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Saturday 13th January - RPAC Awards Night
Ditch the running shoes and grab your dancing shoes - we'll be celebrating your achievements this year at the annual Reigate Priory Athletic Club's Awards Night on 13th January 2024 at the Reigate Manor Hotel!
Please arrive at 6:30 for a light buffet dinner - vegans welcome - drinks from the pay bar, and chat. The awards ceremony will start at 7:30 pm for both the Juniors and Seniors. From 8:30, we'll have cake, more drinks, and dancing until midnight. This year we're also holding a raffle featuring prizes from Run Reigate, Movement Mechanics, Sweaty Betty, Chalk Hills Bakery, and others, so come ready to buy tickets!
We ask that juniors be accompanied by at least one adult; seniors are welcome to purchase additional tickets for a plus one.
Tickets are available via LoveAdmin or purchased directly from the club at track and junior sessions.
Adults: £10 until 30th November (the discounted rate will be applied when you make payment), £15 from 1st December.
All ticket sales will end on 20th December.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Linda Rodriguez,
Saturday 25th November - Couch to 5K Graduation @ Ifield Mill Pond parkrun
Please come and join us at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun this coming Saturday 25th November to run and support our runners. We will meet at Gossops Green Parade (~ RH11 8HH) at 8:30AM for a 9:00AM parkrun start .We will go to the Toby at Langley Green for breakfast afterwards.
Saturday 13th January 2024 - The next Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K Programme begins
Our next programme starts on Saturday 13th January with an optional lead-in session on Saturday 6th January, Please pass on the details to anyone who may be interested that are available here.
Nominations for Ted Baker Award 2023 are now open
The Ted Baker Award (awarded in memory of past Chair, coach & athlete Ted Baker) is presented annually to somebody who has made a significant contribution to the club in the last year. Contributions in previous years may also be taken into account.
The Award is not restricted to members or parents, it is open to anyone who has made a contribution to the club in 2023. However current members of the Committee and previous recipients (see the website for list) cannot receive the Award.
The short list of candidates is determined by nominations from members and / or parents, with the Committee making the final decision on the recipient.
If you wish to nominate somebody for the Ted Baker Award 2023, please send their details (including why you think they should receive the Award) to me by Friday 1st December 2023.
London Marathon 2024 - Club Places
The next TCS London Marathon takes place on Sunday 21st April. This year, subject to confirmation, there will be 3 club places available to members.
Allocation of one of the places will be decided by a draw on Tuesday 21st November ***TOMORROW*** at either Battlebridge or K2. The recipients of the other places will be decided by committee. The successful applicants will be notified by the end of Wednesday 22nd November.
To be eligible for any of these places you must:
- have been a first claim member of the club for 2 years
- have been rejected in the ballot
- not have had a club place in the last 3 years
- have volunteered for the club in the last 12 months. Please include details of your volunteering in your application.
Note that the lucky runners will be required to claim the place through the official London marathon website and pay the standard race entry fee.
To apply for a place, or if you have any questions, please email me by end of Sunday 19th November.
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
Saturday 9th December - Surrey call for RPAC Juniors - Southern Inter-Counties XC Championships @ Oxford
Congratulations to the following who have been picked to represent Surrey in the Southern Inter-Counties XC Championships:
U17B's Samuel Stapley, Euan Willis and Sammy Rolaston
U17W's Lilah Unwin and Nicole Haycock
U15B Josh Emmerson
U13G's Florence and Lara Tombleson
Sunday 3rd December - Border League @ Guildford
Match 2 of this year's Border League will be held in Stoke Park Guildford on Sunday 3rd December.
There are separate races for girls and boys at U9 (school yrs 3 and 4)/ U11 (yrs 5 and 6)/U13 (yrs 7 and 8)/U15 (yrs 9 and 10). The first race is U9 girls at 1:30pm and last race U15s at 3:00pm. We are keen to have a strong turnout of RPAC Juniors. There is no cost to enter and no limit on numbers, but we do need to register athletes ahead of time.
Please let Mike Gent know if your son/daughter would like to compete at Guildford by Thursday 30th November.
Dates for the Juniors diary
Sunday 3rd December - Second Border League XC fixture, Guildford
Sunday 7th January - Surrey County Champs, Denbies in Dorking
Saturday 13th January - RPAC Awards Night
Saturday 13th January - Surrey Cross Country League - Match 3 Wimbledon Common
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 24th February - National Cross Country Champs, Weston Park, Shropshire
Saturday 24th February - Surrey Primary Schools Champs, Reigate Priory Park
Sunday 3rd March - Border League Match 4 - Reigate Priory Park
Senior Section News
Sunday 7th January 2024 Surrey Cross Country Championships @ Denbies
The Surrey Cross Country Championships will be held on Sunday 7th January 2024 at Denbies.
