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Reigate Priory AC News 19th February 2024

Reigate Priory AC News 19th February 2024

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URGENT: Volunteers needed for MABAC and Border League events on 3rd March

 
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help out at the MABAC and Border League fixtures. We will be contacting you later this week to let you know what you will be doing 
 
We still need more people so please sign up if you haven't done so already.  Please sign up via the form here

As a reminder of what's going on... On Sunday, 3rd March, RPAC will be hosting a double-header in Priory Park, starting with the senior MABAC race at 10 am, followed by the junior Border League races from 12 to 2 pm. Experience tells us that we need lots of volunteers to stage these event and so far, we do not have enough people signed up. Please help - it's a unique opportunity for junior parents to help at the senior fixture to allow seniors to run and for senior members to help at the Border League races so that parents can watch their children compete. 
 
If you can help, please sign up via the form here: We will need help transporting equipment from Battlebridge on Saturday afternoon, laying out the courses, marshalling at both fixtures, breaking down the courses, and transporting equipment back to Battlebridge afterwards. It will be possible to fulfil some of these roles and also run or spectate. If you have any difficulty with the form or you have any questions please email 
 
We also need a good turnout of athletes in the events so please run if you can....
 
We will not be able to stage these events unless we can get enough volunteers.
 

Hoodie Order

We will shortly be initiating a Hoodie Order for both Seniors and Juniors. I intend to place the order in WC 4th March . You can order a Hoodie using the LoveAdmin App and selecting Optional Extras. You have a choice of having your name on the back, or not, and also of having two initials on the front of the Hoodie. Payment should be made using the LoveAdmin App. Please contact Mike Gent with any questions.
 
 

Saturday 16th March Couch to 5K Graduation and Kate Knight's 500th parkrun at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

You're all invited along to Ifield Mill Pond parkrun on Saturday 16th March to run a flat parkrun as well as support our Couch to 5K participants and cheering in Kate Knight as she finishes her 500th parkrun. We will meet at Gossops Green Parade RH11 8HH (which has parking and a toilet) at 8:30AM to walk to the start. You're very welcome to come to the Langley Green Toby for a celebratory breakfast afterwards, but can you please confirm your attendance at the breakfast to Paul Walters  by Friday 1st March so that I can book the appropriate number of seats. This is always great fun to attend.
 

Saturday 23rd March Reigate Priory parkrun anniversary

The 10th anniversary of Reigate Priory parkrun is on Saturday, 23rd March. It's also the day after Paul Walters' birthday and his first event as a MV60. We will have a gazebo (with RPAC flag) in the park for a post-run breakfast - all club members and families are invited and very welcome! If you've got an RPAC running top, this would be the day to wear it - let's show off the club colours!

Provisional dates for later RPAC Parkrun tourism events are 20th April, 11th May, 8th June, 6th July (possibly Brighton & Hove Parkrun), and 7th September. More details to follow.

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Lilah competes at UK Athletics Indoor Championships 

What an experience for Lilah, taking part in the UK Athletics Indoor Championships at Birmingham on Saturday.

 
17 year old Lilah found herself in the same heat as Jemma Reekie who finished 4th in the 800m final at the last Olympics! (Reekie went on to win Sunday's final with a Championship record and the 2nd fastest indoor 800m time in the world this year).
 
 
Televised live on iplayer by the BBC, and in front of 7,400 spectators in the Utilita Arena, Lilah had to deal with a race with a faster start and first 400m than previously experienced but acquitted herself well in this first foray into the senior ranks.
 

Border League Match 4 - Sunday 3rd March - Reigate Priory Park

We are hosting the fourth and final match of this year's Border League in Priory Park on Sunday 3 March. This is a junior development cross country league with races for U9/U11/U13/U15 boys and girls. The first race is the U9 girls at 12:00pm.
 
I am hoping we can have a really strong turn out from the Club for these races. There is no cost to enter but we do need to register athletes ahead of time, so if your son/daughter would like to race please let Mike Gent know by Thursday 29 February.
 

Young Athlete Club Guildford - Easter Training Camps

The Young Athletes Club ("YAC") in Guildford run an Easter Training Camp at the Spectrum on Wednesday 3rd - Friday 5th April. The sessions run from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Applications close on Thursday 28 March but this will be popular so I would recommend booking sooner if you are interested . We know the YAC people well and these will be good sessions with high quality coaching.
 

Surrey Primary School Cross Country Championships

The Surrey Primary School Cross Country Championships were held in Priory Park on Saturday. There were some strong performances from RPAC athletes across the four races for Year 5 and 6 boys and girls.
 
In the Year 5 Girls race Vivvy Loynes ran well to finish fifth and there were also strong performances from Imogen Leung, Agnes Delaney and Rosie Prior. In the Year 6 girls Gracie Shade led from the start to win comfortably and Olive Barton ran very well to finish eighth. This will, certainly for Gracie, and hopefully for Olive too, win them Surrey vests at the South East Intercounties match in March. In the Year 6 boys we had a strong contingent of RPAC runners with Piers Matthews finishing seventh, Fin Killick fifteenth, Isaac Armitage nineteenth and Rafi Varah twenty second.
 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 24th February National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Sunday 3rd March Border League Match 4, Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

Sunday 3rd March 10:00 MABAC Reigate's Priory Park

If you are not volunteering at this event please run if you can. We need a strong turnout for this, our home fixture. Don't forget that everyone who completes the two lap course will earn at least 5 points. The fastest 5 men and fastest 5 ladies earn more points. 
 
If you haven't done one of these events before it is a low key way of representing the club. They attract runners of all standards so you can be as competitive as you wish. No need to pre-register as we can sort you out with a race number on the day. Please contact me if you have any questions 
 

Thursday 29th February Jimmy James Handicap Race 5

The penultimate Jimmy James Handicap race of the season will take place on Thursday 29th February at Denbies. Please email Jacqui Cooper   to register. Entries will be accepted up to the Sunday 25th February
Any runners who haven’t taken part in any of the races to date please provide your current 5k time, mobile number and emergency contact information when registering.
You must wear hi-viz and a torch in order to run; you will not be allowed to run without them. 
With two races to go Kate Knight is leading the charge, but she can still be caught! 

Start times and final instructions will be sent out by email.

 

Up-coming club fixtures

Please do take note of the fixtures for the Surrey Road League and the track and field Masters League. Get them in the diary and enter the events as appropriate!

 

Saturday 17th February Success at the British Masters Indoor Championships

Andrew Pringle took bronze medal by finishing third place in the M60 triple jump at the MAF Indoor championships with a PB of 9.39m.

 

Sunday 18th February Run Reigate Canicross and Trail 5K and 10K @ Gatton

Some RPAC related photos from this event are shown below...

You can see the results from Reigate Priory AC here.

 

Sunday 18th February XXXIX Seville Marathon

Neil McDonnell completed the 39th Seville Marathon with a chip time of 4h 20m 32s coming in 7,904th place.  Weather was sunny all day reaching 26°C. Congratulations Neil!

