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Reigate Priory AC News 23rd March 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 23rd March 2020

Club News For Everyone

This will be a very brief newsletter this week as there is no news about training, events, results, social gatherings or any of the other things we normally report on.  I've had to rewrite it in light of the PM's announcement this evening so I'll apologise in advance for any grammatical errors, inaccuracies or if I have phrased things badly.

The first thing to say is that I hope you and your families are all keeping well. What strange and trying circumstances we find ourselves in and let's hope that better times return very soon. 

The second thing to say is that whilst we cannot organise training sessions or competitions there is nothing to stop you from running. Even with the new restrictions imposed today you are still  allowed to run once a day. The advice from the Chief Medical Officer and others is that exercise is beneficial for your physical and mental wellbeing (no surprises there). If you do run you must observe the "social distance" regulations and keep at least 2 metres away from everyone else. Over the weekend a member of the public complained to Malcolm that members of the club were running in Priory Park without maintaining the recommended distance between them. With the new restrictions imposed this evening running with friends is not going to be possible, however it is inevitable that you are going to bump into fellow club members when out running; I'd urge you to exercise common sense and give them a friendly wave, exchange some banter from a distance and carry on on your own route. 

I was wondering whether we should set up some virtual competitions in the absence of the real thing.   I'm not suggesting that we should all follow the lead of the Frenchman who ran a marathon on the balcony of his apartment, but I was thinking of things like most miles run in a week, fastest mile, earliest run, latest run, etc. If you think this is a good idea let me know, particularly if you can think of some interesting categories 

 

Keep in touch

 It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Update from the Chair, March 2020

Update from the Chair, March 2020

COVID-19 Update; AGM, Club Officers & Committee Members; Ian Martin stops coaching; Summary Minutes

Some important matters to cover this week, so an update from me rather than the regular Weekly News. My apologies for the length of this update, but I need to cover these topics in full, please bear with me and read to the end!

COVID-19 Update

England Athletics have this morning issued 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 events should be suspended until at least the end of April". The full statement is available here. All upcoming Reigate Priory AC events, including group training sessions, are therefore cancelled with immediate effect.

I would however reiterate the advice in the EA guidance that you are all encouraged to maintain your own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

We will keep you all informed if there are further club developments, but in the meantime, please keep safe but keep running!

AGM, Club Officers & Committee Members

Membership Secretary

Jas Dhanda has resigned as Membership Secretary with immediate effect. My thanks to Jas for the work he has done for the club over the last 10 months.

Nat Wilson has agreed to take on the role for the remainder of Jas’ term, i.e. until the AGM 2021. As the Membership Secretary is one of the 4 Officers of the Club, she needs to be formally elected, rather being simply co-opted on to the Committee. We will use the same process as we have used for other roles in the past. Nominations for the post of Membership Secretary are therefore now open for 14 days, until Tuesday 31st March. If there are no other nominations in that time, Nat will be deemed to have been elected unopposed.

Annual General Meeting

The Club AGM is planned for the evening of Monday 27th April. However, it is highly likely we will be unable to hold a physical meeting then because of COVID-19. The choices will be to either hold a virtual meeting or postpone.

If any member or parent has access to the technology for a virtual meeting and experience with using it, then please let me knowChair.jpg.

If we need to postpone the AGM, then we will need to make plans for addressing the topics that will normally be covered at the meeting, for example election of the new committee and setting of the membership fees for 20/21. Your Committee will address these in the coming weeks, but if anyone has any suggestions, please contact me Chair.jpg or Ginevra Stoneley secretary.jpg.

Secretary, Treasurer & Committee Members

Both the Secretary (Ginevra) and Treasurer (Anthony Collins) come to the end of their 2 year terms of office this year. Anthony has indicated that he will not be standing again. The 6 other committee members are all up for re-election this year, as they serve a 1 year term.

The role of Treasurer requires:

  • An ability to juggle figures
  • Management and reconciliation of the club’s bank accounts
  • Record keeping
  • Maintenance and development of the Club’s finance policies

Whilst the Secretary requires:

  • Minute taking at Committee meetings and AGM
  • Liaison with EA, regional and county athletics associations, including DBS validation

The “general” committee members simply require a willingness to undertake activities on behalf of the club, exact roles will be allocated based on who is on the committee and their areas of expertise.

If anyone associated with the club is willing to stand for any of these roles, or wants further information, again please contact meChair.jpg or Ginevra secretary.jpg.

Other Activities

We are looking to develop our plans for development of either Battlebridge or another suitable local location, to ensure we have access to fit-for-purpose facilities. This activity is progressing slowly, due to the lack of time and suitable experience of the members of the Committee. If there is anyone with knowledge of this type of development and working with a local council (possibly a surveyor?) who would be willing to assist, please get in touch with me Chair.jpg. You do not need to be a member of the Committee to help in this way!

