indoor Championships 2024

Huge congratulations to Lilah Unwin who has been formally invited by UK Athletics to compete in the UK Athletics Indoor Championships at Birmingham on 17th and 18th February!

Lilah has the qualifying time for the women's 800m and will take her place with the top 800m runners in the UK.

A massive achievement by 17 year old Lilah and reward for her committed and dedicated approach to her running.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Sunday 7th January - Surrey County Champs, Denbies in Dorking

Saturday 13th January - RPAC Awards Night

Saturday 13th January - Surrey Cross Country League - Match 3 Wimbledon Common

Saturday 20th January  - Surrey Schools Championships, Reigate Priory Park

Saturday 27th January  - Southern Cross Country Championship, Beckenham Park

Saturday 10th February - Surrey Cross Country League Match 4 - Venue TBA

Sunday 11th February - Border League Match 3 - Lightwater Country Park, Woking

Saturday 17th February - Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Year 5 and 6 only, Reigate Priory Park, please note the change of date

Saturday 24th February - National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Sunday 3rd March - Border League Match 4, Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

Technique training at Senior Tuesday track sessions

We will be including a monthly session on running technique, led by Jas, in the senior track sessions at Battlebridge. These will usually be on the first Tuesday of the month, but to give everyone time to get back into their running after the holidays, the first session will be on Tuesday 9th January.

It is expected that these technique sessions will last approximately 20 minutes, and will be followed by the normal track intervals. The Tuesday evening session will not therefore finish until close to 8.30pm rather than the normal 8.00pm on these evenings. There will however be a shorter interval session set for anyone who needs to be finished by 8.00pm.

Technique is the fundamental basis for good running efficiency, so these sessions will be beneficial for everyone, whether you are aiming for a marathon or shorter distances

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Sunday 7th January Surrey XC Championships at Denbies

Sunday 7th January Tadworth 10 - see this

Saturday 13th January Couch to 5K Programme starts - see this

Saturday 13th January Awards and Social Night, Reigate Manor Hotel

Saturday 3rd February MABAC Windsor Great Park (Note Saturday rather than Sunday and 9am start rather than 10am) 

Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

 

Keep in touch

If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is 

Reigate Priory AC News 18th December 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 18th December 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News 

Final sessions of the year this week

Just a reminder, this week will see the final sessions of 2023; we'll resume in the new year. Happy holidays, all!

RPAC Awards Night, Saturday, 13th January

Saturday, 13 January 2024

Reigate Manor Hotel

6:30 for a light buffet dinner

7:30 Junior and Senior Awards

Dancing until midnight!

This year we're also holding a raffle featuring prizes from Run Reigate, Movement Mechanics, Sweaty Betty, Chalk Hills Bakery, and others, so come ready to buy tickets! We ask that juniors be accompanied by at least one adult; seniors are welcome to purchase additional tickets for a plus one.

Tickets are available via LoveAdmin; juniors are £10 and adults £15. Ticket sales end Wednesday, 20 December.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Linda Rodriguez,  

 

Holiday parkruns

Check out this list if you're looking to do a festive parkrun wherever you may be this holiday. If you're staying closer to home, Reigate Priory Park will be running both Christmas Day and New Year's Day, and no junior parkrun; Banstead Wood will only be running New Year's Day; Tilgate will also be both Christmas Day and New Year's Day. 

Couch to 5K Programme starts Saturday, 13th January

Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 13th January with an optional lead-in session on Saturday 6th January. More details are available here, please pass on to anyone who might be interested.

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Junior Training Tops

If you are looking for Christmas present ideas we do have some Training Tops in Junior sizes in Red/Dark Blue or Light Blue. These can be ordered through the Love Admin app by going to Optional Extras. The price is £15.

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Sunday 7th January - Surrey County Champs, Denbies in Dorking

Saturday 13th January - RPAC Awards Night

Saturday 13th January - Surrey Cross Country League - Match 3 Wimbledon Common

Saturday 20th January  - Surrey Schools Championships, Reigate Priory Park

Saturday 27th January  - Southern Cross Country Championship, Beckenham Park

Saturday 10th February - Surrey Cross Country League Match 4 - Venue TBA

Sunday 11th February - Border League Match 3 - Lightwater Country Park, Woking

Saturday 17th February - Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Year 5 and 6 only, Reigate Priory Park, please note the change of date

Saturday 24th February - National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Sunday 3rd March - Border League Match 4, Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

Surrey Cross Country Championships, Denbies, Sunday, 7th January 

The Surrey Cross Country Championships will be held on Sunday, 7th January 2024 at Denbies, with the senior women's race (8.4km) starting at 11:30 am and the senior men (12.2km) at 2 pm. All athletes must be Surrey qualified through birth or residency for the last 9 months. Club vests must be worn, no late entries will be accepted. Please let us know by Friday, 22nd December 2023 if you would like to be included in the entry by emailing 

South of England Cross Country Championships, Beckenham Place Park, Saturday, 27th January 

Next year's South of England Cross Country Championships take place Saturday, 27th January 2024 at Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham. Senior women (8k) race at 2 pm, senior men (15k) at 2:40 pm. Any senior athlete wishing to be added to the entry list should emails  by Tuesday, 19 December.

Tadworth 10, Sunday, 7th January

The Tadworth 10 will be the first of the RPAC Grand Prix race series this year. All senior runners are allocated to a group based on past performance, and you earn points for each Grand Prix race that you enter. The idea is to try to get promoted out of whichever group you find yourself in (and to not get relegated). Check out this year's results here - congrats to the winners - and sign up for the Tadworth 10 whilst you still can. The website promises a warm race HQ and "proper toilets", not to mention a new 10K distance this year, so it's bound to be a good time. 

Jas Dhanda will also be running a New Year's Eve 10-mile "taster" from Reigate Hill in preparation for the Tadworth 10; get in touch if you would like to join him.

Christmas spirit abounds at annual Turkey Trot

 

This year's fun and festive Turkey Trot around Denbies enjoyed a bit of sun and a chance meeting with Father Christmas! 

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Sunday 7th January Surrey XC Championships at Denbies

Sunday 7th January Tadworth 10 - see this

Saturday 13th January Couch to 5K Programme starts - see this

Saturday 13th January Awards and Social Night, Reigate Manor Hotel

Saturday 3rd February MABAC Windsor Great Park (Note Saturday rather than Sunday and 9am start rather than 10am) 

Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

 

Keep in touch

If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is 

Reigate Priory AC News 11th December 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 11th December 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News 

Saturday 13th January - RPAC Awards Night

Ditch the running shoes and grab your dancing shoes - we'll be celebrating your achievements this year at the annual Reigate Priory Athletic Club's Awards Night on 13th January 2024 at the Reigate Manor Hotel! 

Please arrive at 6:30 for a light buffet dinner - vegans welcome - drinks from the pay bar, and chat. The awards ceremony will start at 7:30 pm for both the Juniors and Seniors. From 8:30, we'll have cake, more drinks, and dancing until midnight. This year we're also holding a raffle featuring prizes from Run Reigate, Movement Mechanics, Sweaty Betty, Chalk Hills Bakery, and others, so come ready to buy tickets!

We ask that juniors be accompanied by at least one adult; seniors are welcome to purchase additional tickets for a plus one.

Tickets are available via LoveAdmin or purchased directly from the club at track and junior sessions. 

Juniors: £10

Adults: £15. 

All ticket sales will end on 20th December.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Linda Rodriguez,  

 

Sunday 17th December - Turkey Trot  ***This Sunday***

Our annual festive Turkey Trot at Denbies will take place on Sunday 17th December, and is always great fun.

  • The run will be led by Paul Walters with a route of 5.75 miles. Arrive at 9:00 for a 9:15 start. Note that this is an undulating route, and trail shoes are needed.
  • The walk will be led by Stewart McIntyre, and covers a route of over 3 miles. Arrive at 8:50 for a 9:00 start. Walking boots need to be worn.

Seasonal attire is optional but encouraged. Refreshments at Denbies afterwards. Any questions email

 

Saturday 13th January - Couch to 5K Programme

Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 13th January with an optional lead-in session on Saturday 6th January, Please pass on the details to anyone who may be interested that are available here.

  

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Saturday 9th December - SLAN Christmas Indoor open @ Carshalton

Michael Maguire is to be congratulated on a great start to the indoor season by achieving a 30cm PB in the long jump at the SLAN Christmas indoor open, taking his PB to an impressive 5:50cm. It qualifies him for the England Indoor Champs at Sheffield which was a lovely bonus. Results of the event can be seen here.
 

Surrey County Champs 2024 

The Surrey County Championships are being held at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking on Sunday 7th January. There are races for U13 and above. The timetable and distances are as follows:

10:15am U13 B 2.75km
10:20am U13 G 2.75km
10:45am U15 B 4.2km
10:55am U15 G 4.2km
12:40pm U17 B 5.9km
13:15pm U17 G 5.9km

There is no cost to enter but we do need to register athletes before 29th December. Please let me Mike Gent know by Monday 18th December if your son/daughter would like to compete.


Southern XC Champs 2024

The Southern County Championships are being held at Beckenham Place on Saturday 27th January. The timetable  does not yet appear to be available.
There is no cost to enter but we do need to register athletes before 22nd December. Please let Mike Gent know by Monday 18th December if your son/daughter would like to compete.
 
 

Junior Training Tops

If you are looking for Christmas present ideas we do have some Training Tops in Junior sizes in Red/Dark Blue or Light Blue. These can be ordered through the Love Admin app by going to Optional Extras. The price is £15.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Sunday 7th January - Surrey County Champs, Denbies in Dorking

Saturday 13th January - RPAC Awards Night

Saturday 13th January - Surrey Cross Country League - Match 3 Wimbledon Common

Saturday 20th January  - Surrey Schools Championships, Reigate Priory Park

Saturday 27th January  - Southern Cross Country Championship, Beckenham Park

Saturday 10th February - Surrey Cross Country League Match 4 - Venue TBA

Sunday 11th February - Border League Match 3 - Lightwater Country Park, Woking

Saturday 24th February - National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Saturday 24th February - Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Reigate Priory Park

Sunday 3rd March - Border League Match 4 - Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

Sunday 7th January 2024 Surrey Cross Country Championships, Denbies

The Surrey Cross Country Championships will be held on Sunday 7th January 2024 at Denbies, with the senior women's race (8.4km) starting at 11:30 am and the senior men (12.2km) at 2 pm. All athletes must be Surrey qualified through birth or residency for the last 9 months. Club vests must be worn, no late entries will be accepted. Please let us know by Friday 22nd December 2023 if you would like to be included in the entry by emailing 

 

Saturday 27th January 2024 South of England Cross Country Championships, Beckenham Place Park

Next year's South of England Cross Country Championships take place Saturday 27th January 2024 at Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham

2pm - Senior Women 8k
2.40pm - Senior Men 15k

Any senior athlete wishing to be added to the entry list should let me know by Tuesday 19th December 2023 

RPAC Grand Prix - by Andrew Bamford

Please can I take this opportunity to draw your attention to the RPAC Grand Prix series of races that runs throughout the year. The races are run over a variety of distances and terrains from a MABAC 5K to a road half marathon. All senior runners are allocated to a group based on past performance and the idea is to try to get promoted from whichever group you find your self in. You will earn points for each of the Grand Prix races that you enter. 

I want to say a big thank you to Rick Coles for organising people into groups, recording the points and working out who has been promoted and relegated. The results and the full rules of the competition are here https://www.rpac.org.uk/fixtures/rpac-grand-prix. Congratulations to those who were promoted and commiserations to those who were relegated. Something to aim for next year!
 
The first Grand Prix race of 2024 will be the Tadworth 10 on Sunday 7th January.
 

Sunday 10th December Telford 10K

A long trip to a wet, cold and windy Telford for the Telford 10K proved a success, with Eloise Bull setting a new PB of 37:44, and a new senior lady 10K RPAC club record.

 

Saturday 9th December parkrun tourism to Cranleigh

On a cold and wet day eight club members as well as a guest (Peter Luxton, Kate Knight, Sarah Walters, Gail Hill, Adrian Grant, Lucy Kulp, Gayle, Paul Sapsard and Paul Walters) met up in Cranleigh to run the parkrun. It was pretty muddy and slippy, and involved going up a muddy hill twice. To be honest it was great fun. Certainly not a day for PBs, but an enjoyable route and a fab breakfast in Cranleigh afterwards. You can see the results here.

 

Sunday 10th December RPAC ladies Reindeer Run

Some of the ladies did a very festive Reindeer Run on Sunday afternoon, on a route planned and led by Ruth Willis.

After running up and down the roads around Reigate Hill and getting some strange looks from people (big kudos to Hannah Williams for her Santa suit commitment), they ended up with some pretty adorable reindeer Strava art. Obviously, the only place to finish the run was at the Roe Deer for mulled wine and mince pies. Looks like a new tradition has started!

 

Saturday 9th December - SLAN Christmas Indoor open @ Carshalton

Andrew Pringle participated in this meeting and ended up setting 3 new indoor PBs! Results can be seen here. Congrats Andrew.

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Sunday 17th December Turkey Trot

Sunday 7th January Surrey XC Championships at Denbies

Sunday 7th January Tadworth 10 - see this

Saturday 13th January Couch to 5K Programme starts - see this

Saturday 13th January Awards and Social Night, Reigate Manor Hotel

Saturday 3rd February MABAC Windsor Great Park (Note Saturday rather than Sunday and 9am start rather than 10am) 

Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

 

Keep in touch

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Reigate Priory News 4th December 2023

Reigate Priory News 4th December 2023

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RPAC Awards Night, Saturday, 13th January

 

Ditch the running shoes and grab your dancing shoes - we'll be celebrating your achievements this year at the annual Reigate Priory Athletic Club's Awards Night on 13th January 2024 at the Reigate Manor Hotel! 

Please arrive at 6:30 for a light buffet dinner - vegans welcome - drinks from the pay bar, and chat. The awards ceremony will start at 7:30 pm for both the Juniors and Seniors. From 8:30, we'll have cake, more drinks, and dancing until midnight. This year we're also holding a raffle featuring prizes from Run Reigate, Movement Mechanics, Sweaty Betty, Chalk Hills Bakery, and others, so come ready to buy tickets!

We ask that juniors be accompanied by at least one adult; seniors are welcome to purchase additional tickets for a plus one.

Tickets are available via LoveAdmin or purchased directly from the club at track and junior sessions. 

Juniors: £10

Adults: £15. 

All ticket sales will end on 20th December.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Linda Rodriguez,  

Please Return Your Trophies

With the Awards Evening coming up, please can you return your trophies this week so that they they can be engraved in time. Please contact Andrew Bamford   to arrange drop off arrangements. Thank you!

 

parkrun tourism to Cranleigh, Saturday 9th December - This Saturday

We are off for parkrun tourism to Cranleigh parkrun on Saturday, 9th December - all are very welcome. Please plan to be in Cranleigh for 8:30am. Parking is available at the venue near the start, but please do read the website as it gives full details of the parking available.  The location is Knowle Park, Knowle Lane, Cranleigh GU6 8JL.  Knowle Park is a newly designed park designed with runners in mind (extra wide paths). 

We want to encourage car sharing, so please do either partner up with others who can come or send Paul an email if you want a lift or can offer lifts and he will coordinate. For afterwards, there is a large choice of cafes in Cranleigh's nearby High Street, already researched by Adrian and Debs Grant and Peter Luxton. The Yangaz Bistro Grill is the best, located in High Street at end of Knowle Lane. Unfortunately they don't take bookings, but we will find somewhere. Any questions, please email .

Turkey Trot, Sunday 17th December

Our annual festive Turkey Trot at Denbies will take place on Sunday 17th December, and is always great fun.

  • The run will be led by Paul Walters with a route of 5.75 miles. Arrive at 9:00 for a 9:15 start. Note that this is an undulating route, and trail shoes are needed.
  • The walk will be led by Stewart McIntyre, and covers a route of over 3 miles. Arrive at 8:50 for a 9:00 start. Walking boots need to be worn.

Seasonal attire is optional but encouraged. Refreshments at Denbies afterwards. Any questions emaill.

Couch to 5K Programme begins, Saturday 13th January 2024

Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 13th January with an optional lead-in session on Saturday 6th January, Please pass on the details to anyone who may be interested that are available here.

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The new code for December will be in the email version of this newsletter. This is valid until 3rd of January 2024 - giving you 10% off the whole range on orders over £50 and free standard shipping, worth £4.99 on all orders. Please make sure to select United Kingdom in your shipping address to apply the promotion code without errors. Should you come across the “country-iso” error in checkout, you will need to check you have set up a correct UK shipping address. 

Please do not share this code outside of the club.

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

  

Border League Cross Country - GuildfordSunday 3rd December

Pictured above: U13 Girls' Team and U11 Boy's Team
 
The second Match in this year's Border League series was held at Stoke Park Guildford on Sunday. RPAC fielded 25 athletes across the 7 races, although only 5 boys, and there were some strong individual and team performances.
U9 girls were first up. Morgan Du Preez, Imogen Leung and Penelope Gargowitsch ran impressively to be third, fourth and fifth respectively and Amira Jaffar came in in twentieth, to place RPAC as second team on the day, but still first overall after two races. Gracie Shade won the U11 Girls race by a significant margin, giving the hares a hard time to stay ahead. Vivvy Loynes ran very well to finish fourth. There was a strong team performance with Emily Beaty, Olive Barton and Jessie Humber coming home twelfth, fifteenth and sixteenth respectively out of a field of fifty, and Vhari Macgregor placing well, ensuring RPAC were the second placed team on the day. The story was similar in the U11 boys with four athletes in the top twelve out of a field of fifty, with Fin Killick having another strong run to finish fifth, Piers Matthew sixth, Rafi Varah eighth and Isaac Armitage twelfth, placing Reigate again second team on the day. In the U13 Girls Lara Tombleson ran very well after the National Schools event the day before to finish second comfortably. Sadie Casserley had a great race in her first event for the Club to finish fifth. Daisy Barton and Olivia Barton were eleventh and twelfth respectively to ensure RPAC were first team on the day and remain in first place after two races. We only had two entrants in the U13 boys race. James Beaty went out strongly and held his place to finish fourth overall and Gill MacGregor ran well to come home in twenty second place. By the time of the final event of the day, the U15s race, the weather had turned very wet so the U15s enjoyed, I hope, the real Cross Country experience. Neve Macgregor ran very well to be placed eighth girl and two girls running their first race for the Club, Isla Stock and Willow Greaves, ran strongly in by now very unpleasant conditions to come in ninth and fourteenth respectively.
 

National Schools Cross Country, Saturday 2nd December


The final of the English Schools team Cross Country was held at Woodbridge school in Suffolk on Saturday. The long drive proved worth it for the Reigate Grammar Junior Girls team who finished a very impressive fifth overall. Congratulations to the four RPAC members in the team, Florence Tombleson, Lara Tombleson, Florence Shade and Freya Else.

 

Surrey County Champs 2024 

The Surrey County Championships are being held at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking on Sunday 7 January. There are races for U13 and above. The timetable and distances are as follows:

10:15am U13 B 2.75km
10:20am U13 G 2.75km
10:45am U15 B 4.2km
10:55am U15 G 4.2km
12:40pm U17 B 5.9km
13:15pm U17 G 5.9km

There is no cost to enter but we do need to register athletes before 29 December. Please let me Mike Gent know by Monday 18 December if your son/daughter would like to compete.


Southern XC Champs 2024


The Southern County Championships are being held at Beckenham Place on Saturday 27 January. The timetable  does not yet appear to be available.
There is no cost to enter but we do need to register athletes before 22 December. Please let Mike Gent know by Monday 18 December if your son/daughter would like to compete.
 
 

Junior Training Tops

 
If you are looking for Christmas present ideas we do have some Training Tops in Junior sizes in Red/Dark Blue or Light Blue. These can be ordered through the Love Admin app by going to Optional Extras. The price is £15.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Sunday 7th January - Surrey County Champs, Denbies in Dorking

Saturday 13th January - RPAC Awards Night

Saturday 13th January - Surrey Cross Country League - Match 3 Wimbledon Common

Saturday 20th January  - Surrey Schools Championships, Reigate Priory Park

Saturday 27th January  - Southern Cross Country Championship, Beckenham Park

Saturday 10th February - Surrey Cross Country League Match 4 - Venue TBA

Sunday 11th February - Border League Match 3 - Lightwater Country Park, Woking

Saturday 24th February - National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Saturday 24th February - Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Reigate Priory Park

Sunday 3rd March - Border League Match 4 - Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

 Valencia Marathon, Sunday 3rd December 

Pictured Above: Part of the Team RPAC Support Crew - Gillian, Rob & Eloise; Steve, Steve and Frank at the finish; Jim with a fellow 100 Marathon Club runner; Harry and Laura; the Frank Supporters Club 

 A team of nine RPAC runners and a support team travelled to Valencia for the marathon yesterday. Valencia has a reputation for producing some fast times and so it proved to be for our runners.

First home was Charlie Butcher in a new V40 club record time of 2:28:59, taking over 6 minutes off the previous record set by Francis Dunham. Next in was Steve Bass in 2:50:46, a new PB by nearly 8 minutes. Steve was followed by Frank O'Regan running in his very first marathon, finishing in a brilliant time of 2:54:45. Just a few seconds behind Frank was Steve Cheesman who who took twelve minutes off his PB, finishing in 2:55:12. Next in was Neil Freeman-Jones whose incredible marathon trajectory continued upward; Neil ran his first marathon in 4:25:14 in 2019, he ran Brighton in April in 3:14:40 and yesterday finished in 3:01:06. Relatively new club joiner Harry Allport set a PB of 3:22:03. Luke Matcham, like Frank, was running his first marathon and finished in 3:41:49. Our sole lady representative was Laura Koepke who took five minutes off her marathon PB and finished in 3:53:42. The last of our runners home was marathon and ultra marathon legend "Invincible Jim" Vince who sadly picked up an injury and had to walk for the last 13Km - as Jim puts it "death before DNF!". Fortunately he still managed to finish inside the cut off time in 5:23:28. Take it easy Jimbo!

Some absolutely amazing performances all round well done!

 

Sunday 7th January 2024 Surrey Cross Country Championships, Denbies

The Surrey Cross Country Championships will be held on Sunday 7th January 2024 at Denbies, with the senior women's race (8.4km) starting at 11:30 am and the senior men (12.2km) at 2 pm. All athletes must be Surrey qualified through birth or residency for the last 9 months. Club vests must be worn, no late entries will be accepted. Please let us know by Friday 22nd December 2023 if you would like to be included in the entry by emailing 

 

South of England Cross Country Championships, Saturday 27th January 2024

Next year's South of England Cross Country Championships take place Saturday 27th January 2024 at Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham

2pm - Senior Women 8k
2.40pm - Senior Men 15k

Any senior athlete wishing to be added to the entry list should let me know by Tuesday 19th December 2023 

Members' news 

Rich Friar ran the Hurtwood 50 yesterday. He describes it as "a brilliant winter ultra starting and finishing in Dorking, with an out and back through the Surrey Hills including two climbs of Leith Hill. It was 51k with 1.4k elevation. I came home in 4hrs 41mins."  That is a phenomenal time for such a tough course, very well done Rich!

Kate Knight completed her 154th marathon at the weekend, the Bauble Bimble at Ferry Meadows County Park near Peterborough. Kate reports that it was  "snowy and icy with freezing weather conditions at first, turning to rain, mud and slush by the afternoon". Sounds nasty but Kate says that it was still great fun. Well done Kate! 

  

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 9th December Parkrun Tourism to Cranleigh

Sunday 17th December Turkey Trot

Sunday 7th January Surrey XC Championships at Denbies

Sunday 7th January Tadworth 10 - see this

Saturday 13th January Couch to 5K Programme starts - see this

Saturday 13th January Awards and Social Night, Reigate Manor Hotel

Saturday 3rd February MABAC Windsor Great Park (Note Saturday rather than Sunday and 9am start rather than 10am) 

Sunday 25th February 2024 Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

 

Keep in touch

If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is 

 
 
 
Reigate Priory AC News 27th November 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 27th November 2023

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RPAC Awards Night, Saturday, 13th January

Ditch the running shoes and grab your dancing shoes - we'll be celebrating your achievements this year at the annual Reigate Priory Athletic Club's Awards Night on 13th January 2024 at the Reigate Manor Hotel! 

Please arrive at 6:30 for a light buffet dinner - vegans welcome - drinks from the pay bar, and chat. The awards ceremony will start at 7:30 pm for both the Juniors and Seniors. From 8:30, we'll have cake, more drinks, and dancing until midnight. This year we're also holding a raffle featuring prizes from Run Reigate, Movement Mechanics, Sweaty Betty, Chalk Hills Bakery, and others, so come ready to buy tickets!

We ask that juniors be accompanied by at least one adult; seniors are welcome to purchase additional tickets for a plus one.

Tickets are available via LoveAdmin or purchased directly from the club at track and junior sessions. 

Juniors: £10

Adults: £10 until Thursday, 30th November (the discounted rate will be applied when you make payment), £15 from 1st December. All ticket sales will end on 20th December.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Linda Rodriguez,  

*Please Return Your Trophies*

With the Awards Evening coming up, please can you return your trophies so that we can get them ready to be handed out. Andrew Bamford will be at Battlebridge on Tuesday, 28th November, or, alternatively, you can leave them with one of the other coaches or contact him to arrange delivery or collection at . Thank you!

Nominations for Ted Baker Award 2023 are now open

The Ted Baker Award, awarded in memory of past chair, coach, and athlete, Ted Baker, is presented annually to the person who has made a significant contribution to the club in the last year. Contributions in previous years may also be taken into account. The Award is open to anyone - non-members included - who has made a contribution to the club in 2023. However current members of the Committee and previous recipients (see the website for list) cannot receive the Award. The short list of candidates is determined by nominations from members and/or parents, with the Committee making the final decision on the recipient. 

Please send your nominations to  by Friday, 1st December. 

parkrun tourism to Cranleigh, Saturday 9th December 

We are off for parkrun tourism to Cranleigh parkrun on Saturday, 9th December - all are very welcome. Please plan to be in Cranleigh for 8:30am. Parking is available at the venue near the start, but please do read the website as it gives full details of the parking available.  The location is Knowle Park, Knowle Lane, Cranleigh GU6 8JL.  Knowle Park is a newly designed park designed with runners in mind (extra wide paths). 

We want to encourage car sharing, so please do either partner up with others who can come or send Paul an email if you want a lift or can offer lifts and he will coordinate. For afterwards, there is a large choice of cafes in Cranleigh's nearby High Street, already researched by Adrian and Debs Grant and Peter Luxton. The Yangaz Bistro Grill is the best, located in High Street at end of Knowle Lane. Unfortunately they don't take bookings, but we will find somewhere. Any questions, please email .

Turkey Trot, Sunday 17th December

Our annual festive Turkey Trot at Denbies led by Paul Walters (running, with a route of 5.75 miles) and Stewart McIntyre (walking, with a distance which will be shorter but TBA), on Sunday 17th December. We will meet at 9:00am in Denbies Car Park for a 9:15 start. Seasonal attire optional but encouraged. Refreshments at Denbies afterwards. Any questions email.

Couch to 5K Programme begins, Saturday 13th January 2024

Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 13th January with an optional lead-in session on Saturday 6th January, Please pass on the details to anyone who may be interested that are available here.

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Border League, Guildford, Sunday 3rd December

Match 2 of this year's Border League will be held in Stoke Park Guildford on Sunday 3rd December. There are separate races for girls and boys at U9 (school yrs 3 and 4)/ U11 (yrs 5 and 6)/U13 (yrs 7 and 8)/U15 (yrs 9 and 10). The first race is U9 girls at 1:30pm and last race U15s at 3:00pm. We are keen to have a strong turnout of RPAC Juniors. There is no cost to enter and no limit on numbers, but we do need to register athletes ahead of time.

Please let Mike Gent know if your child would like to compete by Thursday, 30th November.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Sunday 3rd December - Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford

Sunday 7th January - Surrey County Champs, Denbies in Dorking

Saturday 13th January - RPAC Awards Night

Saturday 13th January - Surrey Cross Country League - Match 3 Wimbledon Common

Saturday 20th January  - Surrey Schools Championships, Reigate Priory Park

Saturday 27th January  - Southern Cross Country Championship, Beckenham Park

Saturday 10th February - Surrey Cross Country League Match 4 - Venue TBA

Sunday 11th February - Border League Match 3 - Lightwater Country Park, Woking

Saturday 24th February - National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Saturday 24th February - Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Reigate Priory Park

Sunday 3rd March - Border League Match 4 - Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

 No Wednesday session this week

Enjoy your Christmas party!

Sunday 7th January 2024 Surrey Cross Country Championships, Denbies

The Surrey Cross Country Championships will be held on Sunday 7th January 2024 at Denbies, with the senior women's race (8.4km) starting at 11:30 am and the senior men (12.2km) at 2 pm. All athletes must be Surrey qualified through birth or residency for the last 9 months. Club vests must be worn, no late entries will be accepted. Please let us know by Friday 22nd December 2023 if you would like to be included in the entry by emailing .

Couch to 5K graduation at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

On a crisp and bright late November morning, Reigate Priory AC headed to Ifield Mill Pond parkrun with the participants of the Couch to 5K Programme to support them through their graduation run. We had a terrific turnout and saw some excellent performances - Annette Morris finished in 25:19, earning the day's top age grading of 82.55 percent! Congrats to all the graduates (and Annette!); you can read more about the event here

Members' news

We are sorry to report that we neglected to mention (because we hadn't been informed, ahem) that Charlie Butcher bested Fran Dunham's V40 half marathon record on 22 October at the Kingston Half Marathon - Butcher raced to second place overall in an unbelievable 1:12:17. Well done, Charlie!  

More recently, on 25 November, an intrepid team of RPAC runners took on the 5-mile South of the Thames Cross Country race; Henry Munro reports: "On a crisp, sunny afternoon in Beckenham Place Park, the quartet of Andrew Patrick, Dave Rayner, Henry Munro and Ian Burks boldly took on the challenge of the South of the Thames cross-country team race. The likes of Kent AC had over 60 runners so we were definitely outnumbered, but was good to get a team out. On the start line a moving tribute was given to Ron Hales, a Kent AC member of 76 years who passed away this year, aged 98. He was one of the founders of SOTT and Beckenham park was his home race, he loved it so much his ashes were scattered in the park after he passed. A poignant reminder of the history in these races.

The race itself was a delight compared to the last cross country race over in Oxted. No bogs, just 5 miles of undulating terrain through the park. No idea on where we placed, but fair to say we were all there for the enjoyment of cross country rather than looking for a victory. A great event." (For the record, the Reigate men came 31st, according to the provisional results.)

 

 

Kate Knight completed her 153rd marathon at the weekend, the very chilly Turkey Trot from the Suffolk Running Centre at Bury St. Edmonds, on Saturday. Next up, she says, Ferry Meadows County Park! 

 

 

  

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 9th December Parkrun Tourism to Cranleigh

Sunday 17th December Turkey Trot

Sunday 7th January Surrey XC Championships at Denbies

Sunday 7th January Tadworth 10 - see this

Saturday 13th January Couch to 5K Programme starts - see this

Saturday 13th January Awards and Social Night, Reigate Manor Hotel

Sunday 25th February 2024 Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

 

Keep in touch

If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is 

 
 
 
Couch to 5K Graduation at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

Couch to 5K Graduation at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

Category: All Club News

On a crisp and bright late November morning (Saturday 25th November) Reigate Priory AC headed to Ifield Mill Pond parkrun with the participants of the Couch to 5K Programme to support them through their graduation run.

We had a wonderful turn-out of participants and supporters as can be seen above.

Pictured above are the participants of the Couch to 5K with the programme leaders after the run. We have Anthony, Sarah, Jane, Tara, Lucia, Suu and Jake.

Some in the programme have participated in previous RPAC programmes (so already had medals), so you'll see above Tara and Lucia proudly wearing their medals.

Full results can be seen at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/ifieldmillpond/results/143/

We ended up in the Toby Carvery in Langley Green where we had 18 seats reserved for a wonderful slap-up breakfast.

If you're reading this and you or someone you know would be interested in joining our next Couch to 5K Programme starting in early January 2024, full details can be found on our website here.

 

 

 

Reigate Priory AC News 20th November 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 20th November 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News 

 

Saturday 13th January - RPAC Awards Night

Ditch the running shoes and grab your dancing shoes - we'll be celebrating your achievements this year at the annual Reigate Priory Athletic Club's Awards Night on 13th January 2024 at the Reigate Manor Hotel! 

Please arrive at 6:30 for a light buffet dinner - vegans welcome - drinks from the pay bar, and chat. The awards ceremony will start at 7:30 pm for both the Juniors and Seniors. From 8:30, we'll have cake, more drinks, and dancing until midnight. This year we're also holding a raffle featuring prizes from Run Reigate, Movement Mechanics, Sweaty Betty, Chalk Hills Bakery, and others, so come ready to buy tickets!

We ask that juniors be accompanied by at least one adult; seniors are welcome to purchase additional tickets for a plus one.

Tickets are available via LoveAdmin or purchased directly from the club at track and junior sessions. 

Juniors: £10

Adults: £10 until 30th November (the discounted rate will be applied when you make payment), £15 from 1st December.

All ticket sales will end on 20th December.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Linda Rodriguez,  

 

Saturday 25th November - Couch to 5K Graduation @ Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

Please come and join us at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun this coming Saturday 25th November to run and support our runners. We will meet at Gossops Green Parade (~ RH11 8HH) at 8:30AM for a 9:00AM parkrun start .We will go to the Toby at Langley Green for breakfast afterwards.

 

Saturday 13th January 2024 - The next Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K Programme begins

Our next programme starts on Saturday 13th January with an optional lead-in session on Saturday 6th January, Please pass on the details to anyone who may be interested that are available here.

 

Nominations for Ted Baker Award 2023 are now open

The Ted Baker Award (awarded in memory of past Chair, coach & athlete Ted Baker) is presented annually to somebody who has made a significant contribution to the club in the last year. Contributions in previous years may also be taken into account.

The Award is not restricted to members or parents, it is open to anyone who has made a contribution to the club in 2023. However current members of the Committee and previous recipients (see the website for list) cannot receive the Award.

The short list of candidates is determined by nominations from members and / or parents, with the Committee making the final decision on the recipient. 

If you wish to nominate somebody for the Ted Baker Award 2023, please send their details (including why you think they should receive the Award) to me  by Friday 1st December 2023. 

 

London Marathon 2024 - Club Places

The next TCS London Marathon takes place on Sunday 21st April. This year, subject to confirmation, there will be 3 club places available to members.

Allocation of one of the places will be decided by a draw on Tuesday 21st November ***TOMORROW*** at either Battlebridge or K2. The recipients of the other places will be decided by committee. The successful applicants will be notified by the end of Wednesday 22nd November.

To be eligible for any of these places you must:

  • have been a first claim member of the club for 2 years
  • have been rejected in the ballot
  • not have had a club place in the last 3 years
  • have volunteered for the club in the last 12 months. Please include details of your volunteering in your application.

Note that the lucky runners will be required to claim the place through the official London marathon website and pay the standard race entry fee.

To apply for a place, or if you have any questions, please email me  by end of Sunday 19th November. 

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

 

Saturday 9th December - Surrey call for RPAC Juniors - Southern Inter-Counties XC Championships @ Oxford

Congratulations to the following who have been picked to represent Surrey in the Southern Inter-Counties XC Championships:

U17B's       Samuel Stapley,  Euan Willis and Sammy Rolaston 

U17W's      Lilah Unwin and Nicole Haycock

U15B         Josh Emmerson 

U13G's       Florence and Lara Tombleson 

 

Sunday 3rd December - Border League @ Guildford

Match 2 of this year's Border League will be held in Stoke Park Guildford on Sunday 3rd December.

There are separate races for girls and boys at U9 (school yrs 3 and 4)/ U11 (yrs 5 and 6)/U13 (yrs 7 and 8)/U15 (yrs 9 and 10). The first race is U9 girls at 1:30pm and last race U15s at 3:00pm. We are keen to have a strong turnout of RPAC Juniors. There is no cost to enter and no limit on numbers, but we do need to register athletes ahead of time.

Please let Mike Gent know if your son/daughter would like to compete at Guildford by Thursday 30th November.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Sunday 3rd December - Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford

Sunday 7th January - Surrey County Champs, Denbies in Dorking

Saturday 13th January - RPAC Awards Night

Saturday 13th January - Surrey Cross Country League - Match 3 Wimbledon Common

Saturday 20th January  - Surrey Schools Championships, Reigate Priory Park

Saturday 27th January  - Southern Cross Country Championship, Beckenham Park

Saturday 10th February - Surrey Cross Country League Match 4 - Venue TBA

Sunday 11th February - Border League Match 3 - Lightwater Country Park, Woking

Saturday 24th February - National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Saturday 24th February - Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Reigate Priory Park

Sunday 3rd March - Border League Match 4 - Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

 

Sunday 7th January 2024 Surrey Cross Country Championships @ Denbies

The Surrey Cross Country Championships will be held on Sunday 7th January 2024 at Denbies.

Senior Women - 11.30am (8.4km)
Senior Men - 2pm (12.2km)

All athletes must be Surrey qualified through birth or residency for the last 9 months

Club vests must be worn, no late entries

Please let me know by Friday 22nd December 2023 if you would like to be included in the entry by emailing 

 

Sunday 25th February 2024 Wokingham is the club's Half Marathon Club Championship for 2024

At the committee meeting held on Wednesday 8th November it was decided that the Half Marathon club championship race for 2024 would be the Wokingham Half Marathon (to be held on 25th February 2024). You can see the Wokingham Half information and entry on their website here.

In future years we agreed that we would look to alternate this championship race with other events such as Reigate or Paddock Wood half marathons. We will ensure that the designated race is communicated to club members in good time

 

Sunday 19th November 2023 - British Masters Road Relay Championships - by Malcolm Woodman

Yesterday the intrepid trio of Nat Wilson, Jo Davey and Ginevra Stoneley, accompanied by Chauffeur / Team Manager / Cheer Leader Stewart McIntyre, made the trek to Mallory Park (near Leicester) for the British Masters Road Relay Championships.

The picture above shows Jo shivering before the start. It was a very demanding circuit in windy and wet conditions.

Racing in the W45 category, the team was ably led out by Jo, who proved that the race predictor on her new Garmin watch is massively pessimistic by running 19:31 for the 3 mile circuit.

Jo handed over to Nat, who continued her recent rich vein of form, returning the fastest Reigate time of the day of 19:06.

Ginevra ran the 3rd and final leg for the team in a time of 19:23, demonstrating that she is on the comeback trail after her recent argument with a hurdle in the container!

The team finished in the Bronze medal position, narrowly losing out on the Silver to the team from Sale Harriers – a brilliant performance on Reigate Priory AC’s first ever foray into the upper echelons of British Masters relay running. The W45 race was won by Bristol & West AC, led home by Annabel Granger with a time of 18:08.

Well done to all of you and thanks to Stewart for the driving and support.

 

Sunday 19th November MABAC @ Lightwater

We got a 13-strong team out for this one. You can see how they got on by reading the report here.

 

Sunday 19th November MABAC AGM 

Following on from the race yesterday I attended the MABAC AGM on behalf of the club.
The highlights were as follows:
1. Election of new chairman (Ken Saunders) and secretary (Alicia Wise from Runnymede Runners)
2. Adoption of revised league constitution
3. Finance report - Cranleigh 7/14/21 made c. £4800 and the Surrey Slog made c. £1100
this is enough to finance the league for the coming year although costs are rising (particularly for First Aid cover). We agreed that there should be a cap on the cost per event (the Reigate event is within this cost)
4. Agreement that the trial of bone conducting headphones was successful and these could now be used at future events. No other sort of headphones is allowed and team captains should police this initially.
5. Agreement that visually impaired runners could take part provided that they supply their own guide and accept the risk of taking part
6. The course for Cranleigh is being changed for 2024 to remove the muddiest part. It will be billed as a "challenge event" rather than a marathon preparation. It will take place on 7th April.
7. Cranleigh Runners are assumed to have left the league and another club is being sought as a replacement. Suggestions were Tadworth, Striders of Croydon and Farnham Town Runners.
9. Suitable venues continue to be a problem and there may need to be changes to days and times of the races to accommodate this.
10. The first race of 2024 will be held in Windsor Park on Saturday 3rd February at 09:00. Provisional dates were provided for several of the other races. Our home fixture is confirmed as Sunday 3rd March

 

Sunday 19th November Brighton 10K

This was a very blustery event, and you were against a strong wind for half of it. I'm missing from the results for some reason, but may be just as well - not one of my finest efforts. ;-)

You can see the Reigate Priory AC results here.

 

Please Return Your Trophies

With the Awards Evening coming up please can you return your trophies ASAP so that I can get them engraved, cleaned, etc. ready to be handed out. I'll be at Battlebridge on 21st and 28th of this month, alternatively you can leave them with one of the other coaches or contact me to arrange delivery or collection, email 

Thank you!

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 25th November Couch to 5K Graduation at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun and breakfast at Toby

Saturday 9th December Parkrun Tourism to Cranleigh

Sunday 17th December Turkey Trot

Sunday 7th January Surrey XC Champsionships at Denbies - see above

Sunday 7th January Tadworth 10 - see this

Saturday 13th January Couch to 5K Programme starts - see this

Saturday 13th January Awards and Social Night, Reigate Manor

 

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Light turnout for Lightwater MABAC

Light turnout for Lightwater MABAC

Category: Seniors News

Lightwater Country Park MABAC Sunday 19th November 2023

 


After a couple of late changes to the venue prompted by forestry work in the Hurtwood (apparently they are cashing in on the rising price of timber) a small band of RPAC runners made the long trek to Lightwater Country Park yesterday morning for the final MABAC fixture of the season.

You will recall that we were lying in fifth place in the league with Wimbledon Windmilers and Epsom Oddballs just ahead of us and I was hoping that a good turnout would see us leapfrog them into third place. Alas it was not to be; the long trek to the borders of Hampshire and Berkshire, the competing attractions of the Brighton 10K and some confusion over the availability of transport (note to self: do not go on holiday in the week preceding a race) meant that we were never going to field a big team. To compound our woes we had a couple of last minute drop outs - Toby with Covid and Paddy with a calf strain; I hope you're both OK.

So it was that a team of 13 from RPAC (including a couple of friends) gathered in the almost sunny conditions at Lightwater. We had been through a sharp shower on the way but it stayed dry throughout the event. Jas had  already done a lap of the course so was able to advise us on the conditions : "sand, gravel, grass, mud and some hills". It was clear that some of the other clubs had turned out in force - Blackwater Valley Runners had managed to get 130 people there in an attempt to snatch the League title from serial winners Dorking & Mole Valley AC. There were allegations of bribery in the form of beers being offered to everyone who came along; I was assured that it was just cake, but who knows?

After a briefing from League Secretary Ken we set off promptly at 10:00 on a slight uphill. About 50m into the race Jas was forced to pull out with a calf injury. It was clear that this was not going to be our day. Our woes continued as Gareth Bowers was forced to stop after a lap with the recurrence of his calf injury. It wasn't all bad news though as a few minutes into the first lap I was overtaken by someone in a RPAC vest who was absolutely flying - I only worked out who it was from his distinctive hairstyle - Ben Stanton. 

Ben was our first person home, finishing in 26th place in a gun time of 36:30. I reckon that he must have started at least 5 minutes behind everyone else so I imagine his actual time was considerably faster than that. Sadly because of the injuries to Jas and Gareth we did not have a complete men's team (you know you're in trouble when I end up scoring more than 5 points!). The ladies did really well with Jo Hennessy, Gemma Frith, Mel Fulton-Bell, Gail Hill and Kate Knight all scoring valuable points.

I'd just like to say a big thank you to the intrepid 13 who came along yesterday and to the 119 people who have taken part in a MABAC event this year. It wasn't our year this year, but who knows what next year will bring?

The next MABAC race is in Windsor Great Park on Saturday 3rd February at 09:00 I'd love to see many of you there.




 

 

Reigate Priory AC News 13th November 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 13th November 2023

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Save the Date: Awards Night

Running shoes off, dancing shoes on - we'll be holding our annual awards night for juniors and seniors on Saturday, 13th January 2024, at Reigate Manor. More details to come!

Awards Night Raffle

This year, we're hoping to hold an awards night raffle and we'd love some donations or leads/contacts on donations. Please get in touch with Linda Rodriguez - see the emailed newsletter for her contact details - if you have any ideas.

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

U17 RPAC boys compete in Cardiff

 

Sam Rolaston, Samuel Stapley and Euan Willis made the trip to Cardiff to compete in the British Athletics Cross Challenge Cross country race in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff on Saturday 11th November. With blue skies, sunshine and no wind but plenty of mud, the conditions were near perfect for runners and spectators alike.

Facing some stiff opposition from some of the best British runners in this age group, the trio tackled the 5.56km course confidently, with all three finishing in the top half of the race. Samuel Stapley came 4th with a time of 17.58, Euan Willis 15th with a time of 18.30 and Sam Rolaston 26th in a time of 19.13.

 

Surrey XC League, Mitcham Common 

 
In the second of the four Surrey League XC fixtures, there were a wealth of excellent performances by RPAC Juniors at Mitcham Common. A welcome dry and sunny afternoon, with the common having dried out well after a wet week, led to decent conditions for the races.
 
The U15G'S team of Isla Kinniburgh,  Neve MacGregor,  Eloise Matthews and Olivia Heppenstall had a strong afternoon finishing in 6th place (14 clubs entered teams).
 
Emily Hancock was our sole finisher in the U17W'S race with a good run in only her second competitive outing for the club. 
 
The U13G'S race saw another excellent team performance with RPAC taking 2nd place in the team results having been placed 3rd in the first match in Richmond Park. 
 
Florence Tombleson had an outstanding race finishing in 1st place and with Gracie Shade 5th (although a non-scorer as still running as an U11), and Lara Tombleson 7th, they were well supported by excellent performances from Lisette Matthews,  Olivia Aries and Charlotte Ebbs. 
 
The U13 boys event saw good performances from James Beaty,  our sole scorer, and U11'S Rafi Vardy and Piers Matthews who both showed great promise with well placed finishes.
 
Missing our U17 boys who were in Cardiff for the first match in the British Athletics Cross Challenge Series, it was left to Josh Emmerson to run as our sole competitor in the combined U17/U15 boys team. Another typically strong run by Josh saw him well placed at the finish. 
 
The next match in the Surrey League is at Wimbledon Common on Saturday 13th January.  

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Sunday 3rd December Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford

Saturday 13th January 2024 Awards Night

 

Senior Section News

 

Please Return Your Trophies

With the Awards Evening coming up please can you return your trophies ASAP so that I can get them engraved, cleaned, etc. ready to be handed out. I'll be at Battlebridge on 21st and 28th of this month, alternatively you can leave them with one of the other coaches or contact me to arrange delivery or collection, email 

Thank you!

This Sunday, 19th November: MABAC Lightwater Country Park, final race of the season

After yet another change of venue the MABAC season wraps up this Sunday, 19th November, at Lightwater Country Park. The course will be the same as we ran back in September, but probably with more mud. There are some details on the MABAC website. It would be good if we can field a strong RPAC team. We're currently languishing in 5th place in the league with two teams just above us and definitely able to be caught. If you haven't tried a MABAC race before why not give it a go? I've never heard anyone yet say that they haven't enjoyed a MABAC fixture. They are as competitive as you want to make them and everyone who takes part scores points for the team. The more people we can field the more points we score.  We are nearly always short of lady runners. The course has one significant hill and underfoot is mostly sandy.

It's a bit of a trek to get there so car sharing is a good idea. For those of use travelling from Reigate we will be meeting in Bell St Car Park at 8:30. If you need a lift or are able to drive others please let Andrew know by emailing .

 

Saturday, 11th November: Surrey League Cross Country Races

On Saturday the Ladies team travelled to Mitcham Common and the Men's team travelled to Hurst Green (Oxted) for the second of the season's Surrey League Cross Country fixtures.

You can read all about the men's exploits here (thank you Ewan!). A total of 19 RPAC men took part and finished in 9th place overall. Ewan Mc Kay was the first RPAC man home in 31:23. Well done gents!

I haven't seen too much about the Ladies', but I do know that 10 RPAC ladies raced and the A team finished in 17th place. Well done ladies!
Eloise was our first finisher, coming home in 20th place in 22:47. Off the back of that result Eloise has been selected to represent Surrey at the South of England Inter Counties XC Champs in Oxford on the 9th December. Well done Eloise!

Results will be added to the results section in the coming days.

 

Sunday, 12th November: Leatherhead Fire Station 10K

 

A small band of RPAC runners tackled the hills and mud of the Leatherhead Fire Station 10K on Sunday.
This race is described as "scenic but undulating route with spectacular views. At the end there will be Trish & Tracy's famous Tea and Cake stall, which is not to be missed and by then you will deserve it! This is a charity event, raising funds for several local charities, which are close to the hearts of the Red Watch Team. " 
I haven't heard how good the cakes were, but I do know that Paul Walters was first home for RPAC in 45th place in 00:45:51, followed by Liz Mason (160th in 01:00:59), Kelly Marie Mason (202nd in 01:12:02) and Naomi Jones (208th in 01:29:47). Liz was first in her age category and Kelly said that she was happy with her result as she "had a nasty chest and was full of cold". Well done to all of you.

It would be nice to get a better turnout for this one next year. 

 

Thursday, 30th November: Jimmy James Handicap Race 3

Participation hasn't been terrific for the previous two races, but it's not too late - you can still beat Jas, who has been the first RPAC runner home in both of the races held so far! The next race will be Thursday, 30th November, at Denbies. You need to register before Sunday 26th November by emailing   . If you have not taken part before you need to provide a recent 5K time, mobile number and emergency contact details. Hi-viz and torches are mandatory.

Saturday, 9th December: Parkrun tourism to Cranleigh

Mark your calendars - on Saturday, 9th December, we'll be going to Cranleigh parkrun at Knowle Park for the run and a post-race breakfast at the cafe.

Sunday 17th December: Annual Turkey Trot

Save the date - Sunday 17th December - for the annual Turkey Trot run and/or walk from Denbies. More details to follow.

Weekly schedule

Details for the weekly sessions can be found on the RPAC website as well as the club calendar. If you'd like to be added to any of the WhatsApp groups just email . All are welcome!

Members' news

Neil McDonnell ran the Authentic Athens Marathon on Sunday 12th November, finishing in 4:47:24. Well done Neil!

 

From slightly further afield Sharon Miller writes:

"I was looking for a 10k but couldn’t find one so did the Jacksonville Parkrun Saturday morning 7.30. Had to leave our accommodation at 3.30am (my husband’s a good sport) not a tough course but very hot and humid 83F in old money. Would you believe I met a lovely couple from Dorking, Joe acts as race director for the kids at Reigate on a Sunday.

Sunday I did another 5K in Melbourne for Homeless Vets got almost the exact same result 28.01 and best of breed as my husband so politely puts it."
Great stuff Sharon!
 
Even further afield I noticed that Jim Vince completed the Mount Ainslie Parkrun near Canberra. Well bowled Jim!
 

Dates for Your Diary 

 

Sunday 19th November MABAC Farley Heath & AGM

Saturday 9th December Parkrun Tourism to Cranleigh

Sunday 17th December Turkey Trot

Saturday 13th January Awards and Social Night, Reigate Manor

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Cocoon: Mens Surrey League XC Hurst Green Saturday 11th November 2023

Cocoon: Mens Surrey League XC Hurst Green Saturday 11th November 2023

Category: Seniors News

 Cocoon: Men's Surrey League Cross Country Hurst Green Saturday 11th November 2023

By Ewan McKay

In October I compared the performance of RPAC men’s team to the heroic endeavours of those WW2 heroes portrayed in Robert Aldrich’s The Dirty Dozen. I received feedback from some suggesting I had employed huge artistic licence. Others told me I was talking utter cr*p. Nevertheless, if that comparison was fair, which it probably wasn’t, then fixture two was more like the 1980s classic, Cocoon.

Not since the residents of a Florida rest home stumbled across an alien-infused fountain of youth, did so many old guys rediscover such impressive levels of energy. It would be harsh to say that many of RPAC’s runners are in the sunset of their lives but they’ve definitely had their lunch. Nevertheless, when the gun went off, it was like they had descended into a swimming pool delivering the elixir of life. 

These strange, wizened men took off like their lives depended upon it. Fran Dunham, aka Steve Guttenburg, simply because he looks most like him, hadn’t raced for a while and was astonished by the pace of these old guys. Ewan McKay, aka Brian Dennehy, simply because they both have grey hair, managed to come in first position for RPAC much to the astonishment of humankind. Guttenburg knew this didn’t count for much though because all of Epsom & Ewell’s ten-man team placed ahead of McKay. 

Many thanks to these runners though as, for some, this was their first proper run for ages including Andrew Bennett, Daniel Emson-Jukes, Paddy Patrick and Andrew Pringle.

As to the course itself, all these characters felt very much at home since there was more tape on show than from a 1980s store of Blockbuster. The first 500 metres snaked its way across a wet field before a bottle-neck of a narrow pathway bridged us to a labyrinth of identical fields. Btw, which official allowed that person onto the narrow stretch who was walking his dog off the lead?! 

It was a lovely day for running but the ground held enormous amounts of water and, for my part, I found it to be very taxing. Furthermore, I ran in a small group with one of those types of runner who speeds up when you try to overtake them (plus he beat me in a sprint to the line!). For the other members of the men’s team, should they ever decide to collaborate on a book or concept album then they can tell you about it themselves.

Once Andy Reeves is allocated in the results then we should be in 9th place on the day. The next fixture is Oxshott Woods on the 13th January so book it in your diary.

Anecdotally, a number of runners have told me that they’re looking to return to action for the final two fixtures. If this can happen then we should be in a strong place to avoid relegation as we have lots of talent within the club. So if you can make it then it will be out of this world …

Reigate Priory AC News 6th November 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 6th November 2023

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Priory Relays: Thank you!

The annual Priory Relays - official report below - went off without a hitch, despite the traditionally wretched weather and punishing course conditions. A huge thank you is in order to Relays race director Jas Dhanda, for organising the chaos, to Sarah Walters, for organising the refreshments table, and to all of the amazing volunteers who stood around in the rain to make the race possible.  

Save the Date: Awards Night

Running shoes off, dancing shoes on - we'll be holding our annual awards night for juniors and seniors on Saturday, 13th January 2024, at Reigate Manor. More details to come!

Awards Night Raffle

This year, we're hoping to hold an awards night raffle and we'd love some donations or leads/contacts on donations. Please get in touch with Linda Rodriguez - see the emailed newsletter for her contact details - if you have any ideas.

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The discount code for November will be in the email version of the newsletter.

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Report: Border League First Match

RPAC juniors dominated the first match of this year’s Border League in Maidenhead on Sunday, winning three out of seven races. The day started with the U9 Girls race, featuring five girls putting in excellent performances in their first race for the Club: Morgan Du Preez was first, with Imogen Leung coming in second, Penelope Gargowitsch fifth, Mathilda Hayman ninth and Amira Jaffar 12th. In the U9 boys race, the sole RPAC competitor, Ben Logan, ran well in a strong field. In the U11 Girls, Gracie Shade had a great tussle with a YAC girl but ended up winning after a strong finish. She was well supported by Jessie Humber, Emily Beaty, and Olive Barton, who all finished in the top 20, performances that should put RPAC at least in the top three in the team event. Isabella Crorkin, Emma Aries, Matilda Williams, and Eleni Harvey also ran strong. In the U11 boys, Fin Killick was placed fourth, followed by Rafi Varah, Piers Matthews and Isaac Armitage, who all finished in the top 20, also putting RPAC in the top three in the boys' team event.
 
The U13 girls ran strongly as a team and I would expect them to be placed first in the team event, with all five runners in the top 18 home. Daisy Barton was first back in sixth place, Lisette Matthews eighth, Olivia Aries ninth, Charlotte Ebbs 17th, and Mia Perez 18th. The day ended on a high with the combined boys and girls U15 race: Josh Emmerson took the lead early on and never relinquished it, finishing comfortably ahead of the second placed runner. Olivia Heppenstall finished fifth amongst the girls, with Eloise Matthews running a determined race, coming in 13th. Edward Williams also did well in his first race for the Club.

 

Saturday, 11 November: Surrey Cross Country League, Mitcham Common

The second match of the Surrey Cross Country League season takes place at Mitcham Common this Saturday, 11 November. The first race is the U15/17 Girls at 12:00. Please let Mike Gent know if your child would like to participate.

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 11th November Second Surrey XC League, Mitcham Common

Sunday 3rd December Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford

Saturday 13th January 2024 Awards Night

 

Senior Section News

Report: Priory Relays, from Jas Dhanda 

We hosted the 67th edition of the Priory Relays on Saturday, with the help of more than 50 members and non-members from all sections of the club. I'm extremely proud to be part of a club that can come together in such large numbers to ensure we can put on a such a great event.
 
The day started in the rain at 8 am when we collected the equipment from Battlebridge, and it continued to rain through the setup of the revised 2.25-mile course. The downpour paused once we finished setting up - only to start up again at the race start at 1:30 pm. Each women's team comprised three legs, while the men's team were four; we hosted 275 runners across 80 local club teams, including 27 RPAC runners, some of whom ran their first cross country race that day, making up eight teams. The slippery and scary descent down from breakneck hill made sure a great race unfolded, with RPAC claiming 3rd place in the women's race, while the men narrowly missed out on 3rd by 10 seconds; prizes were later handed out by local physio, Movement Mechanics. The race results can be found here. Reigate Photographic Society took some fantastic photos of the race, free of charge, which can be found here
 
I would just like to thank all the volunteers and runners who contributed to such a successful race.
Eloise Bull, who ran the fastest women's leg for RPAC, in 14:54, accepted the third place team award on behalf of herself, Jo Davey, and Emily Jeanes.
 
 Alistair Moses, who ran the fastest men's leg for RPAC, in 13:53, braving the gully - his face pretty much says it all. 

Saturday, 11th November: XC races

The second matches of the four Surrey XC League races are set for this Saturday, with the women racing at Mitcham Common at 11 am, and the men from Holland Sports in Oxted at 11:30. And it's not too late to join! Maybe you gave the Relays a go on Saturday and you're addicted to the rush, maybe you just really like mud, whatever the case, please consider joining us on Saturday. Club vests are required, but entry is free, and the races are suitable for all abilities - everyone is welcome. This race will be approximately 6.5k for the women and 8k for the men. Contact  or  as soon as possible, if you're interested.

Sunday, 12th November: Leatherhead Fire Station 10K

The annual Leatherhead Fire Station Charity 10K, a scenic and "undulating" (and we all know what that means around here) race, is set for Sunday, 12th November - if you're not running cross country the day before and are looking for a little challenge, why not give it a go? Organised by the fire fighters of Red Watch, entries are just £15, with proceeds benefitting local charities - register here

Sunday, 19th November: MABAC Holmbury, final event of the season

The MABAC season wraps up on Sunday, 19th November, this year at Holmbury Hill, home of the infamous Surrey Slog. As this race has had to be re-organised rather hastily - ongoing forestry work at Farley Heath has displaced the usual race location - details on the parking situation are still forthcoming. From Andrew Bamford, MABAC director: "It would be good if we can field a strong RPAC team. We're currently languishing in 5th place in the league with two teams just above us and definitely able to be caught. If you haven't tried a MABAC race before why not give it a go? I've never heard anyone yet say that they haven't enjoyed a MABAC fixture. They are as competitive as you want to make them and everyone who takes part scores points for the team. The more people we can field the more points we score.  We are nearly always short of lady runners." Andrew also says that this race is likely to be "hilly and muddy", but "you will be running in a beautiful part of Surrey and apparently you can see six counties from the trig point at the top of the hill. What's not to like?" Please let Andrew know if you have any questions or would like any more information, email .

Thursday, 30th November: Jimmy James Handicap Race 3

Participation hasn't been terrific for the previous two races, but it's not too late - you can still beat Jas, who has been the first RPAC runner home in both of the races held so far! The next race will be Thursday, 30th January, at Denbies; check out the latest results and course here.  

Saturday, 9th December: Parkrun tourism to Cranleigh

Mark your calendars - on Saturday, 9th December, we'll be going to Cranleigh parkrun at Knowle Park for the run and a post-race breakfast at the cafe.

Sunday 17th December: Annual Turkey Trot

Save the date - Sunday 17th December - for the annual Turkey Trot run and/or walk from Denbies. More details to follow.

Weekly schedule

Details for the weekly sessions can be found on the RPAC website as well as the club calendar. If you'd like to be added to any of the WhatsApp groups just email . All are welcome!

Members' news

This week, Kate Knight was in New York, finishing her 153rd marathon in 8:36:37. Next week, she says, she'll be running the Remembrance Marathon in Brandon Country Park. Go, Kate!

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 4th November Priory Relays

Saturday 11th November XC match

Sunday 12th November Leatherhead 10K

Sunday 19th November MABAC Farley Heath & AGM

Saturday 9th December Parkrun Tourism to Cranleigh

Sunday 17th December Turkey Trot

Saturday 13th January Awards and Social Night, Reigate Manor

Keep in touch

If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is 

Reigate Priory AC News 30th October 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 30th October 2023

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All Club News 

Saturday 4th November Priory Relays: Volunteering

A big thank you to everyone who has volunteered. We have now got enough volunteers to host. Everyone who has volunteered should have had an email from Jas showing provisional roles, but if you haven't please do get in touch using 

Saturday 4th November Priory Relays: Refreshment donations needed

We need cakes (and cookies and brownies)! Sarah Walters is organising refreshments to sell at the Priory Relays, another income boost for the club. Please contact  if you are able to help out. Items can be dropped off at the race HQ at Reigate Priory School after 12:30pm on the day or we can arrange collection. Reigate Priory School is a nut free zone, so please NO NUTS in the baked goods.

Saturday 13th January 2024 Save the Date: Awards Night

Running shoes off, dancing shoes on - we'll be holding our annual awards night for juniors and seniors on Saturday, 13th January 2024, at Reigate Manor. More details to come!

Awards Night Raffle

This year, we're hoping to hold an awards night raffle and we'd love some donations or leads/contacts on donations. Please get in touch with Linda Rodriguez - see the emailed newsletter for her contact details - if you have any ideas.

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The discount code for November will be in the email version of the newsletter.

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Border League First Match, 5th November

The first match of this year's Border League is at Maidenhead on Sunday, 5th November with first race the U9 Girls at 1:30pm and last U15 boys at 3:00pm. The Border League comprises a number of clubs in Surrey and Berkshire and is intended as a development league. There are races for U9 (school years 3 and 4), U11, U13 and U15s, with separate boys and girls races. Other races in the series are at Guildford on 3 December, Bracknell on 11 February and the final match in Priory Park on 3 March. There is no cost to enter these races, but we do need to declare athletes ahead of time. Please let Mike Gent know if your child would like to run in Maidenhead.

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Sunday 5th November First Border League XC fixture, Maidenhead

Saturday 11th November Second Surrey XC League, Mitcham Common

Sunday 3rd December Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford

 

Senior Section News

Thursday 26th October Jimmy James Handicap Race 2

Well done to Jas and Kate for being the sole participants in this second race of the 6 race series. Jas has done a clean sweep, finishing as the first RPAC runner home in both races held thus far. Results from Thursday can be seen here.

Participation has been disappointing in the two events held to date with only two RPAC athletes taking part in each of the two races. 
 
There are four more races to go in November, January, February and March so there is still time to win the coveted trophy. Don't forget that only 4 results are counted so it is still possible to overhaul Jas. 
 
The next race is on Thursday 30th November.

Saturday 28th October Surrey Masters XC

Ben Stanton, Mike Pocock and Ian Burks ran the Surrey Masters XC last Saturday. It was very muddy but not too many hills!

Ian and Ben are in the photo above. The results can be seen here.

