MABAC Wimbledon Common 2nd August
A total of forty five RPAC runners gathered at Wimbledon RFC to take part in the MABAC event last Tuesday evening. This was our biggest turnout by some way and was a far cry from the 8 runners that I reported turning out for the Winterfold Forest MABAC in April 2019! We were not the biggest club however, Dorking and Mole Valley fielded 70 runners (how do they do it?) and Wimbledon Windmilers (the home team) fielded 63. In fact I have been reliably informed that this was the largest ever MABAC race with 286 finishers in the two lap race, 33 finishers in the one lap race and 2 in the juniors race. I am happy to confirm that we cemented our second place in the league and we now have a 228 point cushion over the third placed team, Blackwater Valley Runners. DMVAC remain in first place almost 500 points ahead of us.
The Wimbledon MABAC is always a well attended event, in part I suspect because it's easy to find, there are toilets and there is lots of parking, all features that most of the other MABAC events lack. There are also the added attractions of the post-race buffet provided by the host club and the Wimbledon RFC bar being open. If you haven't run it before it's definitely one to pencil into your diary for next August.
The Wimbledon course is a sort of "frying pan shape" which starts with a "cavalry charge" to the bridge crossing Beverly Brook, before running through the woods alongside the brook and then climbing up towards Caesar's Well. This is a long sandy hill, not particularly steep but it always seems to be difficult to get much momentum. At the top the course loops back down to the brook, before turning uphill again to do the loop again. The run to the finish is back alongside the brook and across the rugby pitches. This year there was a slight diversion at the start and finish as the ground had opened up in places because of the very dry weather.
We had some stellar performances with Rob Wigley finishing in third place in 29:41 and Neil Fenwick in sixth place in 30:02. Jamilla Ncayiyana was our first lady home in 34:56 with Ruth Willis second in 36:30. Despite being misdirected by the marshals Euan Willis was first home in the one lap race in 19:08. Full results are here.
Some of our runners (plus Bobby); some of the faster guys are missing as they were warming up and Kate is also missing as she was permitted to start early.
The "cavalry charge" start....with Rob Wigley, Neil Fenwick and Steve Bass close to the front.
The next MABAC event will be held on Sunday 1tth September at Lightwater Country Park.
A reminder that it is the Elmore 7 this coming Saturday 16th July @ 14:00 which is in the RPAC Grand Prix and Surrey Road League.
See this for entry details.
It'll be a hot one - do hydrate and be careful!
A Clutch of Surrey Medals for RPAC
Thirty five RPAC athletes (including a couple of second claim runners who we know and love) gathered on Brockham Green yesterday morning for the annual Dorking Tens running event. There are two races covering 10 miles and 10 Kms around Brockham, Betchworth and Leigh. The 10 mile race is our Club Championship 10 mile race and also one of our Grand Prix events. It is also a Surrey County Championship race and one of the Surrey Road League fixtures.
There was a problem with the race timing that meant that there may be some issues with the results I'd suggest that if you did run you check the reported results thoroughly. For example Neil Freeman-Jones had 50 minutes added to his finish time at one point.
I've added the results to our results section earlier. Let me know if you find errors.
In the Surrey Championships Tom Almond took bronze in the Senior Men's category , Fran Dunham Silver in the V40 and Rick Coles Gold in the V50 and Jamilla took Bronze in the Senior Ladies' category. Well done to all of you!
Tom Almond writes:
"Twenty of Reigate’s best looking men took to the course on Sunday as part of the RPAC team. In classic Dorking 10 fashion it was 17 degrees and 70% humidity. The weather and rolling course did nothing to dampen efforts across the field and the top four runners for RPAC making up the road league team were: Tom Almond (3rd), Fran Dunham (9th), George Roux (10th) and Rick Coles (14th). Sadly the team was beaten to 1st place by a very strong Clapham chasers. That said our second place does mean that we move ahead of Woking into first place for the overall championship. If we manage to beat SLH and Woking in the remaining races we’re going to take the 2022 road league title! Just the Richmond 10k, Elmore 7 and Elmbridge 10k left to go, please sign up if you haven’t already. A big team is a strong team!"
The 10 mile runners L to R Fran Dunham, Lee Savage, Neil Freeman-Jones, Andrew Pringle, John Masterson , Nick Wade, Andrew Patrick, Jack Finn, Paul Chandler, Ian Stammars, Jas Dhanda, Bathany Higgins, Neil Fenwick, Linda Rodriguez, Tom Almond, Jo Davey, Ruth Willis, Jamilla Ncayiyana, Andrew Reeves, Kate Pain, Jez Greenwood.
Tom, Fran and Jamilla with their Surrey medals
Lisa, Juliette, Moray and Philippa were among those who took part in the 10K race
Anyone recognise these two?
Next Saturday 16th July is Couch to 5K Graduation Day. It’d be great to have you along to run the parkrun and support our participants.
We are going to Ifield Mill Pond Parkrun – see https://www.parkrun.org.uk/ifieldmillpond/ which is a flat parkrun, a little intricate in the route - https://www.parkrun.org.uk/ifieldmillpond/course/, and it is picturesque running around the millpond.
We will meet in the car park of Gossops Parade, Gossops Green, West Sussex, RH11 8HH at 8:30AM. The toilets at the parade should open by 8:30AM, and they have done for our last two visits. From there we will walk to the start (just a 5-minute walk). The parkrun will start at 9:00AM.
After the parkrun we will attend the Toby Carvery at Vancouver Drive, Crawley. RH11 7UR for a slap-up breakfast. We went to this restaurant last time and it was very good. Just so we can tell the restaurant the numbers can you please tell Paul Walters if you are attending the breakfast ?
MABAC Farnham Park Sunday 8th May 2022
With the competing calls of the Surrey Road League Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon and the Run Gatwick Half Marathon, 10K and 5K I feared that we would get a very poor turnout yesterday for the MABAC race in Farnham. I am happy to report however, that I was proved wrong and we actually got a very respectable turnout.
Not only did we get a respectable turnout but RPAC athletes finished in first and second place with Rob Wigley and Andrew Reeves finishing in 30:25 and 31:11 respectively. Frank O'Regan, Ben Stanton and Jez Greenwood were our other scoring men, all finishing in the top 20. Ruth Willis was our first lady home in 37:47 followed by Hannah Williams making her MABAC (and I think, club) debut in 39:52. We had a "Battle of the Pauls" with Paul Chandler finishing ahead of Paul Sapsard by just four seconds.
The full team was Rob Wigley, Andrew Reeves, Frank O'Regan, Ben Stanton, Jez Greenwood, Alastair Swanepoel, Ruth Willis, Paul Chandler, Paul Sapsard, Hannah Williams, Andrew Patrick, David Winzer, Juliette Stern, Andrew Bamford, Sharon Miller, Fran Afonso and Ian Edmonds.
My memory was playing up as well. I had assured people that it wasn't all that hilly, but I was wrong; it was pretty hilly and pretty warm too, but it was good to be out there. Farnham Park at this time of year (and at any other time for all I know) is beautiful.
Sadly for us despite the great performances, we have lost our second place in the league to Blackwater Valley who turned out in droves (it's their local run). They fielded 34 runners to our 17 and had some high scoring lady runners. We are now in third place with everything to play for.
Holmwood Common next month...turn out and help us get our second place slot back!
Ben, Frank and Jez - I think Rob and Andrew were too quick for the photographer.
Alastair and Ruth
Hannah looking like she's enjoying herself and Paul trying to dodge the photograph
Juliette and Paddy
Sharon and Ian both sporting knee braces, but still doing the full distance.