Senior Women - 11.30am (8.4km)
Senior Men - 2pm (12.2km)
All athletes must be Surrey qualified through birth or residency for the last 9 months
Club vests must be worn, no late entries
Please let me know by Friday 22nd December 2023 if you would like to be included in the entry by emailing
Sunday 25th February 2024 Wokingham is the club's Half Marathon Club Championship for 2024
At the committee meeting held on Wednesday 8th November it was decided that the Half Marathon club championship race for 2024 would be the Wokingham Half Marathon (to be held on 25th February 2024). You can see the Wokingham Half information and entry on their website here.
In future years we agreed that we would look to alternate this championship race with other events such as Reigate or Paddock Wood half marathons. We will ensure that the designated race is communicated to club members in good time
Sunday 19th November 2023 - British Masters Road Relay Championships - by Malcolm Woodman
Yesterday the intrepid trio of Nat Wilson, Jo Davey and Ginevra Stoneley, accompanied by Chauffeur / Team Manager / Cheer Leader Stewart McIntyre, made the trek to Mallory Park (near Leicester) for the British Masters Road Relay Championships.
The picture above shows Jo shivering before the start. It was a very demanding circuit in windy and wet conditions.
Racing in the W45 category, the team was ably led out by Jo, who proved that the race predictor on her new Garmin watch is massively pessimistic by running 19:31 for the 3 mile circuit.
Jo handed over to Nat, who continued her recent rich vein of form, returning the fastest Reigate time of the day of 19:06.
Ginevra ran the 3rd and final leg for the team in a time of 19:23, demonstrating that she is on the comeback trail after her recent argument with a hurdle in the container!
The team finished in the Bronze medal position, narrowly losing out on the Silver to the team from Sale Harriers – a brilliant performance on Reigate Priory AC’s first ever foray into the upper echelons of British Masters relay running. The W45 race was won by Bristol & West AC, led home by Annabel Granger with a time of 18:08.
Well done to all of you and thanks to Stewart for the driving and support.
Sunday 19th November MABAC @ Lightwater
We got a 13-strong team out for this one. You can see how they got on by reading the report here.
Sunday 19th November MABAC AGM
Following on from the race yesterday I attended the MABAC AGM on behalf of the club.
The highlights were as follows:
1. Election of new chairman (Ken Saunders) and secretary (Alicia Wise from Runnymede Runners)
2. Adoption of revised league constitution
3. Finance report - Cranleigh 7/14/21 made c. £4800 and the Surrey Slog made c. £1100
this is enough to finance the league for the coming year although costs are rising (particularly for First Aid cover). We agreed that there should be a cap on the cost per event (the Reigate event is within this cost)
4. Agreement that the trial of bone conducting headphones was successful and these could now be used at future events. No other sort of headphones is allowed and team captains should police this initially.
5. Agreement that visually impaired runners could take part provided that they supply their own guide and accept the risk of taking part
6. The course for Cranleigh is being changed for 2024 to remove the muddiest part. It will be billed as a "challenge event" rather than a marathon preparation. It will take place on 7th April.
7. Cranleigh Runners are assumed to have left the league and another club is being sought as a replacement. Suggestions were Tadworth, Striders of Croydon and Farnham Town Runners.
9. Suitable venues continue to be a problem and there may need to be changes to days and times of the races to accommodate this.
10. The first race of 2024 will be held in Windsor Park on Saturday 3rd February at 09:00. Provisional dates were provided for several of the other races. Our home fixture is confirmed as Sunday 3rd March
Sunday 19th November Brighton 10K
This was a very blustery event, and you were against a strong wind for half of it. I'm missing from the results for some reason, but may be just as well - not one of my finest efforts. ;-)
You can see the Reigate Priory AC results here.
Please Return Your Trophies
With the Awards Evening coming up please can you return your trophies ASAP so that I can get them engraved, cleaned, etc. ready to be handed out. I'll be at Battlebridge on 21st and 28th of this month, alternatively you can leave them with one of the other coaches or contact me to arrange delivery or collection, email
Dates for Your Diary
Saturday 25th November Couch to 5K Graduation at Ifield Mill Pond parkrun and breakfast at Toby
Saturday 9th December Parkrun Tourism to Cranleigh
Sunday 17th December Turkey Trot
Sunday 7th January Surrey XC Champsionships at Denbies - see above
Sunday 7th January Tadworth 10 - see this
Saturday 13th January Couch to 5K Programme starts - see this
Saturday 13th January Awards and Social Night, Reigate Manor
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