Sunday 12th November Leatherhead Fire Station 10K

The annual Leatherhead Fire Station Charity 10K, a scenic and "undulating" (and we all know what that means around here) race, is set for Sunday, 12th November - if you're not running cross country the day before and are looking for a little challenge, why not give it a go? Organised by the fire fighters of Red Watch, entries are just £15, with proceeds benefitting local charities - register here

Saturday 9th December Parkrun tourism to Cranleigh

Mark your calendars - on Saturday, 9th December, we'll be going to Cranleigh parkrun at Knowle Park for the run and a post-race breakfast at the cafe.

Sunday 17th December Annual Turkey Trot

Save the date - Sunday 17th December - for the annual Turkey Trot run and/or walk from Denbies. More details to follow.

Weekly schedule

Details for the weekly sessions can be found on the RPAC website as well as the club calendar. If you'd like to be added to any of the WhatsApp groups just email 

Sunday 29th October River Thames Half Marathon

Lisa Ashley helped Claire Humphrey and Usha Stevens celebrate their birthdays at the River Thames Half Marathon which started & finished at Walton-on-Thames.

Despite the mixed terrain reminiscent of Cranleigh earlier this year and the downpour of rain towards the end, they all finished in somewhat respectable times. Lisa was home first in 1:50:48, followed by Claire in 2:04:25 (a course PB). Usha completed the trio in 2:24:52 - a good result after a cold the previous week and being tentative about starting the event. Results are here. This was followed by cake!

Sunday 29th October Eryri Marathon - by Andrew Pringle

Just a note that I took the opportunity to take a long weekend to go to the Eryri Marathon (previously Snowdon marathon).

Of course late October is not normally great weather but the views turned from “bleak” to “majestic” in the space of a few hours, as only it can do in mountainous areas of the UK.

Described by C4S Wales as the fourth hardest marathon in the UK (I’m resisting looking up the other 3….), it certainly has its up and downs as it basically does a lap around Snowdon. This makes is incredibly hard to pace as its either steep up or steep down for the first quarter of the race, so you only find out if you have gone too fast when you hit the last hill between 22 and 24 miles.

C4S (C4 Wales)  did a one hour program on the race which could be found on catch-up, which mostly focuses on the front runners but shows you some of the scenery you will pass.

Outside of the leaders, lots of interesting people and stories as you often get in the marathon community.

The guy doing his 500th marathon.

The guy dressed as a Rhino (same one as London marathon)

The 83 year old lady who finished in 5:30

The lady who ran in bare feet (don’t know how she got down the stony paths)

As well as Captain Beany.

I got round in 5:12:34 on the chip, but to be honest, times are not important on this run, and the cheering on the run in made the pain of the first 26 miles all worthwhile.

While technically a road race, there are several downhill miles on a mountain path, but the scenery makes you feel like it’s a trail run, but on the road.

Well supported with water/electrolyte stops every few miles, and snacks and sweets in the last few, this is a well organised and extremely friendly event, with many of the locals staying to cheer the runners from the first to the last.

The Eryri marathon is not just another marathon, in my opinion, it’s one of the best running experiences in the UK and I would thoroughly recommend doing it once in your life.

Ballot entries for 2024 open 1st Dec at the following link; Marathon Eryri - Snowdonia Marathon Eryri

Why not put it on your New Year resolution list!

Andrew.

Sunday 29th October Halloween Marathon

Kate Knight participated in the Halloween Marathon at Ferry Meadows Country Park, Peterborough. It was a fantastic venue - dry and sunny all day, and Kate saw some old friends there.

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 4th November Priory Relays

Saturday 11th November XC match

Sunday 12th November Leatherhead 10K

Sunday 19th November MABAC Farley Heath & AGM

Saturday 9th December Parkrun Tourism to Cranleigh

Sunday 17th December Turkey Trot

Keep in touch

If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is 

Reigate Priory AC News 23rd October 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 23rd October 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News 

Priory Relays: Volunteers needed by 30th October

Thank you to every one who has volunteered to help at the Relays so far. We still have a number of slots to fill for the main marshalling time slot  which is 12:45 - 15:30. We need you to help fill these positions (all other time slots are filled).
The Priory Relays will be our only revenue-generating event this year, but without volunteers, we may have to consider cancelling. 
Please let us know by 30th October if you can help by filling out this form

 

Priory Relays: Refreshment donations needed

And we need cakes (and cookies and brownies)! Sarah Walters is organising refreshments to sell at the Priory Relays, another income boost for the club. Please contact  if you are able to help out. Items can be dropped off at the race HQ at Reigate Priory School after 1pm on the day or we can arrange collection. Reigate Priory School is a nut free zone, so please NO NUTS in the baked goods

Save the Date: Awards Night, 13th January 2024

Running shoes off, dancing shoes on - we'll be holding our annual awards night for juniors and seniors on Saturday, 13th January 2024, at Reigate Manor. More details to come!

Awards Night Raffle

This year, we're hoping to hold an awards night raffle and we'd love some donations or leads on donations. Please get in touch with Linda Rodriguez - see the emailed newsletter for her contact - if you have any ideas. 

Technical Training Tops

RPAC branded training tops for adults and juniors in dark blue, light blue, or red are available for purchase via LoveAdmin - select "Optional Extras", choose your colour and size. If you're concerned about the right size, we hold a stock of training tops and can ensure we find the correct size. 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing ! Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Border League First Match, 5th November

The first match of this year's Border League is at Maidenhead on Sunday, 5th November with first race the U9 Girls at 1:30pm and last U15 boys at 3:00pm. The Border League comprises a number of clubs in Surrey and Berkshire and is intended as a development league. There are races for U9 (school years 3 and 4), U11, U13 and U15s, with separate boys and girls races. Other races in the series are at Guildford on 3 December, Bracknell on 11 February and the final match in Priory Park on 3 March. There is no cost to enter these races, but we do need to declare athletes ahead of time. Please let Mike Gent know if your child would like to run in Maidenhead.

Surrey Schools Endurance Day

Surrey Schools will be running their usual endurance development day on Thursday, 26th October at the American School in Cobham. Children who attended in February should receive an invitation. Other secondary age children are able to attend. Further information and an application form are available on the Surrey Schools Athletics website.

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Thursday 26th October  Surrey Schools Endurance Day

Sunday 5th November First Border League XC fixture, Maidenhead

Saturday 11th November Second Surrey XC League, Mitcham Common

Sunday 3rd December Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford

 

Senior Section News

Wednesday Evening Sessions

A reminder that we are now meeting at Morrisons in Reigate (near the store entrance) for the Wednesday evening runs. Parking in Bell St car park is free after 6pm. 

This Thursday's Session is Cancelled

A reminder that there is no road session in Reigate this Thursday as it's the second Jimmy James Handicap Race at Dorking. If you want to enter this and haven't done so already, you are too late as entries closed yesterday! Good luck to those of you who have entered.

Hi-viz and torches

It's dark: Please wear hi-viz clothing and carry a head or body torch when running the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday sessions. If you need some hi-viz kit, don't forget the fine selection of RPAC-branded tops and vests to be found here!

MABAC Nonsuch Park, 22nd October

Undeterred by the torrential rain that we endured last year a team of 18 RPAC runners gathered in glorious Autumn sunshine in Nonsuch Park yesterday for the MABAC event hosted by Epsom Oddballs. After the heavy rain of the previous few days the course was slippery and wet in places and trail shoes were a must. Over the years we have run this course when the ground has been so hard-baked that ankle-turning cracks appear in the soil and also when the course has been a quagmire. Yesterday was definitely veering towards the quagmire. 

In my opinion this is the flattest of the MABAC courses; Strava tells me there is only 50m of elevation throughout. For comparison the Winterfold Forest course that we ran back in April had 217m.

Given the flat course some quick times were anticipated and we were not disappointed. In fact RPAC runners occupied three out of the top four slots with Euan Willis finishing in first place in 29:14, Sam Rolaston in third place in 30:12 and Andrew Reeves in fourth place in 31:26. RPAC first timer Alex Thomas (16th in 34:21) and Alastair Swanepoel (24th in 35:20) completed the five "scoring" RPAC men*. Laura Ebbs was our first lady home (35th place and 3rd lady overall) in 37:12 with Gillian O'Regan (62nd place in 39:28), Ruth Willis (63rd place in 39:31), Kate Pain (98th place in 42:52)  and Lisa Ashley (120th in 45:52) as the "scoring" ladies*.
"Non-scorers"* were Jez Greenwood, Gordon Eastden, Joe Harrington, Gareth Bowers, Andrew Pringle, Andrew Bamford, Sharon Miller and Gail Hill.  

Charlotte Ebbs was the first girl home in the junior race, finishing in fourth place overall in 17:54

* The scoring rules in MABAC are a little arcane. Everyone who takes part in a MABAC race scores at least five points (two points for one lap). The fastest five ladies and fastest five men from each team score extra points depending on the total number of runners taking part. Full details are here.  

Thank you to everyone who turned out; I hope you enjoyed it. Despite strong individual performances our lack of numbers counted against us and we finished in fifth place on the day and are still languishing in fifth place in the league. For comparison Blackwater valley Runners fielded 53 runners and Dorking 37 compared with our intrepid 18. 

The next MABAC race is on Sunday 19th November at Farley Heath. We can still catch Wimbledon Windmilers and Epsom Oddballs if we get a good turnout there.  

   

Members' news

Rich Friar, Tom Lavelle and Kate Knight took part in the Beachy Head Marathon on Saturday.

Rich finished in 16th place in a cracking time of 03:41:30 despite running in what he described as the worst conditions he'd ever raced in.
Tom, competing in what I think might be his first outing as an RPAC runner finished in 216th place in 04:43:09.

Kate was competing in her 151st marathon - despite what it said on the BBC website! She finished in 1156th place in 11:08:27, describing the conditions as "cold, very wet and windy, very slippery and muddy but great fun". Not content with the marathon, Kate also completed the half marathon course on the Sunday when the weather was considerably better. She finished in 677th place in 5:04:40. 

Well done to you all. 

 

Leatherhead Fire Station 10K, 12th November

The annual Leatherhead Fire Station Charity 10K, a scenic and "undulating" (and we all know what that means around here) race, is set for Sunday, 12th November - if you're not running cross country the day before and are looking for a little challenge, why not give it a go? Organised by the fire fighters of Red Watch, entries are just £15, with proceeds benefitting local charities - register here

 

Parkrun tourism to Cranleigh, 9th December

Mark your calendars - on Saturday, 9th December, we'll be going to Cranleigh parkrun at Knowle Park for the run and a post-race breakfast at the cafe. More details to come!

 

Park Run (A->Z collectors) from Andrew Pringle 

Good news! I ran a test event (so no official time!) of the reformed Victoria Dock Park Run on Saturday. Due to works on the dockside path around ExCeL centre, this event has taken some time off but was testing a new layout and a new Run Director.

This was a 3 times up and back on the North side of the dock, so fast and flat, but again, not the most scenic thing in the world. I think they are now looking at using some more of the South side of the dock which might make it less repetitive. 

However, it will they be closest “V” to Reigate, with a train to London Bridge and tube to Canning Town and a short warm up jog to City Hall and the start.

Using a Railcard you can get a return for under the cost of ULEZ.

It is also not currently crowded, but I’m sure it will get busy when people start to hear its going again, so if you are after your “V” of the A-Z of park run events, I’d go sooner rather than later. 

Note; don’t go next Saturday (unless you are dressed as a Storm Trooper) as it is Comicon at ExCeL. They hope to run the first official run in a couple of weeks (but I would check the website before setting off in case…).

 

Annual Turkey Trot, 17th December

Save the date - Sunday, 17th December - for the annual run and/or walk from Denbies! More details to follow. 

 

Weekly schedule

Details, including meeting locations, for the sessions listed below can be found on the RPAC Calendar. All club members are welcome!

Monday: Social recovery run, 6 pm

Tuesday: Track session, 7 pm

Wednesday: Improvers and recovery run, 7 pm

Thursday: Senior road session (usually involves hills), 7 pm

Saturday: Morning social run, 10:30 am 

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 4th November Priory Relays

Saturday 11th November XC match

Sunday 12th November Leatherhead 10K

Sunday 19th November MABAC Farley Heath & AGM

Saturday 9th December Parkrun Tourism Cranleigh

Sunday 17th December Turkey Trot

 

Keep in touch

 If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is 

Reigate Priory AC News 16th October 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 16th October 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News 

Priory Relays: Volunteers needed by 30th October

We need you! The Priory Relays will be our only revenue-generating event this year, but without volunteers, we may have to consider cancelling. Please let us know by 30th October if you can help by filling out this form
 

Priory Relays: Refreshment donations needed

And we need cakes (and cookies and brownies)! Sarah Walters is organising refreshments to sell at the Priory Relays, another income boost for the club. Please contact  if you are able to help out. Items can be dropped off at the race HQ at Reigate Priory School after 1pm on the day or we can arrange collection. Reigate Priory School is a nut free zone, so please NO NUTS in the baked goods

Save the Date: Awards Night, 13th January 2024

Running shoes off, dancing shoes on - we'll be holding our annual awards night for juniors and seniors on Saturday, 13th January 2024, at Reigate Manor. More details to come!

Awards Night Raffle

This year, we're hoping to hold an awards night raffle and we'd love some donations or leads on donations. Please get in touch with Linda Rodriguez - see the emailed newsletter for her contact - if you have any ideas. 

Technical Training Tops

RPAC branded training tops for adults and juniors in dark blue, light blue, or red are available for purchase via LoveAdmin - select "Optional Extras", choose your colour and size. If you're concerned about the right size, we hold a stock of training tops and can ensure we find the correct size. 

Reigate Junior Parkrun needs run directors

Junior parkrun is every Sunday at 9 am, with more than 100 children taking part in the free timed race each week. They are desperately in need of a few people who would be willing to act as run director on the day. What’s involved? Volunteers would need to be DBS checked; once that's in place, it's setting up the event from 8:10, briefing the volunteers, setting the participants off and then compiling the results. Once everything is packed away, you would be done by 10 am latest. Please contact event director James Holla, details in emailed newsletter, if interested. 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing ! Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Surrey Cross Country League at Richmond Park

The first match of this year's Surrey cross Country League was held in the fabulous setting of Richmond Park. Fifteen RPAC Junior athletes took up the challenge. First up were the U17/U15 girls. Isla Kinniburgh was the first RPAC athlete home, closely followed by Nicole Haycock. Neve Macgregor and Emily Haycock, in her first competitive race for RPAC, also ran well on a tough course. The U13 girls were up next and were our best performers on the day: Florence Tombleson was third, with her sister Lara in 17th, and then Gracie Shade, Olivia Aries and Freya Else packed well to finish one after another, high up the field, leaving the team in an impressive third place.

In the U13 boys, James Beaty was our highest placed runner after a strong run and Piers Matthews and Keagan Stricker-Timmermans, both running in their first Surrey Cross Country League race, did well. The day finished with the U17/U15 boys race. Euan Willis ran impressively to finish fourth overall and Sam Rolaston was not far behind, coming home in 16th place, whilst Josh Emmerson was 12th U15. These are always strong and competitive races and when the National races arrive later in the season you can be sure Surrey will always be amongst the leading counties.

Border League First Match, 5th November

The first match of this year's Border League is at Maidenhead on Sunday, 5th November with first race the U9 Girls at 1:30pm and last U15 boys at 3:00pm. The Border League comprises a number of clubs in Surrey and Berkshire and is intended as a development league. There are races for U9 (school years 3 and 4), U11, U13 and U15s, with separate boys and girls races. Other races in the series are at Guildford on 3 December, Bracknell on 11 February and the final match in Priory Park on 3 March. There is no cost to enter these races, but we do need to declare athletes ahead of time. Please let Mike Gent know if your child would like to run in Maidenhead.

Surrey Schools Endurance Day

Surrey Schools will be running their usual endurance development day on Thursday, 26th October at the American School in Cobham. Children who attended in February should receive an invitation. Other secondary age children are able to attend. Further information and an application form are available on the Surrey Schools Athletics website.

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Thursday 26th October  Surrey Schools Endurance Day

Sunday 5th November First Border League XC fixture, Maidenhead

Saturday 11 November Second Surrey XC League, Mitcham Common

Sunday 3rd December Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford

 

Senior Section News

Wednesday recovery run *location change*

Now that we are back to winter running routes, we would like to trial meeting at Reigate Morrisons for the Wednesday sessions instead of Reigate YMCA. This will allow us to run more varied routes during the dark evenings that will be suitable for a range of abilities. We will run the trial up until Christmas and then reassess if this should become a permanent change. From this Wednesday, 18 October, we will be meeting near the front of the store, by the former Timpsons dry cleaners. There is plenty of parking available either in the Morrisons car park or Bell Street car park (free of charge after 6pm). 

Thursday road sessions

If you take part in or want to take part in Thursday road running sessions, please join the WhatsApp group; we will be canvassing attendance each week to ensure coach/athlete ratios are appropriate.

Hi-viz and torches

It's dark: Please wear hi-viz clothing and carry a head or body torch when running the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday sessions. If you need some hi-viz kit, don't forget the fine selection of RPAC-branded tops and vests to be found here!

MABAC Nonsuch Park, 22nd October

The next MABAC race takes place at Nonsuch Park on Sunday, 22 October, at 10 am. If you haven't run MABAC before, the series is a fun, low-key way of representing the club in trail races across the Surrey countryside. Each race is approximately 8km, with 4km option; you can decide on the day which distance you'd prefer. Everyone who finishes the full distance earns at least five points for the club; 4km finishers earn two points. There are more points for the fastest five men and ladies from each club, and more runners means more points for the club. No need to pre-register, we will provide a race number on the day. Please note that we are asked to park in the car parks located just off The Avenue (What3Words locations ///sushi.rating.fees and ///unfair.human.stay). These are a bit of a trek away from the start, but it's a good way of warming up. For those of us travelling from Reigate, we will meet in Bell Street car park for an 08:45 departure. If you have any questions, need a lift or can help with transport please contact 

Jimmy James Handicap, 26th October

The second Jimmy James Handicap Race will take place on Thursday, 26th October. We only had two RPAC runners in the last one, so hopefully we can do better this time. Please email Jacqui Cooper at DMVAC () to register; entries close on Sunday, 22nd October. Runners that haven’t raced a Jimmy James before will be asked to provide a current 5k time, mobile number and emergency contact when registering. Start times, final instructions, and details of post-race food will be sent to participants before the race. Hi-viz clothing and a torch are mandatory; you will not be allowed to run without them.
 

It has begun: First XC matches of the season

This Saturday - unseasonably sunny and dry, according to veteran cross country runners, until it wasn't - saw the first matches of the Surrey Cross Country League seasons. The women's team, newly promoted to Division 1 after last season's stellar performance, turned up at Richmond Park armed with fresh hair ribbons, red and blue face paint, and sharper elbows, ready to run for their lives or really, cake and prosecco, in an incredibly competitive field. Eloise Bull was first back for the team, finishing in 51st position, followed soon after by speedy newcomer Emily Jeanes, veteran Ginevra Stoneley, still recovering from her bout with the Battlebridge equipment container, and Jo Davey and Natalie Wilson, both on good form. Jamilla Ncayiyana, Gillian O'Regan, Hannah Wright, Ruth Willis, and Linda Rodriguez rounded out the B team, ably supported by Sharon Brennan and Hannah Williams. As promised, the race was followed by cake and prosecco, in celebration of Ruth Willis's birthday - we're assured that she did in fact want to spend her birthday running up and down muddy hills and dodging deer! (Anyone else have a birthday falling on or around 11 November, in time for the next match? If so, please get in touch. Will run for cake and fizz!)

The lovely weather held out for the ladies, but the same can't be said for the men's team, racing in Division 2 at Epsom Downs. Ewan McKay reports from the trenches that things got a little messy in the second half - check out his excellent full report here. After the first race, the women's A team stands in 13th position out of 15 teams, while the men, led by Alex Wright, who finished in 15th place, are in seventh out of 10 teams.

Tempted by the glittering reports of cake, cookies, and mud? There's still time to join us for cross country season! The next match is 11 November and we welcome runners of all abilities and anyone even faintly interested in running around a muddy field on a Saturday afternoon; if that appeals (and really, why wouldn't it?), please contact the team captains  and  for more information. 

 

Surrey Road League ends with Cabbage Patch PBs

The Surrey Road League season ended on Sunday with the iconic Cabbage Patch 10, a fast, flat 10 mile race through from the Cabbage Patch Pub in Twickenham, through the streets of Teddington, along the Thames, and past Ham House. Conditions on race day could not have been more perfect - cool and sunny, with barely a breeze. Alistair Moses, first back for RPAC, ran a blistering 57:51, followed by Neil Fenwick, who also ran cross country the day before, in a personal best of 1:00:49. Andrew Walker finished in 1:07:12, with Jez Greenwood hot on his heels in 1:07:18. Linda Rodriguez, who ran at Richmond the day before, struggled to the finish in 1:20:49; she now agrees that everyone was right and trying run two races in one weekend after weeks off due to shin splints is a terrible idea. Liz Mason, still in marathon mode, ran a brilliant 1:38:52, and was 10th in her age category.

 

Members' news

Sunday also saw a pack of RPAC runners at another 10-mile race, the Great South Run in Portsmouth. Paul Walters, storming back into form, was first back for RPAC, finishing in 1:12:59; he was followed by Paul Sapsard in 1:21:18, Lisa Ashley in 1:22:42, Philippa Drysdale in 1:2358, Melanie Fulton-Bell in 1:31:15, Claire Humphrey in 1:32:51, Hydi Ashley in 1:34:19, Juliette Stern in 1:38:15, Usha Stevens in 1:43:59 (a PB for Usha, well done!), and Beccy Prentice 2:00:53. Joining the runners in the photo below are Michael and Liz Clark, RPAC friends who moved to the Isle of Wight and came to the run to cheer everyone on. 

Meanwhile, Annette Morris earned herself a new club record - beating her old club record - for her Bath Half performance on Sunday, finishing in 1:54:23 and coming in second in her age category. Fantastic running, Annette!

Unfortunately, we didn't get this utterly epic photo of Tom Almond shattering the club record at the Chicago Marathon in time for publishing the newsletter last week, but here he is, running - and beating - two-time Olympian Des Linden, who set a new American women's masters record with a time of 2:27:47.

And finally, Kate Knight has hit her 150th marathon, the Chelmsford Marathon! Amazing, Kate!

 

 

Leatherhead Fire Station 10K, 12th November

The annual Leatherhead Fire Station Charity 10K, a scenic and "undulating" (and we all know what that means around here) race, is set for Sunday, 12th November - if you're not running cross country the day before and are looking for a little challenge, why not give it a go? Organised by the fire fighters of Red Watch, entries are just £15, with proceeds benefitting local charities - register here

Parkrun tourism to Cranleigh, 9th December

Mark your calendars - on Saturday, 9th December, we'll be going to Cranleigh parkrun at Knowle Park for the run and a post-race breakfast at the cafe. More details to come!

Annual Turkey Trot, 17th December

Save the date - Sunday, 17th December - for the annual run and/or walk from Denbies! More details to follow. 

Weekly schedule

Details, including meeting locations, for the sessions listed below can be found on the RPAC Calendar. All club members are welcome!

Monday: Social recovery run, 6 pm

Tuesday: Track session, 7 pm

Wednesday: Improvers and recovery run, 7 pm

Thursday: Senior road session (usually involves hills), 7 pm

Saturday: Morning social run, 10:30 am 

Dates for Your Diary 

Sunday 22nd October MABAC Nonsuch Park

Saturday 4th November Priory Relays

Saturday 11th November XC match

Sunday 12th November Leatherhead 10K

Sunday 17th December Turkey Trot

 

Keep in touch

 If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is 

The Dirty Dozen: Reigate Mens XC at Epsom

The Dirty Dozen: Reigate Mens XC at Epsom

Category: Seniors News

The Dirty Dozen: Reigate Mens XC at Epsom Downs

By Ewan McKay

Twelve good men turned up on Saturday. Not to parachute across enemy lines and assassinate German personnel at a French chateau, but to run 5 miles in conditions that could be described as "a bit wet in the second half".

Like criminals taken from death row looking to commute their sentences, our men had desperation in their eyes as they headed to their own D-Day. If only their time-keeping had matched their desperation. When the gun went off, Neil Fenwick was mid-trainer change and Lee Savage was sharpening his spikes on a lathe. The Greeks have a word for this kind of behaviour: hubristikos. The British have two: criminal negligence.

Of course, every band of brothers has its joker and, in this case, it wasn’t even messers Fenwick and Savage. Cadet Veale didn’t even make it to the frontline due to an evening run earlier in the week when he ran into a concrete bollard due to not wearing a head torch. As Veale radioed back from the field hospital to explain: “I’m like Mr Bean but without the charisma or like-ability.”

It was a conflict that would last anywhere between 28 minutes, for Major Alex Wright, to 44 minutes if you’re Conscript Christopher Morgan. Brought in as a canon fodder from the Welsh home guard, this was Morgan’s first cross country and he acquitted himself superbly.

For those who chose spikes as their weapon of choice (OK, we’re stretching the analogy a bit now) then they were to be vindicated in the second half. As the rain came in, the muddy track became extremely slippery and forced those in flats to run on the thick grass. At one point Veteran McKay went to ground as if diving on a mine. The enemy asked if he was alright as they stepped over him pushing his face into the mud with their jackboots (OK, that’s an exaggeration).

Like Navy Seals, these brave men brought every man home. Of course medals weren’t ever doing to be distributed. These men knew that and, in any case, they didn’t do it for the glory. They did it for the ginger-infused white chocolate chip cookies. Many thanks to Mess Sergeant Rodriguez-McRobbie.

As Armistice Day (Nov 11) approaches for the 2nd fixture in the series, we hope that our brave boys will have reinforcements as their comrades are revived from injuries sustained on the inhumane frontline known as Battlebridge. The chances of this team getting away with staying in the division are about one in a million, but the damned don't care, and certainly don't count chances...

Reigate Priory AC News 9th October 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 9th October 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News 

Saturday 4th November Priory Relays - volunteers needed

The Relays are the only revenue generating event RPAC will host. Please support us by running and or volunteering. Please use the following link to register your intention to volunteer.  https://forms.gle/7MCXoszH8PStMoNU6
 

Saturday 4th November Priory Relays Refreshments from Sarah Walters

As mentioned above RPAC is hosting the Priory Relays on 4th November and using Reigate Priory School as the race HQ. I am organising the refreshments and would love to have lots of homemade cakes to sell. The refreshments generate welcome income for the club and so all donations will be gratefully received. Please contact  if you are able to help out. Items can be dropped off at the school after 1pm on the day or I can arrange collection. 
Please note that Reigate Priory School is a nut free zone, so no NUTS are to be used in the baked goods. Thanks, Sarah.

 

Hoodie Order

This is the last few days for making a hoodie order as we plan to place it at the weekend (14th/15th October). Hoodies can be ordered using LoveAdmin and selecting Optional Extras. You can order a Hoodie either with or without a name on the back. In placing your order you need to select the size and the two initials for the front of the Hoodie. Hoodies are available in both Adult and Junior sizes.

 

Technical Training Tops

RPAC branded training tops are available for purchase via LoveAdmin. They can be purchased in either Dark Blue, Light Blue or Red. You can purchase them by selecting Optional Extras, choosing the required colour and then the required Size. Do not worry too much about the size as we hold a stock of training tops and can ensure we find the correct size. Training tops are available in both Adult and Junior sizes. 

 

A Messaqe From James Holah, Event Director, Reigate Junior Parkrun

I’m writing to you as the event director for Reigate Priory junior parkrun. As you may well be aware, junior parkrun takes place every Sunday at 9 am and we are regularly getting in excess of 100 children taking part each week.

We are desperately in need of a few other people who would be willing to act as run director for junior parkrun at 9am on a Sunday morning. Might there be anyone in the athletic club that would be willing to help?

Ideally if we have 5 or 6 that can help, we would be rotating the responsibility.

What’s involved? We’ll need to get DBS checks completed, but after that it’s a fairly simple process. Setting up the event from 8:10, briefing the volunteers, setting the participants off and then compiling the results. Once everything is packed away you would be done by 10 am latest.

I’m happy to talk to anyone who wants any further information.

Many thanks in advance for your help with this

James' contact details will be supplied in the email version of this newsletter 

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing . Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

 

 Saturday 7th October The Bruce Judd Cross Country Relays from Mike Gent

RPAC took 26 athletes to the Surrey Cross Country relays held at Stoke Park, Guildford on Saturday. We had at least one team in each race and a number of runners making their competitive debut for the Club.

The day started with the U17 Men's race which RPAC won convincingly. Euan Willis ran a great first leg to bring us back in the lead, Sam Rolaston extended that lead and Sam Stapley running solo recorded the fastest lap of the day on the last leg. Luke Stone ran a strong leg as the sole runner in an incomplete second team.

In the U17 Ladies' race Reigate's team of Nicole Haycock, Ella Scrase and Lilah Unwin ran well and narrowly missed out on a medal coming in fourth, three seconds behind the third placed club, with Lilah running the second fastest leg of the day.

In the U13 Boy's James Beaty ran our fastest and it was great to have four other boys, Raphael Watkins, Keagan Stricker-Timmermans, Evan Moffat and Jonty Smallwood all running their first competitive cross country race for the Club.

Our strongest turnout was in the U13 girl's race where we had seven girls running and they performed very well with the two complete teams finishing third (Florence Tombleson/Lara Tombleson/Florence Shade) and sixth (Gracie Shade/Olivia Aries and Daisy Barton) out of the eighteen teams running. Florence Tombleson (fifth) and Gracie Shade (tenth) both finished in the top ten fastest legs. Freya Foley ran bravely as the sole member of our incomplete third team.

In the U15 boy's we can in eighth. Pete Littlemore, Josh Emmerson and Alfie Warden all ran well, with Pete being the sixth fastest lap in this age group.

The day finished with the U15 Girl's race. Reigate were twelfth out of the twenty-three teams. Neve Macgregor brought us home twelfth on the first leg and we held that position as she handed over to Georgia Foley and then Isla Kinniburgh ran the last leg. Olivia Heppenstall ran well as the sole runner in an incomplete team. The performances in unseasonably warm weather bode well for the upcoming cross country season which continues with the first Surrey League match in Richmond Park next weekend..

 

Surrey Cross Country Leagues

The first round of this year’s Surrey Cross Country league will be held in Richmond Park on Saturday 14th October. The Senior Ladies will be racing at the same venue. The timetable and distances for the Junior Races are as follows:

12:00pm U15/U17 Girls (4.8km)
12:30pm U13 Girls (2.8km)
1:00pm U13 Boys (2.8km)
1:30pm U15/17 Boys (4.8km)

We are keen to have as many children as possible represent the Club. There is no cost to enter and no limit on team sizes. If your son/daughter would like to race please contact Mike Gent. U13 for these purposes are school years 7 and 8 plus any Year 6s aged 11 on the day of the race.

 

Sunday 15th October RPAC Juniors to go to Reigate Junior Parkrun 

If you have not already tried it the Junior Parkrun is a great event. It is a 2km run at 09:00 every Sunday morning for children aged 4 to 14 years old. There is no cost to enter. You just need to register with the event ahead of time on the Reigate Junior Parkrun website and bring your scannable barcode with you. In part to encourage the juniors to experience the Parkrun and in part as preparation for the first Border League cross country race for juniors on November 5th, we are encouraging as many of the Saturday morning 09:00 group as possible to attend the Junior Parkrun on Sunday 15th October. 

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 14th October  First Surrey League Cross Country

Sunday 15th October RPAC Juniors to go to Reigate Junior Parkrun (See above)

Sunday 5th November First Border League XC fixture, Maidenhead

Sunday 3rd December Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford

 

Senior Section News

Tom Triumphs in Chicago

A team of three RPAC athletes raced in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon yesterday. Clearly inspired by Kelvin Kiptum's new world record our own Tom Almond set about demolishing the RPAC men's marathon record, finishing in 2:26:02, some 40 seconds faster than the previous record, set by Charlie Butcher in 2020, and a full 2½ minutes quicker than Tom's previous marathon best. To put this into context Tom was clocking up 5k's at a rate of around 17 minutes throughout the race, or for those of us of more mature years around 5½ minute miles.  Phenomenal running Tom!

 

James Webb (pictured above) also set a massive PB (if Power of 10 shows all his results), taking 14 minutes off his time from Brighton and finishing in 3:15:51.  Well done James!

Duncan Mallison, hot off the heels of his epic Land's End to John O' Groats challenge, was the third of the RPAC Three Amigos to run, finishing in 3:28:27. Great stuff Duncan!

I'm hoping that one of the guys will provide a full race report and some photos for next week's newsletter.


Laura's Chester Challenge

As we reported in the newsletter of 11th September, Laura Ebbs only discovered that she had been selected to run the Chester Marathon for England Masters at the beginning of September. Yesterday was race day. 
Laura writes:  
"I did Chester marathon yesterday. I think I was the only one from RPAC.

Not sure I have it in me to put together an eloquent report but it was a tough one. Found out a month ago I had a England Masters place in the W40 category so it was a very rapid training plan with help from Malcolm on how to make the most of the 4 weeks I had to prepare. I did 17, 20 (including Reigate half) 22 miles for my long runs and then 13.1 the week before with a very rapid taper. On the day, I turned up to the Masters area for photos and tea, coffee, nice toilets.

The race start was cold and cloudy so I stupidly abandoned my sunglasses (which I regretted). It was a lovely course although the first few miles were "undulating" before leaving for the countryside when it wasn't flat but no real hills. Entered Wales for a bit and was down lovely quiet roads where there were probably more cows than supporters. I went through the half way point in 1.27 and realised I had probably gone off too fast for my fitness. It was now glaring sunshine and getting very warm. The 2nd half was grim as my legs and mind just gave up on me....I ended up walking the hills and water stops just to cool down and give myself a reward. Was glad when it was over and finished in 3.01.24 17th lady and 6th in my age category.

A very well organised race with a beautiful setting and brilliant start from the town crier. Lots of water stations and high5 gels and a packed goodie bag and long sleeved top at the finish." 

Fantastic running Laura!


From Triple Jump to Ultra Marathon from Andrew Pringle

Andrew writes: 
"As a natural extension of my track & field season, I entered an Ultra last Friday.
This was one of the Phoenix events run from Xcel Sports Centre.
Now I will admit these events are not the most scenic, as you are up and down the Thames towpath multiple times, but it’s a great way into Ultra running.

The laps layout means you don’t have to buy any special kit or carry food and water as you get to pass the support every 3.2 miles, who provide drinks, sweets & encouragement. It also means that if you do hit an issue, you are always no more than 1.6 miles from the support. Or no more than 0.5 miles from a pub….

So I got round the 29.5 miles in about 6hr 20min, a bit slower than I'd hoped but I’m just glad I finished it.
I was going alright until about 24 miles when I not so much hit the wall, as it fell on me.

Apparently it was still there on Saturday morning when I tried to get up….

Oh, I should have mentioned that Phoenix now offer places without their trademark massive medals, so you can enter an Ultra for £20 at some events.
Not bad looking at some of the entry costs for Marathons these days."

Well done Andrew!

 

Members' News

Kate Knight completed her 149th Marathon at Dorney Lake yesterday finishing in 08:24:58. I believe that she is planning to make Beachy Head Marathon her 150th.

Jack Finn ran the Guildford 10K with a friend who wanted to go sub-50. Jack reports that he finished in 48:23, but I can't find you in the results Jack! 

Conner Wickens did the latest of his Spartan Races over the weekend in Ashdown Forest, finishing in 6th place on Saturday in the "Beast" (half marathon distance) and in 12th place yesterday in the shorter OCR race (approximately 12 km). Conner now competes in the elite category.

Well done to all of you! 

 

This Saturday 14th October - XC starts 

The weather is turning windy, wet, and cold (really?), which can only mean one thing: It's cross country season! After last season's promotion, the women's team is in Division 1, and the men are in Division 2. The first match will be on Saturday, 14th October, with the men racing at Epsom Downs and the women at Richmond Park. We can't promise it won't rain, but we can promise a great atmosphere and baked goods for after (well, definitely for the women and maybe for the men). We welcome runners of all abilities and anyone faintly interested in running around a muddy field on a Saturday afternoon; if that appeals (and really, why wouldn't it?), please contact the team captains  and  for more information. 

 

MABAC Nonsuch Park, Sunday  22nd October 10 am

The next MABAC race takes place at Nonsuch Park on Sunday 22nd October. After a depleted turnout at the last event in September we are currently lying in 5th place in the league. The two teams above us are eminently catchable and a strong turnout from RPAC would catapult us into third place. We have finished in second place behind Dorking and Mole Valley for the past couple of seasons, so it would be good to get back up there. 

If you haven't taken part in a MABAC race they are a low key way of representing the club - you can be as competitive as you wish and you will always find someone to compete with. There is no need to pre-register as we will sort you out with a race number on the day.

The MABAC League is comprised of ten clubs dotted around Surrey and ten races are held throughout the year.  All races take place in some beautiful and sometimes obscure locations in Surrey. Each race is a trail race of approximately 8km, with 4km option if you don't fancy the full distance. You can decide on the day - you can even walk the 4km option. Everyone who finishes the full distance earns at least five points for the club; 4km finishers earn two points. There are more points for the fastest five men and fastest five ladies from each club. The more runners who turn out the bigger our points tally should be.

Please turn out if you can. We are nearly always short of lady runners. 

There is more detail about the Nonsuch Park race here. Please note that we are supposed to park in the car parks located just off The Avenue (What3Words locations ///sushi.rating.fees and ///unfair.human.stay). These are a bit of a trek away from the start but it's a good way of warming up. I'd suggest car sharing if possible. For those of us travelling from Reigate we will meet in Bell St car park for an 08:45 departure. 

If you have any questions, need a lift or can help with transport please contact me  

 

Hi-Viz and torches, please

Now that it's getting darker earlier, please wear hi-viz clothing and carry a head or body torch when running on the roads. This is particularly important for the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday sessions. And if you need some hi-viz kit, don't forget the fine selection of RPAC-branded tops and vests to be found here - see below too!

 

Hi-Viz - continued

Some of you may remember that over the last couple of years we worked with one of our kit partners to offer club branded hi viz, reflective printed t-shirts and long sleeved tops for wearing during those early morning or evening runs in low (or no) light.  I am pleased to announce that we are offering these again for a limited time only.

You can purchase these tops via LoveAdmin by selecting Optional Extras (if using the app) or via Payment > Optional Extras (if accessing the web page).  Sizing can be found on the iProSports Clubzone but please DO NOT order via that website as you may not get the reflective print added for free.  Prices are as shown on the iProSports page.

Links to the shirts are here...

Mens https://www.iprosports.co.uk/product/reigate-priory-athletic-club-mens-neon-yellow-sports-t-shirt/ and https://www.iprosports.co.uk/product/reigate-priory-athletic-club-mens-hi-vis-reflective-print-long-sleeve-sports-t-shirt/

Womens - https://www.iprosports.co.uk/product/reigate-priory-athletic-club-womens-neon-yellow-sports-t-shirt/ and https://www.iprosports.co.uk/product/reigate-priory-athletic-club-womens-hi-vis-reflective-print-long-sleeve-sports-t-shirt/

These t-shirts & tops are highly effective at saying visible whilst running in low light and you may have already seen a number of our club runners donning theirs at recent training sessions.  They are even more effective when running in groups in the dark.  For those who are incredibly organised, they also make great Christmas gifts!

We will keep the LoveAdmin pages open until this Sunday, 15th October.  Orders will be placed during the week of 16th October and will take approximately 4 weeks before they're received. 

 

Weekly schedule

Details, including meeting locations, for the sessions listed below can be found on the RPAC Calendar. All club members are welcome!

Monday: Social recovery run, 6 pm

Tuesday: Track session, 7 pm

Wednesday: Improvers and recovery run, 7 pm

Thursday: Senior road session (usually involves hills), 7 pm

Saturday: Morning social run, 10:30 am 

   

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 14th October First XC match of the season

Sunday 15th October Cabbage Patch 10, final race of the Surrey Road League

Sunday 22nd October MABAC Nonsuch Park

Saturday 4th November Priory Relays

 

Keep in touch

 If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is 

Reigate Priory AC News 2nd October 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 2nd October 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News 

Saturday 4th November Priory Relays - volunteers needed

The Relays are the only revenue generating event RPAC will host. Please support us by running and or volunteering. Please use the following link to register your intention to volunteer.  https://forms.gle/7MCXoszH8PStMoNU6
 
 

Hoodie Order

We will be placing a Hoodie order in W/C 9th October. Hoodies can be ordered using LoveAdmin and selecting Optional Extras. You can order a Hoodie either with or without a name on the back. In placing your order you need to select the size and the two initials for the front of the Hoodie. Hoodies are available in both Adult and Junior sizes.

 

Technical Training Tops

RPAC branded training tops are available for purchase via LoveAdmin. They can be purchased in either Dark Blue, Light Blue or Red. You can purchase them by selecting Optional Extras, choosing the required colour and then the required Size. Do not worry too much about the size as we hold a stock of training tops and can ensure we find the correct size. Training tops are available in both Adult and Junior sizes.

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The discount code for October will be in the email version of the newsletter.

 

Tuesday 7th October Belong | Contribute | Thrive 19:00-21:00

The YMCA have passed us details of this annual review of YMCA Impact across East Surrey. Guests will be invited to enjoy a light buffet, view a number of displays and talk to staff about the exciting work of YMCA East Surrey. The evening will also feature a number of short presentations focusing on YMCA East Surrey's charitable work. The event will be held at the YMCA Sports & Community Centre, Princes Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6JJ on Tuesday 7 November from 19:00-21:00. We have a communication from the YMCA about this event - please email  and we will forward it on to you.
 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing . Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

 Saturday 7th October The Bruce Judd Cross Country Relays

The Bruce Judd Surrey Cross Country relays will be held at Stoke Park in Guildford on Saturday, 7th October. There are races for U13/U15 and U17 boys and girls, with the first race being the U17 boys at 12:30pm. (U13s are school years 7 and 8, plus any year 6s who are 11 on the day of the event.) We would be keen to put out as many teams as possible -- this is a great opportunity to run as part of a team and excellent preparation for the upcoming cross country season. We need to register teams by Thursday, 5 October, so please let Mike Gent know if your son or daughter would like to run as soon as possible.

 

Surrey Cross Country Leagues

The first round of this year’s Surrey Cross Country league will be held in Richmond Park on Saturday 14th October. The Senior Ladies will be racing at the same venue. The timetable and distances for the Junior Races are as follows:

12:00pm U15/U17 Girls (4.8km)
12:30pm U13 Girls (2.8km)
1:00pm U13 Boys (2.8km)
1:30pm U15/17 Boys (4.8km)

We are keen to have as many children as possible represent the Club. There is no cost to enter and no limit on team sizes. If your son/daughter would like to race please contact Mike Gent. U13 for these purposes are school years 7 and 8 plus any Year 6s aged 11 on the day of the race.

 

RPAC Juniors in Reigate Park Run

RPAC juniors recorded some impressive performances in the local Park run over the weekend. On Saturday Euan Willis was first home almost half a minute ahead of anyone else in 17:47. Pete Littlemore, Josh Emmerson and Neve Macgregor all improved their personal bests,Josh by a full 30 seconds. On Sunday in the Junior Park Run Pete Littlemore came home first, beating his PB by 25 seconds, and recorded the second fastest Junior Park Run ever on this course behind Felix Vaughan. James Beaty and Annabel Bean also ran well to record PBs and Ted Smythe equalled his PB.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 7th October Bruce Judd Cross Country Relays for U13-U17  

Saturday 14th October  First Surrey League Cross Country

Sunday 5th November First Border League XC fixture, Maidenhead

Sunday 3rd December Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford

 

Senior Section News

Wednesday 27th September The Ed Prickett club 5000m Track Championships at K2

There was a great turned out for the Ed Prickett 5000m club championship at K2 last Wednesday evening.

Pictured above are most of the Reigate Priory AC members who ran in the 5000m on the night.

Tom Almond was first for Reigate Priory AC and came 3rd overall - pictured above with his prize, and was the Reigate Priory AC men's 5K champion.

 

Jamilla Ncayiyana was the first lady to finish in 20th overall and is the Reigate Priory AC ladies 5K champion.

Our results can be see here. Congratulations to all of our champions.

A big thank you to all of the organisers and supporters of the event on the night.

 

Thursday 28th September The Jimmy James Handicap race 1

 We had two competitors on the night - Jas Dhanda and Jez Greenwood. There results can be seen here.

 

Saturday 14th October - XC starts 

The weather is turning windy, wet, and cold, which can only mean one thing: It's cross country season! After last season's promotion, the women's team is in Division 1, and the men are in Division 2. The first match will be on Saturday, 14th October, with the men racing at Epsom Downs and the women at Richmond Park. We can't promise it won't rain, but we can promise a great atmosphere and baked goods for after (well, definitely for the women and maybe for the men). We welcome runners of all abilities and anyone faintly interested in running around a muddy field on a Saturday afternoon; if that appeals (and really, why wouldn't it?), please contact the team captains  and  for more information. 

 

Hi-Viz and torches, please

Now that it's getting darker earlier, please wear hi-viz clothing and carry a head or body torch when running on the roads. This is particularly important for the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday sessions. And if you need some hi-viz kit, don't forget the fine selection of RPAC-branded tops and vests to be found here - see below too!

 

Hi-Viz - continued

Some of you may remember that over the last couple of years we worked with one of our kit partners to offer club branded hi viz, reflective printed t-shirts and long sleeved tops for wearing during those early morning or evening runs in low (or no) light.  I am pleased to announce that we are offering these again for a limited time only.

You can purchase these tops via LoveAdmin by selecting Optional Extras (if using the app) or via Payment > Optional Extras (if accessing the web page).  Sizing can be found on the iProSports Clubzone but please DO NOT order via that website as you may not get the reflective print added for free.  Prices are as shown on the iProSports page.

Links to the shirts are here...

Mens https://www.iprosports.co.uk/product/reigate-priory-athletic-club-mens-neon-yellow-sports-t-shirt/ and https://www.iprosports.co.uk/product/reigate-priory-athletic-club-mens-hi-vis-reflective-print-long-sleeve-sports-t-shirt/

Womenshttps://www.iprosports.co.uk/product/reigate-priory-athletic-club-womens-neon-yellow-sports-t-shirt/ and https://www.iprosports.co.uk/product/reigate-priory-athletic-club-womens-hi-vis-reflective-print-long-sleeve-sports-t-shirt/

These t-shirts & tops are highly effective at saying visible whilst running in low light and you may have already seen a number of our club runners donning theirs at recent training sessions.  They are even more effective when running in groups in the dark.  For those who are incredibly organised, they also make great Christmas gifts!

We will keep the LoveAdmin pages open for two weeks, until Sunday 15th October.  Orders will be placed during the week of 16th October and will take approximately 4 weeks before they're received.

 

Late addition from last week - Berlin Marathon

Siubhan Clines ran Berlin last week in a time of 3:46 which is a new PB by about 6.5 minutes. Siubhan highly recommends the race - lovely roads and weather and the best organisation of any race she has run to date. Quite handy that it finishes in a massive park so you can collapse for as long as you like, and share stories of success and woes with runners from all over the world.

 

Sunday 1st October Loch Ness Marathon

Kate Knight has just completed her marathon no 148 - the Loch Ness Marathon.

 

Weekly schedule

Details, including meeting locations, for the sessions listed below can be found on the RPAC Calendar. All club members are welcome!

Monday: Social recovery run, 6 pm

Tuesday: Track session, 7 pm

Wednesday: Improvers and recovery run, 7 pm

Thursday: Senior road session (usually involves hills), 7 pm

Saturday: Morning social run, 10:30 am 

   

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 14th October First XC match of the season

Sunday 15th October Cabbage Patch 10, final race of the Surrey Road League

Sunday 22nd October MABAC Nonsuch Park

Saturday 4th November Priory Relays

 

Keep in touch

 If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is 

Reigate Priory AC News 25th September 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 25th September 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News 

 

RPAC makes a clean sweep at Run Reigate

This year saw the 10th anniversary of Run Reigate and to mark it, organisers introduced team prizes for the first time. RPAC fielded nearly 100 runners across all distances, including the kids' races, so it might not come as a big surprise to learn that the club won all three trophies -- the men's, women's, and the mixed. For the men's team, it was Sam Stapley, Joshua Emmerson, Rob Wigley, Neil Freeman-Jones, and Jeremy Greenwood; for the mixed, it was Steve Cheeseman, Dorian Isaacson, Lucian Watkins, Gracie Shade, and Linda Rodriguez; and for the women's, it was Hannah Wright, Florence Shade, Isla Stock, Eloise Bull, and Laura Ebbs. Thank you to everyone who ran (and to the computer that determined these particular team groupings)!  
 
 

John Hopkins sends his best wishes

Nat Wilson recently looked up club president, John Hopkins, who started the club back in 1974 when he began offering athletics coaching to children at the then Reigate Priory Middle School. "On the way to Portishead, I saw we were going through a village called Colyton and thought that sounded like where John Hopkins lived, so we pulled over to look up his address and we were 425 yards away," she wrote. "No John home, so Stewart gave me some ideas of where to look for him and driving around, I suddenly spotted him walking back from his allotment. John hadn’t changed at all and shared some happy memories and asked me to pass his best wishes on to all who remember him."
 

Save the date: Priory Relays, Saturday, 4th November

With the cancellation of the Summer 10K, the Priory Relays will be the only revenue generating event we will be putting on this year. The Relays are always a big draw and a good time - despite the almost guaranteed awful weather - so please, save the date to volunteer or run on the day. Jas will be sending out the call for volunteers in the coming weeks. 
 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing . Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Strong performances in Aldershot

Sixty clubs from around the South of England descended on Aldershot on Saturday afternoon for the SEAA Road Relays, the traditional curtain-raiser to the winter club season. RPAC entered five junior teams. The two U13 girls teams kicked things off. The A team ran well to finish in an impressive 18th place, with Florence Shade giving us a very solid start and then Lara and Florence Tombleson following up with strong legs to bring us through the field. The B team were led off well by Daisy Barton, who handed over to Mia Perez; it was great to have Lisette Matthews back competing and running a good final leg to bring the team home in 36th place. In the U15 boys, Pete Littlemore led the team off, with Rocco Secker running second and Josh Emmerson completing the team, bringing them home in 40th place.


In the later races, the U17 Ladies all ran strong races, with Nichole Haycock, Ella Scrase and Lilah Unwin combining well to finish 24th overall.Then the day finished on a high, with a great performance from our strong U17 men’s team -- Euan Willis, Sam Rolaston, and Sam Stapley -- who came in 6th overall out of 68 teams. Willis and Stapley were both placed in the top 10 on their respective legs, with Willis placed sixth on leg one and Sam Stapley third on leg three.


This sets us up well for good performances at the coming Surrey cross country relays on Saturday, 7 October.

Bruce Judd Cross Country relays, 7 October

Speaking of which, the Bruce Judd Surrey Cross Country relays will be held at Stoke Park in Guildford on Saturday, 7 October. There are races for U13/U15 and U17 boys and girls, with the first race being the U17 boys at 12:30pm. (U13s are school years 7 and 8, plus any year 6s who are 11 on the day of the event.) We would be keen to put out as many teams as possible -- this is a great opportunity to run as part of a team and excellent preparation for the upcoming cross country season. We need to register teams by Thursday, 5 October, so please let Mike Gent know if your son or daughter would like to run as soon as possible.

Lost property!

Saturday Junior Academy, we have your stuff: Water bottles will be kept for a further two weeks before being gently disposed of; a hoodie with rainbow stripes on the arms and pink Guardian at Glastonbury bag have also turned up. Please contact  if any of these are yours. 
 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Wednesday 27th September Ed Prickett 3K track race for U17, K2 in Crawley

Saturday 7th October Bruce Judd Cross Country Relays for U13-U17  

Saturday 14th October  First Surrey League Cross Country

Sunday 5th November First Border League XC fixture, Maidenhead

Sunday 3rd December Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford

 

Senior Section News

 *Wednesday* The Ed Prickett club 5000m Track Championships at K2, 27th September

The Ed Prickett 5000m Track Championships will take place at K2 in Crawley on Wednesday, 27th September. This is the club 5km championship race; there will also be a 3K for the U17 athletes. Please remember that you need to wear your club vest. Registration will be open from 7 to 7:45pm, no later. Race to start at 8:20pm. 

The Jimmy James Handicap is Back, Thursday 28th September

Our friends and rivals at Dorking and Mole Valley AC have very kindly invited us to take part in their Winter Handicap Series which runs at Denbies on the last Thursday of each month from September to March. The first race will take place on 28th September. We will award the Jimmy James Handicap trophy to the person scoring the most points over four races.

Please email  to register. Entries will be accepted up to 24th September. Any runners who haven’t taken part in the previous handicaps, please provide a current 5k time, mobile number and emergency contact information when registering. Please note that hi-viz clothing and a torch are mandatory. Food will be available at the DMVAC club house afterwards.

Please would you fill out this form if you think you will be staying for food - no commitment at this stage, but a fairly accurate indication as to numbers would be helpful. For those of you new to the Handicap season, the supper consists of soup, a main course and two drinks at a cost of £7.50. Card payment is preferred. DMVAC usually try to provide a vegan and/or gluten free option.

XC starts 14 October

The weather is turning windy, wet, and cold, which can only mean one thing: It's cross country season! After last season's promotion, the women's team is in Division 1, and the men are in Division 2. The first match will be on Saturday, 14 October, with the men racing at Epsom Downs and the women at Richmond Park. We can't promise it won't rain, but we can promise a great atmosphere and baked goods for after (well, definitely for the women and maybe for the men). We welcome runners of all abilities and anyone faintly interested in running around a muddy field on a Saturday afternoon; if that appeals (and really, why wouldn't it?), please contact the team captains,  and , for more information. 

SEAA relays in Aldershot 

Saturday, 23 September, saw our senior men and women's teams running laps in the sun around a Ministry of Defence training estate at the SEAA Road Relays at Rushmoor Arena in Aldershot. Clubs from across the south of England turned out for a day of competitive racing featuring some literally world-class athletes -- Olympic middle and long-distance runner Stephanie Twell ran for Aldershot, Farnham & District AC senior women's team -- and an energised atmosphere. Each leg of the senior race took in two long laps of the course, for a distance of 6 kilometres; the women's team fielded four runners, and the men's six. 

The senior women - Eloise Bull (23:14), Linda Rodriguez (26:37), Jamilla Ncayiyana (26:35), and Ginevra Stoneley (25:16), all with RPAC hair ribbons in place - landed in 41st position out of 61 teams. The senior men's team, Alistair Moses (21:22), Neil Freeman-Jones (21:34), Gavin Fox (21:41), Neil Fenwick (21:51), Dave Rayner (26:56), and Tim Pearson (23:14), finished in 87th place out of 106. Great effort, everyone! 

 

From London to Berlin, some great results from RPAC

In Germany, Liz Mason added another sub-five hour marathon to her growing list, finishing the Berlin Marathon in 4:53:12. Warm temperatures and a twinged hamstring offered up real challenges, but she nevertheless conquered, earning herself a course PB.

Closer to home, Usha Stevens and Harry Mullard ran the London Vitality 10K on Sunday, 24 September. Usha finished in 1:02:31 and Harry, in his first time in the RPAC vest, ran a blazing 36:42. 

Meanwhile, Jim Vince and Kate Knight, the club's resident ultra distance veterans, were both at again this weekend. Jim followed up his run at the hilly Chas Avis Harvest Half Marathon in Royston near Cambridge last weekend - "unfortunately, no medal, but cake and only £10 entry," he says - with the 100 Marathon Club's annual AGM in Shropshire on Saturday which, of course, included a casual marathon before the actual meeting. 

 

Kate Knight completed her 147th marathon - and then some - with the Chiltern 50K on Saturday, finishing in 15:05:00. 

 

Hi-Viz and torches, please

Now that it's getting darker earlier, please wear hi-viz clothing and carry a head or body torch when running on the roads. This is particularly important for the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday sessions. And if you need some hi-viz kit, don't forget the fine selection of RPAC-branded tops and vests to be found here

Weekly schedule

Details, including meeting locations, for the sessions listed below can be found on the RPAC Calendar. All club members are welcome!

Monday: Social recovery run, 6 pm

Tuesday: Track session, 7 pm

Wednesday: Improvers and recovery run, 7 pm

Thursday: Senior road session (usually involves hills), 7 pm

Saturday: Morning social run, 10:30 am 

   

Dates for Your Diary 

Wednesday 27th September Ed Prickett 5000m track championship at K2 

Thursday 28th September Jimmy James Handicap, Race 1 at Denbies

Saturday 14th October First XC match of the season

Sunday 15th October Cabbage Patch 10, final race of the Surrey Road League

Sunday 22nd October MABAC Nonsuch Park

Saturday 4th November Priory Relays

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 18th September 2023

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Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing . Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

 

National Recognition for Lilah and Samuel 

Many congratulations to Lilah and Samuel whose records of achievement over the last few years have led to them being selected onto the England Athletics Youth Talent Programme!
 
 
This programme is the first step on the talent pathway designed to meet the needs of identified, talented English athletes aged between 16 and 18.
 
 
It will include attendance at six national days with event specific training sessions with the other top performing athletes in their event, performance support sessions and workshops.
 
It will also lead to a Diploma in Sporting Excellence  (64 UCAS points!) allowing progression either to further higher education or to gain employment within a related field.
 
Full details can be found here.

 

Sunday 17th September RunReigate - Juniors report

There was a strong turn out and some great performances from RPAC Juniors in the Run Reigate events yesterday.

Sam Stapley, an 800m specialist, showed a Mo Farahesque versatility across the distances by winning the 10k in a very impressive  time of 33:55, that is a new Club U20 record. Sam Rolaston also ran a very strong race coming in not far behind in fourth place overall.
 
In the 5K Euan Willis was the overall winner of the Adult race by a comfortable 40 seconds. RPAC juniors also finished fourth, fifth and sixth with great runs from Pete Littlemore, Will John-Cox and Josh Emmerson respectively, all of which bodes well for the U17 and U15 Boys teams for the Southern Road Relays this coming weekend.
 
In that same adult 5K race two year 8 boys, James Beaty and Lucian Watkins, ran very impressively to finish eighteenth and nineteenth overall, as did three Year 8 girls Florence Shade, Sadie Casserley and Daisy Barton , who were respectively thirtieth, thirty fifth and forty eighth. It was good to see two Year 6 athletes, ten year olds, take on the challenge of the 5K and Issac Spilling and Gracie Shade should be hugely proud of their times and their finishing places of twenty second and forty first.  A number of other RPAC juniors, including Isla stock, Ethan Else, Alfie Warden, George Duncton, Emily Beaty, Robert Duncton, Willow Greaves, Florence Bewley and Mia Perez, took on the 5k and performed very creditably on a challenging course.
 
In the Junior races the reported results seem to have been impacted by the heavy rain that descended half way through, so forgive me if some of this is incorrect or incomplete. Based on the reported results Neve Macgregor was first girl in the Year 9-11 race. Keagan Stricker-Timmermans and Raphael Watkins were second and fifth boys in the Year 7-8 boys race, while Sofia Poole was second girl. Rafi Varah won the Year 6 boys race and Finn Killick also ran strongly to finish in the top five. Vivvy Loynes won the Year 5 girls race, with Isabella Crorkin second and Rosie Prior third. Agnes Delaney and Vhari MacGregor also ran well to finish in the top ten girls. In the Year 4 Girls race Mathilda Hayman was first, with Penelope Gargowitsch second and Imogen Leung third.  Elle Johnson, Scarlett Maxwell, Isla Thirlwell and Ben Logan also ran strongly and finished well up the field.
 
You can see RPAC results of the 10K and 5K races. Full results are here.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 23rd September  Southern Road Relays in Aldershot

Wednesday 27th September Ed Prickett 3K track race for U17, K2 in Crawley

Saturday 7th October Bruce Judd Cross Country Relays for U13-U17  

Saturday 14th October  First Surrey League Cross Country

Sunday 5th November First Border League XC fixture, Maidenhead

Sunday 3rd December Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford

 

Senior Section News

Sunday 17th September RunReigate - Seniors report

Nearly 100 Reigate Priory Athletic Club runners of all ages turned up on Sunday morning for the 10th edition of Run Reigate, Reigate’s annual celebration of all things running and confirmation that the hills around Priory Park are not to be underestimated.

RPAC juniors dominated the 5K race (reported above). For the seniors Jeremy Greenwood finished 10th in a time of 20:52. and was first in his MV40 age category. Paul Walters finished 20th in a time of 22:37. and was first in his MV50 age category.

RPAC juniors also dominated the 10K race (reported above). Hannah Wright, who was the fifth woman over the line, finished in a time of 44:18.

Of note - Jane Lovibond and Sarah Spanton finished the 5K race and Angie Barton finished the 10K, all of whom are previous participants of the RPAC Couch to 5K Programme.

In the half marathon, men’s team captain Rob Wigley was first back for RPAC, finishing in seventh place in 1:20:00; Neil Freeman-Jones was ninth, in 1:21:05, and Steve Cheeseman was 12th, in 1:23:32. Eloise Bull came third with a new PB – in her second ever half marathon – finishing in 1:29:34, followed immediately after by Laura Ebbs, who was first in her age category in 1:29:46 (and then ran three miles home because marathon training doesn’t even stop on race days).

You can see RPAC results of the half marathon10K and 5K races. There's some photos here. Full results are here.

Note from Newsletter Ed. Paul Walters :- I believe that I took the MV55 official club record in the 5K (even though I know other V55's have previously run a 5K far faster in reality). It's still not massively competitive, so there for the taking!

 

Tuesday 12th September 3000m @ Battlebridge Track - Grand Prix

A really nice event was provided by the organisers - with thanks to Jas, Usha, Ian Thomas and Donna Barrington-Smith. It was a Chris Veale, Alistair Moses, Dominic Hayward 1-2-3, and full results can be seen here.

 

Monday 18th September Monday Session

Here's a photo of the Monday Group relaxing at The Inn on the Pond which is closing this week.

 

Hi Viz and Torches Please

Now that the nights are starting to draw in it is important that we wear hi-viz clothing and carry a head or body torch when running on the roads. This is particularly important for the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday sessions.

 

The Ed Prickett club 5000m Track Championships at K2, 27th September

The Ed Prickett 5000m Track Championships will take place at K2 in Crawley on Wednesday, 27th September. This is the club 5km championship race; there will also be a 3K for the U17 athletes. Please remember that you need to wear your club vest. Registration will be open from 7.00pm and close at 7.45pm. Please do not register after 7.45pm as this will overlap with the track judge briefing. Race to start at 8:20pm. 

 

The Jimmy James Handicap is Back, Thursday 28th September

Our friends and rivals at Dorking and Mole Valley AC have very kindly invited us to take part in their Winter Handicap Series which runs at Denbies on the last Thursday of each month from September to March. The first race will take place on 28th September. We will award the Jimmy James Handicap trophy to the person scoring the most points over four races.

Please email  to register. Entries will be accepted up to 24th September. Any runners who haven’t taken part in the previous handicaps, please provide a current 5k time, mobile number and emergency contact information when registering. Please note that hi-viz clothing and a torch are mandatory. Food will be available at the DMVAC club house afterwards.

Please would you fill out this form if you think you will be staying for food - no commitment at this stage, but a fairly accurate indication as to numbers would be helpful. For those of you new to the Handicap season, the supper consists of soup, a main course and two drinks at a cost of £7.50. Card payment is preferred. DMVAC usually try to provide a vegan and/or gluten free option.

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 23rd September Southern Road Relay Championships

Wednesday 27th September Ed Prickett 5000m track championship at K2 

Thursday 28th September Jimmy James Handicap Race 1 at Denbies.

Saturday 14th October First XC match of the season

Sunday 15th October Cabbage Patch 10, final race of the Surrey Road League

Sunday 22nd October MABAC Nonsuch Park

Saturday 4th November Priory Relays

 

Keep in touch

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Reigate Priory AC News 11th September 2023

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Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K programme starts Saturday 23rd September

Pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested: Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 23rd September. However, there are two optional but recommended lead-in sessions to the course from Saturday, 9th September. All of the details for the course can be found here. Registration is free for club members, so if you've had some time away from running and think you'd benefit from participating, please consider it.

