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Reigate Priory AC News 19th October 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 19th October 2020

Category: All Club News

Hello everyone. I hope you're all keeping safe and well. A shorter newsletter this week - enjoy the half term!

 

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November 2020 Priory Relays

We are holding the annual Priory Relays event again this year and have secured a site at the Mid Surrey Pony Club, Hurst Road, Walton on the Hill, KT20 5BN.

The plan is to run the ladies teams on Saturday 14th November starting from 10:00AM and men on 15th November in the same format.

The course will be approx 1.5 miles long and there will be 4 runners per team.  We will be using chip timing to record individual runners' times.

Please look out for a message from your team captains to register your interest if you would like to run so teams can be put together. 

Please also look out for call for volunteers as we will need a good of people to help us run the event. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, volunteer roles really will be an essential part of our organisation. 

 

Sunday 25th October 9:00AM Informal training run from the YMCA in Earlswood 

Mike Pocock, Ian Edmonds and Ian Burks are leading an informal training run from the YMCA in Earlswood next Sunday 25th October.

The plan is for two groups, one slightly faster doing 13 miles, and one led by Ian - a shorter distance taking 100 minutes.

They will be leaving at 9:00AM from the YMCA and heading South.

 

Sunday 18th October 2020 Grand Prix Bedford Autodrome

Congratulations to Charlie Butcher who finished this marathon event in 2:26:42. Wow, that's rapid!

 

Saturday Social Group for 24th October cancelled

A reminder that we have cancelled the group for this coming Saturday due to the half term. We'll be back running on the 31st October.

 

Sunday 18th April 2021 Boston Marathon - from Jim Vince

I just thought I'd put a plug in for the Boston Marathon to be held in Lincolnshire on 18 April 2021. With London Marathon now October 2021, the UK Boston marathon is around the normal London marathon time of the year in Spring, but is also a very flat and fast marathon for a PB. I've just signed up and noticed there are only 60 places remaining in the 1000 limit so wanted to let people in the club know if they were looking for a replacement for the London Marathon.

See the Boston Marathon website for further details.

 

Keep in touch

 It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 12th October 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 12th October 2020

Category: All Club News

Club News for Everyone

Hello everyone I hope you're all keeping safe and well.

 

News from the SLH track meet from Saturday 10th October

Reigate Priory AC fielded three runners in the 800m, one in the 1500m and two in the 3000m races.

Jo Davey has reinforced her #1 UK ranking in W45 800m. There were PB's for Oscar Curry, Max Orchard, George Roux and Ginevra Stoneley. Both Jo and Ginevra have set new W45 club records. George's time of 9:13 is rapid! Well done all.

You can see the results here.

 

September Summary RPAC Committee Meeting Minutes

You can see them here.

 

Hoodie Order

We will be placing a hoodie order next week. If you would like to place an order please use the electronic form on the kit section (under the "Welcome "header) of the Club website.

 

Junior News 

Junior Training Sessions

Training for the U11s has resumed on Saturday mornings. We are still constrained by EA guidelines as to the permissible number of athletes per coach and so will each week be asking who wishes to attend so that we can manage the numbers.  

 

Juniors Training T-shirts

 
We are trying to run down our stock of training tops prior to placing a new order. You can see the designs in the "club kit" section below.

The purchase price is £12.50. If you would like to acquire a RPAC training T-shirt please contact Mike Gent on 
 
Currently we have in stock the following sizes and colours:-
 
Red: Youth Small, Youth Medium and Youth Large 
Dark Blue: Youth Small, Youth Medium and Youth Large
Light Blue: Youth Small only

As a rough guide:
Youth Small broadly covers years 4-5
Youth Medium years 5-6
Youth Large years 7-8

 

Senior News 

Saturday Social Group

We had 10 people in the group last Saturday. We will be meeting this coming Saturday, but some advanced warning that we will have a break on Saturday 24th October. You can see more details about this group here.

 

Senior Training Sessions

You can see the participants of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday coached sessions here. There are now more than 12 participants on each list, and going forward the numbers for each group will depend on participants occasionally not being able to make an individual session (such as holiday or injury) to limit the groups to 12 people per session. If you know that you can't make a particular session please try to let us know so that your place can be reallocated.

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

 

Club Kit

Club Branded Tee-shirts

Did you know that you can easily purchase a technical running shirt from the club's stock from the designs below?

As you can see these designs are available in three colours - Red, Dark Blue and Light Blue - and are for general running, training and social runs. Please note they are not suitable for events and races when representing the club. They are offered in men's, women's and youth sizes and cost £15.00 each (or £12.50 for youth sizes - see for juniors above).

Just get in touch with us at  for your garment.

To see all of the items that are available from our range of club kit visit https://www.rpac.org.uk/rpac-welcome/club-kit.

 

Keep in touch

 It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 5th October 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 5th October 2020

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Club News for Everyone

 Hello everyone I hope you're all keeping safe and well.