 

Dates for Your Diary   

Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

Thursday 29th February Leap Day Jimmy James

Sunday 3rd March MABAC Priory Park

Saturday 16th March Couch to 5K graduation and Kate Knight's 500th parkrun Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

Saturday 23rd March parkrun tourism, Reigate Priory

Sunday 24th March Y2Y North Downs Trek

Sunday 14th April MABAC Winterfold Forest

Wednesday 3rd July Summer Evening 10k 

 

Reigate Priory AC WhatsApp groups

The links to the main club WhatsApp groups are published in the email version of this newsletter. 

 

Keep in touch

If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is .

Reigate Priory AC News 12th February 2024

Reigate Priory AC News 12th February 2024

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URGENT: Volunteers needed for MABAC and Border League events on 3rd March

We're getting desperate: On Sunday, 3rd March, RPAC will be hosting a double-header in Priory Park, starting with the senior MABAC race at 10 am, followed by the junior Border League races from 12 to 2 pm. Experience tells us that we need lots of volunteers to stage these event and so far, we do not have enough people signed up. Please help - it's a unique opportunity for junior parents to help at the senior fixture to allow seniors to run and for senior members to help at the Border League races so that parents can watch their children compete. 
 
If you can help, please sign up via the form here: We will need help transporting equipment from Battlebridge on Saturday afternoon, laying out the courses, marshalling at both fixtures, breaking down the courses, and transporting equipment back to Battlebridge afterwards. It will be possible to fulfil some of these roles and also run or spectate. If you have any difficulty with the form or you have any questions please email 
 
We will not be able to stage these events unless we can get enough volunteers.
 

Swapping out the calendar on our website - again!

The part of our website which provides the calendar needs to be changed to a different product. This was due to happen on Sunday 28th January but the update was defered. We will be performing this change this coming Sunday 18th February,

It is a like-for-like swap, so hopefully the new calendar will work for you just as well as the old one.

Take note though that there may be disruption to the website while it is being modified - particularly to the calendar.

You can always contact us regarding the website with queries or comments via email to I

Surrey Rights of Way consultation

Surrey County Council is responsible for around 2,164 miles of public paths and is currently working on updating its improvement plans for them. Anyone who uses these public rights of way - and that's most of us who run - can have a say in how they're cared for: Respond to this survey by 10 March.  

Reigate Priory parkrun anniversary, 23rd March

The 10th anniversary of Reigate Priory parkrun is on Saturday, 23rd March; it's also the day after Paul Walters' birthday and his first event as a MV60. The plan now is for a gazebo in the park for a post-run breakfast - all club members and families are invited and very welcome! If you've got an RPAC running top, this would be the day to wear it - let's show off the club colours!

Provisional dates for later RPAC Parkrun tourism events are 20th April, 11th May, 8th June, 6th July (possibly Brighton & Hove Parkrun), and 7th September. Do please let Paul know if you know of any events that clash with those dates ().

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Surrey XC Selection for Samuel and Euan  

Congratulations to Samuel on his selection in the Surrey team of eight for the UK CAU Inter-Counties XC Championships in Nottingham on 9th March. A massive event which sees all of the counties from right across the UK sending their top xc runners to compete. Euan is named as a reserve.
 
With a slightly different age grouping, both Samuel and Euan are both selected in the Surrey Schools Senior Boys team of eight for the hugely prestigious English Schools XC Championships on 16th March. This year's event is being held in Pontefract, West Yorkshire. 
 

England Athletics Indoor Track and Field Championships, Sheffield 10/11 Feb 

With XC in Nottingham and Yorkshire to come, Samuel is racking up some serious motorway miles having competed, together with Lilah, in the U20 800m at the England Athletics Indoor Open Championships in Sheffield on Saturday. 
 
Both Samuel and Lilah have made the step up to U20 on the track this year,  and both ran well in their respective heats, each taking 3rd place. However, with the numbers involved, only 1st place in the heats secured places in the final.
 
Still cross-country season so testament to the commitment and effort of both to their training to be able to take on major track races in February!
 
Michael Maguire had a tremendous weekend at the England Athletics Indoor Champs in Sheffield. Competing in the U15 Long Jump and Triple Jump he won two silver medals and achieved two massive personal bests, jumping 5.80m in the Long Jump and 12.08m in the Triple Jump. Congratulations to Michael.
 
 

Surrey Cross Country League - Match 4 West Horsley Place 

Match 4 of this year's Surrey Cross Country League was held at West Horsley Place. As the starter said before each race this was the first time a cross Country Race had been held here for 600 years. It proved an excellent venue, although due to recent rain the course was muddy in the extreme, making it at times very challenging under foot.
 
 
First up were the U13 girls. A strong team performance saw them finish third on the day, to cement their third place overall position for the season. Florence Tombleson led the team home finishing third on the day which meant she was second overall across the season, by the finest of margins, being just one point/place behind the winner. Congratulations Florence. Lara Tombleson ran very strongly to finish ninth and they were ably supported by Olivia Aries and Charlotte Ebbs who finished twenty second and twenty sixth respectively.
 
 
In the U13 boys James De'Ath, in his first race for the Club, and Piers Matthews, running as an U11 in the U13 age group, ran impressively to finish thirty first and thirty second respectively. Neve Macgregor in the U15 race ran well to finish nineteenth.
 

Border League Match 3

The third match of this year's Border League was held at a new venue at Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon. If possible it was even wetter than the Surrey XC league event the previous day. The course was at times very narrow, waterlogged and slippery with a number of athletes losing shoes and falling, including all our U11 boys as the photos will evidence.
 
First race was the U9 girls. Morgan Du Preez was first home in fifth place and is very much in contention for an individual medal across the season after the final race in Reigate. Penelope Gargowitsch and Imogen Leung had great races to finish eighth and tenth and Scarlett Maxwell ran strongly in her first race for the Club finishing sixteenth, ensuring RPAC were second placed team on the day. Amira Jaffer also ran well
 
 
The highlight of the day was the U11 girls race. Gracie Shade went out fast from the start and held her lead to win the race. Having won all three events so far she ensured that she is the outright winner of the U11 girl category for this season. Vivvy Loynes finished third putting her in with a good chance of an individual medal with one race to come. Maya Pocock and Olive Barton ran very well finishing eight and ninth respectively, ensuring RPAC were first team on the day. Sofia Leonard and Freya Brown in their first races for the Club also ran well in the challenging conditions. 
 
 
In the U11 boys Fin Killick was first home in eight place ,with Rafi Varah just behind in tenth, and Isaac Spilling and Isaac Armitage also running strongly for RPAC to be third placed team on the day.
 
 
In the U13 girls race Lara Tombleson and Olivia Aries were very bravely taking on their second race of the weekend and ran very impressively to finish third and tenth respectively, with Sadie Casserley only just behind in fourteenth place, ensuring another top three team finish for RPAC on the day. A strong finish in the final fixture of the season would put Lara amongst the individual medal winners for the season.
 
Piers Matthews not only was doing his second race of the weekend but ended up running in the U13 race despite being an U11 and finished very creditably more than half way up the field.
 