 

Sunday 17th September - staffing the RPAC gazebo at RunReigate

We're looking for volunteers (who are not running) to be at the club gazebo to look after any left items during the races and to represent and promote the club to non-members. We already have a few volunteers, but all are running. If you'd be able to do this, please email 

 

Sunday 17th September - Volunteer for RunReigate 

Volunteer to help at RunReigate and get a free entry for next year's race! Click here for more information.

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing . Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

South of England U17  Inter-Counties T & F Championships Oxford, 10 September 

A final flourish to a great season on the track by both Lilah Unwin and Samuel Stapley saw them power home to Gold and Silver respectively in their 800m finals.
Representing Surrey in these Inter-county Championships,  Lilah Unwin won the U17W's 800m and Samuel Stapley took 2nd place in the U17M's 800m.
 
Well done to both!

 

Proposed UK Athletics age group changes

UK Athletics recently announced that they're considering changing the existing age groups, "to bring our sport into further alignment with World Athletics and European Athletics and to help address the significant drop-out from track and field athletics during teenage years." The new age groups would see U12, U14, U16 and U18 replace the existing U13, U15, and U17 groups, from April 2024. If you're interested in having a say or finding out more, UK Athletics will be holding a series of webinars from 12 September; click here to find out more.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Sunday 17th September Run Reigate

Saturday 23rd September  Southern Road Relays in Aldershot

Wednesday 27th September Ed Prickett 3K track race for U17, K2 in Crawley

Saturday 7th October Bruce Judd Cross Country Relays for U13-U17  

Saturday 14th October  First Surrey League Cross Country

Sunday 5th November First Border League XC fixture, Maidenhead

Sunday 3rd December Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford

 

Senior Section News

Hi Viz and Torches Please

Now that the nights are starting to draw in it is important that we wear hi-viz clothing and carry a head or body torch when running on the roads. This is particularly important for the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday sessions.

RPAC Grand Prix 3000m Race Tomorrow Tuesday 12th September

A reminder that the Grand Prix 3000m race will take place during the training session at Battlebridge tomorrow. Everybody welcome, no need to pre-register.

 

 Sunday 17th September Club Gazebo at RunReigate

We will have a Reigate Priory AC gazebo at RunReigate where you can meet up with other club members and leave belongings (at your own risk). The gazebo should be manned throughout the event. Look for the club flag. Good luck to all of our competitors!

 

Surrey Road Relay Championships Wimbledon Saturday 9th September

On what was the hottest day of the year and possibly the hottest time of the day, 6 ladies competed in the annual Surrey Road Relays held in Wimbledon.  Eloise Bull went first for the senior ladies team and had a great run finishing her leg in 18.09.  Jo Hennessy was next (24.33), followed by Maxine Voutilainen (21.17) and Ginevra (running her 2nd leg of the day) ran the anchor leg in 20.28.  The senior team made up of only one senior member still managed to finish 12th
 
The ladies also managed to field a V45 team. Ginevra led the team out in a time of 18.58 handing over to Annette (25.44).  Jo Davey’s time of 20.14 brought the team home in 3rd place, earning them a Surrey bronze medal - well done 👏
 
The men's senior team was led off by Neil Freeman-Jones (17.03).  The rest of the senior team was Steve Bass (17.55), Alex Wright (15.50), Mathieu Anglard (19.23), Lee Savage (18.09) and completed by Rob Wigley (16.18)
 
Jez Greenwood (18.30), Paul Walters (20.20) were part of an incomplete V40 team
 
Impressive times under tough conditions

 

MABAC Lightwater Country Park Sunday 10th September

 It was always going to be hard to get a good turnout at this event with the competing attentions of the Surrey Road Relay Champs the day before and late Summer holidays, not  to mention the extremely hot and humid weather. It was no surprise therefore that it was an intrepid band of just four RPAC runners who set off to the furthest reaches of West Surrey for the Lightwater Country Park yesterday.

For the uninitiated Lightwater Country Park is a large area of heathland bordering the M3 near Camberley.

Paul Walters was the first RPAC runner home in 31st place in 41:02. Paul Sapsard (42nd place in 42:42) and Neil McDonnell (44th place 43:01) were the only other male RPAC representatives. Sharon Miller was the only RPAC lady there finishing in 99th place in a time of 53:00. Well done to all of you and thank you for turning out!

The small turnout meant that we earned only 157 points finishing in 8th place on the day. We have now slipped to 5th place in the league with Odballs and Windmilers just above us. 

The next MABAC race is in Nonsuch Park on 22nd October. This is also a RPAC Grand Prix race so I'm hoping for a great turnout.

Laura's England Masters Marathon "Challenge"

Malcolm Woodman writes to say: 

"Following her superb performance at the London Marathon back in April, Laura Ebbs has been selected to represent England in the Masters competition at the Chester Marathon on Sunday 8th October 2023.” He went on to add “Laura did not receive her invite when it was originally sent back in May, so only realised she had been selected last week! Fortunately she has already been training for the Bath Half Marathon in October, so is now on a crash 4.5 week marathon training programme in the remaining weeks before Chester "

That's fantastic news Laura, very well done and Good Luck!

Bacchus Half Marathon Denbies 10th September

Hills, wine, sunshine, more hills, more wine what more could you ask for?
Kelly Marie Mason writes: "Today I took part in a very very hot Bacchus half marathon; times were definitely out of the window as the heat was unbearable, so I just enjoyed going round dressed up as my favourite superhero and my sister did it as well.. my Wonderwoman powers did get me through to the finish but I'm absolutely knackered now.. It was lovely seeing Linda, Ruth and the two Hannahs as well "

 

Members' News

There's a lot this week!

Neil Freeman-Jones writes: "Took part in the SLH open on Tuesday 5 September… Got 17:38 on a 5000m track race, which was a PB for me - very happy after lots of hard work!" 

 

Eloise Bull smashed the senior ladies' 1500m record by 39 seconds at the South London Harriers Endurance Club Championships on 5th September

Thea Macdonald wrote to tell us that: "Sébastien Thery came first in the 'Dartmoor in a day 30km' race completing it in 3hrs 20 mins" She added that she'd told us as she knew Seb wouldn't! 

 

Kate Knight completed the Thames Path 100km challenge and told us that she was "Feeling very happy, completed this one in very warm conditions,  anew PB by 2hrs 15 mins"

A bit further afield Jim Vince completed the Vilnius Marathon in 5:09:46.8 (if my Lithuanian is up to scratch!), writing "Another event today… did the Vilnius marathon here in Lithuania…A bit of a hottie but generally a lovely course with a few little hills, some cobbled roads & a nice bit more through the park…"

Well done to all of you!

 

 

The Ed Prickett club 5000m Track Championships at K2, 27th September

The Ed Prickett 5000m Track Championships will take place at K2 in Crawley on Wednesday, 27th September. This is the club 5km championship race; there will also be a 3K for the U17 athletes. Please remember that you need to wear your club vest. Registration will be open from 7.00pm and close at 7.45pm. Please do not register after 7.45pm as this will overlap with the track judge briefing. Race to start at 8:20pm. 

 

The Jimmy James Handicap is Back, Thursday 28th September

Our friends and rivals at Dorking and Mole Valley AC have very kindly invited us to take part in their Winter Handicap Series which runs at Denbies on the last Thursday of each month from September to March. The first race will take place on 28th September. We will award the Jimmy James Handicap trophy to the person scoring the most points over four races.

Please email  to register. Entries will be accepted up to 24th September. Any runners who haven’t taken part in the previous handicaps, please provide a current 5k time, mobile number and emergency contact information when registering. Please note that hi-viz clothing and a torch are mandatory. Food will be available at the DMVAC club house afterwards.

Please would you fill out this form if you think you will be staying for food - no commitment at this stage, but a fairly accurate indication as to numbers would be helpful. For those of you new to the Handicap season, the supper consists of soup, a main course and two drinks at a cost of £7.50. Card payment is preferred. DMVAC usually try to provide a vegan and/or gluten free option.

 

Sponsorship needed for the Priory Relays, 4th November

Our annual cross country relay is back! We're currently without sponsorship, so if you're a local business owner or know of a business that would like the opportunity to promote their business at the replays, please contact Jas Dhanda.

 

Soar Vests

A few people have enquired about the Soar club vests, which have been a big hit with those that have bought them. There is a minimum order amount for these so at this point, we are just seeing if we have enough interest to place an order. The cost of these premium vests (based on minimum order numbers) are £70 for the men's vest and £65 for the ladies, but would only be delivered mid January 2024.

Please let us know if you are interested by emailing Nat at 

 

Dates for Your Diary 

 

Tuesday 12th September Grand Prix 3000m, Battlebridge

Sunday 17th September  RunReigate events

Saturday 23rd September Southern Road Relay Championships

Wednesday 27th September Ed Prickett 5000m track championship at K2 

Thursday 28th September Jimmy James Handicap Race 1 at Denbies.

Saturday 14th October First XC match of the season

Sunday 15th October Cabbage Patch 10, final race of the Surrey Road League

Sunday 22nd October MABAC Nonsuch Park

Saturday 4th November Priory Cross Country Relays

 

Keep in touch

 If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is ..

Reigate Priory AC News 4th September 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 4th September 2023

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No Parkrun this weekend

There will be no parkrun or junior parkrun this weekend, owing to the Pride in Surrey event in the park. 

 

Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K programme starts Saturday 23rd September

Pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested: Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 23rd September. However, there are two optional but recommended lead-in sessions to the course from Saturday, 9th September. All of the details for the course can be found here. Registration is free for club members, so if you've had some time away from running and think you'd benefit from participating, please consider it.

 

Sunday 17th September - staffing the RPAC gazebo at RunReigate

We're looking for volunteers (who are not running) to be at the club gazebo to look after any left items during the races and to represent and promote the club to non-members. We already have a few volunteers, but all are running. If you'd be able to do this, please email 

 

Sunday 17th September - Volunteer for RunReigate 

Volunteer to help at RunReigate and get a free entry for next year's race! Click here for more information.

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The discount code for September will be in the email version of the newsletter.

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing . Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Academy group training starts 9th September

The Saturday morning junior academy group will start for the new season at 9 am on Saturday, 9th September.

 

Proposed UK Athletics age group changes

UK Athletics recently announced that they're considering changing the existing age groups, "to bring our sport into further alignment with World Athletics and European Athletics and to help address the significant drop-out from track and field athletics during teenage years." The new age groups would see U12, U14, U16 and U18 replace the existing U13, U15, and U17 groups, from April 2024. If you're interested in having a say or finding out more, UK Athletics will be holding a series of webinars from 12 September; click here to find out more.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Sunday 17th September Run Reigate

Saturday 23rd September  Southern Road Relays in Aldershot

Wednesday 27th September Ed Prickett 3K track race for U17, K2 in Crawley

Saturday 7th October Bruce Judd Cross Country Relays for U13-U17  

Saturday 14th October  First Surrey League Cross Country

Sunday 5th November First Border League XC fixture, Maidenhead

Sunday 3rd December Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford

 

Senior Section News

Start of Senior Winter Road Sessions

We've started to lose the light before 8pm now, so Thursday senior training will be moving from Priory Park to the roads of Reigate. This week, we're at Pilgrims Way (you know what that means!) but check the calendar each week for the location going forward. Please make sure you are now dressed appropriately for the dark, wearing high vis (bright) colours that have reflective areas. The bright colours are best around dusk, but when it gets dark, reflective gear is needed. It's also time to charge up your head torches as it is also compulsory to have a torch when it is dark to participate in an RPAC-led road session.
 

MABAC Lightwater Country Park *This Sunday, 10th September* 

The next MABAC fixture will be Sunday, at 10 am at Lightwater Country Park. We are currently in third place in the league, so we need a good turnout to maintain our place. Don't forget, the more people who run, the more points we earn. If you haven't run a MABAC event before, they are a fun and low key way of representing the club. You don't need to pre-register as we will sort you out with a race number on the day.

The run is approximately 8km with a 4km option if you don't fancy the full distance. Says Andrew Bamford, "From memory, this course is largely run on heathland with one significant hill. I think conditions underfoot will be bone dry unless we get a lot of rain before Sunday, so road shoes would be suitable. There are a couple of sections where there are some roots I seem to remember." More details can be found here.

Parking may be limited, so car sharing is recommended. For those travelling from Reigate, meet at the Bell Street car park to leave at 8:45 am. If you need a lift or can help with transport, email .

 

Sponsorship needed for the Priory Relays, 4th November

Our annual cross country relay is back! We're currently without sponsorship, so if you're a local business owner or know of a business that would like the opportunity to promote their business at the replays, please contact Jas Dhanda.

 

The Jimmy James Handicap is Back, 28th September

Our friends and rivals at Dorking and Mole Valley AC have very kindly invited us to take part in their Winter Handicap Series which runs at Denbies on the last Thursday of each month from September to March. The first race will take place on 28th September. We will award the Jimmy James Handicap trophy to the person scoring the most points over four races.

Please email jacx.cooper@gmail.com to register. Entries will be accepted up to 24th September. Any runners who haven’t taken part in the previous handicaps, please provide a current 5k time, mobile number and emergency contact information when registering. Please note that hi-viz clothing and a torch are mandatory. Food will be available at the DMVAC club house afterwards.

Please would you fill out this form if you think you will be staying for food - no commitment at this stage, but a fairly accurate indication as to numbers would be helpful. For those of you new to the Handicap season, the supper consists of soup, a main course and two drinks at a cost of £7.50. Card payment is preferred. DMVAC usually try to provide a vegan and/or gluten free option.

 

Soar Vests

A few people have enquired about the Soar club vests, which have been a big hit with those that have bought them. There is a minimum order amount for these so at this point, we are just seeing if we have enough interest to place an order. The cost of these premium vests (based on minimum order numbers) are £70 for the men's vest and £65 for the ladies, but would only be delivered mid January 2024.

Please let us know if you are interested by emailing Nat at 

 

The Ed Prickett club 5000m Track Championships at K2, 27th September

The Ed Prickett 5000m Track Championships will take place at K2 in Crawley on Wednesday, 27th September. This is the club 5km championship race; there will also be a 3K for the U17 athletes. Please remember that you need to wear your club vest. Registration will be open from 7.00pm and close at 7.45pm. Please do not register after 7.45pm as this will overlap with the track judge briefing. Race to start at 8:20pm.  

 

Big turnout for London's Big Half

Summer finally made an appearance this weekend, just in time to make for a very warm and sunny Big Half in London on Sunday, 3rd September. Six RPAC runners headed up to run the race, which winds a circuitous path from Wapping, through Canary Wharf, doubling back to cross Tower Bridge and on to finish at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich.

Tom Almond was first back for RPAC, finishing in a blistering 1:11:42 and in 60th place; afterwards, Tom, who is currently training for the Chicago Marathon in October, went for a 10-mile "cool down". Eloise Bull made her brilliant half marathon debut, crossing the finish in 1:32:55. Lisa Ashley finished in 1:52:35, Thea Macdonald in 1:57:33, Jack Finn in 2:09:54, and Usha Stevens, who felt the day was "way too hot", in 2:23:18.

 

 

 

Parkun tourism to Worthing sees multiple PBs

From Paul Walters: "Another great turn-out from Reigate Priory AC at Worthing parkrun on Saturday, 2nd September.  Under ideal conditions - bright, cool and with a little breeze - our results were excellent at Worthing. Tom Irving was first home from RPAC, in a time of 18:33, followed by Jez Greenwood (19:09, PB for parkrun) and Jon Payn (19:50, PB for parkrun). Our son Sam was a guest and Jon and Sam helped each other to get under the 20 minutes time.

Some more highlights - Usha Stevens was "taking it easy" as she was running in The Big Half in London the following day, but still managed to obtain a PB for this course by 2 minutes. Annette Morris, although coming back from an injury, managed to post an excellent time and was 2nd in the age grading results for this event. It was the fastest parkrun in 2023 - so far - for Tom, Jez, Jon, Paul Walters, Peter Luxton, and Gail Hill. Some of you will remember Brian Churchard, who cycled over from his home in Lancing to see us. It was great to see him. Spare a thought for Gareth Bowers, who unfortunately pulled up with a calf problem. We hope that you're back to running quickly Gareth.

Afterwards, we went to The North Star in Worthing for an excellent and well deserved slap-up breakfast before our return to Reigate." 

 

Rob Wigley smashes 5k, then runs through the night 

On 25th August, mens captain Rob Wigley came second in the Serpentine Running Club's Last Friday of the Month 5K, a fixture in Hyde Park for the last 30 years, in a personal best of 16:23.

A few days later, Rob, who did not lose a bet, then took on a different kind of challenge - running every hour, on the hour, for 24 hours. He started his first run, a 3k jaunt around the streets of Reigate, at around 9pm on 30 August, then ran roughly 2k each hour after that around Reigate and Guildford. Rob, who ran with friend Joe Parr, says there was no real reason they did it, other than to see if they could. "Lack of sleep was the interesting part," he reported, which seems like an understatement. Rob ended his 24-hour run in Reigate, with pizza and beer. Could an Endure24 be in Rob's future? 

 

Andrew Pringle takes gold at SA Combined Events

Andrew Pringle earned himself a gold medal at the Surrey Athletics Combined Events Championships on 2nd September, after coming third overall in the Masters Pentathlon behind competitors from Sussex and Kent. "I've used the words 'surprised and delighted' a few times this season," he wrote, "but today I have to say I was absolutely gobsmacked." Andrew's score totalled 2222 overall, with some terrific PBs in the long jump (4.18m), discus (26.67), and the 1500m (6:34:58). Well done, Andrew! 

If anyone else is interested in joining Andrew, there are a few Masters events coming up:

Surrey Athletics Championships

30th September      10k Walk - Track Champs (entries on Fabian4.com)

28th October          Cross Country Masters championships

British Masters National Championships

16th September      BMAF 10k Championships, Jarrow (entries on OpenTrack until 9th September)

24th September     BMAF Half Marathon Championships, Folkstone (entries on OpenTrack until 17th Sept)

10th October         BMAF Marathon Championships, Chester

 

Rory Maguire beats own record in javelin, then beats it again

On 28 August, Rory Maguire was "very pleasantly surprised" by his 700g javelin throw at the Tonbridge AC Mike Rowbottom Memorial Open Meet, a club record of 36.55. But his "jaw [was] on ground" after his 2nd September effort at the British Masters Championships in Derby - 38.92 and a silver medal. Well done, Rory!

 

Jim Vince at the Henley Trail Half 

Jim Vince, who seems to be averaging a half a weekend these days, enjoyed a beautiful run at the Henley Trail Half Marathon on Sunday, 3rd September - "a little warm," he said, but lovely. 

 

Kate Knight completes South Coast 100k Ultra Challenge

The indomitable Kate Knight finished the "very hilly" and "very warm" South Coast 100k Ultra Challenge in 36:27:01 on Saturday, 2nd September - a nice warm up for her Thames Path 100k coming up this weekend. Go, Kate!

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 9th September Surrey Road Relays, Wimbledon

Sunday 10th September  MABAC Lightwater Country Park

Tuesday 12th September Grand Prix 3000m, Battlebridge

Sunday 17th September  RunReigate events

Saturday 23rd September Southern Road Relay Championships

Wednesday 27th September Ed Prickett 5000m track championship at K2 

Saturday 14th October First XC match of the season

Sunday 15th October Cabbage Patch 10, final race of the Surrey Road League

Saturday 4th November Priory Cross Country Relays

 

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Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism @ Worthing 2nd September 2023

Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism @ Worthing 2nd September 2023

Category: Seniors News

 Another great turn-out from Reigate Priory AC at Worthing parkrun on Saturday 2nd September.

Under ideal conditions - bright, cool and with a little breeze, our results were excellent at Worthing. Tom Irving was first home from Reigate Priory AC in a time of 18:33, followed by Jez Greenwood (19:09, PB for parkrun) and Jon Payn (19:50, PB for parkrun).

Our son Sam was a guest and Jon and Sam helped each other to get under the 20 minutes time.

Some more highlights -

Usha Stevens was "taking it easy" as she was running in The Big Half in London on Sunday 3rd September, but still managed to obtain a PB for this course by 2 minutes.

Annette Morris, although coming back from an injury, managed to post an excellent time and was 2nd in the age grading results for this event.

Fastest parkrun in 2023 for Tom Irving, Jez Greenwood, Jon Payn, Paul Walters, Peter Luxton, Gail Hill.

Some of you will remember Brian Churchard who cycled over from his home in Lancing to see us. It was great to see him.

Spare a thought for Gareth Bowers who unfortunately pulled up with a calf problem. We hope that you're back to running quickly Gareth.

Afterwards we went to The North Star in Worthing for an excellent and well deserved slap-up breakfast before our return to Reigate.

Results as below...

Position parkrunner Time Age grading
15 Tom Irving 18:33 72.51%
20 Jez Greenwood 19:09 76.41%
28 Jon Payn 19:50 70.92%
29 Sam Walters (guest) 19:53 65.05%
52 Paul Walters 20:57 75.89%
125 Paul Sapsard 23:44 71.98%
177 Annette Morris 24:53 83.99%
228 Peter Luxton 26:15 67.17%
286 Sharon Miller 27:38 67.31%
328 Gail Hill 28:59 63.31%
339 Usha Stevens 29:18 58.65%
477 Sarah Walters 34:36 55.30%
541 Debs Grant 40:05 43.99%
570 Adrian Grant 48:19 34.08%

Full results can be found here.

Reigate Priory AC News 28th August 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 28th August 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News 

Worthing parkrun tourism, Saturday 2nd September ***THIS COMING SATURDAY***

We are going to the Worthing parkrun on Saturday 2nd September, a fast and flat course and definitely PB material. There will be a subsidised minibus to get us there at £3 per person (card or cash), leaving from Reigate College at 7:15AM, and breakfast to follow at The North Star in Worthing - we have a booking for 15 to 20 people at 10:15am.

If you are planning to attend, could you please email Paul Walters with responses to the following:

  1. Will you be taking the minibus? If so, please meet at Reigate College, the Rushworth Road entrance, at 7:15AM for a prompt departure. Note that everyone who takes the minibus will be going to The North Star; we will return to Reigate shortly after middday.
  2. If you're making your own way there, will you attend the breakfast after the parkrun at The North Star, Worthing, BN13 1QY? Check out the menu here

Please remember to run in your club vest. All parkrun tourism information and queries should be sent to . I really hope that you can make this event.

 

Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K programme starts Saturday 23rd September

Pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested: Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 23rd September. However, there are two optional but recommended lead-in sessions to the course from Saturday, 9th September. All of the details for the course can be found here. Registration is free for club members, so if you've had some time away from running and think you'd benefit from participating, please consider it.

 

Sunday 17th September - staffing the Reigate Priory AC gazebo at RunReigate

We're looking for volunteers (who are not running) to be at the club gazebo to look after any left items during the races and to represent and promote the club to non-members. We already have a few volunteers (including myself), but all are running. If you'd be able to do this can you please email 

 

Sunday 17th September - Volunteer for RunReigate 

Volunteer to help at RunReigate and get a free entry for next year's race! Click here for more information.

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The discount code for September will be in the email version of the newsletter.

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing .. Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Saturday 26th August  Lily B League (Girls), Sutton

The final Girls track match of the season was held at Sutton on Saturday. The Reigate team recorded a series of strong performances and PBs.

Emma Aries, our sole U11 competitor, had PBs in both the 75m and 600m. Lara Tomlinson won the U13 Hurdles in a PB and ran strongly in the 800m, which was won by her sister Florence, who also won the U13 Long Jump. Jessie Smith-Cox smashed her Long Jump PB. Heather King ran well in the 100m and improved her sprint hurdles PB. Freya Else recorded PBs in both the 200m and 800m.

 

Olivia Aries equaled her PB in the High Jump and was only just outside it in the 1500m.

 

Thank you very much indeed to Verity Tombleson for acting as Team Manager on the day.

 

Samuel takes 800m 5th place in English National Championships together with Lilah, selected for Surrey at upcoming Southern Championships

Competing in the England Athletics U17/U15 Open Championships in Birmingham over the weekend, Samuel Stapley qualified comfortably for Sunday's final, finishing 2nd in his heat on Saturday.

A highly competitive final saw Samuel finish in 5th place to notch up another big championship performance in a successful summer.

Samuel has been selected by Surrey as the U17B 800m runner at the upcoming Southern Inter-counties T&F Championships at Oxford on the 10th of September. Lilah Unwin is selected as the Surrey U17W 800m runner.

Congratulations to both!

 

Monday 28th August - Lilah returns to action at the Crawley Athletic Club Tom Lintern Open Meeting

Getting back to the track after a summer break that included taking part in the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea that made plenty of headlines, Lilah Unwin commenced her preparations for the upcoming Southern Inter-counties Championships with a fast 400m at the Crawley Athletic Club Bank Holiday Open Meeting.

Her time of 59.50 was close to her PB which is also the club U17W'S 400m record. Well done Lilah!

 

Academy group training starts 9th September

The Saturday morning 9AM junior academy group will start for the new season on Saturday, 9th September.
 

Southern Road Relays, 23rd September

The first major event of the 2023/24 winter season is the Southern Cross Country relays. This year they will return to Aldershot at the Rushmoor arena on Saturday, 23rd September. This is a great event on a good course and an opportunity to run as part of a team. There are races for U13/U15 and U17 boys and girls. U13s are school years 7 and 8. It would be good to have a strong representation from RPAC and to enter teams in all age categories. We have to register athletes by 31 August. Please let Mike Gent know if your son or daughter would like to compete.  

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Sunday 17th September Run Reigate

Saturday 23rd September  Southern Road Relays in Aldershot

Wednesday 27th September Ed Prickett 3K track race for U17, K2 in Crawley

Saturday 7th October Bruce Judd Cross Country Relays for U13-U17  

Saturday 14th October  First Surrey League Cross Country

Sunday 5th November First Border League XC fixture, Maidenhead

Sunday 3rd December Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford

 

Senior Section News

The Stammers family moving to Norfolk

The Stammers family are moving to Norfolk this week to be closer to family.

Ian joined Reigate Priory AC in 2019 and was followed by Victoria in 2021. Ian is a superb athlete, posting some excellent times and decent performances. Ian has participated in events such as the Surrey Cross County League and the Surrey Masters Cross County Championships. 

The club’s relationship with the Stammers family is far deeper. They have staunchly supported our club events such as the MABAC league, parkrun tourism, the Couch to 5K Graduation, and championed all of the club’s values – in competition, being the best you can, inclusivity, community and just wanting to having fun, as can be illustrated by the photo above of Ian and Victoria at Hove Promenade parkrun tourism this summer where they went for a paddle in the sea.

 

They are a talented family, and Scarlett and Albert Stammers have participated in Reigate Priory junior parkrun. They are pictured above just last Sunday 27th August at this event where Scarlett managed an 8:56 PB out of 70 runs.

Norfolk’s gain is our loss, and it’s been a privilege to run with the Stammers family.

 

Friday 25th August England vs. Wales Masters 5K

On Friday evening, Ginevra Stoneley competed for England in the England vs. Wales Masters 5k, which took place as a competition within the Mid-Cheshire 5k race. Ginevra finished 2nd W45 for England, in front of all the Welsh W45s, helping England to comprehensively beat Wales in the team competition.

She finished in a (chip) time of 19:00 on the fast, flat course. The open race was very popular amongst the local running clubs with a total of approximately 800 competitors, but with closed roads and carefully organised starting pens, everyone was able to aim for a PB no matter where they started in the field.

 

Saturday 19th August - the SAL @ Kingston

Jo Davey reports that the SAL was rather low key on Saturday 19th August. Jo Davey, Ginevra Stoneley, Maxine Voutilainen and Anthony Collins in attendance competing.

Naomi Jones was a race official on the day and provided the photo (above) of Maxine on the track. It was a fun afternoon.

 

Soar Vests - from Nat Wilson

A few people have enquired about the Soar club vests. You may have seen members wearing these around and they have been a big hit with those that have bought them.

See this for an example... https://www.soarrunning.com/collections/club/products/enquiry-elite-race-vest-3-1

There is a minimum order amount for these so at this point I am just seeing if we have enough interest to place an order.

The cost of these premium vests (based on minimum order numbers) are below but would only be delivered mid January 2024.

Men - £70,  Ladies - £65

Please let me know if you are interested by emailing

Nat.

 

Sign up for the Surrey Road Relays by 31st August

Entries for the annual 2023 Surrey Road Relays in Wimbledon on Saturday, 9th September, are now open. Each leg is approximately 3 miles, with the start and finish on the athletics track in Wimbledon. All levels of ability are welcome and encouraged to take part in what is a great event full of team spirit. The first leg runner of all teams will start at 1.00pm.  Club vests must be worn and there are no entries on the day.  Teams will be allocated nearer the time by the captains, and there is no charge for this event as the club pays your entry fee. The deadline for entry is Thursday, 31st August.

Numbers of runners for teams are as follows: Senior men - teams of 6; vet men 40-59 - teams of 4; vet men over 69 - teams of 3. Senior Ladies and Vet ladies 35-44 - teams of 4; vet ladies over 45 - teams of 3.

Runners must be age 17 on 31st August 2023 and must be Surrey qualified to take part in the Surrey County Championships. This means you must either have been born in Surrey or lived in Surrey for the last 9 months. Please let the appropriate captain know if you wish to be included in a team. If you have a specific leg you would like to run or would be prepared to run another leg for another team if necessary, then please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your preference.  

Men to respond to Rob Wigley at ; ladies to respond to Nat Wilson at .

Thanks for your support and we hope to see lots of new faces!

 

Southern Road Relay Championships, 23rd September *** DEADLINE TODAY ***

The Southern Road Relay Championships will take place on Saturday, 23rd September at Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot, starting at 1:30pm with the Senior and Masters women, followed by the Senior and Masters Men at 3:15. The Senior and Masters women relays are four legs of 6000m each; the Masters men are four stages of 6000m; and the Senior men are six stages of 6000m. The first 25 senior men’s team to score will receive an invitation to the National Championships.

If you would like to take part in these relays, please let us know by Monday, 28th August. Teams will be organised by the captains: Men please respond to Rob Wigley at ; ladies please respond to Nat Wilson at .

 

The Ed Prickett club 5000m Track Championships at K2 on Wednesday 27th September

The Ed Prickett 5000m Track Championships will take place at K2 in Crawley on Wednesday, 27th September, and is the club 5km championship race; there will also be a 3K for the U17 athletes. Please do remember that you need to wear your club vest. Registration will be open from 7.00pm and close at 7.45pm. Please do not register after 7.45pm as this will overlap with the track judge briefing. Race to start at 8:20pm.  

 

Saturday 19th August - North Ireland Masters championships - By Andrew Pringle

On Saturday 19th August I competed in the North Ireland Masters championships at the Mary Peters stadium.

I’m surprised but delighted to report that I won the Triple Jump (M60) and more surprised and delighted that it was also a PB of 9.05.

It goes to show that you can always get better, regardless of age or ability – all you have to do is give it a go!

There were also a couple of silvers in the 400m and the Javelin, so happy with all that.

It was a very welcoming competition, and they were glad to see competitors coming from all over UK to run, throw and jump, so I would recommend it and I’m pencilling it in the diary for next year.

If you are interested in Track and Field but want something closer, there are still a few Open competitions coming up on Bank Holiday Monday at Crawley (Tom Lintern Open) or Tonbridge (Mike Rowbottom Memorial Open).

The Vets AC and London Masters Championships are coming up on 9th September and is an Open event, so anyone can enter by 2nd Sept (although some events are filling up).

 

Upcoming Masters Events - by Andrew Pringle

Surrey Athletics Championships

Sept 30th              10k Walk - Track Champs (inc Masters category) (Entries on Fabian4.com)

Oct 28th                Cross Country Masters championships

A number British Masters National Championships are also coming up as follows

Sept 1st-3rd          BMAF Track & Field Champs        Derby                  (Entries now closed though)

Sept 16th             BMAF 10k Champs                   Jarrow                  (Entries on Open track to 9th Sept)

Sept 24th             BMAF ½ Marathon Champs        Folkstone            (entries on OpenTrack to 17th Sept)

Oct 10th              BMAF Marathon Champs            Chester

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 2nd September  parkrun tourism, Worthing

Saturday 9th September Surrey Road Relays, Wimbledon

Sunday 10th September  MABAC Lightwater Country Park

Tuesday 12th September Grand Prix 3000m, Battlebridge

Sunday 17th September  RunReigate events

Saturday 23rd September Southern Road Relay Championships

Wednesday 27th September Ed Prickett 5000m track championship at K2 

Saturday 14th October First XC match of the season

Sunday 15th October Cabbage Patch 10, final race of the Surrey Road League

  

Keep in touch

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Reigate Priory AC News 21st August 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 21st August 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News 

Worthing parkrun tourism, Saturday 2nd September

We are going to the Worthing parkrun on Saturday, 2nd September, a fast and flat course and definitely PB material. There will be a subsidised minibus to get us there at £3 per person (card or cash), leaving from Reigate College at 7:15 am, and breakfast to follow at The North Star in Worthing - we have a booking for 15 to 20 people at 10:15am.

If you are planning to attend, could you please email Paul Walters responses the following:

  1. Will you be taking the minibus? If so, please meet at Reigate College, the Rushworth Road entrance, at 7:15 for a prompt departure. Note that everyone who takes the minibus will be going to The North Star; we will return to Reigate shortly after middday.
  2. If you're making your own way there, will you attend the breakfast after the parkrun at The North Star, Worthing, BN13 1QY? Check out the menu here

Please remember to run in your club vest. All parkrun tourism information and queries should be sent to . I really hope that you can make this event.

Couch to 5K programme starts Saturday 23rd September

Pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested: Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 23rd September, however, there are two optional but recommended lead-in sessions to the course from Saturday, 9th September. All of the details for the course can be found here. Registration is free for club members, so if you've had some time away from running and think you'd benefit from participating, please consider it.

Volunteer for RunReigate, Sunday 17th September 

Volunteer to help at RunReigate and get a free entry for next year's race! Click here for more information.

Run Reigate teams

Run Reigate is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year and, to mark the milestone, are introducing a new Teams competition. In addition to the usual first, second, and third prizes, a great trophy is also on offer for the fastest Male, Female and Mixed teams. Teams are minimum 5 people (no maximum), can be all male, all female or mixed and can take part in any distance between them - Half Marathon, 10K, or 5K. Fastest teams win the trophy, and great for all round fitness. Just visit Run Reigate to set up or join a team. 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing .. Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

 Academy group training starts 9th September

The Saturday morning 9am junior academy group will start for the new season on Saturday, 9th September.

Southern Road Relays, 23rd September

The first major event of the 2023/24 winter season is the Southern Cross Country relays. This year they will return to Aldershot at the Rushmoor arena on Saturday, 23rd September. This is a great event on a good course and an opportunity to run as part of a team. There are races for U13/U15 and U17 boys and girls. Under 13s are school years 6 and 7. It would be good to have a strong representation from RPAC and to enter teams in all age categories. We have to register athletes by 31 August. Please let Mike Gent know if your son or daughter would like to compete.

Lost Property - Found in Priory Park on 3rd August

Did you  forget something? These JUNIOR items were found in Priory Park on Thursday, 3rd August? Please contact Nat Wilson ( ) to reclaim.

  

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 26th August  Lily B League (Girls)Sutton

Sunday 17 September Run Reigate

Saturday 23 September  Southern Road Relays in Aldershot

Wednesday 27 September Ed Prickett 3K track race for U17, K2 in Crawley

Saturday 7 October Bruce Judd Cross Country Relays for U13-U17  

Saturday 14 October  First Surrey League Cross Country

Sunday 5 November First Border League XC fixture, Maidenhead

Sunday 3 December Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford

 

Senior Section News

No Monday session 

There will be no session on Monday, 28th August, owing to the bank holiday, but we'll be back at it on 4th September. Enjoy the long weekend!

Sign up for the Surrey Road Relays by 31st August

Entries for the annual 2023 Surrey Road Relays in Wimbledon on Saturday, 9th September, are now open. Each leg is approximately 3 miles, with the start and finish on the athletics track in Wimbledon. All levels of ability are welcome and encouraged to take part in what is a great event full of team spirit. The first leg runner of all teams will start at 1.00pm.  Club vests must be worn and there are no entries on the day.  Teams will be allocated nearer the time by the captains, and there is no charge for this event as the club pays your entry fee. The deadline for entry is Thursday, 31st August.

Numbers of runners for teams are as follows: Senior men - teams of 6; vet men 40-59 - teams of 4; vet men over 69 - teams of 3. Senior Ladies and Vet ladies 35-44 - teams of 4; vet ladies over 45 - teams of 3.

Runners must be age 17 on 31st August 2023 and must be Surrey qualified to take part in the Surrey County Championships. This means you must either have been born in Surrey or lived in Surrey for the last 9 months. Please let the appropriate captain know if you wish to be included in a team. If you have a specific leg you would like to run or would be prepared to run another leg for another team if necessary, then please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your preference.  

Men to respond to Rob Wigley at ; ladies to respond to Nat Wilson at .

Thanks for your support and we hope to see lots of new faces!

 

Southern Road Relay Championships, 23rd September

The Southern Road Relay Championships will take place on Saturday, 23rd September at Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot, starting at 1:30pm with the Senior and Masters women, followed by the Senior and Masters Men at 3:15. The Senior and Masters women relays are four legs of 6000m each; the Masters men are four stages of 6000m; and the Senior men are six stages of 6000m. The first 25 senior men’s team to score will receive an invitation to the National Championships.

If you would like to take part in these relays, please let us know by Monday, 28th August. Teams will be organised by the captains: Men please respond to Rob Wigley at ; ladies please respond to Nat Wilson at .

 

The Ed Prickett club 5000m Track Championships at K2 on Wednesday 27th September

The Ed Prickett 5000m Track Championships will take place at K2 in Crawley on Wednesday, 27th September, and is the club 5km championship race; there will also be a 3K for the U17 athletes. Please do remember that you need to wear your club vest. Registration will be open from 7.00pm and close at 7.45pm. Please do not register after 7.45pm as this will overlap with the track judge briefing. Race to start at 8:20pm. 

Jim Vince, at it again

Jim Vince spent a scenic but hot morning running the Henfield Half Marathon, and off-road course that takes in a disused railway line, the banks of the River Adur, flinty paths, and miles of beautiful countryside.

 

Linda Rodriguez swims Lake Geneva

It took us 25:06:12 to swim the entire length of Lake Geneva, starting at Château Chillon near Montreux and finishing at the Bain des Pâquis, just next to the Jet d'Eau in Geneva, making us the fastest relay so far this summer and one of fewer than 30 teams to complete the 70k challenge ever. And it was a challenge - four hard hour-long swims every five hours, very little sleep, and a steady diet of formerly powdered food - despite what the pictures seem to show. Still, the air temperature was in the 30s and the water temperature never dipped below 20, the wind stayed calm for most of the trip (barring my first swim, pictured below), no one was seasick, and we were sailing on an actual yacht, so compared to my 2021 Channel relay, this was a holiday!

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 2nd September  parkrun tourism, Worthing

Saturday 9th September Surrey Road Relays, Wimbledon

Sunday 10th September  MABAC Lightwater Country Park

Tuesday 12th September Grand Prix 3000m, Battlebridge

Sunday 17th September  RunReigate events

Saturday 23rd September Southern Road Relay Championships

Wednesday 27th September Ed Prickett 5000m track championship at K2 

Saturday 14th October First XC match of the season

Sunday 15th October Cabbage Patch 10, final race of the Surrey Road League

  

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Reigate Priory AC News 14th August 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 14th August 2023

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All Club News 

Worthing parkrun tourism, Saturday 2nd September

We are going to Worthing parkrun on Saturday, 2nd September, a fast and flat run and definitely PB material. We will follow up with a breakfast destination in Worthing. Further information to follow. All parkrun tourism queries should be sent to.   

Couch to 5K programme starts Saturday 23rd September

Pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested: Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 23rd September, however, there are two optional but recommended lead-in sessions to the course from Saturday 9th September. All of the details for the course can be found here. Registration is free for club members, so if you've had some time away from running and think you'd benefit from participating, please consider it.

 

Volunteer for RunReigate, Sunday 17th September 

Volunteer to help at RunReigate and get a free entry for next year's race! Click here for more information.

 

Run Reigate teams

Run Reigate is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year and, to mark the milestone, are introducing a new Teams competition. In addition to the usual first, second, and third prizes, a great trophy is also on offer for the fastest Male, Female and Mixed teams. Teams are minimum 5 people (no maximum), can be all male, all female or mixed and can take part in any distance between them - Half Marathon, 10K, or 5K. Fastest teams win the trophy, and great for all round fitness. Just visit Run Reigate to set up or join a team. 

 

Club History

I have done a little more work on the club history page recently. Earlier in the Summer I was very privileged to meet up with two of our early members, Rita Diffley and Jo Mole (formerly Jo Abell) who shared lots of anecdotes and reminiscences with me. Jo was Club Secretary for a number of years in the 1980s and has a comprehensive archive of committee meeting minutes, photos, etc. from that time. She lent them to me and Paul Walters has very kindly spent many hours scanning these. I am hoping to be able to make these accessible to all club members in the near future.   

In the minutes from 11th January 1989 we came across one cautionary tale which I feel compelled to share with you. In a section discussing the Holly Run which had been held in December 1988 under the heading "Problem Areas" it states :

" The deputy mayor was in fact injured when the gun would not go off, and he needed treatment for gun-shot removal and a damaged ear when the gun finally went off as he lowered it. It was decided that as we hadn't received any complaints from the deputy mayor, we would not put any apology in writing but maintain phone contact on his progress. "  

Deputy Mayors are clearly made of stern stuff. 

  

New Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

Sportsshoes.com have sent us a new code as someone (nor an RPAC member) has shared the code on social media. The new code will be in the email version of this newsletter. Please do not share this code with anyone outside of the club. 

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing .. Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

 

Medal at South of England Championships for Samuel from Dave Mills

 
Competing in the South of England U17 Championships at Lee Valley over the weekend, Samuel Stapley finished 3rd in Sunday's 800m final having qualified from his heat on Saturday. Well done to Samuel on a Bronze at a major Championships!
 
Earlier in the week Samuel had prepared with a 1500m at the Tonbridge Open Meeting where he took some 11 seconds off his previous best time finishing in a quick 4.04.12.
 
There is another big weekend coming up for Samuel at the end of August when he will compete in the 800m at the English National Championships in Birmingham. 

 

Lost Property - Found in Priory Park on 3rd August

Did you  forget something? These JUNIOR items were found in Priory Park on Thursday, 3rd August? Please contact Nat Wilson ( ) to reclaim.

 

Southern Road Relays, 23rd September

The first major event of the 2023/24 winter season is the Southern Cross Country relays. This year they will return to Aldershot at the Rushmoor arena on Saturday, 23rd September. This is a great event on a good course and an opportunity to run as part of a team. There are races for U13/U15 and U17 boys and girls. Under 13s are school years 6 and 7. It would be good to have a strong representation from RPAC and to enter teams in all age categories. We have to register athletes by 31 August. Please let Mike Gent know if your son or daughter would like to compete.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 26th August  Lily B League (Girls)Sutton

Sunday 17 September Run Reigate

Saturday 23 September  Aldershot, Southern Road Relays

Saturday 7 October Bruce Judd Cross Country Relays for U13-U17  

Saturday 14 October - First Surrey League Cross Country

Sunday 5 November, First Border League XC fixture Maidenhead

Sunday 3 December Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford

 

Senior Section News

Southern Athletics League - Kingston, Saturday 19th August

 You should have received an email about this, the fourth and final SAL match of the season takes place this Saturday. If you are interested in taking part please let the team captains  ()  know by Wednesday at the latest.

 

Sign up for the Surrey Road Relays, 9th September

Entries for the annual 2023 Surrey Road Relays in Wimbledon on Saturday, 9th September, are now open. Each leg is approximately 3 miles, with the start and finish on the athletics track in Wimbledon. All levels of ability are welcome and encouraged to take part in what is a great event full of team spirit. The first leg runner of all teams will start at 1.00pm.  Club vests must be worn and there are no entries on the day.  Teams will be allocated nearer the time by the captains, and there is no charge for this event as the club pays your entry fee. The deadline for entry is Thursday, 31st August.

Numbers of runners for teams are as follows: Senior men - teams of 6; vet men 40-59 - teams of 4; vet men over 69 - teams of 3. Senior Ladies and Vet ladies 35-44 - teams of 4; vet ladies over 45 - teams of 3.

Runners must be age 17 on 31st August 2023 and must be Surrey qualified to take part in the Surrey County Championships. This means you must either have been born in Surrey or lived in Surrey for the last 9 months. Please let the appropriate captain know if you wish to be included in a team. If you have a specific leg you would like to run or would be prepared to run another leg for another team if necessary, then please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your preference.  

Men to respond to Rob Wigley at ; ladies to respond to Nat Wilson at .

Thanks for your support and we hope to see lots of new faces!

 

The Ed Prickett club 5000m Track Championships at K2 on Wednesday 27th September

The Ed Prickett 5000m Track Championships will take place at K2 in Crawley on Wednesday, 27th September, and is the club 5km club championship race; there will also be a 3K for the U17 athletes. Please do remember that you need to wear your club vest. Registration will be open from 7.00pm and close at 7.45pm. Please do not register after 7.45pm as this will overlap with the track judge briefing. Race to start at 8:20pm. 

 

Jim Vince, Birmingham Half Marathon 6th August

Sorry Jimbo, we missed including this last week.....not quite sure what went wrong there..

Jim wrote to tell us : 

"I'm working in Birmingham this weekend & managed to do the UK Triathlon Events Birmingham Half Marathon…(not the real one)… but still a great course for another 4 lap race…"

 

The race took place in Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield. Jim finished in 23rd place in 1:45:43 - good running Jim! 

Linda Swims Lake Geneva

Linda Rodriguez is swimming a long distance relay in Lake Geneva tomorrow (15th August). She is meeting her team mates at 08:00 (07:00 BST), will be in the water at around 08:30 and anticipates that the total swim time will be around 26 hours.  Good luck Linda - it's got to be better than your cross channel experience! 

  

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 19th August SAL meeting at Kingston

Saturday 2nd September  parkrun tourism Worthing

Saturday 9th September Surrey Road Relays, Wimbledon

Sunday 10th September  MABAC Lightwater Country Park

Tuesday 12th September Grand Prix 3000m, Battlebridge

Sunday 17th September  RunReigate events

Wednesday 27th September Ed Prickett 5000m track championship at K2 

Saturday 14th October First XC match of the season

 

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 7th August 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 7th August 2023

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All Club News 

Worthing parkrun tourism, Saturday 2nd September

We are going to Worthing parkrun on Saturday, 2nd September, a fast and flat run and definitely PB material. We will follow up with a breakfast destination in Worthing. Further information to follow. All parkrun tourism queries should be sent to

 

Couch to 5K programme starts Saturday 23rd September

Pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested: Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 23rd September, however, there are two optional but recommended lead-in sessions to the course from Saturday 9th September. All of the details for the course can be found here. Registration is free for club members, so if you've had some time away from running and think you'd benefit from participating, please consider it.

 

Run Reigate training, Thursday 10th August

We're providing training for Run Reigate at 7pm on Thursday, 10th August, at Priory Park, integrated into our usual Thursday session. Please wear RPAC vests or RPAC training tops. We could also do with some LIRFs to help manage the numbers -- please let Jas know if you can help.  

 

Volunteer for RunReigate, Sunday 17th September 

Volunteer to help at RunReigate and get a free entry for next year's race! Click here for more information.

 

Run Reigate teams

Run Reigate is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year and, to mark the milestone, are introducing a new Teams competition. In addition to the usual first, second, and third prizes, a great trophy is also on offer for the fastest Male, Female and Mixed teams. Teams are minimum 5 people (no maximum), can be all male, all female or mixed and can take part in any distance between them - Half Marathon, 10K, or 5K. Fastest teams win the trophy, and great for all round fitness. Just visit Run Reigate to set up or join a team. 

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing .. Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Lily B report, Kingston

Saturday, 5th August, saw the third of the four matches in this year's Girls Lily B league, held at Kingston. The weather was not kind and thunder and lightning caused the cancellation of the meeting half way through. However, prior to the storm, RPAC athletes recorded some strong performances: Heather King recorded a PB in the sprint hurdles and was only just outside her PB in the 100m. Florence Shade was only marginally short of PBs in both the 100m and Long Jump. Olivia Aries ran a strong 1500m. In the U11s, Emma Aries equalled her PB in the 75m, Gracie Shade was in the top 5 out of 30 athletes in the 75m and was first in the long jump with a PB, whilst Eleni Harvey was just outside her PB in the 75m.
 
Thanks to Naomi Jones and Ian Crouch for officiating on behalf of the Club.
 
The final Lily B match of the season will be on Saturday 26 August at Sutton.

 

Southern Road Relays, 23rd September

The first major event of the 2023/24 winter season is the Southern Cross Country relays. This year they will return to Aldershot at the Rushmoor arena on Saturday, 23rd September. This is a great event on a good course and an opportunity to run as part of a team. There are races for U13/U15 and U17 boys and girls. Under 13s are school years 6 and 7. It would be good to have a strong representation from RPAC and to enter teams in all age categories. We have to register athletes by 31 August. Please let Mike Gent know if your son or daughter would like to compete.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 5th August  Lily B League (Girls)Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)

Saturday 26th August  Lily B League (Girls)Sutton

Saturday 23 September  Aldershot, Southern Road Relays

Saturday 7 October  Sutton Coldfield, National Road Relays  

Saturday October 7 Bruce Judd Cross Country Relays for U13-U17  

 

Senior Section News

Stoneley to represent England Masters in 5K

Ginevra Stoneley is one of 59 athletes selected for the England Masters team, set to compete against Wales Masters in the Mid Cheshire 5K on 25th August. Congratulations, Ginevra!!

 

 

Sign up for the Surrey Road Relays, 9th September

Entries for the annual 2023 Surrey Road Relays in Wimbledon on Saturday, 9th September, are now open. Each leg is approximately 3 miles, with the start and finish on the athletics track in Wimbledon. All levels of ability are welcome and encouraged to take part in what is a great event full of team spirit. The first leg runner of all teams will start at 1.00pm.  Club vests must be worn and there are no entries on the day.  Teams will be allocated nearer the time by the captains, and there is no charge for this event as the club pays your entry fee. The deadline for entry is Thursday, 31st August.

Numbers of runners for teams are as follows: Senior men - teams of 6; vet men 40-59 - teams of 4; vet men over 69 - teams of 3. Senior Ladies and Vet ladies 35-44 - teams of 4; vet ladies over 45 - teams of 3.

Runners must be age 17 on 31st August 2023 and must be Surrey qualified to take part in the Surrey County Championships. This means you must either have been born in Surrey or lived in Surrey for the last 9 months. Please let the appropriate captain know if you wish to be included in a team. If you have a specific leg you would like to run or would be prepared to run another leg for another team if necessary, then please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your preference.  

Men to respond to Rob Wigley at ; ladies to respond to Nat Wilson at .

Thanks for your support and we hope to see lots of new faces!

 

The Ed Prickett club 5000m Track Championships at K2 on Wednesday 27th September

The Ed Prickett 5000m Track Championships will take place at K2 in Crawley on Wednesday, 27th September, and is the club 5km club championship race; there will also be a 3K for the U17 athletes. Please do remember that you need to wear your club vest. Registration will be open from 7.00pm and close at 7.45pm. Please do not register after 7.45pm as this will overlap with the track judge briefing. Race to start at 8:20pm.

 

Alex Wright at Hercules Wimbledon 5000m Night of Races  

RPAC Senior Alex Wright took first in his race at the Hercules Wimbledon 5000m Night of Races, pulling out a blistering sprint in the last 100 meters to finish in 15:36.22. "I really enjoyed it and will hopefully be racing on the track again soon," he says. 

 

MABAC Wimbledon report, from Andrew Bamford

A team of 22 RPAC runners gathered at Wimbledon Rugby Club last Tuesday evening for the latest MABAC fixture. Normally there is buffet afterwards provided by the host club, Wimbledon Windmilers but this year there was no food although the bar was still open. Perhaps the lack of food deterred some of our runners as last year we fielded a team of 45. We were particularly short of ladies, this has been something of a common theme in this year's fixtures.
 
Despite the smaller field there were still some great performances. Rob Wigley finished in second place in 28:34. Frank O'Regan (15th 31:01), Tom Irving (17th 31:28), Rich Friar (20th 32:00) and Jez Greenwood (27th 33:03) were our other "scoring" men. Lisa Ashley was the first RPAC lady home in 143rd place in 43:19. Nicola Clackson (158th 44:46), Sharon Miller (193rd 47:35), Gail Hill (219th 50:20) and Sam Grant (237th 53:21) were our other "scoring" ladies. I should explain my use of the term "scoring": everyone who finishes the full course earns at least 5 points, but the fastest 5 men and 5 ladies from each club earn more than 5 points depending on their overall position. Provisional results are on the MABAC website and full results will be in the results section of our website in the next couple of days. Our runners earned a total of 495 points which made us the 7th placed club on the night. We are still in third place in the league although Wimbledon Windmilers and Epsom Oddballs are snapping at our heels. Blackwater Valley Runners in second place are still catchable if we can get turnouts at the remaining fixtures.
 
Well done to everyone who ran on Tuesday, you're all stars! I think we had a few MABAC newcomers; I hope you enjoyed it!
 
The next MABAC fixture is at Lightwater Country Park on Sunday, 10th September. I hope to see you there!
 
 

SLH Near As Damn It 10K results

Three of our RPAC men competed in the final race of the South London Harriers Near As Damn It 10K trail run series on Thursday, 27 July -- well done to Rich Friar, Jon Payn, and Andrew Bennett! Check out their results here

 

Andrew Pringle proves athletics aren't just for Juniors

"Well done to all the Junior Athletics who are getting some great results and PBs through the season! But Athletics is not just for the kids, there is plenty of great competition and fun to be had for Masters athletes at the many Open events over the summer – and still PBs to be had! Events are usually graded so you are competing against other people of the same ability, so it’s a real competitive race regards your speed. I’ve been trying events I haven’t done for ages and managed to get a few good results recently: A SB in Triple Jump at Watford Open on 26th July at 9.57m, and even PBs at Long Jump (3.81m) and Shot Put (9.28m) at the Oxford & Bucks Open on 2nd August.

So if a parkrun is too far, why not give some Track and Field a go?

You can find all the EA licensed events here or events can be found on OpenTrack.

Hope to see you out there!"

 

Saturday 5th August parkrun tourism to Worcester Pitchcroft, from Paul Walters

Sarah and I intended to run Evesham parkrun on our way to Shropshire, but it was cancelled so we diverted to Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun, which is a novel event in that it runs around Worcester race course. It was a rather wet day, and the course had many puddles including a very deep unavoidable one close to the grandstand.

 

From these photos you'd think that we were the only two taking part, but there were 231 finishers on the day (results here). The route was very flat and fairly fast, and we both were pleased with our efforts. It was well marshalled, and as ever everyone was extremely friendly. Afterwards, we set off back to our hotel in Eversham for a well deserved breakfast!

 

Five marathons in five days for Kate Knight - plus an ultra

The indefatigable Kate Knight has been at it again: Kate recently finished five marathons in five consecutive days as part of the July Great Barrow Challenge in Suffolk, then followed that up with the South West Coast 50K, starting and finishing at Dunster, on 5th August. Kate described the 50K as "very hilly, tough, wet, windy in places but very social and enjoyable". That brings her total up to 144 marathons  -- with only six more marathons to go until her goal of her 100th marathon since her knee replacement and lower spinal surgery!

 

Lost property

Forget something at the Priory Park session on Thursday, 3rd August? Please contact Nat Wilson to reclaim.

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 2nd September  parkrun tourism Worthing

Saturday 9th September Surrey Road Relays, Wimbledon

Sunday 10th September  MABAC Lightwater Country Park

Sunday 17th September  RunReigate events

Wednesday 27th September Ed Prickett 5000m track championship at K2 

Saturday 14th October First XC match of the season

 

 

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RPAC website news Friday 4th August 2023

RPAC website news Friday 4th August 2023

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Website news

The new RPAC results system is now fully live on https://www.rpac.org.uk and the old results pages have been removed.

Note that if you enter your name for a results search you will now get the option to enter your date of birth and sex. This will calculate the age grading of any result found of a particular distance. The age grading system used is up-to-date and is WMA approved as publicised in an email to members from May 1st. These age gradings are indicative only, and could be wrong. The results system will do its best to establish an accurate distance and base the grading on it, but there are a few challenges with this that means some age grades will be inaccurate. Be warned that if you share the URL address to others you could be allowing the receiving parties to see your date-of-birth!

There are now two modes when viewing the results (when dated after 2014) - a compact width for mobiles and tablets, and full width for desktops. It'll try to present you with the best mode, and you can switch between them.

I've also added some new items onto the results menu as follows...

Time predictor given result - https://www.rpac.org.uk/results/time-predictor-given-result

Time predictor given grade - https://www.rpac.org.uk/results/time-predictor-given-grade

Race splits creator - https://www.rpac.org.uk/results/race-splits-creator

You may also wish to know that the RPAC calendar will be replaced with a new one in the coming month. All calendar entries should migrate to the new system okay. Do get in touch if you wish to know more.

As ever please do let me know your feedback -

Reigate Priory AC News 1st August 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 1st August 2023

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All Club News 

 

Worthing parkrun tourism on Saturday 2nd September

Add this to your calendars: We are going to Worthing parkrun on Saturday, 2nd September, a fast and flat run and definitely PB material. I've been to quite a few parkrun destinations, and my fastest three are all at Worthing. We will follow up with a breakfast destination in Worthing. Further information to follow.

All parkrun tourism queries should be sent to. 

Couch to 5K programme starts Saturday 23rd September

Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 23rd September, however, there are two optional but recommended lead-in sessions to the course from Saturday 9th September. All of the details for the course can be found here.

Please do pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested. Registration is free for club members, so if you've had some time off running and think you'd benefit from participating, please consider it.

  

RunReigate, Sunday 17th September 

Volunteer for RunReigate and get a free entry for next year's race! Click here for more information. 

  

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing .. Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

A busy week with PB'S, club records and Surrey representation 

 It may be summer on the beach for many, but several Juniors were in action this week at various track and field events. Last Wednesday evening was a British Milers Club event at Herne Hill Harriers, where Oscar Curry ran a PB in the 800m with a quick 1.58.21. Samuel Stapley ran his 2nd quickest 800m of the summer, in a blistering 1.55.59. Thursday evening saw the Tombleson twins in action at the Aldershot Open, where both ran good 800m's. Florence doubled up running a quick 100m and Lara posted a PB in the high jump with a clearance of 1m25.
 
On Saturday, U13 Mateo Mahop represented Surrey at Walton in the annual Inter-counties U13 match. Twelve counties took part! Competing in both the high jump and long jump,  Mateo equalled his high jump PB with 1m45 which also equals his own club record for the event. Competing as a non-scorer, Florence Tombleson was back in action winning her 800m race in a good time of 2.35.82.
 
Meanwhile, across London, U13G'S Florence and Gracie Shade were in action at an Open Meeting in Lee Valley. Both ran new PB'S with Florence clocking 2.40.40 in the 800m and Gracie coming away with a huge PB and a new club record of 1.51.86 (!)  in the U13g's 600m. Gracie also ran a PB in the 75m with a time of 11.43.
  
 

Lily B on Saturday 5th August, Kingston

The penultimate girls athletics match of the season is on Saturday, 5th August, at Kingston. There are events for U11/U13/U15 and U17 Girls. Each athlete can do three individual events plus a relay. We are always keen to encourage as many children as possible to enter these events. There is no cost and no limit on entries. Reigate are co-hosting this event so it would be good if the effort in so doing is matched by the turn out of a large team. We have to register athletes the Friday before the event so please let me know if your daughter would like to compete, and in which events, by Thursday 3 August.

 

Southern Road Relays, 23rd September

The first major event of the 2023/24 winter season is the Southern Cross Country relays. This year they will return to Aldershot at the Rushmoor arena on Saturday, 23rd September. This is a great event on a good course and an opportunity to run as part of a team. There are races for U13/U15 and U17 boys and girls. Under 13s are school years 6 and 7. It would be good to have a strong representation from RPAC and to enter teams in all age categories. We have to register athletes by 31 August. Please let Mike Gent know if your son or daughter would like to compete.

 

Dates for the diary 

Saturday 5th August  Lily B League (Girls)Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)

Saturday 26th August  Lily B League (Girls)Sutton

Saturday 23 September  Aldershot, Southern Road Relays

Saturday 7 October  Sutton Coldfield, National Road Relays  

Saturday October 7 Bruce Judd Cross Country Relays for U13-U17  

 

Senior Section News

TOMORROW! Tuesday 1st August, 19:30 MABAC Wimbledon

Wimbledon MABAC, hosted by the Wimbledon Windmilers, usually sees one of our strongest turnouts - please don't let this year be any different. We currently stand in third place in the league behind Dorking and Blackwater Valley; a good turnout could see us back in second place. If you haven't taken part in a MABAC race, they are a lowkey way of representing the club - you can be as competitive as you wish. There is no need to pre-register as we will sort you out with a race number on the night.

The race is a trail race of approximately 8km, with 4km option if you don't fancy the full distance. Everyone who finishes the full distance earns at least five points for the club; 4km finishers earn two points. The more runners who turn out the bigger our points tally will be. The race starts and finishes at Wimbledon Rugby Club SW20 0ET. The bar will be open after the event but sadly, no buffet this year!

Full details can be found here, any questions, please email  .

 

No Senior Training at Battlebridge Tuesday, 1st August 

There will be no coached session on Tuesday - so you might as well run the MABAC! If you can't make MABAC, however, note that there is an uncoached session published on the calendar. Feel free to run it wherever and whenever works for you. Or you could just run MABAC.

 

The Ed Prickett club 5000m Track Championships at K2 on Wednesday 27th September

The Ed Prickett 5000m Track Championships will take place at K2 in Crawley on Wednesday, 27th September, and is the club 5km club championship race; there will also be a 3K for the U17 athletes. Please do remember that you need to wear your club vest. Registration will be open from 7.00pm and close at 7.45pm. Please do not register after 7.45pm as this will overlap with the track judge briefing. Race to start at 8:20pm.

 

Mens Team at the Wedding Day 7K 

 

The Wedding Day 7K, hosted by the Stragglers, was a quick, sunny run through Bushy Park for the men's team: Mens Captain Rob Wigley finished in 24:49, followed by Lee Savage in 25:31, Neil Fenwick in 25:39, Stephen Bass in 25:55, and Andrew Walker in 28:17. 

The race has been held every year since 1982, on the anniversary of then Prince Charles' marriage to Lady Diana Spencer. This year's edition, the 41st, raised money for the MDS Patient Support Group, a charity based in King's College Hospital that raises awareness and offers support and information to patients and families affected by Myelodysplastic Syndromes. The Wedding Day 7K was the seventh in the Surrey Road League series, following close on the heels of the Elmbridge 10k and the Elmore 7. At the moment, the Mens team is tied for second place in the League with the South London Harriers, and the women's team are in fifth place, however, the available results only include up to the Richmond 10K. Only one final race remains in the series, the Cabbage Patch 10 Mile on Sunday, 15th October -- a fast, flat course that loops through Twickenham and reliably produces PBs. 

 

Southern Counties Vets AC league results

The Vets' League season has come to an end and despite some brilliant efforts by our team - including solid performances by our three-person team at the final match on 17 July in Wimbledon - the numbers just weren't with us. The women finished in fourth place and the men in seventh in the league's final standings. On an unrelated note, Malcolm Woodman and Ginevra Stoneley are stepping back as the Vets' League managers; anyone interested in stepping up, please contact Ginevra or Malcolm.

 

New Cross Country Team Manager for Ladies

From Team Captain Natalie Wilson: "After four seasons successfully led by the lovely Gillian Oregan, she is handing the reins over to the equally lovely Ruth Willis. It seems fitting that Gillian’s last season saw the ladies get promoted back to division 1, so no pressure, Ruth!