We are also looking for assistance with our Communication & (especially) Marketing. Again, if you have relevant experience and are able to help, please contact Ginevra secretary.jpg.

Ian Martin

After many years of coaching our Juniors and Seniors, Ian has decided he is going to step back from coaching during this year. We owe Ian a massive thank you for all the coaching he has done for us; in his time the club has achieved many notable individual & collective successes. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ian personally for everything he has done for the Club, it has been a pleasure working with you Ian.

The current plan is for Ian to stop coaching the Seniors at the end of June 2020 and the Juniors in September 2020. Ellis Cain-Jones and the rest of the club coaching will be developing plans in the coming months to cope without Ian once he has retired.

Summary Minutes

The summary minutes of the February 2020 Committee meeting are available here.

Malcolm Woodman

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Reigate Priory AC News 9th March 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 9th March 2020

Club news for everyone

 

Our Club Vision In Action

Two events this weekend illustrate our club vision of providing "athletics for everyone".

On Saturday 7th March seven runners graduated from our first Couch to 5K course by completing the Tilgate Parkrun. A team of RPAC runners was there to help support and encourage them. The full story is here.

Meanwhile Jo Davey was competing in the British Masters Indoor Track Championships at the Lee Valley Athletics Track. Jo was competing in the 800m event for ladies aged 35-45. She finished as the 1st V45 lady and is now British Champion. The full story can be found here.

 

Saturday 21st March Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism and Grand Prix event 2 @ Worthing

On Saturday 21st March Worthing Parkrun is not only our Parkrun Tourism destination, but also the second event in the Reigate Priory AC Grand Prix 2020 season.

The Reigate Priory AC Grand Prix is a great opportunity for any member to gain a running award in 2020. You can read more about the Grand Prix here.

We will travel in minibuses to Worthing and will finish off by having Breakfast in The Burlington Hotel on Worthing sea front.

Please note that the deadline for letting Paul know if you need a space on the minibus or if you want to join us for breakfast is 19:00 on Saturday 14th March.

We want to invite Reigate Priory AC members from the senior section to take part in this event as part of the Grand Prix, but additionally we hope that parents of junior members and accompanied junior members will also come along, and as long as there is space non-members are very welcome come along. Note that for club members, we want to encourage you to wear your Reigate Priory AC vest.

Further details are here

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday 21st March. 

 

 

Junior news

Surrey Primary Schools Cross Country 7th March Priory Park

The Surrey Primary School Cross Country Races held on Saturday March 7th at Reigate Priory brought together the top 80-90 runners from across Surrey in a high quality series of races. We don't have a full list of RPAC runners who competed for their schools, however we noted that Max Orchard is the Year 6 Boys Champion.

 

 

K2 Dates

The first two visits to K2 this year will be on Tuesday 24 March and Tuesday 21st April.

The sessions start at 7:00pm and are open to all Junior and Academy members.

   

Senior news

 New Club 10K Record

Matt Ryde set a new men's V40 record at the Run Through Battersea Park 10K on 15th February. Matt finished in 33:06, beating the previous record (set by Matt Ryde laughing) by 3 seconds. Apologies that we haven't publicised this before Matt.

 

Members' news

 Ruth Willis and Kate Knight competed in the Surrey Half Marathon in Woking on Sunday 8th March. Ruth finished in 1:35:37 and Kate in 2:46:12. A new Half Marathon PB for Ruth and Kate was 32 minutes faster than in the same event last year. Well done ladies. 

 

Dates for the Diary

 

Saturday 21st March Parkrun Tourism and Grand Prix event 2 @ Worthing parkrun.

Thursday 26th March Jimmy James Handicap 19:30@Denbies - final event of the season

Sunday 29th March Cranleigh 15/21 09:00 - a MABAC open event and perfect for London Marathon training. Volunteering opportunities available!

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

 

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

 
Reigate Priory AC News 2nd March 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 2nd March 2020

Club news for everyone

 

Sunday 1st March - A BIG THANK YOU to our MABAC and Border League Volunteers

Massive thanks to everyone involved - read this from Andrew Bamford.

 

Saturday 21st March Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism and Grand Prix event 2 @ Worthing

On Saturday 21st March Worthing Parkrun is not only our Parkrun Tourism destination, but also the second event in the Reigate Priory AC Grand Prix 2020 season.

The Reigate Priory AC Grand Prix is a great opportunity for any member to gain a running award in 2020. You can read more about the Grand Prix here.

We will travel in minibuses to Worthing and will finish off by having Breakfast in The Burlington Hotel on Worthing sea front.