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 17th February Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Year 5 and 6 only, Reigate Priory Park (please note revised date)

Saturday 24th February National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Sunday 3rd March Border League Match 4, Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

 

Surrey League XC Match 4  Saturday 10th February

Sorry that this is not up to the usual standard of amusing XC write ups!

The Ladies' Team travelled to West Horsley Place (aka Button House from BBC's "Ghosts") for their final Cross Country fixture of the season. Judging by the comments that I have seen on Strava I believe it was horrendously muddy! The 'A' team comprising  Laura Gent (27th place in 34:46), Lindsay Browning (48th in 36:47), Jo Davey (57th in 37:17), Ginevra Stoneley (64th in 37:51) and Laura Ebbs (68th in 38:03) finished in 10th place on the day. The 'B' team - Jamilla Ncayiyana (74th place in 38:22), Nat Wilson (78th in 38:39), Abbie Smith (80th in 38:52), Linda Rodriguez (97th in 39:49) and Hannah Wright (113rd in 40:54) finished in 16th place on the day. Natanya Freedman  was a non-scorer and finished in 137th place in 43:05. Overall positions at the end of the season are 14th place for Reigate A and 23rd place for Reigate B. Well done Ladies! I also note that Ruth Willis was ranked 4th overall in her age category for the season - very well done Ruth!

 

The men's team meanwhile travelled over to the much less salubrious surroundings of Lloyd Park in Croydon where I suspect conditions were equally muddy. The men's A team was comprised of Max Smithson (28th place in 31:08), Tom Almond (35th in 31:27), Steve Bass (55th in 32:36), Alister Moses (64th in 33:02), Ben Stanton (67th in 33:05), Jack Yates (78th in 33:49), Rick Coles (88th in 34:22 - good to see you back Rick!), Simon Smythe (90th in 34:26), Dominic Hayward (119th in 36:22) and Tim Pearson (123rd in 36:36). An incomplete B team comprised Ian Burks (162nd in 39:12) and Andrew Patrick (188th in 42:21). The A team finished in 7th place on the day. Overall RPAC finished in 9th position in the league for the season.  Well done Gentlemen!

Results will be posted in the results section in due course. 

 

Jimmy James Handicap Race 5 Thursday 29th February

The penultimate Jimmy James Handicap race of the season will take place on Thursday 29th February at Denbies. Please email Jacqui Cooper   to register. Entries will be accepted up to the Sunday 25th February
Any runners who haven’t taken part in any of the races to date please provide your current 5k time, mobile number and emergency contact information when registering.
You must wear hi-viz and a torch in order to run; you will not be allowed to run without them. 
With two races to go Kate Knight is leading the charge, but she can still be caught! 

Start times and final instructions will be sent out by email

 

Barcelona Half Marathon from Gail Hill

We were awoken early by the wind banging our window and could hear it howling. With the usual quota of nerves and trepidation we set off for the start at the Arc de Triomf in the Cuetadella Parc. Luckily the wind had subsided and it was a bright sunny day. 

The start area was teeming with nervous, excited runners and rather chaotic.  Zoe (Kent) and I were part of the final wave; it was quite a challenge getting where we should be to start. In the end we had to run with some of the faster runners and weave across the road! 
Finally in the start area, excitement mounting, we could hear U2's It's A Beautiful Day pounding out, dancing runners and happy smiles all around. As we got nearer we realised it was a U2 cover band and so it was we set off to the sounds of U2 ringing in our ears!!
Soon we were running along a wide boulevard past several statues, towards a huge column celebrating Christopher Columbus and finally in our stride, though I had already managed to lose Zoe by then!
After the first mile I was boiling and spent the next few yards wrestling to get my long sleeve top from underneath my t-shirt!
Somehow I'd got into a steady pace, as the course weaved out of the city centre before we eventually turned around and headed to the site of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics aquatic sports by the beach - this was a long straight flat section, which I could see i would have to run back along. It wasn't so bad, the kilometres kept disappearing (although it was a half marathon, every sign was in km) and soon I was ascending the only hill, just a tiny ramp really - 19K!! Almost there!! 
Back up from the beach over 12 miles done, running towards the spectacular Familia Sagrada, the roar of the crowd on either side, through the Brooks zone giving a final boost, before turning the final corner, the finish line in site and pushing through to the euphoria of the finish line 🙂
2:22:22 very happy with that 🙂
I picked up my medal and waited for Zoe to finish and she romped about 20 minutes. A brilliant morning in sunny Barcelona 🌞 
 
Well done Gail & Zoe!

 

 

Join us! Surrey Road League fixtures for 2024

Mud, freezing temperatures, and the better-than-average likelihood of a sprained ankle not your thing? Well, there's always the Road League! The fixture dates are set now and remember, league standings will be decided based on a runner's five best scores out of the seven races; learn more about the Surrey Road League here.

Sunday 7th April Sutton 10k
Sunday 12th May Richmond Half
Sunday 2nd June Dorking 10
Sunday 23rd June Richmond 10k (club championships)
Saturday 13th July Elmore 7
Sunday 21st July Elmbridge 10k
Friday 26th July Wedding Day 7k

Clarification of the rules for Club Championship races

In order to be eligible to win a Club Championship trophy you must enter a designated championship race as a member of Reigate Priory Athletic Club and you must run in an RPAC vest. The exception to these rules is the club marathon championship, where you can enter any road marathon race that is eligible to be included on the Power of 10 website and you can wear a RPAC vest, a charity vest or a county or country vest. You must still be entered as being a member of Reigate Priory Athletic Club.

Members' news

Ashley Burridge reports that  "It was a pleasure to welcome Andrew Pringle to the timekeeper's stand for the first time at yesterday's EMAC/VAC Indoor Championships at Lee Valley. 
We always need licensed officials to meet our responsibilities at various track & field and endurance events which the club competes in.
If, like Andrew, you would like to get involved as an official, information and courses can be found on the England Athletics website: https://www.englandathletics.org/coaches-and-officials/officials-qualifications/
The club's officials would be more than happy to discuss this process and what's involved. Contact via the  "
 
Kate Knight reports that she: " completed 8 laps of Ferry Meadows Country Park (Peterborough) for my 159th marathon. A fantastic day and met up with some fantastic people.  Very wet under foot. And waded through 2 areas of deep water!" Well done Kate!
 

Dates for Your Diary   

Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

Thursday 29th February Leap Day Jimmy James

Sunday 3rd March MABAC Priory Park

Saturday 16th March Couch to 5K graduation, likely Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

Saturday 23rd March parkrun tourism, Reigate Priory

Sunday 24th March Y2Y North Downs Trek 

Sunday 14th April MABAC Winterfold Forest

Wednesday 3rd July Summer Evening 10k 

 

Reigate Priory AC WhatsApp groups

The links to the main club WhatsApp groups are published in the email version of this newsletter. 

 

Keep in touch

If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is .