Personally, I am extremely grateful to Gillian for everything she has done to manage the team and reduce the load for me. On behalf of the team, I’d like to say a great big thank you to Gillian for all the support and encouragement she has given to to the team over the years. I’d also like to thank Ruth for agreeing to take over and I know she will continue to grow and enthuse the team. Ruth is an experienced cross country runner and also very experienced in hosting ladies' socials so the team will be in good hands."

Below are the dates for the coming season; Ruth will be in contact with everyone who has expressed interest in running this season as details are released.

Saturday 14th October 2023
Saturday 11th November 2023
13th January 2024
10th February 2024

 

RPAC at the Ambleside Guides Race, from Linda Rodriguez

We were on holiday in the Lake District when I saw the advert on a beer mat at a Coniston pub for the "Ambleside Sports Day", a local running club event promising hound trials, wrestling, grass track cycling, and fell and guide races. It was obviously a sign (and not just that I'd finished my pint): The event was in two days, I'd brought my trail shoes. Though the fell race was immediately out of the question - navigational skills were required and I hadn't brought those - the guides' race was only 1.7 miles, a simple up the pike and back down. What could possibly go wrong?

The "guides" races are a tradition that date back to the 18th century, when local fellsmen hired by tourists to guide them around the mountains used their downtime to organise races between themselves up to the top of the nearest fell. This particular race was a climb to the top of Low Pike, a scramble up an actual rock, then back down. I had absolutely no idea what I was in for. 

The up was a steep climb that reduced all but the leaders to a hands-on-knees walk; the scramble gave me vertigo; the down was even more terrifying, all arms-flapping and the actual risk of breaking my neck. Then there was the ankle deep mud and running water, the rocks, the rabbit holes and sheep poo, the biting flies and aggressive plant-life. I did manage a sprint finish, largely because it was the only flat portion of the race, and, finishing in 25:02, I came third in my age category.

Now all other running is boring and I can't wait to do it again. 

 

Moray Carey celebrates NHS anniversary at Medina parkrun

NHS75parkrun Day, 8th July, commemorated 75 years of the National Health Service. Runners were invited to wear blue and I was proud to do so at the Medina (Ryde) parkrun to show support and affection for its dedicated staff. I’m particularly grateful to NHS Physio Alex, for her assessment in May of a knee injury I sustained in March, caused by slipping and sliding in the mud at the Mole Valley parkrun, and for emailing me a programme of four exercises to do daily, which is facilitating recovery.  

So it seemed almost symbolic that the NHS75parkrun was the first organised run I’ve taken part in since I became injured. The Isle of Wight has only one parkrun. It usually takes place at Newport but relocates to Appley Park in the seaside resort of Ryde during the IOW Festival. Ryde’s captivating, multi-terrain course is a mixture of parkland, Esplanade - past rows of brightly coloured beach huts with sea views across the Solent – and woodland trail, before returning to the park via an uphill path, the most challenging part, for the long, straight finish over grass.     

It was a memorable event. The runners showed their appreciation to the contingent of NHS staff present with a rapturous round of applause. And there were complimentary cakes and fruit at the finish!  

Thank you, NHS! Thank you Medina, parkrun! Ryde is readily accessible by ferry from Portsmouth but my preferred method of travel was from Southsea by Hovercraft, which is for foot passengers only. The crossing takes only 10 minutes!

  

Dates for Your Diary 

Tuesday 1st August  MABAC Wimbledon Common  

Saturday 2nd September  parkrun tourism Worthing

Sunday 10th September  MABAC Lightwater Country Park

Sunday 17th September  RunReigate events

Wednesday 27th September Ed Prickett 5000m track championship at K2 

Saturday 14th October Start of the XC season

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 24th July 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 24th July 2023

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Saturday 2nd September Worthing parkrun tourism

Add this to your calendars - advance warning that we are going to Worthing parkrun on Saturday 2nd September, a fast and flat run and definitely PB material. I've been to quite a few parkrun destinations, and my fastest three are all at Worthing. We will follow up with a breakfast destination in Worthing. Further information to follow.

All parkrun tourism queries should be sent to to 

 

Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday 23rd September

Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 23rd September, however, there are two optional but recommended lead-in sessions to the course from Saturday 9th September. All of the details for the course can be found here.

Please do pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested. Registration is free for club members, so if you've had some time off running and think you'd benefit from participating, please consider it.

 

RIP Peter Kruszynski

It is with great sadness that we report an old member of Reigate Priory AC some of you will remember Peter Kruszynski has recently passed away.

 

Sunday 17th September Volunteer for RunReigate

If you volunteer to help at RunReigate you'll get a free entry for next year's race. See https://www.runseries.co.uk/volunteer

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, do let us know your results by emailing . Please submit by Sunday evening, at the latest, to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

 

Lily B - Saturday August 5 - Kingston

The penultimate girls athletics match of the season is on Saturday week, August 5, at Kingston. There are events for U11/U13/U15 and U17 Girls. Each athlete can do three individual events plus a relay. We are always keen to encourage as many children as possible to enter these events. There is no cost and no limit on entries. Reigate are co-hosting this event so it would be good if the effort in so doing is matched by the turn out of a large team. We have to register athletes the Friday before the event so please let me know if your daughter would like to compete, and in which events, by Thursday 3 August.

 

Reigate Junior Park run

This is a great weekly fun free to enter 2k run in Priory Park at 9:00am on Sunday mornings for 4-14 year olds. A good way to keep the fitness ticking over through the Summer holiday and catch up with friends. It was lovely to see a large turn out of RPAC athletes last Sunday. Four juniors, Ted Smythe, Oscar Harris, Millie Mckay and Gracie Shade recorded PBs, with Ted being second boy and Millie first girl home. Two other RPAC athletes, Rafi Varah and Emily Beaty, were very close to PBs. All six had age grade percentages over 70% which is very impressive.If you are new to Park Run, all you need to do is register on the website and take your bar code with you to the event to have a time recorded.

 

Dates for the diary 

Saturday 5th August - Lily B League (Girls)Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)

Saturday 26th August - Lily B League (Girls)Sutton

Saturday 23 September , Aldershot, Southern Road Relays
 
Saturday 7 October , Sutton Coldfield , National Road Relays  

 

Senior Section News

 

Lights on London Road

A warning that there are currently temporary traffic lights along the London road just past the petrol station towards the track causing some delays in rush hour.

 

Tuesday 1st August @ 19:30 MABAC Wimbledon

Wimbledon MABAC usually sees one of our strongest turnouts, please don't let this year be any different. We are currently lying in third place in the league behind Dorking and Blackwater Valley; a good turnout could see us leapfrog into second place.

If you haven't taken part in a MABAC race they are a low key way of representing the club - you can be as competitive as you wish. There is no need to pre-register as we will sort you out with a race number on the night.

The race is a trail race of approximately 8km, with 4km option if you don't fancy the full distance. Everyone who finishes the full distance earns at least five points for the club; 4km finishers earn two points. The more runners who turn out the bigger our points tally will be.

The race starts and finishes at Wimbledon Rugby Club SW20 0ET. The bar will be open after the event and the host club, Wimbledon Windmilers provide a buffet... what's not to like?

Full details are on the MABAC site https://running.mabac.org.uk/mabac-wimbledon-common-wimbledon-windmilers/

If anyone has any questions please contact me  

 

Wednesday 27th September 20:20 The Ed Prickett club 5000m Track Championships @ K2

This event will take part at K2, Crawley, and is the club 5km club championship race. Please do remember that you need to wear your club vest.

Registration will be open from 7.00pm and close at 7.45pm. Please do not register after 7.45pm as this will overlap with the track judge briefing. Race to start at 8:20pm.

(There will also be a 3K for the U17 athletes.)

 

Monday 17th July SCVAC League Match 4 @ Wimbledon Park

A diminutive team - Annette Morris, Tim Kimber and Paul Walters turned out for this one, with other regular team members unavailable on the night.

Annette scored an excellent 13 points over two events on the night. Tim tried to sub-6 minute the mile, was disappointed at the end only to find out that he'd actually achieved it in the results - and scored 4 points for the team. For me I was last in my event, but only just - and still bagged 3 points. It was a fun evening, and I wish I'd retrospectively taken part in another event.

Full results can be seen here.

 

Sunday 23rd July Elmbridge 10K

Congratulations to all of our Elmbridge 10K participants who recorded some fantastic times. The men's team (Phil, Tim, Neil, Ewan and Mathieu) are pictured above, and Lucy Kulp and Kate Knight also took part.

RPAC results can be seen here.

 

Sunday 23rd July Surrey Slog

Andrew Patrick and Neil McDonnell were the sole RPAC runners in this tough trail half marathon yesterday. Essentially the course winds it's way up and down Holmbury Hill three times!

Paddy finished in 28th place in 2:02:31 and Neil was in 36th place in 2:07:14. Well done gents!

 

Sunday 23rd July Couch to 5km race - by Usha Stevens

Following a plug in one of the British Athletics newsletters, I decided to enter the Couch to 5km race. It was advertised as being a women’s only race (anyone know of any men’s only races?!) for all abilities but particularly women new to running.

We gathered on the warm up track (now named the community track) which sits adjacent to the track where the 2012 Olympics took place. I only got one lap in on the warm up track, spotting Perri Shakes-Drayton (former 400m & 400m hurdles champion) standing around. Little did I realise that she was taking part in the event. She finished in a time of 23:50 which isn’t too shabby for a retired sprinter!

We were then led onto the main track (see photo) where we would start our race. I recognised the chap commentating, it was Geoff Wightman, father of World Champion Jake Wightman who famously commentated on his sons 1500m success last year.

We set off running the first 300m on the track before exiting the stadium where I spotted another legend, former World Champion and Olympian Iwan Thomas. I bade him good morning (he politely responded with the same) before following a twisty, undulating route around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park then heading back into the stadium.

I noticed the track timing was running as we ran the same 300m that we started on and wished I had the speed of some of our younger athletes as I finished the race. I can’t be disappointed with a time of 28:21 which was a 28 second PB over my last 5km (non parkrun) race. I thank the track for that.

 

Saturday 22nd July 2023 Chepstow Racecourse Half Marathon

Jim Vince ran in this event. He reports that the weather was rubbish being wet & very windy but lots of people were there and it was not too boring for a 4 lap course.

 

Saturday 22nd July North Downs 50 km, followed by Elmbridge 10K on Sunday

Kate Knight managed to complete the North Downs 50 km, which proved to be very wet and damp as the afternoon wore on, leaving base at 07.30 am, and finished at 10.30 pm. Then Kate followed up with the Elmbridge 10k on Sunday.

Dates for Your Diary 

Thursday 27th July - Near As Dammit 10K 
Friday 28th July - Wedding Day 7K - Surrey Road League
Tuesday 1st August - MABAC Wimbledon Common  
Saturday 2nd September - Parkrun tourism Worthing
Sunday 10th September - MABAC Lightwater Country Park
Sunday 17th September RunReigate events

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 17th July 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 17th July 2023

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Summer Social and Relays

I hope everyone who attended last week's Summer Social and Relays enjoyed the evening; we've certainly had some positive comments. 
There is a gallery of pictures from the event (thanks to Paul Walters) here

 

Club Website 

We’re building up to a refresh of our website this year, and as part of this the results and records system will need to be refreshed. The new proposed system is currently working alongside the old system on our website, so the new results system can be seen at https://www.rpac.org.uk/results/rpac-results and the records can be seen at https://www.rpac.org.uk/results/rpac-records (available at the bottom of the “Results” menu).

The intention is that by the end of this month this new results system will have replaced the old one. All results and records will be available from these two pages rather than having a list of pages on the results menu, juniors menu, and so on.

There are options to filter and search the results, so as an example you can see all of my 10K results over the last 20 or so years here... https://www.rpac.org.uk/results/rpac-results?h=1&search=Paul%20Walters&eventsearch=10K&limit=50

Email me at   should you have any feedback on this new system. If you’re interested in viewing results and records I’d be really interested to hear from you. We’re hoping to develop this system further next year with new features, but for the moment there’s loads of other work to complete on the website. 

 

Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday 23rd September

Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 23rd September, however, there are two optional but recommended lead-in sessions to the course from Saturday 9th September. All of the details for the course can be found here.

Please do pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested. Registration is free for club members, so if you've had some time off running and think you'd benefit from participating, please consider it.

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, do let us know your results by emailing . Please submit by Sunday evening, at the latest, to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Ebbisham League, Sunday 16th July Coulsdon

 

 Sunday saw the last match of this year’s Ebbisham Boys League season. Due to holidays we had a small team but the six RPAC athletes recorded some impressive performances . Rafi Varah continued his excellent season with two further PBs  in the 150m and 600m . James Beaty came second overall in the U13 1500m, taking 20 seconds off his PB and only just failing to go under 5 minutes. Jonty Smallwood recorded PBs in both the long jump and 200m. Ayooluwa Omotosho in his first competition with the Club posted strong times in both the 100m and 200m. Ted Smyth and Oscar Harris both ran well but at the time of writing we are waiting for the final results for their events. 

 

 

Dates for the diary 

Saturday 5th August - Lily B League (Girls)Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)

Saturday 26th August - Lily B League (Girls)Sutton

Saturday 23 September , Aldershot, Southern Road Relays
 
Saturday 7 October , Sutton Coldfield , National Road Relays  

 

Senior Section News

 

 Elmore 7 Saturday 15th July

A team of 16 RPAC athletes tackled the challenging hills around Chipstead that make up a good part of the Elmore 7 course on Saturday. In the past this race has been run in blistering heat; this year the weather was a little different. Despite the wind there were some cracking times recorded by both our men's and women's teams. You can read a full race report by Linda Rodriguez here

Elmbridge 10K  - This Sunday, 23rd July 

This is the next race in the Surrey Road League. More details are available from team captains. Entries are still open until 19th July here (I notice that Ewan and a headless RPAC runner are prominent on the picture on the website)

Surrey Slog - This Sunday, 23rd July 

If you are not running at Elmbridge and fancy a tough run in the Surrey countryside on Sunday entries for the Surrey Slog are still open. It would be good to see some RPAC vests among the runners. You can enter by following the link here. I know that numbers are very light (only 70 or so) which is a shame as this is a big fundraiser for MABAC and helps ensure our league fixtures are free to enter.  New for this year, there is a 10 mile option if you don't fancy scaling Holmbury Hill for the third time.

 

Duncan Mallinson Is Running From Land's End to John O' Groats Final Update

As mentioned in last week's newsletter Duncan made it to John O'Groats and here is his report on the final week of the challenge: 

The Loneliness of the long Distance Runner - could be a title for a book....

The fifth and final week saw us complete our journey towards John O'Groats. The first stage of the week arguably presented us with some of the most spectacular scenery of the whole trip as we climbed the Great Glen Way for some fantastic views over Loch Ness (no monsters spotted). Towards the end of the day I started to struggle with a quad injury largely due to a long day 62km and 5,000 feet of ascent and decent. However with some massage and yet more taping, I managed to complete the rest of the week as we hit some really remote country in the far north Highlands. There was literally no one on the trails or roads but the scenery really helped lift the spirits. Certainly in the early part of the last week the grind of knocking out an ultra marathon for the last month was really taking its toll on both the body and mind, although the finish line was within touching distance there were still some tough long days to be navigated. The Friday saw us finally finish at John O'Groats with a well earned celebration.

According to my Garmin - I did 1450km or 901 miles, ran for 218 hours and 37 minutes, took 1,673,430 steps and burnt 91,078 calories!

I am now trying to 'reintegrate' myself into society! For the past 5 weeks all I have had to do is run, eat and sleep. Probably like coming out of Prison or the Army I have been institutionalised. My day has been structured I have been told when I need to get up, when I am eating, when I need to start to run, the route I am running on etc most of my daily decisions have been made for me. Since I have been back people keep asking me 'How was it?' and that is a question that I am currently struggling to answer. Its easy to recall how a marathon went 'I felt great for 10 miles, went through a rough patch for a few miles, got back on pace and then hit the wall a few miles out' might be a typical answer but trying to summarise 35 days trying to recall all the many highlights and several really dark moments is really difficult.

In summary I learnt a huge amount about myself, I along with the rest of the group were all going into the unknown, unsure how our bodies and heads would hold up. Realistically I don't think you can ever fully prepare and train sufficiently for a challenge on this scale, its unlikely you are going to be on the start line feeling confident about your preparation. There is an element of running yourself into the event and after the first week or so your body starts to get used to what you are putting yourself through.

Would I do it again? If I could just turn up at the start line there is probably about a 5% chance that I would respond with a yes. Having to go through the training I did in the 12 months before, not a chance, it's certainly a one time experience. Would I recommend it to anyone? 100% yes - I saw parts of Britain that I have never explored, we live in a truly stunning country, I have met people on the journey who I suspect will remain friends for a long time and I did something that I never though I could personally do.

Finally a big thank you to everyone at the club who has supported me and generously made donations. I set out with a target to raise £1,000 for Tommy's and with your help this has been smashed as we currently stand at almost £8,000. This would be remarkable at any time but given the current economic environment, I am hugely humbled. Hopefully I will see you soon, after a bit of rest I am aiming to make it back to Tuesday night track sessions in order to get some speed back!!

  

If you'd like to support Duncan, his fundraising page is here http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/duncan-mallison

 

Dates for Your Diary

 
Monday 17th July - SCVAC Vets track and field league
Sunday 23rd July - Elmbridge 10K - Surrey Road League 
Sunday 23rd July - Surrey Slog 
Thursday 27th July - Near As Dammit 10K 
Friday 28th July - Wedding Day 7K - Surrey Road League
Tuesday 1st August - MABAC Wimbledon Common  
Saturday 2nd September - Parkrun tourism Worthing
Sunday 10th September - MABAC Lightwater Country Park

 

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Elmore 7 Saturday 15th July 2023

Elmore 7 Saturday 15th July 2023

Category: Seniors News

Elmore 7 from our Special Correspondent, Linda Rodriguez

Some of the RPAC team after the event. L to R: Laura Ebbs, Gillian O'Regan, Mike Pocock, Ruth Willis, Hannah Wright, Linda Rodriguez, Neil Fenwick, Jim Vince. 
Missing from the picture are Andrew Reeves, Tim Pearson, Eloise Bull, James England, Sarah Pemberton, Liz Mason, Kelly- Marie Mason and Kate Knight.

Usually one of the hottest races of the season, the South London Harriers’ Elmore 7 on Saturday, 15 July, brought a different weather challenge this year – gusts of heavy winds and the threat of torrential downpours. The race, which starts and finishes at the Chipstead Flower Show, covers seven undulating miles of country lanes through the Chipstead area. 

Despite a number of runners being out with injuries – a situation that’s starting to look suspicious – the club nevertheless fielded solid men’s and women’s teams. Laura Ebbs and Eloise Bull were the first two RPAC ladies home, each of them earning second place in their age categories for their efforts; Ebbs finished in 45:22 and Bull in 45:42. Hannah Wright rounded out the rest of the women’s scoring team, finishing in 49:57. Gillian O’Regan (51:13), Linda Rodriguez (51:22), Ruth Willis (51:35), and Sarah Pemberton (52:16) all finished within about a minute of each other. Liz Mason finished in 1:09:32, just ahead of daughter Kelly-Marie Mason, who ran an incredible personal best of 1:09:36. Kelly shaved off nearly 20 minutes from her previous time and, luckily, missed the unbelievable downpour that made for some very soggy Morris dancers and irritated birds of prey at the Chipstead fete. Kate Knight, in what was a short race for her, finished in 1:57:17.

 Neil Fenwick – who decided on the day to enter – was the first RPAC man over the finish, in 42:57, followed by Andrew Reeves in 43:23, Tim Pearson in 45:21, and James England, in one of his first races in a while, in 50:32, to round out the scoring team. Mike Pocock, who finished in 52:15, took home third place for his age category, and Jim Vince finished in 56:34. 

The Elmore 7 is the fifth in the Surrey Road League series; on the day of the race, RPAC ladies were fifth in the league, while the men’s team was tied for second with South London Harriers. The next race in the Road League is the Elmbridge 10K on 23 July, followed soon after by the Wedding Day 7K on 28 July. 

Kelly-Marie celebrating her new PB and showing off her medal

Reigate Priory AC News 10th July 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 10th July 2023

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Tuesday 11th July - Reigate Priory AC Summer Barbecue and Races - Tomorrow

Here are the arrangements for the Summer Social and Relays which we are holding at Battlebridge track tomorrow, Tuesday, 11th July.

Timings are as follows
Arrive from 18:4519:00 Mixed junior/senior 4x400m Relay Race - teams will be selected on the night.19:30 Senior Grand Prix 800m Race.
19:15 - 21:00 food.

As last year we have a caterer providing food options as shown on the menu here. Thank you to everyone who completed the form, it gives the caterer an idea of numbers, choices, etc. 

RPAC will pay £5 per member towards the menu prices shown so you will only have to pay the balance, e.g. a Cheeseburger will cost you £2.50 instead of £7.50. There is a limit of one £5 voucher per member. Card payments only please. 

 

Stewart McIntyre's 150 miles walk in aid of YMCA Life Change Fund

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I'm happy to report that Stewart completed his 150 mile walk successfully, and here he is celebrating his achievement with Ian Burks and some of the YMCA staff members. Really well done Stewart that is amazing achievement!

Stewart reports:

"Thank you so much to so many people for all the donations and the wonderful words of encouragement along the way. For those who have not been thanked personally ( including Anonymous donors !) , I’ll get round to it somehow. 

Touching reception - to the strains of ' I would walk 500 miles ' - from the staff of YMCA East Surrey on my return. They are the real stars . 
 
My JustGiving page is still open 😉"

You can read his story and donate to the YMCA Life Change Fund here

 

Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday 23rd September

Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 23rd September, however, there are two optional but recommended lead-in sessions to the course from Saturday 9th September. All of the details for the course can be found here.

Please do pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested. Registration is free for club members, so if you've had some time off running and think you'd benefit from participating, please consider it.

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, do let us know your results by emailing . Please submit by Sunday evening, at the latest, to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

 

Surrey Quad Kids 

 As of last week's newsletter we had not received the detailed results of the Surrey Quad Kids event. This is a team event for children in school years 5 and 6. Reigate finished a very creditable fifth out of eleven teams. In terms of individual performances Harry Dunham was second overall out of fifty athletes in the boys event and Gracie Shade was our leading girl in seventh place. Both she, and Rafi Varah who was 17th overall in the boy,s can return next year to compete as year 6's.
 
Our strongest event was inevitably the 600m where Harry, Rafi, Ted Smythe and Isaac Armitage finished 7th, 11th, 12th and 17th respectively. Gracie Shade and Olive Barton were 2nd and 13th respectively in the Girls 600m.
 

Ebbisham Boys League

 
The last Ebbisham Boys League match of the season will be held this coming Sunday 16 July at Woodcote School, Coulsdon. There are events for U11 to U17 boys and each athlete can do three individual events plus a relay. Please contact Mike Gent if your son would like to compete. It would be lovely to have a large turn out for this last match of the season. 

 

Dates for the diary

Lily B & Ebbisham League

 We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are: 

Lily B (Girls)

5th August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)

26th August - Sutton

 Ebbisham League (Boys) 

16th July - Coulsdon

 

Senior Section News

 

Parkrun Tourism Uckfield, Saturday 8th July 

A team of 11 RPAC runners travelled to Uckfield to take part in the Parkrun on Saturday. The Uckfield Parkrun starts and finishes at the Rugby Club and is run mostly within Buxted Deer Park. I'm told that it was a lovely, if slightly challenging course. You can read the full details in Paul's write up here...

In case you are wondering why Sarah Walters is in scrubs, Parkrun HQ asked runners to wear something blue to honour the NHS which has recently celebrated its 75th birthday. 

The next Parkrun tourism event is at Worthing on 2nd September

 

Duncan Mallinson Is Running From Land's End to John O' Groats Update

 You will recall that Duncan Mallinson has spent the past 5 weeks taking part in the Run Britannia event, running from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for Tommy's, a charity that does a huge amount to fund research into still birth.

I'm very happy to report that Duncan completed the run and survived OK. He has promised to update us with news of the final week of his run - through the Highlands of Scotland - in next week's newsletter. As you might imagine, after 5 weeks away he has a bit of catching up to do. 

What an achievement Duncan, absolutely amazing!

If you'd like to support Duncan, his fundraising page is here http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/duncan-mallison

Surrey Slog, Sunday  23rd July 

A big thank you to Gail Hill who volunteered to marshal at the event with me - and to Ian Edmonds and Jim Vince who are on my standby list. 

It would be good to see some RPAC vests among the runners. You can enter by following the link here; I know that numbers are light.  New for this year, there is a 10 mile option if you don't fancy scaling Holmbury Hill for the third time.

 

Members' News

Alex Wright has been putting in some terrific performances recently; he finished first in the Kenley 10K last weekend and set a new PB of 32:04 in the ASICS London 10k yesterday (9th July), finishing in 9th place in a field of 13,362 finishers! Alex writes: "After forgetting my watch I had to try running to feel and I think it was a success so maybe a tactic to try going forwards!!"

Amazing results Alex - well done.

Also running in the ASICS London 10K yesterday were Hannah Wright, who also set a new PB of 43:07 and Jack Finn who finished in 47:03. Well done to you both! Apologies if I missed anyone; it's hard to find people when you can't filter the results by club! 

A bit further afield Jim Vince ran the Lancaster Marathon on Sunday (9th July) and writes:

"Hey team, I managed to finish the Lancaster marathon today… a bit hot so lucky there was some shade & a little breeze.. " Well done Jim!

  
 

Dates for Your Diary

 
Tuesday 11th July - Summer Social & BBQ
 
Saturday 15th July - Elmore 7
 
Monday 17th July - SCVAC Vets track and field league
 
Sunday 23rd July - Surrey Slog
 
Thursday 27th July - Near As Dammit 10K
 
Tuesday 1st August - MABAC Wimbledon Common 
 
Saturday 10th September - MABAC Lightwater Country Park

 

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Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism @ Uckfield 8th July 2023

Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism @ Uckfield 8th July 2023

Category: Seniors News

Eleven Reigate Priory AC members participated in the Uckfield parkrun on Saturday 8th July 2023 with Ashleigh and Alfie Finn in support, and a guest appearance from Alex Fulton-Bell.

This parkrun was special for a number of reasons...

  • a celebration of 75 years of the NHS. People were encouraged to wear blue, and NHS staff were encouraged to participate
  • there was a race as Uckfield College's pupils had a 5K sports day event within the parkrun
  • it was our parkrun tourism
  • anyone participating in a parkrun alphabet challenge had their "u"!

Results as below...

Pos Name Time Age Grading
25 Paul Walters 22:47 69.79%
56 Paul Sapsard 25:41 66.52%
77 Jack Finn 27:10 47.48%
79 Annette Morris 27:22 76.37%
83 Lucy Kulp 27:36 53.74%
103 Peter Luxton 29:16 60.25%
116 Jon Bell 30:36 47.82%
132 Alex Fulton-Bell 32:47 48.14%
133 Mel Fulton-Bell 32:48 48.42%
149 Sarah Walters 39:09 48.87%
155 Debs Grant 42:36 41.39%
172 Adrian Grant 52:10 31.57%

 

Full results can be found here. Although this course was not PB territory the route was beautiful although demanding, and I hope that everyone had a good experience and was pleased with their finishing time. Highlight were that Sarah Walters ran the course wearing NHS scrubs in recognition of the NHS (pictured above), and that Annette Morris finished with the highest age grading for the event of 76.37%.

We finished off at the Uckfield Rugby Club kiosk to purchase refreshments before our return.

The Uckfield organisers asked me to write the report for the event which you can read here.

Thank you to everyone who attended. Your support of parkrun tourism is really appreciated.

The next event will be Worthing parkrun on Saturday 2nd September. More information to follow.

 

Reigate Priory AC News 3rd July 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 3rd July 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News 

 

Tuesday 11th July - Reigate Priory AC Summer Barbecue and Races

Here are the arrangements for the Summer Social and Relays which we are holding at Battlebridge track next Tuesday, 11th July.

Timings are as follows
Arrive from 18:45
19:00 Mixed junior/senior 4x400m Relay Race - teams will be selected on the night.
19:30 Senior Grand Prix 800m Race.
19:15 - 21:00 food.

As last year we have a caterer providing food options as shown on the menu here.

RPAC will pay £5 per member towards the menu prices shown so you will only have to pay the balance, e.g. a Cheeseburger will cost you £2.50 instead of £7.50. There is a limit of one £5 voucher per member. Card payments only please.

 

Parkrun for the NHS - this coming weekend

This weekend (both Saturday and Sunday) is ‘Parkrun for the NHS’ – celebrating the NHS’s 75th anniversary. See this and get your NHS blue on!

 

Saturday 8th July parkrun tourism to Uckfield *** this coming Saturday ***

We're off to Uckfield Parkrun this coming Saturday. Unfortunately we cannot use Reigate College as a base this Saturday due to RideReigate using the college, so can I please encourage car sharing if you wish to attend Uckfield.

The parkrun starts at Uckfield Rugby Club, and is run entirely on trail paths (which can accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain). The route is all off road mainly in a deer park. Buxted Park is a beautiful, natural park with great views, historic buildings and interesting landscape. There are toilets at the rugby club. My suspicion is that this is a picturesque and friendly parkrun, not necessarily PB territory, but could be really quite special.

If you're stuck for a lift do get in touch with me and we will sort it no problem.

It looks like it'll take around 1 hour from Reigate, so I suggest setting off ~7:40AM. Afterwards we will frequent the kiosk at Uckfield Rugby Club which sells hot and cold drinks, pastries, cakes, etc.

If you're not wearing an NHS outfit then please do wear your club vest.

 

Sunday 9th July Southern Athletics League (SAL) match *** this coming Sunday ***

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 South London.

The third Southern Athletics League (SAL) match of the season is fast approaching and will take place on Sunday 9th July at Tooting, SW17 8AR.

The meeting is open to U17s, U20s and Seniors (Vets included). You should have received an email with the timetable of events.

If you would like to compete or have any questions please email 

 

Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday 23rd September

Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 23rd September, however, there are two optional but recommended lead-in sessions to the course from Saturday 9th September. All of the details for the course can be found here.

Please do pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested. Registration is free for club members, so if you've had some time off running and think you'd benefit from participating, please consider it.

 

Summer Evening 10k 2023 – postscript by Moray Carey, acting Race Director

Although the enforced cancellation of the race was a bitter disappointment for everyone, we can at least take some positives out of it.

First and foremost I’d like to express my sincere thanks to my RPAC clubmates for helping to organise the race, particularly the core planning team – Nat, Neil, Ginevra, Chris, Paul W – and of course the race day volunteers.

I’d also like to highlight other altruistic acts.

  • Our race partners, with whom RPAC has an enduring association, have all made generous financial gestures which will help to mitigate the loss.

This is what they do on our behalf.

  • Sport Systems – who created and administered the online entry store, helped market the event, supplied the numbers and would have timed the race. Plus behind the scenes stuff
  • Medical Despatch – who provide emergency medical services (Emergency Response Unit plus First Responders) at this and other RPAC hosted events
  • Hire-a-Loo – who supply portable event toilets, particularly handy when the public loos are closed

Plus

- Sponsors Thurlowe Clark, Independent Financial Advisers, who have made a generous financial contribution for many years and are supporting next year’s event.

- Runners who have kindly pledged to donate their refunded entry fees back to RPAC (without any solicitation)

- Cllr Catherine Baart who made repeated representations on our behalf to SCC Highways for information (with valuable contributions by our own [Cllr] Paul Chandler)

- Naomi Jones who had kindly consented to be Event Adjudicator (the race cannot take place without such a qualified person undertaking this independent role)  

- Helen West, RBBC Events Officer, for continuous support of all RPAC events held in the Priory.     

Apologies if I’ve omitted anyone.

 

Podium Performance Athletics Academy

This Summer Podium Performance Athletics Academy are running specialised camps on Wed 2/8 & 23/8 - choose from PV or hurdles/steeplechase or throws, plus their normal format of PV, throw, jump & run on our other days.

From ages 7 to adults. This is at Ewell, and is open to non Epsom & Ewell athletes.

See this poster for full details.

 

Stewart McIntyre's 150 miles walk in aid of YMCA Life Change Fund

Stewart is walking from YMCA East Surrey, Redhill 150 miles to Somerset to celebrate his 75th birthday as well as marking the great work that the YMCA has done for the last 150 years.

Here is Stewart setting off from YMCA East Surrey last Monday 26th June, with club members Paul Byrne and Peter Prickett in support.

You can read his story and donate to the YMCA Life Change Fund here. Stewart is already in Somerset and he should arrive at his destination tomorrow.

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The discount code for July will be in the email version of the newsletter.

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, do let us know your results by emailing . Please submit by Sunday evening, at the latest, to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

 

Surrey Quad Kids 

 
RPAC fielded a team of 12 athletes in the Surrey Quad Kids event and came a very creditable fifth out of eleven teams.
 
 
Detailed results are not yet available and a fuller report will appear next week but it was a very enjoyable event as evidenced by the photos.

 

30th June/1st July Surrey Schools Track and Field Championships, Birmingham 

It was a great experience at the English Schools T&F Championships for three RPAC Juniors.

The Surrey team went up to Birmingham by coach on Thursday with two nights spent in a local hotel.

With Friday given over mainly to heats and then finals on Saturday, competition was fierce as many of the best junior athletes from across England took part.

In the Intermediate 800m's Samuel Stapley and Lilah Unwin ran well on Friday, with Samuel qualifying for Saturdays's final where he finished in 7th place. Lilah just missed out on the girls final even though her time in the heat was inside National Standard and fast enough to have won Silver in the Senior girls 800m final! A strong entry in this year's Inter-Girls 800m.

Euan Willis took on the challenge of the 1500m Steeplechase, despite having had very little opportunity to practice the event, and put in another good performance in what was a straight final.

 

Dates for the diary

Lily B & Ebbisham League

 We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are: 

Lily B (Girls)

5th August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)

26th August - Sutton

 Ebbisham League (Boys) 

16th July - Coulsdon

 

Senior Section News

 

Sunday 25th June Richmond 10K - Club Championship

You can see full club results here. Congratulations to our champions.

 

Thursday 29th June NADI 10K

Results should be up on https://www.rpac.org.uk early this week.

 

Sunday 23rd July - Volunteers needed for the Surrey Slog

The Surrey Slog is being held on Sunday 23rd July. This is a major fundraiser for MABAC and helps ensure that the league races are free. 

As a member club we are obliged to provide at least two volunteers to help at the Surrey Slog. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP - email  Don't make me be Billy No Mates again!

You can also support MABAC by entering this race entry details are here https://www.fullonsport.com/event/a-surrey-slog-2023/profile

 

Sunday 2nd July Bewl 15

Liz Mason and Jim Vince both ran in this one yesterday afternoon.

Liz reports that the ground was very rutted and there were longer hills than she remembered! She finished in 3:06:26, not her best time for the race, but an improvement on her time 2 years ago when the course was quite slippy.

Jim reports that it was a great event, well organised (except for parking) and very well attended. They even had free cake and a beer with your medal and t-shirt at the end! Highly recommended.

 

Duncan Mallinson Is Running From Land's End to John O' Groats Week 4

You will recall that Duncan Mallinson is taking part in the Run Britannia event running from Land's End to John O'Groats over the course of 5 weeks to raise money for Tommy's, a charity that does a huge amount to fund research into still birth.

If you'd like to support Duncan, his fundraising page is here http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/duncan-mallison

Duncan writes:-

“Week 4 saw us continue our journey through Scotland. Stage 1 of the week was a painful and difficult day as reached the southern suburbs of Glasgow with lots of rain and pain starting to develop in my hip to the point I had to walk the last 3 miles. 
 
The hip wasn’t great for the start of the 2nd day but taping and painkillers helped as we travelled through the centre of Glasgow.
 
Day 3 of the week saw us start the West Highland way one of the UK’s national trails, 96 miles long heading from Glasgow to Fort William. Usually completed by walkers over a week but we were scheduled to complete it in 3 days! The hip was gradually getting better as we continued along the West Highland Trail, which was a good thing as each day was getting longer and with more ascent. However the scenery was incredible.
 
After the 3 days on the trail we had a nice flat stage for our final run of the week running along the Caledonian canal from Fort William to Fort Augustus. Total distance for the week was 310km with 18,400 feet. One more week to go before we hit John O’Groats!”
 
 

Saturday 1st / Sunday 2nd July Midlands Spartan Trifecta Weekend @ Belvoir Castle

Conner Wickens finished 3rd in the Saturday Beast Elite 21Km event with a time of 1:58:54, followed up with the Sunday Super Elite race where Conner finished 5th in a time of 1:03:45.
 
 

Saturday 1st July Furzefield School fete

 
Here's how the club Men's Captain Rob Wigley spent his Saturday. Give me a sponge!
 

Dates for Your Diary

 
Saturday 8th July - Parkrun tourism at Uckfield
 
Sunday 9th July - Southern Athletics League
 
Tuesday 11th July - Summer Social & BBQ
 
Saturday 15th July - Elmore 7
 
Monday 17th July - SCVAC Vets track and field league
 
Thursday 27th July - Near As Dammit 10K
 
Tuesday 1st August - MABAC Wimbledon Common
 
Saturday 10th September - MABAC Lightwater Country Park

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 28th June 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 28th June 2023

Category: All Club News

Message from Editorial

Can I please send a warm welcome to Linda Rodriguez who has joined the Reigate Priory AC newsletter editorial team.

The team comprises of Linda Rodriguez, Andrew Bamford and Paul Walters.

Linda published the newsletter for the first time on Monday, and given the small level of instruction provided constructed a fantastic newsletter.

However, unfortunately Linda did not receive all of the articles. We are not sure why at the moment, and certainly not Linda's fault.

Apologies to those affected, and I'm sending an interim out-of-band newsletter today with more news.

 

All Club News 

Summer Evening 10K, 5th July: *** FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY - volunteers urgently needed! ***

We'll be hosting our 30th edition of the Summer Evening 10K on Wednesday, 5th July. This year, our Race HQ and "events village" will be located near the tennis courts; two portaloos will be conveniently placed close to Priory Way. We are still looking for volunteers to help set up the course before the event, to marshal the event, and to clear up afterwards. If you are able to help in any capacity, please leave your details on this form; note that it is still possible to run and volunteer for some duties.

Don't forget that the Summer 10K is the major fundraising event of our calendar and helps to keep our subs low and to subsidise entry to the various leagues and competitions that the junior and senior sections take part in. As ever, please continue to promote the race!

We've also just got hold of the stylish and eco-friendly mementos which every finisher will receive - the printed heat transfer ribbon is 100% recyclable, according to the supplier, and the medal is sourced from FSC approved wood!

  

Lilah's BIG Raffle! *** THE DRAW WILL TAKE PLACE THIS FRIDAY 30TH JUNE***

Lilah Unwin is holding a raffle to raise money to attend the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea this August.  The 15 fantastic raffle prizes include 4 tickets to the Goodwood Festival of Speed (worth £356!), afternoon tea at Nutfield Priory, cinema tickets, dog grooming, the list goes on!  Tickets are £5 each available by emailing Lilah's Mum (email address will be provided in the email version of this newsletter) 

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The discount code for July will be in the email version of the newsletter.

 

Junior Section News

 No updates for juniors from Monday to now.

 

Senior Section News

Quick reminder - No park session this Thursday 29th June

There will be no park session this Thursday, 29th June - which should free everyone up to run the Near As Damn It cross-country 10K at Farthing Downs. Good luck and remember, the South London Harriers clubhouse (and bar) are open afterwards!

 

Surrey Slog, 23rd July

The Surrey Slog, formerly known as the Holmbury Hill Half Marathon, will be held on Sunday 23rd July. This is the only other fundraiser that MABAC does and helps ensure that the league races are free. Please support this if you can either by running it or by volunteering. It is a pretty tough course, I'm not going to lie. As a member club we are obliged to provide at least two volunteers for the Surrey Slog. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP - email 

 

Duncan Mallinson Is Running From Land's End to John O' Groats Week 3

Duncan reports ... "Week 3 completed of my Lands End to John O’Groats journey. This week saw us leaving Preston and hitting a huge milestone when we crossed the Scottish border before completing the week just south of Glasgow. An easier week due to the weather cooling down, less elevation and lower mileage. It’s amazing how a 40k day becomes a ‘short’ day in your head.

 
There was quite a lot of road this week but without doubt the highlight was working our way through the Lake District on Tuesday. Total distance covered this week was 277km. 
 
Next week we are scheduled to complete another 300km. Working our way through Glasgow before getting on to the West Highland way and following Loch Lomond for a couple of days. Then on to Fort William and Ben Nevis before finishing the week in Fort Augustus. Just 2 weeks left and hoping the body holds together!"

 

Sunday 25th June 2023 Cotswold Way 50km

Kate reports that this event was muggy and hot, but she was happy to have completed the 2nd half of the Cotswold way challenge in 14.5 hours - undulating, hilly in places, and very warm. She is looking forward to competing in the Peak District in 2 weeks time.

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 26th June 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 26th June 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News 

No park session this Thursday

There will be no park session this Thursday, 29th June - which should free everyone up to run the Near As Damn It cross-country 10K at Farthing Downs. Good luck and remember, the South London Harriers clubhouse (and bar) are open afterwards! 

Summer Evening 10K, 5th July: Volunteers needed!

We'll be hosting our 30th edition of the Summer Evening 10K on Wednesday, 5th July. This year, our Race HQ and "events village" will be located near the tennis courts; two portaloos will be conveniently placed close to Priory Way. We are still looking for volunteers to help set up the course before the event, to marshal the event, and to clear up afterwards. If you are able to help in any capacity, please leave your details on this form; note that it is still possible to run and volunteer for some duties.

Don't forget that the Summer 10K is the major fundraising event of our calendar and helps to keep our subs low and to subsidise entry to the various leagues and competitions that the junior and senior sections take part in. As ever, please continue to promote the race!

We've also just got hold of the stylish and eco-friendly mementos which every finisher will receive - the printed heat transfer ribbon is 100% recyclable, according to the supplier, and the medal is sourced from FSC approved wood!

  

Membership renewal - final final reminder!

Many thanks to all of our members who have already renewed their membership. A final reminder that renewals are over due and should be paid immediately. Anyone who has not renewed by the end of the month will be automatically resigned.

Anyone no longer wishing to continue membership, please let Nat know on 

 

Summer Barbecue and Races - Tuesday 11th July 

Our Summer social and barbecue will be held on Tuesday, 11th July! This is for all sections of the club and is a great opportunity to meet and mingle. There will be also be a 400m relay race comprising teams made up of juniors and seniors, as well as the Senior 800m Grand Prix race. Subsidised food will be available for members and we've been promised that the queue will be smaller this year. 

More details will be provided nearer the date.

 

Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday 23rd September

Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday, 23rd September, however, there are two optional but recommended lead-in sessions to the course from Saturday 9th September. All of the details for the course can be found here.

Please do pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested. Registration is free for club members, so if you've had some time off running and think you'd benefit from participating, please consider it.  

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, do let us know your results by emailing . Please submit by Sunday evening, at the latest, to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Samuel and Lilah set new Club Records

In their build up to this coming weekend's English Schools Track and Field Championships at the new Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, both Samuel Stapley and Lilah Unwin recorded new club records. Samuel competed in the Southern Athletics League at Carshalton on Sunday, June 18th; in his first foray into a 2000m Steeplechase, he ran an excellent time of 6.36.86, setting a new club record. Lilah was in action under the floodlights at Eltham on Wednesday evening in a British Milers Club 800m race, complete with pacesetter. Her time of 2.09.25 is a new PB and a new U17W'S 800m Club Record.
 
Congratulations, too, to Euan Willis, whose place in the Surrey team for the English Schools Track and Field Championships has been confirmed. Euan will head to Birmingham to compete in the Inter-Boys 1500m Steeplechase on Saturday, July 1st.
 
Good luck, juniors!

 

Senior Section News

Terrific turnout for Ranelagh Harriers Richmond 10K

Whilst no one ended up in the back of an ambulance this year, the Richmond 10K - a flat course on road and gravel that follows the Thames for a portion - was nonetheless brutally hot for the 23 RPAC runners who decided to chance it. The race started at 9 am on Sunday, under a dangerously cloudless sky; temperatures had already climbed above 28 and were still rising. 

Tom Almond was first back for RPAC, finishing in 35:00 and in 14th place overall; he was followed by Henry Munro in 36:52 and Lee Savage in 37:17. Ginevra Stoneley, who clearly did not heed Malcolm's command to not "overdo it if it gets seriously hot", was RPAC’s first woman over the finish. She finished in 40:53, earning herself the bronze Surrey Championship medal for the veterans over 45 category. She was followed by Eloise Bull, in 41:04, and Gillian O’regan, in 45:00. Annette Morris, who finished in 52:21, came second in her age category, veterans over 65. The race was the fourth in the Surrey Road League season, with four more to come; after the third race, the Dorking 10 in June, RPAC men stand in third place and the women in seventh. (For a complete list of results, go here.)

It was hot enough that it didn't take much to coax several few runners into the blissfully cool river after the race - hopefully this is the start of a new tradition! (As far as we know, no one fell ill afterwards. Really.)

 

Southern Counties Veterans AC Track & Field League

Last Monday, 19th June, 14 RPAC veterans made the trip to the David Weir Centre in Carshalton for the 2nd fixture in the South London Division of the SCVAC Track & Field League. Although we didn’t have competitors in all events and age groups, the women’s team finished 4th and the men’s team 5th, out of the eight teams in the division.

There were great efforts all around, but some individual highlights included: Jo Davey won the W35A 800m and Gillian O'regan placed second in the W35B 800m; Andrew Pringle took first in the M60 Triple Jump and a handful of seconds in the M60 200m, M60 Shot, and M60 Javelin; Kelly-Marie Mason placed second in the W35B 200m; Laura Ebbs and Ginevra Stoneley both won first in the W35A and W35B 5000m respectively; Annette Morris scored 8 points in the W60 5000m, as she was the only person in her age group who took up the challenge; Andrew Reeves won second in the M50 5000m; Rory Maguire took second in both the M50 shot and M50 Javelin. Owing the the lack of M35 men competitors, Tim Kimber and Nicholas Wade, both M50, competed in the M35 category in the 800m and 5000m respectively. Liz Mason, meanwhile, did the W60 shot as well as competing in her correct W70 category in the javelin, having only first held a javelin after the Tuesday track session earlier in the week. The team was completed by Gavin Lawrence and Malcolm Woodman.

 

The next and probably final league fixture for 2023 is on Monday 17th July. Look for an email closer to the time with details of the events and venue.

 

 

Neil McDonnell braves Box Hill  

The Trionium Midsummer Munro bills itself as "the hardest half" and, with more than 1000 meters of ascent and descent up and down Box Hill's trails, as the air temperature rose to 30, it might be right. Brave Neil McDonnell finished the race on Sunday in 02:53:43, coming in 72nd place. 
 
 
 

Andrew Patrick earns medal in 100m

Andrew Patrick may have been the only sensible one among us, choosing to do his races this weekend in the only cool spot in the country: The pool. Patrick, who swims for Dorking Masters, earned a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke in the Surrey County Vets Championship, as well as medals in the medley and freestyle (that's front crawl) relays.   

  

MABAC committee meeting report from Andrew Bamford

Cranleigh 14/21

This year's Cranleigh 14/21 event made a profit of around £4800. This isn't quite enough to run the league events for the year (member clubs do not pay any fees for being part of the league).
Messages after this year's race were generally positive despite the horrendous conditions. It was acknowledged that the course was not ideal for marathon preparation and the "marketing message" will be changed for next year. After negotiations with a local landowner, it's been decided that the course could be changed so that only approximately half a mile of each lap would be on the Downslink. There was also some discussion about holding the race at a different time of year or somewhere else, but no conclusion was reached.

Surrey Slog, 23rd July

The Surrey Slog, formerly known as the Holmbury Hill Half Marathon, will be held on Sunday 23rd July. This is the only other fundraiser that MABAC does and helps ensure that the league races are free. Please support this if you can either by running it or by volunteering. It is a pretty tough course, I'm not going to lie. As a member club we are obliged to provide at least two volunteers for the Surrey Slog. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP - email .

Future Events

Yet again, a number of the future events are in jeopardy:

Windsor - despite assurances last year, the Crown Estate are proving difficult bedfellows. They are only prepared to let us run at 9 am on Saturday 3rd February (a Parkrun with a twist?), as it seems that we may have upset some cyclists this year.

Farley Heath - parking continues to be a problem and there were complaints from some horse riders. I find that a bit rich, considering that one of them decided to ride through the middle of a pack of runners last year!

Wimbledon - it seems that Windmilers have had a bit of a falling out with the rugby club over catering, so it's possible that there may not be food after this year's race (Tuesday 1st August at 19:30). The good news is that the bar will be open.

Dorking - it was agreed that the Denbies course was excellent, but the cost of staging it was high.

Headphones

It has been agreed that bone-conducting headphones will be allowed at all remaining league races this year, on a trial basis. The final decision on whether or not to allow them will be discussed and ratified at this year's AGM. In-ear and over-ear headphones will continue to be barred.

 

Support Dogs are looking for people to take part in the Parallel Windsor Festival on 2nd July at Windsor Great Park

From Juliette Stern:
 

Parallel Windsor features a range of challenge events for all ages, health conditions and abilities. Walk, push or run - there are no cut off times. Start Together, Finish Whenever!

Parallel Windsor is award-winning event which champions disability inclusion through an attitude of ‘no limits living.’ Welcoming all ages, health conditions and abilities, the flagship event aims to challenge everyone to get moving by taking part in a range of multiple running, walking, and pushing distances; including 100m, 1K, 5K and 10K. The event will also include Parallel’s innovative SuperSensory 1K, supporting neurodiversity and participants with profound and multiple learning disabilities to exercise their senses over a series of challenges involving sound, taste, and touch.

Can you run for Support Dogs? Support Dogs is a national charity that trains and provides assistance dogs for people with autism, epilepsy and physical disabilities. Take on this incredible challenge whilst raising money for a life-changing charity. Our amazing dogs save lives. Please sign up here.
 

Dates for Your Diary

Thursday 29th June - Near As Dammit 10K
 
Wednesday 5th July - Reigate Priory AC Summer Evening 10K
 
Saturday 8th July - Parkrun tourism at Uckfield
 
Sunday 9th July - Southern Athletics League
 
Tuesday 11th July - Summer Social & BBQ
 
Saturday 15th July - Elmore 7
 
Monday 17th July - SCVAC Vets track and field league
 
Thursday 27th July - Near As Dammit 10K
 
Tuesday 1st August - MABAC Wimbledon Common
 
Saturday 10th September - MABAC Lightwater Country Park

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 19th June 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 19th June 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News 

 

Summer Evening 10K 2023 - by Moray Carey (Acting Race Director)

It’s sad to note our good friends at Lingfield Running Club will not be staging their popular Lingfield 10’s this year. Their website cites a lack of an organising committee.

So, may I thank you in anticipation that the club will receive its usual tremendous response to the appeal for volunteers to fill the many diverse roles necessary to hold our Summer Evening 10K in just over 2 weeks’ time, on Wed 5th July!

This will be the 30th edition!

This year our Race HQ will be located outdoors since the Pavilion Cafe, our usual HQ, is closed for refurbishment and no other nearby premises are available.

We’ll be creating an ‘event village’ near the tennis courts using club owned or borrowed equipment - gazebos, tables, chairs etc - and providing runners and race officials with 2 portaloos, which will be conveniently sited close to Priory Way.

As ever, please continue to promote the race!

 

Calling All Volunteers - The Summer 10K is on Wednesday 5th July

Our Summer 10K takes place on the evening of Wednesday 5th July. We are looking for volunteers to help set up the course before the event, to help marshal the event, and to clear up afterwards. If you are able to help in any capacity please leave your details on this form https://forms.gle/EyoeLGGBxUeVbBhB9  . If you want to take part in the race it is possible to volunteer for some duties and run.

Don't forget that the Summer 10K is the major fundraising event of our calendar and helps to keep our subs low and to subsidise entry to the various leagues and competitions that the junior and senior sections take part in. 

 

Membership renewal - final reminder!

Many thanks to all of our members who have already renewed their membership. A final reminder that renewals are over due and should be paid immediately. Anyone who has not renewed by the end of the month will be automatically resigned.

Anyone no longer wishing to continue membership, please let Nat know on 

 


Summer Barbecue and Races - Tuesday 11th July 

A date for your diaries...our Summer social and barbecue will be held on Tuesday 11th July. This is for all sections of the club and is a great opportunity to meet and mingle. There will be also be a 400m relay race comprising teams made up of juniors and seniors, and the Senior 800m Grand Prix race. 
Similar to what we did last year there will be subsidised food available for members (we've been promised that the queue will be smaller this year). 

More details will be provided nearer the date.

 

Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday 23rd September

Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday 23rd September, although there are 2 optional but recommended lead-in sessions to the course from Saturday 9th September.

All of the details for the course can be found here.

Please do pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested, and it's worth noting that if you've had some time off from running and would gain from participating (and are a club member) then registration would be free-of-charge. 

 

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 17th June - England Athletics U20 Championships @ Chelmsford

Lilah Unwin ran another fast 800m on Saturday at the England Athletics U20 Championships in Chelmsford, with another time inside English Schools National Standard. 

Competing in a heat that included the currently 4th ranked in the UK Women's 800m, Abigail Ives, (Keely Hodgkinson is ranked no 1), it was a great experience for U17 Lilah who finished 5th against top quality opponents. 

Along with the much-coveted national titles, the England Athletics U23 and U20 Championships provided competition which was intense with slots available at three major championships.

There were team places on offer for the European Athletics U20 Championships in Jerusalem, Israel, the European Athletics U23 Championships in Espoo, Finland, and finally for the U18s, the Commonwealth Youth Games this summer in Trinidad and Tobago.

Headlining it all was Keely Hodgkinson the British record holder over 800m. She dropped down a distance to run the U23 women’s 400m as part of her season’s plans to qualify for those championships.

A good day for Lilah!

 

Lily B Girls Athletics event

On Saturday the second Lily B girls athletics league match was held at Guildford. RPAC athletes turned in some great performances on a stiflingly hot afternoon.

In the U11 girls Leila Modarres and Emma Aries were first and second respectively in the long jump. Gracie Shade was first in the 600m. Isabella Crorkin in her first event for the Club turned in impressive performances in the 75m and long jump. Maya Pocock achieved PBs in all three of her events as did Vhari MacGregor in the 600m. Emily Beaty ran well in the 600m. The highlight though for the U11s was the sprint relay where the team of Gracie Shade, Eleni Harvey, Maya Pocock and Emma Aries repeated their victory from the first match.

In the U13 girls the stand out event was perhaps the 800m where Florence Shade was second in the B race, Lara Tombleson second in the non-scoring race and Florence Tombleson sprinted away down the last 100m to win the A race with a PB having closely tracked the early leader until then. Daisy Barton and Florence Shade both recorded PBs in all three of their events. Freya Else ran strongly in the sprints coming second in her 200m. It was great to see two athletes in their first match doing well with Sofia Poole and Jessie Smith-Cox recording good times.

It was a tough day to be a 1500m runner. Olivia Aries, Olivia Heppenstall and Neve MacGregor (U15) all ran bravely in the heat. Isla Kinniburgh ran well to record PBs in both the 100m and 800m as did Summer Snelgrove in the 800m.

Ella Scrase our sole U17 competitor won the 800m comfortably.

 

Dates for the diary

Lily B & Ebbisham League

 We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are: 

Lily B (Girls)

5th August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)

26th August - Sutton

 Ebbisham League (Boys) 

16th July - Coulsdon

 
Open Meetings
 
Open meetings over the next month that might be of interest include
 
BMC Regional Meeting Eltham Wed 21st June
 
 
Wednesday 28th June - Quad Kids @ Guildford

This is one of my favourite junior events in the calendar. We can enter a team of five boys and five girls from Years 5 and 6. Each athlete does a 75m sprint, 600m, Howler Throws and standing long jump and the event finishes with a relay, If your son/daughter would be interested in competing in this event please can you let Mike Gent know. The event commences at 6:00pm with registration from 5:30pm. There is a £10 entry fee for this event. 
 
 

Senior Section News

 

Sunday 25th June - Ranelagh Richmond 10K  *** This coming Sunday ***

A reminder that the next Surrey Road League fixture is the fast approaching Richmond 10K run by Ranelagh Harriers, which will take place on Sunday 25th June at 09:00. You can still enter here. As it also happens to be our Club Championship 10K it could be a good chance to bag some silverware. From memory it's not a PB course as it is narrow in places and there are a number of twists and turns with a finish on grass.  

 

Monday / Wednesday groups and Ian Edmonds

If there is anyone in RPAC who doesn't know Ian, as well as many other things, he has led out the Monday (from Battlebridge) and Wednesday (from The Sovereign Centre) runs from their inception some years ago.

Ian unfortunately has had to take a step back from the training at the moment and is currently awaiting knee surgery.

We're all wishing you a very speedy recovery Ian! For the moment these groups will be headed up by Mel and Usha together with other leaders/coaches.

For those who might not know, the running groups are each Monday from Battlebridge at 18:00 and each Wednesday from The Sovereign Centre in Woodhatch at 19:00. There's a WhatsApp group covering these two groups which you might want to join - you can ask a leader of the group or just send us an email.

Tonight we went on a circular running route around Merstham edging Gatton and saw Ian. Actually on Wednesday night we'll be running from The Sovereign Centre into Reigate Heath to the pub - Ian will be waiting for us at The Skimmington Castle. You're very welcome to join us from The Sovereign at 19:00, or at the pub at ~ 19:25. We will aim to leave the pub just after 20:00 to get back to the Sovereign for 20:30.

 

Saturday 17th June Dulwich Parkrun

Annette Morris completed Dulwich Parkrun in a time of 24:21, with an age grading of 85.83%. Full result here.

 

Duncan Mallinson Is Running From Land's End to John O' Groats Week 2

You will recall that Duncan Mallinson is taking part in the Run Britannia event running from Land's End to John O'Groats over the course of 5 weeks to raise money for Tommy's, a charity that does a huge amount to fund research into still birth.

If you'd like to support Duncan, his fundraising page is here http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/duncan-mallison

Duncan writes:-

“Week 2 saw us running from Bristol to Preston. Having struggled with an injury at the end of week 1, I was slightly apprehensive about what week 2 was going to hold particularly with some heavy mileage days.

After the rest day on Saturday we left Bristol to cross the Severn Bridge into Wales and onto Monmouth. With lots of taping and painkillers I managed to complete the whole day. 58km’s done.
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Day 2 saw us heading for Hay on Wye and with yet more taping and slightly fewer painkillers again I made it through a hot and humid day. 54km’s done.

Continuing our journey through Wales we were heading to Bishops Castle on Day 3, again plenty of taping but this time no painkillers but the weather was getting hot. 60km’s completed.

Day 4 saw the biggest mileage day of the whole trip a mere 67 Kim’s, by this time it was uncomfortably hot and I found myself struggling at the back of the group for most of the day but made it to the finish.

Day 5 saw us leave Wales and head back into England, crossing the border 10 miles into the days stage. With the efforts of the previous day’s and the heat starting to take their toll I decided to bail out of the rest of the day at the border, at least I could claim I had run the length of Wales.

Day 6 saw us travel from Runcorn to Preston, not the most scenic of days and still very hot. Bailing out early on the previous day clearly had a positive impact as I almost felt fresh and managed to cover the 63km’s in just over 7 hours.

A tough week with huge mileage, hot weather, plenty of elevation and trying to manage an injury. I managed to do 90% of the week covering 317km’s or just under 200 miles, which for me would be a good month of training mileage!

Week 3 sees us head up through the Lake District and into Scotland. An easier mileage week (only 170 miles!) and hopefully some cooler weather.”
 
 

Race to the King 101km race

Kate managed this event in the heat, the epic thunderstorms, and she's happy to report that she managed to complete it nearly an hour quicker than last year. 
 

Support Dogs are looking for people to take part in the Parallel Windsor Festival on 2nd July at Windsor Great Park

 
(Juliette Stern has asked for the following notice to be placed in our newsletter.)
 

Parallel Windsor features a range of challenge events for all ages, health conditions and abilities. Walk, push or run - there are no cut off times. Start Together, Finish Whenever!

Parallel Windsor is award-winning event which champions disability inclusion through an attitude of ‘no limits living.’ Welcoming all ages, health conditions and abilities, the flagship event aims to challenge everyone to get moving by taking part in a range of multiple running, walking, and pushing distances; including 100m, 1K, 5K and 10K.

There will also be Parallel’s innovative SuperSensory 1K, supporting neurodiversity and participants with profound and multiple learning disabilities to exercise their senses over a series of challenges such as responding to sound, taste, and touch.

Can you run for Support Dogs? Support Dogs is a national charity that trains and provides assistance dogs for people with autism, epilepsy and physical disabilities.

Take on this incredible challenge whilst raising money for a life-changing charity. Our amazing dogs save lives.

Please sign up here: https://www.supportdogs.org.uk/Event/parallel-windsor-2023
 

Dates for Your Diary

Sunday 25th June - Ranelagh Richmond 10K Club Championship & Surrey Road League
 
Thursday 29th June - Near As Dammit 10K
 
Wednesday 5th July - Reigate Priory AC Summer Evening 10K
 
Saturday 8th July - Parkrun tourism @ Uckfield
 
Sunday 9th July - Southern Athletics League
 
Tuesday 11th July - Summer Social & BBQ
 
Saturday 15th July - Elmore 7
 
Monday 17th July - SCVAC Vets track and field league
 
Thursday 27th July - Near As Dammit 10K
 
Tuesday 1st August - MABAC Wimbledon Common

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 12th June 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 12th June 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News 

Calling All Volunteers - The Summer 10K is on Wednesday 5th July

Our Summer 10K takes place on the evening of Wednesday 5th July. We are looking for volunteers to help set up the course before the event, to help marshal the event, and to clear up afterwards. If you are able to help in any capacity please leave your details on this form https://forms.gle/EyoeLGGBxUeVbBhB9  . If you want to take part in the race it is possible to volunteer for some duties and run.

Don't forget that the Summer 10K is the major fundraising event of our calendar and helps to keep our subs low and to subsidise entry to the various leagues and competitions that the junior and senior sections take part in. 

Stay Safe while it's hot

Please be sensible while the weather is so hot. Make sure you take water on your training runs and to training sessions and slow your pace. There is an interesting and rather alarming article about heatstroke and heat exhaustion on the BBC website.  


Summer Barbecue and Races - Tuesday 11th July 

A date for your diaries...our Summer social and barbecue will be held on Tuesday 11th July. This is for all sections of the club and is a great opportunity to meet and mingle. There will be also be a 400m relay race comprising teams made up of juniors and seniors, and the Senior 800m Grand Prix race. 
Similar to what we did last year there will be subsidised food available for members (we've been promised that the queue will be smaller this year). 

More details will be provided nearer the date.

Lilah's BIG Raffle! 

Lilah Unwin is holding a raffle to raise money to attend the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea this August.  The 15 fantastic raffle prizes include 4 tickets to the Goodwood Festival of Speed (worth £356!), afternoon tea at Nutfield Priory, cinema tickets, dog grooming, the list goes on!  Tickets are £5 each available by emailing Lilah's Mum (email address will be provided in the email version of this newsletter) 
 

Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday 23rd September

Our next Couch to 5K programme starts on Saturday 23rd September, although there are 2 optional but recommended lead-in sessions to the course from Saturday 9th September.

All of the details for the course can be found here.

Please do pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested, and it's worth noting that if you've had some time off from running and would gain from participating (and are a club member) then registration would be free-of-charge. 

 

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

 

Surrey Schools Track and Field Championships, Kingston Saturday 10 June 

 
A hot day in Kingston for this years Surrey Schools Track and Field Championships. 
 
In the Seniors (U20) 1500m Oscar Curry took the BRONZE medal with a fine run. A fitting farewell to Surrey Schools competitions for Oscar who is taking up a place after the summer at Columbia College Missouri to further his athletics ambitions. 
 