Welcome to our New Members

Please join me in extending a warm RPAC welcome to the following people who have joined the club very recently 

 Leo Beale, Henry Goggin, Tiago Kelly, Emily Leitch, Florence Minchin, Matilda Minchin,  Florence Mittelstadt, Hazel Moore, Lauren Moore, Belle Rice, William Roland and Alex Sheard 

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

Hoodie Order

Mike Gent advises that we will shortly be making an order for Junior and Senior hoodies. Look out for the electronic order form that will be circulated by email. 

 

Virtual London Marathon

A number of RPAC athletes took part in the Virtual London Marathon yesterday (October 4th). Well done to all of you! It must have been more challenging than ever given the atrocious weather and the lack of cheering crowds to spur you on. You are all heroes.

Results will be added to the results page in due course, but for the time being here are the ones we know about...

Kate Knight completed 3 marathons in one go as she ran the Dorney Marathon yesterday but was also registered for the virtual London and Loch Ness Marathons.

  

Junior News 

Junior Training Sessions

Training for the U11s has resumed on Saturday mornings. We are still constrained by EA guidelines as to the permissible number of athletes per coach and so will each week be asking who wishes to attend so that we can manage the numbers.  

 

Senior News 

Senior Results

A number of RPAC athletes have managed to find events to run in recent weeks. Full details are available via the "Latest Senior Results" section on the homepage or via the individual result pages.  Here are some highlights.

Malcolm completed his first race in nearly a year last Saturday (26th September) following his surgery - a very respectable 26:39 in the Run Through Lee Valley Velopark 5K. Good to see you back out there Malcolm!

Ginevra has been setting new club records in her age category - firstly the 5K (19:31) in the same race as Malcolm and then on the track at Herne Hill this Saturday (3rd October) she set new category records for the 1 mile (5:35.48) and 3000m (10:48.90) events. Amazing Ginevra!

George Roux completed a very speedy 5K (15:44) in the RunThrough Running GP at Goodwood last Sunday. Well done George!

A bit further from home Jim Vince completed the Isle of Wight marathon in 4:38:58 yesterday (4th October). In his understated style Jim says that it was "a bit hilly" and  "conditions weren't ideal" - that tells me that it was seriously tough!

Senior Training Sessions

Apparently there are roadworks and temporary traffic lights in the Merstham area which are causing serious traffic delays. Make sure you allow yourself extra time to get to Battlebridge. 

You can see the participants of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday coached sessions here. There are now more than 12 participants on each list, and going forward the numbers for each group will depend on participants occasionally not being able to make an individual session (such as holiday or injury) to limit the groups to 12 people per session. If you know that you can't make a particular session please try to let us know so that your place can be reallocated.

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

  

Keep in touch

 It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 28th September 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 28th September 2020

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Club News for Everyone

 

Welcome to our New Members

Please join me in extending a warm RPAC welcome to the following people who have joined the club very recently as follows...

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

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

 

Junior News

 

Juniors Success - by Dave Mills

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

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

Junior Training Sessions

Training for the U11s has resumed on Saturday mornings. We are still constrained by EA guidelines as to the permissible number of athletes per coach and so will each week be asking who wishes to attend so that we can manage the numbers.  

 

Senior News 

 

Sonia and Mike's big day!

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

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

 

Wishing Jamilla a speedy recovery

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

Senior Training Survey 

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

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

 

Surrey Winter Fixtures

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

Premium Racing Vests

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

 

Kate's Latest Achievement

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

 

Senior Training Sessions

You can see the participants of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday coached sessions here. There are now more than 12 participants on each list, and going forward the numbers for each group will depend on participants occasionally not being able to make an individual session (such as holiday or injury) to limit the groups to 12 people per session. If you know that you can't make a particular session please try to let us know so that your place can be reallocated.

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

 

Lament for Parkrun

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

 

Keep in touch

 

It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 21st September 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 21st September 2020

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Club News for Everyone

I hope this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping safe and well. Who knows what the next few days or weeks will bring, but at the moment we are still allowed to operate training sessions as we have been doing. Let's hope it stays that way.  

RPAC Officials Back In Action

RPAC track and field officials were back in action at K2 in Crawley last Sunday (13th September), officiating at the Crawley AC Club Championships.

Naomi writes that RPAC were the only club apart from Crawley AC to supply any officials. She adds that there are two schools of thought on this; either Crawley like any other club doesn't have enough officials to run meetings without help, or RPAC officials are so highly regarded that they were the only officials to be invited to help out. We all subscribe to the latter opinion, of course!

From Left to Right Naomi Jones, Ian Crouch, Donna Barrington-Smith and Ivan Barrett. 

 

 Virtual Run Reigate

At the time of writing there are still a few places left for the adult races for Virtual Run Reigate but I believe that the junior races are now sold out. There are 5K, 10K and Half Marathon distances for adults (all £15 entry fee) and 1 mile and cumulative Half Marathon distances for juniors (both £15 entry fee which includes a donation to the Stripey Stork charity). Your chosen distance can be run at any time from 1st-30th September inclusive and you can enter here. I know that a few RPAC runners have already completed the virtual race.

