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Reigate Priory AC News 13th September 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 13th September 2021

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The next Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K programme is starting on Saturday 25th September

This 9 week course only costs £15 in total. If you know of anyone who might be interested, full details are here. Registration is now almost full!

 

Run Reigate 2021

We will have the RPAC gazebo constructed for Run Reigate as a meeting point. Bags can be left but the gazebo will not be manned so this is at runners own risk. Look out for the club flag.

Good luck to all participants. I, for one, will be spectating, so hope to see you en-route!

 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing . If possible please can you submit them by Sunday evening at the latest as this allows us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

 

Saturday 11th September - County Multi-event Championships

Max Orchard is the Pentathlon Champion!

Competing on Saturday at the Surrey and Sussex Combined Events Championships in Carshalton, Max scored a fantastic 1981 points to win the event, finishing 301 points ahead of his closest rival.

A new PB in the Pentathlon for Max and a new club record!

During the long day of competition, Max also PB'd in the 75mH, Long Jump and Shot, with strong performances too in the high jump and 800m.

As the Track and Field season draws to a close, Max is in the top ten in the UK U13B'S rankings in Pentathlon (2nd), 75mH (2nd) and Long Jump (8th)!

A great season by Max!

(Message from the editor: I've received reports of Max's achievements from three junior coaches independently. They're obviously over cloud nine with this brilliant result from Max!)

 

Saturday 11th September @ The Olympic Park

George Evered was competing in the 200m at the Olympic Park, and came second achieving a new PB.

 

Upcoming Junior Events by Mike Gent

Southern Road Relays - Sunday 26th September at Crystal Palace 

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete

Surrey Cross Country Relays - 30th October - Stoke Park Guildford

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete.

 

Saturday 25th September Juniors Obstacle Course event near Bletchingley, Redhill ***Date for the diary! ***

There are a few tickets remaining for the Junior Obstacle Course event for anyone who intends to attend but has not yet bought a ticket - details in the email that was sent out.

  

Senior Section News 

 

Hi-Viz clothing and torches required

Please be aware that a hi-viz running top and a torch are needed for evening road sessions. You will be turned away without the appropriate attire.

 

Thursday 16th September 7PM session

The location of Thursday night session can be found on the RPAC Calendar.

 

Sunday 19th September - MABAC League event at Lightwater Country Park

The next MABAC League event is this coming Sunday 19th September at Lightwater Country Park at 10:00AM.

 

Wednesday 29th September - Ed Prickett Track Memorial Race

This event takes place at K2, Crawley at 8:20PM on Wednesday 29th September. An email was sent out to members describing this race on 8th September.

 

Saturday 9th October - Surrey Masters Cross Country Championships in Morden Park

Full details will follow for this event.

 

Saturday 16th October - Surrey Cross Country League 1st Fixture

The men are at Epsom Downs and the ladies at Richmond Park. The website for the league is at https://www.surreyleague.org.

 

Saturday 11th September - Parkrun Results

Annette Morris ran a PB of 23:44 at Horsham Parkrun - an age grading of 85.39%! She was 6th female out of 381 runners.

 

Here's Michael Bashford "flying the flag" for RPAC.  Michael was a Parkrun tourist at Sharpham Playing Fields in Cheddar in a time of 31:18. This was this venue's second week.

 

Saturday 11th September - Saturday Social Group visit to Brockham and Betchworth

Here are the members of the RPAC Saturday Social running group who met up in Brockham at 10:30AM for a rural circular run to Betchworth and back, followed by a visit to the Reading Room cafe in Brockham.

We're shown above stopping for a photo shoot with a view of the River Mole and the North Downs. We will be finding other local routes to follow.

 

Sunday 12th September - Ginevra races in England Masters Representative Team at the Half Marathon at Richmond Runfest

 

Ginevra Stoneley qualified for the team at the Milton Keynes half marathon in December 2019, where she was the 3rd lady overall in a time of 85:01. The representative race was due to be the Fleet Half Marathon in March 2019. However, that was then cancelled in the week before because of the first COVID lockdown. So 18 months later, the selected athletes finally got their opportunity to race in their England vests on Sunday 12th September.

Ginevra finished 2nd W45 in both the England representative race and the open race, finishing in 87:05 just 19 seconds behind the 1st place W45. 14th woman overall (all age groups). The course was not easy, with about half the race on the Thames Towpath and the last half mile on grass.

Lee Savage also ran in the open race, finishing 21st, setting a new PB of 78:09. That is an achievement on this course.

The results are available here.

 

Sunday 12th September - Brighton 10K

 

 

Two proud owners of Brighton 10K medals - Maggie Swinnerton and Chris Halliday. You can see their results here.

 

Sunday 12th September - Brighton Marathon

 

Here are James England and Jack Finn at the Brighton Marathon. Congratulations to James and Jack, and also to Kate Knight who completed her 83rd marathon at this event. You can see the results here.

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 6th September 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 6th September 2021

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The next Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K programme is starting on Saturday 25th September

This 9 week course only costs £15 in total. If you know of anyone who might be interested, full details are here.

 

Run Reigate 2021 - there's still time! (I think)

This year's Run Reigate event is being held on Sunday 19th September from 09:00. At the time of writing there are still spaces available in the half marathon, 10K and children's races from what I can see.

Details of how to enter are here. If you are not running at Run Reigate how about volunteering for the Run Reigate Race Crew? Full details are here.  All volunteers will get a free place in either Run Gatwick or Run Reigate next year. 

 

Advance warning of events particularly for volunteers

There will be a Priory Relays event in Priory Park this year in November on a date yet to be finalised and the Holly Run will be on Sunday 12th December. 

 

The September SportShoes.com club discount code

... will be available in the email version of this newsletter.

 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing . If possible please can you submit them by Sunday evening at the latest as this allows us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Resumption of Saturday Morning 9:00AM Group

The Saturday morning 9am training group will resume this Saturday 11th September.

 

Saturday 4th September YDL @ Sutton

The final YDL of the season was held at Sutton on Saturday. We were co- hosting with Camberley and are indebted to our wonderful officials who gave up their Saturday afternoon to make this event happen. We are fortunate to have some highly qualified officials supporting the Club, Ivan Barrett was Field Referee on the day, Ashley Burridge, Chief Timekeeper, and Ian Crouch ran a number of field events on behalf of the Club.