In the Intermediate (U17) events there was GOLD for Lilah Unwin in the 800m final, winning by some distance. Earlier in the week, competing at the Oxon and Bucks Open, Lilah set a new U17W'S Club Record in the 400m with a very quick 58.01. 
 
A strong performance from Ella Scrase in the 800m final saw her finish in 4th place. 
 
Euan Willis continued his excellent run of form with SILVER in the 1500m Steeplechase and his time of 4.35.37 set a new U17M's Club Record for the event. It is also well within the English Schools Entry Standard with Surrey team selection taking place his week. 
 
In the U17M'S 800m final there was SILVER for Samuel with a gutsy finish despite having been spiked as the runners battled round the last bend.
 
In the Junior (U15) races there were good performances from Imogen Wheeler in the 100m heats, and from Nicole Haycock and Neve MacGregor in the 1500m.  For Neve there was a new PB finishing in an excellent time of 5.35.05.
 
Simply being at Kingston for the Surrey Schools Championships is an achievement in itself with highly competitive district Championships to be negotiated first, and all our athletes can be proud of their efforts.
 
At the time of writing results of the field events have not been published. 
 
Final Surrey team selection for the English Schools T&F Championships in Birmingham has not yet taken place, but on the strength of their having achieved National Standard times in the 800m, congratulations to both Samuel Stapley and Lilah Unwin who have received confirmation of their places. 
 
 

Saturday 17th June - Lily B Fixture @ Guildford

The next Lily B athletics fixture for girls takes place at Guildford on Saturday 17 June starting at 12:00. There are events for U11-U17. Each girl can do three events plus a relay. There is no cost to enter but we do need to register athletes ahead of time. If your daughter would like to compete then please let Mike Gent know by Thursday 15 June.
 

Dates for the diary

Lily B & Ebbisham League

 We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are: 

Lily B (Girls)

 17th June  - Guildford

5th August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)

26th August - Sutton

 Ebbisham League (Boys) 

16th July - Coulsdon

 
Open Meetings
 
Open meetings over the next month that might be of interest include
 
BMC Regional Meeting Eltham Wed 21st June
 
Watford Open Meetings 14th June
 
Wednesday 28th June - Quad Kids @ Guildford

This is one of my favourite junior events in the calendar. We can enter a team of five boys and five girls from Years 5 and 6. Each athlete does a 75m sprint, 600m, Howler Throws and standing long jump and the event finishes with a relay, If your son/daughter would be interested in competing in this event please can you let Mike Gent know. The event commences at 6:00pm with registration from 5:30pm. There is a £10 entry fee for this event. 
 
 

Senior Section News

 

SAL Match 2  - Carshalton, Sunday 18th June 2023

A reminder that the second Southern Athletics League fixture will take place on Sunday 18th June at the David Weir Leisure Centre in Carshalton. Please contact the team captains if you  would like to take part 

SVAC Meeting,  Sutton, Monday 19th June 2023

A reminder that the next Southern Vets AC Meeting takes place in Sutton next Monday, 19th June.   

Ranelagh Richmond 10K Sunday 25th June - Surrey Road League and Club Championship 10K

A reminder that the next Surrey Road League fixture is the fast approaching Richmond 10K run by Ranelagh Harriers, which will take place on Sunday 25th June at 09:00. You can still enter here. As it also happens to be our Club Championship 10K it could be a good chance to bag some silverware. From memory it's not a PB course as it is narrow in places and there are a number of twists and turns with a finish on grass.  

MABAC Denbies Tuesday 6th June at 19:30 

A record equalling turnout of 45  RPAC runners took to the field through the vines at Denbies last Tuesday evening. And what a beautiful evening it was, warm and sunny with a slight breeze to cool us. The views from the top of the main climb back towards Box Hill were simply stunning. I'm not going to lie it was quite hilly, Strava tells me that the elevation gain was 164m or 538 feet for those of us of a certain vintage. It was "tough but enjoyable" as many of our team said afterwards.

This was a new course for the MABAC league as traditionally Dorking & Mole Valley AC has hosted their fixture on Holmwood Common. The National Trust has become increasingly reluctant to allow MABAC to use Holmwood as a venue so the decision to move the fixture to Denbies. I think that was a good decision. There are likely to be some more venue changes for MABAC events over the course of the next year. I will update you when I have more details.

On to the meat of the meeting we finished in second place with RPAC men taking 5 of the first ten places. First over the line was Neil Fenwick who finished in second place overall in 31:40. He was followed by Lee Savage (4th place 31:54), Mike Wylie (5th place 32:05), Ian Stammars and Rob Wigley battled it out for 9th and 10th places, finishing in 32:37 and 32:38 respectively. They were followed by Ben Stanton, Andrew Reeves and Frank O'Regan in 11th, 12th and 13th place in 32:53,33:01 and 33:07 respectively. The first RPAC lady home was Ruth Willis who finished in 49th place in 37:35. Gillian O'Regan was our second lady finisher (58th place in 38:12) and Hannah Wright was third (70th place in 38:58). Kate Pain and Olivia Halfacre were our other "scoring" ladies (everyone scores points in MABAC events, but the first five men and five ladies for each team score more), finishing in 140th and 141st positions in 44:04 and 44:12 respectively. 

It was really good to see such a strong turnout and  also to welcome some MABAC first timers to our ranks. Thank you all for turning out and well done to all of you! Unfortunately for us arch rivals Dorking & Mole Valley and Blackwater Valley Runners also turned out in large numbers so we remain in third place in the league 336 points behind Dorking and 203 behind BVR. We have everything to play for and another good turnout at the next fixture could easily see us overhaul BVR. 

The next MABAC fixture is on Tuesday 7th August at 19:30 at Wimbledon. The race starts at Wimbledon Rugby Club and the host club Wimbledon Windmilers lay on a buffet and the bar is open. What's not to like?

 

Saturday 10th June - Parkrun Tourism @ Hove Promenade

23 people from the club (including guests) participated in this parkrun. It was great fun, and you can see full details of this event here.

Please note that our next parkrun tourism will be at Uckfield parkrun on Saturday 8th July - keep an eye on the newsletter for more details. 

Dorking 10s apologies!

In my rush to get something written up about the Dorking 10s last week I am afraid that I made a couple of errors. I completely missed that Annette Morris had won a prize for coming second in her age category. Well done Annette! I should perhaps also have been more specific in spelling out that Laura Ebbs had set a new Ladies' V40 record. Apologies for any confusion. 

 

Duncan Mallinson Is Running From Land's End to John O' Groats Update

You will recall that Duncan Mallinson is taking part in the Run Britannia event running from Land's End to John O'Groats over the course of 5 weeks to raise money for Tommy's, a charity that does a huge amount to fund research into still birth.

If you'd like to support Duncan, his fundraising page is here http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/duncan-mallison

Duncan writes  

“So 27 of us started out from Land's End early on Saturday morning with 7 days of running, covering 240 miles to Bristol. The first three days were spent on the South West Coast Path, an absolute brute of a long distance path constantly going up and down. The first 2 days were stunning if not slightly tough. The third was equally stunning but with 5,000 feet of ascent across the day was massively tough. With days typically being well in excess of 50km, the 4th day of 47km on flat country roads suddenly becomes a short and easy day. The 5th stage saw us finish in Exmoor and it was during the last 5 miles or so I really started to struggle with an ankle injury, which when I took my shoe off completely ballooned up. Despite trying everything to get it fixed the advice was no running for stage 6 and despite an improvement the same advice was given for stage 7. Disappointing but none the less I managed to cover 170 miles within the week! A scheduled rest day on Saturday in Bristol has given me 3 days off, so hoping it holds together now and there is sufficient recovery to get some decent miles in during the 2nd week. While it has been incredibly tough with the terrain, mileage and increasing heat, it’s been a great experience so far and the scenery through Cornwall was spectacular. Only half the group have managed to cover every mile on foot but despite that the camaraderie and support the group has provided each other has been phenomenal. Hoping the ankle keeps me going through the next week as we move through Wales to North West England.”
 
Good luck Duncan I hope the ankle heals and allows you to carry on.
 

Members' News

 I'm told that Jon Payn and Mike Pocock took part in the Man v Horse race in  Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys on Saturday. I'm not sure if any other RPAC runners took part or where the results are. If anyone knows let us know. I saw on Strava that Jon completed the course in 04:10:45, writing "Tried to be sensible in the heat but completely overcooked it by mile 15...a long 4 mile walk back but didn't DNF. Seriously hard day out of the office but a cracking weekend". I don't know how Mike did though. 
I did see that the fastest runner beat the fastest horse for only the fourth time. Well done Jon & Mike!

Kate Knight completed the Lake District 100Km Ultra over the weekend. I bet that was hot Kate! Well done...Marathon 134 done and dusted!.

I think we missed reporting that Jim Vince had completed the Derby Ramathon Half Marathon last weekend. Well done Jimbo!  
 

Dates for Your Diary 

Sunday 18th June - SAL Match 2 Carshalton
Monday 19th June - SVAC Sutton
Sunday 25th June - Ranelagh Richmond 10K Club Championship & Surrey Road League

 

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Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism @ Hove Promenade 10th June 2023

Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism @ Hove Promenade 10th June 2023

Category: Seniors News

We had a great Reigate Priory AC turn-out at the Hove Promenade parkrun this morning.

Ten people took the Reigate College minibus with Sarah Walters at the helm, with others making their own way to the start.

Including guests I think I counted 23 attendees in total. It was hot and getting hotter during the morning, but just as we advertised it was flat and fast.

Full results from the parkrun are here... results | Hove Promenade parkrun | Page 328

Some notable results...

1st home overall for the club was Ian Stammers, in 11th position and a fantastic time of 18:10, an equaled parkrun PB of Ian's result at Roundshaw Downs in 2017 if I'm not mistaken. Ian finished with an age grading of 78.62%.

2nd home was Steve Bass in 13th position, a time of 18:17 and age grading of 78.76%.

Congratulations to Annette Morris who finished in a time of 24:51 and achieved the 3rd highest age grading for the event overall of 84.10%

Of particular note, Usha Stevens finished in a time of 29:14 and a PB for the course, her 5th fastest ever parkrun and her 3rd best age grading result of 58.78% - a fantastic result on a rather hot day!

(Apologies if any achievements have been missed.)

Afterwards in all the heat there was an optional paddle in the sea as well as drinks at the Lawns cafe which was conveniently located right on the finish of the parkrun.

A big thank you to all of the attendees at this parkrun. A lovely morning.

Look out for our next parkrun tourism event which will be Uckfield parkrun on Saturday July 8th 2023.

Reigate Priory AC News 5th June 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 5th June 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News

 

Reminder - WhatsApp "Reigate Priory AC Alerts" group

We have a group available on WhatsApp for members and parents of juniors to be alerted - for instance in the eventuality of a cancellation of a session due to weather conditions. We encourage all senior members and parents of juniors to get added to this group. You will find the URL address of this group in the email version of the newsletter. We expect that messages will be sent to this group on rare occasions, and only the coaches will be able to do so.

As a club, we adhere to WhatsApp's safety and responsibility terms by ensuring that all communication on the platform is respectful, lawful, and does not violate any community guidelines. Please find the guidelines here.

 

Wednesday 5th July - Summer Evening 10K 2023 by Moray Carey (Acting Race Director)

With one month left before race day there are currently 113 entries. Encouragingly members from most local clubs have entered so the promotion of the race so far is evidently reaching a lot of our target audience.
 
However, RPAC is contractually obliged to pay for a minimum of 300 timing chips so plans are in hand to maximise every opportunity to publicise the race over the next few weeks, including:
  • utilising the club’s social media platforms 
  • a promotional mailshot using an unearthed historic mailing list of previous entrants  
  • some paid advertising on Facebook and Instagram
  • limited distribution of flyers at the MABAC fixture at Denbies tomorrow (if someone could volunteer to hand out flyers that'd be really appreciated)
Club members can also play a really useful role in increasing awareness by sharing the various social media posts, promoting the event among friends, workmates, contacts with other sports clubs etc.

Full details of the event can be found at www.summer10k.com and the race flyer is available here.

 

Saturday 10th June Parkrun Tourism @ Hove Promenade - ***This coming Saturday***

We'll be going down to Hove for the next parkrun tourism on Saturday 10th June - this Saturday. You can see this event here - flat and fast. We will be hiring a minibus to go down to Hove at £3 per person payable by card reader on the day.  If you'd be interested in joining us please register interest by emailing me at , and it'd be really appreciated if you can let me know ASAP this week.

 

Maeve Masterson - born on 18th April 2023

Congratulations to Emily and John Masterson on the birth of Maeve - our newest prospective RPAC member!

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The discount code for June will be in the email version of the newsletter.

 

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 28th May - YAC Quad Kids event

A number of RPAC juniors competed in the YAC Quad Kids Open on Sunday 28 May. In the U11 boys Rafi Varah and Isaac Armitage produced some impressive results to finish fourth and seventh respectively, both improving their 75m and 600m PBs in the process. In the girls Olive Barton had a strong all round performance placing 10th overall, whilst Vivvy Loynes and Eleni Harvey both placed well up the field. RPAC athletes did particularly well in the 600m with Rafi and Isaac coming second and fourth respectively in the boys competition, whilst Vivvy was first in the girls competition.
 
In the U13 open competition Daisy Barton impressed in the long jump where she came fourth with a jump of 3:77.
 
Above: Rafi and Isaac with Sir Mo
 
All athletes had the chance to meet Mo Farah, whose son won the U9 boys competition.
 
 

Wednesday 31st May  - Big PB in the 1500m for Lilah at Watford Open 

In a rare foray into the 1500m, Lilah Unwin posted a big PB at the Watford Open Meeting on Wednesday. Her time of 4.43.28 places her 2nd in the club's U17W'S 1500m records. Another good night for Lilah!
 

Saturday 17th June - Lily B Fixture @ Guildford 

The next Lily B athletics fixture for girls takes place at Guildford on Saturday 17 June starting at 12:00. There are events for U11-U17. Each girl can do three events plus a relay. There is no cost to enter but we do need to register athletes ahead of time. If your daughter would like to compete then please let Mike Gent know by Thursday 15 June.
 

Dates for the diary

Lily B & Ebbisham League

 We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are: 

Lily B (Girls)

 17th June  - Guildford

5th August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)

26th August - Sutton

 Ebbisham League (Boys) 

16th July - Coulsdon

 
Open Meetings
 
Open meetings over the next month that might be of interest include
 
BMC Regional Meeting Eltham Wed 21st June
Aldershot Open Meeting Thurs 8th June
Watford Open Meetings 14th June
 
Wednesday 28th June - Quad Kids @ Guildford

This is one of my favourite junior events in the calendar. We can enter a team of five boys and five girls from Years 5 and 6. Each athlete does a 75m sprint, 600m, Howler Throws and standing long jump and the event finishes with a relay, If your son/daughter would be interested in competing in this event please can you let Mike Gent know. The event commences at 6:00pm with registration from 5:30pm. There is a £10 entry fee for this event.
 
 
 

Senior Section News

 

Tuesday 6th June No senior section at Battlebridge

There is no coached session at Battlebridge on Tuesday evening this week and all athletes are encouraged to attend the MABAC at Denbies at 7:30pm - see below.

 

MABAC Denbies Tuesday 6th June at 19:30 *** TOMORROW! ***

There will be no coached training session at Battlebridge tomorrow evening to encourage as many people as possible to participate in this race.  Please turn out if you can as we really need the points. There is no need to pre-register as we will sort you out with a race number on the night. 
 
 
It looks like the Mole Valley Parkrun course in reverse. 
 
If you haven’t taken part in a MABAC race before these are a low key way of representing the club, but they are great fun and always run in beautiful locations around Surrey.
 
The full distance will be a 2 lap course of approximately 8km; there is also a 1 lap course of 4km if you don’t want to do the full distance. Everyone who completes the two lap course gets at least 5 points, so the more people we can get out the more points we will earn. We are usually very short of ladies. 
 
If you need a lift from Reigate we will meet in Bell Street car park at 18:30 for car sharing. Please let me know if you do need a lift or if you can drive others by emailing  
 
Thanks and see you at Denbies!
 
 

SLH Near As Dammit 10K Thursday 25th May

You may have noticed that the results for this race are now on our website and can be seen here.

 

Sunday 4th June Huge day at Brockham for the Dorking 10s!

 
You can read a report from the Dorking 10's here. Congratulations to all of our competitors and champions!
 
 

Sat 27th / Sun 28th May London to Brighton 100km ultra

Kate Knight completed the London to Brighton 100km ultra on the weekend of the 27th / 28th May, backed down to a half marathon in Ware, Herts, last weekend due to minor foot problem, and up to the Lake District next weekend for her 134th marathon - another 100km ultra.
 
 

Dates for Your Diary 

 
Tuesday 6th June - MABAC Denbies 19:30
 
Saturday 10th June - Parkrun Tourism @ Hove Promenade. 
 
Sunday 18th June - SAL Match 2

 

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Big Turnout In Brockham

Big Turnout In Brockham

Category: Seniors News

Dorking Tens 4th June 2023

 

Thirty six RPAC athletes took part in the Dorking 10 yesterday with a further six competing in the Dorking 10. Results have been added to the road races results section of the club website. If you ran yesterday I would suggest that you check the results as I know that there were some issues with the data from RaceTimings. Please let me know if you are missing from the results on our website ().  
Paul Walters took a lot of photos at the events which can be viewed here

As ever with the Dorking 10s it was a glorious day yesterday, perhaps a tad warm for running, especially with the sun reflecting back off the tarmac in some of the narrower lanes.

The 10 mile race started at 09:00 with Tom Almond leading the RPAC pack home, finishing in 6th place overall in a blistering 55:01. Great run Tom! In second place was Henry Munro who finished in 44th position in 01:01:53. Great to see you back running in a RPAC vest Henry. Lee Savage was the first vet home finishing just a place behind Henry and in the same chip time. Great running Lee! Rob Wigley, Neil Fenwick, Ben Stanton and Neil Freeman-Jones must have had a real tussle as they finished in positions 51, 52, 53 and 54 with less than two seconds separating the four of them. Great teamwork guys! Laura Ebbs was the first home for the RPAC ladies, finishing in 87th position in 01:05:45 and setting a new ladies' V40 club record into the bargain. Fabulous running Laura! Ginevra Stoneley was not far behind Laura in 124th place in 01:09:24. Well done Ginevra!  Hannah Wright running for the first time at Dorking (I think) was third lady home, finishing in 169th position in 01:12:50. Great running Hannah! Annette Morris won the prize for being second in her age category - well done Annette!

The Dorking 10 is one of our Club Championship races so we now know who has won the silverware for the 10 mile race. Congratulations to Tom Almond, Lee Savage, Nick Wade and Ian Burks who have won the Men's trophies and to Laura Ebbs, Hannah Wright, Ginevra Stoneley and Annette Morris who have won the Ladies' trophies.  

The Dorking 10 is also part of the Club Grand Prix series and Rick Coles has very kindly updated the results page.  Please check that your result is showing on the Grand Prix page. 



As if this weren't enough the Dorking 10 is also part of the Surrey Road League and is a Surrey Championship race.  Tom Almond won a Bronze medal for being 3rd placed Senior Man, Laura Ebbs won a Bronze medal for being third placed V35 lady and Ginevra Stoneley won a Gold medal for being first placed V45 lady, apologies if I have got any of this wrong! 




Moving on to the 10K race Euan Willis and Samuel Stapley  took a break from revising for their exams to lead the race from start to finish, taking first and second place in a very speedy 35:46 and 35:51 respectively. They were over 40 seconds clear of the third placed runner. Amazing running chaps! Euan even had time to pose for the camera en route and don a pair of sunglasses.
Jez Greenwood was not far behind in 9th place in 42:49. He was followed by recent joiner Harry Allport (16th place 45:30) who together with his partner Laura Koepke, was making a debut outing in the RPAC vest. Sarah Pemberton finished in 19th place in 46:20 with Laura Koepke finishing in 25th place in 49:04. Well done everyone and welcome to the club Harry and Laura!

Reigate Priory AC News 29th May 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 29th May 2023

Category: All Club News

Message from the Editors

 I hope you have had a peaceful and relaxing Bank Holiday weekend and have enjoyed the beautiful weather. For once there is not too much news this week. 

All Club News

 

RPAC Summer Evening 10k 2023

Don't forget that we will be holding our Summer Evening 10k on 5th July. We will be asking for volunteers nearer the time but in the meantime club members can play a really useful role in increasing awareness by sharing the various social media posts, promoting the event among friends, workmates, contacts with other sports clubs etc.

Full details of the event can be found at www.summer10k.com and the race flyer is available here.

 

Saturday 10th June Parkrun Tourism @ Hove Promenade - ***Please register interest 

We'll be going down to Hove for the next parkrun tourism on Saturday 10th June. You can see this event here - flat and fast. We will be hiring a minibus to go down to Hove at £3 per person payable by card reader on the day.  If you'd be interested in joining us please register interest by emailing me at very few people have done so thus far. 

 

Training tops/RPAC vests

 We hold a stock of RPAC branded training tops ( in Red/Dark blue/Light blue) and RPAC vests. These can be ordered on line via the LoveAdmin app or by contacting Nat Wilson (Seniors) or Mike Gent (Juniors).

 

Reigate Priory AC Instagram

We're increasing the club’s social media presence so we now have an Instagram account for the club where we can share pictures from any races or social events that take place. If you have any pictures you would like to be shared please send them to  along with a description of the event and who is in the picture. You can access the new Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/reigateprioryac/

 

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

 

2023/24 Annual subscriptions

These are now overdue. Please can you make the payment as soon as possible. If you do not intend to renew please let us know so we can update our records accordingly.

Dates for the diary

Lily B & Ebbisham League

 We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are: 

Lily B (Girls)

 17th June  - Guildford

5th August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)

26th August - Sutton

 Ebbisham League (Boys) 

16th July - Coulsdon

 
Open Meetings
 
Open meetings over the next month that might be of interest include
 
BMC Regional Meeting Eltham Wed 21 June
Aldershot Open Meeting Thurs 8 June
Watford Open Meetings Wed 17 May, 31 May and 14 June
 
Quad Kids - Wednesday 28th June - Guildford

This is one of my favourite junior events in the calendar. We can enter a team of five boys and five girls from Years 5 and 6. Each athlete does a 75m sprint, 600m, Howler Throws and standing long jump and the event finishes with a relay, If your son/daughter would be interested in competing in this event please can you let Mike Gent know. The event commences at 6:00pm with registration from 5:30pm. There is a £10 entry fee for this event.
 
 
 

Senior Section News

 

 Southern Counties Vets League Match 2 - Monday 22nd May

Although this was billed as Match 2, Match 1 was cancelled because of torrential rain so this was a first outing for our plucky team of vets. The event was held at Ewell
There were some great performances with Gillian O'Regan running a new 3000M PB, Rory Maguire throwing a PB distance  in the 6Kg shot put. Kelly Marie Mason and Liz Mason were clearly doing a double act and achieved two PBs apiece in 200M and the 1Kg Discus throw. Gavin Lawrence ran in the V50 200M, Ginevra Stoneley ran in the V35 200M, the V35 800M and the V35 3000M with Gillian O'Regan, Laura Ebbs and Annette Morris also running in the last event. Mike Pocock ran in the V50 3000M.  Both the men and ladies competed in the 4x400M relay. Well done everyone. Full results are in the Track & Field results section of the website.



Gillian has sent some pictures and says that it was a fun evening. The next fixture takes place on 19th June at Sutton. 

I am unable to any information about League positions. If anyone knows where to find them please let me know. 

SLH Near As Dammit 10K Thursday 25th May

I know that a number of RPAC runners took part in this event at Farthing Down, but I haven't managed to find the results. Please can someone let me know where to find them and I will update the website. 

Dorking 10s Sunday 4th June - This Sunday

The Dorking 10 mile and 10K races take place this coming Sunday. The 10 mile race is not only our 10 mile Club Championship race and part of our Club Grand Prix but also one of the Surrey Road League races and a Surrey Championship race. It is a cracking event if you haven't run it before. It always seems to be blisteringly hot and this year looks to be no exception. At the time of writing you can still enter the races here .

 

MABAC Denbies Tuesday 6th June at 19:30

For some reason DMVAC have decided to run the next MABAC fixture just two days after the Dorking 10s. The cyncic in me says it's because they aren't allowed to run the Dorking 10 so they will be rested for the MABAC, but I'm not one to cast aspersions.

This is a new course for MABAC as the DMVAC fixture was traditionally run at Holmwood Common but the National Trust have become increasingly grumpy about car parking there. I don't know what the course at Denbies will be like, but I'm expecting hills, lots of hills. Please turn out if you can as we really need the points. Training at Battlebridge will be cancelled on 6th June as a result of this race.  

 

Members' News

Rich Friar writes that he ran the Edinburgh Marathon yesterday (Sunday 28th May) in 3hrs 6mins and 1sec. A PB by 18mins. Brilliant time Rich - well done.

Jim Vince writes that he "managed to do the Buxton Half today (Sunday 28th) in the Peak District… lovely scenery but a tad hilly…I'll bet it was Jim. Well done mate - Jim's time was 2:12:46 .

Kate Knight completed her 133rd marathon distance by doing the 100KM London to Brighton Ultra on 27th/28th. Kate reports that on a warm weekend she is "feeling very proud to have completed my 133rd marathon. London to Brighton 100 km.  36.45.22.  Did this as a walker because of the terrain and hills involved, saw Ditchling Beacon and the impressive views en route". Amazing Kate, I hope you put your feet up today! 

Duncan Mallinson is Running From Lands End to John O' Groats

Duncan writes:

"During the first Covid lockdown I saw an advert online to join a group of runners, running from Lands End to John O'Groats. In a lockdown induced moment of madness I thought that sounded like a fun thing to do and anyway it's not for another 3 years, that is plenty of time to do some training! Until the last few weeks I hadn't really told too many people what I was intending to do, as I wasn't sure my body would put up with the training. Well fast forward 3 years, and after getting in some decent training in over the last 12 months, I am due to start this little run, on 3rd June. It's going to take 5 weeks and I will be running (I suspect run/walking might be more accurate) 25 - 40 miles a day covering a total of just over 1,000 miles (fingers crossed).
 
 I am raising money for Tommy's a charity that does a huge amount to fund research into still birth. Having lost our first born daughter 12 years ago this is a charity very close to our family's hearts. 8 babies are stillborn everyday or nearly 3,000 each year in the UK. We choose to fund raise for Tommy's because they carry out amazing research projects. We very much hope that one day soon these studies will make a significant impact on the shocking UK stillbirth rate.
 
If you would like to sponsor me please visit our just giving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/duncan-mallison
 
 
Thanks
Duncan"
 
Please support Duncan in this monumental effort if you can.
 

Dates for Your Diary 

 
Sunday 4th June - Dorking 10 - see this - RPAC Grand Prix, Surrey Road League and Surrey Ten Mile Road Race Championships.
 
Tuesday 6th June - MABAC Denbies 19:30 - great scheduling from DMVAC!
 
Saturday 10th June - Parkrun Tourism @ Hove Promenade. 
 
Sunday 18th June - SAL Match 2

 

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If you wish to get in touch our email address is 

Reigate Priory AC News 22nd May 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 22nd May 2023

Category: All Club News

Message from the Editors

 It was a busy weekend with multiple events for both Juniors and Seniors with the highlight being stellar performances by Eloise Bull and Samuel Stapley at The Night of  the 10,000M PB's meeting at Parliament Hill on Saturday.

All Club News

Introducing Our New Welfare Officers

We have recently changed the Club Welfare officers. The new welfare officers are Ginevra Stoneley and Mike Gent. Our responsibility, together with the Committee, is to promote the necessary safeguarding policies and procedures and to respond appropriately to any concerns that are raised. Any concerns with safeguarding, discipline or conduct should be raised with one of the two welfare officers. We can be contacted via the Club website using the Communications/Contact Us options on the menu. Please also feel free to contact us at training if there are any issues you would like to raise or discuss.

RPAC Summer Evening 10k 2023

Don't forget that we will be holding our Summer Evening 10k on 5th July. We will be asking for volunteers nearer the time but in the meantime club members can play a really useful role in increasing awareness by sharing the various social media posts, promoting the event among friends, workmates, contacts with other sports clubs etc.

Full details of the event can be found at www.summer10k.com and the race flyer is available here.


Run Gatwick 

I decided to put this is in the All Club News section as I know that there were Junior and Senior runners taking part. Well done to all of you. Results will be available on our website soon.

 

Derwella Moreno writes : "We did the race today. Mia did it for Magic Breakfast (relay race). She did it with charlotte, also part of the club. Our times were Derwella 56:30, Mia and charlotte 52:40"

Lisa Ashley reports seeing a number of other RPAC runners and writes that it was  ".. a little hotter than anticipated, but a great fast and flat course around the airport. I must learn to look at the road ahead and not at the planes taking off/landing as tripped down a pot hole!  No damage done this time! "

Training tops/RPAC vests

 
We hold a stock of RPAC branded training tops ( in Red/Dark blue/Light blue) and RPAC vests. These can be ordered on line via the LoveAdmin app or by contacting Nat Wilson (Seniors) or Mike Gent (Juniors).

 

Reigate Priory AC Instagram

We're increasing the club’s social media presence so we now have an Instagram account for the club where we can share pictures from any races or social events that take place. If you have any pictures you would like to be shared please send them to  along with a description of the event and who is in the picture. You can access the new Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/reigateprioryac/

 

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

 

Samuel Shines in Saturday Night Showdown from Dave Mills

Night of the 10,000 PB's,  Parliament Hill,  Saturday 20th May

 
In a race filled with seriously quick 800m runners, Samuel Stapley was in top form as he powered his way to a 3rd place finish in the select U17M'S 800m at the Night of the 10,000 PB's.
 
In front of an inspirational crowd at Parliament Hill on Saturday night, and running through 80m covered sections where the spectator areas covered half the track on each straight, (with alcohol being served), the electric atmosphere helped push the competitors to greater heights. 
 
Samuel's time of 1.53.72 was a big PB, a new club U17M'S 800m record, comfortably inside National Standard for English Schools, and places him 3rd in the UK rankings behind only the two who finished ahead of him on Saturday night. Samuel is having a great season!
 
The race was broadcast live on BBC iplayer. (Available on iplayer for 1 month).
 
As the commentator said at the end of the race, these boys will meet up again at the English Schools T&F Championships at the end of June for another showdown. 
 
 
 

Long jump success

Eleni Harvey is to be congratulated on winning the U10 long jump at the recent IAPS athletic competition.
 
 

Ebbisham Boys League

 
The second match of the season took place at Epsom on Sunday. There were some strong performances from the RPAC athletes. Rafi Varah and Isaac Armitage in the U11s improved on their times/distances from Match 1 in all their events. Rafi won the U11 long jump with an impressive distance of 3.69m. Jonty Smallwood and Gillies Macgregor ran well in the U13 800m and sprints. Pete Littlewood ran strongly in the 1500m securing a PB and finishing third. The highlight though was two of our more experienced athletes trying new events. Michael Maguire came second in the U15 discus and Mateo Mahop, "wanting to give High Jump a go", won with a jump of 1.45m, which would have made him Surrey champion had he jumped at the champs last week. He also comfortably won the U13 long jump.

 

Dates for the diary

Lily B & Ebbisham League

 We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are: 

Lily B (Girls)

 17th June  - Guildford

5th August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)

26th August - Sutton

 Ebbisham League (Boys) 

16th July - Coulsdon

 
Open Meetings
 
Open meetings over the next month that might be of interest include
 
BMC Regional Meeting at Eltham Wed 24 May
BMC Regional Meeting Eltham Wed 21 June
Aldershot Open Meeting Thurs 8 June
Watford Open Meetings Wed 17 May, 31 May and 14 June
 
Quad Kids - Wednesday 28th June - Guildford

This is one of my favourite junior events in the calendar. We can enter a team of five boys and five girls from Years 5 and 6. Each athlete does a 75m sprint, 600m, Howler Throws and standing long jump and the event finishes with a relay, If your son/daughter would be interested in competing in this event please can you let Mike Gent know. The event commences at 6:00pm with registration from 5:30pm. There is a £10 entry fee for this event.
 
YAC Open Meeting
 
On Sunday 28th May the Young Athletes Club Guildford are hosting an open meeting at the Spectrum in Guildford. There are events for U7, U9, U11 and U13. For  U11 they are using the Quad Kids format, where each athlete does four events, 75m, 600m, Long Jump and Howler throw. For U13 there are three individual events 100m, 800m and long jump. This will be a very good and well organised event. Entries can be made via www.young-athletes.co.uk.
 

Senior Section News

Night of the 10,000 PB's,  Parliament Hill,  Saturday 20th May from Naomi Jones

Naomi was officiating at the event and writes: 

"If you haven’t heard of this event it is a series of 8 separate 10k races. The top 500 male and female athletes in the uk are invited to compete. The last 2 races are also the British championships and were used as the qualifiers last year for the Olympics and the male winner ( the Italian Crippa won the Olympics) For spectators it’s completely free. Lots of food trucks and beer. Its tag line is #lane3beer. 

Eloise Bull qualified to run. I can’t find results online yet. But qualifying is such an achievement. Well done Ellie. "
 
 
We have subsequently learned that Eloise finished in a new club record time of 38:27.75. Very well done indeed Eloise!
 

Southern Athletics League Saturday 20th May, Tooting Track from Ruth Willis

A small but perfectly formed squad of Reigate athletes joined the combined Reigate/Dorking/Holland Sport team in the SAL on Saturday afternoon.

First up was Dan Statham, taking part in the high jump for the first time in well over a year. This didn’t stop him jumping an impressive 1.8m to come 2nd overall.

Ben Stanton switched from smashing the marathon distance to impressively quick sprinting, running 57.7 for the 400m, followed up with 27.1 for the 200m. We had two athletes running 3000m; Ginevra Stoneley flew round to come 3rd in the women’s race in 10.57.2, and Euan Willis was 4th in an extremely fast men’s race, finishing in 9.24.0. Despite the warmth, Ginevra ran again with a brilliant 5.15.3 in the women’s 1500m.

A fantastic afternoon of athletics, although the glorious sunshine was probably nicer for spectators than our competitors!

This was the first SAL event of this season, the next meeting is on 18th June, and we encourage all athletes to take part.

 

Sutton 10k Sunday 21st March - Surrey Road League

The second Surrey Road League fixture of the season took place yesterday in the form of the Sutton 10K which is run on  a mix of road and paths in the beautiful setting of Nonsuch Park. I haven't digested the full results yet but I do know that Tom Almond finished in 4th place overall in 00:34:05 with Rob Wigley, Neil Freeman-Jones, Steve Bass and Matthieu Anglard making up the rest of the men's team. Ruth Willis, Lucy Kulp and Kate Knight comprised the ladies contingent. Well done to you all.

Neil Fenwick writes that after two events the top three places are as follows

Men's league after 2 races: 1) Woking 2) Reigate 3) Stragglers

Women's league after 2 races: 1) SLH 2) G&G 3) Epsom & Ewell.

The men are 4 points behind Woking at this stage (we were 5pts behind overall last year). Also Stragglers are nipping our heels and only 1 point behind.

The ladies are in tenth place (if I've interpreted the screen shot correctly)

I will get the results onto the website shortly.

 

Sunday 21st May MABAC Farnham Park

With the Sutton 10K (Surrey Road League fixture) and the Run Gatwick event on the same day it was always going to be a struggle to get a lot of people to make the trek down the A31 to Farnham for the latest MABAC fixture. Actually it wasn't as bad as I had expected as we managed to field 14 runners (missing from the photo above are Annette Morris and Jez Greenwood). The late addition of Ben Stanton and Jez Greenwood to the team was most welcome as they finished in first and eighth position respectively and helped secure us a third place finish on the day. 

Many other teams were even more depleted than us, even the normal hordes of Dorking runners were reduced to just 7 (they finished 100 points behind us in 4th place). Sadly for us Blackwater Valley Runners whose home fixture this was, turned out in droves and finished in first place with a margin of over 300 points over second placed Wimbledon Windmilers.

What does this all mean? It means that we have slipped to third position in the league behind Dorking and BVR.

The next fixture is at Denbies on Tuesday 6th June at 19:30 and we need a huge turnout to regain our second spot in the league.   

 

Saturday 13th / Sunday 14th May 2023 Surrey Track and Field Championships, Kingston 

I'm happy to confirm that Rory Maguire did indeed set a new senior club record in the men's 800g javelin with his throw of 33.55m. This was not only a new Men's V50 record, but also the furthest distance thrown by an RPAC athlete in the 800g class.  Well done Rory!

 

Duncan Mallinson is Running From Lands End to John O' Groats

Duncan writes:

"During the first Covid lockdown I saw an advert online to join a group of runners, running from Lands End to John O'Groats. In a lockdown induced moment of madness I thought that sounded like a fun thing to do and anyway it's not for another 3 years, that is plenty of time to do some training! Until the last few weeks I hadn't really told too many people what I was intending to do, as I wasn't sure my body would put up with the training. Well fast forward 3 years, and after getting in some decent training in over the last 12 months, I am due to start this little run, on 3rd June. It's going to take 5 weeks and I will be running (I suspect run/walking might be more accurate) 25 - 40 miles a day covering a total of just over 1,000 miles (fingers crossed).
 
 I am raising money for Tommy's a charity that does a huge amount to fund research into still birth. Having lost our first born daughter 12 years ago this is a charity very close to our family's hearts. 8 babies are stillborn everyday or nearly 3,000 each year in the UK. We choose to fund raise for Tommy's because they carry out amazing research projects. We very much hope that one day soon these studies will make a significant impact on the shocking UK stillbirth rate.
 
If you would like to sponsor me please visit our just giving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/duncan-mallison
 
 
Thanks
Duncan"
 
Please support Duncan in this monumental effort if you can.
 

Thursday 25th May - NADI race series first event - This Thursday

This is often popular with members so I thought we'd add it into the newsletter. The first South London Harriers Near as Dammit 10K of the season - see this

 

Saturday 10th June Parkrun Tourism @ Hove Promenade - ***Please register interest 

We'll be going down to Hove for the next parkrun tourism on Saturday 10th June. You can see this event here - flat and fast. We will be hiring a minibus to go down to Hove at £3 per person payable by card reader on the day.  If you'd be interested in joining us please register interest by emailing me at 

 

300 And Counting

 

Kelly-Marie Mason celebrated and completed her 300th Parkrun at Banstead Woods on Saturday. She reports that she finished in "a respectable time of 29.31" . Well done Kelly! Pictured above Kelly-Marie with support from Linda Rodriguez, Lucy Kulp and Ruth Willis.

 

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Thursday 25th May - The first South London Harriers Near as Dammit 10K of the season - see this
 
Sunday 4th June - Dorking 10 - see this - RPAC Grand Prix, Surrey Road League and Surrey Ten Mile Road Race Championships.
 
Tuesday 6th June - MABAC Denbies 19:30 - great scheduling from DMVAC!
 
Saturday 10th June - Parkrun Tourism @ Hove Promenade. 
 
Sunday 18th June - SAL Match 2

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 15th May 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 15th May 2023

Category: All Club News

Message from Editorial

Some impressive results from the juniors at the Surrey Track and Field Championships this week.

Also look out for club records tumbling from Eloise Bull in the senior women's 3000m and Rory Maguire in the senior men's javelin at the Surrey Track and Field Championships.

 

All Club News

 

RPAC Summer Evening 10k 2023 by Moray Carey

Today is the final day for entrants to our Summer Evening 10k on 5th July to benefit from a £2 early bird discount. At midnight the rates revert to the standard entry fee, £15 for UKA Competition licence holders, £17 for unaffiliated entrants.  

As at 16.15 today we had 81 online entries, 35 unaffiliated, the remaining 46 showing a club affiliation. 40 of the 46 were from ‘local’ running clubs which indicates the promotions have reached the intended audience.

As well as free social media campaigns, we’re using some (so far) limited paid advertising to boost numbers. We need at least 300 since that’s the minimum number of timing chips we’re contracted to pay for.

Club members can play a really useful role in increasing awareness by sharing the various social media posts, promoting the event among friends, workmates, contacts with other sports clubs etc.

Full details of the event can be found at www.summer10k.com and the race flyer is available here.

 

Membership Renewals

A reminder that membership renewals are now due, if you have not received your email to invite you to rejoin or wish to resign, please let Nat know at 
 

Reigate Priory AC Instagram

We're increasing the club’s social media presence so we now have an Instagram account for the club where we can share pictures from any races or social events that take place. If you have any pictures you would like to be shared please send them to  along with a description of the event and who is in the picture. You can access the new Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/reigateprioryac/

 

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 13th / Sunday 14th May 2023 Surrey Track and Field Championships, Kingston 

A weekend of high quality athletics saw great performances from RPAC athletes at this year's Surrey Championships.
 
 
First up early on Saturday was Lara Tombleson in her heat of the U13G'S 70MH. Lara ran a new PB time, qualifying for the final where she produced another PB (!) to take the Bronze Medal in a time of 13.03.
 
 
Meanwhile, Mateo Mahop was producing an outstanding jump of 4m61 to take GOLD in the U13B'S Long Jump.
 
 
Saturday afternoon saw the heats in the middle distance races and in the U13G'S  Florence Tombleson and Florence Shade, and U17's Ella Scrase and Samuel Stapley went through to Sunday's  finals with U15 Josh Emmerson just missing out. For Florence Shade in the U13G'S, and Ella Scrase in the U17W'S there were new PB's.
 
 
Sunday saw an early morning start for the U15B'S Long Jump where a typically strong performance by Michael Maguire saw him finish in a fine 4th place with a distance of 5m.20. This equalled his PB (set indoors). A PB was soon on it's way however as Michael won Bronze in the Triple Jump with a distance of 10m38.
 
As the morning warmed up with a welcome appearance of the sun, the 800m finals were upon us.
 
 
Our two young U13G'S put in suberb performances with Florence Tombleson taking the Bronze Medal and Florence Shade producing her 2nd PB of the weekend finishing 7th.
 
Lara and Florence Tombleson together with Florence Shade all then competed well in the U13G'S long jump with a big PB of 3m91 for Lara which took her to the final and a PB for Florence Tombleson too, clearing 3.83.
 
Making the Surrey final in any events was a great achievement and all our U13's can be proud of their first experiences at the Surrey Championships. 
 
Ells Scrase was another to record her 2nd PB of the weekend with a great time of 2.21.27 in the U17W'S  800m final, finishing in 5th place.
 
 
A pulsating U17B'S final saw Samuel Stapley take it on from the start and hold on to take GOLD with a great time of 1.56.34.
 
Samuel's outstanding performances this year have led to inclusion for the select U17M's 800m race at next weekend's Night of the 10,000m PB'S at Parliament Hill, aimed at giving youngsters experience of racing in big events in front of big crowds. Along with the big race atmosphere, the athletes will also benefit from WaveLight pacing lights!
 
As the weather hotted up on Sunday afternoon there was no let up in the action with some outstanding performances in the 3000m races.
 
Pete Littlemore ran a fantastic race in the U15B'S 3000m keeping with a group of four who broke away from the pack and finishing 4th,  just 7 100ths of a second from the Bronze medal. His time of 9.46.97 ranks him in the top 20 in the UK in his age group.
 
 
There was almost as close a finish in the U17B'S 3000m with Euan Willis in a breakaway of two finishing with the Silver Medal. A massive PB by Euan whose time of 9.08.08 puts him 3rd in the club's all time records for the U17B'S 3k.
 
Last onto the track for the Juniors was Oscar Curry in the U20 3000m finishing in a very creditable 5th place.
 
All our athletes put in great performances across the weekend!
 
 

Annual Subscriptions

A polite reminder that payment of annual subscriptions is now overdue. If you have not already done this please can you make arrangements to have this done this week.

Dates for the diary

Ebbisham Boys League Sunday 21st May - Epsom
 
The next round of the Ebbisham Boys League takes place at Epsom on Sunday 21st May. There are events for U11-U17 boys. There is no cost to compete but we do need to register athletes ahead of time. If you would like your son to compete please contact Mike Gent.
 
Open Meetings
 
Open meetings over the next month that might be of interest include
 
BMC Regional Meeting at Eltham Wed 24 May
BMC Regional Meeting Eltham Wed 21 June
Aldershot Open Meeting Thurs 8 June
Watford Open Meetings Wed 17 May, 31 May and 14 June
 
Quad Kids - Wednesday 28th June - Guildford

This is one of my favourite junior events in the calendar. We can enter a team of five boys and five girls from Years 5 and 6. Each athlete does a 75m sprint, 600m, Howler Throws and standing long jump and the event finishes with a relay, If your son/daughter would be interested in competing in this event please can you let Mike Gent know. The event commences at 6:00pm with registration from 5:30pm. There is a £10 entry fee for this event.
 
YAC Open Meeting
 
On Sunday 28th May the Young Athletes Club Guildford are hosting an open meeting at the Spectrum in Guildford. There are events for U7, U9, U11 and U13. For  U11 they are using the Quad Kids format, where each athlete does four events, 75m, 600m, Long Jump and Howler throw. For U13 there are three individual events 100m, 800m and long jump. This will be a very good and well organised event. Entries can be made via www.young-athletes.co.uk.
 

Senior Section News

 

Sunday 21st May MABAC Farnham Park at 10:00 - This Sunday 

The next MABAC fixture takes place at 10:00 on Sunday 21st May in the beautiful Farnham Park. We need to get a strong turnout if possible as we are only a few points ahead of Blackwater Valley Runners for whom this is the home fixture (and they always turn out for it in big numbers). If you're not running in the Sutton 10K please turn out and support the club.

If you haven't done a MABAC event before it's a no pressure way of representing the club. The MABAC is a series of cross country races held throughout the year primarily aimed at the less competitive runners although you will always find people to compete with. Everyone who completes the full course earns at least 5 points with the fastest five men and five ladies from each club earning more. The more people we get out the more points we earn. The full distance is approximately 8km with a 4km option if you don't fancy the full monty (you are allowed to walk the shorter distance).  I always think this is one of the flatter of the MABAC races, but it still contains its fair share of hills. It is run entirely on grass so if it is wet it could be pretty sticky. We have always had glorious weather in previous years though.

There is more information about parking and how to get to the start here https://running.mabac.org.uk/mabac-farnham-park-blackwater-valley-runners/

Let's do our bit for the environment and car share as much as we can - meet in Bell St Car Park at 08:30 for  travel to Farnham. Please let me know a. if you plan to run, b. if you need a lift, and c. if you're happy to drive and can take others ()

 

Thursday 25th May - NADI race series first event

This is often popular with members so I thought we'd add it into the newsletter. The first South London Harriers Near as Dammit 10K of the season - see this

 

Saturday 10th June Parkrun Tourism @ Hove Promenade

Put this in your diaries please! We'll be going down to Hove for the next parkrun tourism on Saturday 10th June. You can see this event here - flat and fast. We should be hiring a minibus to go down to Hove at £3 per person. We'll also be on the look-out for a breakfast venue. If you'd be interested in joining us you can find out more and register interest by emailing me at 

 

Saturday 13th / Sunday 14th May 2023 Surrey Track and Field Championships, Kingston - records fall!

Eloise Bull achieved bronze medal place in the senior women's 3000m race in a time of 10.33.18 which is a new senior ladies 3000m club record. Congratulations on a fantastic result!

 

Rory Maguire also got a  bronze medal in the senior men's javelin with 33.55 and another club record falls - (subject to confirmation in the next newsletter - hold on Rory!). Congratulations though Rory. Déjà vu - a repeated picture as both father Rory and son Michael obtained bronze medals at the Track and Field Championships.
 
Full results can be seen here.

 

Saturday 13th May Parkrun Tourism @ Lullingstone

A fantastic time and lovely event.

See a full report including a write-up by bard Ian Edmonds here.

 

Saturday 13th / Sunday 14th May Jurassic Coast 100Km Ultra Marathon

Kate Knight took part in this grueling event. She reports that it was very hilly and challenging in places, but loved the course and the support.

 

Sunday 14th May Seaford 10K

Sarah and I joined our son Sam and his partner for the Seaford 10K to celebrate his 30th birthday. My fastest parkrun time of late was 22:50 at Brooklands on Saturday 22nd April, and so I thought that 47:30 to 48:30 would be on the cards extrapolating that result up to 10K. I had also run at Lullingstone Parkrun on the previous day. However, I deployed the secret weapon - my first and somewhat experimental use of my new Saucony Endorphin Pro road shoes - brand new and out of the box, although a rather old model. I deemed it a risk worth taking, with their unintrusive carbon fibre plates hidden in what seems to be an ordinary but snazzy road shoe, the like I'd never worn previously. I finished in a time of 46:04 - very pleased with that, but I can't take all of the credit. The shoes! Full Walters results - Sam: 43:25, Paul: 46:04, Elaine: 55:16, Sarah 1:15:30.

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 20th May - SAL match at Twickenham (see email)
 
Sunday 21st May - MABAC @ Farnham Park
 
Sunday 21st May - Sutton 10K - see this - Surrey Road League
 
Thursday 25th May - The first South London Harriers Near as Dammit 10K of the season - see this
 
Sunday 4th June - Dorking 10 - see this - RPAC Grand Prix, Surrey Road League and Surrey Ten Mile Road Race Championships.
 
Saturday 10th June - Parkrun Tourism @ Hove Promenade. 

 

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Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism @ Lullingstone 13th May 2023

Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism @ Lullingstone 13th May 2023

Category: Seniors News

On Saturday 13th May we set off for our latest Parkrun Tourism event at Lullingstone Park.

Ian Stammers came 1st in this parkrun in a time of 20:41, and also had the highest age grading of 69.06%.

Paul Sapsard followed up with the 2nd highest age grading of 64.67% in a time of 26:25.

Kate Pain was 14th overall with a time of 26:48 and 6th in the age grading with 61.82%, and I (Paul Walters) was 8th position in the results in a time of 25:49 and 7th in the age grading with 61.59%.

The course was challenging - quite hilly and in places rooty and slippy including "ankle breakers alley".

The results can be found here... results | Lullingstone parkrun | Page 350

I didn't have Ian Edmonds down as a bard, but here goes - from Ian...

A Parkrun Poem - by Ian Edmonds

Sat Nav on, away we went

To a place unknown in the middle of Kent

Lullingstone parkrun was the destination

Rolling hills don't expect a flat location

A great parkrun indeed

By the RPAC crew

Stammars is number 1 away he flew

Skylarks rising above the runners

A great parkrun for sure

Think we all agreed it was a stunner.

Great run Paul don't know about the poetry.

I think that it is fair to say that the parkrun was one of the friendliest I've ever visited, and the surroundings were really beautiful. We had a great experience, and finished up in the park café for drinks with breakfast or cake.

This parkrun should definitely be revisited in future!

Look out for our next Parkrun Tourism at Hove Promenade on Saturday 10th June.

Reigate Priory AC News 8th May 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 8th May 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News

 

Membership Renewals

A reminder that membership renewals are now due, if you have not received your email to invite you to rejoin or wish to resign, please let Nat know at 
 

Reigate Priory AC Instagram

We're increasing the club’s social media presence so we now have an Instagram account for the club where we can share pictures from any races or social events that take place. If you have any pictures you would like to be shared please send them to  along with a description of the event and who is in the picture. You can access the new Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/reigateprioryac/

 

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

It seems to have been a quiet week in the junior calendar this week. 

  

Dates for the diary

Surrey Quad Kids Event

This is an athletics team event for year 5 and 6 children where each child has to compete in 4 events, 75m, 600m, standing long jump and howler throw. It is being held at the Spectrum in Guildford on Wednesday 28th June commencing at 6:00pm.

Local Open meetings

As well as the two main leagues we participate in, the Lily B girls league and the Ebbisham boys league, we will be supporting a number of local open meetings.

Each meeting will cover different events and age group so you will need to review the event website for further details. It will also be necessary to sign up your child ahead of the event.  
 
Lily B & Ebbisham League
 
We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are:
 
Lily B (Girls)
 
17th June  - Guildford
5th August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)
26th August - Sutton
 
Ebbisham League (Boys)
 
21st May  - Epsom
16th July - Coulsdon
 
YAC Open Meeting
 
On Sunday 28th May the Young Athletes Club Guildford are hosting an open meeting at the Spectrum in Guildford. There are events for U7, U9, U11 and U13. For  U11 they are using the Quad Kids format, where each athlete does four events, 75m, 600m, Long Jump and Howler throw. For U13 there are three individual events 100m, 800m and long jump. This will be a very good and well organised event. Entries can be made via www.young-athletes.co.uk.
 

Senior Section News

Sunday 7th May Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon Surrey Road League

With a few of our faster men not running at the moment the RPAC team was slightly depleted in the first Surrey Road League fixture of the season. Tom Almond finished in second place overall in 01:14:08 with Neil Freeman-Jones (01:24:01), Neil Fenwick (01:24:42), Rob Wigley (01:25:23), Ben Stanton (01:27:13) and Jim Vince (02:02:07) making up the rest of the men's entries. For the ladies Jamilla Ncayiyana was first home in 01:37:23 followed by Linda Rodriguez in 01:38:23. Huge kudos to Linda who was running her first half marathon and the furthest she had ever run. Great result Linda, a marathon surely beckons! 

Jack Finn was a DNF pulling up after 7.5km  with an Achilles problem caused he says because his calves are "made of  twickets"...not sure what a twicket is Jack,  a Twiglet maybe? Hope you're OK. 

Well done to all of you!

Was Tom being sick? Was Neil really kicking Rob?

Linda finishing in style!

 

Saturday 13th May Parkrun Tourism @ Lullingstone *** This Saturday ***

It’d be really great to see you at Lullingstone parkrun on Saturday 13th May for some Reigate Priory AC parkrun tourism - the second of our 2023 schedule. The event takes place at Lullingstone Country Park, Eynsford, Sat Nav postcode DA4 0JF. See https://www.parkrun.org.uk/lullingstone/

Toilets are located at the visitor centre and are open from 8am. There is a large car park with a charge of £2.50 for the day.

Lullingstone parkrun is from what I understand somewhat of a contrast in comparison to our previous venue (Brooklands). It is a more challenging course set in beautiful surroundings.

If you want to car-share please turn up at the Reigate College entrance on Rushworth Road before 7:45AM for a prompt get away. As there is a car park fee I suppose it makes perfect sense to car share. Those who are not driving can leave their vehicle in the college car park. You can leave your car on Rushworth Road if you don't wish to wait for Sarah and I to return to unlock the car park. 

For those who do not wish to return immediately, we'll go to the Lullingstone Country Park café for a drink and cake. 

If you come can you please remember to wear your club vest. I really hope that you can make it. Any queries – email 

 

Saturday 20th May Southern Athletics League (SAL) match (1st of the season) @ Twickenham

You should have received an email regarding this event today (Monday 1st May). If you would like to compete or if you have any questions contact  by the end of Tuesday 16th May.

Sunday 21st May Surrey Road League Sutton 10K

The next race in the Surrey Road League is hosted by Sutton Runners and takes place in Nonsuch Park on a mixture of road and paths in the park. The race is a two lap course passing through Nonsuch Park, Cheam Park and the surrounding roads with a third shorter loop winding back past the Mansion House and towards to the finish. More details are available from team captains.

Sunday 21st May MABAC Farnham Park

The next MABAC fixture takes place at 10:00 on Sunday 21st May in the beautiful Farnham Park. We need to get a strong turnout if possible as we are only a few points ahead of Blackwater Valley Runners for whom this is the home fixture (and they always turn out for it in big numbers). 
I always think this is one of the flatter of the MABAC races, but it still contains it's fair share of hills. It is run entirely on grass so if it is wet it could be pretty sticky. We have always had glorious weather in previous years though. 
If you haven't done a MABAC event before and if you're not doing the Sutton 10K why not join us? It's a no pressure way of representing the club and you will always find people to compete with. Everyone who completes the full course earns at least 5 points with the fastest five men and five ladies from each club earning more. The more people we get out the more points we earn. The full distance is approximately 8km with a 4km option if you don't fancy the full monty (you are allowed to walk the shorter distance).  

Run Gatwick 2023 by Moray Carey

This year’s Run Gatwick has a new format, new route and later start time.

There will be no half marathon but runners may choose either the

  • 10k race @ £25 (£27 after 10th May)
  • 5k charity relay, free to enter (but see conditions below)

The event takes place at 11am on Sunday 21st May, starting and finishing at Gatwick Aviation Museum, RH6 0BT.

The re-routed course will take runners inside the restricted perimeter road next to Gatwick’s live runway in close proximity to planes taking off and landing! 

For more details see https://runseries.clubtrac.co.uk/e/run-gatwick-2741

Terms for the free 5k Charity Relay Race

  •  Each pair of runners must commit to fundraising a combined minimum amount of £150 for The Magic Breakfast, which provides healthy school meals to children at risk of hunger in disadvantaged areas of Crawley and West Sussex.
  •  Each runner runs 5k.
  •  2nd leg runners will be bussed from the Event Village to the changeover point, the end of the runway on the perimeter road.
  •  1st leg runners will be bussed back to the Event Village 

 

Other News

Jim Vince completed his 200th Parkrun at Reigate on Saturday. A nice warm up for Sunday's Half Marathon Jim! ... and a Happy Birthday.

Rory Maguire writes "I have been trying out javelin for my sins (M50), largely to fill time when watching my son compete😀. I did my 3rd event today and I threw 35.47m (results are on Roster) at the Kent AC Coronation Games. Not sure if it is any good, but it was fun. " Sounds good to me Rory!

Finally, a group of RPAC runners decided to celebrate the coronation in style on Sunday...

 

Dates for Your Diary 

 

Saturday 13th May - Parkrun Tourism - Lullingstone

Saturday 20th May - SAL match at Twickenham (see email)

Sunday 21st May - MABAC @ Farnham Park

Sunday 21st May - Sutton 10K - see this - Surrey Road League

Sunday 4th June - Dorking 10 - see this - RPAC Grand Prix, Surrey Road League and Surrey Ten Mile Road Race Championships.

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 1st May 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 1st May 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News

Wednesday 26th April Reigate Priory AC AGM by Paul Walters

I thought that the AGM went extremely well.

A  brief summary in a couple of sentences...

Usha Stevens has left committee after many years of dutiful service (thanks Usha!), and Gavin Lawrence has joined. A proposal from our treasurer Nick Wade regarding a moderate increase in fees was accepted.

 

RPAC represented at the 2023 Festival of Sport by Moray Carey

RPAC booked a stand at the Festival of Sport, which was held in conjunction with the YMCA Fun Runs in the Priory Park yesterday. Crewing our stand were Juliette, Mel, Paul (Walters) and myself. Thanks also to Sarah Walters for the transportation and setting up/dismantling of the equipment.

The principal aim was to promote our Summer Evening 10k race, particularly to incentivise entries while the £2 early bird discount still applies. Outside our gazebo, easily distinguishable by the tall RPAC feather flag fluttering alongside, we displayed a large 18" x 24" map of the course plus a mounted, framed A4 race poster. Runners in the 5-mile race were given a race flyer as they exited from the finishing funnel.

Fittingly, a visitor to the stand was Summer Evening 10k creator and original Race Director, Ian Moore. He was presented with​ a memento, a silver water bottle engraved with the RPAC logo, as a token of appreciation for his pioneering services to the race.


Ian Moore pictured with his wife, Janet.

Our presence was also intended to advertise the club generally. Encouragingly, we received a number of enquiries about potential membership, both senior and junior. Hopefully, our invitation to sample some taster sessions without obligation will be followed up by the interested parties.


Juliette and Mel in between enquiries.

RPAC’s participation in the Festival of Sport, which is organised by the Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, was worthwhile, in my opinion, and - hopefully - beneficial. At the very least it raised the club’s profile in our spiritual home.

 

Sunday 30th April YMCA Fun Run, Priory Park, Reigate by Paul Walters

This was a really fantastic event, and Reigate Priory AC put on an excellent showing in the races. Thank you to all of our participants.
 
The YMCA 5 mile race entrants from Reigate Priory AC.
 
Pictures from this event can be seen here, here, here and here in the RPAC picture gallery.
 
Full results can be seen at https://results.resultsbase.net/results.aspx?CId=8&RId=20208 and will be added to our website shortly.
 
There are junior and senior reports of this event below too.

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The discount code for May will be in the email version of the newsletter.

 

Reigate Priory AC Instagram

We're increasing the club’s social media presence so we now have an Instagram account for the club where we can share pictures from any races or social events that take place. If you have any pictures you would like to be shared please send them to  along with a description of the event and who is in the picture. You can access the new Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/reigateprioryac/

 

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

Wednesday 19th April Watford Open Meeting

Competing at the Watford Open Meeting last Wednesday evening there were outstanding times posted by three RPAC Juniors. 

A big PB in the 3000m saw Euan Willis win in 9.17.32 taking 9 seconds off his previous best time.

In the 800m there was another PB by Samuel Stapley, finishing in a very quick 1.56.55. This places Samuel 4th in the UK rankings for the event in his age group. Samuel has now achieved the entry standard for the English Schools T&F Championships for July.

Comfortably within the entry standard for the U17W'S 800m is Lilah Unwin who finished in another fast time,  2.12.10 and is currently ranked 3rd in the UK.

 

Saturday 29 April Records Tumble in the Sunshine at the SLAN Open Meeting, Coulsdon.

Outstanding performances in the 800m by all our athletes, led by two very talented U17's, saw new Club Records posted in the U17 men and womens events.

Competing in the fastest race of the day, Samuel Stapley came home 1st and his new PB time of 1.55.85 breaks a club record that has stood since 1990.

Lilah Unwin was in the same race and ran another hugely impressive time of 2.09.47. Another PB and another new club record.

With their GCSE'S looming both have taken early season opportunities to lay down impressive times with continued improvement, and all before the end of April. At the time of writing, Samuel sits 3rd in the UK rankings for his age group, and Lilah is in 4th place.

The good vibes in the 800m extended to the performances of two of our younger stars in the making with U13 Florence Tombleson running a strong race to post a big PB with an excellent time of 2.33.84. Gracie Shade, in her first competitive 800m came home in an impressive 2.49.00 which is outstanding for an U11.

The day had got off to a great start with Sammy Rolaston competing in the 3000m and posting a 9 second PB, finishing in 9.28.49.

Michael Maguire was in action in the long jump and finished with a good leap of 4m.74.

A successful day for all our competitors at this early season Open!

 

Sunday 30th April YMCA Fun Run

It was a great day for RPAC athletes at this year's YMCA Fun Run, held in Priory Park on Sunday.

The first race saw the adult 5 mile run which was won convincingly by RPAC Junior Samuel Stapley with RPAC Seniors taking four of the next five places. Will John-Cox was the second U20 home finishing in 15th place overall.

In the U16 1 mile race, Euan Willis took 1st place followed by Pete Littlemore and Josh Emmerson in 2nd and 3rd. Neve MacGregor was the 2nd girl home.

The U12's race saw Gracie Shade and Mia Perez Moreno finish 1st and 2nd girl respectively, with Amelie Potter in 4th place.

Issac Spilling finished 2nd in the U10's race.

There were several other excellent performances by RPAC Juniors.

 

13th/14th May Surrey Track and Field Championships, Kingston

Entry for the Surrey Track and Field Championships is open and can be found at the following link:
 
 
Entries close next Thursday, 4th May.

 

Dates for the diary

Surrey Quad Kids Event

This is an athletics team event for year 5 and 6 children where each child has to compete in 4 events, 75m, 600m, standing long jump and howler throw. It is being held at the Spectrum in Guildford on Wednesday 28th June commencing at 6:00pm.

Local Open meetings

As well as the two main leagues we participate in, the Lily B girls league and the Ebbisham boys league, we will be supporting a number of local open meetings.

Each meeting will cover different events and age group so you will need to review the event website for further details. It will also be necessary to sign up your child ahead of the event.  
 