  

Junior News

 Junior Training Sessions

Training for the U11s has resumed on Saturday mornings. We are still constrained by EA guidelines as to the permissible number of athletes per coach and so will each week be asking who wishes to attend so that we can manage the numbers.  

 

Senior News 

Senior Training Survey 

Please take the time to complete the Doodle survey about senior training sessions by this Friday, 25th September. You should have received an email from Malcolm about this, but in case you have not the survey can be accessed here.

Premium Racing Vests

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

 

Saturday Running Group

It's nice to see the Saturday Running Group continues to go from strength to strength. This group is formed around a nucleus of our Couch to 5K graduates but is open to all. Please contact Paul (if you want to join in.

The group meets in Priory Park at 10:30 each Saturday for a run and a coffee afterwards. 
From Left to Right Paul Walters, Ken Packer, Naomi Jones, Sarah Walters. 

Rungo

Well done to Jenny Barrett for being the only person to submit any evidence for completing any of the Rungo challenges.  If you haven't met her, Jenny is one of our Couch to 5K graduates. 

Jenny writes "Whilst I was never going to complete sufficient tasks to win Jack's 'Rungo', I thought I would use them as a series of challenges. I did run three times a week for both weeks, ran round the lagoons at Watercolour, went for a 6am run and have just completed the 3 pub run. Good fun!"  Jenny didn't say whether she'd stopped for a drink in each of the pubs though.

Kate's Latest Achievements

Kate Knight continues to go from strength to strength and has had another busy week. She writes that she has recently done a trail marathon in 7 hours 49 minutes, her first sub 8 hour trail marathon for a few years and an improvement of 1 hour 15 minutes on last year. Unfortunately I do not have the details of where the marathon took place. She has also just completed the Virtual Run Reigate Half Marathon in 3:01:49 which is a new PB for her on that course by 10 minutes. 

Visibility at Evening Training

As the nights are drawing in, we need runners who are attending evening sessions to consider wearing high visibility clothing.  We do have club branded hi viz bibs available on the iProSports club zone (https://www.iprosports.co.uk/club-zone/reigate-priory-athletic-club/) and are looking to offer new branded gear via this site shortly. Hi viz and torches are mandatory for the Wednesday evening session from The Sovereign Centre. 

 

Senior Training Sessions

You can see the participants of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday coached sessions here. There are now more than 12 participants on each list, and going forward the numbers for each group will depend on participants occasionally not being able to make an individual session (such as holiday or injury) to limit the groups to 12 people per session. If you know that you can't make a particular session please try to let us know so that your place can be reallocated.

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

 

Keep in touch

 It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Blackheath and Bromley Open Monday 14 Sept including New Club Record for Lilah

Blackheath and Bromley Open Monday 14 Sept including New Club Record for Lilah

Lilah at the Blackheath and Bromley September Open Series,  Monday night:

Another PB for U15 Lilah Unwin at the Blackheath and Bromley September Open Series on Monday 14 September,  this time in the 600m. Lilah's time of 1.38.76 was exceptional and took some 8 seconds off the club record! It also sees Lilah currently top the UK rankings for U15G'S 600m.

It was a good night too for RPAC U15 sprinters. In the boys 200m, George Evered won his race in a speedy 26.12, a new PB for George! Eva Peters doubled up with a 75m race followed  by a 200m and ran a new PB in the 75m with a time of 10.87. Eva just missed out on her PB in the 200.

George at the Blackheath and Bromley Open:

Reigate Priory AC News 14th September 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 14th September 2020

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Club News for Everyone

I hope this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping safe and well. I imagine that with the return to school for all of our junior members some semblance of normality is starting to return for most people. 

 

Welcome to our New Members

Please join me in extending a warm RPAC welcome to the following people who have joined the club very recently...

Maxine White, Amy Dhanda and Jacob Jupp. 

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

 

Summary Minutes of August's Committee Meeting

Please find the summary minutes of the August RPAC committee meeting here.

 

 Virtual Run Reigate

It is not too late to enter Virtual Run Reigate. Our friends at Run Reigate have asked us to help promote the virtual races that they are running this year in lieu of the usual Run Reigate festival. There are 5K, 10K and Half Marathon distances for adults (all £15 entry fee) and 1 mile and cumulative Half Marathon distances for juniors (both £15 entry fee which includes a donation to the Stripey Stork charity). Your chosen distance can be run at any time from 1st-30th September inclusive and you can enter here

 

Rungo

As a bit of fun Jack Finn has come up with a "Rungo" board. It's  a combination of running and Bingo(!). The competition runs until Sunday 20th September. Try to complete a line or a column (or the whole "card"). Each item has to be completed on a different run. Let us know when you've completed a row or a column or indeed the whole card.