We had a number of strong performances from Reigate athletes, Michael Maguire won the U13 Long Jump, Max Orchard the U13 75m hurdles and Ewan Willis the U15 1500m, after a very exciting last lap. Isaac Beckett got PBs in the long jump and 800m. Eve Golding was pipped on the line in the U13 75m and Ella Scrase and Florence Carter continued their very consistent 800m performances. Imogen Wheeler was also pipped on the line coming second in the U15 girls 100m, whilst Lily Woodhams won the B string race.

That is it for the Athletics season. Cross country season is up shortly. As we transition, the next event for the older athletes, 11 and older, is the Southern Road Relays at Crystal Palace on 26 September.

 

Junior Training Tops

We have recently taken deliver of a new batch of Club training tops for Juniors. They come in Red, Light Blue and Dark Blue. They cost £16 and can be ordered and paid for via the LoveAdmin site.

 

Upcoming Junior Events by Mike Gent

Southern Road Relays - Sunday 26 September at Crystal Palace 

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete

Surrey cross country relays - 30 October- Stoke Park Guildford

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete.

 

Saturday 25th September Juniors Obstacle Course event near Bletchingley, Redhill ***Date for the diary! ***

There are a few tickets remaining for the Junior Obstacle Course event for anyone who intends to attend but has not yet bought a ticket - details in the email that was sent out.

  

Senior Section News 

Running earlier this week in the heat

Remember that it's going to be hot, so carry water or take water to the track with you.

 

Thursday 9th September 7PM session in Priory Park

The Thursday evening session will be held in Priory Park for the last time this year.

Please arrive promptly for a 7PM start, and ensure that you have taken the opportunity to jog prior to arriving so that the drills can be performed and the session started quickly.

Please wear hi-viz clothing if you can so leaders are aware of your location during the session.

 

Hi-Viz clothing and torches

The nights are drawing in rapidly, and now is the time of year to start wearing hi-viz clothing and the use of a torch (maybe a head torch) when running on footpaths in an evening - essential when running in one of our sessions as well as running on your own. Make sure that you are in possession of these items and use them when attending an evening running session going forward - not yet necessary for the 6PM Monday session.

 

Saturday 4th September Parkrun Results

Annette Morris topped the overall age grading at a Parkrun for the 3rd consecutive week this time at Ifield with 83.17%.

Michael Bashford was away with some Parkrun Tourism at Clevedon Salthouse Fields with a time of 30:08.

 

Saturday 4th September Surrey Road Relays @ Wimbledon Park

RPAC fielded a strong team for the Surrey County Athletics Association Road Relays held in Wimbledon on Saturday.

You can see the report of the event here and the results here.

 

Saturday 4th September Shoreham Sevenoaks 10K

Sharon Miller reports that this was far from a PB course - lots of hills. Sharon finished in a time of 1:06.

 

Sunday 5th September South Coast 100Km

Kate Knight completed this event with steep hills and rugged terrain in a time of 31:00:56. This was her 10th Action Challenge event this year, and marathon number 82.

 

Trust10 Polesden Lacey by Moray Carey

The National Trust’s Facilities & Support Services Manager at Polesden Lacey has confirmed that the monthly 10k run has been reinstated there, following suspension since the start of the original lockdown.

This is not a race but a self-guided, self-timed run which takes place around a waymarked, 10k route through the extensive Polesden Lacey estate. 

The multi terrain course weaves in and out of woodland and is challenging with steep undulations. You start with a long descent and, ultimately, to regain this high spot at the end of the race there’s a steady climb back up! In between there are several more hills to negotiate.

Intermittently, there are clearings offering viewpoints back towards the honey- coloured mansion perched high on its elevated hillside location.

You self-navigate the course by following the direction arrows etched into posts positioned at strategic points where there’s a choice of more than one trail. The route is unmarshalled, so you need to be vigilant!

The seasons offer different sensory experiences - winter mud, spring bluebells, summer sunlight filtering through the tree top canopies and a golden carpet of leaves in the autumn when the trees are at their majestic, colourful best.     

·         Where – National Trust, Polesden Lacey, RH5 6BD

·         When – 4th Sunday, every month (08:30 for 09:00 start)

·         Cost – free (car parking charge if you’re not an NT member)

For further information see...

https://runtogether.co.uk/routes/trust10-polesden-lacey/

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 30th August 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 30th August 2021

I hope you're all well and enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend. It's another long newsletter this week I'm afraid. 

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Welcome to our New Joiners!

Please join me in extending a very warm welcome to the long list of people who have joined since we last did this (in May!)

Junior Members

 Jessica Basnett, Emily Beaty, Ludo Biennerhassett, Beth Bryant, Christopher Charalambous, Olivia Charalambous, Hayden Clark, Edith Duncton, Charlotte Ebbs, Brooke Gibson, Louis Gibson, Olivia Heppenstall, Jay Johnson, Sian Lynch, 

Jessie-Marie Martin, Piers Matthews, Evan Moffat, Tilly Monk, Seb Morrison, James Naylor, Denise Ornella, Mia Perez Moreno, Harvey Rochelle-Ash, Sienna Scrase, Gracie Shade, Jonty Smallwood, Harry Taylor, Molly Taylor, Liberty Tiley

Zara Wright

 Senior Members

 Lucy Berryman, Liz Bourns, Vivienne Burgess, Martin Ellaby, Adam Evans, Jez Greenwood, Richard Haines, Chris Halliday, Miller Hannah, Dia Harvey, Neil Harvey, Gail Hill, Graeme Hunter, Felix Kennedy, Toby Kent, Lucy Kulip, 

Annika Little, Thea Macdonald, Alex Mansfield, Derwella Moreno, Luke Matcham, Gavin Pollock, Shiva Shivagnanam, Ben Stanton, Maggie Swinnerton, Gaelle Watson, Mike Wylie

I look forward to meeting you all in person at some stage.  Please let me know if I have missed anyone.  

 

The Marriage of Jack Finn and  Ashleigh Brailsford

Jack and Ashleigh were married at Cheam Baptist Church on Saturday 28th August. On behalf of everyone at the club may I wish you both many congratulations and every good wish for your future together.