We want to invite Reigate Priory AC members from the senior section to take part in this event as part of the Grand Prix, but additionally we hope that parents of junior members and accompanied junior members will also come along, and as long as there is space non-members are very welcome come along. Note that for club members, we want to encourage you to wear your Reigate Priory AC vest.

Further details are here

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday 21st March. 

 

Saturday 7th March Couch to 5K Graduation Day @ Tilgate parkrun

We're meeting at Earlswood Lakes car park at 7:50AM on Saturday 7th March for an 8:00AM get-away car sharing to Tilgate.

If you'd like to be with us to encourage the participants, please turn up in your club top!

 

Junior news

 

Sunday 1st March Border League @ Priory Park, Reigate

Reigate hosted the fourth and final match of this year’s Border League on Sunday.

We were blessed by the weather and almost 40 RPAC members competed across the eight races. Highlights were individual medals across the four match series for Lisette Matthews, fifth in U9 Girls, James Beatty, second in U9 boys, Max Orchard, first in U11 boys and Oscar Curry, second in U15 boys. Also the U9 boys and girls both came third equal out of the fourteen Clubs.

Thank you very much to the many Club members and parents who volunteered and enabled us to put on this event.

 

Other Junior news

The first visit to K2 this year will be on Tuesday 24 March.

The session starts at 7:00pm and is open to all Junior and Academy members.

   

Senior news

 

Sunday 1st March MABAC League @ Reigate Priory

Well done to our 16 athletes who produced some great results. Please see the report here. Fantastic!

 

Members' news

It was the Jimmy James Handicap on Thursday 27th February - results to follow.

On Saturday 29th February Adrian Grant notched up his 250th parkrun at Reigate - congratulations Adrian!

On Sunday 29th March five Reigate Priory AC members ran in the Vitality Big Half around London. See their results here.

On Sunday 1st March Kate Knight ran 2:52:24 at the Eastbourne Half - an improvement of 30 minutes on last year.

 

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 3rd March 7PM Battlebridge Track 5 x 8 mins with fast bursts of 1 minutes at  3 and 7 mins in each rep.

Wednesday 4th March 7PM Sovereign Centre, Woodhatch Easy run with a small hill in the middle.

Thursday 5th March 6:30PM Majestic Wine, Bell Street, Reigate A road session of about 5 miles with an alternative of 3.5 miles.

Sunday 8th March 9:00AM Meet at Earlswood Lakes for 100 minutes easy, all welcome.

Saturday 7th March Couch to 5K Graduation @ Tilgate Parkrun. All welcome to come and support our participants.

Saturday 21st March Parkrun Tourism and Grand Prix event 2 @ Worthing parkrun.

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 5th March 2020

Last Thursday the pub was busy, but yes, another win notched up, with the £40 proceeds to Médecins Sans Frontières.

If anyone wants to join the team please email . You need to be there by 19:45.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 24th February 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 24th February 2020

Club news for everyone

 

 MABAC & Border League Races on 1st March

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help at the MABAC & Border League races on Sunday 1st March. We now have enough people to help. Emails will be sent out shortly to give you details of your role. The MABAC race starts at 10:00 and the Border League Races start at 12:00.

 

Volunteering for helping at the London Marathon 26th April 2020

At the time of writing there are still a few places left for volunteering at the London Marathon. If you want to help please contact Donna Barrington-Smith by emailing 

 

Saturday 29th February Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism @ Nonsuch

On Saturday 29th February 9AM we'll be at Nonsuch Parkrun, weather permitting. A note of caution: Nonsuch Parkrun has been cancelled for the last two Saturdays because of the extreme weather conditions. However, the organisers state "We are determined that we won't have to cancel Saturday 29th". We will keep checking during the week to see if it is going to be on and will let you know if there is a change of plan. 

Assuming that it is going ahead we will meet at 7:45AM at Reigate College (Rushworth Road entrance) to car share. (The car park will be locked afterwards until our return.)

If more convenient to you, please just make your own way and we'll see you there.

All seniors, parents and accompanied juniors are welcome. Please run in club vest if you can, and bring some money for refreshments afterwards. We can try Nonsuch Pantry Cafe.

It'd be great to see you! You just need to turn up.

The next Parkrun Tourism event after Nonsuch doubles up as an RPAC Grand Prix event and will be held in Worthing on 21st March. Further details are here and see also the note about the Grand Prix in the Senior News section of this newsletter.

  

Junior news

 

Early Season 800m PB'S for Shakila and Lilah at Lee Valley 22nd February

Two of our talented U15 girls travelled to Lee Valley Indoor Athletics  Arena on Saturday to compete in the 800m. Both recorded new PBs. The full story can be found here.  