Lily B & Ebbisham League
 
We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are:
 
Lily B (Girls)
 
17th June  - Guildford
5th August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)
26th August - Sutton
 
Ebbisham League (Boys)
 
21st May  - Epsom
16th July - Coulsdon
 
YAC Open Meeting
 
On Sunday 28th May the Young Athletes Club Guildford are hosting an open meeting at the Spectrum in Guildford. There are events for U7, U9, U11 and U13. For  U11 they are using the Quad Kids format, where each athlete does four events, 75m, 600m, Long Jump and Howler throw. For U13 there are three individual events 100m, 800m and long jump. This will be a very good and well organised event. Entries can be made via www.young-athletes.co.uk.
 

Senior Section News

Saturday 20th May Southern Athletics League (SAL) match (1st of the season) @ Twickenham

You should have received an email regarding this event today (Monday 1st May). If you would like to compete or if you have any questions contact  by the end of Tuesday 16th May.

 

Sunday 30th April - YMCA fun run

You'll see multiple reports for this event in the newsletter, so without wishing to repeat, as last year Reigate Priory AC athletes performed a 1st / 2nd / 3rd finish for the 5 mile race with Samuel Stapley, Henry Munro and Ian Stammers, and we had 5 finishers in the first 6 home. Eloise Bull was 1st lady and Jamilla Ncayiyana was 3rd lady. Linda Rodriguez was 1st V40 lady. Ian Burks was not only responsible for the whole event, but was also 1st V60 man home. Paul Chandler finished this event in a time of 42:06 (4th V60 man) having completed the London Marathon the week before. We really fielded a very strong contingent in this event. If I'm reading this correctly Sam not only came 1st in the YMCA 5 mile race, but the day before gained a massive PB and club record for the 800m - see the junior section report from the SLAN Open Meeting at Coulsdon.

For the one mile adult race we had a visitor from Derbyshire - Bethany Higgins was first senior lady home.

Moray Carey, Juliette Stern, Mel Fulton-Bell and myself (Paul Walters) were looking after the gazebo and promoting the club, and other members (Sue Carnell, Stewart McIntyre and Ian Thomas to name a few) helping the YMCA with the event. Other members were floating around the park in support - Usha Stevens, Claire Humphrey, Ian and Janet Moore for example.

Apologies if I've missed anything, but I thought it was a fantastic day (even though I didn't run!).

 

Sunday 23rd April - Revisiting the London Marathon

We underplayed Laura Ebbs' achievement in our report on the London Marathon last week. Not only did Laura set a new ladies V40 record but also a new overall ladies record, a huge achievement.

 

Sunday 30th April - Great Limerick Run

Gillian O'Regan ran the 6 Mile Great Limerick Run in Ireland wearing club colours on Sunday 30th April in a time of 43.04.

 

Sunday 30th April - Isle of Wight Ultra marathon 106 km

Kate Knight completed this event. She reports that it was hard going - very muddy and sticky in places. One of her shoes got stuck in the mud and needed rescuing at one point!

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Sunday 7th May - Richmond Half Marathon - see this - Surrey Road League

Saturday 13th May - Parkrun Tourism - Lullingstone

Saturday 20th May - SAL match at Twickenham (see email)

Sunday 21st May - MABAC @ Farnham Park

Sunday 21st May - Sutton 10K - see this - Surrey Road League

Sunday 4th June - Dorking 10 - see this - RPAC Grand Prix, Surrey Road League and Surrey Ten Mile Road Race Championships.

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 24th April 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 24th April 2023

Category: All Club News

Well done to everyone who took part in the London Marathon yesterday whether as a runner or a volunteer. You did our club proud. 
 

All Club News

 

This Wednesday 26th April Reigate Priory AC AGM, YMCA Sovereign Centre 18:45 for 19:00

This is a reminder that the AGM is coming up this Wednesday, 26th April. Please attend if possible as we require a quorum of 25 members. 

Seniors please note that there will be no Improvers & Recovery run on Wednesday because of the AGM

 

Reigate Priory AC Instagram

We're increasing the club’s social media presence so we now have an Instagram account for the club where we can share pictures from any races or social events that take place. If you have any pictures you would like to be shared please send them to  along with a description of the event and who is in the picture. You can access the new Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/reigateprioryac/

 

Summer Evening 10K 2023 by Moray Carey (Acting Race Director)

The 30th edition of our Summer Evening 10k is taking place at 7.30pm on Wed 5th July.

The race was created by Ian Moore in 1993. Since then it’s been held annually, except in 2020 when it was cancelled, due to Covid restrictions.

In the 2 years since there’s been a fall in the number of entries, in common with other races.

This year’s race has some new features to try to reverse this decline.

  • early bird discount of £2 off the standard entry price for all applications up to 15th May
  • expanded prize list
  • facility for unaffiliated entrants to create their own teams

RPAC will also have a stand at the Festival of Sport in the Priory on Sun 30th April to promote the race and club.

Please hold the date!

 

This Sunday 30th April YMCA Fun Run & Festival of Sport, Priory Park, Reigate

This is a really excellent event. Every finisher of the 1 mile or 5 mile races gets a free sustainable medal plus free race t-shirt and refreshments. 
Last year Reigate Priory AC had a 1-2-3 in the men's race and it would be good to see the club defend the trophies! 
More details can be found here
For the seniors the 5 mile race forms part of the RPAC Grand Prix series.
 
The YMCA are working with the Borough and the Sports Council to stage the sports festival with 20 plus sports to try out. 
 

RPAC will be officially represented at the Festival of Sport in the Priory this Sunday, 30th April, alongside twenty or so other sports organisations.

The principal aim is to promote our Summer Evening 10k, for which entries opened on 14th April.

We’ll particularly be targeting finishers in the YMCA 5-mile Fun Run by handing out race flyers which prominently advertise the early bird discount available if they enter our event before 16th May.

From 17th May onwards entry rates revert to £15 affiliated, £17 unaffiliated.

The RPAC display area will consist of RPAC feather flag(s), gazebo, table for flyers, correx map of the course etc. The gazebo doubles as the changing/baggage storage area for RPAC race participants.

Paul (Walters), Juliette and I (Moray) will be manning the RPAC stand and we’ll also be promoting the Club and Couch to 5k programme. Feel free to come and join us at any time!

 

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

Milton Keynes Open Quad Kids Event Saturday 22nd April

Gracie Shade travelled to Milton Keynes on Saturday to take part in their Quad Kids Open event. She had a great day, finishing second overall, and along the way won the 600m, came second in the howler throw and long jump, and gained a new PB in the 75m sprint. Many congratulations Gracie.

 

Training Tops

The Club has a stock of short sleeved RPAC branded training tops in Red, Dark Blue and Light Blue, for both Seniors and Juniors, that can be purchased via the LoveAdmin App under "Optional Extras" at a cost of £15. 

Dates for the diary

Surrey Quad Kids Event

This is an athletics team event for year 5 and 6 children where each child has to compete in 4 events, 75m, 600m, standing long jump and howler throw. It is being held at the Spectrum in Guildford on Wednesday 28 June commencing at 6:00pm.

Local Open meetings

As well as the two main leagues we participate in, the Lily B girls league and the Ebbisham boys league, we will be supporting a number of local open meetings. The next event will be the SLAN Open at Coulsdon on 29 April.

Each meeting will cover different events and age group so you will need to review the event website for further details. It will also be necessary to sign up your child ahead of the event.  
 
Lily B & Ebbisham League
 
We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are:
 
Lily B (Girls)
 
17th June  - Guildford
5th August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)
26th August - Sutton
 
Ebbisham League (Boys)
 
21st May  - Epsom
16th July - Coulsdon
 
YAC Open Meeting
 
On Sunday 28th May the Young Athletes Club Guildford are hosting an open meeting at the Spectrum in Guildford. There are events for U7, U9, U11 and U13. For  U11 they are using the Quad Kids format, where each athlete does four events, 75m, 600m, Long Jump and Howler throw. For U13 there are three individual events 100m, 800m and long jump. This will be a very good and well organised event. Entries can be made via www.young-athletes.co.uk.
 

Senior Section News

 

Saturday 22nd April Parkrun Tourism @ Brooklands 



Saturday saw the return of Parkrun Tourism for the first time since before the 2020 lockdown. A large group of RPAC runners travelled to Brooklands parkrun to enjoy the fast flat course and breakfast in the Tesco cafe afterwards. There were some great times recorded with three RPAC runners finishing in the top 10. You can read more about it here.



Ladies Triumph at London Marathon, Sunday 23rd April

Seventeen RPAC runners and a team of 25 RPAC volunteers took part in the London Marathon yesterday. It was a day of triumph for the RPAC ladies with Laura Ebbs setting a new club V40 record by finishing in 2:53:14. Laura was closely followed by Ginevra Stoneley who finished in 2:56:01, Mike Wylie was the first RPAC man home in 2:57:27. Ian Burks set a new men's V60 record finishing in 3:10:44 and there were a  number of new PBs and several marathon "newbies".  Full details and some pictures are here.

 

Jim Cracks It In Krakow

Training solely on a diet of Tyskie, Jim Vince completed a marathon double over the weekend completing the Krakow Marathon and also the Virtual London Marathon in Krakow yesterday (Sunday 23rd April) in 4hrs 52. He reports that it was "quite flat, but hot at 22C". Great work Jim!

And finally...

Andrew Pringle writes: 
"Imagine my surprise to find I was a winner at the Tadworth 10 after hundreds of runners finished in front of me! 

Was there some issue with the route where everyone else had gone the wrong way?

Or major disqualifications on post-Christmas drug testing for performance enhancing mince pies? 

In fact, I had won a free place for next year’s race. 

So just a tip that its worthwhile to support your local races and fill in post-race reviews (especially if you liked it) as you can sometimes win a freebie."

That's a great tip Andrew, it's always good to support local races such as this one or the upcoming YMCA Fun Run or Dorking 10s.

Andrew also mentions that Roundshaw Downs (old Croydon airport) have a special event park run next week.

If you want a Devilishly good Parkrun on Saturday, why not go to their 666th event this Saturday 29th April?   

 

Dates for Your Diary 

 
Sunday 30th April - YMCA Fun Run - see this - RPAC Grand Prix event.

Sunday 7th May - Richmond Half Marathon - see this - Surrey Road League

Saturday 13th May - Parkrun Tourism - Lullingstone

Sunday 21st May - MABAC @ Farnham Park

Sunday 21st May - Sutton 10K - see this - Surrey Road League

 

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London Marathon 23rd April 2023

London Marathon 23rd April 2023

Category: Seniors News

The Ladies Take The Honours At London

The RPAC volunteer team

Usha & Mel, Sharon and Nicky Cunningham

It was an early start for the team of 25 RPAC volunteers at the London Marathon. We met on Blackheath for a briefing and issuing of passes from Jas who was a worthy substitute for usual Marathon volunteering supremo Donna. We split into separate teams lead by Jas, Paddy and Roger Hillier and spread ourselves out from the Chesterfield Gate past the red start and down the hill towards St Mary's Gate (towards the Cutty Sark). We were soon answering the usual questions: "Which way to the red/blue/green/yellow start?", "Where are the nearest toilets?", "Where are the bag drop lorries?". The lack of toilet facilities for non-runners caused a lot of consternation and is something that I think the organisers need to address for future years.


The runners came in all shapes and sizes and from so many countries. I spoke to Canadians, Americans, Australians South Africans as well as Brits and Europeans. Carbon plate shoes were much in evidence this year - some of them are so bright! Less evident I felt were the fancy dress costumes this year, I only saw a rhino and a flamingo at the red start. Everyone seemed in good spirits and were preparing in a variety of ways, mostly involving food or drink but with a few vaping or smoking too. Not ideal marathon prep I'd have thought, but who am I to judge? There must have been some issues with the trains as there seemed to be a lot of people who had missed their start time and as ever, there were a couple who had neglected to collect their race numbers. The saddest thing I witnessed was a young man who had entered the virtual London Marathon in the mistaken belief that it was the real deal and who had journeyed down from Banbury to run. I had to break it to him that he couldn't just join in and would instead have to find his own route to run and time himself. He was heartbroken!

Anyway, on to the real heart of the matter - the race itself. To the best of my knowledge we had 17 runners taking part (apologies if I have missed anyone). The ladies led the way with Laura Ebbs as our fastest finisher in an incredible 2:53:15, setting a new club record by an astonishing 5 minutes and 44 seconds. She was closely followed by Ginevra Stoneley who finished in 2:56:01, just 32 seconds off her marathon PB. Mike Wylie was our first man home, finishing in 2:57:27. Shane Dowle despite feeling unwell from mile 15 onwards, finished in 3:08:13. Ian Burks set a new club record, shaving a few seconds off his previous record to finish in 3:10:44. Nick Wade was next in (3:18:53), smashing his marathon PB by over 10½ minutes. Mike Pocock and Ruth Willis finished within a few seconds of each other (3:25:28 and 3:25:51 respectively). Next home were James England in 03:42:03 followed by two people who I believe were running their very first marathon - Julian Rowlands (3:50:29) and Steven Bellamy( 3:52:08). Please tell me if I'm wrong chaps. Next was Philippa Drysdale in 4:27:21 - again I think this may be Philippa's first marathon. Mel Fulton-Bell, Paul Chandler and Claire Humphrey finished within a few minutes of each other (4:37:35, 4:39:37 and 4:42:39 respectively). Paul had done very little training as he's been carrying an injury for some time. The biggest shout out of the day goes to Usha Stevens who was running her first(and only she says) marathon. Usha finished in 5:01:06; I hope you're not regretting stopping to chat with us in Bridcage Walk Usha! Kate Knight took part in the London Marathon for the 20th time (her 130th marathon in total)and finished in 8:15:15, some 25 minutes faster than her time from last year.

Ginevra caught on TV, Claire & Usha, Usha, the Marathon Bling and Kate

 

Well done to everyone who ran and volunteered. You can feel very proud of yourselves. I always think that events like the London Marathon enable us to see the best of humanity from so many angles - not just the determination and resilience to finish the race, but the humour, kindness and compassion that is always so much in evidence.

Parkrun Tourism @ Brooklands

Parkrun Tourism @ Brooklands

Category: All Club News

Reigate Priory AC went to Brooklands Parkrun on Saturday 22nd April for some parkrun tourism. We had a fantastic turn-out for our first such event of 2023.

Our runners (including friends of the club) were Peter Littlemore, Stephen Bass, Ian Stammars, Gavin Lawrence, David Littlemore, Jack Finn, Paul Walters, Lisa Ashley, Gordon Easden, Kate Pain, Gemma Frith, Annette Morris, Jon Bell, Hydi Ashley, Hannah Williams (with Loki the dog), Tom Longley, Peter Luxton, Fran Afonso (with Lottie the dog), Elaine Reddyhoff, Gail Hill, Sarah Walters, Zoe Kent, Debs Grant, Kate Knight, Ashleigh Finn (with Alfie Finn) and Adrian Grant.

Ian Edmonds was in support.

Full results can be found at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/brooklands/results/141/

Some notable features of this event...

  • Peter Littlemore, an RPAC junior athlete, was first home for the club and came 4th in the whole event with a fantastic time (and I believe a 5K parkrun PB negating junior parkruns) of 17:53.
  • Annette Morris finished with an age grading of 85.95%, top female age grading.
  • Lisa Ashley smashed her parkrun PB with a time of 23:05.
  • Paul Walters (me) finished his 100th parkrun and was presented with a "100" cape to borrow for the event (I did not actually run with it!). This was a really nice touch from the parkrun organisers.

For most this was the first time at this event, and I think that I can safely say that everyone did well and enjoyed it. Some of us finished off in the cafe in Tesco for a slap-up breakfast.

The next scheduled parkrun tourism event is Lullingstone Parkrun on Saturday 13th May. Hope to see you there!

 

Reigate Priory AC News 17th April 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 17th April 2023

Category: All Club News

Message from Editorial

 

Wishing all of our London Marathon runners the very best for this coming Sunday. The editors (Paul and Andrew) are both helping with the marshaling on the big day, and hope to see some of you there. Feels like it could be a bumper results day for RPAC!

 

All Club News

 

Wednesday 26th April Reigate Priory AC AGM, YMCA Sovereign Centre

You should have received an email about this last week, but this is a reminder that the AGM is coming up on Wednesday 26th April. Please attend if possible as we require a quorum of 25 members. If you have anything to add to the agenda please email the club secretary  with the details. 

 

Summary Minutes from February Committee Meeting

Can be seen here.

 

Reigate Priory AC Instagram

We're increasing the club’s social media presence so we now have an Instagram account for the club where we can share pictures from any races or social events that take place. If you have any pictures you would like to be shared please send them to  along with a description of the event and who is in the picture. You can access the new Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/reigateprioryac/

 

Summer Evening 10K 2023 by Moray Carey (Acting Race Director)

The 30th edition of our Summer Evening 10k is taking place at 7.30pm on Wed 5th July.

The race was created by Ian Moore in 1993. Since then it’s been held annually, except in 2020 when it was cancelled, due to Covid restrictions.

In the 2 years since there’s been a fall in the number of entries, in common with other races.

This year’s race has some new features to try to reverse this decline.

  • early bird discount of £2 off the standard entry price for all applications up to 15th May
  • expanded prize list
  • facility for unaffiliated entrants to create their own teams

RPAC will also have a stand at the Festival of Sport in the Priory on Sun 30th April to promote the race and club.

Please hold the date!

 

Sunday 30th April YMCA Fun Run @ Priory Park, Reigate

This is a really excellent event. Every finisher of the 1 mile or 5 mile races gets a free sustainable medal plus free race t-shirt and refreshments.
 
The YMCA are working with the Borough and the Sports Council to stage the sports festival with 20 plus sports to try out.
 
Last year Reigate Priory AC had a 1-2-3 in the men's race and it would be good to see the club defend the trophies! 
 

Look out for the club flags and gazebo for a location to congregate and leave stuff (at your own risk).

 

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 16th April Ebbisham @ Kingston

Sunday saw the first Ebbisham Boy's League match of the season at Kingston. A small Reigate team recorded a series of strong performances. Mateo Mahop won the U13 long jump convincingly and was a strong second in the 100m. Max Orchard recorded PBs in the 80m Hurdles and 100m. Isaac Armitage, Rafi Varah and Piers Matthews all ran very strongly in the U11 races, Isaac and Rafi were in the same 600m heat and placed second and third respectively. Performance of the day though went to Josh Emmerson who posted a strong PB in the U15 800m, leading from the front and winning the race by over 30 metres.
 
It was also great to see two of our strong U17 athletes supporting the match and trying out new events. Sam Stapley achieved three PBs in the javelin, 200m and 400m, the latter with a time of 52.6. Euan Willis ensured that the YouTube videos on the way up in the car were not wasted with a PB in the long Jump.
 
The next match is on Sunday 21st May at Epsom. 
 

Saturday 15th April Lily B @ Epsom

 
The first Lily B girls track match of the season took place at Epsom on Saturday. It was lovely to see a strong turn out from the U11s and U13s. There were lots of PBs and strong performances across the board.
 
 
Highlights were the U11 Girls relay team (Gracie Shade/Olive Barton/Amelie Potter/Maya Pocock) coming in first. Impressive performances from a number of U11s in their first match for the Club with Emma Aries, Eleni Harvey, Vhari Macgregor and Tabitha Sensier all recording good times/distances. Lara Tombleson achieved PBs in all three of her events. Thank you very much to Verity Tombleson for being Team Manager and to Ivan Barrett and Ian Crouch for officiating on the day.
 

Dates for the diary

Surrey Quad Kids Event

This is an athletics team event for year 5 and 6 children where each child has to compete in 4 events, 75m, 600m, standing long jump and howler throw. It is being held at the Spectrum in Guildford on Wednesday 28 June commencing at 6:00pm.

Local Open meetings

As well as the two main leagues we participate in, the Lily B girls league and the Ebbisham boys league, we will be supporting a number of local open meetings. The next event will be the SLAN Open at Coulsdon on 29 April.

Each meeting will cover different events and age group so you will need to review the event website for further details. It will also be necessary to sign up your child ahead of the event.  
 
Lily B & Ebbisham League
 
We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are:
 
Lily B (Girls)
 
17th June  - Guildford
5th August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)
26th August - Sutton
 
Ebbisham League (Boys)
 
21st May  - Epsom
16th July - Coulsdon
 
YAC Open Meeting
 
On Sunday 28th May the Young Athletes Club Guildford are hosting an open meeting at the Spectrum in Guildford. There are events for U7, U9, U11 and U13. For  U11 they are using the Quad Kids format, where each athlete does four events, 75m, 600m, Long Jump and Howler throw. For U13 there are three individual events 100m, 800m and long jump. This will be a very good and well organised event. Entries can be made via www.young-athletes.co.uk.
 

Senior Section News

 

Saturday 22nd April Parkrun Tourism @ Brooklands *** This Saturday ***

You're all very welcome and encouraged to come to Brooklands parkrun on Saturday 22nd April for some Reigate Priory AC parkrun tourism - the first of our 2023 schedule. The event takes place at Brooklands Community Park, Sopwith Drive, Brooklands, KT13 0YU. See https://www.parkrun.org.uk/brooklands/ There are good facilities - toilets at the start.

I know that club members who have previously visited this parkrun enthuse about it, so I thought that we'd go as a club to experience it. Some of it is on the old airfield runway. It is flat and fast, and remember that Brooklands is the home of speed!

If you want to car-share please turn up at the Reigate College entrance on Rushworth Road for 7:50AM. Those who are not driving can leave their vehicle in the college car park. You can leave your car on Rushworth Road if you don't wish to wait for Sarah and I to return to unlock the car park.

For those who do not wish to return immediately, we'll go to Brooklands Tesco café (local to the parkrun) for a drink or breakfast.

If you come can you please remember to wear your club vest. I really hope that you can make it. Any queries - email 

 

Monday 24th April Vets Track & Field League @ Weir Archer track, Kingsmeadow, Kingston *** Next Monday ***

A low key opportunity for veteran athletes to compete at track & field. The Vets League fixtures are always great fun!

You should have received an email from Malcolm about this event on Saturday 15th April. Do get in touch if you can't find it and wish to know more.

 

Sunday 16th April MABAC League @ Winterfold Forest

You can see a report from this event on our website here. We came 5th on the day and we are still 2nd overall, but we could do with a good MABAC turn-out from RPAC at Farnham Park on Sunday 21st May.

For me personally my legs are still suffering from this one, although it was fantastic to run it!

 

Sunday 16th April Manchester Marathon

You can see the club results from the Manchester Marathon here.

Congratulations to all of our finishers.

Ben Stanton, Steve Cheesman and Rob Wigley finished in times of 2:57, 3:07 and 3:28 respectively.

 

Lisa Ashley proudly displays her medal! Lisa tells us ... "I completed the Manchester marathon yesterday in a time of 4.05.01. Gutted I did not get under 4 hours but am already planning my next marathon!!"

Kate Knight reports ... "completed Manchester Marathon in 8.09.14. Over an hour improvement on Brighton. Next stop London. Happy with that."

 

Message from Crossroads Care Surrey Re: Guildford 10k

We have received...

We are a local Surrey charity called Crossroads Care Surrey and we are proud to be the first official charity race partner of the Guildford 10k and Fun Run on Sunday 8th October 2023.

We wondered if any of your runners would be interested in taking part?

If you register with us by the 15th May 2023 it's half price. Just £10 entry fee for the Guildford 10K.

If you would like to know more about the event and Crossroads Care Surrey and how to register for the half price offer please do get in touch.

If you would like to follow up on this offer please email  and we'll find out how we can get the discount.

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 22nd April - Parkrun Tourism @ Brooklands
 
Sunday 23rd April - London Marathon
 
Sunday 30th April - YMCA Fun Run - see this

Sunday 7th May - Richmond Half Marathon - see this - Surrey Road League

Saturday 13th May - Parkrun Tourism

Saturday 21st May - MABAC @ Farnham Park

Saturday 21st May - Sutton 10K - see this - Surrey Road League

 

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MABAC Winterfold Forest 16th April 2023

MABAC Winterfold Forest 16th April 2023

Category: Seniors News

RPAC Hold Onto Second Place - Just!

Marathon season and a range of injuries meant that a rather depleted RPAC team headed out to Winterfold Forest yesterday morning. We were particularly short of ladies with only Gemma Firth and Sharon Miller completing the two laps.

Where is Winterfold Forest I hear you ask? A good question: it's about 4 miles South of Shere in the centre of a triangle formed by Shamley Green, Peaslake and Ewhurst. That is to say that it really is in the middle of nowhere! The drive up from Shere is "interesting"; it's apparently the longest continuous climb in Surrey and is considered a "must do" challenge by cyclists. As it is a single track road in places this makes for slow progress (actually it was worse returning from the race as there was a cycling event taking place by then).    

Because there is filming taking place in Winterfold Forest (this has been going on for a couple of years now and depending on which website you read is either the latest episode of Jurassic Park, Star Wars or "something for Netflix") the route was altered and run in the reverse direction from previous years. I'm not going to lie, it was tough, really tough! According to Strava there was something approaching 220m of climbing which in the space of 5 miles, seemed like a lot. On the old course there was a long downhill on the forest road and some short, sharp uphill climbs. Yesterday that long downhill had become a long uphill drag. That wasn't the worst of it either; the end of each lap was a steep uphill climb of around half a mile on very tricky underfoot conditions. Enough moaning, it was enjoyable - truly!

Neil Fenwick led the RPAC contingent home, finishing in third place overall in 34:28, followed by Jez Greenwood (8th place in 37:04). Slightly further down the field there was a proper tussle between Paul Walters, Andrew Patrick, Paul Sapsard  and Toby Kent (finishing in 43rd, 45th, 46th and 50th place respectively) with less than a minute separating them. It was good to see Paul Walters back running after a long absence through injury. Gem Firth was our first lady home, finishing in 69th place in 48:28, Sharon Miller was second (and only) RPAC lady in 102nd place in 58:15. Andrew Bamford and Anthony Collins scored the standard 5 points apiece, finishing in 74th and 104 place respectively. In the one lap race Annette Morris finished in first place with Fran Afonso and her guest finishing in 13th and 14th place.  Full results are in the Cross Country section of the Results menu. 

We scored 291 points which meant that we finished in fifth place yesterday. This was just enough to hold onto to our second place in the league some 400 points behind Dorking and Mole Valley. We have Epsom Oddballs and Blackwater Valley Runners snapping at our heels. Hopefully we will get a big turnout for the next fixture which takes place in Farnham Park on Sunday 21st May. This is especially important as BVR always have a big turnout there.
  

Reigate Priory AC News 10th April 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 10th April 2023

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Wednesday 26th April Reigate Priory AC AGM, YMCA Sovereign Centre

You should have received an email about this last week, but this is a reminder that the AGM is coming up on Wednesday 26th April. Please attend if possible as we require a quorum of 25 members. If you have anything to add to the agenda please email the club secretary  with the details. 

 

Reigate Priory AC Instagram

We're increasing the club’s social media presence so we now have an Instagram account for the club where we can share pictures from any races or social events that take place. If you have any pictures you would like to be shared please send them to  along with a description of the event and who is in the picture. You can access the new Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/reigateprioryac/

 

Tuesday 28th March birth of Harrison Kieron Haines

Congratulations to Carla and Richard Haines on the birth of Harrison Kieron Haines on Tuesday 28th March at 11:21AM weighing 8lb 11oz. Carla and Rich tell us that they'll be signing Harrison up to juniors as soon as he can walk!

 

Sunday 30th April YMCA Fun Run @ Priory Park, Reigate

This is a really excellent event. Every finisher of the 1 mile or 5 mile races gets a free sustainable medal plus free race t-shirt and refreshments.
 
The YMCA are working with the Borough and the Sports Council to stage the sports festival with 20 plus sports to try out.
 
Last year Reigate Priory AC had a 1-2-3 in the men's race and it would be good to see the club defend the trophies! 
 

Look out for the club flags and gazebo for a location to congregate and leave stuff (at your own risk).

 

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

 

It has been a quiet week for our Junior Section this week and there are no results to report - just dates for the diary as below...

 

Dates for the diary

Surrey Quad Kids Event

This is an athletics team event for year 5 and 6 children where each child has to compete in 4 events, 75m, 600m, standing long jump and howler throw. It is being held at the Spectrum in Guildford on Wednesday 28 June commencing at 6:00pm.

Local Open meetings

As well as the two main leagues we participate in, the Lily B girls league and the Ebbisham boys league, we will be supporting a number of local open meetings. The next event will be the SLAN Open at Coulsdon on 29 April.

Each meeting will cover different events and age group so you will need to review the event website for further details. It will also be necessary to sign up your child ahead of the event.  
 
Lily B & Ebbisham League
 
We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are:
 
Lily B (Girls)
 
15th April - Epsom
17th June  - Guildford
5th August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)
26th August - Sutton
 
Ebbisham League (Boys)

16th April - Kingston
21st May  - Epsom
16th July - Coulsdon
 
  

Senior Section News

 

Sunday 16th April MABAC @ Winterfold Forest  ***Next Sunday***

A revised course has been agreed with the landowner and the MABAC event will take place at 10am on Sunday 16th April. This will avoid the film sets that some of you may remember from the last run. Details of the new route can be found here. I am sure that the new course will be as hilly as the old!
 
If you haven't run a MABAC race before they are great events held in beautiful locations and you will always find someone of a similar standard to compete with. You don't need to pre-register; we will sort you out with a race number on the day. There are one and two lap options and the full distance is around 8km. You will earn at least 5 points for the club if you complete the full distance, so the more people we can get out the better. Come and join us!

Parking is always a challenge for this event so it's even more essential than normal that we car share. We will meet at Bell St Car Park for an 08:45 departure.
 
If you plan to run, you need a lift or you are happy to drive please can you let me know 

 

Saturday 22nd April Parkrun Tourism @ Brooklands

You're all very welcome and encouraged to come to Brooklands parkrun on Saturday 22nd April for some Reigate Priory AC parkrun tourism - the first of our 2023 schedule. The event takes place at Brooklands Community Park, Sopwith Drive, Brooklands, KT13 0YU. See https://www.parkrun.org.uk/brooklands/ There are good facilities - toilets at the start.

I know that club members who have previously visited this parkrun enthuse about it, so I thought that we'd go as a club to experience it. Some of it is on the old airfield runway. It is flat and fast, and remember that Brooklands is the home of speed!

If you want to car-share please turn up at the Reigate College entrance on Rushworth Road for 7:50AM. Those who are not driving can leave their vehicle in the college car park. You can leave your car on Rushworth Road if you don't wish to wait for Sarah and I to return to unlock the car park.

For those who do not wish to return immediately, we'll go to Brooklands Tesco café (local to the parkrun) for a drink or breakfast.

If you come can you please remember to wear your club vest. I really hope that you can make it. Any queries - email 

 

Surrey Road League 2023

A reminder that we have just under 4 weeks to go until the first Surrey Road League race this year.  These are enjoyable races, whether you enter to compete in the league or just for fun and enjoyment.

Dates for diaries:- the published schedule for the 2023 Surrey Road League below:

7 May: Ranelagh Harriers Richmond Half Marathon (Surrey Championship)
21 May
: Sutton 10k
4 June: Dorking 10 miles (Surrey Championship)
25 June
: Ranelagh Harriers Richmond 10k (Surrey Championship)
15 July
: Elmore 7 miles
23 July: Elmbridge 10k
28 July: (Friday): Wedding Day 7k
15 October: Cabbage Patch 10 miles


Entry links can be found on the SCAA website, linked below.

You don't need to email or notify the captains when you enter a race. As a club member, you will automatically be included in the league when you complete any of the races - make sure to choose "Reigate Priory AC" as your club when entering.


A message from the league organisers:

Entries for the Cabbage Patch 10 miles (Oct) and the Wedding Day 7k (Jul) fill up very quickly, so it is recommended to get your entries in early. Entry for the Cabbage Patch 10 opens this Saturday, 15th April. Wedding Day 7k entries are also due to open very soon.

To qualify for the individual competition, athletes must complete 5 of the (8) races. The first 4 finishers (men) and 3 finishers (women) comprise the scoring team in the team competition. The full rules and race schedule and results can be found on the SCAA website here: http://www.surreyathletics.uk/road/league/index.php?Y=2022&O=R&S=2023.


You are not required to be Surrey qualified in order to take part in the Road League. It is only required for athletes who want to be included in the Surrey Championship results. Note that the athletics "Definition of Surrey" is broader than you might expect (scroll to the end): https://www.surreyathletics.uk/qualification/index.php.

Please email  or  if you have any questions.  Also please email if you will be running in any of these and RPAC is your 2nd claim club so that we can notify the league organisers - you must enter under your 1st claim club.

 

Apologies to James Webb

In last week's newsletter we reported that James Webb's run at the Brighton Marathon was "possibly his first marathon and definitely his first as a RPAC runner".
 
We were wrong on both counts; it was actually James' fifth Marathon and we had a reported on James' run in the Berlin Marathon in September of last year - doh! Sorry James.

 

Saturday 8th April Parkrun Tourism @ Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire

While holidaying in the Peak District Sarah and Paul Walters (that's me) took the opportunity to meet up with Bethany Higgins. We ran in the Pavilion Gardens parkrun (3 laps of the park), although I forgot to take club colours to wear! This event was only in its 19th week, so quite a recent parkrun addition. See the results here.

 

Friday 7th April The Easter Challenge @ Suffolk Centre Basecamp

Kate Knight participated in the marathon challenge event, finishing in a time of 8:23:00.

 

Dates for Your Diary 

 
Sunday 16th April - MABAC Winterfold Forest 
 
Saturday 22nd April - Parkrun Tourism @ Brooklands
 
Sunday 23rd April - London Marathon
 
Sunday 30th April - YMCA Fun Run - see this

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 3rd April 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 3rd April 2023

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Reigate Priory AC AGM , YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 26th April 

You should have received an email about this last week, but this is a reminder that the AGM is coming up on Wednesday 26th April. Please attend if possible as we require a quorum of 25 members. If you have anything to add to the Agenda please email the club secretary with the details. 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The discount code for April will be in the email version of the newsletter.

 

Reigate Priory AC Instagram 

We're increasing the club’s social media presence so we now have an Instagram account for the club where we can share pictures from any races or social events that take place. If you have any pictures you would like to be shared please send them to  along with a description of the event and who is in the picture. You can access the new Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/reigateprioryac/

 

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 

 It has been a quiet week for our Junior Section this week and there are no results to report. 

Dates for the diary

Surrey Quad Kids Event

This is an athletics team event for year 5 and 6 children where each child has to compete in 4 events, 75m, 600m, standing long jump and howler throw. It is being held at the Spectrum in Guildford on Wednesday 28 June commencing at 6:00pm.

Local Open meetings

As well as the two main leagues we participate in, the Lily B girls league and the Ebbisham boys league, we will be supporting a number of local open meetings . Those coming up over the next few weeks include:

Young Athletes Open at Basingstoke on 1 April
SLAN Open at Sutton on 1 April
Easter Monday Opens on 10 April at both Crawley and Tonbridge
SLAN Open at Coulsdon on 29 April

Each meeting will cover different events and age group so you will need to review the event website for further details. It will also be necessary to sign up your child ahead of the event.  
 
Lily B & Ebbisham League
 
We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are:
 
Lily B (Girls)
 
15th April - Epsom
17th June  - Guildford
5th August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)
26th August - Sutton
 
Ebbisham League (Boys)

16th April - Kingston
21st May  - Epsom
16th July - Coulsdon
 
  

Senior Section News

Social & Recovery Run Cancelled Monday 10th April

As it's Easter Monday next week the coaches are taking the opportunity to fill themselves full of chocolate and there will be no run.

Jimmy James Handicap Race 6, Denbies Thursday 30th March 

Jez Greenwood was the sole RPAC representative to brave the weather at last week's final Jimmy James race of the season. He ran the course in 25:33, with a handicap of 18:15, giving him a finish time of 43:48. Well done Jez.

The series is now over for the season and I am pleased to announce that Kate Knight retains the title for the second year in a row with a score of 39 points from her best four races.  Very well done Kate, I will get the trophy engraved and over to you. Hannah Wright was in second place with 25 points (unfortunately Hannah could only compete in three races) and Leanne McKeogh was in third place with 24 points earned in just two races.  

I would be interested in your views about whether we should continue to hold this in conjunction with Dorking & Mole Valley AC. Let me know what you think 

 

Brighton Marathon Weekend Sunday 2nd April

Neil Freeman-Jones and Thea MacDonald proudly displaying their hard won Brighton Marathon medals.

There were mixed fortunes for our runners in the Brighton Marathon yesterday. We had a number of runners who had registered but didn't make it to he start line because of injury or other reasons.

Unfortunately Steve Watkins and Toby Kent both pulled up part way through as they became injured. Both were doing really well up to that point. Steve pulled out having completed nearly 29km in some 2hrs 21 mins. He said "The Brighton camber strikes again. Four years ago I pushed on to get my medal and ended up being out for nearly a year. I dropped my pace at mile 15 but my knees and glutes were painful. Annoying, but the right call". Toby pulled up after completing nearly 27km in 2 hours 41 as his plantar fasciitis had kicked again. Brave but correct decisions from both of you I feel. 

Neil Freeman-Jones, James Webb, Thea MacDonald, Siubhan Clines and Kate Knight all completed the race. Neil set an amazing new PB finishing in 03:14:40, shaving a massive 1 hour and 11 minutes of his previous best time (Brighton Marathon 2019). James Webb finished in 03:29:47 in what was possibly his first marathon and definitely his first as a RPAC runner. Siubhan Clines set an new PB, finishing in 03:54:02 and taking four minutes off her previous best (Brighton 2022). Thea MacDonald finished in 04:35:26 in what was I think, her second marathon (London 2021 being her first). Kate Knight completed her 127th marathon, finishing in 09:13:01. She had completed marathon 126 on Saturday by doing the 50km Easter Challenge at Windsor. 

Very well done to all of you!

Alex Wright ran the 10K at Brighton yesterday and finished in 8th place overall in 00:32:27, setting a new PB in the process. This comes on top of an new Half Marathon PB of 01:15:02 set in Madrid last Sunday. Fantatstic results Alex. 

 

Paris Marathon, Sunday 2nd April 2023

Slightly further afield Neil McDonnell set a new PB in the Paris Marathon yesterday, finishing in 04:02:42, over 27 minutes faster than his time in the Barcelona Marathon (04:29:54) two weeks ago. Awesome result Neil, very well done!

MABAC Winterfold Forest, Sunday 16th April

A revised course has been agreed with the landowner and the MABAC event will take place on Sunday 16th April. This will avoid the film sets that some of you may remember from the last run. Details of the new route can be found here. I am sure that the new course will be as hilly as the old!
Parking is always a challenge for this event so it's even more essential than normal that we car share. If you plan to run, you need a lift or you are happy to drive please can you let me know 

 

Dates for Your Diary 

 
Sunday 16th April - MABAC Winterfold Forest 
 
Saturday 22nd April - Parkrun Tourism @ Brooklands
 
Sunday 23rd April - London Marathon
 
Sunday 30th April - YMCA Fun Run - see this

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 27th March 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 27th March 2023

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WhatsApp "Reigate Priory AC Alerts" group

We have a new group available on WhatsApp for members and parents of juniors to be alerted - for instance in the eventuality of a cancellation of a session due to weather conditions. We encourage all senior members and parents of juniors to get added to this group. You will find the URL address of this group in the email version of the newsletter. We expect that messages will be sent to this group on rare occasions, and only the coaches will be able to do so.

As a club, we adhere to WhatsApp's safety and responsibility terms by ensuring that all communication on the platform is respectful, lawful, and does not violate any community guidelines. Please find the guidelines here.

 

Reigate Priory AC Instagram 

We're increasing the club’s social media presence so we now have an Instagram account for the club where we can share pictures from any races or social events that take place. If you have any pictures you would like to be shared please send them to  along with a description of the event and who is in the picture. You can access the new Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/reigateprioryac/

 

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 25th March Bracknell Young Athletes Open

Gracie Shade and Mateo Mahop ventured to Bracknell for their early season Young Athletes Open and were rewarded with PBs in all their events and two gold medals apiece.

Gracie improved her PBs in the 75m, 150m and 600m, with a 12 second improvement in the latter event.

Mateo improved his PBs in both the 75m and long jump, with a 20cm improvement in the Long Jump. Congratulations Gracie and Mateo.

 

Saturday 25th March South East U13/U14 Inter-Counties XC Championships @ Tonbridge

Well done to our representatives in the Surrey Schools teams for the annual South East Inter-Counties XC Championships between Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. This year held in Tonbridge, Kent.

In what was described as a tough/proper cross country course, the races were highly competitive. Isla Kinniburgh finished 18th from 75 in the U14 race, helping Surrey to 1st place ahead of Essex and Hampshire.

In the U13 race, also with 75 runners, strong performances by Florence Tombleson and Florence Shade finishing 18th and 49th respectively, helped Surrey to 2nd place behind Essex with Hampshire in 3rd.

 

Sunday 26th March Lilah Sets New U17W'S 600m Record!

Competing in the first outdoor Track and Field Open meeting of the season at K2, Lilah Unwin was in scintillating form as she took 3 seconds off her existing club record in the U17W'S 600m.

Despite the cold, wet conditions, Lilah powered her way round in a time of 1.32.9. At the time of writing, this places her at no 2 in the UK rankings for the event.

A great start to the outdoor T&F season for Lilah, just one week after competing in the English Schools XC Championships at Nottingham!

 

Hoodie Order

This is a last chance to order a Club Hoodie. The order will be placed on Wednesday 29th March. You can place an order on the Love Admin app under "Optional Extras". If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mike Gent. 

 

Dates for the diary

Surrey Quad Kids Event

This is an athletics team event for year 5 and 6 children where each child has to compete in 4 events, 75m, 600m, standing long jump and howler throw. It is being held at the Spectrum in Guildford on Wednesday 28 June commencing at 6:00pm.

Local Open meetings

As well as the two main leagues we participate in, the Lily B girls league and the Ebbisham boys league, we will be supporting a number of local open meetings . Those coming up over the next few weeks include:

Young Athletes Open at Basingstoke on 1 April
SLAN Open at Sutton on 1 April
Easter Monday Opens on 10 April at both Crawley and Tonbridge
SLAN Open at Coulsdon on 29 April

Each meeting will cover different events and age group so you will need to review the event website for further details. It will also be necessary to sign up your child ahead of the event.  
 
Lily B & Ebbisham League
 
We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are:
 
Lily B (Girls)
 
15th April - Epsom
17th June  - Guildford
5th August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)
26th August - Sutton
 
Ebbisham League (Boys)

16th April - Kingston
21st May  - Epsom
16th July - Coulsdon
 
  

Senior Section News

 

Club Championship 5K

In the absence of the Wimbledon Dash this year the Committee has spent some considerable time trying to identify a suitable replacement for our Club Championship 5K race. To cut a long story short we have decided that for this year our Club Championship 5K trophies will be awarded to the category winners of the Ed Prickett Memorial 5000m race. This will be held at K2 in September (date TBC)
 
The list of remaining Club Championship races is thus...
 
Dorking 10 mile 4th June
Richmond 10K 25th June
Ed Prickett Memorial 5000m September
 
 

Parkrun Tourism 2023

We are arranging a series of parkrun tourism destinations as below...

Saturday April 22nd Brooklands Link
Saturday May 13th Lullingstone Link
Saturday June 10th  Hove Promenade Link
Saturday July 8th Uckfield Link
Saturday September 2nd Worthing Link
 
We will hopefully be arranging a minibus for a couple of these destinations. More information will follow. Contact for queries.
 

Sunday 26th March - Cranleigh 7/14/21

I understand it was a little muddy at Cranleigh on Sunday? See this article for a full report, and congratulations to all.

 

Sunday 26th March - Hampton Court Palace Half

Lisa Ashley and Liz and Kelly Marie Mason ran in this event.

Results were Lisa - 1:55:06, Liz 2:17:12 and Kelly Marie 2:21:40. The full results can be seen here. Kelly Marie reports that she's very happy with her result having run the Tokyo marathon 3 weeks ago. Well done all.

 

Sunday 26th March - Hannover Marathon

Here's Jim Vince flying the Reigate Priory AC flag after the Hannover Marathon. He reports that it is a great PB course - maybe if he'd done some training?!

 

Saturday 25th March Couch to 5K Graduation @ Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

Viv, Jenna, Angie, Mark and Dan all finished the Couch to 5K Progamme by successfully completing the Ifield Mill Pond parkrun on Saturday. We finished up with a breakfast on the Crawley Toby Carvery. 

 

Dates for Your Diary 

  
Sunday April 2nd - Brighton Marathon
 
Sunday 16th April - MABAC Winterfold Forest TBC
 
Saturday 22nd April - Parkrun Tourism @ Brooklands
 
Sunday 23rd April - London Marathon
 
Sunday 30th April - YMCA Fun Run - see this

 

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If you wish to get in touch our email address is 

Cranleigh 7/14/21 26th March 2023

Cranleigh 7/14/21 26th March 2023

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It Was Oh So Muddy

 

The Cranleigh 15/21 has for a long time been an ideal pre Spring marathon training event in terms of timing, distance and terrain. This year the course was changed because of concerns over runner safety (the old course ran for a distance along  the busy A281) to a route that was partly on road and partly on the Downslink path. The full race is now run over 7 mile laps, only approximately half of which was on road. The last couple of weeks has seen heavy rain and despite the best efforts of the race organisers, the Downslink was an absolute quagmire in places. Apparently, the mud was ankle deep in places. I think a lot of people felt that this is no longer an ideal pre Spring marathon training event. 

Despite this we saw some excellent results. Shane Dowle was first home for RPAC in 12th place overall with an identical finish time to Ben Stanton who was our second placed finisher - both are listed as finishing in 2:31:18. Ginervra Stoneley was third home for RPAC, finishing a few seconds behind Shane and Ben in 2:31:31. Ginevra and Laura Ebbs had a proper battle with Laura leading for most of the distance only for Ginevra to overtake in the last mile or so. Laura was fourth home in 2:32:09. Ginevra and Laura were second and third placed ladies overall. 


Speaking to Ginevra after the race she said that she just wanted to get it over and done with and this clearly shows in her final lap time of 48:42 which was the fastest lap time recorded by any lady yesterday and over three minutes quicker than her first lap.

Well done to everyone who took part - the full list was Shane Dowle, Ben Stanton, Ginevra Stoneley, Laura Ebbs, Steve Cheesman, Nicholas Wade, Ruth Willis, Mike Pocock, Julian Rowlands, Claire Humphrey, Paul Sapsard and Usha Stevens who all completed 21 miles, and Steve Bellamy and Toby Kent who completed 14 miles.

 

Reigate Priory AC News 20th March 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 20th March 2023

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Track Etiquette from Chris Daniels

A reminder for both senior and junior runners about track etiquette

  • Listen to the coaches at all times and follow their instructions
  • Runners should run in the inside lane, hugging the curb, and in single file unless overtaking other runners
  • Shouting “Track” should only be used if a group is occupying multiple lanes, so as to avoid a collision. As long as everyone is following the point above, we do not expect anyone to move out of the inside lane simply because someone is overtaking them
  • If you do overtake a slower runner, please give them plenty of room
  • You should always run in an anti-clockwise direction during the session, unless part of the session specifically requires you to go clockwise, for example a parlauf.
  • With the coaches permission you can do your cool-down in the clockwise direction but must stay in the outside lane and watch out for anyone still running their session
  • Recovery after reps should be in the outside lanes (lanes 4 to 6), do not walk or jog in the inside lanes
  • Battlebridge is not closed off during our sessions so watch out for other users of the track
  • If you need to cross the track, look both ways and make sure it is safe to cross

 

Saturday 25th March Couch to 5K Graduation * This Saturday *

Open to all parkrunners, our current cohort of Couch to 5K participants graduate at the Ifield Mill Pond parkrun starting at 9AM on Saturday 25th March. We'll meet at Gossops Green Parade at 8:30AM where there is parking and toilets, and is just a 5 minute walk to the start. This will be followed by a breakfast at the Toby in Crawley. It'd be great to have your support for our runners, and it's a lovely event. The course is flat although a little intricate.

Just so we know numbers can you please let me know if you'd like to come to the breakfast afterwards by tomorrow (Tuesday 21st March)? 

 

Reigate Priory AC Instagram 

We're increasing the club’s social media presence so we now have an Instagram account for the club where we can share pictures from any races or social events that take place. If you have any pictures you would like to be shared please send them to  along with a description of the event and who is in the picture. You can access the new Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/reigateprioryac/

 

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

 English Schools National XC Championships Wollaton Park, Nottingham Saturday 18th March

 Outstanding performance from RPAC's Samuel Stapley, Euan Willis and Lilah Unwin helped Surrey to First place in the Intermediate Boys race and 3rd in the Intermediate Girls'.

Competing against 46 counties from the whole of England, the strength in depth of the Surrey teams was seen again.

For Samuel it was a brilliant effort that saw him finish 11th in a field of 327. This earned him the position of 1st reserve for the England team at next week's international in Liverpool against Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Euan was close behind with another powerful performance, taking 23rd place. As the third and fourth Surrey runners home they played a big part in Surrey winning by a huge margin from runners up, Kent.

Lilah ran a good race in the Inter-Girls 4k finishing almost exactly half way in a big field of 338, helping Surrey to a podium place only 5 points behind London who were 2nd.

For our Y7 and Y8's who have been selected for Surrey Schools in next week's Inter-counties U14 and U13 XC match in Kent, a great opportunity is there to lay down a marker for next year's Surrey teams for the English Schools Championships. Good Luck to Isla Kinniburgh, Florence Tombleson and Florence Shade. 

 

 British Schools Modern Biathlon, Reddich Sunday 12th March

This arrived just too late for last week's newsletter.

Eleni Harvey competed in her first British Modern Biathlon on Sunday. She won her running heat and came 32nd in her run and 48th overall out of 79 girls. Her school team of 3 girls were placed 9th overall.

Well done Eleni! 

 

Hoodie Order

We are kicking off another Hoodie Order and are hoping to place the order in week commencing 26 March. Hoodies can be ordered on the LoveAdmin app by selecting Optional Extras. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mike Gent. 

 

Dates for the Diary

We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are:
 
Lily B (Girls)
 
15 April - Epsom
17 June  - Guildford
5 August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)
26 August - Sutton
 
Ebbisham League (Boys)

16 April - Kingston
21 May  - Epsom
16 July - Coulsdon
 
  

Senior Section News

Sunday 26th March - Cranleigh 7/14/21 and YMCA Y2Y North Downs Marathon Trek

Both of these events are taking place on Sunday and I know that RPAC will be strongly represented in both. 

At the time of writing I think it is still possible to enter the Cranleigh race here.

More details about the Y2Y can be found here.

Good luck to anyone taking part in either event.

 

 Jimmy James Handicap Race 6, Denbies Thursday 30th March

The final race of this season's Jimmy James Handicap takes place on Thursday 30th March at Denbies.

Please email  and  to register. Entries will be accepted up to the 26th March

Any runners who haven't run in the series so far will need to provide a recent 5k time, mobile number and emergency contact information when registering.

Don't forget that hi-viz and a torch are mandatory.

 

Claire's Marathon Fundraising

Claire Humphrey is running the London Marathon for St Catherine's Hospice. If you'd like to support her, or read about why she supports St Catherine's, her fundraising page can be found at https://2023tcslondonmarathon.enthuse.com/pf/claire-humphrey

 

Success at St. Philips Church Quiz Night

 
On Saturday night, St. Philips Church on Nutley Lane hosted a quiz night which was created and compèred by a previous member and a friend of RPAC, Roger Hillier. (When Priory Relays takes place Roger helps us with
the results as an example).

The Reigate Priory AC team (pictured above) tied the quiz in first place, and after two final decider questions that failed to split the teams, our team was victorious in securing the win. In the photo are (from left to right) Sarah and Paul Walters, Mike Gent, Mike Pocock, Annette Morris, Fiona Gent and Janet and Ian Moore, with Roger in the background.
 
A fun time was had by all!
 

Marathon 125 for Kate

Kate Knight completed her 125th marathon, running 16 laps of Hitchingbroke Country Park on Sunday. She reports that it was very muddy with deep puddles in places, but a good day nevertheless.

 

Dates for Your Diary 

 
Saturday March 25th - Couch to 5K graduation (probably at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun)
 
Sunday 26th March - Cranleigh 7/14/21
 
Sunday 26th March - YMCA Y2Y
 
Sunday April 2nd - Brighton Marathon
 
Sunday 16th April - MABAC Winterfold Forest TBC
 
Sunday 23rd April - London Marathon

 

Keep in touch

Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is 

Reigate Priory AC News 13th March 2023

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Saturday 25th March Couch to 5K Graduation

Open to all parkrunners, our current cohort of Couch to 5K participants graduate at the Ifield Mill Pond parkrun starting at 9AM on Saturday 25th March. We'll meet at Gossops Green Parade at 8:30AM where there is parking and toilets, and is just a 5 minute walk to the start. This will be followed by a breakfast at the Toby in Crawley. It'd be great to have your support for our runners, and it's a lovely event. The course is flat although a little intricate.

Just so we know numbers can you please let me know if you'd like to come to the breakfast afterwards? 

 

Reigate Priory AC Instagram 

We're increasing the club’s social media presence so we now have an Instagram account for the club where we can share pictures from any races or social events that take place. If you have any pictures you would like to be shared please send them to  along with a description of the event and who is in the picture. You can access the new Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/reigateprioryac/

 

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 11th March UK CAU Inter-Counties XC Championships, Loughborough

Fine running by Samuel Stapley and Euan Willis saw them help Surrey U17 Boys team to an 8th place finish in the UK Inter-Counties XC Championships on Saturday.

Competing against the county teams from all across England, and district teams from Scotand, Wales and Northern Ireland, this was a true test against the mass ranks of top cross country runners who all had to win selection to represent their counties.

Samuel was the second Surrey runner home, finishing in 40th place, and Euan fifth from Surrey taking 66th. Brilliant performances by both!

 

Saturday 11th March Surrey Primary Schools cross country

A number of RPAC athletes competed in the Surrey Primary Schools Cross Country championships which were held in Priory Park on Saturday.

Gracie Shade rounded off an excellent season by leading from the gun to comfortably win the Year 5 Girls race. In the Year 5 boys races Isaac Armitage and Rafi Varah both had strong races to finish eleventh and thirteenth respectively.

 

Sunday 12th March British Schools National Biathlon Finals, Redditch

A successful weekend for Florence Shade who competed in the National Biathlon Finals in Redditch on Sunday.

Florence swam 50m then ran 800m clocking an impressive time of 2.43. This knocked some 9 seconds off her previous best time and earned her 11th place in the run, and 19th overall out of 96 finalists. Well done Florence!

 

Sunday 12th March Eva Marsh Wins British Schools Modern Biathlon Championship, Redditch

Competing in the U19 event at the British Schools Modern Biathlon Championships in Redditch on Sunday, Eva Marsh took 1st place after outstanding performances in her 200m swim (2nd) and 1600m run (1st).

A great way to round off her last year in the Schools Championships with Eva having competed in the competition since she was in school year 3.

 

Hoodie Order

We are kicking off another Hoodie Order and are hoping to place the order in week commencing 26 March. Hoodies can be ordered on the LoveAdmin app by selecting Optional Extras. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mike Gent. 

 

Dates for the Diary

We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are:
 
Lily B (Girls)
 
15 April - Epsom
17 June  - Guildford
5 August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)
26 August - Sutton
 
Ebbisham League (Boys)

16 April - Kingston
21 May  - Epsom
16 July - Coulsdon
 
  

Senior Section News

 

Sunday 12th March Surrey Half Marathon

Michael Macfarlane, Neil Freeman-Jones, Shane Dowle and Conner Wickens competed in the Surrey Half on Sunday, and I understand that there were PB's all round! Well done guys. Results can be found here.

 

Sunday 12th March Paddock Wood Half Marathon

Simon Smythe, Steve Watkins and Kate Knight ran in this event, with some excellent results which are here.

Simon finished in a time of 1:27:51 at Paddock Wood, 260th place and 21st in the men’s V50-59 category. Congratulations Simon!

This was Simon's first ever half – a late starter at age 54! He was aiming at scraping in under 1:30 if he was lucky. He reports that the miles ticked by surprisingly easily at a nice, even 6:45ish pace and it only started to feel tough in the last three miles. He is pleased and reckons that he can squeeze a bit more out of the ageing legs before they really are too aged.

He says that the course is unbelievably flat. There’s only one gentle rise and rest of the hills are railway bridges! Great organisation, some good freebies, highly recommended.

Kate Knight ran her 400th Banstead Woods Parkrun on Saturday followed by a time of 3:35:54 in this event on Sunday. Well done Kate!

 

Jimmy James Handicap Race 6, Denbies Thursday 30th March

The final race of this season's Jimmy James Handicap takes place on Thursday 30th March at Denbies.

Please email  and  to register. Entries will be accepted up to the 26th March

Any runners who haven't run in the series so far will need to provide a recent 5k time, mobile number and emergency contact information when registering.

Don't forget that hi-viz and a torch are mandatory.

 

Sunday 26th March Volunteers Needed for Cranleigh 7/14/21

As a member club of MABAC we are obliged to provide 2 volunteers for each of their open races (of which Cranleigh is one). Please let me know () if you are able to help.

Don't let me be Billy No Mates - again !

 

Claire's Marathon Fundraising

Claire Humphrey is running the London Marathon for St Catherine's Hospice. If you'd like to support her, or read about why she supports St Catherine's, her fundraising page can be found at https://2023tcslondonmarathon.enthuse.com/pf/claire-humphrey

 

Dates for Your Diary 

 
Saturday March 25th - Couch to 5K graduation (probably at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun)
 
Sunday 26th March - Cranleigh 7/14/21
 
Sunday April 2nd - Brighton Marathon
 
Sunday 23rd April - London Marathon

 

Keep in touch

Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is 

Reigate Priory AC News 6th March 2023

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Sunday 5th March MABAC and Border League - A Big Thank You To All Our Volunteers


On behalf of Mike Gent and myself I would like to say a massive Thank You to everyone who helped at yesterday's MABAC and Border League fixtures. We really couldn't have hosted these events without you.
It was really great to see the Junior and Senior Sections working together to stage two excellent events. There were some great performances from RPAC athletes too. 

Both Mike and I have received compliments from some of the visiting clubs about how well organised the events were. I think all the participating athletes enjoyed themselves and fortunately, we managed to avoid any injuries.

At risk of embarrassing him I would like to single out Moray for special thanks. Moray spent many weeks in discussions with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to obtain permission to host the events and arranged medical cover and some much-needed portaloos (the cafe in Priory Park is closed at the moment so these saved many trips to use Morrisons' facilities!).

Thank you again to everyone! 

 

London Marathon – Sunday 23rd April 2023 Pre-Start Volunteers Needed

We are still looking for volunteers to help at the London Marathon start. This year the London Marathon takes place on Sunday 23rd April. It's an early start but a really enjoyable day. If you are able to help please email Ginevra ASAP   giving your name, email address and whether or not you have volunteered at the London Marathon in 2021 or 2022. 

 

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

Surrey Indoor Championships, David Weir Leisure Centre, Carshalton 4th-5th March from Mike Gent

 

RPAC athletes had significant success and won medals at the Surrey indoor champonships at Sutton over the last weekend.
 
Mateo Mahop reached the final of the U13 60m and then convincingly won the U13m Long Jump, achieving a PB of 4:67m in the process. Max Orchard displayed his multi-eventing credentials, coming home with three medals, silver in both the U15 long jump and shot put, and then gold in the 60m hurdles in which he achieved a PB. Michael Maguire won gold in the U15 triple jump and just missed out on a medal in finishing fourth in the U15 long jump, Congratulations to all.
 

 Independent Schools Association Cross Country, Worksop College, Saturday 4th March

Vivienne Loynes qualified in the London South ISA regionals to run in the Cross Country Nationals Championship, which took place this past Saturday at Worksop College. Her Mum,  Patricka, writes "Vivy ran an impressively strong race, finishing the 1500M course in 3rd place out of 85 competitors with a time of 00:06:37.96. "

Well done Vivy!

Full results can be found here.

 Border League Match 4, Sunday 5th March Priory Park from Mike Gent

The fourth and final match of this year's Border League was hosted by RPAC in Priory Park on Sunday. It was great to see a large contingent from the Club, almost 40 athletes, competing across the seven races. Many thanks should go to all the volunteers who gave up their time to make this happen. We have had a number of positive comments from other Border League clubs as to how much they enjoyed the day and on the quality of the organisation.

Vivy Loynes finished second in the U9 girls race on the day ( completing a good weekend's work having finished third in the IFSA event the day before) and was placed fourth across the series after a very consistent season. In her first race for the Club Isabella Crorkin ran very strongly to finish ninth and was well supported by the other U 9 girls, Vhari Macgregor, Hannah Bayode, Morgan Du Preez, Eleni Harvey, Agnes Delaney, Annabel Bean, Isabella Charalmbous and Edit Duncton, to ensure that Reigate was placed as second team on the day.

Owen Williams ran well in his first race for the Club as our only representative in the U9 boys. Gracie Shade completed a very strong season by finishing third on the both on the day and across the series. She will have another year at this age group next year, as will Emily Beaty who placed ninth on the day and won a medal for her sixth placed position across the season. Charlotte Ebbs had her best race of the season, finishing fifth on the day which saw her finish just outside the medals in seventh place across the season. Olive Barton and Denise Ornella also had great races to complete the team and ensure that RPAC finished as second team across the season. Lara Greenwood also had a good run in her first race for the Club. With three of the girls in this age group again next year we have high hopes of regaining the team cup that we had won in 2022.

We had a strong turn out in the U11 boys. Finlay Killick came a very good fifth, which saw him placed fourth overall across the season, winning a medal. Isaac Spilling also finished in the top ten and they were backed up by great runs from Rafi Varah, Isaac Armitage, Piers Matthews, George Duncton and Lucas Moffat which meant RPAC were placed as second team on the day.

The highlight of the day was the U13 Girls where RPAC dominated both the race and the season. We won the overall team cup for the season. Isla Kinniburgh and Neve Macgregor were first and second, both on the day and across the season. It was good to see Lisette Matthews recovering her strength after illness to finish third on the day. Lara Tombleson had another strong race finishing eighth and was unlucky to finish just outside the medals placing seventh overall for the season. Sadie Casserley had a great run in her first race for the Club finishing eleventh and our strength in depth at this age group was clear with Olivia Aries, Laura Sensier, Daisy Barton, Mia Perez, Summer Snellgrove and Charlotte Anderson all placing well on the day.

In the U13 boys James Beatty completed what has been a very good season, finishing seventh on the day and winning a medal for being placed fifth overall across the season. On the day he was supported by Alfie Warden, Evan Moffat and Robert Duncton who all were well placed.

In the final race of the day, a combined U15 boys and Girl race, Nichole Haycock was comfortably the first girl home and finished eleventh overall on the day.

Some pictures of the U13 Girls team

 

 

Dates for the Diary

We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are:
 
Lily B (Girls)
 
15 April - Epsom
17 June  - Guildford
5 August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)
26 August - Sutton
 
Ebbisham League (Boys)

16 April - Kingston
21 May  - Epsom
16 July - Coulsdon
 

Athletics Academy 

We have received the following advert which may be of interest

  

Senior Section News

 

Sunday 26th February Wokingham Half  Club Championship

 We reported on this last week, but here is a photo of some of our speedy men. Full results are in the road race section.

Left to Right: Ben Stanton, Nick Wade, Steve Cheesman, Rob Wigley, Tom Almond, Neil Fenwick 

 

Sunday 5th March MABAC in Priory Park

It was an early start for our course building volunteers as we met by the tennis courts at 08:00 yesterday. Mike Gent and others had already collected the equipment from Battlebridge so we were able to make a flying start.  Even with a good team of volunteers the time ran away and it was quite tight to get the course set up in two hours (note to self: more division of labour next year!).

Ninety seven runners from eight different clubs tackled the gruelling two lap course and a further twelve jogged and walked round one lap. RPAC finished in the top five places with Samuel Stapley finishing first in 30:56 almost a minute ahead of his nearest rival, Sam Rolaston  (31:55). They were followed by three runners of more mature years Andrew Reeves (33:52), Ian Stammars (34:05) and Simon Smythe (34:09). Ruth Willis was the first of our ladies home in 38:19 with Gillian O'Regan (41:28), Hannah Williams (46:00), Jo Hennessy (46:47) and Gemma Firth (47:23) also scoring (actually all finishers in the MABAC races score at least 5 points but the first 5 men and 5 ladies for each club score more). 