Reigate Priory AC News 5th February 2024

Reigate Priory AC News 5th February 2024

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URGENT: Volunteers needed for MABAC and Border League events on 3rd March

We're getting desperate: On Sunday, 3rd March, RPAC will be hosting a double-header in Priory Park, starting with the senior MABAC race at 10 am, followed by the junior Border League races from 12 to 2 pm. Experience tells us that we need lots of volunteers to stage these event and so far, we do not have enough people signed up. Please help - it's a unique opportunity for junior parents to help at the senior fixture to allow seniors to run and for senior members to help at the Border League races so that parents can watch their children compete. 
 
If you can help, please sign up here: We will need help transporting equipment from Battlebridge on Saturday afternoon, laying out the courses, marshalling at both fixtures, breaking down the courses, and transporting equipment back to Battlebridge. It will be possible to fulfil some of these roles and also run or spectate. 

Surrey Rights of Way consultation

Surrey County Council is responsible for around 2,164 miles of public paths and is currently working on updating its improvement plans for them. Anyone who uses these public rights of way - and that's most of us who run - can have a say in how they're cared for: Respond to this survey by 10 March.  

Reigate Priory parkrun anniversary, 23rd March

The 10th anniversary of Reigate Priory parkrun is on Saturday, 23rd March; it's also the day after Paul Walters' birthday and his first event as a MV60. The plan now is for a gazebo in the park for a post-run breakfast - all club members and families are invited and very welcome! If you've got an RPAC running top, this would be the day to wear it - let's show off the club colours!

Provisional dates for later RPAC parkrun tourism events are 20th April, 11th May, 8th June, 6th July (possibly East Brighton parkrun), and 7th September. Do please let Paul know if you know of any events that clash with those dates ().

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The discount code for February will be in the email version of the newsletter.

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

South East Inter-Counties Match

Two RPAC juniors represented Surrey in the South East Inter-Counties match held at Ardingly on Saturday. Josh Emmerson was very creditably placed in the top 50 in the Junior Boys race and Sam Rolaston in the Senior Boys race had a great run to finish 25th and be part of the scoring Surrey team that finished third overall on the day.

Saturday 10th February Surrey Cross Country League Match 4, West Horsley Place

The final race in this year's Surrey Cross Country League will be held at West Horsley Place on Saturday, 10th February. The first race is the U13 girls at 10:55am and the last Junior race is the combined U15/U17 boys at 12:30pm. There is no cost to enter, but we do need to register athletes ahead of the race. If your child would like to take part, please let Mike Gent know by Thursday, 8th February.

Sunday 11th February Border League Match 3, Guildford

The next race in this year's Border League will be held at Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon, Guildford (not Lightwater, as originally planned), on Sunday, 11th February. The first race is the U9 girls at 11:00am and the last race will be the combined boys and girls U15 race at 12:30am. Please let Mike Gent know if your child will take part by Thursday, 8th February.

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 10th February Surrey Cross Country League Match 4, West Horsley Place

Sunday 11th February Border League Match 3, Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon, Guildford (please note new venue) 

Saturday 17th February Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Year 5 and 6 only, Reigate Priory Park (please note revised date)

Saturday 24th February National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Sunday 3rd March Border League Match 4, Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

Medals at Chichester 10K

Seven RPAC athletes set out on a "lightning fast" but cold and windy Chichester 10k circuit on Sunday, 4th February. In addition to the open race, the event included the British Masters 10k championships: Nat Wilson found the last 2k "challenging" after her injuries in 2023, but nevertheless came away with a W45 silver medal after an excellent comeback time of 39:46 (chip time 39:37). Not far behind was Ginevra Stoneley in 39:59 (chip time 39:47), earning herself the W45 bronze medal. Annette Morris finished 6th in her category, W65, in 51:55 (chip time 51:22, beating her own 10K club record). As a composite W45 team - with Annette competing two decades below her age bracket - they won another silver medal; Ginevra, meanwhile, proceeded to run another 7 miles as part of her marathon training. For the men, Neil Fenwick was the first RPAC finisher and 14th M45 in an excellent time of 36:25 (chip time 36:16). Hugo McLaughlin, making his club 10K debut, ran brilliantly to finish in 39:52 (chip time 39:40) and, also on the comeback trail, was Gavin Lawrence, finishing in 42:14 (chip time 42:21). “Watch this space," says Gavin. Jack Finn ran as the 55-minute pacer, finishing in 54:47 (chip time 54:06). A good day out, according to reporter and chauffeur Stewart McIntyre. 

Windsor MABAC report

A small but hearty crew and no flesh-and-blood royals actually sighted - check out Andrew's report from last Saturday's MABAC at Windsor

Final XC match this weekend

The final Surrey XC League races are set for this Saturday, with the women racing at West Horsley Place in Leatherhead at 2pm, and the men from the infamous Lloyd Park. And it's not too late to join! Maybe, like men's manager Ewan, you're addicted to the rush, maybe you just really like mud, whatever the case, please consider joining us on Saturday. Club vests are required, but entry is free, and the races are suitable for all abilities - everyone is welcome. Contact  or  as soon as possible, if you're interested. 

Join us! Surrey Road League fixtures for 2024

Mud, freezing temperatures, and the better-than-average likelihood of a sprained ankle not your thing? Well, there's always the Road League! The fixture dates are set now and remember, league standings will be decided based on a runner's five best scores out of the seven races; learn more about the Surrey Road League here.

Sunday 7th April Sutton 10k
Sunday 12th May Richmond Half
Sunday 2nd June Dorking 10
Sunday 23rd June Richmond 10k (club championships)
Saturday 13th July Elmore 7
Sunday 21st July Elmbridge 10k
Friday 26th July Wedding Day 7k

Clarification of the rules for Club Championship races

In order to be eligible to win a Club Championship trophy you must enter a designated championship race as a member of Reigate Priory Athletic Club and you must run in an RPAC vest. The exception to these rules is the club marathon championship, where you can enter any road marathon race that is eligible to be included on the Power of 10 website and you can wear a RPAC vest, a charity vest or a county or country vest. You must still be entered as being a member of Reigate Priory Athletic Club.

Members' news

Rich Friar reports that he ran the brutal-sounding Arc of Attrition trail race on Saturday, 27th January, "a brilliant 51-mile trail race on the South West coast path that goes around Land's End and takes in some of Cornwall's most beautiful, remote, and challenging scenery." Rich finished in 9 hours and 44 minutes, landing in 14th place. Amazing running!

Dates for Your Diary  

Saturday 3rd February MABAC Windsor Great Park (Note Saturday rather than Sunday and 9am start rather than 10am) 

Tuesday 6th February Technique session at Battlebridge, 7pm (normal track session to follow)

Saturday 10th February Final XC match of the season, location TBD

Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

Thursday 29th February Leap Day Jimmy James

Saturday 16th March Couch to 5K graduation, likely Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

Saturday 23rd March parkrun tourism, Reigate Priory

Sunday 24th March Y2Y North Downs Trek 

Wednesday 3rd July Summer Evening 10k 

 

Reigate Priory AC WhatsApp groups

The links to the main club WhatsApp groups are published in the email version of this newsletter. 

 

Keep in touch

If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is .

Reigate Priory AC News 29th January 2024

Reigate Priory AC News 29th January 2024

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RIP John Mackenzie

Some of you will remember John Mackenzie. I'm sorry to report that John passed away over the last weekend.