Here are some photos of the event. 

 

Ashleigh and Jack

 

Jack, Taryn and Jim...probably not the most flattering photo I've ever seen of Jim!

 Parkrun Results

This week we had club members participating in Parkruns from Middlesborough to Horsham. Annette Morris set a very high bar on the age graded scale with her time of 23:51 which earned her an age graded score of 84.98% - this was the highest age graded score of the 434 runners at Horsham Parkrun this week. This followed hot on the heels of Annette topping the age grade score at Banstead Woods last weekend. Well done Annette! Closest to Annette on age grading this week was Lee Savage with his time of 17:51 at Albert Parkrun, Middlesborough. This earned him an age graded score of 77.59%. 

RPAC Branded Hi-Viz T-shirts

If you would like one of the hi-viz t-shirts described in last week's newsletter you can order one by using the "Optional Extras" menu of the LoveAdmin app. We are hoping to finalise the order this week..

 
 
The T-shirts are described here - Men's Neon Yellow Sports T-Shirt and Women's Neon Yellow Sports T-Shirt  but we have arranged with iProSports to make these available with reflective print at the same price as advertised on the website - £22 if we order them in bulk. 
 

Run Reigate 2021

This year's Run Reigate event is being held on Sunday 19th September from 09:00. At the time of writing there are still spaces available in the half marathon, 10K and children's races, although I'm told that aren't many spaces left.

Details of how to enter are here. If you are not running at Run Reigate how about volunteering for the Run Reigate Race Crew? Full details are here.  All volunteers will get a free place in either Run Gatwick or Run Reigate next year. 

 

Advance warning of events particularly for volunteers

There will be a Priory Relays in Priory Park this year in November on a date yet to be finalised and the Holly Run will be on Sunday 12th December. 

 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing . If possible please can you submit them by Sunday evening at the latest as this allows us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Lily B Report by Mike Gent 

The final Lily B Girls match of the season was held at Sutton on Saturday 28th August. There was a strong RPAC turn out. 

Eva Marsh won the U17 1500m, with Louise Bressler in second place with a PB.

Ella Scrase was second in U15 800m and Florence Carter achieved a PB in the same race. Lily Woodhams improved her 100m PB.

Neve Macgregor battled with great determination to come second in the U13 1500m. Imogen Abrahams and Olivia Heppenstall both ran well in their events.

Eve Goulding demonstrated that as well as being a great sprinter she is a very competitive javelin thrower too.

Amongst the U11s the two 600m races were both won by RPAC athletes, Lisette Matthews and Florence Tombleson, in very exciting finishes in both cases. Florence and Gracie Shade both achieved 600m PBs in the same races. Lara Tombleson and Freya Else both performed strongly in their first time representing the Club.

My highlight is always the relays and the RPAC quartet won the U11 4x100m in exciting style when Freja Kargbo, having earlier had one of the fastest 75m times, made up two places on the final leg to just take the win on the line.


The winning relay team!

 

Max Orchard Excels in Tonbridge by Dave Mills

Max Orchard competed at the Kent Championships Open Pentathlon in Tonbridge today (30th August) finishing first with a fantastic score of 1747points!  Well done Max! 

This involved Max in the 75m hurdles, Shot, Long Jump,  High Jump and 800m. 

Max cleared 1m 33 in the high jump, a PB, and also PB'D in the Shot with 6.73m. 

Max's score puts him at number 1 in the UK for U13B Pentathlon at the time of writing.

 

Next up for Max is the Surrey Combined Events Championships in Carshalton on Saturday week.

 

Upcoming Junior Events by Mike Gent

 YDL LAG - Saturday 4 September 

This event is for U13 and U15 boys and girls. It is the last athletics match of the season and we are co- hosting the event. For both of which reasons it would be good to have a strong RPAC representation. Please contact Mike Gent if your child would like to compete.

Southern Road Relays - Sunday 26 September at Crystal Palace 

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete

Surrey cross country relays - 30 October- Stoke Park Guildford

This event is for U13-U17 boys and girls. All athletes have to be at least 11 years old on the day of the event. Please contact Dave Mills if your child would like to compete.

 

Saturday 25th September Juniors Obstacle Course event near Bletchingley, Redhill ***Date for the diary! ***

Reigate Priory AC are organising this fun social event which is open to all members of the Junior Academy and Junior section. This will be held on Saturday 25th September from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

We would also encourage any new Academy members to come along and meet some of the Junior section.

Please keep an eye out in your email in-boxes - details will follow soon!

HOWEVER - we require 2 or 3 parent helpers to assist with the running of this event. Please contact  if you are able to assist.

  

Senior Section News 

Last chance to enter the Surrey Road Relays 4th September at Wimbledon

A reminder to let your team captains know if you want to take part in the relays. The deadline is Tuesday the 31st of August 2021. Men should respond to  and ladies should respond to 

Floodlights at Battlebridge

If you are attending the 8pm sessions on Tuesdays at Battlebridge you will have noticed that it is dark by the end of the session. The terms of our agreement with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council prevent us from turning on the lights until 1st September. Please wear something bright and use a headtorch until the lights have been switched on (next week). 

Wednesday Evening Training Session 

Last week the Wednesday evening group made the most of some late Summer sunshine by knocking out some hills on Reigate Heath golf course. 

Left to Right: Adrian Grant, Debbie Robinson, Peter Luxton, Ian Edmonds, Bethany Higgins Jake Boud, Andrew Bamford, James England, David Winzer and Kate Knight.
Also participating but absent from the photo (as she was taking it) was Juliette Stern.

 

Thursday Evening training sessions in August in Priory Park

A reminder that on Thursdays in August there will be no track sessions but instead we will be holding sessions in Priory Park at 7pm.

Meet under the big tree close to the café but please let us know if you are coming.  

  

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Reigate Priory News 23rd August 2021

Reigate Priory News 23rd August 2021

 It is only Monday but I hope that you're having a good week. It's a bumper newsletter today and the potential for error and omission is quite high! apologies in advance if anything is found to be amiss.

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Jack Finn  Ashleigh Brailsford

Jack and Ashleigh are getting married this coming Saturday 28th August. On behalf of all of us at Reigate Priory AC can I please wish Jack and Ashleigh our fondest wishes from us all - have a lovely day! Photo or two next week please?