 

Run 5K in

fancy dress

Climb 300m of
elevation

Run around a

lake or reservoir

Take a selfie

with a fellow 

runner

Run to 3 different

pubs in 3 towns

Run/Jog with someone 

who has never run

before

Complete a virtual 

race (Run Reigate?)

Run a route that is

new to you

Run a 1K PB

 

Take a mid-way

selfie

Run from Reigate to

Dorking 

Attend a training

session

Run 3 times

in a week

Run before the kids 

wake up

Run with 6+fellow

runners

Run a 5K PB

  

Junior News

PBs for Lilah Unwin, Oscar Curry and Max Orchard

Despite having had to wait until the end of the summer for their first competitions, Lilah, Oscar and Max managed to attain big PBs in their respective events.

See a report of their achievements here, as well as a report on Oscar's impressive track racing here. Congratulations to all of you.

 

Junior Training Sessions

We are constrained by EA guidelines as to the permissible number of athletes per coach and so will each week be asking who wishes to attend so that we can manage the numbers.  

 

Senior News 

Visibility at Evening Training

As the nights are already drawing in, we need runners who are attending evening sessions to consider wearing high visibility clothing.  We do have club branded hi viz bibs available on the iProSports club zone (https://www.iprosports.co.uk/club-zone/reigate-priory-athletic-club/) and are looking to offer new branded gear via this site shortly. 

 

Recovery and Improvers run on Tues 15th September cancelled

Ian Edmonds cannot make the "Recovery and Improvers" session at 6pm on Tuesday 15th September (today) from Battlebridge and so this run will not take place. 

 

Kempton Park 10K 14th November 2020

Jas has mentioned that some members are entering the 10K race at Kempton Park, which you can see here if you'd like to enter.

 

Saturday Morning Social running group

Last Saturday 12th September we ran the Park Run course in Reigate Priory. To be honest, I never thought I'd see the day when Kate Knight would overtake me over a Park Run course! Kate aced the course, completing the Park Run distance unofficially beating her best Reigate Park Run time by about 1.5 minutes. You can see details of the Saturday Morning Social running group here.

 

PBs at Kew Gardens 10K Saturday/Sunday 12th/13th September 2020

Congratulations to Jamilla Ncayiyana who attained a PB in a time of 42:06 on Saturday, and Doug Kington who also attained a PB with a time of 45:00 on Sunday. You can see the results here.

 

London Dock2Dock 5K Swim in the Thames Saturday 12th September 2020

Linda Rodriquez did not run a race this last weekend - but she did swim one!

Linda swam the London Dock2Dock 5K, in 1:50:42, making her the 34th woman and 4th in her age/gender category. She tells us that it was a lovely day for a race, and if she'd had an RPAC beanie, she would have worn it!

 

Club Kit

Club Branded Tee-shirts

Another plug for the club tee-shirts as they were so popular last time. Did you know that you can easily purchase a technical running shirt from the club's stock from the designs below?

As you can see these designs are available in three colours - Red, Dark Blue and Light Blue - and are for general running, training and social runs. Please note they are not suitable for events and races when representing the club. They are offered in men's, women's and youth sizes and cost £15.00 each (or £12.50 for youth sizes).

Just get in touch with us at  for your garment.

To see all of the items that are available from our range of club kit visit https://www.rpac.org.uk/rpac-welcome/club-kit.

 

Keep in touch

 It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

More track success for Oscar Curry

More track success for Oscar Curry

After some outstanding late summer 800m races,  U17 Oscar Curry continued his fine form on the track with two more impressive runs. This time a  first outing in a 3000m at the Harrow AC 3000m race night on Thursday 10 September, and then in the 1500m at the South London Open on Saturday. 

Staying with the pace throughout the 7 1/2 laps in the 3000m, Oscar clocked an impressive 9.37.52. A time that ranks in the top 50 UK U17m.

An exciting race in the 1500m on Saturday saw Oscar record another big PB (18 seconds quicker than his best last year) and with 4.15.92 he moves into 4th place in the club records (one place behind Alistair Moses from1994!).

Well done Oscar!

(File pic):

Oscar 3rd from left, finish of 3000m at Harrow AC:

 

Reigate Priory AC News 7th September 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 7th September 2020

Category: All Club News

Club News for Everyone

I hope this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping safe and well. I imagine that with the return to school for all of our junior members some semblance of normality is starting to return for most people. 

Welcome to our New Members

Please join me in extending a warm RPAC welcome to the following people who have joined the club very recently

 Nick Day, John Nash and Jon Payn. 

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

 Virtual Run Reigate

Our friends at Run Reigate have asked us to help promote the virtual races that they are running this year in lieu of the usual Run Reigate festival. There are 5K, 10K and Half Marathon distances for adults (all £15 entry fee) and 1 mile and cumulative Half Marathon distances for juniors (both £15 entry fee which includes a donation to the Stripey Stork charity). Your chosen distance can be run at any time from 1st-30th September inclusive and you can enter here

Rungo

As a bit of fun Jack Finn has come up with a "Rungo" board. It's  a combination of running and Bingo(!). The competition runs until Sunday 20th September. Try to complete a line or a column (or the whole "card"). Each item has to be completed on a different run. Let us know when you've completed a row or a column or indeed the whole card.