John was a good friend of our running colleague Paul Sapsard (John on the left, Paul on the right). Some of you may not know Paul, but he leads out Sunday runs and is often seen at a MABAC as well as other events.

Paul says "I met John in March 1983 when we both joined Redhill and Reigate AC. We have done many races down the years and trained together. He knew a lot of the old Priory gang, and was a member when Redhill and Surrey Beagles folded. John achieved a 3 hour 10 marathon time in his heyday, but most of all his sense of humour shone through and helped me when the going got tough."

 

Message from our President and Founder John Hopkins 

As you know it was John's 90th birthday recently and as a club we sent him lots of messages from members and a gift.

John has sent us a thank you card as below...

The front of the card shows "Morning Stretches" - very apt, and we are all doing these?!

 

The message from John to everyone in Reigate Priory AC.

 

Sunday 3rd March Volunteers needed for MABAC and Border League events

On Sunday, 3rd March, RPAC will be hosting a double-header in Priory Park, starting with the senior MABAC race at 10 am, followed by the junior Border League races from 12 to 2 pm. Experience tells us that we need lots of volunteers to stage these event;  it's a unique opportunity for junior parents to help at the senior fixture to allow seniors to run and for senior members to help at the Border League races so that parents can watch their children compete. 
 
If you can help, please sign up here: We will need help transporting equipment from Battlebridge on Saturday afternoon, laying out the courses, marshalling at both fixtures, breaking down the courses, and transporting equipment back to Battlebridge. It will be possible to fulfil some of these roles and also run or spectate. 

 

Wednesday 3rd July Summer Evening 10k 2024 by Moray Carey

We’ve now commenced planning the 30th edition of our historic Summer Evening 10k.  

This edition was originally due to take place last July. Regrettably it had to be cancelled since overrunning roadworks on part of the course would have posed an unacceptable risk to participants. 

To successfully deliver the 2024 event we’ll need our usual dedicated band of volunteers! The scheduled day is Wednesday 3rd July at 7.30pm - so please hold this date!  

Thank you!

Moray - Acting Race Director.

PS - RPAC has no connection with the “Reigate Priory Park 10k Charity Fun Run” due to take place in May.   

 

Swapping out the calendar on our website - postponed

Although there were loads up updates applied to the website last Sunday, the majority of these were under-the-hood so unnoticeable. We postponed the replacement of the calendar due to a problem that has arisen that will be fixed soon, so the migration to another calendar app will still happen soon.

You can always contact us regarding the website with queries or comments via email to 

  

Saturday 23rd March Parkrun Tourism @ Reigate Priory by Paul Walters

It may appear on face value to bit a little silly to do a parkrun tourism to Reigate, it being the local one and all, but we have done it before. We've selected Reigate for Saturday 23rd March as it is the 10th anniversary of Reigate Priory parkrun on this day. It's also my birthday the day before, and this will be my first event as a MV60. The intention is to have a gazebo in the park with teas, coffees, croissants etc for breakfast afterwards. I don't know all of you, but all club members and families are invited and are very welcome to attend. It'd be lovely to see a good turn-out. Can we please all be in RPAC running tops on the day to show off the club colours?

Provisional dates for the later fixtures of RPAC parkrun tourism are below. Do please let us know if there is a clash with events that you're aware of.

Saturday April 20th
Saturday May 11th
Saturday June 8th
Saturday July 6th - possibly East Brighton parkrun
Saturday September 7th

 

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

The discount code for February will be in the email version of the newsletter.

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Sunday 11th February Border League Match 3 @ Guildford

The next race in this year's Border League will be held at Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon, Guildford ( not Lightwater as originally planned) , on Sunday 11th February. The first race is the U9 girls at 11:00am and the last race the combined boys and girls U15 race at 12:30am. There is no cost to enter but we do need to register athletes ahead of the race. if your son/daughter would like to take part please let Mike Gent know by Thursday 8th February.

 

Saturday 27th January South of England Cross Country Championships

Three RPAC juniors bravely took up the challenge of the South of England Cross Country Championships held at Beckenham Park Place on Saturday. Conditions were relatively favourable with the course mostly firm under foot and the temperatures mild, but this was still a tough undulating course with big fields of circa 180 runners in the Junior races. Pete Littlemore was up first in the U15 boys and continued his encouraging return to full fitness coming home in seventy third place. Neve Macgregor was up next in the U15 girls. Neve deserves a medal for commitment to the cause having an almost two hour trip to the race on the train and then having to shoot off straight after to honour a school commitment. She paced her race well working her way through the field to finish one hundred and thirteenth. The final RPAC runner was Euan Willis in the U17 boys who had a very strong run to finish an impressive twentieth.

 

Saturday 27th January Reigate Priory parkrun

Congratulations to Isla Stock for recording a Park Run PB of 21m.19s at the Reigate Park Run on Saturday, taking a full forty seconds of her previous best.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 10th February Surrey Cross Country League Match 4 - West Horsley Place

Sunday 11th February Border League Match 3 - Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon, Guildford (Please note new venue) 

Saturday 17th February Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Year 5 and 6 only, Reigate Priory Park, please note the change of date

Saturday 24th February National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Sunday 3rd March Border League Match 4, Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

Saturday 3rd February 09:00 MABAC @ Windsor Great Park *** Next Saturday ***

The first MABAC of the year is always a little out of step with rest of the league races; for a start it's longer than the normal distance (at circa 7 miles instead of circa 5 miles) and it's run mostly on tarmac rather being full cross country. This year it's even more out of step as a. it's being held on a Saturday and b. it starts at 09:00 (rather than the usual 10:00). These conditions were imposed by the Crown Estate so unfortunately there is nothing that the league can do about them.
I'm hoping that RPAC members will treat this a sort of Parkrun tourism on steroids and turn in out in good numbers. Last year we finished in our lowest league position for several years. It would be good to turn that around and get off to a good start. If you haven't done one of these races before they are a low key way of representing the club and everyone who runs scores points so the more runners we can get out the more points we score. There is a shorter option of around 2.8 miles if you don't fancy the full distance. You can decide this on the day. There is no need to pre-register, we will sort you out with a number on the day. 

This is a lovely run through Windsor Great Park with a great view of the castle at one point. I haven't spotted any royalty in previous years, but there's always a first time!

Car sharing for this race  is essential as car parking is expensive. (Again the Crown Estate mandate where we have to park and set the fees - grr!) I would suggest that those of use travelling from Reigate meet in Bell St car park at 07:30 (sorry!) as it's a fair walk from the car park to the start. 

There is more detail on the MABAC website or you can email me () if you have any questions.

If you are unable to run but fancy a trip to Windsor I do know that volunteers are needed. Let me know if you are able to help.

 

Sunday 4th February Sunday run from YMCA Redhill *** Next Sunday ***

This year's Y2Y North Downs Trek will take place on 25th March and to get ready, there will be a special training session open to everyone on Sunday, 4th February. This year, there are two options for the training run - a 13 to 15 mile run at 9-minute mile pace led by Mike Pocock and Ian Burks heading south from the YMCA and a 10 mile run at a slower pace led by two runners from the Earlswood Running Club as well as Mel Fulton-Bell. Even better, there will be tea, coffee, and biscuits on offer before and after the runs, plus showers and free parking at the YMCA on Princes Road in Earlswood. 