 

RPAC branded T-shirts

Nights are already starting to get shorter and visibility beyond 8.30pm is dwindling already.
 
 
Since safety is a priority when out running in the dark, we are offering hi-viz RPAC branded t-shirts as offered on the iProSports club zone (Men's Neon Yellow Sports T-Shirt and Women's Neon Yellow Sports T-Shirt).
 
We have arranged with iProSports to make these available with reflective print at the same price as advertised on the website - £22 (reflective print normally carries an extra fee) if we order these in bulk.
 
Should you wish to buy a t-shirt to wear whilst out on our club social runs, at the track or on Thursday evening sessions, please let Nat and Usha know what size you’d like by emailing  and an order will be placed.
 
Look forward to seeing you at a club session soon.
 
Usha & Nat.

 

Run Reigate 2021

Don't forget that this year's Run Reigate event is being held on Sunday 19th September from 09:00. At the time of writing there are still spaces available in the half marathon, 10K, 5K and children's races, although I'm told that aren't many spaces left.

Details of how to enter are here. RPAC has always been well represented in the longer races and I am sure this year will be no exception. There is also an option of virtual races if you don't fancy running in a crowd.

RPAC and Run Reigate have always had a good relationship and have provided support and publicity for eachother's events.

If you are not running at Run Reigate how about volunteering for the Run Reigate Race Crew? Full details are here.  All volunteers will get a free place in either Run Gatwick or Run Reigate next year. 

 

Advance warning of events particularly for volunteers

There will be a Priory Relays in Priory Park this year - November date yet to be finalised, but we will let you know, and the Holly Run will be on Sunday 12th December. 

 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing . If possible please can you submit them by Sunday evening at the latest as this allows us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News

Saturday 21st / Sunday 22nd August South of England Track & Field Championships Kingston

 

At the South of England Championships held in Kingston over the weekend, Michael Maguire won the Gold Medal in the U13B'S Long Jump setting a new Club Record with a leap of 5.05m. A great performance by Michael!

In the U15G'S 800m, Lilah Unwin came through her heat on Saturday, returning on Sunday for the final where she finished 2nd picking up the Silver Medal to add to her collection for 2021.

Another to comfortably navigate her heat on Saturday was Eva Marsh in the U17 1500m. In the final on Sunday, Eva ran yet another PB in a season of continual improvement finishing in 7th place out of 12 finalists.

The Championships see a high quality gathering of athletes from across the South East of England and these young athletes can be very proud of their performances.

 

Saturday 25th September Juniors Obstacle Course event near Bletchingley, Redhill ***Date for the diary! ***

Reigate Priory AC are organising this fun social event open to all members of the Junior Academy and Junior section which will be on Saturday 25th September from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

We would also encourage any new Academy members to come along and meet some of the Junior section.

Please keep an eye out in your email in-boxes - details will follow soon!

HOWEVER - we require 2 or 3 parent helpers to assist with the running of this event. Please contact  if you are able to assist.

 

Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent

Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:

There are two remaining track competitions this season. It would be great to have a strong turn out from Reigate in these final two matches.

Saturday 28th August  - Lily B - Sutton-  Girls U11-U17s

Saturday 4th September - YDL LAG - Sutton - U13-U15 Boys and girls

Sunday 5th September - YDL UAG - Crawley -  U17- U20 Boys and girls 

Saturday 25th September - Junior Obstacle Course event

 

Senior Section News 

Monday 30th August Session Cancelled

Due to the Bank Holiday Ian E. has cancelled next Monday's session.

 

Thursday PM training sessions in August in Priory Park

Just a reminder that on Thursdays in August there will be no track sessions but instead we will be holding sessions in Priory Park at 7pm.

Meet under the big tree close to the café but please let us know if you are coming.  

  

Surrey Road Relays 4th September at Wimbledon

A reminder to let your team captains know if you want to take part in the relays. The deadline is Tuesday the 31st of August 2021. Men should respond to  and ladies should respond to 

 

MABAC League  - confirmed dates for events

Sunday 19th September - Lightwater Country Park

Sunday 24th October - Nonsuch Park

Sunday 21st November - Farley Heath

Sunday 16th January - Windsor Park

 

Saturday 21st  August The Shere 42km Trial Marathon 

Here he is - the latest member of the 100 marathon club! Jim told us that he managed to finish this event in a "sociable" 5 hours 57 minutes. He said "I could’ve picked an easier one as it was a little hilly with 3,500ft of climb but some beautiful scenery".

Leanne McKeogh participated in the Shere Marathon on Saturday, finishing in a time of 6:13:51.

Kate Knight completed the Shere Marathon on Saturday, and followed this up with participation in the Thorpe and Egham Half on Sunday.

 

Saturday 21st August The Shere 10K - by Moray Carey

The rugged countryside surrounding the attractive village of Shere provided the rural setting for a series of trail runs plotted over challenging courses on Sat 21st Aug.

The shortest distance was 10k but there were also options of 21k and 42k which Jim Vince selected as his 100th marathon.

Unfortunately, I didn’t see Jim to wish him luck since the 10k race in which I was running had a later start time but I did encounter fellow RPAC member, Jeremy, immediately noticeable in the distinctive RPAC running vest.  

After a mini circuit of the field behind the Shere Village Hall, the multi terrain route climbed the precipitous London Lane passing under the A25 and rising continuously within a tree lined corridor.

Because this is “byway open to all traffic” (BOAT), vehicular use had created water filled trenches leaving the attempted negotiation of the uneven, flint encrusted banks as the only alternative way forward.

The steady climb of almost 2 kms comprises practically one fifth of the entire 10k course! After reaching level ground, the route meandered in and out of woodland tracks and trails where cyclists, walkers and horse riders were occasionally encountered.

Tackling the 10k course required semi orienteering skills, due to the general absence of Marshals, but following direction arrows hand painted on the ground and ribbons suspended from branches added to the sense of adventure.

A race official kindly offered fruit and jelly babies at a feed station at about 6k and a bit further on a clearing had been carved out of the woodland revealing the charmingly named Honeysuckle Bottom Sawmill. Peering out of one of the barns was a character with a long, straggly, bushy beard resembling one of the guitarists from ZZ Top!!     