 

Run 5K in

fancy dress

Climb 300m of
elevation

Run around a

lake or reservoir

Take a selfie

with a fellow 

runner

Run to 3 different

pubs in 3 towns

Run/Jog with someone 

who has never run

before

Complete a virtual 

race (Run Reigate?)

Run a route that is

new to you

Run a 1K PB

 

Take a mid-way

selfie

Run from Reigate to

Dorking 

Attend a training

session

Run 3 times

in a week

Run before the kids 

wake up

Run with 6+fellow

runners

Run a 5K PB

  

Junior News

Juniors make up for lost time and bag a string of PBs

Lilah Unwin, Oscar Curry and Max Orchard  bagged a string of PBs on their return to racing recently. For the full details of their achievements see here.

 

Junior Training Sessions

Training for the U11s has resumed on Saturday mornings. We are still constrained by EA guidelines as to the permissible number of athletes per coach and so will each week be asking who wishes to attend so that we can manage the numbers.  

 

Senior News 

Visibility at Evening Training

As the nights are already drawing in, we need runners who are attending evening sessions to consider wearing high visibility clothing.  We do have club branded hi viz bibs available on the iProSports club zone (https://www.iprosports.co.uk/club-zone/reigate-priory-athletic-club/) and are looking to offer new branded gear via this site shortly. 

 

Senior Training Sessions

You can see the participants of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday coached sessions here. There are now more than 12 participants on each list, and going forward the numbers for each group will depend on participants occasionally not being able to make an individual session (such as holiday or injury) to limit the groups to 12 people per session. If you know that you can't make a particular session please try to let us know so that your place can be reallocated.

As mentioned in  last week's newsletter Ian Edmonds is now running an additional "Recovery and Improvers" session at 6pm on Tuesdays from Battlebridge. 

RPAC Athletes Back In Action

Eloise and Graham Bull competed in the Dorney Lake Weekend 10K at Eton Dorney on Saturday 5th September, finishing in 9th and 18th place respectively (2nd and 1st in their respective age categories).

Tom Almond, Freddie Roux and Lee Savage competed in the Run Through Battersea Park 5K on Sunday 6th September, finishing in 15th, 27th and 46th place respectively (13th, 23rd and 2nd in their respective age categories).

Well done to all of you firstly for finding races that were actually going ahead and secondly for your brilliant finish times.

Details of both races are in the Senior Road Race Results section of the website. 

Ladies Running Group

Nat sent in a photo from the ladies group that runs together regularly on Sundays.

In case you don't know them, from left to right, front to back are Ginevra Stoneley, Eloise Bull, Gillian O'Regan, Angie Steadman, Nat Wilson and Jo Davey.

Missing from the photo are Jamilla Ncayiyana and Ruth Willis - presumably they were social distancing and didn't want to crowd the photo. 

I do know that the group completed around 20km on Sunday at just over 5 minutes per km but I don't know whether this was taken before, during or after the run. 

Well done ladies! I think Eloise deserves a special mention for having run with the group after finishing first in her race category in a 10k race on the previous day (see above).

 

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Juniors make up for an almost lost T & F season with a string of PBs

Juniors make up for an almost lost T & F season with a string of PBs

With most of this summer's track and field season lost to the pandemic, U15 Lilah Unwin has managed to get her entries in quick with a few meetings beginning to pop up. With numbers restricted, they fill up fast! 

Starting with her first competitive 300m race at the Blackheath and Bromley Open, including the Dina Asher-Smith150m Invitational on Saturday 22 August, Lilah won her race in 44.87. A time that sees her placed 4th fastest U15 girl in the club's 300m records.

Moving up to her preferred distance of 800m a few days later, Lilah recorded a new PB, despite the torrential rain, competing at the first Harrow AC 800m and 1500m race night.

Racing in much better conditions last Sunday in Loughborough, Lilah had a big PB in the 800m with a fast time of 2.25.79.

 

U17 Oscar Curry entered the Herne Hill Harriers 800m / 3000m evening last week and won his 800m race with a big PB, taking his time down to 2.06.81. Oscar will take on his first 3000m track race at Harrow AC this coming Thursday evening.

 

In the U13 800m at last Saturday's South London Athletics Network Open held in Tooting, Max Orchard ran a mature race to finish 1st in a very impressive time of 2.22.50  -  a massive PB. Max stayed on at the meeting to notch a quick time of 29.70 in his first competitive 200m track outing.

 

Well done to all three on recording big PBs despite having had to wait until the end of summer for their  first competitions.

Text and photo supplied by Dave Mills.

Reigate Priory AC News 31st August 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 31st August 2020

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Club News for Everyone

 

Thursday 27th August - Ian Martin's last coaching session

Last Thursday evening Ian Martin coached his last training session.