 

Sunday 23rd June Richmond 10K Club Championship

If you intend running this face the early bird entries apparently run up to this Wednesday 31st January, so you may wish to promptly enter for the event here. This event is also a Surrey Road League fixture - see below.

 

Surrey Road League fixtures for 2024

The fixtures are available for the Surrey Road League here.

Sunday 7th April 2024 Sutton 10k
Sunday 12th May 2024 Richmond Half
Sunday 2nd June 2024 Dorking 10
Sunday 23rd June 2024 Richmond 10k
Saturday 13th July 2024 Elmore 7
Sunday 21st July 2024 Elmbridge 10k
Friday 26th July 2024 Wedding Day 7k

The "early bird" entries for both Richmond Half and Richmond 10K close on this Wednesday 31st January.

 

Thursday 25th January Jimmy James Race 4 @ Denbies

Kate Knight was the sole RPAC runner this time. Well done Kate!
 
A big thank you to Jas who helped out at the finish.
 
There are two more races in the series. The next one will be on Thursday 29th February (TBC).

 

Sunday 28th January 2024 Marrakech Marathon

Jim Vince completed the Marrakech Marathon on Sunday - "hard work with the heat & altitude (and lack of training) but not too bad".

 

Sunday 28th January 2024 BMAF Indoor Pentathlon Championships

Andrew Pringle picked up a Bronze for 3rd pace in M60 Indoor Pentathlon at the British Masters championships at Sheffield.

Just for information, upcoming BMAF championships are still open for entries...

17-18 Feb 2024 British Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships, Lee Valley Athletics Centre (Closing date: 7 Feb 2024)
02-03 Mar 2024 British Masters Winter Throws Championships, Horspath Athletics Stadium, Oxford (Closing date: 21 Feb 2024)

More details and entry through following link: https://bmaf.org.uk/fixtures/

 

Sat 27th / Sun 28th January London Winter Walk

Kate Knight completed 2 marathons in 2 days, and improved her time on the 2nd day by 15 minutes! Well done Kate!

 

Dates for Your Diary  

Saturday 3rd February MABAC Windsor Great Park (Note Saturday rather than Sunday and 9am start rather than 10am) 

Tuesday 6th February Technique session at Battlebridge, 7pm (normal track session to follow)

Saturday 10th February Final XC match of the season, location TBD

Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

Saturday 16th March Couch to 5K graduation - probably @ Ifield Mill Pond parkrun

Saturday 23rd March parkrun tourism @ Reigate Priory

 

Reigate Priory AC WhatsApp groups

The links to the main club WhatsApp groups will be published in the email version of this newsletter. We intend to do this on a regular basis.

 

Keep in touch

If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is .

Reigate Priory AC News 22nd January 2024

Reigate Priory AC News 22nd January 2024

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Happy Birthday to our President and Founder John Hopkins 

Our Club President and Founder John Hopkins celebrated his 90th birthday last Monday. As you know we sent him a card with messages from many of our club members, and a small gift. 

Here is John holding a jar of "Hoppy's Murray Mints" which were a gift from the club. We hope you had the best of days John! 

 

Volunteers needed for Sunday, 3rd March

On Sunday, 3rd March, RPAC will be hosting a double-header in Priory Park, starting with the senior MABAC race at 10 am, followed by the junior Border League races from 12 to 2 pm. Experience tells us that we need lots of volunteers to stage these event;  it's a unique opportunity for junior parents to help at the senior fixture to allow seniors to run and for senior members to help at the Border League races so that parents can watch their children compete. 
 
If you can help, please sign up here: We will need help transporting equipment from Battlebridge on Saturday afternoon, laying out the courses, marshalling at both fixtures, breaking down the courses, and transporting equipment back to Battlebridge. It will be possible to fulfil some of these roles and also run or spectate.  
 

Pertinent reminder - WhatsApp "Reigate Priory AC Alerts" group

We have a group available on WhatsApp for members and parents of juniors to be alerted - for instance in the eventuality of a cancellation of a session due to weather conditions (e.g. last Tuesday's sessions). We encourage all senior members and parents of juniors to get added to this group. You will find the URL address of this group in the email version of the newsletter. We expect that messages will only be sent to this group on rare occasions, and only the coaches will be able to do so.

As a club, we adhere to WhatsApp's safety and responsibility terms by ensuring that all communication on the platform is respectful, lawful, and does not violate any community guidelines. Please find the guidelines here

 

Photos from the Award Evening 13th January

Paul has created a photo gallery from last week's awards evening. You can find it here 

 

Swapping out the calendar on our website

The part of our website which provides the calendar needs to be changed to a different product. This is due to happen next Sunday 28th January.

It is a like-for-like swap, so hopefully the new calendar will work for you just as well as the old one.

Take note though that there may be disruption to the website while it is being modified - particularly to the calendar.

You can always contact us regarding the website with queries or comments via email to 

 

Y2Y North Downs Trek

This year's Y2Y North Downs Trek will take place on 25th March and to get ready, there will be a special training session open to everyone on Sunday, 4th February. This year, there are two options for the training run - a 13 to 15 mile run at 9-minute mile pace led by Mike Pocock and Ian Burks heading south from the YMCA and a 10 mile run at a slower pace led by two runners from the Earlswood Running Club. Even better, there will be tea, coffee, and biscuits on offer before and after the runs, plus showers and free parking at the YMCA on Princes Road in Earlswood. 

Volunteers and runners needed for the Run Reigate Winter Canicross and Trail races

The third annual Run Reigate Winter Canicross and Trail 5 and 10K races are coming up on Sunday, 18th February at Gatton Park. Enter to run here or volunteer to marshal or set up for the race here - remember, volunteers will get a free place to use themselves or transfer to a friend for another event this year.  

Sport Systems are recruiting! by Moray Carey

Sport Systems have provided event management services for RPAC for a number of years.
This has included creating online entry stores for our 3 (now 2) hosted races, supplying race numbers plus timing and producing Results for the Summer Evening 10k.
They’ve also been involved in other local events such as the recent Tadworth 10’s and Surrey County Cross Country championships ​in which many RPAC members participated.
They’re now "on the look out for talented and enthusiastic people to join our event support and timing teams".

To see their full ad, please click here.

 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Surrey Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships - Reigate Priory Park - Saturday 20 January from Mike Gent

The Surrey Schools Cross Country championships were held in Priory Park on Saturday. At stake were places to represent Surrey in the English Schools Championships to be held at Pontefract Racecourse on 16 March or in the South East Inter-County matches. Every athlete who ran on Saturday had previously had to qualify by being placed in the top ten for their District in the qualifying races before Christmas, so just having the opportunity to race on Saturday represents a significant achievement.