After overcoming one further incline, the paths were reasonably level before re-joining London Lane for the long descent back to the field for the final few hundred metres to the finishing line to claim the race mementos – a wooden medal and a t-shirt.

I had intended running solo but, for most of the race, I was paced by and chatted to local Shere resident, Mike Keeble. By the time we re-entered the field he was a good 15-20 seconds in front of me but he paused for me to catch up with him so we could finish the race together.

An altruistic act of sportsmanship to crown an exhilarating race!     

 

Sunday 22nd August The Big Half

Tom Almond and George Roux ran in The Big Half on Sunday. Tom finished in a time of 1:12:18 and George finished in a time of 1:14:12.

Mike Wylie finished The Big Half in a time of 1:26:24.

Steve Watkins ran in this event despite injury, finishing in 1:55:34.

Apologies if there were other entrants from the club that we've missed - let us know. Well done guys! 

 

Sunday 22nd August Gatliff Ultra

Stop press - we hear that Ian Stammers took part in this 63km ultra and finished in a time of 10.5 hours.

 

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Reigate Priory News 16th August 2021

Reigate Priory News 16th August 2021

Hi everyone I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well. I apologise for the late publishing of this, it's been a busy day and I also apologise for the lack of photos, my PC seems to have thrown a bit of a wobbly.

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  Parkrun 

We received some positive feedback about last week's note about Parkrun so I am continuing it this week. This week we had RPAC members participating in Parkruns from Sizewell to Salcombe (Bolberry Down). You can see who ran which Parkrun and their time by clicking here.  Graham Bull topped the age graded score again with 81.54% with his run at Dulwich. Please let us know if this is of interest; if it is we may need to recruit a volunteer to help collate the age graded scores 

Run Reigate

Don't forget that this year's Run Reigate event is being held on Sunday 19th September from 09:00. At the time of writing there are still spaces available in the half marathon, 10K, 5K and children's races, although I'm told that aren't many spaces left. Details of how to enter are here. RPAC has always been well represented in the longer races and I am sure this year will be no exception. There is also an option of virtual races if you don't fancy running in a crowd.

RPAC and Run Reigate have always had a good relationship and have provided   support and publicity for eachother's events. If you are not running at Run Reigate how about volunteering for the Run Reigate Race Crew? Full details are here.  All volunteers will get a free place in either Run Gatwick or Run Reigate next year.   

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing . If possible please can you submit them by Sunday evening at the latest as this allows us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

  

Junior Section News

 Ebbisham League Match 3 15th August 2021 by Mike Gent 

A small team of RPAC athletes had a successful match 3 of the Ebbisham boys league at Sutton yesterday.

Michael Maguire improved his long jump PB to a very impressive 4.85m. Buddy Kedgley, in his first competitive 800m, recorded a time that puts him in the top 30 in the country in his age group, whilst Max Orchard further improved his PBs in both the 75m hurdles and the 100m. He is now the second fastest U13 75m hurdler in the country this season.

 

Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent

Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:

There are two remaining track competitions this season. It would be great to have a strong turn out from Reigate in these final two matches.

28 August  - Lily B - Sutton-  Girls U11-U17s

4 September - YDL LAG - Sutton - U13-U15 Boys and girls

5 September - YDL UAG - Crawley -  U17- U20 Boys and girls 

 

Senior Section News 

Training at K2 tomorrow 17th August

Just a reminder that there is a training session at K2 tomorrow (17th August) at 19:30 and that as a consequence there will be no 20:00 session at Battlebridge  tomorrow. If you plan on going to K2 and haven't let Malcolm know already please do so. 

Thursday PM training sessions in August in Priory Park

Just a reminder that on Thursdays in August there will be no track sessions but instead we will be holding sessions in Priory Park at 7pm. Meet under the big tree close to the café but please let us know if you are coming.  

  

Surrey Road Relays 4th September at Wimbledon

A reminder to let your team captains know if you want to take part in the relays. The  deadline is Tuesday the 31st of August 2021. Men should respond to  and ladies should respond to 

 Wimbledon Dash 5K 15th August 

This was the Surrey Championship 5K Road Race and only 52 people finished the Wimbledon Dash yesterday compared with the 2019 figure of 190. Four of this year's finishers were from RPAC. Jamilla was the first home in 21:09, followed by Gillian in 23:18, Annette in 24:25 and Malcolm in 25:23. Well done team RPAC!

 Lydd 20 Mile Race 15th August 

Entries for the Lydd 20 mile race were down from 687 in 2019 to 354 this year. Three RPAC athletes took part Tom Almond was 7th overall finishing in a very speedy time of 02:01:36, Lee Savage finished in 13th place in 02:13:56 and Duncan Mallison was in 31st place in 02:24:02. Well done to all of you, great running!

Shere Trail Races Saturday 21st August 

This coming Saturday - there are three different distances Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K. Details of how to enter are here.  

Don't forget that Jim Vince is planning to make the 42 km race his 100th Marathon, so it would be good to get some other RPAC athletes out in support

 

Epsom & Ewell Harriers Mad Miles Race

If you fancy a competitive track mile Epsom and Ewell are hosting their annual Mad Miles Event on 26th August, entry is £5. Details and registration are here

 

Members' News

Kate Knight completed her 80th marathon over the weekend, competing in the Salisbury Plain marathon yesterday. You are a phenomenon Kate!

In last week's newsletter I forgot to mention that Jake Boud was very pleased to have set an new Parkrun PB, running 21:58 at Norwich Parkrun. He says that the course was a bit flatter than Reigate!

 

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 9th August 2021

Reigate Priory AC News 9th August 2021

Hi everyone I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well. 

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  Parkrun 

Now that Parkrun has returned one of our members suggested that it would be good to see who had run which Parkruns and the best times and age gradings each week. There is a simple way of seeing who ran which Parkrun and their time by clicking here. This week RPAC runners ran in Parkruns ranging from Norwich to Woolacombe Dunes. Age grading requires us to open each race and harvest the results - a bit of a task. This week Graham Bull took the honours with a score of 78.00%, closely followed by Annette Morris on 76.29%, Ian Stammars on 74.49% and Jo Davey on 73.83%. Please let us know if this is of interest; if it is we may need to recruit a volunteer to help collate the age graded scores .