Ellis presented him with a card and suitable bottle of red wine, in the presence of his training group and members of the Committee.

As a club we will have a celebration for Ian where we can all show our appreciation when the rules on social gatherings allow this to happen.

 

Saturday Morning Social running group and Kate Knight's Fundraising for Sash charity

Kate turned up to the Saturday Morning Social running group on 29th August having had her event the South Coast Challenge 100Km cancelled. She had come on foot from home to find us, and then ran with us 5Km around Priory Park followed by coffee at the park cafe. When we dispersed, she went down Flanchford Road and continued throughout the day to cover 40 miles. On her return home she was very wet and cold so needed a few hours rest to get warmth back before carrying on to finish the 100Km by completing 22 miles on Sunday in thankfully drier conditions.

You can support Kate's fundraising for the Sash charity by clicking here, and you can see the details of the Saturday Morning Social running group here.

 

Membership Renewal

Thank you to everyone who has already renewed. 

The date for membership renewal in order to to meet the deadline for EA registration has now passed. If you haven't yet renewed please ensure that you renew ASAP as per the email that you should have received from Nat.

If you do not have the email or if you do not intend to re-join us this year please can you let Nat Wilson know  so that we can keep our records straight. 

 

Junior News

 

Junior Training Sessions

Training for the U11s has resumed on Saturday mornings. We are still constrained by EA guidelines as to the permissible number of athletes per coach and so will each week be asking who wishes to attend so that we can manage the numbers.  

 

Senior News 

 

Senior 1000m Time Trial

Please find the results of the 1000m time trial from the last week below...

Name

Time

Alex Green

03:07.8

Andrew Reeves

03:11.3

Nat Wilson

03:14

Jo Davey

03:16.3

Chris Daniels

03:26.9

Ginevra Stoneley

03:33.1

Jas Dhanda

03:33.2

Jamilla Ncayiyana

03:33.8

Nick Wade

03:36.4

Mike Pocock

03:37.1

Martin Ellaby

03:43.8

Jake Boud

03:50.9

Jim Vince

03:51.0

Jack Finn

03:52.3

Gillian O'Regan

03:57.3

James England

03:58

Angie Steadman

04:13.2

David Winzer

04:19

Mel Fulton-Bell

04:33

Philippa Drysdale

04:33

Maxine White

04:39.9

Ian Edmonds

04:49

Sharon Miller

04:50.9

Malcolm Woodman

04:55.2

Adrian Grant

04:56.9

Kimberley Duckworth

05:01.3

Alana Dunlop

05:04.1

Jenny Carus

05:05.8

Usha Stevens

05:09.9

Juliette Stern

05:26

Adrian Grant

05:35

Michael Bashford

05:45.3

Kate Knight

08:54

Some rapid times there! Well done to all of you.

 

Senior Training Sessions

Ian Edmonds is this week (1st September) starting a 6pm Tuesday "Social Recovery Run", from Battlebridge, to allow more people to run with him with the current limit of 12. Initially simply turn up, we will assess if we need to restrict based on how many turn out.

You can see the participants of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday coached sessions here. There are now more than 12 participants on each list, and going forward the numbers for each group will rely on participants occasional reasons for being an absentee from the group (such as holiday or injury) to limit the groups to 12 people per session. If you know that you can't make a particular session please try to let us know so that your place can be reallocated.

 

It's getting colder - consider buying a club long sleeved running shirt

As the weather becomes cooler you may wish to consider purchasing a club long sleeved shirt.

  • Moisture-adjusting, quick-drying, light-weight and comfortable
  • Zipped stand-up collar
  • Contrasting insets and flatlock seams
  • Reflective transfer at the back

For £24 we have these running shirts available for men and women on the iProSports club zone here

 

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Ian Martin retires from RPAC coaching

Ian Martin retires from RPAC coaching

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Thursday evening saw Ian Martin coach his final session for the RPAC Juniors. Ellis and members of the Committee were on hand to present him with a card and suitable gift. Thank you, Ian!

Ian Martin Retirement.jpg

Reigate Priory AC News 24th August 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 24th August 2020

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Club News for Everyone

There is not much news to report at the moment so if you have any news, anecdotes or reminiscences to share please let us know by emailing 

Membership Renewal

Thank you to everyone who has already renewed. 

The date for membership renewal in order to to meet the deadline for EA registration has now passed. If you haven't yet renewed please ensure that you renew ASAP as per the email that you should have received from Nat.

If you do not have the email or if you do not intend to re-join us this year please can you let Nat Wilson know  so that we can keep our records straight. 

 

Welcome to our New Members

Please join me in extending a warm RPAC welcome to the following people who have joined the club very recently

 Philippa Drysdale, Alana Dunlop, Andrew Reeves, Vivienne Riddle and Maxine Voutilainen

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

  

Junior News

Junior Training Sessions

Training for the U11s has resumed on Saturday mornings. We are still constrained by EA guidelines as to the permissible number of athletes per coach and so will each week be asking who wishes to attend so that we can manage the numbers.  