Up first were the Year 7 girls, Freya Else had a strong race to gain county representation, coming in eighteenth, whilst Charlie Ebbs and Sofia Poole also ran well to finish thirty-second and sixty-sixth respectively. In the Year 7 boys Ted Smythe (pictured above) had a storming race to finish seventh and secure County representation. Keagan Sticker-Timmermans ran well to finish twenty-third out of a field of ninety, just missing out on a County place. In the In the Junior Boys Josh Emmerson had a good run to finish nineteenth and gain a county vest. In the Junior girls there was strong representation from the Club. Isla Kinniburgh was first home in twenty-fifth, just ahead of Florence Tombleson in twenty-sixth and Florence Shade in twenty-ninth. Not far behind were Neve Macgregor, Millie Mckay, Lara Tombleson and Olivia Aries in thirty-sixth, forty-ninth, sixtieth and seventy-first respectively. Florence Tombleson and Florence Shade gained County selection for the Year 7 and 8 South East Intercounties Match.

In the Intermediate boys Pete Littlemore continued his return to form after injury to finish twenty-sixth in a competitive field. In the Intermediate girls Isla Stock and Charlotte Pelekani had strong races finishing thirty-ninth and sixty-second respectively, in a race won very impressively by Katie Pye of AFD, who had won a gold medal as part of the GB U20 team at the European Cross Country championships in December. In the Senior Girls Abbie Smith secured a county vest running well to finish thirteenth.

The day ended on a high with the Senior boys race. A tough course with three long laps taking you up the hill to the top corner of the Park. Our three boys are all bottom of age and faced some strong competition, from three strong top of age AFD athletes in particular. Sam Stapley, fresh from his 15m:11s Park Run the previous week, ran very impressively to finish second. Euan Willis had a great race too, finishing sixth, so both Sam and Euan will represent Surrey at the English Schools Cross Country Championships. Many congratulations to you both. Sam Rolaston also had a very strong race finishing eleventh and will gain a Surrey vest in the South East Intercounties match.

 

National Cross Country - Saturday 24 February Weston Park near Telford.

This year's National Cross Country is being held on Saturday 24 February at Weston Park country house in Staffordshire. This is a great event with big fields that everyone should experience at some point. Entries close on Friday this week. We already have a team of four athletes entered. There is no cost to enter but I will need to know if your child wants to run by end of day on Wednesday so they can be registered on time (please email ). 

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 27th January  Southern Cross Country Championship, Beckenham Park

Saturday 10th February Surrey Cross Country League Match 4 - West Horsley Place

Sunday 11th February Border League Match 3 - Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon, Guildford (Please note new venue) 

Saturday 17th February Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Year 5 and 6 only, Reigate Priory Park, please note the change of date

Saturday 24th February National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Sunday 3rd March Border League Match 4, Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

 

Changes to RPAC WhatsApp groups

From Sunday 28th January we will make changes to some of the club's WhatsApp groups as follows...

For the WhatsApp group RPAC Thursday sessions we will change the permissions so that club members cannot comment and will enable disappearing messages, set to 7 days.

For the WhatsApp group RPAC Saturday Group we will change the name to RPAC Saturday sessions and we will change the permissions so that club members cannot comment and will enable disappearing messages, set to 7 days.

We will create new groups RPAC Monday sessions and RPAC Wednesday sessions, and if you attend these sessions you are encouraged to join the groups. We will set the permissions so that club members cannot comment and will enable disappearing messages, set to 7 days.

For the current group called RPAC Mon and Weds Groups we will rename this group to RPAC Socials. Going forward this group will be dedicated to club chit-chat for seniors and all senior members can comment. You may wish to assess your membership of this group, whether to be added or removed, sometime next week. Membership of this group will not be automatically migrated to the new RPAC Monday sessions and RPAC Wednesday sessions groups; you will need to register for these groups using the links in the email version of this newsletter.

Your session coaches will post any required information onto the WhatsApp group, which will include polls for attendance of the session.

We are making these changes to lay out the WhatsApp groups logically, and to allow members to opt in or out of the social group without compromising their ability to access the groups dedicated to club sessions.

The links to all of these WhatsApp groups will be in the email version of this newsletter, and will also be posted to existing WhatsApp groups this week.

 

MABAC Windsor Great Park, Saturday 3rd February 09:00

The first MABAC of the year is always a little out of step with rest of the league races; for a start it's longer than the normal distance (at circa 7 miles instead of circa 5 miles) and it's run mostly on tarmac rather being full cross country. This year it's even more out of step as a. it's being held on a Saturday and b. it starts at 09:00 (rather than the usual 10:00). These conditions were imposed by the Crown Estate so unfortunately there is nothing that the league can do about them.
I'm hoping that RPAC members will treat this a sort of Parkrun tourism on steroids and turn in out in good numbers. Last year we finished in our lowest league position for several years. It would be good to turn that around and get off to a good start. If you haven't done one of these races before they are a low key way of representing the club and everyone who runs scores points so the more runners we can get out the more points we score. There is a shorter option of around 2.8 miles if you don't fancy the full distance. You can decide this on the day. There is no need to pre-register, we will sort you out with a number on the day. 

This is a lovely run through Windsor Great Park with a great view of the castle at one point. I haven't spotted any royalty in previous years, but there's always a first time!

Car sharing for this race  is essential as car parking is expensive. (Again the Crown Estate mandate where we have to park and set the fees - grr!) I would suggest that those of use travelling from Reigate meet in Bell St car park at 07:30 (sorry!) as it's a fair walk from the car park to the start. 

There is more detail on the MABAC website or you can email me () if you have any questions.

If you are unable to run but fancy a trip to Windsor I do know that volunteers are needed. Let me know if you are able to help.

 

Volunteers required for the SCVAC Veterans League

Reigate Priory AC participate in the SCVAC Veterans League, South London Division, competing in four evening track events each year at various area locations. After six years as organisers, Malcolm Woodman and Ginevra Stoneley are standing down and we'll need new volunteers to take on the role. The position largely requires organising athletes and entries, as well as participating in the South London Division committee meeting at the end of January. If you're at all interested or would like to know more, contact Ginevra at .

Dates for Your Diary  

Saturday 3rd February MABAC Windsor Great Park (Note Saturday rather than Sunday and 9am start rather than 10am) 

Tuesday 6th February Technique session at Battlebridge, 7pm (normal track session to follow)

Saturday 10th February Final XC match of the season, location TBD

Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

 

Keep in touch

If there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter, get in touch - our email address is .

Reigate Priory AC News 15th January 2024

Reigate Priory AC News 15th January 2024

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Awards Night 

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to make it to the Awards Night on Saturday, we sincerely hope that you had a great time! Pictures from the event will be in the Picture Gallery soon, and you'll find a list of the winners here - well-deserved congratulations to everyone who won! If you won an award and were unable to attend the event, club Secretary Ginevra Stoneley has your trophy and plate; she will be at K2 on Tuesday and Battlebridge the following week, or you can contact her directly at  to organise pick-up. I think we also owe a real debt of gratitude to the Alice in Wonderland-themed charity event taking place in the other room for letting us steal their celebrity lookalikes and crash their dance floor - here's hoping we managed to recruit a few people for the club at least!

