Club News for Everyone
I hope this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping safe and well. I imagine that with the return to school for all of our junior members some semblance of normality is starting to return for most people.
Welcome to our New Members
Please join me in extending a warm RPAC welcome to the following people who have joined the club very recently
Nick Day, John Nash and Jon Payn.
Apologies if I have missed anyone - let us know who you are and you will get a mention next week
Virtual Run Reigate
Our friends at Run Reigate have asked us to help promote the virtual races that they are running this year in lieu of the usual Run Reigate festival. There are 5K, 10K and Half Marathon distances for adults (all £15 entry fee) and 1 mile and cumulative Half Marathon distances for juniors (both £15 entry fee which includes a donation to the Stripey Stork charity). Your chosen distance can be run at any time from 1st-30th September inclusive and you can enter here.
As a bit of fun Jack Finn has come up with a "Rungo" board. It's a combination of running and Bingo(!). The competition runs until Sunday 20th September. Try to complete a line or a column (or the whole "card"). Each item has to be completed on a different run. Let us know when you've completed a row or a column or indeed the whole card.
Run 5K in
|Climb 300m of
Run around a
lake or reservoir
Take a selfie
with a fellow
Run to 3 different
pubs in 3 towns
Run/Jog with someone
who has never run
Complete a virtual
race (Run Reigate?)
Run a route that is
new to you
Run a 1K PB
Take a mid-way
Run from Reigate to
Attend a training
Run 3 times
in a week
Run before the kids
Run with 6+fellow
|Run a 5K PB|
Juniors make up for lost time and bag a string of PBs
Lilah Unwin, Oscar Curry and Max Orchard bagged a string of PBs on their return to racing recently. For the full details of their achievements see here.
Junior Training Sessions
Training for the U11s has resumed on Saturday mornings. We are still constrained by EA guidelines as to the permissible number of athletes per coach and so will each week be asking who wishes to attend so that we can manage the numbers.
Visibility at Evening Training
As the nights are already drawing in, we need runners who are attending evening sessions to consider wearing high visibility clothing. We do have club branded hi viz bibs available on the iProSports club zone (https://www.iprosports.co.uk/club-zone/reigate-priory-athletic-club/) and are looking to offer new branded gear via this site shortly.
Senior Training Sessions
You can see the participants of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday coached sessions here. There are now more than 12 participants on each list, and going forward the numbers for each group will depend on participants occasionally not being able to make an individual session (such as holiday or injury) to limit the groups to 12 people per session. If you know that you can't make a particular session please try to let us know so that your place can be reallocated.
As mentioned in last week's newsletter Ian Edmonds is now running an additional "Recovery and Improvers" session at 6pm on Tuesdays from Battlebridge.
RPAC Athletes Back In Action
Eloise and Graham Bull competed in the Dorney Lake Weekend 10K at Eton Dorney on Saturday 5th September, finishing in 9th and 18th place respectively (2nd and 1st in their respective age categories).
Tom Almond, Freddie Roux and Lee Savage competed in the Run Through Battersea Park 5K on Sunday 6th September, finishing in 15th, 27th and 46th place respectively (13th, 23rd and 2nd in their respective age categories).
Well done to all of you firstly for finding races that were actually going ahead and secondly for your brilliant finish times.
Details of both races are in the Senior Road Race Results section of the website.
Ladies Running Group
Nat sent in a photo from the ladies group that runs together regularly on Sundays.
In case you don't know them, from left to right, front to back are Ginevra Stoneley, Eloise Bull, Gillian O'Regan, Angie Steadman, Nat Wilson and Jo Davey.
Missing from the photo are Jamilla Ncayiyana and Ruth Willis - presumably they were social distancing and didn't want to crowd the photo.
I do know that the group completed around 20km on Sunday at just over 5 minutes per km but I don't know whether this was taken before, during or after the run.
Well done ladies! I think Eloise deserves a special mention for having run with the group after finishing first in her race category in a 10k race on the previous day (see above).
Keep in touch
It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.
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