 

Senior News 

Visibility at Evening Training

As the nights are already drawing in, we need runners who are attending evening sessions to consider wearing high visibility clothing.  We do have club branded hi viz bibs available on the iProSports club zone (https://www.iprosports.co.uk/club-zone/reigate-priory-athletic-club/) and are looking to offer new branded gear via this site shortly. 

Senior 1000m Time Trial

The first part of the training sessions at Battlebridge this week will be given over to a 1000m time trial. If you are not participating in any of the training sessions this week you are free to submit your fastest self-timed 1000m of the week   Results will be published in next week's newsletter.

Senior Training Sessions

You can see the participants of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday coached sessions here. There are now more than 12 participants on each list, and going forward the numbers for each group will rely on participants occasional reasons for being an absentee from the group (such as holiday or injury) to limit the groups to 12 people per session. If you know that you can't make a particular session please try to let us know so that your place can be reallocated.

 

Keep in touch

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Reigate Priory AC News 17th August 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 17th August 2020

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Thank you to everyone who has already renewed. 

The date for membership renewal in order to to meet the deadline for EA registration as now passed. Please ensure that you renew ASAP as per the email that you should have received from Nat.

If you do not have the email or if you do not intend to re-join us this year please can you let Nat Wilson know by emailing  so that we can keep our records straight. 

 

Club Tee-shirts

Did you know that you can easily purchase a technical running shirt from the club's stock from the designs below?

As you can see these designs are available in three colours - Red, Dark Blue and Light Blue - and are for general running, training and social runs. Please note they are not suitable for events and races when representing the club. They are offered in men's, women's and youth sizes and cost £15.00 each (or £12.50 for youth sizes).

Just get in touch with us at  for your garment.

To see all of the items that are available from our range of club kit visit https://www.rpac.org.uk/rpac-welcome/club-kit.

 

Saturday Social Group 10:30AM from Priory Park

The second Saturday Social Group run took place last Saturday (15th August) - thanks to Naomi for the photo (obviously!).

Next week we will stick to the tried and tested run around Priory Park again - a maximum of 3 loops.
You can read about the new group on the RPAC Noticeboard here , and you need to email Paul Walters to be included in the list of Saturday attendees.

 

Senior Training Sessions

Malcolm is away this week.

For senior training, Usha will be leading an 8PM session on Tuesday, and Ellis the 7PM Thursday session.

Gavin's Thursday sessions in Priory Park are back from this week.

 

Reminder - Senior 1000m Time Trial

The training sessions for the week commencing 25th August will be given over to a 1000m time trial. If you are not participating in any of the training sessions that week you are free to submit your fastest self-timed 1000m of the week. There will be a further reminder about this nearer the time.

 

MABAC News

MABAC have announced that all fixtures are cancelled for the rest of the year.

The MABAC website is at https://running.mabac.org.uk/

 

Richmond RunFest Kew Gardens 10K - by Moray Carey

Approval has been granted for the Kew Gardens 10k’s to go ahead on Sat 12th & Sun 13th Sept (unless Government guidelines change).

https://www.richmondrunfest.co.uk/events/kew-gardens-10k/

 They will take place wholly on paved surfaces within the grounds of the extensive scenic Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which houses the "largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world."

 All runners will be given an arrival time to avoid congestion and ensure social distancing. Other extensive Covid-19 mitigations will also be in place. 

 https://www.richmondrunfest.co.uk/event-info/covid-19-update/

See Moray's document here for more information.

 

A Rejoined Member - Angie Steadman

Angie Steadman was a member of Reigate Priory AC some years back, and has just rejoined our club - fantastic!

On the left, Angie in 1983, and on the right Angie in 2020. (Has the stripe swapped sides?!)

 

Congratulations to Lisa and Jon Payn

Forest didn't want to give his mum an easy time of it! He was born on Thursday 23rd July 2020 - after a few issues.

Brother to Callum, Thomas and Nathan, Lisa reliably informs us that Forest is her last! Congratulations Lisa and Jon.

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 10th August 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 10th August 2020

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Club News for Everyone

Membership Renewals Reminder 

Thank you to everyone who has already renewed. 

If you do not pay your subs by direct debit and have not yet paid you need to get your skates on as you need to have paid by the 15th August in order to to meet the deadline for EA registration.

If you do not intend to re-join us this year please can you let Nat Wilson know  so that we can keep our records straight. 

 

Welcome to our New Members

Please join me in extending a warm RPAC welcome to the following people who have joined the club very recently

Eleanor Brooker, Ashleigh Brailsford, Tanya Johnson, Holly Kew, Sarah Pemberton and Angie Steadman. 

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

 

Summary Minutes from July's Committee Meeting

Are available here.

 

New Saturday Social Group 10:30AM from Priory Park

The first Saturday Social Group run took place in the mid-morning sun last Saturday (8th August).

We already have a list of 10 potential attendees - thanks to everyone who has shown an interest.

