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Volunteers - MABAC & Border League

Stewart McIntyre, Rick Coles, Caroline Wheatley, Ruth Willis, Claire Humphrey, Andrew Bamford, Niall McGregor, Carol Orchard, Mike Pocock, Ginevra Stoneley, Mike Gent, Fiona Gent, Sharon Miller, Julia Kinniburgh, Paul Chandler, Adrian Grant, Paul Walters, Thalia Hessey, Moray Carey, Jas Dhanda, Ian Crouch, Malcolm Woodman, Frank O'Regan, Ian Strong, Andrew Patrick, Andrew Bennett, Sophie Bassi, Ruth Breslaw, Max Smithson, Mr Kirk, Mr Barton.

Recent Volunteers, Jan/Feb 2020

Surrey T&F Indoor Champs, 15-16/2/2020: Ivan Barrett, Ashley Burridge  Surrey Men's XC League - Lloyd Pk, 8/2/2020: Ashley Burridge Surrey Secondary Schools XC Champs - Priory Pk, 18/1/2020: Ivan Barrett, Ashley Burridge, Ian Crouch, Sue Carnell, Paul Chandler, Fiona Gent, Mike Gent, Stewart McIntyre, Michael Stanley, Ian Thomas, Natalie Wilson

Volunteer @ Surrey League X-C, Chobham, 11/1/20

Ashley Burridge - Timekeeper

Volunteers @ Holly Run, 15th December 2019

Adam Woodman, Adrian Bowden, Adrian Grant, Andrew Bamford, Andrew Bennett, Andrew Patrick, Annette Morris, Ashley Burridge, Becky Martin, Caroline Orchard, Caroline Wheatley, Claire Humphrey, David Harris, David Neumann, Dino Pelekani, Donna Barrington-Smith, Duncan Mallison, Emma McAuliffe, Fiona Gent, Frank O'Regan, Ginevra Stoneley, Graham Bull, Helena Tomkins, Ian Crouch, Ian Martin, Ian Miller (Lingfield RC), Ian Thomas, Iris McAuliffe, Jack Finn, Jacqui James, Jane Patrick, Janet Moore, Jas Dhanda, Jim Vince, Jo Davey, Libby Rebuck, Lisa Payn, Malcolm Woodman, Mel Fulton-Bell, Michael Stanley, Mike Gent, Mike Pocock, Mike Scott, Moray Carey, Natalie Wilson, Nicholas Wade, Paul Chandler, Paul Lockye, Paul Walters, Peter Crawshaw, Richard Scrase, Rick Coles, Rob Wigley, Sam Burnett, Sarah Finch, Sarah Walters, Sharon Brennan, Sonia Galloway, Sophie Potter, Stewart McIntyre, Sue Carnell, Taryn Bennett, Thalia Hessey, Tim Else, Usha Stevens

Volunteers @ Priory Relays, 2nd Nov 2019

Adrian Grant, Ali Rustige, Amira & Lashelle Marlow, Andrew Bamford, Anthony Read, Ashley Burridge, Bethany Higgins, Charl Jordaan, Claire Humphrey, Colin Kloes, Craig Parke, Dan Statham, David Clark, David Harris, David Manrow, David Nurse, Drew Burridge, Fran Afonso, Francesca Manrow, Frank O’Regan, Ian Crouch, Ian Martin, Ian Thomas, Jas Dhanda, Jenny Carus, Lee Savage, Lisa Payn, Lou Schofield, Malcolm Woodman, Matthew Aylott, Moray Carey, Nicholas Wade, Paul Chandler, Paul Walters, Pete Statham, Rick Coles, Roger Hillier, Sam Burnett, Sarah Walters, Sharon Brennan, Stephen Smith, Sue Statham, Usha Stevens

A band of 6 plucky RPAC runners set out from Bell Street Car Park on a chilly Sunday morning into the wilds of Surrey to take part in the Winterfold Forest MABAC event. When I say the wilds of Surrey, it really is wild; Winterfold Forest is in the middle of nowhere! We drove out through Shere and kept going - for miles. The road climbed steadily (I am reliably informed by some cycling friends that this is the longest climb in Surrey) and became increasingly narrow.

At last we spotted a sign that said "MABAC" and then began the hunt for somewhere to park. Half a mile up the road Malcolm spotted a pull-in and we managed to squeeze two cars into it before joining the throng of other runners walking back towards the start.

Ian Edmonds raised the excitement level by spotting a creature that couldn't be identified - was it a red squirrel or a stoat, or possibly even a polecat? Who knows? We were joined at the start by Mike Scott and Sonia Galloway who had come direct to the forest, bringing our intrepid band up to 8.

The race is a challenging (i.e. hilly) two lap course through the forest and comprises just over 5 miles. It started with a downhill that was over too quickly, followed by a short undulating section and a very long downhill mostly on tarmac. This afforded us a great opportunity to get our breathing back under control before starting the long uphill slog - and it really is long! Most of it is pretty gradual and on trails, but there is a short section of perhaps 50m that reduces most people to a walk. The first lap finishes with a bit more undulation and the second lap finishes by going back up the start slope.

First home for the RPAC men was Mike fresh from a trail marathon in Dorset, followed by Andrew "Paddy" Patrick, Michael Stanley, Andrew Bamford, Malcolm and Ian. The ladies team was smaller and comprised of just Sonia and Gillian O'Regan on her first outing in the MABAC League.

Despite the small turnout (we were the smallest club by some distance, DMVAC had 72 runners out) we weren't last and finished in a creditable 7th place.

The next MABAC fixture is at Farnham Park on 19th May. It would be really good if we could field a bigger team at that event.

Summer Evening 10K cancellation

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Covid-19 Update

17th March 2020: England Athletics have this morning issue updated guidance that "all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social...