 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing . If possible please can you submit them by Sunday evening at the latest as this allows us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

  

Junior Section News

Congratulations to Lilah Unwin by David Mills

Congratulations to Lilah Unwin who finished in 5th place in the final of the England Athletics U15 Girls 800m held in Manchester over the weekend. 

Lilah came through her heat on Saturday to return for the final on Sunday. Despite the cold, wet conditions, the race was quick with Lilah finishing in 2:17:86.

You can watch Lilah in action on YouTube in the heats here and in the final here

 Lily B League Guildford 7th August from Mike Gent 

The second match of the girls Lily B league took place at Guildford on Saturday. We had a strong turn out from the U11s and Reigate athletes were very much to the fore. We won both the 600m races through Lisette Matthews and Zara Wright. Zara also had the longest long jump and then Freja Kargbo and Lisette won their 75m sprints. Denise Ornella and Amy Dhanda both performed strongly in their first competitive match for the Club and Florence and Gracie Shade show their strong all-round ability with great results across all three events. The highlight though was the 4 X100m relay where we managed to field two teams and came second in both races after an impromptu fifteen minute training session with a juice bottle as a baton.

 In the older age groups we were somewhat depleted, but dominated the U15 800m where Ella Scrase won the A race and Sophia Bryant the B race, and Eva Marsh followed up her win in the County Championship with another great time in the U17 1500m.

 

 

 

Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent

Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:

15 August Ebbisham League -  Woodcote School Coulsdon - U11s, U13s and U15s - Boys only

28 August  - Lily B - Sutton-  Girls U11-U17s

4 September - YDL LAG - Sutton - U13-U15 Boys and girls

5 September - YDL UAG - Crawley -  U17- U20 Boys and girls 

 

Senior Section News 

 

MABAC Wimbledon 3rd August - our best result to date

A really strong turnout helped RPAC to secure a best ever third place in the MBAC race held on Wimbledon Common last Tuesday, 3rd August. A full report is here, but the highlights are that we had 22 senior and 2 junior athletes taking part and that Andrew Reeves, Neil Fenwick and Frank O'Regan came in second, fourth and sixth respectively in the men's race with Anna Roberson, Gillian O'Regan and Bethany Higgins finishing well up in the ladies race. Joel Lawrence was the first home in the one lap race. Full results will be added to the results section once they have been finalised. 

It would be great if we can get an equally good turnout at the remaining MBAC events. 

 

Thursday PM training sessions in August ***not at the track*** 

Just a reminder that on Thursdays in August there will be no track sessions but instead we will be holding sessions in Priory Park at 7pm. Meet under the big tree close to the café but please let us know if you are coming. 

 

Southern Athletics League Match 3 Saturday 14th August at K2

A reminder that the final Southern Athletics League match of 2021 will take place on Saturday 14th August at K2. This is the league where we enter a combined team with Dorking and Mole Valley AC and Holland Sports. This is open to U17, U20, Seniors and Vets. There are some different events this time round.  If you are interested in taking part please email 

 

Surrey Road Relays 4th September at Wimbledon

You should have received an email about this in the last day or two.

Full details are as follows :

Each leg is approximately 3 miles and starts and finishes on the athletics track in Wimbledon Park and all levels of ability are welcome and encouraged. The first leg runner will set off at 12 noon and teams will be allocated nearer the time by the captains. Club vests must be worn and there are no entries on the day. The race is free to enter for club members.


Numbers per team are as follows: 
Senior men - team of 6
Vet men over 40 and over 50 - team of 4
Vet men over 60 - team of 3
Senior women and vet women over 35 - team of 4
Vet women over 45 - team of 3
New for this year is women over 55 - team of 3


Runners must be at least 17 years old on 31st August 2021 and must be Surrey qualified to take part in the Surrey County Championships. This means runners must have been born in Surrey or have lived in Surrey for the last 9 months.
Please let the appropriate captain know if you are available by clicking on the email address below. Please note that responses will go to captains/vice captains/team managers
If you have a specific leg you would like to run or you are willing to run more than one leg (if required), please let us know when replying and we will do our best to accommodate your preference - deadline is Tuesday the 31st of August 2021
Men should respond to  and ladies should respond to 

 

Interim Positions in Club Championships

You will recall that for this year we decided that the Club Championships would be awarded based on the fastest times recorded on the Power of 10 website 

According to my calculations here are the scores on the doors so far...everything still to play for though! Please let me know if you think I am wrong!

Event Athlete Sex Club Champs
Age Category
Time Event  Date
5K George Roux M Men's Champion 00:15:50 Kirkby Mallory 17/04/2021
Lee Savage M MV40 00:17:03 Ardingly 12/05/2021
Malcolm Woodman M MV50 00:25:23 Wimbledon 11/04/2021
  M MV60      
Eloise Bull Ladies' Champion 00:18:43 Ardingly 05/05/2021
  FV35      
  FV45      
Elaine Reddyhoff FV55 00:27:59 Kempton Park 15/05/2021
10K George Roux M Men's Champion 00:33:25 Battersea 05/06/2021
Lee Savage M MV40 00:35:14 Battersea 15/05/2021
  M MV50      
Ian Burks M MV60 00:42:28 Windsor 18/07/2021
Gillian O' Regan Ladies' Champion 00:43:29 Kempton Park 03/04/2021
Anna Roberson FV35 00:49:19 Dorking 11/07/2021
  FV45      
Debbie Robinson FV55 01:01:38 Dorking 11/07/2021
10M Tom Almond M Men's Champion 00:54:47 Dorking 11/07/2021
Rick Coles M MV40 01:01:37 Dorking 11/07/2021
Graham Bull M MV50 01:07:17 Dorking 11/07/2021
Ian Burks M MV60 01:09:27 Dorking 11/07/2021
Ginevra Stoneley Ladies' Champion 01:06:09 Dorking 11/07/2021
Gillian O' Regan FV35 01:19:06 Dorking 11/07/2021
  FV45      
Annette Morris FV55 01:28:41 Dorking 11/07/2021
Half
Marathon
Tom Almond M Men's Champion 01:10:41 Goodwood 25/04/2021
  M MV40      
Nick Wade M MV50 01:31:45 Windsor 22/05/2021
  M MV60      
  Ladies' Champion      
  FV35      
  FV45      
  FV55      
Marathon   M Men's Champion      
Ginevra Stoneley M Ladies' Champion 02:55:29 Windsor 03/04/2021