Volunteers needed for Sunday, 3rd March

On Sunday, 3rd March, RPAC will be hosting a double-header in Priory Park, starting with the senior MABAC race at 10 am, followed by the junior Border League races from 12 to 2 pm. Experience tells us that we need lots of volunteers to stage these event;  it's a unique opportunity for junior parents to help at the senior fixture to allow seniors to run and for senior members to help at the Border League races so that parents can watch their children compete. 
 
If you can help, please sign up here: We will need help transporting equipment from Battlebridge on Saturday afternoon, laying out the courses, marshalling at both fixtures, breaking down the courses, and transporting equipment back to Battlebridge. It will be possible to fulfil some of these roles and also run or spectate.  

Y2Y North Downs Trek

This year's Y2Y North Downs Trek will take place on 25th March and to get ready, there will be a special training session open to everyone on Sunday, 4th February. This year, there are two options for the training run - a 13 to 15 mile run at 9-minute mile pace led by Mike Pocock and Ian Burks heading south from the YMCA and a 10 mile run at a slower pace led by two runners from the Earlswood Running Club. Even better, there will be tea, coffee, and biscuits on offer before and after the runs, plus showers and free parking at the YMCA on Princes Road in Earlswood. 

Volunteers and runners needed for the Run Reigate Winter Canicross and Trail races

The third annual Run Reigate Winter Canicross and Trail 5 and 10K races are coming up on Sunday, 18th February at Gatton Park. Enter to run here or volunteer to marshal or set up for the race here - remember, volunteers will get a free place to use themselves or transfer to a friend for another event this year. 

Send us your results, please!

If you participate in an event, let us know your results by emailing   Please submit by Sunday evening at the latest to allow us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Juniors XC at Wimbledon

The third match in this year’s Surrey Cross Country League was held at Wimbledon Common on Saturday. The course was challenging, being very undulating and narrow in places. The U13 girls competed strongly as a team, coming home fourth out of 13 teams. Florence Tombleson was first home, in fifth place. Gracie Shade had another great run coming in 11th, with Lara Tombleson and Olivia Aries supported them well in 15th and 22nd, respectively. The U15 girls placed seventh out of 17 teams on the day: Isla Kinniburgh led the team home in 13th, with Neve Macgregor not far behind in 20th and Olivia Heppenstall running bravely to close out the team. The U15/U17 boys compete in a combined event, with RPAC coming 7th out of sixteen teams on the day. Euan Willis ran strongly to finish 5th, followed soon after by Sam Rolaston in 15th, and it was great to see Pete Littlemore back competing and making an impressive return finishing 15th U15.

Southern Age Group Indoor Champs

Michael Maguire had a good day out at the Southern Age Group champs on Saturday, winning the U15 boys Triple Jump and taking bronze in the long jump, recording personal bests in both events. Well done, Michael!

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Saturday 20th January  Surrey Schools Championships, Reigate Priory Park

Saturday 27th January  Southern Cross Country Championship, Beckenham Park

Saturday 10th February Surrey Cross Country League Match 4 - Venue TBA

Sunday 11th February Border League Match 3 - Lightwater Country Park, Woking

Saturday 17th February Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Year 5 and 6 only, Reigate Priory Park, please note the change of date

Saturday 24th February National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire

Sunday 3rd March Border League Match 4, Reigate Priory Park

 

Senior Section News

Ladies' XC at Wimbledon

It's quite possible that this particular course is cursed: Last time we raced at Wimbledon Common, Annette Morris sprained her ankle; this time, it was Sharon Brennan. And she certainly wasn't the only one to take a tumble - between the ankle-deep mud, the narrow trails, the hidden roots and rocks, and the steep downhills, it was less of a race to see who could run the fastest and more to see who could stay on their feet. 

Nevertheless, the RPAC ladies - in RPAC ribbons and facepaint - put on a fine effort, with Eloise Bull first home for the A team in 33:13 and 34th overall, followed by Jo Davey in 35:15, Jamilla Ncayiyana in 36:26, newly-minted senior Abbie Smith in 36:29, and Laura Ebbs in 36:31. The A team ended in 10th place in the match's standings, putting us in 13th place in Division 1 with one more race to go. Ginevra Stoneley was first home for the B team, in 36:43, followed by Ruth Willis in 38:55, Linda Rodriguez in 39:05, Hannah Wright in 39:30, and Carmela Charalambus, in her first XC race, in 39:49. Maxine Puddephat, also running her first XC race for the team, finished in 40:46, with Gillian O'Regan hot on her heels in 40:47, and Lucy Kulp tying it all up in 46:34. 

The final race of the season will be 10th February, so there's still time to join us - and next time, we promise there will be cake!

Men's XC at Oxshott 

Seventeen brave runners turned out for the men's Division 2 cross country race at Oxshott Woods, despite the frigid temperatures. Ewan McKay was first back for RPAC, finishing in 28:52 and in 47th place, followed by Neil Fenwick in 29:31, Henry Munro in 29:32, Stephen Bass in 30:22, and Ben Stanton in 30:36; Alistair Moses, Frank O'Regan, Simon Smythe, Time Pearson, and Tom Casserly rounded out the scoring team.

Please do read Ewan McKay's excellent report on the match -- Ewan, help is out there, you've just got to be strong enough to ask for it. 

Volunteers required for the SCVAC Veterans League

Reigate Priory AC participate in the SCVAC Veterans League, South London Division, competing in four evening track events each year at various area locations. After six years as organisers, Malcolm Woodman and Ginevra Stoneley are standing down and we'll need new volunteers to take on the role. The position largely requires organising athletes and entries, as well as participating in the South London Division committee meeting at the end of January. If you're at all interested or would like to know more, contact Ginevra at .

Dates for Your Diary  

Saturday 3rd February MABAC Windsor Great Park (Note Saturday rather than Sunday and 9am start rather than 10am) 

Tuesday 6th February Technique session at Battlebridge, 7pm (normal track session to follow)

Saturday 10th February Final XC match of the season, location TBD

Sunday 25th February Wokingham Half Marathon (Club championship)

 

Keep in touch

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During the summer the club enters Junior teams in the following leagues:

  • Ebbisham Boys League ( Boys only, U15, U13 U11 and some U17 entry allowed). Joint team with Dorking.
  • Lily B Girls League (Girls only, U17, U15, U13, U11)
  • Southern Athletics League (Seniors but U17's can compete in the team). Joint team with Holland Sports and Dorking. RPAC joint team mangers Jo Davey and Ginevra Stoneley.

In addition our athletes compete at numerous Open Meetings and the Surrey County Championships. Details of all league fixtures and other meetings appear on the club calander.

 

Cross Country

Through the autumn and winter we enter two Cross Country Leagues (The Surrey League and the Newbury Border League). There are numerous other XC events we participate in including The Surrey XC Championships, The South of England XC Championships, The National XC Championships and various XC Relay Championships (Surrey, South of England and National).

Pictured are some of our RPAC Juniors who ran for Surrey in the 2023 UK Inter-Counties XC Championships at Loughborough, and for Surrey Schools at the 2023 South-East Inter-Counties XC Championships at Tonbridge: