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Club News for Everyone

 

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 as follows...

Celeste Martin, Emelye Camisotti, Edward Smythe, Lucian Watkins, Lara Tombleson, Imogen Rochelle-Ash and Alex Holland. 

Apologies if I have missed anyone - let us know who you are and you will get a mention next week 

 

Junior News

 

Juniors Success - by Dave Mills

There has been more success over the last week on the track for some of our Juniors.

Racing under the floodlights at Blackheath and Bromley last Monday night, Max Orchard and Lilah Unwin both recorded 800m PBs (again)!
 
Then on Saturday at Herne Hill Harriers, despite the cold and blustery conditions, U15s Shakila Keable and Lilah Unwin battled it out at the front of their 800m race to both record new PBs. For Shakila this was her first track race of the season and for Lilah another in a string of fast times and PBs having competed almost weekly since mid August.
 
U17 Oscar Curry just missed out on another 800M PB, clocking an impressive 2.07.20. 
 

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.  

 

Senior News 

 

Sonia and Mike's big day!

Hearty congratulations to Sonia and Mike who tied the knot on Saturday.

It wasn't quite the celebration they had planned given the current state of affairs with the world, but they went ahead with their neighbours as guests.

 

Wishing Jamilla a speedy recovery

Jamilla Ncayiyana took a tumble whilst out running on Sunday morning and fractured her ankle. We believe she put her foot in a hole that was covered in leaves.
 
We send you the Club's best wishes and hope you'll be back soon Jamilla.
 

Senior Training Survey 

Thanks to everyone (most of you) who have responded to the Doodle poll, if you haven't done so, please can you do it as soon as possible.

You should have received an email from Malcolm about this, but in case you have not the survey can be accessed here.

 

Surrey Winter Fixtures

As England Athletics have not yet been able to issue permits it has been decided to postpone the Masters Cross-Country Championships.
 
Currently the proposal is to hold the Masters Cross-Country Championships on 20th February 2021.
 
The main Cross-Country Championships is planned for 9th January 2021 at Lloyd Park, Croydon; both of which are subject to the latest guidance from EA.
 
 

Premium Racing Vests

Tom is in the process of having a small batch of premium quality RPAC vests made by the British company SOAR. These will be an alternative to the current "standard" vests and are ultra lightweight making them perfect for marathons or warmer weather racing. Tom and Fran will have some samples at track sessions over the next couple of weeks so you could try out the sizes and feel the (lack of) weight of the vests if you are interested in ordering one. The cost of the vests is £60 so it is recognised that these won't be for everyone. If you have any questions please contact Tom ()

 

Kate's Latest Achievement

Last weekend Kate Knight completed the  50Km "Chiltern 50 Action Challenge" in a new PB beating the previous one by 1 hour 15 minutes. 

 

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.

Ian Edmonds is now running an additional "Recovery and Improvers" session starting at 6pm on Mondays from Battlebridge. Please note that this is not a track session.

 

Lament for Parkrun

On 7th September parkrun declared that they were returning in England towards the end of October. On 24th September, given the current circumstances, unfortunately this announcement was rescinded. However, the good new is that Cape Pembroke Lighthouse parkrun did take place in the Falkland Islands with 42 finishers! The results from Saturday are here.  Parkrun tourism anyone! :-)

 

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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