 

Shere Trail Races Saturday 21st August from Moray Carey

The Shere Run offers 3 different distances: a 10k run, a half marathon, and a 42k run. There is also the option to compete in the 42k event as part of a team of 3.
Offering some of the most scenic trail runs available in the South-East of England, this is a truly fantastic event whether you are new to running or a seasoned pro.
Venue - Shere Recreation Ground, Upper Street, Shere, Guildford GU5 9JF Timetable 07:30 Registration opens at Shere Village Hall

09:00 42k race begins (10 hour cut-off time)
09:30 21k race begins
10:00 10k race begins

Environment
As part of our ongoing battle against plastics at these events we will also kindly ask you to bring your own drinking cup to be used at drink stations (the 10k route has one, the 21k two and the 42k five drink stations)
Facilities There will be free parking on site and afterwards you can enjoy the refreshments, music and wood fired pizzas which are on offer.
Mandatory Kit List  All competitors must carry a mobile phone and food & water with them on the day.
Entry
• Advance - https://www.trekhireuk.com/events/shere-42k/
• On-the-day – in cash only but there’s no guarantee you’ll receive a medal/t-shirt
Click here for the Runner’s World review 

Don't forget that Jim Vince is planning to make the 42 km race his 100th Marathon, so it would be good to get some other RPAC athletes out in support.

 

River Relay 5th September received from MABAC 

"I am sending this to all MABAC clubs for your interest. This event was devised many years ago by Feltham Puffers, a (now disbanded) MABAC League club and involved a 30 mile course from the totem pole in Windsor Park to Old Deer Park Sports Ground, Richmond. Over the years various route changes were witnessed and then, like the Puffers, the event was discontinued. A few years ago the event was rekindled by The Stragglers with a modified route and so now we have:

THE RIVER RELAY 2021 (see http://www.stragglers.org/clublife/event/432757)

Date: 5 Sep 2021 09:00  Course:  Dorney Church to Hawker Centre, Ham

The race is now run over 5 stages, following the Thames Path from Boveney Church near Windsor to the Hawker Centre in Ham, with a total distance of 26.2 miles. As in previous years, teams must feature at least one female and one veteran,, giving an opportunity for clubs to put runners together who may not normally share a team.

Entry fee: £10 per runner if they are England Althetics affiliated, £12 for unaffiliated

If anyone is interested please email riverrelay@stragglers.org. "

 

Epsom & Ewell Harriers Mad Miles Race

If you fancy a competitive track mile Epsom and Ewell are hosting their annual Mad Miles Event on 26th August, entry is £5. Details and registration are here

 

Members' News

Neil Fenwick reports that he ran his first 10K in RPAC colours yesterday in Battersea Park, coming in 15th overall and second in his age category in an excellent time of 36:39. Well done Neil! 

 

 

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Hello everyone I hope you and your families are all keeping well. I look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday evening for our Summer Barbecue & Relay Races.  

 

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Thursday 29th July Summer Barbecue & Relay Races 

Our Summer Barbecue will be held this Thursday.

Relay races will start soon after 7pm. If you want to take part just turn up in your running kit, teams will be selected on the night and will be mixed between junior and senior members.

Food will be served from 7:30 pm. If you are able to help our catering team by providing a salad of some sort please let us know by emailing 

 

Wednesday 21st July Summer 10K - Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who played any part in organising this year's Summer 10K it couldn't have happened without you. It was great to see so many club members helping set up and breakdown the course, marshal, manning the water stations, etc. - we covered the whole range from long standing club members to brand new members, from very young members to the not so young...and a even a few non-members. Hopefully all of your names appear on the volunteers section on the club homepage; please let us know if you have been missed from the list. 

A few people deserve special thanks in my opinion. Firstly, Race Director Chris Veale who, although sadly no longer a club member, agreed to carry on in post until after the race; secondly, Moray Carey for his tireless discussions with the Council to obtain a green light for the event and finally, Usha Stevens for filling all the volunteer positions even when people had to self-isolate at the last minute. These thanks are based on my personal observations so I apologise in advance if I have missed anyone who deserves a special mention.  

Although numbers were well down on normal we still had 198 finishers and I think, 247 entrants. Despite the very hot conditions there were some excellent results and RPAC members were well placed with Adam Evans finishing in overall second place a few seconds ahead of Ewan McKay in third. 

Pictures from the evening are here. Full results for the RPAC participants are in the Senior Results section. 

Give us your results please

If you run in an event, do please let us know your results by emailing . If possible please can you submit them by Sunday evening at the latest as this allows us to meet the deadline for the Surrey Mirror sports pages. 

 

Junior Section News 

 Ebbisham League Saturday 24th July 2021  from Mike Gent

 A small but competitive RPAC team turned out for the second match of this year’s Ebbisham League at Sutton on Saturday. With pretty much every athlete recording one or more PBs we won our division on the day.

Milo Seals led the way with PBs in all three of his events. Euan Willis achieved a big PB in the 1500m. Max Orchard achieved PBs in the 200m and 75m hurdles, whilst Michael Maguire did likewise in the 100m and long jump. With Michael and Max we have two of the top ten U13 long jumpers in the country now.Buddy Kedgley attained a PB in the 200m and Louis Gibson in the long jump and 100m. Justin Collins achieved a PB in the 100m and Sam Stapley in the 300m, as well as comfortably winning the 800m, whilst Isaac Beckett scored a PB in the 800m. In the non scoring U11 James Beatty won his 600m, Evan Moffat had a great debut coming second in the 75m, 150m and long Jump, whilst Hayden Clarke competed strongly in the 75m and 600m. One of the highlights of the day was coming second in the U13 4x 100m relay to a strong Wimbledon team.

Youth Development League Upper Age Group Match at Brighton Sunday 25th July from Ashley Burridge

A wet Sunday with some torrential downpours couldn't stop some great performances from Reigate Priory's junior athletes in our combined team with Holland Sports AC. 