Despite such strong performances our arch rivals Dorking & Mole Valley AC managed to outscore us by 576 to 509. This is down to numbers - Dorking always have a very strong turnout. The good news is that after the two events this season we are in second place (we were in lowly seventh place after the first event). 

The full list of RPAC runners was:
Samuel Stapley, Sam Rolaston, Andrew Reeves, Ian Stammars, Simon Smythe, Neil Fenwick, Jeremy Greenwood, Alastair Swanepoel, Ruth Willis, Gillian O'Regan, Andrew Patrick, Gordon Easden, Hannah Williams, Jo Hennessy, Paul Sapsard, Gemma Frith, Lucy Kulp, Gail Hill, Moray Carey, Fran Afonso, Victoria Stammers

Full results are in the Cross Country section of the results.

 

Triumph in Tokyo

 Kelly Marie Mason proudly displaying her medal from yesterday's Tokyo Marathon where she set a new PB by 13 minutes, finishing in 5:31:35. Fantastic result Kelly, very well done to you!

 Members' News

Hannah Wright reports that Martin Wadham ran the CVambridge Half in 1:28:22. A PB by 2 minutes. Well done Martin!

Kate Knight ran her 124th Marathon, completing 8 laps of Brandon Country Park. Well done Kate!

 

Cranleigh 7/14/21 26th March 2023

This is a race hosted by MABAC and is an ideal pre-London Marathon training run. Details are here. This is a major fundraiser for the MABAC league and helps ensure that our regular fixtures are free to enter. Please support it if you can, you can choose your distance on the day.

If you don't want to run it why not volunteer? As a member club we are obliged to supply 2 or more volunteers. Please don't let me be the only RPAC volunteer. 

 

Date of Summer Evening 10K 2023 (by Moray Carey)

The official RPAC Summer Evening 10K takes place at 7.30pm on Wed 5th July. It will be run over its usual multi terrain course, starting and finishing in Reigate's Priory Park.

Reigate Priory AC has no involvement in the "Reigate Priory Park 10km" which is organised by MCC Promotions. That event takes place at 10:00am on Sun 26th March.  

 

Dates for Your Diary 

 
Saturday March 25th - Couch to 5K graduation (probably at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun)
 
Sunday 26th March - Cranleigh 7/14/ 21
 
Sunday April 2nd - Brighton Marathon
 
Sunday 23rd April - London Marathon

 

Keep in touch

Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is 

Reigate Priory AC News 27th February 2023

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Sunday 5th March MABAC and Border League *** this week! ***

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far. You should have received an email regarding your duties on the day. If you haven't please contact me () ASAP. If you are a marshal please make sure that you join the WhatsApp group by following the link in the email.

We could do with some more helpers to set up the courses from 08:00 on Sunday morning. We also have a couple of marshal positions to fill. If you are able to help please let us know ASAP either by completing the volunteering form by clicking here or emailing 

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

This month's discount code will appear in the email version of this newsletter.

 

London Marathon – Sunday 23rd April 2023 – Charity Place Available

Message from Natasha: "I am writing to you from Relate Mid & East Surrey, we are a counselling service with centres in Reigate & Epsom. We are very fortunate to have a charity place in the London Marathon this year, and wondered if you have a keen runner who would like to take this place on behalf of our charity.

The London Marathon will take place on Sunday 23rd April 2023 and our minimum fundraising total is £2000. If anyone is interested in running this Marathon on behalf of our amazing charity to raise essential funds, please let me know as soon as possible. Our Marathon runner will receive a named running t-shirt, help with fundraising ideas and full support from the Relate Mid & East Surrey team."

Email us back on  to receive Natasha's contact details.

 

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 25th February Saucony English National XC Championships, Bolesworth Castle, Chester

It was a great weekend for Lisette Matthews who made the long trip to Chester to compete in the English National XC Championships at the scenic Bolesworth Castle venue near Chester.

U13 Lisette experienced the mass start with over 300 entered for the race, and in chilly but good conditions for cross-country running, finished a very creditable 159th. Well done Lisette!

With a good chance the race will be held in London next year. The venue is much closer for RPAC athletes and the delights of Parliament Hill are not to be missed!

 

Award from Surrey County Athletic Association for Michael Maguire

Surrey hand out a number of awards annually to Juniors for outstanding track and field performance. Michael Maguire is to be congratulated on receiving the U13 Boys award for 2022 for a number of outstanding Long Jump performances during last season. His award will be presented prior to the Surrey County Athletic Association's AGM on 31st March. Congratulations Michael.

 

Border League Match 4, Sunday 5th March Priory Park from Mike Gent

The final match of this year's Border League Cross Country will be hosted by us in Priory Park Reigate on Sunday 5 March. There are races for U9, U11, U13 and U15, separately for boys and girls, with U9s being school years 3 and 4. The first race is U9 Girls at 12:00. I am very keen that we have a strong turn out for this from the Junior section. One of the main purposes of the Saturday morning sessions is that the children will put into practice the skills they learn there by representing the Club in events.  There is no cost to enter but please let me know if your child would like to compete as we have to register athletes ahead of time. As the race host we will also need volunteers on the day to help with the organisation. No prior experience is required just the ability to commit to help between 11:30am and 2:00pm.
Please let me know if you can help on the day.

 

Dates for the Diary

We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus a relay. The dates and venues for this season are:
 
Lily B (Girls)
 
15 April - Epsom
17 June  - Guildford
5 August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)
26 August - Sutton
 
Ebbisham League (Boys)

16 April - Kingston
21 May  - Epsom
16 July - Coulsdon

  

Senior Section News

Saturday 25th February Saucony English National XC Championships, Bolesworth Castle, Chester

Reigate Priory AC fielded a men's team with Alex Wright (41:36), David Rayner (52:21), Tom Irving (53:28) and Paddy Patrick (58:40). Well done guys!

 

Sunday 26th February Wokingham Half  *Club Championship*

15 members ran in our half marathon club championship yesterday. Congratulations to all of our runners. You can see the full results here, but our club results with the championship winners will be published in the newsletter next week.

Liz Mason was pleased to report that after doubting if she could compete the course due to niggles, she managed a 1 min 19 secs pb for that course, and everyone from Reigate ran well.

 

Sunday 26th February Brighton Half

Alfie and Jack Finn ran the Brighton half marathon today in a time of 1:55:25. Well, Alfie ran the last bit with Jack!

Kate Knight finished in a time of 3:42:38, 4 minutes quicker than last weeks half.

 

Sunday 26th February Adare 10K

Frank O'Regan ran the Adare 10k in Ireland this weekend, finishing in 38.19 (most likely a PB for Frank) on a course that has its fair share of inclines.

 

Sunday 5th March MABAC in Reigate's Priory Park

If you haven’t volunteered to help why not run the course instead? Don't forget that all finishers earn at least 5 points for the club, so the more runners we get out the more points we get. No need to pre-register if you have not run one of these before, we can sort you out with a race number on the day.

 

Southern Athletics League (SAL) 2023 – dates released!

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 meetings are open to U17s, U20s and Seniors (Vets included).

The dates and venues for 2023 are:

  • 20th May - Saturday - Twickenham (St Mary's)
  • 18th June - Sunday - Carshalton (Sutton & D)
  • 9th July - Sunday - Tooting (Herne Hill)
  • 19th August - Saturday - Kingston

We are now in SAL - Div 3 - South London. Hopefully this will reduce the travel distances to the meets. Other teams in Division 3 South London are:

  • Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers
  • Herne Hill
  • St Mary's Richmond
  • Sutton & District
  • Maidenhead

Timetables and further details will be released nearer the time but please put the dates in your diaries.

Ginevra and Jo.

 

Date of Summer Evening 10K 2023 (by Moray Carey)

The official RPAC Summer Evening 10K takes place at 7.30pm on Wed 5th July. It will be run over its usual multi terrain course, starting and finishing in Reigate's Priory Park.

Reigate Priory AC has no involvement in the "Reigate Priory Park 10km" which is organised by MCC Promotions. That event takes place at 10:00am on Sun 26th March.  

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Sunday 5th March - MABAC @ Reigate
 
Saturday March 25th - Couch to 5K graduation (probably at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun)
 
Sunday 26th March - Cranleigh 15 and 21
 
Sunday April 2nd - Brighton Marathon
 
Sunday 23rd April - London Marathon

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 20th February 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 20th February 2023

Category: All Club News

After a week's break last week normal service has been resumed and I will endeavour to update you with the events of the last couple of weeks. Please forgive me if I have missed anything.

All Club News

 Volunteers Still Needed on Sunday 5th March for the MABAC and Border League Races

A big thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help so far. We are still a long way off having the number of people we need and the races are in jeopardy. Please volunteer if you are able to help in any capacity before, during or after these races. 

This is a great opportunity for the Junior and Senior Sections of the club to work together.

In previous years a number of parents and junior members have volunteered to help out with the MABAC race allowing the senior runners to compete. The seniors have turned out in force to support the Border League races so that the junior runners can run and their parents can watch. Please don't let this year be any different!We plan to collect the equipment required from Battlebridge during the afternoon of Saturday 4th March. The MABAC race starts at 10:00 on Sunday 5th and the Border League races start at 12:00 and will finish at around 14:30. 

If you are able to help in any capacity, please complete this form.

 

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

 England Athletics Indoor Championships, Sheffield Saturday/Sunday 11th/12th February 2023

 Lilah Unwin took Bronze in the 800m.

A full report from Dave Mills appears here.

Saturday 11th February Surrey XC League Match 4 Lloyd Park, Croydon

Exceptional performances by our young runners on Saturday saw both our U17/U15B'S and U13G'S teams finish the season in 3rd place. Euan Willis won his race thereby confirming his place as the Number 1 ranked U17 Boy in the League for this season.

A full report from Dave Mills can be found here.

Border League Match 3, Sunday 12th February, Guildford from Mike Gent

The third match in this year's Border League was held at Guildford on Sunday 12th February. There was a strong turnout from RPAC athletes particularly in the U11 girls and boys races and the U13 girls race.
 
In the U11 Girls race Gracie Shade ran very strongly to finish second and was well supported by Olive Barton in ninth, Charlotte Ebbs in thirteenth and Denise Ornella in twenty first. This leaves us jostling for overall leadership in this age group with YAC. In the U11 boys Finlay Killick ran well to finish fourth and Isaac Armitage , Rafi Varah and George Duncton also had good races to leave us third in the team competition after three matches. In the U13 girls Florence Shade matched her sister by coming second and Lara Tombleson, Olivia Aries and Daisey Barton all had excellent runs coming in tenth , eleventh and twelfth respectively, ensuring RPAC retained first place in the overall team standings. Mia Perez and Charlotte Anderson also ran well in their first race in this year's competition. Outside of these races RPAC did not have full teams but James Beaty ran well to finish sixth in the U13 boys, with Robert Duncton supporting him well, and Edith Duncton had a strong run in the U9 girls race.
 

New U17M's Club Records In 800m and 1500m, Lee Valley Middle Distance Open, Wednesday 15 Feb From Dave Mills

Competing late in the evening last Wednesday at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre Indoor Track, there were great results for Samuel Stapley, Euan Willis and Sam Rolaston.

Samuel ran an outstanding 800m in 1.57.68 to record a new PB and new club U17M's indoor 800m record!

In the 1500m races, whilst Euan just missed out on a PB with 4.23.45, he set a new U17M's indoor 1500m time. For Sam Rolaston there was a big PB, coming home with a great time of 4.26.19.

A successful evening for the boys!

Border League Match 4, Sunday 5th March Priory Park from Mike Gent

The final match of this year's Border League Cross Country will be hosted by us in Priory Park Reigate on Sunday 5 March. There are races for U9, U11, U13 and U15, separately for boys and girls, with U9s being school years 3 and 4. The first race is U9 Girls at 12:00. I am very keen that we have a strong turn out for this from the Junior section. One of the main purposes of the Saturday morning sessions is that the children will put into practice the skills they learn there by representing the Club in events.  There is no cost to enter but please let me know if your child would like to compete as we have to register athletes ahead of time. As the race host we will also need volunteers on the day to help with the organisation. No prior experience is required just the ability to commit to help between 11:30am and 2:00pm.
Please let me know if you can help on the day.

 

Dates for the Diary

We enter two Junior athletics leagues during the summer, one for girls (Lily B) and one for the boys (Ebbisham League). Both have events for U11s , U13s, and U15s. The Lily B also has events for U17s. They are free to enter. We encourage as many participants as possible and will ask for names in the week prior to the event. Typically children are able to enter three events plus  a relay. The dates and venues for this season are:
 
Lily B (Girls)
 
15 April - Epsom
17 June  - Guildford
5 August - Kingston (Reigate Co-hosts)
26 August - Sutton
 
Ebbisham League (Boys)

16 April - Kingston
21 May  - Epsom
16 July - Coulsdon

  

Senior Section News

Congratulations Mel!

Please join me in congratulating Mel Fulton-Bell who has recently completed her Coach In Running Fitness (CIRF) course. 

Well done Mel!

Evening Road Sessions

A reminder that it is now mandatory to wear hi-viz reflective clothing and body worn lights (e.g. a head torch) when participating in evening road/off road sessions during the Winter months. This has always been a "best practice" recommendation in our Code of Conduct but it is now an England Athletics requirement. If you turn up to a session that isn't track-based without these you will be turned away. Please note that flourescent (day-glo) clothing does not count as hi-viz, you need something with some reflective strips.

 

Senior Cross country 2022/2023 Round Up From Gillian O'Regan

RPAC ladies promoted to Division 1

It's been quite a season... we've encountered great races on some new courses, seen an increased number of runners taking part and experienced the worst (or some might say best) cross country conditions of all time 'running' through mud up to your eyeballs! All in all, it's been a lot of fun for the seniors to race at the same venue and support each other. 

Last Saturday (11th February) the men were first up to take on the fast 8km course made up of three laps of undulating, and some muddy terrain in Morden Park. The team ran well and secured a safe spot in division 2 for next season. Alex Wright pulled out a fast 10th position finish, followed by Tom Almond, Stephen Bass, Neil Fenwick, and Rob Wigley.

The ladies were well positioned for promotion after the first 3 matches and the last race at Morden Park did not disappoint as Eloise led the ladies home finishing in fifth position, followed soon after by Ginevra in eighth and Jo Davey in 10th. Ruth Willis and Jamilla completed the scoring team, leaving the ladies top of the table and promoted to division 1 for next season! Plenty of celebratory drinks, cakes and sequins were had that is for sure! 

Thank you to everyone who has ran, supported, made cakes, driven and car shared to venues, taken photos, written articles, and been a fab team player! It's been a great season, now bring on 2023/24 season with the red and blue RPAC ribbons!  

 

The ladies enjoying some post-season refreshment...and not a club vest in sight!
Left to Right Standing: Laura Ebbs, Linda Rodriguez, Eloise Bull, Hannah Williams, Ruth Willis, Hannah Wright, ? (sorry), Jo Davey, Annette Morris, Sharon Brennan

Kneeling: Nat Wilson and Gillian O'Regan

Valentines 10K, Sunday 12th February

Sharon Miller, Kelly Marie Mason and Liz Mason took part in the Valentine's 10k in Chessington last Sunday. Congratulations to Kelly Marie who set a massive new PB, taking almost 4 minutes off her previous best. Must be all that training for the Tokyo Marathon! Results are in the results section under "Road".

Run Reigate Trail & Canicross, Gatton Park Sunday 19th February

Well done to Hannah Williams, Lucy Kulp, Juliette Stern and Moray Carey who completed the tough 10K course in the beautiful sunshine yesterday.

Euan Willis finished first in the 5K race and was joined by Joel Lawrence and Michael Stanley. 

I don't think any RPAC athletes took part in the Canicross. Moray reports that the snowdrops were spectacular.

Results are in the results section under "Other".

 

 

Sunday 26th February - Wokingham Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP - Looks like there are still a few places left.

The first Club Championship race of 2023 will be the Wokingham Half Marathon on 26th February.

As of this morning you could still enter here https://wokinghamhalfmarathon.com/enter/

 

MABAC Sunday 5th November Priory Park

Even if you don't want to/can't volunteer please come along and run. Many of our regular runners will be helping out so we are likely to be light on numbers. It would be great to get some of the quicker runners out for this. If you haven't run in a MABAC before you can just show up and we will sort you out with a race number. 

 

Surrey Road League Race Schedule Amended - Addition of Wedding Day 7K to the line up 

Surrey Athletics have confirmed the schedule is now as shown below...

  1. 7 May: Ranelagh Harriers Richmond Half Marathon (https://in.njuko.com/ranelagh-harriers-richmond-half-marathon2023?currentPage=select-competition)
  2. 21 May: Sutton 10k 
  3. 4 June: Dorking 10 miles (https://in.njuko.com/dorking-tens1673249220448?currentPage=select-competition)
  4. 25 June: Ranelagh Harriers Richmond 10k (https://in.njuko.com/ranelagh-harriers-richmond-10k2023?currentPage=select-competition)
  5. 15 July: Elmore 7 miles
  6. 23 July: Elmbridge 10k (https://www.theentrypoint.co.uk/events/the-elmbridge-10k-2023-qMxD2Ob3QeWK6pm)
  7. 28 July: (Friday): Wedding Day 7k
  8. 15 October: Cabbage Patch 10 miles
The SCAA Championship Races are:
  • 10km: Ranelagh Harriers Richmond 10k
  • 10 miles: Dorking 10
  • Half Marathon: Ranelagh Harriers Richmond Half

Jamilla and Neil will communicate further details.

 

Cranleigh 7, 14, 21 Sunday 26th March

Historically this has always been a timely race for people running the London Marathon. You can decide what distance you want to run on the day. This is organised by MABAC and is a major fundraiser to help stage the regular league events for free. Please support it if you can. Unfortunately it clashes with the YMCA Y2Y. We also have to supply 2 volunteers to help marshal if anyone is up for that.  

 

Dates for Your Diary

 
Sunday 26th February - Wokingham Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Sunday 5th March - MABAC @ Reigate
 
Saturday March 25th - Couch to 5K graduation (probably at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun)
 
Sunday 26th March - Cranleigh 15 and 21
 
Sunday April 2nd - Brighton Marathon
 
Sunday 23rd April - London Marathon

 

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England Athletics Indoor Championships, Sheffield

England Athletics Indoor Championships, Sheffield

England Athletics Indoor Championships, Sheffield 

Saturday/Sunday 11th,12th February 2023

Lilah Wins 800m Bronze!

Having eased through a fast heat on Saturday night, Lilah Unwin returned to the Indoor arena in Sheffield today for the U17W'S 800m Final.  With the four quickest girls in the UK this year included in the lineup,  a quick race was on the cards.

Lilah stayed in the leading breakaway three throughout the race to finish third in a time of 2.10.87. That's a massive 2 1/2 seconds off her PB (set at Lee Valley last month), and a new U17W'S 800m Club Record!

An outstanding performance by Lilah!

(The weekend has been streamed live by England Athletics so her race can be viewed on YouTube via the England Athletics web site, U20/U17 & U15 Championships: day two live stream).

 

Lilah at Sheffield:

Surrey XC League, Lloyd Park, 11 Feb 2023

Surrey XC League, Lloyd Park, 11 Feb 2023

SURREY XC LEAGUE, MATCH 4,  LLOYD PARK,  CROYDON 

Euan Finishes Season Number 1 U17 Boy!

 

Exceptional performances by our young runners on Saturday saw both our U17/U15B'S and U13G'S teams finish the season in 3rd place! ( Results still provisional at time of writing).

Competing over the Surrey XC Championship Course, the day started with the U13 girls in fine form, and led home by Florence Tombleson in 6th place, Lisette Matthews,  Livvy Heppenstall,  Neve MacGregor and Daisy Barton saw off the challenge from Hercules Wimbledon to finish 3rd behind SLH and Sutton & District. Eleven clubs took part in the League this season.

Our U17/U15 boys team (all our boys who ran this season are still in this age group next year), also took 3rd spot, finishing behind Sutton & District and HHH. Eighteen clubs made up the League.

It was a special day for Euan Willis who won the race thereby confirming his place as the Number 1 ranked U17 Boy in the League for this season! 

Sammy Rolaston had a very impressive 6th place finish and with strong running from Max Orchard and Will John-Cox the boys finished off another good season well.

Competing in the U17/U15G'S race there was another very strong performance from Nicole Haycock (U15) who took 4th place on the day.

Several runners were missing yesterday, mainly due to the half-term holiday, but all who have turned out over the season have contributed to the team results.

 

 

 

Reigate Priory AC News 6th February 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 6th February 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News

No club newsletter next week

Andrew and I are both away next week, so please note that there will not be a club newsletter on Monday 13th February, and the next newsletter will be published on Monday 20th February.

 

Volunteers Needed on Sunday 5th March for the MABAC and Border League Races

We are once again hosting a "double header" fixture for the MABAC and Border Leagues in Priory Park on Sunday 5th March (subject to final confirmation from R&BBC). We will need a lot of volunteers before, during and after these races. This is a great opportunity for the Junior and Senior Sections of the club to work together.

In previous years a number of parents and junior members have volunteered to help out with the MABAC race allowing the senior runners to compete. The seniors have turned out in force to support the Border League races so that the junior runners can run and their parents can watch. Please don't let this year be any different!

We plan to collect the equipment required from Battlebridge during the afternoon of Saturday 4th March. The MABAC race starts at 10:00 on Sunday 5th and the Border League races start at 12:00 and will finish at around 14:30. 

If you are able to help in any capacity, please complete this form.

 

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 4th February South East Schools Inter-Counties XC Championships @ Ardingly

A challenging two lap course with dips and a long uphill section didn't deter a large contingent of RPAC Juniors from helping Surrey to a great set of results at Ardingly on Saturday. 
 
 
Competing against Berkshire,  Hampshire,  Sussex,  Essex and Kent and with final selection still to be made for the English Schools XC Championships teams, there was plenty at stake in a series of highly competitive races.
 
 
Samuel Stapley finished a fantastic 4th in the inter-boys race and with Euan Willis close behind in 6th they helped Surrey to 1st place. Being the 2nd and 4th Surrey boys home gives them a good chance of making the Surrey team for English Schools. (Teams of eight).
 
 
There were strong performances in the Junior boys too with Max Orchard and Pete Littlemore finishing very close together in the top half. Max the 8th Surrey runner home.
 
 
Eva Marsh (Senior Girls) and Nicole Haycock (Inter-Girls) 6th and 4th Surrey girl home respectively in their races also put themselves in with a chance for further selection. Ella Scrase ran well in the Inter-Girls although finishing just outside contention.
 
 
Oscar Curry (Senior Boys) and Lilah Unwin (Inter- Girls) had both been selected for Ardingly but were unavailable on the day.
 
Full results will appear here:  http://www.ssaa.org.uk/
 
Details of the English Schs XC Championships can be found here: https://esaa.org.uk/competitions/cross-country-championship/

 

Saturday 11th February Surrey XC League Match 4 Lloyd Park, Croydon

 

The fourth and final match in this season's Surrey XC League takes place at Lloyd Park in Croydon next Saturday, 11th February. 
 
U13G'S 11.00am
U13B'S 11.30am
U15/U17G's 1.00pm
U15/U17B'S 1.30pm
 
Everyone Y7 and above is welcome to run. Currently, our U13 girls team are lying in 4th place just two points off third spot, and our U17/U15B's team are in 3rd, three points ahead of 4th.
 
Details can be viewed here: https://www.surreyleague.org/
 
If you have already run in the Surrey League this season, you use the same number as before (we know your numbers). First timers always welcome, we will give you a number at the start.
 

Sunday 12th February - Border League, Guildford

The next Border League Cross Country match for juniors will be held at Stoke Park in Guildford on Sunday 12th February. There are races for U9s, U11s, U13s and U15s, with separate Boys and Girls races. The first race is U9 Girls at 1:30pm and the last race is at 3:00pm.

There is no cost to enter but we need to register athletes ahead of time, so please let me know if your son/daughter would like to run. 

 

Dates for the Diary - Junior Cross Country

Saturday 11th February - Surrey XC League, Lloyd Park

Sunday 12th February - Border League Guildford

Sunday 5th March - Border League Reigate Priory Park

  

Senior Section News

Evening Road Sessions

A reminder that it is now mandatory to wear hi-viz reflective clothing and body worn lights (e.g. a head torch) when participating in evening road/off road sessions during the Winter months. This has always been a "best practice" recommendation in our Code of Conduct but it is now an England Athletics requirement. If you turn up to a session that isn't track-based without these you will be turned away. Please note that flourescent (day-glo) clothing does not count as hi-viz, you need something with some reflective strips.

 

Surrey League XC Match 4, Saturday 11th February Morden Park

It would be great to have a good turnout for our final match of the season. The ladies team are sitting at the top of the table so are hopefully set for promotion.
If the last match photos from Chobham Common didn't put you off and would like to join us for all the mud and hills, please do get in touch with your team managers.

Date: 11th February 2023

Venue: Morden Park

Men 1pm start time

Ladies 2pm start time

All races are 8km. The course will be in the southern half of the park behind Merton Register Office. It comprises one 2km lap followed by two 3km laps. It travels through open parkland which is undulating and can be heavy in places at this time of the year. Cross country spikes or off-road shoes are recommended.

Getting there - The venue is Morden Park SM4 5HE

Do not go to Morden Hall Park, which is a different venue 2 miles away.

 

Sunday 26th February - Wokingham Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP - LOOKS LIKE THERE ARE STILL PLACES!

The first Club Championship race of 2023 will be the Wokingham Half Marathon on 26th February.

This tends to fill up quickly. You can enter here https://wokinghamhalfmarathon.com/enter/

 

Surrey Road League Race Schedule Confirmed

Surrey Athletics have confirmed the schedule as below...

  1. 7 May: Ranelagh Harriers Richmond Half Marathon (https://in.njuko.com/ranelagh-harriers-richmond-half-marathon2023?currentPage=select-competition)
  2. 21 May: Sutton 10k 
  3. 4 June: Dorking 10 miles (https://in.njuko.com/dorking-tens1673249220448?currentPage=select-competition)
  4. 25 June: Ranelagh Harriers Richmond 10k (https://in.njuko.com/ranelagh-harriers-richmond-10k2023?currentPage=select-competition)
  5. 15 July: Elmore 7 miles
  6. 23 July: Elmbridge 10k (https://www.theentrypoint.co.uk/events/the-elmbridge-10k-2023-qMxD2Ob3QeWK6pm)
  7. 15 October: Cabbage Patch 10 miles

Additionally they are hoping to add another fixture to the schedule in July.

The SCAA Championship Races are:
  • 10km: Ranelagh Harriers Richmond 10k
  • 10 miles: Dorking 10
  • Half Marathon: Ranelagh Harriers Richmond Half

Jamilla and Neil will communicate further details.

 

Saturday 4th February Hoof Hearted Marathon near Cambridge

Kate Knight completed this event, adding another marathon to her grand total of 122.

 

Dates for Your Diary

Saturday 11th February - cross country match 4 for men and women @ Morden Park
 
Sunday 26th February - Wokingham Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Sunday 5th March - MABAC @ Reigate
 
Saturday March 25th - Couch to 5K graduation (probably at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun)
 
Sunday 26th March - Cranleigh 15 and 21
 
Sunday April 2nd - Brighton Marathon
 
Sunday 23rd April - London Marathon

 

Keep in touch

Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is 

Reigate Priory AC News 30th January 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 30th January 2023

Category: All Club News

All Club News

Volunteers Needed on Sunday 5th March for the MABAC and Border League Races

We are once again hosting a "double header" fixture for the MABAC and Border Leagues in Priory Park on Sunday 5th March (subject to final confirmation from R&BBC). We will need a lot of volunteers before, during and after these races. This is a great opportunity for the Junior and Senior Sections of the club to work together.

In previous years a number of parents and junior members have volunteered to help out with the MABAC race allowing the senior runners to compete. The seniors have turned out in force to support the Border League races so that the junior runners can run and their parents can watch. Please don't let this year be any different!

We plan to collect the equipment required from Battlebridge during the afternoon of Saturday 4th March. The MABAC race starts at 10:00 on Sunday 5th and the Border League races start at 12:00 and will finish at around 14:30. 

If you are able to help in any capacity, please complete this form

 

YMCA Quiz Night, Friday 24th February & Y2Y, Sunday 26th March

Our friends at the YMCA are holding a fundraising Quiz Night on 24th February at their Sports and Community Centre in Princes Road. Maximum of 8 people per team. Cost is £18 per head which includes a fish & chip supper. Full details are here. I believe that there are already a number of RPAC members who have entered. Please support this if you can.

Also they are staging the annual Y2Y North Downs Trek on Sunday 26th March. There is a choice of half and full marathon distances for you to walk or run. This is normally very well supported by RPAC. More details are here - again please support this if you can.

All proceeds from both events will go towards their charitable work with local young people. 

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

This month's discount code will appear in the email version of this newsletter

 

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

London Indoor Games, Lee Valley

Running on the indoor track at Lee Valley over the weekend, Lilah Unwin and Nicole Haycock shone in their 800m races.

Lilah retained her title from last year's Games winning in an exceptionally quick time of 2.13.86 while Nicole finished 7th overall with a great time of 2.25.09. This places Nicole 2nd in the club's records for U17W 800m indoors.

 

Saturday 11th February Surrey XC League Match 4 Lloyd Park, Croydon

The fourth and final match in this season's Surrey XC League takes place at Lloyd Park in Croydon on Saturday 11th February.

U13G'S 11.00am
U13B'S 11.30am
U15/U17G's 1.00pm
U15/U17B'S 1.30pm

Everyone Y7 and above is welcome to run. Currently, our U13 girls team are lying in 4th place just two points off third spot, and our U17/U15B's team are in 3rd, three points ahead of 4th. Details can be viewed here: https://www.surreyleague.org/

 

Sunday 12th February - Border League, Guildford

The next Border League Cross Country match for juniors will be held at Stoke Park in Guildford on Sunday 12th February. There are races for U9s, U11s, U13s and U15s, with separate Boys and Girls races. The first race is U9 Girls at 1:30pm and the last race is at 3:00pm.

There is no cost to enter but we need to register athletes ahead of time, so please let me know if your son/daughter would like to run. 

 

Dates for the Diary - Junior Cross Country

Saturday 11th February - Surrey XC League, Lloyd Park

Sunday 12th February - Border League Guildford

Sunday 5th March - Border League Reigate Priory Park

  

Senior Section News

Saturday 28th January Southern XC Championships at Beckenham Place Park - by Paddy Patrick

A select group of four, Ian, Tom, Paddy and Steve (as pictured above) ran the men's Southern Cross Country Champs on Saturday. The 15K course was not particularly muddy, and there were no great heights to scale, but the constantly rolling route, with one steep climb which was challenging. There was the usual mass start, and the good thing for me, as one of the, erm, slower competitors, was that there was a good depth of field, with people to race with over the whole route. Unfortunately we had a couple of late dropouts, so could not form a scoring team. Results don't seem to have been published yet, so times / positions are not available, though from photographs of medal ceremonies, it looks like former RPAC Naimh Brown was third lady.

 

Jimmy James Handicap Race 4, Denbies Thursday 26th January

Jimmy James Race 4 took place at Denbies last Thursday. It was a slightly smaller turnout from RPAC than in previous races because of illness and conflicting commitments. Well done to everyone who took part. Results are on the website.
 
After 4 races Kate Knight has established a clear lead.
 
The penultimate race of the series will take place on Thursday 24th February - register by 19th to secure your place.
 

 

Evening Road Sessions

A reminder that it is now mandatory to wear hi-viz reflective clothing and body worn lights (e.g. a head torch) when participating in evening road/off road sessions during the Winter months. This has always been a "best practice" recommendation in our Code of Conduct but it is now an England Athletics requirement. If you turn up to a session that isn't track-based without these you will be turned away. Please note that flourescent (day-glo) clothing does not count as hi-viz, you need something with some reflective strips.

 

Surrey League XC Match 4, Saturday 11th February Morden Park

It would be great to have a good turnout for our final match of the season. The ladies team are sitting at the top of the table so are hopefully set for promotion.
If the last match photos from Chobham Common didn't put you off and would like to join us for all the mud and hills, please do get in touch with your team managers.

Date: 11th February 2023

Venue: Morden Park

Men 1pm start time

Ladies 2pm start time

All races are 8km. The course will be in the southern half of the park behind Merton Register Office. It comprises one 2km lap followed by two 3km laps. It travels through open parkland which is undulating and can be heavy in places at this time of the year. Cross country spikes or off-road shoes are recommended.

Getting there - The venue is Morden Park SM4 5HE


Do not go to Morden Hall Park, which is a different venue 2 miles away.

 

 

Sunday 26th February - Wokingham Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP - LOOKS LIKE THERE'S STILL PLACES!

The first Club Championship race of 2023 will be the Wokingham Half Marathon on 26th February.

This tends to fill up quickly. You can enter here https://wokinghamhalfmarathon.com/enter/ 

 

Run Reigate Winter Trail Race, Sunday 19th February  2023 by Moray Carey

Last year Run Reigate diversified its race series by introducing for the first time an off-road running event, a choice of one or two 5k loops within the grounds of Gatton Park, Reigate RH2 0TW. Following its success the winter edition is being held again on Sunday 19th February 2023. There’s also the added option of Canicross, enabling you to run with your dog.

Timetable
08:30 Canicross
10:00 Trail Run (5k/10k)

The multi terrain course meanders through parkland designed by Lancelot Capability Brown. There are ascents and descents to tackle as well as crossing a weir by the lake. Depending on the weather you may also have to negotiate thick unavoidable mud on the narrower sections, as last year!

 Runners will pass one of the garden’s features, the rockery, where a mass of snowdrops should be making their welcome seasonal appearance.

 Entry is £25 for whichever option you choose but you may claim a 10% discount, either as a previous entrant or as a local club runner, by using codes which will be supplied in the email version of this newsletter.

There’s a separate charge for onsite parking, if available.

Full event details may be found here

If you don't fancy running they are also looking for volunteers to help. Details are here.

 

Saturday 28th / Sunday 29th January London Winter Walk Marathon

Kate Knight completed days 1 and 2 of the London Winter Walk Marathon.

She was happy to improve her time on day 2 by 1 hour 15 minutes. It was fantastic to do with great company along route.

 

Dates for Your Diary

Saturday 11th February - cross country match 4 for men and women @ Morden Park
 
Sunday 26th February - Wokingham Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Sunday 5th March - MABAC @ Reigate
 
Saturday March 25th - Couch to 5K graduation (probably at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun)
 
Sunday 26th March - Cranleigh 15 and 21
 
Sunday April 2nd - Brighton Marathon
 
Sunday 23rd April - London Marathon

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 23rd January 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 23rd January 2023

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Volunteers Needed on Sunday 5th March for the MABAC and Border League Races

We are once again hosting a "double header" fixture for the MABAC and Border Leagues in Priory Park on Sunday 5th March (subject to final confirmation from R&BBC). We will need a lot of volunteers before during and after these races. This is a great opportunity for the Junior and Senior Sections of the club to work together.

In previous years a number of parents and junior members have volunteered to help out with the MABAC race allowing the senior runners to compete. The seniors have turned out in force to support the Border League races so that the junior runners can run and their parents can watch. Please don't let this year be any different!

We plan to collect the equipment required from Battlebridge during the afternoon of Saturday 4th March. The MABAC race starts at 10:00 on Sunday 5th and the Border League races start at 12:00 and will finish at around 14:30. 

If you are able to help in any capacity, please complete this form

 

YMCA Quiz Night, Friday 24th February & Y2Y, Sunday 26th March

Our friends at the YMCA are holding a fundraising Quiz Night on 24th February at their Sports and Community Centre in Princes Road. Maximum of 8 people per team. Cost is £18 per head which includes a fish & chip supper. Full details are here. I believe that there are already a number of RPAC members who have entered. Please support this if you can.

Also they are staging the annual Y2Y North Downs Trek on Sunday 26th March. There is a choice of half and full marathon distances for you to walk or run. This is normally very well supported by RPAC. More details are here - again please support this if you can.

All proceeds from both events will go towards their charitable work with local young people. 

 

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

Border League - Sunday 12 February - Guildford

The next Border League Cross Country match for Juniors will be held at Stoke Park in Guildford on Sunday 12th February. There are races for U9s, U11s, U13s and U15s, with separate Boys and Girls races. The first race is U9 Girls at 1:30pm and the last race is at 3:00pm.

There is no cost to enter but we need to register athletes ahead of time, so please let me know if your son/daughter would like to run. 

Surrey Schools XC Championships,  Priory Park Saturday 21st January 

Congratulations to all the RPAC Juniors who ran in the Surrey Schools XC Championships on Saturday having qualified through the district cross-country races in November. 

Several came away with letters confirming their selection for the South East Inter-counties XC matches taking place at Ardingly in Sussex (U15 and up) on Feb 4th, and at Tonbridge in Kent (U13/U14) on March 25th.

A full report can be seen here

Dates for the Diary - Junior Cross Country

Saturday 11th February - Surrey XC League, Lloyd Park

Sunday 12th February - Border League Guildford

Sunday 5th March - Border League Reigate Priory Park

  

Senior Section News

 Evening Road Sessions

A reminder that it is now mandatory to wear hi-viz reflective clothing and body worn lights (e.g. a head torch) when participating in evening road/off road sessions during the Winter months. This has always been a "best practice" recommendation in our Code of Conduct but it is now an England Athletics requirement. If you turn up to a session that isn't track-based without these you will be turned away. Please note that flourescent (day-glo) clothing does not count as hi-viz, you need something with some reflective strips. 

Surrey League XC Match 4, Saturday 11th February Morden Park

It would be great to have a good turnout for our final match of the season. The ladies team are sitting at the top of the table so are hopefully set for promotion.
If the last match photos from Chobham Common didn't put you off and would like to join us for all the mud and hills, please do get in touch with your team managers.

Date: 11th February 2023

Venue: Morden Park

Men 1pm start time

Ladies 2pm start time

All races are 8km. The course will be in the southern half of the park behind Merton Register Office. It comprises one 2km lap followed by two 3km laps. It travels through open parkland which is undulating and can be heavy in places at this time of the year. Cross country spikes or off-road shoes are recommended.

Getting there - The venue is Morden Park SM4 5HE
Do not go to Morden Hall Park, which is a different venue 2 miles away.

 Box Hill Fell Race, Saturday 21st January from Ben Stanton

Today was the Box Hill Fell Race. Six of us ran, and one second claim (Andrew Reeves, running for Serpentine). Results can be found here.

Starting and finishing on the ‘old course’ on the Spur (not down at the stepping stones as in recent years) and with a few route changes to keep experienced runners on their toes, Box Hill Fell Race was back. It was a beautiful day, which made the scenery shine, and the route was great fun, especially the flying finish down the spur, although maybe they could do with some crash mats at the end to stop us at speed! There was the usual appearance from the grazing cows and their calves, and great support from bemused pedestrians wondering how we hadn’t frozen solid in our vests and shorts. Steve Bass was first Reigate runner in, finishing 27th and claiming this to be the best race he’s done in a long time. The rest of us finished at various points behind and all with a smile on our faces; I’m sure we’ll be back again next year for what is a great and well managed race.
(Congratulations to Andrew Reeves for first place M50, albeit in his first claim Serpentine vest)

 

Jimmy James Handicap Race 4, Denbies Thursday 26th January

 Those of you who have registered for this should by now have received an email with your handicap times and details of the post run supper from Jacqui Cooper. Please contact Jacqui if you haven't. Good luck!
 

Sunday 26th February - Wokingham Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

The first Club Championship race of 2023 will be the Wokingham Half Marathon on 26th February.

This tends to fill up quickly. You can enter here https://wokinghamhalfmarathon.com/enter/ 

 

Run Reigate Winter Trail Race, Sunday 19th February  2023 by Moray Carey

Last year Run Reigate diversified its race series by introducing for the first time an offroad running event, a choice of one or two 5k loops within the grounds of Gatton Park, Reigate RH2 0TW. Following its success the winter edition is being held again on Sunday 19th February 2023. There’s also the added option of Canicross, enabling you to run with your dog.

Timetable
0830 Canicross
1000 Trail Run (5k/10k)

The multi terrain course meanders through parkland designed by Lancelot Capability Brown. There are accents and descents to tackle as well as crossing a weir by the lake. Depending on the weather you may also have to negotiate thick unavoidable mud on the narrower sections, as last year!

 Runners will pass one of the garden’s features, the rockery, where a mass of snowdrops should be making their welcome seasonal appearance.

 Entry is £25 for whichever option you choose but you may claim a 10% discount, either as a previous entrant or as a local club runner, by using codes which will be supplied in the email version of this newsletter.

There’s a separate charge for onsite parking, if available.

Full event details may be found here

If you don't fancy running they are also looking for volunteers to help. Details are here.

 

Dates for Your Diary  

 
Thursday 26th January - Jimmy James Handicap Race 4
 
Saturday 11th February - cross country match 4 for men and women
 
Sunday 26th February - Wokingham Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

 

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Surrey Schools XC Championships, Reigate 21st January

Surrey Schools XC Championships, Reigate 21st January

 

 Surrey Schools XC Championships,  Reigate  21st January 

Congratulations to all the RPAC Juniors who ran in the Surrey Schools XC Championships on Saturday having qualified through the district cross-country races in November. 

Results can be seen here http//www.surreyathletics.org.uk/

Several came away with letters confirming their selection for the South East Inter-counties XC matches taking place at Ardingly in Sussex (U15 and up) on Feb 4th, and at Tonbridge in Kent (U13/U14) on March 25th.

Amongst a host of excellent performances Euan Willis 2nd in the Inter-Boys, Florence Tombleson 3rd Y7 Girls,  Lilah Unwin 6th and Nicole Haycock 8th Inter-Girls, Eva Marsh 9th Senior Girls  and Pete Littlemore 10th in the Junior Boys all had top 10 finishes! With Florence Shade 12th Y7 Girls, Isla Kinniburgh 14th Y8 Girls,  Ella Scrase 16th Inter-Girls and Max Orchard 19th in the Junior Boys all our top 20 finishers are selected for Surrey Schools for the above mentioned matches.  Sam Stapley is also selected having run amongst the leaders for most of the Inter-Boys race but unfortunately not finishing.

The highlight of the cross-country calendar for most is the English Schools XC Championships (no Y7's), this year being held in Nottingham on Saturday 18th March. Subject to confirmation, it looks like RPAC will have three or four in the Surrey team based on their outstanding performances at the Surrey Champs. 

Some pics from Saturday.  (Running in school colours).

Reigate Priory AC News 16th January 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 16th January 2023

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RPAC Awards Evening, Saturday 14th January

Our annual RPAC Awards Evening was held at Perrywood Sports and social club on Saturday evening. Thanks to Usha Stevens, Mel Fulton-Bell, Gillian O'Regan, Linda Rodriguez and Paul Walters for pulling it all together.

A full list of the awards can be found here (at the time of writing I have not updated the AAA Standard Awards).

As well as the serious awards a number of fun awards were given out for the following categories:

  • The "Dog ate my homework" award for the worse excuse for missing training - Nat Wilson, who had a running shoe stolen by a fox
  • ElseThe "Casualty" award for someone who is always injured - Jim Vince
  • The "I like to be seen" award for the person with the brightest kit - Gail Hill
  • The "Ever Present" award for the person who turns up for everything Euan Willis
  • The "I've got to have one of those!" award for the person who has all the running gizmos - Jane Lovibond
  • The "I think I could have run faster" award for the person who is never happy with their performance - Gillian O'Regan 

 

Club History

I have finally got round to writing up what I have found out about the history of our club. It can be found here and I hope you will find it interesting. I certainly enjoyed putting it together.

My great thanks are due to Rita Diffley, who got me started on this quest, Mike Wilby who added a lot of detail about the early days, Moray Carey, who dug out a wealth of invaluable information from his archive and Terry Tucker, who shared some lovely reminiscences of running in the 1990s.

If anyone else would like to contribute some recollections, or if you think I have got something wrong, please let me know.

A Celebration of Roger Gregory's Life from Moray Carey

Details of the celebration of Roger’s life have been received and are as follows:


“Beth, James and I should like you to join us to celebrate Roger’s life on Tuesday 17th Jan at 2.15pm at St Richard’s Chapel, Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, Balcombe Road, RH10 3NQ.

Dress informal, as mad as you like.

No flowers, donations in lieu via the golf club for the Roger Gregory Young Golfers’ Fund. It was Roger’s wish that young people from less privileged backgrounds with an interest in golf should have the opportunity to learn. Details of how to donate will be in the email version of this newsletter.

There will be a webcast for alternative viewing from home. Details of how to view will be in the email version of this newsletter.

With my very best wishes
Chrissie Gregory”

 

Our up-coming Couch To 5K Programme

We will be starting a new Couch to 5K programme this Saturday, 21st January. If you know of anyone who would like to take part more details are on the noticeboard 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

Junior Training at K2, Tuesday 17th January

Juniors Tuesday Evening Training is at K2 tomorrow at 7pm. There will be no training at Battlebridge.  
 

 Surrey XC League Beckenham Place Park, Saturday 14th January from Dave Mills

 Another wet and muddy outing for our cross country teams didn't dampen the commitment and determination with more strong performances in evidence. 
 
The U17/U15B'S had a good day and with one match to go they remain in the mix for a top three finish. 
 
Euan Willis produced perhaps his best performance to date, finishing in second place having stayed in close contact with the eventual  winner throughout. Well supported by Sam Rolaston,  Max Orchard,  Pete Littlemore and Will John-Cox the boys had another strong showing.
 
In the individual rankings for the season,  Samuel Stapley is currently ranked 1st and Euan Willis 2nd in the U17B'S!
 
In the U17/U15G'S race, Nicole Haycock continued her excellent form from last weekend's Surrey Champs to finish in 7th place. U15 Nicole is going from strength to strength. 
 
Our strong contingent of U13 girls were out in force and led home by Isla Kinniburgh in 8th and Florence Tombleson in 10th, they took 4th place on the day. With Neve MacGregor,  Florence Shade, Livvy Heppenstall,  Daisy Barton and Olivia Aries all running well the future looks bright.
 
The girls are in 4th place in the League after three matches, only 2 points behind Sutton and District. With a huge gap to Epsom and Ewell in 5th, it looks like a straight fight for 3rd spot in the final match. 
 
School hockey and illness led to our only having one U13 boy running but James Beaty put in another trademark gritty performance. 
 
The 4th and final match in the Surrey League sees a return to the Surrey XC Championships  Course at Lloyd Park in Croydon on Saturday 11th February. This provides a great opportunity for all our juniors (Y7 and up)  to experience a challenging cross-country fixture at a regularly used championship venue.
 
 

SEAA South of England Indoor Championships, Lee Valley from Dave Mills

Samuel Stapley competed in the South of England Indoor Athletics Championships at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre over the weekend.

A great run in his 800m heat saw him qualify in a fast time of 1.59.64, just 1 second off his PB and setting an U17B'S 800m Indoor Club Record.

Samuel went on to finish 4th in the final. An excellent weekend's work and a great turn of speed considering we are out of season and in the depths of winter!

 

Dates for the Diary - Junior Cross Country

Saturday 11th February - Surrey XC League, Lloyd Park

Sunday 12th February - Border League Guildford

Sunday 5th March - Border League Reigate Priory Park

  

Senior Section News

 Evening Road Sessions

A reminder that it is now mandatory to wear hi-viz reflective clothing and body worn lights (e.g. a head torch) when participating in evening road/off road sessions during the Winter months. This has always been a "best practice" recommendation in our Code of Conduct but it is now an England Athletics requirement. If you turn up to a session that isn't track-based without these you will be turned away. Please note that flourescent (day-glo) clothing does not count as hi-viz, you need something with some reflective strips. 

 

Training at K2, Tuesday 17th January

There is training at K2 tomorrow at 7pm. There will be an alternative training session at Battlebridge for those who can't travel to K2. 

 

Saturday 14th January - Surrey League Cross Country Match 3, Chobham Common

 
With prolonged heavy rain, Chobham Common was a mudbath. Despite this the ladies' team pulled off a second place finish with Eloise Bull finishing 4th overall. The men's team were missing a few stalwarts and finished in eighth place. Men's Cross Country Captain Ewan McKay shares his thoughts on the event here.
 

Sunday 15th January - MABAC Windsor Great Park

After the rain of Saturday, Sunday dawned clear and dry. This was welcomed by the 21 RPAC runners who made their way to Windsor for the first MABAC race of the 2023 season. 
The race started in a different place this year, at the Guards Polo Club, and was slightly shorter than normal at 7 miles. It was a bit of a trek from the car park at Savill Gardens and I wondered whether this was the organisers' way of compensating for the shorter distance of the race itself. Clearly some of our runners hadn't anticipated how long it would take from the car park as we had a couple of people who made the 10am start time by the skin of their teeth...and in one case who arrived 7 or 8 minutes after the start time (I am not going to name names!)

The course unusually for MABAC is all on tarmac and is not too hilly. It is a really lovely route taking in views of Windsor Castle, the King George III & His Horse statue and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee statue. 

Andrew Reeves was our first home in 4th place in 42:01, closely followed by Euan Willis in 8th place in 42:49. Sarah Pemberton was our first lady home in 50:50 just ahead of Ruth Willis (50:54). Full results will be in the results section soon.

We finished in 7th position yesterday, but there is a long way to go!

The next MABAC is our home fixture in Priory Park on Sunday 5th May.

 

Jimmy James Handicap Race 4, Denbies Thursday 26th January

It’s time to register for the next race in the Jimmy James Handicap series.
Please email   and  to register. Entries will be accepted up to the 22nd January.
Start times and final instructions will be sent to you in the week of the race.
Any runners who haven’t taken part in this series to date please provide your current 5k time, mobile number and emergency contact information when registering.
Details of the post run suppers will be sent at a later date.
 

Sunday 26th February - Wokingham Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

The first Club Championship race of 2023 will be the Wokingham Half Marathon on 26th February.

This tends to fill up quickly. You can enter here https://wokinghamhalfmarathon.com/enter/ 

And Finally...

If you go out in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise...well at least you will be if you are heading towards Ricebridge. Mike Pocock told me that he was waist deep in water by the bridge when returning from "The Coach Road" run. I have seen pictures. You have been warned! Seriously, be careful out there!

Elsewhere Kate Knight completed Marathon number 119 at the weekend, finishing the Mid Month Mayhem at Hitchingbrooke Park in 7:37:52 a sizeable PB for that course.

 

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 14th January - Cross Country match 3 for men and women at Chobham Common.

Saturday 14th January - RPAC Awards Evening
 
Sunday 15th January - MABAC Windsor Great Park
 
Thursday 26th January - Jimmy James Handicap Race 4
 
Saturday 11th February - cross country match 4 for men and women
 
Sunday 26th February - Wokingham Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

 

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Surrey XC League Match 3 14th January 2023, Chobham Common

Surrey XC League Match 3 14th January 2023, Chobham Common

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Surrey League XC Match 3, Chobham Common 14th January 2023 from Ewan McKay

When non-club runners imagine a run club and cross-country they’re probably imagining something like the pock-marked surface of Chobham Woodland on Saturday. Not since World War One have so many people crawled so far across a muddy field....

We’ve all come across these non-club runners and, like Scientologists, we’ve tried to coax them into joining. Sadly, they’re often put off by the perceived professionalism of that run club. But what are they imagining?

Are they imagining a club where the average age of runner is 44?

Are they imagining a pack of choice ‘athletes’ training in near darkness with a shipping container as a club house?

Could they even imagine an operation where the event organisers have tried to use a heat gun to melt padlocks in order to get the signs out for a run that hundreds are attending later that day?

The answer to all of those questions is ‘no’. But that’s why we’re proud to be part of Reigate Priory Athletic Club and why we turned up to toe the line on Saturday. 

Personally, I loved the route. I’ve not seen so much water on a cross country course since Neil Hamilton nearly drowned when the Thames burst its banks mid-race all those years ago. 

The ladies team enjoyed a fantastic showing by finishing top. Special thanks goes to Eloise Bull, back from Birmingham and placing 4th on the day. Huge congratulations go to Anna Hunter too. On her debut cross country she finished 4th scorer for RPAC. Special mention too goes to Linda Rodriguez-McRobbie who was complaining on the start line about why the men’s course should be longer than the women’s course, only to then run the exact same course as the men.

The ladies team now stands poised to be promoted after three exceptional runs with Wokingham sitting some 180 places back. Top work ladies, now finish the job in Feb!

For every ying, of course, there’s a yang. Where the women placed first, the men placed last. Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say the better man won. In my case that happened to be 106 men. 

The men’s team were missing a few big hitters but thankfully two stepped into the breach: Tom Almond returned and he’s a man I know walnut disappoint (yes, I’m going to do this in every report). Plus Alex Wright, fresh from his first place at the Tadworth Ten, placed 1st for the men’s team here, 24th overall. I’m told Alex went off with the leaders for a period before cardiac arrest slowed him down through the middle section. Impressive chutzpah Alex and it’s great to have you on the team.

The standard in Div 2 is evidently very high. I don’t know how we used to exist in Div 1 but that’s not a concern for this season. We have to avoid the drop though. Placed 5th from 9 teams, we still need a strong showing in the final event of the season. So mark it on your calendars, cancel your kids’ clubs and get yourself down to K2 on Tuesday to start that speed work: Sat 11th Feb is going to be a big day!

Reigate Priory AC News 9th January 2023

Reigate Priory AC News 9th January 2023

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Final Reminder for RPAC Awards Evening, Saturday 14th January 

Tickets are still available for this year's Awards & Social Evening on Saturday 14th January, 2023 at Monotype Perrywood Sports & Social Club in Salfords (RH1 5JN), but you will have to be quick. Tickets sales will close on Wednesday evening as we need to finalise numbers. They can be purchased for £10 per person via the membership portal, LoveAdmin. If using the app, tickets can be found under Optional Extras. If using the LoveAdmin website, the tickets are located under 'Payments'. Alternatively you can email  and pay either Mel Fulton-Bell or Usha Stevens in cash.

The evening for Juniors will commence at 6.00pm with music to enjoy with your fellow club runners. Seniors should arrive from 7.30pm to purchase drinks prior to the awards ceremonies which will commence at 8.00pm.To make the evening as inclusive as possible, we are also introducing some new 'fun' awards. Categories for these are:

1. The "Dog ate my homework" - award for the worst excuse for missing training
2. The "I've got to have one of those" - award for the person who has all the latest running tech
3. The "I like to be seen" - award for the person with the most colourful kit.
4. The "I think I could have run faster" - award for the person who is never happy with their performance.
5. The "Ever present" - award for the person who shows up for everything.
6. The "Casualty" - award for the person who always has an injury.

Nominations for these awards should be emailed to  no later than Sunday 8th January, 2023.

We are also planning for a slide show of photos and to update the playlist for the evening with your favourite running tracks. Please share any photos and the name of the song/artist to  and the team will hopefully incorporate these into the evening.

Following the awards presentations, all attendees are invited to continue enjoying the evenings festivities. Finger food is included in the price of the evening and will be served throughout the evening so please let us know when booking if you have any food allergies. We will cater for vegetarians so there's no need to advise if that is your dietary preference. A (pay) bar is available at the sports and social club to buy refreshments. The bar is able to take both cash and card payments.

If you have any questions, please email 

 

Memories of Roger Gregory by Moray Carey

Last week we reported the sad news that Roger Gregory, former RPAC member, event organiser and Chair, has passed away. Here Moray shares his memories of Roger.  

"Roger was RPAC Chair when I was elected Treasurer in the mid 1990’s. In those pre online banking days, all payments were made by cheque, which Roger countersigned as 2nd signatory, so I had fairly frequent dealings with him.

At that time, the club’s summer venue was a field at the rear of Wallfield, the former Art College off West Street, rented from owners Reigate College. I remember when concern was expressed that the track was uneven, with the consequent risk of injury, Roger’s hands-on approach was to head a party of volunteers to use a heavy roller over it.

During Roger’s watch RPAC later moved to an interim venue, Reigate St Mary School’s playing fields, before transferring to the Old Reigatian Rugby Football Club in Park Lane, where he negotiated a deal for a marked out 400m track and the use of their facilities (changing rooms, licensed club house). This provided RPAC for the first time with a practical year round training venue since winter sessions were then able to be held under floodlights – vastly superior to using Amdahl’s underground car park in Yorke Road!  

Roger devised and organised the popular Run & Ride. The Start/Finish was at Reigate Heath Garage, which he owned (the garage provided traditional, attended petrol pump service where it was self-service everywhere else!). Each 2-person team would set off together, one running, the other on a bike. At each of the multiple check points, the cyclist would dismount and leave the bike for his/her teammate to use while he/she continued to the next check point on foot, both alternating until the end.

One such staging was on Friday 3rd Sept 2004 about which Roger wrote the following report:

'A little later in the year than normal but what a wonderful evening, the weather could not have been better. A big thank you to all who participated in this fun event and to all those who brought food. I’m still eating chocolate cake!' (the event always ended up with a buffet!).

My abiding memory of Roger is as a genial, affable, accommodating, laid back person with a perpetual smile on his face. Nonetheless he conducted Committee Meetings in an efficient and business-like way. He was especially pleased when the Meetings were held at former Membership Secretary Gregg Holland’s house. At the conclusion of business, Gregg’s wife Lesley would kindly provide a selection of delicious homemade cakes –always to Roger’s visible and appreciative delight!    

RIP Roger and sincere condolences to Chrissie and family." 

Funeral

St Richard’s Chapel at the Surrey & Sussex Crematorium at 2.15pm on Tues 17th Jan. Due to Roger’s widespread popularity it’s expected to be packed but there will be an option to attend/watch remotely. Further details to follow, when received.    

 

 

Our up-coming Couch To 5K Programme

We will be starting a new Couch to 5K programme on Saturday 21st January, with an optional lead-in session on Saturday 14th January. If you know of anyone who would like to take part more details are on the noticeboard 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

 Surrey XC Championships Lloyd Park, Croydon Saturday 7th Jan from Dave Mills

 There were some outstanding performances by RPAC Juniors at the Surrey XC Championships on Saturday. 
 
Top 20 finishes by Lilah Unwin, Nicole Haycock, Isla Kinniburgh, Florence Tombleson, Sammy Rolaston and Josh Emmerson were especially noteworthy in highly competitive races over a difficult, wet and muddy course.
 
With good support from several more RPAC runners, they can all be proud of their efforts. There were some notable absences due to illness but there are plenty more opportunities for cross-country racing with some big fixtures over the next couple of months.
 
Pictures from the U13 races.
 
 
Pictures from the U17 races.
 
 
 

Surrey XC League Beckenham Place Park, Saturday 14th January 

 
The third match in the Surrey XC League takes place next Saturday at Beckenham Place Park. All Year 7 and above are welcome to run.
 
U13G'S             11.00
U13B'S             11.30
U15/U17G's      12.00
U15/U17B's      12.30
 
Details can be found here:    https://www.surreyleague.org/sll/match/141/
 
If you ran in either of the matches at Effingham Common or Wimbledon Common you use the same number. We have a note of everyone's number if they have lost it. If you haven't run in this season's Surrey XC League yet, a number will be allocated to you at the start. Just turn up and find us at the RPAC flag near the start. 

 

Dates for the Diary - Junior Cross Country

Saturday 14th January - Surrey XC League,  Beckenham Place Park

Saturday 11th February - Surrey XC League, Lloyd Park

Sunday 12th February - Border League Guildford

Sunday 5th March - Border League Reigate Priory Park

  

Senior Section News

 

Evening Road Sessions

A reminder that it is now mandatory to wear hi-viz reflective clothing and body worn lights (e.g. a head torch) when participating in evening road/off road sessions during the Winter months. This has always been a "best practice" recommendation in our Code of Conduct but it is now an England Athletics requirement. If you turn up to a session that isn't track-based without these you will be turned away. Please note that flourescent (day-glo) clothing does not count as hi-viz, you need something with some reflective strips. 

 

Surrey XC Championships Lloyd Park, Croydon Saturday 7th Jan 

The senior section were also in action in Lloyd Park on Saturday with 6 RPAC athletes taking part. Andrew Patrick reports that it was "A typical January in Lloyd Park, plenty of mud, but not as much as you might have expected given the rain that we have had. We mostly avoided the rain, which would have made it truly miserable, but the wind did pick up towards the end." 

Ben Stanton was first home for us in the men's race in 50:54. Eloise Bull was the sole RPAC lady to represent the club, finishing in 34:13. Well done to all of you; all results will be added to the results section in due course.

  

Sunday 8th January - Tadworth 10, Epsom Downs

Eighteen RPAC runners braved the elements yesterday for the first Grand Prix fixture of the season, taking part in the the Tadworth 10 (mile) race which starts and finishes close to the Derby finish on Epsom Downs. The race headquarters is probably the most salubrious of any race, being situated in the Duchess Stand of the racecourse complete with plenty of proper toilets and a Costa Coffee outlet! 

Conditions weren't as bad as they could have been given the heavy rain that we've had recently, with only the bottom section of Ebbisham Lane being really wet and muddy. The course is tough, comprising two laps that include the brutal mile long Ebbisham Lane ascent to Walton-on-the-Hill and another long drag up onto the Downs from the end of Downsway Close alongside what is known as "the Switchback". Fortunately the rain didn't start in earnest until fairly late in proceedings so it wasn't as bad as it could have been.

Recent joiner Alex Wright, running his first race in the RPAC vest finished in first place overall in an amazing time of 1:00:42 with Andrew Reeves (01:05:13) and Ben Stanton (01:07:10) not too far behind. Together they won the men's team prize. Ruth Willis was the first of our ladies home in 01:18:01.

Well done to everyone who took part. Sadly I don't have any pictures. Full results will be in the results section on the website soon.  

 

Saturday 14th January - Cross Country Season Match 3 Chobham Common

The first cross country race of 2023 is coming up this weekend. This will be match 3 of a total 4. There have been start time amendments from the organisers, so please see timing changes below.
 
If you would like to join and you haven't already let the team managers know, please can you make sure you do that asap so race numbers can be allocated in advance.
 
Men -1pm
Women - 2pm
 
Reply to your respective team captains:
 
 
 

Sunday 15th January - MABAC Windsor Great Park

The first MABAC event of 2023 takes place this Sunday 15th January at 10:00AM.
 
This is a slightly shorter course than we have run in previous seasons and it avoids the worst of the hills. The full distance is 7 miles and there is also a 4 mile option if you don't fancy the full monty. If you haven't run in a MABAC race before there is no need to pre-register we will sort out a race number on the day. I can guarantee that you will enjoy it and that you will find people of a similar standard to compete with.
 
We have to park in a different place this year - by The Savill Gardens (TW20 0UJ). The car park is approximately 1km from the start so a good opportunity to warm up. 
 
Parking is very expensive so we need to car share more than usual. Meet in Bell Street car park for an 08:30AM departure. Please let me know if you need a lift or are willing to drive others  
 
More details are on the MABAC website... https://running.mabac.org.uk/mabac-windsor-park-magic-8-miles/
 

Jimmy James Handicap Race 4, Denbies Thursday 26th January

It’s time to register for the next race in the Jimmy James Handicap series.
Please email   and  to register. Entries will be accepted up to the 22nd January.
Start times and final instructions will be sent to you in the week of the race.
Any runners who haven’t taken part in this series to date please provide your current 5k time, mobile number and emergency contact information when registering.
Details of the post run suppers will be sent at a later date.
 

Sunday 26th February - Wokingham Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

The first Club Championship race of 2023 will be the Wokingham Half Marathon on 26th February.

This tends to fill up quickly. You can enter here https://wokinghamhalfmarathon.com/enter/ 

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 14th January - Cross Country match 3 for men and women at Chobham Common.