Junior K2 dates

These are now confirmed for the rest of 2020. There will be no visits to K2 in Crawley in January or February. The bookings we have are March 24, April 21, May 19, June 23, July 28, Sept 22, Nov 10, Dec 8.

All sessions start at 7:00pm, last 1 hour and are open to all Junior and Academy members.

   

Senior news

Club Championships Wokingham Half Marathon 23rd February

Club records tumbled as twenty five RPAC runners travelled to Wokingham on Sunday for the first Club Championship race of the season. A full report of the race is available here   and the results are here.

 

 Jimmy James Handicap @Denbies Thursday 27th February 19:30

This Thursday sees the penultimate Jimmy James Handicap of the 2019/20 season. There's still everything to play for. Prompt start at 19:30 do not forget your hi-viz and torch. If you plan to run or you need a handicap time please let me know by emailing  

 

 Club Grand Prix meets Parkrun

Rick has done a sterling job and the Grand Prix groups have been finalised and published here with the results of the first event (Windsor MABAC) included. The next Club Grand Prix event is the Worthing Parkrun on 21st March. Full details of this event are here.

 

Members' news

Jim Vince competed in the Seville Marathon on Sunday 23rd February, finishing in 3:45:34, his fastest marathon since 2015. Awesome Jim!

Closer to home Anna Roberson and Kate Knight completed the Grand Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday 23rd February. Anna finished in 1:47:13 and Kate in 2:50:24. Great run Anna! Despite the blustery wind Kate was 30 minutes quicker than last year and a new PB by some 9 minutes. Well done Kate!

Results for both events are available here

 

Dates for the Diary

 

Thursday 27th February Jimmy James Handicap @Denbies

Saturday 29th February Parkrun Tourism @ Nonsuch parkrun

Sunday 1st March 10:00AM MABAC Reigate and 12:00 Border League XC Priory Park

Saturday 7th March Couch to 5K Graduation @ Tilgate Parkrun. All welcome to come and support our participants

Saturday 21st March Parkrun Tourism and Grand Prix event 2 @ Worthing parkrun

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 27th February 2020

At the last quiz two weeks ago team RPAC won, and we despatched Moray Laing to give our winnings to the transplant sport charity. We will be at The Blue Anchor again this Thursday 27th February.

If anyone wants to join the team please email . You need to be there by 19:45.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Early Season 800m PB'S for Shakila and Lilah at Lee Valley

Early Season 800m PB'S for Shakila and Lilah at Lee Valley

Saturday  22 February

With the amount of rain over the past week, it was a welcome change for two of our talented U15G'S  who made the long trip to the Lee Valley Indoor Athletics  Arena to compete in the 800m.

A trip well worth making as both girls turned on the power to record new PB's. For Lilah, her second 800m PB of the year, and for Shakila a PB in her first official 800m race of the year. Not bad for February!

Pics from Lee Valley:

Welcome to the Junior section

This site aims to inform youngsters and their parents or guardians about the junior side of the club and will include what’s on, results, photographs, coaching days, who are the coaches and much more.

Reigate Priory Athletic Club Junior Section provides training, coaching and competition in all forms of athletics (track & field, cross-country and road running) for anyone aged between 8 and 17, at all levels from beginner to national standard, within a supportive and friendly environment. We welcome people of all abilities, whether you just fancy ‘having a go’, want to compete at local level or have aspirations to compete in major national championships. We have a full programme of training throughout the year to suit all abilities. We do though ask that members are committed to representing the Club. We are a local athletics club not an after school club. The Coaches are club members who want to see the Club put out large and strong teams in all the Junior competitions and leagues we participate in.

We have a large and very successful junior section that is growing year on year. There are approximately 150 junior members, encompassing a wide range of ability, experience and level of ambition. We consistently have Athletes representing Surrey at both cross country and track and field events at various age groups.

All members receive structured coaching in a number of different training groups. The sessions are led by UK Athletics qualified coaches who have been on child protection courses and have been DBS checked.

The Club is very popular and is currently oversubscribed and having to operate a waiting list.

Training

Junior training takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday morning. See the Coaching and Training page for more details.

What we expect of juniors

All we ask is that the juniors enjoy themselves, keep smiling, listen to the coaches and stick to our Junior Code of Conduct.

The coaches

The coaches ensure that the training suits the runner’s ability and they will help you improve and achieve you goals.

The juniors are well looked after by our coaches who adhere to our club’s Code of Conduct for Coaches. UK Athletics also produce a Junior Sport Fact sheet for coaches and a Checklist for coaches that show how a training session should be run. 

As well as coaching juniors on a Tuesday evening and Saturday mornings, some of the coaches have also worked in local schools and have successfully coached the Reigate & Banstead District Athletics Team at the Surrey Youth Games.