Dan Statham jumped a solid 1.80m in the U20 High Jump; George Evered ran a creditable 24.8s in the U17 200m and led off the successful 4x100m relay; Oscar Curry ran a good warm-up 800m for next weekend's County Champs in 2:04.9 with Eva Marsh running a PB of 4:53.4 in the U17 1500m. Lucy Denece was the only competitor in the U17 3,000m event, her first time on track over this distance. She was applauded around the 7.5 laps finishing in 11minutes, 26.9secs.

Well done to all our athletes and parents for making the perilous return trip to Brighton and good luck to all for next weekend's Championships.

 

Dates For Your Diary from Mike Gent

Upcoming dates for Junior Section track league events are as follows:

7 August - Lily B - Guildford  -  Girls U11-U17s

15 August Ebbisham League -  Woodcote School Coulsdon - U11s, U13s and U15s - Boys only

28 August  - Lily B - Sutton-  Girls U11-U17s

4 September - YDL LAG - Sutton - U13-U15 Boys and girls

5 September - YDL UAG - Crawley -  U17- U20 Boys and girls 

 

Senior Section News 

K2 Training Tomorrow (27th July) 

Training at K2 starts at 7:30pm tomorrow (you should have let Malcolm know if you plan to attend) and there will also be a single session at Battlebridge at 7:00 pm. 

MABAC is Back - Tuesday 3rd August 7:30 pm

After an absence of 18 months the MABAC league events are starting up again next Tuesday 3rd August at 7:30 pm. It seems a long time since the last event hosted by us on 1st March 2020, little did we know what was going to happen!

What is MABAC? It is a league comprised of 10 Surrey based clubs (of which we are one) who host a series of monthly events from January until November (there is no event in February). These are all cross country events, mostly held on Sunday mornings in some  beautiful and often remote, parts of the Surrey countryside. As well as the senior race of just over 8 km (5 miles) there are also joggers’ and junior events of about 4 km (2.5 miles).
Although primarily aimed at club members who might not normally take part in league races, MABAC events always attract a number of quick runners and you will always find someone to compete with. I have never heard anyone say that they haven't enjoyed a MABAC race. 

The details are as follows. The race starts promptly at 19:30 at Wimbledon Rugby Club. Unusually this year the entrance is via Preston Road (SW20 0SS), rather than Barham Rd. We will try to arrange some car shares from Reigate and Redhill and in the past we have had groups of people who have travelled together from Victoria and Waterloo after work. 

To help with social distancing there will be three different starts with separate Men's and Ladies' starts and a separate start for anyone running the 1 lap race. From memory this starts on the rugby field, runs along by a stream before a long drag for two laps of the aptly named Gravelly Hill (it's actually more sand than gravel), the final mile back alongside the stream goes on forever and the race finishes along two sides of the rugby field. 

Training next Tuesday will be limited to single session at Battlebridge at 7pm to encourage as many of you as possible to participate in the MABAC event.

I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. Please let me know if you have any questions.   

Dorking 10s Sunday 11th July - An Apology

I had a "senior moment" when composing last week's newsletter. I talked about the men's Surrey County Championship results without mentioning the ladies' results. This was a significant oversight as Ginevra Stoneley is now the Women's V45 Surrey Champion at the 10 mile distance (in fact she was the second fastest Surrey lady overall). I am sorry for being so dozy Ginevra. 

Epsom & Ewell Harriers Mad Miles Race

If you fancy a competitive track mile Epsom and Ewell are hosting their annual Mad Miles Event on 26th August, entry is £5. Details and registration are here

 

And now for something completely different...

As a change from running Linda Rodriguez took part in a Cross Channel relay last week. 

Linda writes:

'Our seven-person team made it to France in 13 hours and 36 minutes. Our first swimmer -- Tessa Wardley (Poppy's Mum)-- set off from the beach at Dover at 8:54 pm, just after the sun went down. I was swimming fourth, so I got in the water from the boat at 11:54, under a big orange moon. The swimming was most definitely not the difficult part -- trying not to panic, in the dark, in the very cold, in a choppy sea, surrounded by jellyfish, and trying to keep up with the boat was. On the positive side, I was incredibly seasick in the boat -- couldn't keep a single thing, not even electrolyte drinks, down -- but I wasn't sick in the water! My second swim, at 6:54 in the morning, was absolutely glorious. The sun was up, I could see the horizon, and while it wasn't warm in the water exactly, I was fairly certain this time I wasn't going to drown and, even better, I could see the jellyfish before I felt them. My seasickness also eased after that swim, to the point that I was able to eat again (although all the Champagne we brought to celebrate remained corked).  

We landed near Cap Gris Nez, but unfortunately, owing to Covid and border rules, only two of our team were able to actually swim ashore; the rest of us cheered from the boat. Then back to Dover! I went to bed that night saying, "I'm never doing that again" -- still feeling like I was on a boat -- and woke up the next morning asking, "When are we doing that again?" '

Linda was raising money for Mind and I'm sure she would welcome donations from club members. 

 

And finally...

Jim Vince completed the Jurassic Coast Challenge over the weekend - essentially completing a marathon a day over three days and climbing 2100ft in the course of covering the route from Charmouth to Shell Bay in Dorset. Fantastic achievement Jim! Most significantly this made up Jim's 97th, 98th and 99th races of marathon or more distance. Jim plans to complete his 100th Marathon on 21st August. This will be the Shere Trail Marathon, it would be good to get some other RPAC athletes involved to support Jim. There are 5km, 10Km and half marathon distances if you don't fancy doing the full distance (which includes 3000ft of climbing). 

  

Kate Knight completed her 8th 100Km challenge yesterday - The South West Coast to Coast challenge which follows a 102km route from Minehead on the North Somerset coast to Dawlish on the South Devon coast. She reports that she arrived at the first rest stop shivering and in torrential rain but managed to warm up once the rain had stopped. This was Kate's 78th event of Marathon or more distance. Amazing as ever, Kate! 

 

Andrew (Paddy) Patrick was the sole RPAC representative at the Surrey Slog yesterday (25th July). The Surrey Slog for the uninitiated is a trail half marathon around Holmbury Hill. It is run by MABAC as an open event and the course is described as "challenging but rewarding, hilly and undulating", I think Paddy would agree with that, particularly given the heavy rain during the early part of the race. Results have yet to be published but I am pretty certain that the race was won by  Andrew Reeves who is a second claim for RPAC.

 

 

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