Saturday 14th January - RPAC Awards Evening
 
Sunday 15th January - MABAC Windsor Great Park
 
Thursday 26th January - Jimmy James Handicap Race 4
 
Saturday 11th February - cross country match 4 for men and women
 
Sunday 26th February - Wokingham Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Keep in touch

 

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Roger Gregory RIP

We have received the sad news that Roger Gregory, former RPAC member, event organiser and Chair, has passed away. Further information to follow.

 

Saturday 14th January - RPAC Awards Evening 

Tickets are now available for this year's Awards & Social Evening on Saturday 14th January, 2023 at Monotype Perrywood Sports & Social Club in Salfords (RH1 5JN). They can be purchased for £10 per person via the membership portal, LoveAdmin. If using the app, tickets can be found under Optional Extras. If using the LoveAdmin website, the tickets are located under 'Payments'.

The evening for Juniors will commence at 6.00pm with music to enjoy with your fellow club runners. Seniors should arrive from 7.30pm to purchase drinks prior to the awards ceremonies which will commence at 8.00pm.

To make the evening as inclusive as possible, we are also introducing some new 'fun' awards. Categories for these are:


1. The "Dog ate my homework" - award for the worst excuse for missing training
2. The "I've got to have one of those" - award for the person who has all the latest running tech
3. The "I like to be seen" - award for the person with the most colourful kit.
4. The "I think I could have run faster" - award for the person who is never happy with their performance.
5. The "Ever present" - award for the person who shows up for everything.
6. The "Casualty" - award for the person who always has an injury.

Nominations for these awards should be emailed to  no later than Sunday 8th January, 2023.

We are also planning for a slide show of photos and to update the playlist for the evening with your favourite running tracks. Please share any photos and the name of the song/artist to  and the team will hopefully incorporate these into the evening.

Following the awards presentations, all attendees are invited to continue enjoying the evenings festivities. Finger food is included in the price of the evening and will be served throughout the evening so please let us know when booking if you have any food allergies. We will cater for vegetarians so there's no need to advise if that is your dietary preference. A (pay) bar is available at the sports and social club to buy refreshments. The bar is able to take both cash and card payments.

If you have any questions, please email 

 

Strength and Conditioning Sessions - by Ellis Cain-Jones

From the 12th January Ellis is offering an indoor strength and conditioning for up to 6 additional athletes - Junior (Under 15 and above) or Senior (looking to improve performance through the winter).
 
The goal of the sessions will to improve mobility, stability, strength, endurance, power, speed and agility.
 
The sessions will take place at the YMCA each Thursday at 19:30 and cost of £2 per session.
 
If this is of any interest please contact Ellis on

 

Our up-coming Couch To 5K Programme

We will be starting a new Couch to 5K programme on Saturday 21st January, with optional lead-in sessions on Saturday 7th and Saturday 14th January. If you know of anyone who would like to take part more details are on the noticeboard here.

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

This month's discount code will appear in the email version of this newsletter.

 

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

 

Monday 2nd January - Lilah Starts the New Year With A PB!

Running in the 800m at the  Lee Valley New Years Indoor Open Meeting, Lilah Unwin posted a very quick time of 2.13.20.
 
Not only a new PB for Lilah but setting a new Club Record in the U17W'S 800m. A great start to the year for Lilah!

 

Dates for the Diary - Junior Cross Country

Saturday 7th January - Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park

Saturday 14th January - Surrey XC League,  Beckenham Place Park

Saturday 11th February - Surrey XC League, Lloyd Park

Sunday 12th February - Border League Guildford

Sunday 5th March - Border League Reigate Priory Park

  

Senior Section News

 

Sunday 8th January - Tadworth 10, Epsom Downs

This is the first of our club Grand Prix events of 2023. Entries close on 5th January. There are 17 RPAC entrants so far.
 
 

Saturday 14th January - Cross Country Season Match 3

The next fixture of the cross country season will soon be upon us and it has been announced that it will be taking place at Woking.
 
The ladies' race is scheduled for 11am and the men's for 3pm.
 
Please do let your team managers know if you can make it so numbers can be allocated accordingly in advance.
 
 
We will be in touch again with more information when it is released.
 

Sunday 15th January - MABAC Windsor Great Park

The first MABAC event of 2023 takes place on Sunday 15th January at 10:00AM.
 
This is a slightly shorter course than we have run in previous seasons and it avoids the worst of the hills. The full distance is 7 miles and there is also a 4 mile option if you don't fancy the full monty.
 
We have to park in a different place this year - by The Savill Gardens (TW20 0UJ). The car park is approximately 1km from the start so a good opportunity to warm up. 
 
Parking is very expensive so we need to car share more than ever. Meet in Bell Street car park for an 08:30AM departure. Please let me know if you need a lift or are willing to drive others. 
 
More details are on the MABAC website... https://running.mabac.org.uk/mabac-windsor-park-magic-8-miles/
 

Sunday 26th February - Wokingham Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

The first Club Championship race of 2023 will be the Wokingham Half Marathon on 26th February.

This tends to fill up quickly. You can enter here https://wokinghamhalfmarathon.com/enter/

 

"When in Washington DC..." - by Usha Stevens

I’ve been known to find a race (or at a minimum a parkrun) at times when travelling. I was to be in Washington DC for the New Year and found that DC Road Runners (DCRR) were hosting an annual 5km race on New Year's Day. I also knew there were a few parkruns nearby, having done Roosevelt Island parkrun a few years ago.

New Year's Eve saw a trip to Anacostia for a friendly parkrun. Nice flat course that resulted in a fairly good time (for me) of 28:43.

The 5km DCRR course was documented as having an uphill finish. What it didn’t mention was that the majority of the course was really quite undulating and for someone like me who doesn’t like hills, quite tough. I finished in just over 30 mins (30:20), so not too disappointed with that since it certainly wasn’t a PB course.

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Saturday 7th January - Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park

Sunday 8th January - Tadworth 10 (first Grand Prix race)

Saturday 14th January - cross country match 3 for men and women at Woking.

Saturday 14th January - RPAC Awards Evening
 
Sunday 15th January - MABAC Windsor Great Park
 
Saturday 11th February - cross country match 4 for men and women
 
Sunday 26th February - Wokingham Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Keep in touch

 

Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is 

Reigate Priory AC News 19th December 2022

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Merry Christmas To All Our Readers

On behalf of the Editors (Paul and myself) I'd like to wish all of our readers and their families a very Merry Christmas and send our best wishes for a Happy New Year in 2023. We will be taking a break and there will be no newsletter next week as it's Boxing Day. Have fun and stay safe.

 

Saturday 14th January 2023 - RPAC Awards Evening 

Tickets are now available for this year's Awards & Social Evening on Saturday 14th January, 2023 at Monotype Perrywood Sports & Social Club in Salfords (RH1 5JN). They can be purchased for £10 per person via the membership portal, LoveAdmin. If using the app, tickets can be found under Optional Extras. If using the LoveAdmin website, the tickets are located under 'Payments'.

The evening for Juniors will commence at 6.00pm with music to enjoy with your fellow club runners. Seniors should arrive from 7.30pm to purchase drinks prior to the awards ceremonies which will commence at 8.00pm.

To make the evening as inclusive as possible, we are also introducing some new 'fun' awards. Categories for these are:


1. The "Dog ate my homework" - award for the worst excuse for missing training
2. The "I've got to have one of those" - award for the person who has all the latest running tech
3. The "I like to be seen" - award for the person with the most colourful kit.
4. The "I think I could have run faster" - award for the person who is never happy with their performance.
5. The "Ever present" - award for the person who shows up for everything.
6. The "Casualty" - award for the person who always has an injury.

Nominations for these awards should be emailed to  no later than Sunday 8th January, 2023.

We are also planning for a slide show of photos and to update the playlist for the evening with your favourite running tracks. Please share any photos and the name of the song/artist to  and the team will hopefully incorporate these into the evening.

Following the awards presentations, all attendees are invited to continue enjoying the evenings festivities. Finger food is included in the price of the evening and will be served throughout the evening so please let us know when booking if you have any food allergies. We will cater for vegetarians so there's no need to advise if that is your dietary preference. A (pay) bar is available at the sports and social club to buy refreshments. The bar is able to take both cash and card payments.

If you have any questions, please email 

 

Our Next Couch To 5K Course

We will be starting a new Couch to 5K course on 21st January. If you know of anyone who would like to take part more details are on the noticeboard 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

 

Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park Croydon Saturday 7th January - Juniors Entries 

There will be a club entry for those wanting to compete in the Surrey XC Championships with the club covering the entry fees. Pre entry is required.

Details can be found here

Please email  by Wednesday 28th Dec if you want to be included.

 

Training Tops

We have a stock of RPAC branded training tops in red,  dark blue and light blue for juniors, ideal last minute Christmas presents for keen young runners. The cost is £15. These can be ordered via the Love Admin app or alternatively contact Mike Gent ().

 

Dates for the Diary - Junior Cross Country

Saturday 7th January - Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park

Saturday 14th January - Surrey XC League,  Beckenham Place Park

Saturday 11th February - Surrey XC League, Lloyd Park

Sunday 12th February - Border League Guildford

Sunday 5th March - Border League Reigate Priory Park

  

Senior Section News

Training Cancelled Next Week

The coaches are having the week off next week and will not be running any senior training sessions. The Monday session will also be cancelled the following week (2nd January). 

 

Hi Viz Tops 

If you have ordered a hi viz top these will be available for collection from Battlebridge tomorrow evening (20th December)

 

Sunday 18th December Turkey Trot at Denbies

A group of RPAC runners and walkers braved the chilly conditions yesterday and gathered at Denbies for our annual festive run, The Turkey Trot. The runners were led by Ian Edmonds (and Sid the dog) and the walking group by Paul Walters. The runners headed up through the vines to Ranmore Common where it was seriously nippy. On the way back we encountered Santa in his grotto before returning to Denbies for much-needed hot drinks. 

 

Saturday 7th January 2023 - Surrey Country Cross Country Championships @ Lloyd Park from Nat Wilson

The Surrey Country Cross Country Championships take place on Saturday 7th January 2023 at Lloyd Park.  An email has now gone out, if you haven’t received the email because you have recently joined, please let me know and I will send it to you.  

If you have let me know you would like to run, you will have received your confirmation of entry.  If you have let me know and have not received confirmation, please contact me 
 
Please let me know by the end of this week if you are interested 
 
Full details can be found here 

 

Cross Country Season Match 3 -14th January 2023 

The next fixture of the cross country season will soon be upon us and it has been announced that it will be taking place at Woking.
 
The ladies' race is scheduled for 11am and the men's for 3pm.
 
Please do let your team managers know if you can make it so numbers can be allocated accordingly in advance.
 
 
We will be in touch again with more information when it is released.
 

MABAC Windsor Great Park Sunday 15th January 2023

The MABAC league starts again on Sunday 15th January - the morning after the Awards Evening!

As mentioned before there are some changes to the race this year as the Crown Estate will no longer allow us to park near Blacknest Gate. Instead we have to park at the car park at The Savill Garden. The parking at The Savill Garden is extensive (and expensive!) and it is believed that this change has secured the future of the event.  The start and finish area has the luxury of cover, toilets and a café.  It does mean a longer walk to the start but this is compensated for by the shorter distance of the run itself, which no longer includes an ascent or descent of Breakheart Hill. As parking is adjacent to The Savill Garden you could combine the run with a visit to the gardens without greatly affecting the cost of parking. A map of the parking and race route is shown below.

 

Free Festive Runs - from Moray Carey

 Parkrun

As well as the usual Reigate Priory and Mole Valley Saturday Parkruns, both venues will be staging extra editions on:

• Christmas Day
• New Year’s Day

I believe all additional Parkruns take place at 9am universally but best to check the individual parkrun’s website.

There are no extra events at Banstead Woods and the Reigate Priory Junior parkrun is cancelled on both 25th Dec/1st Jan.

You can check whether other venues are hosting extra Parkruns by consulting:

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/

Trust10

The National Trust at Polesden Lacey host a monthly Trust10 self-guided, 10k trail run within the estate up to the end of November.

This year they have added a December event, festively entitled Tinsel 10, which starts at 9am on Boxing Day.

Same course as usual which you need to navigate by following the discreetly positioned direction arrows enclosed within a red roundel, although maps are available. A generous 2 hours are allotted (9am – 11am) to complete the undulating course.

The event is free but non-members arriving by car will need to pay a minimum £2 car parking charge (depending on the length of the stay). NT Members need their membership card to obtain a free parking ticket.

For more details, see:

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/surrey/polesden-lacey/events/72255c3c-9c34-4c69-b94a-317a5a721031

All these events are scheduled to take place at the time of writing but I think it advisable to double check the respective websites and/or Facebook pages on the days in question in case affected by inclement weather.

 

Members' News

Kate Knight completed her 118th marathon (the 24th this year) in the snow at Horseheath racecourse in Cambridge. Well done Kate!

 

Dates for Your Diary 

 Saturday 7th January - Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park

Sunday 8th January 2023 - Tadworth 10 (first Grand Prix race)

Saturday 14th January 2023 - cross country match 3 for men and women at Woking.

Saturday 14th January 2023 - RPAC Awards night
 
Sunday 15th January 2023 - MABAC Windsor Great Park
 
Saturday 11th February 2023 - cross country match 4 for Men and women.
 

 

Keep in touch

 

Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

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Sunday 11th December - The last Holly Run - by Jas Dhanda

Sunday sadly saw the very last running of the Holly Run which has been going for nearly 40 years. It has seen the likes of Mo Farah and Jake Wightman win and provided countless medals awards for all ages from 8 years old to your never too old.

This year was a particularly cold, and the day couldn't have started any worse than it did. The overnight tempertures had frozen the locks to the storage container with all our event equipment! After trying every thing to get the door unfrozen (including a heat gun), we turned to our friends at Parkrun and Junior Parkrun to save the day and lend us their equipment. With some on-the-spot rethinking by the setup teams, they managed to mark out the course and allow us to start the races on time.

The cold weather did reduce the junior races further than the already low entries, but the ones that started ran thier hearts out and produced some very impressive times.

It was in the Senior Mens 6 mile race where RPAC produced the best results winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed team awards! Tom Almond was first back for RPAC in a blistering time of 33:56, pipped by Alex Sproston who ran a faster time than Jake Wightman's 2015 effort!

None of this would be posible without the amazing RPAC volunteers, who on this day, despite enduring freezing fingers and feet, cheered and steered all runners around the course, recorded times, process results and served much needed hot drinks. There are simply too many people to mention as it involved nearly the whole club in one way or another. Well done RPAC, we're amazing!

Individual results can be found here and team results here.

 

Saturday 14th January 2023 - RPAC Awards Evening 

Tickets are now available for this years Awards & Social Evening on Saturday 14th January, 2023 at Monotype Perrywood Sports & Social Club in Salfords (RH1 5JN). They can be purchased for £10 per person via the membership portal, LoveAdmin. If using the app, tickets can be found under Optional Extras. If using the LoveAdmin website, the tickets are located under 'Payments'.

The evening for Juniors will commence at 6.00pm with music to enjoy with your fellow club runners. Seniors should arrive from 7.30pm to purchase drinks prior to the awards ceremonies which will commence at 8.00pm.

To make the evening as inclusive as possible, we are also introducing some new 'fun' awards. Categories for these are:


1. The "Dog ate my homework" - award for the worst excuse for missing training
2. The "I've got to have one of those" - award for the person who has all the latest running tech
3. The "I like to be seen" - award for the person with the most colourful kit.
4. The "I think I could have run faster" - award for the person who is never happy with their performance.
5. The "Ever present" - award for the person who shows up for everything.
6. The "Casualty" - award for the person who always has an injury.

Nominations for these awards should be emailed to  no later than Sunday 8th January, 2023.

We are also planning for a slide show of photos and to update the playlist for the evening with your favourite running tracks. Please share any photos and the name of the song/artist to  and the team will hopefully incorporate these into the evening.

Following the awards presentations, all attendees are invited to continue enjoying the evenings festivities. Finger food is included in the price of the evening and will be served throughout the evening so please let us know when booking if you have any food allergies. We will cater for vegetarians so there's no need to advise if that is your dietary preference. A (pay) bar is available at the sports and social club to buy refreshments. The bar is able to take both cash and card payments.

If you have any questions, please email 

 

Our Next Couch To 5K Course

We will be starting a new Couch to 5K course on 21st January. If you know of anyone who would like to take part more details are on the noticeboard 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

 

Tuesday 13th December. Training is cancelled.

In view of the state of the tracks at both Battlebridge & K2, all training sessions for both Juniors and Seniors are cancelled.

 

Saturday 10th December - South of England Inter-Counties XC Championships, Oxfordshire

Terrific performances by the RPAC youngsters in Oxfordshire on Saturday helped Surrey to a string of top placings at the South of England Inter-counties XC Championships.

On a cold, frosty day but always in bright sunshine, the U13 girls were first up and Isla Kinniburgh 29th, and Florence Tombleson 31st ran exceptional races in a field of over 100 county standard runners representing 12 counties from across the South.

There were more strong results in similarly sized races including 29th for Josh Emmerson in the U13 boys, and 21st and 28th for Samuel Stapley and Euan Willis respectively in the U17 boys race.

With good performances too from Max Orchard (U15B'S), Sammy Rolaston (U17B'S) and Ella Scrase (U17W'S) it was a good days work by the RPAC Juniors.

 

Saturday 7th January - Surrey XC Championships - Juniors Entries

The Surrey XC Championships take place at Lloyd Park in Croydon on Saturday 7th January.

Details can be found here.

There will be a club entry with the club covering the entry fees so if you want to take part, please let  know by Wednesday 28th December.

The first race is the U13B'S at 10.30am over 3K. Full timetable and course map can be viewed at the above link. Minimum age is 11at the start of this school year (Year 7 and up). There are individual and team medals to be won.

 

Southern XC Championships Saturday 28th January - Juniors Entries

The Southern XC Championships take place at Beckenham Place Park on Saturday 28th January.

Please note the minimum age to enter is 11 at the start of this school year NOT as stated in the publicity poster linked to below.

Anyone wishing to be included in the club entry, please email  by this Wednesday, 14th December. (The closing date for entries is Friday, 16th December).

Full details can be seen here.

 

Training Tops

We have a stock of RPAC branded training tops in red,  dark blue and light blue for juniors, ideal Christmas presents for keen young runners. The cost is £15. These can be ordered via the Love Admin app or alternatively contact Mike Gent ().

 

Dates for the Diary - Junior Cross Country

Saturday 7th January - Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park

Saturday 14th January - Surrey XC League,  Beckenham Place Park

Saturday 11th February - Surrey XC League, Lloyd Park

Sunday 12th February - Border League Guildford

Sunday 5th March - Border League Reigate Priory Park

  

Senior Section News

 

Tuesday 13th December. Training is cancelled.

In view of the state of the tracks at both Battlebridge & K2, all training sessions for both Juniors and Seniors are cancelled.

 

Saturday 3rd December - Spartan Beast 21K in Abu Dhabi

Conner Wickens has been to Abu Dhabi competing in the Spartan Race World Championship. He won his age category (M25-29) to make Conner the Spartan M25-29 World Champion! Results are here.

 

Saturday 10th December - Brooklands Parkrun

On Saturday a small group of RPAC athletes scraped the ice off their cars and ventured to a very wintry Brooklands.

Annette Morris was 9th female home in 24:40 and a top overall age grading of 83.45% followed by Gail Hill (28.18), Ian Edmonds (29.42) and Adrian Grant running with his wife Debs in her fastest ever parkrun time of 37.56

 

Sunday 18th December Turkey Trot *** this Sunday ***

Our annual festive "Turkey Trot" run will be held at Denbies on Sunday 18th December led by Ian Edmonds (runners) and Paul Walters (walking).

The runners will meet at 09:00 in Denbies Car Park for a 09:15 start.

The walking group will meet at 8:45AM for a 9:00 start - a walk of just over 4 miles, undulating/hills and the occasional slippy/muddy bit, decent footwear such as walking boots essential. We'll be walking a circular route edging Polsden Lacey's grounds and walking up to Ranmore Church. If you have any queries about the walk email 

Seasonal attire optional but encouraged. Refreshments at Denbies afterwards.

 

Saturday 7th January 2023 - Surrey Country Cross Country Championships @ Lloyd Park

The Surrey Country Cross Country Championships take place on Saturday 7th January 2023 at Lloyd Park. An email will be going out nearer the time to gather names however please make a note of the date if you are interested. Full details can be found here https://www.surreyathletics.uk/

 

Cross Country Season Match 3 -14th January 2023 

It might seem like a lifetime away, but the next fixture of the cross country season will soon be upon us and it has been announced that it will be taking place at Woking.
 
The ladies' race is scheduled for 11am and the men's for 3pm.
 
Please do let your team managers know if you can make it so numbers can be allocated accordingly in advance.
 
 
We will be in touch again with more information when it is released.
 

Dates for Your Diary 

Sunday 18th December - Turkey Trot

Sunday 8th January 2023 - Tadworth 10 (first Grand Prix race)

Saturday 14th January 2023 - cross country match 3 for men and women.

Saturday 14th January 2023 - RPAC Awards night
 
Sunday 15th January 2023 - MABAC Windsor Great Park
 
Saturday 11th February 2023 - cross country match 4 for Men and women.
 

 

Keep in touch

 

Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is 

Reigate Priory AC News 5th December 2022

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The Holly Run Sunday 11th December An Urgent message from our Run Director

Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to help at the Holly Run so far. Unfortunately we have not yet recruited enough help to be able to run any of the 8 races we want to put on. Please have another think if you are able to help and use this link to sign up for one for both shifts. It will be possible to volunteer and run.  

Entries

We could also do with help to boost awareness of the Holly Run particularly at school and club settings. If you can, please make use of this poster (which will download when you click on the link) to publicise our last Holly Run, on PTA boards/social media, with PE teachers, parent networks etc.  On-line entries are open until late on Wednesday 7th December.

 

Cakes for the Holly Run on Sunday 11th December

RPAC will be providing tea, coffee and cakes in the Race HQ for the Holly Run event on Sunday 11th Dec so would really appreciate donations of home made cakes for the club to sell. The Holly Run event is a good way for the club to gain income, so the more cakes we have to sell, the better for the club. Any type of cake or home made baking will be most welcome and please let  if you are able to help out. 

 

Saturday 14th January 2023 - RPAC Awards Evening 

Our annual awards evening will be held at Perrywood Sports and Social Club, Salfords on Saturday 14th January. This will be an all club event with awards being presented to be Junior and Senior members. More details to follow soon but please make a note of this in your diaries.

Thank you to everyone who has returned their club trophies so far, however there are still a few to come back to me. Please email me () to arrange delivery or collection. I must have them back within the next few days if we are to get them engraved in time.

 

 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.

 

Our Next Couch To 5K Course

We will be starting a new Couch to 5K course on 21st January. If you know of anyone who would like to take part more details are on the noticeboard here.

 

Junior Section News

 

Border League Lightwater Country Park 4th December 

The second match in this year’s Border League was held at Lightwater Country Park on Sunday. We had 20 athletes running across the various age groups. In the U9s Vivvy Loynes followed up her strong showing in the first race of the series with a sixth place finish here and was well supported by Vhari MacGregor, who placed thirteenth. In the U11 Girls we had a great team performance with Gracie Shade, Emily Beatty, Denise Ornella and Freya Else finishing third, fourth, fifth and fifteenth respectively, leaving them in a strong second place behind YAC in the team competition. Gracie Shade was leading for much of the race before slipping over in the mud the closing stages, but did have the consolation of a high five from Mo Farah. In the U11 boys we had a great turnout. Finlay Killick and Isaac Spilling ran very strongly to finish tenth and eleventh and were well supported by Isaac Armitage (20th), Rafi Varah (29th) and Piers Matthews (32nd). The outstanding race of the day was the U13 girls which was dominated by RPAC, with Isla Kinniburgh leading all the way to finish first, just ahead of Neve Macgregor, with Lisette Matthews, Olivia Aries, Daisey Barton and Lara Tombleson all finishing in the top ten and Eloise Matthews not far behind in twelfth, to ensure RPAC remain firmly in first place in the team competition. In the U13 boys James Beatty ran bravely to finish sixth against strong competition in a final run out before representing Surrey in an inter counties match next Saturday.

 Surrey XC Championships Saturday 7th January   -   Entries

The Surrey XC Championships take place at Lloyd Park in Croydon on Saturday 7th January.

Details can be found here

There will be a club entry with the club covering the entry fees so if you want to take part, please let davidmills2@msn.com know by Wednesday 28th December.

The first race is the U13B'S at 10.30am over 3K. Full timetable and course map can be viewed at the above link. Minimum age is 11at the start of this school year (Year 7 and up). There are individual and team medals to be won.

 

Saturday 10 December - South of England Inter-Counties XC Championships @ Oxford

Good luck to all our juniors who have been selected in the Surrey teams for the South of England Inter-Counties XC Championships at Horspath near Oxford this coming Saturday, 10th December

 

January 2023 - XC Fixtures From Dave Mills 

There is a busy schedule of xc coming up in the New Year. 

On Saturday 7th of Jan the Surrey XC Championships take place at Lloyd Park in Croydon.  See above for details

Saturday 14th January the 3rd match in the Surrey XC League,  at Beckenham Place Park.  

Saturday 21st January The Surrey Secondary Schools XC Championships in Priory Park. If you ran in the District XC at RAAS earlier this month your school will advise you if you have qualified to run in the Championships.  

Saturday 28th January the Southern  XC Championships,  back to Beckenham Place Park. Again, anyone (11 and over at the start of this school year) can run. A club entry will be made, more details nearer the time  -  noting entries close on Weds 29 December. 

 

Training Tops

We have a stock of RPAC branded training tops in red,  dark blue and light blue for juniors, ideal Christmas presents for keen young runners. The cost is £15. These can be ordered via the Love Admin app or alternatively contact Mike Gent ().

 

Dates for the Diary - Junior Cross Country

Saturday 7th January - Surrey XC Championships, Lloyd Park

Saturday 14th January - Surrey XC League,  Beckenham Place Park

Saturday 11th February - Surrey XC League, Lloyd Park

Sunday 12th February - Border League Guildford

Sunday 5th March - Border League Reigate Priory Park

  

Senior Section News

 Velocidad in Valencia!

Three RPAC athletes took part in the Valencia Marathon yesterday and all finished in very speedy times. George Roux beat his PB by nearly five minutes, finishing 2:28:43. Tom Almond was also sub 2:30, improving on his time from Berlin earlier in the season and finishing in 2:29:18. Ginevra Stoneley finished in 3:12:26. A fantastic set of results; congratulations to all of you!

 

South of the Thames XC Saturday 26th of November @ Lloyd Park from Andrew Patrick

Five RPAC runners ran the five mile (formerly known as Junior) South of the Thames Cross Country on Saturday 26th of November at Lloyd Park. While conditions were not as bad as feared, there were many sections of the course that were heading towards the mud bath state that so many runners 'enjoy' at Lloyd Park, with the standing water as you pass through a hedge, and the emulsion of mud at the far corner particularly affected. If the wet weather continues, the Surrey champs in January will be challenging.

RPAC results were:

67th Ben Stanton 32:32
74th Simon Smythe 32:50
102nd Duncan Mallinson 35:22
118th Dave Rayner 36:31
137th Andrew Patrick 39:28
In the team competition, we finished not that far behind our perennial rivals Dorking and Epsom and Ewell, but that is perhaps all that is to be said on that.

Also on the SotT web site, there is this image, a print from a magazine about the race being run at Wiggie in Redhill in 1905. Presumably now an area covered with housing.

 

Jimmy James Handicap Race 3 Thursday 1st December

Ten RPAC athletes took part in last week's Jimmy James race at Denbies. We had a new winner this time round in Leanne McKeogh who finished just ahead of Kate Knight to take the twelve points. Kate Knight is still in the lead overall with 26 points, one point ahead of Hannah Wright.  Everything to play for! The next race is in January.

 

Saturday 7th January 2023 - Surrey Country Cross Country Championships @ Lloyd Park

The Surrey Country Cross Country Championships take place on Saturday 7th January 2023 at Lloyd Park. An email will be going out nearer the time to gather names however please make a note of the date if you are interested. Full details can be found here https://www.surreyathletics.uk/

 

Cross Country Season Match 3 -14th January 2023 

It might seem like a lifetime away, but the next fixture of the cross country season will soon be upon us and it has been announced that it will be taking place at Woking.
 
The ladies' race is scheduled for 11am and the men's for 3pm.
 
Please do let your team managers know if you can make it so numbers can be allocated accordingly in advance.
 
 
We will be in touch again with more information when it is released.
 

Sunday 18th December Turkey Trot

Our annual festive "Turkey Trot" run will be held at Denbies on Sunday 18th December led by Ian Edmonds (runners) and Paul Walters (walking).

The runners will meet at 09:00 in Denbies Car Park for a 09:15 start.

The walking group will meet at 8:45AM for a 9:00 start - a walk of just over 4 miles, undulating/hills and the occasional slippy/muddy bit, decent footwear such as walking boots essential. We'll be walking a circular route edging Polsden Lacey's grounds and walking up to Ranmore Church. If you have any queries about the walk email 

Seasonal attire optional but encouraged. Refreshments at Denbies afterwards.

 

Grand Prix

Many thanks to Rick Coles who has done a great job in getting this going again. The table of results is now up to date and you can see who has been promoted or relegated here (https://www.rpac.org.uk/fixtures/rpac-grand-prix).
The first Grand Prix race of 2023 will be The Tadworth 10 (miles) on 8th January.

 

Members' News

Congratulations to Jack and Ashleigh Finn on the birth of their first child, Alfie Frederick Clive Finn. Alfie was born last Thursday 2nd December at 5:33pm and weighed 7lb 2oz. I'm told that Mum and Baby are doing well and I know that the proud Dad is as he was at Reigate Priory Parkrun on Saturday. Congratulations to you all. I look forward to seeing Alfie in RPAC colours soon!

At a chilly Weymouth Parkrun, relocated from the usual venue of Lodmore Country Park to an out/back along a very blustery seafront, Annette Morris finished 9th female in a time of 25.02 with a 2nd place overall age grading of 82.22% from a field of 237 runners. Well done Annette!

Jim Vince set out to run the Hurtwood 50km yesterday. He reports that it was "cold but great running conditions… unfortunately I twisted my ankle at the top of Leith Hill so had to jog/walk the 6-7 miles back to Dorking…" That's rough Jim I hope you're OK.

Finally, Kate Knight completed her 17th marathon - The Bauble Bimble at Ferry Meadows Country Park, Peterborough yesterday. Well done Kate!

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Sunday 11th December - last ever Holly run. See above on how to enter and volunteer

Sunday 18th December - Turkey Trot

Sunday 8th January 2023 - Tadworth 10 (first Grand Prix race)

Saturday 14th January 2023 - cross country match 3 for men and women.

Saturday 14th January 2023 - RPAC Awards night
 
Sunday 15th January 2023 - MABAC Windsor Great Park
 
Saturday 11th February 2023 - cross country match 4 for Men and women.
 

 

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Volunteers Needed For The Holly Run Sunday 11th December

You should have received an email about this. The Holly Run has been staged for almost 40 years and this year is going to be the last time it is run.  Please help to make it a success by volunteering if you can help in any capacity.  If you are able to help please complete this Google form. It will be possible to volunteer and run.

 

Cakes for the Holly Run on Sunday 11th December

We will be providing refreshments for the Holly Run on Sunday 11th December so would welcome home made cakes to sell alongside teas and coffees to boost the RPAC coffers. If you are able to bake a cake, I will be pleased to hear from you so please email  All donations will be gratefully received.

 

Saturday 14th January 2023 - RPAC Awards Evening 

Our annual awards evening will be held at Perrywood Sports and Social Club, Salfords on Saturday 14th January. This will be an all club event with awards being presented to be Junior and Senior members. More details to follow soon but please make a note of this in your diaries.

Thank you to everyone who has returned their trophies so far however there are still a few to come back to me. I will be at Battlebridge tomorrow (29th November) if you want to drop them off, alternatively please email me () to arrange delivery or collection. I must have them back within the next few days if we are to get them engraved in time.

 

 

Thursday 24th November - Quiz Night

Euan Willis and Will John-Cox held a quiz night on Thursday 24th November 7PM as part of their fundraising efforts for the World Scout Jamboree. Well done both - it as a truly excellent evening, even though I'm still suffering from my answer to the red pill/blue pill question, as well as the 7th digit of pi.

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

This month's discount code will appear in the email version of this newsletter.

 

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 10 December - South of England Inter-Counties XC Championships @ Oxford

Congratulations to the following Juniors who have been selected in the Surrey teams for the South of England Inter-Counties XC Championships at Horspath near Oxford on Saturday 10th December:

The Surrey County teams are separate from the Surrey Schools teams and picked primarily on results from the Surrey XC League and Bruce Judd (Surrey) XC Relays.

U17B'S Sam Rolaston
  Samuel Stapley
  Euan Willis
   
U17W Ella Scrase
   
U15B'S Max Orchard
   
U13B'S James Beaty
  Josh Emmerson
   
U13G'S Isla Kinniburgh
  Florence Tombleson

 

Border League

The next match in this year’s Border League takes place on Sunday 4 December at Lightwater Country Park in Woking. There are races for U9, U11, U13 and U15 boys and girls. First race is at 11:00.
 
There is no cost to enter but we do need to enter runners ahead of time. Please let Mike Gent () know if your Son/ Daughter would like to race.
 

January 2023 - XC Fixtures From Dave Mills 

There is a busy schedule of xc coming up in the New Year. 

On Saturday 7th of Jan the Surrey XC Championships take place at Lloyd Park in Croydon.  First race U13B'S at 10.30am. Anyone, Year 7 and above, can take part. (You must have been at least 11 years old at the start of this school year). 

There will be more reminders later in December, and a club entry will be made with the club covering the costs. We usually have a training session in the week between Christmas and the New Year where there is an opportunity to walk then run the Championship course so watch out for details. 

Saturday 14th January the 3rd match in the Surrey XC League,  at Beckenham Place Park.  

Saturday 21st January The Surrey Secondary Schools XC Championships in Priory Park. If you ran in the District XC at RAAS earlier this month your school will advise you if you have qualified to run in the Championships.  

Saturday 28th January the Southern  XC Championships,  back to Beckenham Place Park. Again, anyone (11 and over at the start of this school year) can run. A club entry will be made, more details nearer the time  -  noting entries close on Weds 29 December. 

 

Training Tops

We have a stock of RPAC branded training tops in red,  dark blue and light blue for juniors, ideal Christmas presents for keen young runners. The cost is £15. These can be ordered via the Love Admin app or alternatively contact Mike Gent ().

 

Dates for the Diary - Junior Cross Country

Sunday 4th December - Border League Lightwater Country Park, Woking

Saturday 14th January - Surrey XC League, TBA

Saturday 11th February - Surrey XC League, Lloyd Park

Sunday 12th February - Border League Guildford

Sunday 5th March - Border League Reigate Priory Park

  

Senior Section News

 

Saturday 26th November Couch to 5K Graduation at Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun

Here we have Kate, Terry, Zoe, Sharon and Debs who ran the Ifield Mill Pond parkrun for their Couch to 5K Graduation last Saturday, with plenty of support from RPAC members. Unfortunately Sham (also from the Couch to 5K Programme) couldn't attend due to illness, so we intend to have another 5km run in coming week or so for Sham!

Also of note - Peter Luxton came along to run and support on his 70th birthday, and although the first person home in this parkrun finished in an impressive time of 16:36 age grading 79.02%, Annette Morris topped the age grading for the event with an impressive 80.56%, a time of 25:33.

 

Saturday 7th January 2023 - Surrey Country Cross Country Championships @ Lloyd Park

The Surrey Country Cross Country Championships take place on Saturday 7th January 2023 at Lloyd Park. An email will be going out nearer the time to gather names however please make a note of the date if you are interested. Full details can be found here https://www.surreyathletics.uk/

 

Sunday 18th December Turkey Trot

Our annual festive "Turkey Trot" run will be held at Denbies on Sunday 18th December led by Ian Edmonds (runners) and Paul Walters (walking).

The runners will meet at 09:00 in Denbies Car Park for a 09:15 start.

The walking group will meet at 8:45AM for a 9:00 start - a walk of just over 4 miles, undulating/hills and the occasional slippy/muddy bit, decent footwear such as walking boots essential. We'll be walking a circular route edging Polsden Lacey's grounds and walking up to Ranmore Church. If you have any queries about the walk email 

Seasonal attire optional but encouraged. Refreshments at Denbies afterwards.

 

Grand Prix

Many thanks to Rick Coles who has done a great job in getting this going again. The table of results is now up to date and you can see who has been promoted or relegated here (https://www.rpac.org.uk/fixtures/rpac-grand-prix).
The first Grand Prix race of 2023 will be The Tadworth 10 (miles) on 8th January.

 

Changes to MABAC races for 2023

The much loved Windsor Great Park MABAC is being changed for 2023 and will now start near the Guards' Polo Club and be approximately 7 miles rather than the 8 miles that it has been in previous years. The good news is that most of the course remains unchanged (and you'll still get to see the castle), but you will not have to run up Breakheart Hill. The bad news is that we have to park slightly further away and the parking fees are still eye wateringly expensive.

The Cranleigh 15/21 (an open race run by MABAC) which so many of us have used as a key part of our preparation for the London Marathon is back for the first time since 2019. Because of road safety concerns the route has been changed to incorporate the Downslink and avoid the busy stretch of the A281. As a consequence it is no longer all on tarmac; although the Downslink surface is compacted, I'm told that it's not going to be somewhere where you want to wear your Vaporflys. It also means that the laps are of equal distance meaning that the race will now be known as the Cranleigh 14/21. It's always been a well organised event with great cakes to look forward tonat the finish. I'd urge you to enter if you are running London, details are on the MABAC website (https://running.mabac.org.uk/cranleigh-pre-marathon-race/).

 

Dates for Your Diary 

Thursday 1st December - Jimmy James Race 3

Sunday 11th December - last ever Holly run. See above on how to enter and volunteer

Sunday 18th December - Turkey Trot

Sunday 8th January 2023 - Tadworth 10 (first Grand Prix race)

Saturday 14th January 2023 - cross country match 3 for men and women.

Saturday 14th January 2023 - RPAC Awards night
 
Sunday 15th January 2023 - MABAC Windsor Great Park
 
Saturday 11th February 2023 - cross country match 4 for Men and women.
 

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 21st November 2022

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Volunteers Needed For The Holly Run Sunday 11th December

You should have received an email about this. The Holly Run has been staged for almost 40 years and this year is going to be the last time it is run.  Please help to make it a success by volunteering if you can help in any capacity.  If you are able to help please complete this Google form. It will be possible to volunteer and run.

 

 Awards Evening Saturday 14th January 2023

Our annual awards evening will be held at Perrywood Sports and Social Club, Salfords on Saturday 14th January. This will be an all club event with awards being presented to be Junior and Senior members. More details to follow soon but please make a note of this in your diaries.

Please can I ask senior award winners from last year to return their trophies to me as soon as you can as the engraving takes some time. I will be at Battlebridge on 22nd and 29th November if you want to drop them off, or you can email me () to arrange collection or delivery.

 

Nominations for Ted Baker Award 2022 are now open

The Ted Baker Award (awarded in memory of past Chair, coach & athlete Ted Baker) is presented annually to somebody who has made a significant contribution to the club in the last year. Contributions in previous years may also be taken into account.

The Award is not restricted to members or parents, it is open to anyone who has made a contribution to the club in 2022. However current members of the Committee and previous recipients (see the website for list) cannot receive the Award.

The short list of candidates is determined by nominations from members and / or parents, with the Committee making the final decision on the recipient. 

If you wish to nominate somebody for the Ted Baker Award 2022, please send their details (including why you think they should receive the Award) to me  by Monday 28th November 2022. 

 

Hoodies

The hoodies have arrived. For Seniors and some of the older juniors Nat Wilson will have the hoodies with her at Battlebridge on Tuesday from 6:00pm. They will then be left at the container at Battlebridge to be picked up at a future session. If that does not work for you please contact Nat or Mike Gent. 
For the younger juniors they can be picked up from training on Saturday mornings.

 

Saturday 19th November - The Orchard's Marathon Challenge

Carol Orchard writes:
"On Saturday we completed our relay marathon in 3 hours and 27 minutes. We just want to say a massive thank you to all who have supported us and a special shout out to Usha who came and ran laps with myself and Graeme. We have raised over £800 for Children in Need you can visit our Just Giving page  for full details"
 

Thursday 24th November - Quiz Night!

Euan Willis and Will John-Cox are holding a quiz night on Thursday 24th November 7PM as part of their fundraising efforts for the World Scout Jamboree. Would you like to enter a team? See full details here. I know that there is at least one RPAC team taking part; if anyone fancies being part of another RPAC team please let me know.

 

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

 Surrey Schools XC  - West Midlands Inter-Counties Match from Dave Mills

 There was strong RPAC representation in the Surrey Schools teams at the annual trip to compete against six counties from the Midlands for the Dave Sunderland Trophy, this year at Himley Park near Dudley. 
 
Another outstanding performance by our U17 boys saw RPAC athletes take 1st and 2nd with Samuel Stapley winning and Euan Willis,  having spent most of the match sitting in 4th place,  sprinting the last 300m to take 2nd place! Sam Rolaston was close behind in 7th. The boys helped the Surrey team finish 2nd.
 
In the Year 7 girls race,  there were more superb performances with Florence Tombleson finishing 7th and Florence Shade 10th and together, with top half finishes from Lara Tombleson and Daisy Barton, they helped the Surrey team to 1st place.
 
Also helping their teams to 1st place with good performances were Josh Emmerson in the Junior Boys and Isla Kinniburgh in the Junior Girls races.
 
Well done to all nine on their contributions to Surrey Schools successful afternoon! There is a link to the full results on the Surrey Schools Athletics Association web site which can be found here: http://www.ssaa.org.uk/
 

Border League

The next match in this year’s Border League takes place on Sunday 4 December at Lightwater Country Park in Woking. There are races for U9, U11, U13 and U15 boys and girls. First race is at 11:00.
 
There is no cost to enter but we do need to enter runners ahead of time. Please let Mike Gent () know if your Son/ Daughter would like to race.
 

January 2023 - XC Fixtures From Dave Mills 

 There is a busy schedule of xc coming up in the New Year. 

On Saturday 7th of Jan the Surrey XC Championships take place at Lloyd Park in Croydon.  First race U13B'S at 10.30am. Anyone, Year 7 and above, can take part. (You must have been at least 11 years old at the start of this school year). 

There will be more reminders later in December, and a club entry will be made with the club covering the costs. We usually have a training session in the week between Christmas and the New Year where there is an opportunity to walk then run the Championship course so watch out for details. 

Saturday 14th January the 3rd match in the Surrey XC League,  at Beckenham Place Park.  

Saturday 21st January The Surrey Secondary Schools XC Championships in Priory Park. If you ran in the District XC at RAAS earlier this month your school will advise you if you have qualified to run in the Championships.  

Saturday 28th January the Southern  XC Championships,  back to Beckenham Place Park. Again, anyone (11 and over at the start of this school year) can run. A club entry will be made, more details nearer the time  -  noting entries close on Weds 29 December. 

 

Training Tops

We have a stock of RPAC branded training tops in red,  dark blue and light blue for juniors, ideal Christmas presents for keen young runners. The cost is £15. These can be ordered via the Love Admin app or alternatively contact Mike Gent ().

 

Dates for the Diary - Junior Cross Country

Sunday 4th December - Border League Lightwater Country Park, Woking

Saturday 14th January - Surrey XC League, TBA

Saturday 11th February - Surrey XC League, Lloyd Park

Sunday 12th February - Border League Guildford

Sunday 5th March - Border League Reigate Priory Park

  

Senior Section News

 

Sunday 20th November Brighton 10K Club Championship Race

The final race of the 2022 Club Championship was held in blustery conditions in Brighton (well Hove actually) yesterday morning. Eighteen RPAC athletes took to the seafront and despite the wind, turned out some really cracking times. Tom Almond was first home in a speedy 00:32:22, finishing in 16th place overall. Rick Coles was next in, finishing in 00:34:44 and claiming another club V50 record by nearly two minutes. Ginevra Stoneley was the first of our lady runners to finish (in 39:01). There were age category "placings" for Rick (1st), Ginevra (3rd), Graham Bull (3rd) and Annette Morris (1st).. I'm not sure if there were any prizes though!   Well done to all of you!

Paul Walters has very kindly uploaded the photos he took here and there are some "official" photos here.  The latter gallery is arranged by time and there are a few pictures of an RPAC group at 9:08 or you can search by race number.

  

Sunday 20th November MABAC Farley Heath

 

Despite the competing attraction of the 10K Club Championship race we still managed a strong turnout for the final race of the MABAC season at Farley Heath and did enough to retain our second spot in the league behind local rivals Dorking and Mole Valley AC. 

After the recent rain and the heavy downpour early yesterday the course was quite muddy in places. The terrain is mostly sandy and although it drains pretty well it does mean that the finish is really gruelling as it is uphill and in deep sand. It really does sap one's strength. If that wasn't tough enough to contend with some horse riders decided to canter up the slope and through the finish area.

I'd really like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has run in a MABAC race this year, especially to our "regulars" who turn out month after month whatever the weather and wherever the race. For yesterday I would like to single out Euan Willis and Sam Rolaston for supporting us fresh off the back of the Inter Counties XC the previous day and Juliette Stern and Adrian Grant for completing the full distance despite feeling under the weather (Juliette) and being injured (Adrian).

The next MABAC race will be in Windsor Great Park on Sunday 15th January - see you all there!

 

Saturday 26th November Couch to 5K Graduation at Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun

Our current Couch to 5K course is nearing its end and they will be graduating by running Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun on Saturday week, 26th November. Please come and run to show your support for our graduands; in the past we have enjoyed very good support. As usual we will be going to the Toby Carvery in Langley Green afterwards for breakfast.  Please let us know if you'd like further details.

 

Sunday 18th December Turkey Trot

Our annual festive "Turkey Trot" run will be held at Denbies on Sunday 18th December led by Ian Edmonds and Paul Walters. We will meet at 09:00 in Denbies Car Park for a 09:15 start. There will also be a walking group which may start earlier. Seasonal attire optional but encouraged. Refreshments at Denbies afterwards. More details to follow nearer the time.

 

Priory Relays Photos

Paul has uploaded the photos that he took at the Priory Relays recently. These can be viewed here.

 

116 Not Out

Kate Knight completed her 116th Marathon at Hinchinbrook Park in Cambridgeshire yesterday in 09:07:53. Well done Kate; you are indomitable 

 

Dates for Your Diary 

 

Thursday 1st December - Jimmy James Race 3

Sunday 11th December - last ever Holly run. See above on how to enter and volunteer

Sunday 18th December - Turkey Trot

Sunday 8th January 2023 - Tadworth 10 (first Grand Prix race)

Saturday 14th January 2023 - cross country match 3 for men and women.

Saturday 14th January 2023 - RPAC Awards night
 
Sunday 15th January 2023 - MABAC Windsor Great Park
 
Saturday 11th February 2023 - cross country match 4 for Men and women.
 

 

Keep in touch

 Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is 

Reigate Priory AC News 14th November 2022

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 Awards Evening Saturday 14th January 2023

Our annual awards evening will be held at Perrywood Sports and Social Club, Salfords on Saturday 14th January. This will be an all club event with awards being presented to be Junior and Senior members. More details to follow soon but please make a note of this in your diaries.

Please can I ask senior award winners from last year to return their trophies to me as soon as you can as the engraving takes some time. I will be at Battlebridge on 22nd and 29th November if you want to drop them off, or you can email me () to arrange collection or delivery.

Nominations for Ted Baker Award 2022 are now open

The Ted Baker Award (awarded in memory of past Chair, coach & athlete Ted Baker) is presented annually to somebody who has made a significant contribution to the club in the last year. Contributions in previous years may also be taken into account.

The Award is not restricted to members or parents, it is open to anyone who has made a contribution to the club in 2022. However current members of the Committee and previous recipients (see the website for list) cannot receive the Award.

The short list of candidates is determined by nominations from members and / or parents, with the Committee making the final decision on the recipient. 

If you wish to nominate somebody for the Ted Baker Award 2022, please send their details (including why you think they should receive the Award) to me  by Monday 28th November 2022. 

 

Saturday 19th November - The Orchard's Marathon Challenge

On Saturday 19th November the Orchard family are running a marathon at Battlebridge to raise money for Children in Need. Please see this to see how you can support them and donate. We want photographic evidence of the event for the newsletter please!
 

Thursday 24th November - Quiz Night!

Euan Willis and Will John-Cox are holding a quiz night on Thursday 24th November 7PM as part of their fundraising efforts for the World Scout Jamboree. Would you like to enter a team? See full details here. I know that there is at least one RPAC team taking part; if anyone fancies being part of another RPAC team please let me know.

 

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 6th November  - Border League @ Lightwater Country Park

Apologies that we missed mention of Joshua Richardson in last week's write up. His Mum Caroline writes that "Joshua really enjoyed his first proper race last Sunday in spite of the very wet weather - and it was the icing on the cake to see Mo Farah too."

Surrey XC League Match 2 Wimbledon Common Saturday 12th November by David Mills

 

Whilst a schools XC match left us short of a few runners, outstanding performances by all present on the day saw our U13G'S team take a fantastic 2nd place and our U17/U15B's an impressive 3rd.

The absences left us short of a team in the U13 boys but Rokko Secker and Christo Charambalous both ran strong races finishing well up the field.

Our U13G'S were led home by Isla Kinniburgh - in a purple patch of form this season - in 6th place, followed closely by Neve MacGregor in 11th, Olivia Aries 19th and Daisy Barton 22nd. The team have moved up to 2nd place (from 4th after match 1) in the league.

A strong turnout in front of the Surrey County Selectors by our U17/U15B's saw Samuel Stapley finish 2nd with Euan Willis close behind taking 4th place. Good support came from Sam Rolaston and Max Orchard completing the scoring, with Will John-Cox and Pete Littlemore (in his first Surrey League appearance) finishing in good positions too. The boys retain 3rd spot in the league after two matches.

Selections will be announced soon for the teams that will represent Surrey at the South of England Inter-Counties Championships held annually in December. Taking place this year at Horspath, near Oxford, on Saturday 10th December. These will be Surrey County teams as opposed to Surrey Schools.

 

Dates for the Diary - Junior Cross Country

Sunday 4th December - Border League Lightwater Country Park, Woking

Saturday 14th January - Surrey XC League, TBA

Saturday 11th February - Surrey XC League, Lloyd Park

Sunday 12th February - Border League Guildford

Sunday 5th March - Border League Reigate Priory Park

  

Senior Section News

Senior Training at K2 Tomorrow (Tuesday 16th November)

Just a reminder that there is a training session at K2 tomorrow evening at 7:30pm. For anyone who can't make it to K2 there is also the usual session at Battlebridge at 7pm. See the Calendar for full details.

 

Saturday 12th November - Surrey XC League Fixture 2 at Oxshott Woods

The second fixture of the Surrey Cross Country League took place on Saturday 12th November in unseasonably warm weather in Oxshott Woods. The event was hosted by Elmbridge Road Runners. 

The men's team finished in 5th place and the ladies' team finished in 3rd, or was it 2nd?

You can read a full match report written by Ewan here...it's well worth a read!

 

Sunday 13th November 11AM - "Team Yogi" Run The Leatherhead Fire Station Charity 10k

 

Team Yogi LtoR: Toby Kent , Gail Hill, Naomi Jones, Beccy Prentice, Mel Fulton-Bell (partially hidden), Fran Afonso, Paul Sapsard, Moray Carey, Lucy Kulp, Jo Hennessy, Gemma Firth. Kneeling at the front Jake Boud, Jack Finn and Ian Edmonds. Missing from the photo is Julia Dawe.

The man himself, Ian Edmonds ...aka Yogi

In celebration of Ian Edmonds' recent significant birthday (Ok he was 70) a team of RPAC athletes competed in the Leatherhead Fire Station 10K yesterday. Many of them ran as "Team Yogi" (Ian's nickname for the uninitiated). First home was evergreen Paul Sapsard in 48:42, followed by Jo Hennessy in 51:17.

It sounds like a great race - it's for charity, it's a challenging route with 4km of uphill, 4km of downhill and 2km of flat, and an ample supply of home-made cakes at the end. What more can you ask for? 

 

Sunday 20th November Brighton 10K Club Championship Race

Our Club Championship 10K race is being held this coming Sunday in Brighton. If you want the chance to win some of our coveted silverware there is still time to enter here. The cost is £24 for affiliated runners.

 

Sunday 20th November MABAC Farley Heath

If you are not running at Brighton please come to help us retain our second place in the MABAC league by joining us at Farley Heath. We really need to get as many people out as we can. If you haven't run in a MABAC race before I can guarantee that you will find someone to compete with and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Hopefully it won't be as wet as it was at Nonsuch a few weeks ago. 

We will meet in Bell St Car Park at for an 08:45 departure. Please let me know if you need a lift, or if you are willing to drive (). Actually it would be really useful if you could let me know if you plan to run so that I can get an idea of numbers.

The MABAC AGM is being held in the Bandroom in Cranleigh at midday if anyone is interested in attending. The agenda for the AGM is here.   

 

Saturday 26th November Couch to 5K Graduation at Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun

Our current Couch to 5K course is nearing its end and they will be graduating by running Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun on Saturday week, 26th November. Please come and run to show your support for our graduands; in the past we have enjoyed very good support. As usual we will be going to the Toby Carvery in Langley Green afterwards for breakfast.  Please let us know if you'd like further details.

 

Dates for Your Diary 

 Sunday 20th November 10K Club Championship

Sunday 20th November MABAC Farley Heath & AGM

Saturday 26th November  - Couch to 5K Graduation @ Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

Thursday 1st December - Jimmy James Race 3

 

Keep in touch

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Surrey League XC Match 2 Oxshott Woods

Surrey League XC Match 2 Oxshott Woods

Category: Seniors News

Surrey League XC Match 2 Oxshott Woods 12th November 2022

By Ewan McKay

Saturday’s cross country fixture at Oxshott Woods was a poke in the eye for all climate-change deniers. It was such a warm day for mid-November that many members of the RPAC cross-country Ultras were pretty disgusted. “Paddy Patrick will not remove his upper garments”, Paddy himself exclaimed on WhatsApp, “unless it’s 5 degrees or lower” and as a result didn’t turn up. As we all know, Steve Bass performs best when he’s wading through knee deep mud so although he was there in person, he didn’t turn up either.

The only person happy with this unexpected turn of events was Somerset's sun-seeking resident, Malcolm Woodman. Woodman, 60, was so delighted by the fair forecast that he came out of retirement just for this event. Some saw him drinking what looked like a can of Estrella after crossing the line, such was the intense warmth of the afternoon.

The ground was extremely compacted making trail shoes the footwear of choice. Those of us who decided in advance to wear spikes would rue that decision as the stony paths were quite painful and tree roots were everywhere. Ian Stammars and Linda Rodriguez-McRobbie both turned their ankles and I think we all felt sympathy for that poor guy who went down on the start line and must have inevitably succumbed to the odd stud or two.

RPAC’s evergreen Ginevra Stoneley and Fran Dunham weren’t to struggle however. Despite reporting that he "couldn’t really be a***d", Fran still kicked everyone else’s. Ginevra must have heard that the men’s team was eating all of Linda’s maple syrup pecan bars and so ghosted to the finish line for first place amongst RPAC ladies in an excellent time of 23.54.

Both teams packed in well but there was a sense that some of the bigger boys had come out to play who’d not made it to Priory Park for the previous fixture. Indeed the chap who placed 1st in the first fixture was only 6th at Oxshott. As such, the men’s team finished in 5th and sit mid-table overall. Our ladies fared better finishing in 3rd place. Is promotion a possibility ladies? STOP PRESS: The ladies theoretically sit in second position in the division, as 'full on tri' don't really count as they should actually sit in Division 1 but turned up to the wrong venue for fixture one! 

Back to the weather, one can only hope that the temperatures will drop significantly ahead of the next fixture and then results will improve. To this end, RPAC’s most senior crystal ball gazers sent Rishi Sunak last week to COP27 to put an end to all this nonsense.

Rishi has now promised us cold winds, mud baths and a beast from the East. Given many of the recent promises made to us, expect none of this to come to fruition and I’ll see you all in January for pina coladas, watermelon and volleyball.

Reigate Priory AC News 7th November 2022

Reigate Priory AC News 7th November 2022

Category: All Club News

All Club News

 

Saturday 5th November - Priory Relays report from the Race Director

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to making the Priory Relays a huge success. Far too many people to mention individually, but I will single out Moray Carey who did so much of the behind-the-scenes administration and procurement; and our sponsor Bell Street Barbers is also from the membership, thank you Conner. We are also privileged to have the help of officials not all affiliated to the club.

We have received lots of complimentary feedback from those that took part which all down to you all.

Jas.

 

Saturday 19th November - The Orchard's Marathon Challenge

On Saturday 19th November the Orchard family are running a marathon at Battlebridge to raise money for Children in Need. Please see this to see how you can support them and donate. We want photographic evidence of the event for the newsletter please!
 

Thursday 24th November - Quiz Night!

Euan Willis and Will John-Cox are holding a quiz night on Thursday 24th November 7PM as part of their fundraising efforts for the World Scout Jamboree. Would you like to enter a team? See full details 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 5th November - English National XC Relay Championships, Mansfield - by David Mills

Outstanding performances by our U17 boys Euan Willis, Sam Rolaston and Samuel Stapley at Berry Hill Park on Saturday saw them finish 11th out of 81.

With clubs from all across England represented, the boys built on their success from the Surrey County XC Relay Championships last month (which they won). Tackling the 3K undulating course in chilly, wet conditions, they each kept up a gruelling pace to record one of our best team finishes at these National Championships.

 

Sunday 6th November  - Border League @ Lightwater Country Park - by Mike Gent

The first match of this year's Border League took place at Lightwater Country Park on Sunday. This is a league comprised of ten Clubs from Surrey/Berkshire and Hampshire. RPAC fielded 22 athletes across the 8 races, U11s to U15s boys and girls, although disappointingly no U9 boys nor any Under 15s. Mercifully the torrential downpour in which we left Reigate abated for the duration of the match and the day was brightened by a celebrity guest.

There were some great performances from Reigate across the board. The highlights were the under 11 and under 13 girls. Despite placing four runners in the top 10, in a field of 83 athletes, the U11 girls finished second on the day to a very strong YAC team. Gracie Shade and Denie Ornella finished third and fourth respectively, with Charlotte Ebbs and Emily Beaty competing the scoring team coming in seventh and tenth. Isabel Finlay also ran strongly. In the U13 Girls we were placed first on the day, quite comfortably, after a great team performance with Isla Kinniburgh, winning the race, Neve MacGregor placing third and Lara Tombleson and Olivia Aries coming in sixth and seventh respectively. In the U9 girls Vivienne Loynes ran very well in her first race for RPAC to finish fourth, Vhari Macgregor finished sixteenth and Eleni Harvey, Aurelia Beckett and Edith Duncton ran determinedly to complete the scoring team who were placed fourth overall.

For the boys the U11s produced another strong team performance, being placed third on the day, with the team being led home by Finlay Killick finishing seventh in his first race for RPAC, strongly supported by Gillies Macgregor, thirteenth, with Isaac Armitage and George Duncton competing well to complete the team. In the U13 boys James Beatty ran well to finish fourth and Evan Moffat and Robert Duncton also ran strongly to place well.

For many the highlight of the day was Mo Farah's twin daughter, Aisha, competing in her first competitive race, for Walton, with Dad in attendance lending his encouragement. Mo very patiently posed for selfies for anyone who wished to take advantage of this, which I know a number of our athletes did. Hopefully Aisha will still be competing for Walton when we host the final race at Reigate in March.

 

Surrey XC League Match 2 Wimbledon Common next Saturday, 12th November

The second of the four Surrey League XC matches for the Juniors takes place on Wimbledon Common next Saturday.

The start/finish area is close to the junction of Windmill Road/Parkside.

U13 boys 10.30
U13 girls 11.00
U15/U17 boys 11.30
U15/U17 girls 12.00

Details can be found here: https://www.surreyleague.org/sll/match/140/

If you ran in the first match at Effingham Common, please bring your Surrey League number to wear again. (Girls will receive their printed numbers as these were handwritten at Effingham Common).

If this will be your first race in this season's Surrey League, please let  know you will be there and a number will be ready for you at the start.

No Saturday 10am session this week as we will be at Wimbledon Common.

 

Dates for the Diary - Junior Cross Country

Saturday 12th November - Surrey XC League, Wimbledon Common

Sunday 4th December - Border League Lightwater Country Park, Woking

Saturday 14th January - Surrey XC League, TBA

Saturday 11th February - Surrey XC League, Lloyd Park

Sunday 12th February - Border League Guildford

Sunday 5th March - Border League Reigate Priory Park

  

Senior Section News

 

Hi-viz for evening running please

Please ensure that you can be seen when running. Hi-viz clothing is essential, and you should wear or carry a torch.

 

Saturday 5th November -  Priory Relays 2022 - race report from Gillian O'Regan

What a fab day! Despite the non-stop rain we had encountered in the week lead up to the event, everyone bought their A game and their smiles and embraced the ankle deep mud and fun!

Anyone that has ever been part of the Priory Relays in previous years, including other clubs, will know that is a great event no matter the weather and a brilliant team day out for everyone running, volunteering, baking and marshalling.

It was great to get back to pre-covid times with no restrictions, ultimately meaning a lot more fun and very importantly refreshments at the end to help fund the club. Thanks to all the bakers and volunteers at HQ too – this was a well-received part of the event and much needed after the cold outdoors.

The day ran smoothly, apart from a slightly delayed start with some missing teams, we even got a break from the torrential down pour whilst out running so timing was on our side at least! I’m also pretty confident we managed to get our teams home with no falls, rolls in the mud or major injuries (apart from Jo’s returning hamstring injury unfortunately)!

The 4km course definitely proved more of a challenge with the slippery up hills in the first kilometre of the course and again climbing up to the ridge. We never expected any PB’s, but we did see some incredible performances in both the men's and ladies teams.

RPAC A Ladies team finished in a fantastic 5th place overall out of a total of 39 teams
(Laura Ebbs, Ginevra Stoneley & Jo Davey)

Other results - Ladies
RPAC C - 12th overall
RPAC D - 16th overall
RPAC B - 17th overall


RPAC A men's team finished impressively in 6th place overall out of a total of teams 44 teams
(Rob Wigley, Ryan Harris, Steve Bass & Connor Wickens)

RPAC B men's team placed 32nd.

Results at https://www.rpac.org.uk/prioryrelays

Once again a huge thank you to everyone involved to make it a huge success, especially Race Director Jas Dhanda and organiser Moray Carey who put in a lot of work to make this event possible.

 

Saturday 12th November - Surrey XC League Fixture 2 at Oxshott Woods

The second match of the Surrey Cross Country league will be held on 12th November at Oxshott Woods, hosted by Elmbridge Road Runners.

Address - Oxshott Woods, A244, Oxshott, KT22 0TA

Men will be racing at 1pm - Division 2

5 miles over three laps

reply to:  (Rob & Ewan will receive these emails).

Ladies will be racing at 2pm - Division 2

3.5 miles over two laps

reply to:  (Nat & Gillian will receive these emails).

 This is a new venue, so we are not familiar with the course, however we do know it will be run over wooded trails, with a short sharp hill & some technical climbs. As always, trail shoes or spikes are recommended and club vests must be worn.

Please let your team managers know in advance if you are able to take part so race numbers can be allocated. Please use the email addresses provided above to confirm if you are able to make the event.

More information can be found on the website: surreyleague.org

 

Sunday 13th November 11AM - Leatherhead Fire Station 10k

This is going to be a 70th birthday celebration run for Ian Edmonds. Anyone wishing to enter should enter as part of "Team Yogi". https://register.enthuse.com/ps/event/LeatherheadFireStationCharity10K2022

 

Sunday 20th November 10K Club Championship and Final MABAC of the season

Whether you prefer Road Racing or Cross Country everyone will have the opportunity to don their club vest on  Sunday 20th November.

If you fancy a chance at winnin