Next week we will stick to a run around Priory Park again - a maximum of 3 loops.

You can read about the new group on the RPAC Noticeboard here , and you need to email Paul Walters to be included in the list of Saturday attendees. 

I've included this item in the "for everyone" bit just in case there might be any junior's parents who might be interested.

  

Junior News

Junior Training Sessions

Training for the U11s has resumed on Saturday mornings. We are constrained by EA guidelines as to the permissible number of athletes per coach and so will each week be asking who wishes to attend so that we can manage the numbers.  

 

Senior News

Senior Training Sessions

You can see the participants of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday coached sessions here. There are now more than 12 participants on each list, and going forward the numbers for each group will rely on participants occasional reasons for being an absentee from the group (such as holiday or injury) to limit the groups to 12 people per session. If you know that you can't make a particular session please try to let us know so that your place can be reallocated.

 Senior 1000m Time Trial

The training sessions for the week commencing 25th August will be given over to a 1000m time trial. If you are not participating in any of the training sessions that week you are free to submit your fastest self-timed 1000m of the week. There will be a further reminder about this nearer the time.

 

London Marathon 2020

You will no doubt have seen the news that the London Marathon will be for elite and wheelchair athletes this year and will be run on an enclosed looped course in St James’s Park in a "secure biosphere". 

 

Keep in touch

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If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 3rd August 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 3rd August 2020

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Message from the Editorial

Can I please extend a huge thank you to Andrew Bamford for continuing single handed in the creation and publication of this newsletter for the last four months? We now intend to return to alternating the publication again week-on-week.

 

Club News for Everyone

Membership Renewals Reminder \*o*o*/ RED HOT \*o*o*/

A really big "THANK YOU" to everyone who has already renewed.

You should have received an email requesting you to renew your club membership. If you have not received this email, please contact Nat Wilson at 

If you do not pay your subs by direct debit please be aware that you need to pay by the 15th August in order to to meet the deadline for EA registration. 

 

New Saturday Social Group 10:30AM from Priory Park

We are starting a Saturday morning social running group. Anyone is welcome to attend, but the emphasis is on a social and gentle run and occasional walk (as necessary) with an optional coffee to finish.

You can read about the new group on the RPAC Noticeboard here, and you need to email Paul Walters by emailing for inclusion in the list of Saturday attendees.

I've included this item in the "for everyone" bit just in case there might be any junior's parents who might be interested.

 

Club Kit

We have a number of items of club kit listed on the club kit page. These include T-Shirts immediately available from Nat (seniors) or Mike (juniors). 

There is also a range of RPAC branded kit available to purchase from the iProSports RPAC club zone. This range is currently under review so if there's anything specific that you'd look to buy which is not currently available, please let us know  .  Current thoughts on additions to the list of kit already available include RPAC branded face masks and beanies. Let us know what you think.

 

If you are aged between 18 and 35 please fill in Synne Frydenlund's questionnaire

My name is Synne Frydenlund and I am a MSc psychological science (conversion) student at Brunel University London. I am a Norwegian athlete with Brunel University as training base, and I am competing for Harrow.

If you are between the age of 18 to 35 I would appreciate if you could answer a questionnaire concerning your experience with food and eating habits for my MSc dissertation in Psychological Sciences. The study explores the differences and similarities between athletes and non-athletes in regards to their diet.

The questionnaire will take 15 to 20 minutes of your time to complete, and you access it through this link.

The study has been approved by the College of Health and Life Science Research Ethics Committee.

My email address is in the first paragraph of the questionnaire so if you have any questions or concerns feel free to ask.

Thank you in advance, Synne Frydenlund.

 

Junior News

Junior Training Sessions

Training for the U11s has resumed on Saturday mornings. We are constrained by EA guidelines as to the permissible number of athletes per coach and so will each week be asking who wishes to attend so that we can manage the numbers.  

 

Senior News

Senior Training Sessions

You can see the participants of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday coached sessions here. There are now more than 12 participants on each list, and going forward the numbers for each group will rely on participants occasional reasons for being an absentee from the group (such as holiday or injury) to limit the groups to 12 people per session.

 

 

Vanguard Way Marathon 3rd August 2020

Kate Knight and Jim Vince ran the Vanguard Way Marathon on Sunday 2nd August from South Croydon to Oxted-ish & back. Taryn popped out to cheer them along!
 
 
Jim reports that it was hot and hilly with 3000ft of climb, but a lovely route on a gorgeous day.
 
 

EarthRuns, by Moray Carey

Participation in selected "virtual" races has enabled charities to recoup a proportion of their expected income. Which virtual races to enter are a matter of personal choice since there are so many organisations worthy of support .One such organisation, in my opinion, is EarthRuns.
 
Their website declares: "Our climate is in crisis, planting more trees and fighting deforestation is one part of the solution. Running a virtual race to create an actual solution. You run the miles and we partner with organisations worldwide to plant the trees. It’s simple, it’s easy, it’s fun."
 
Please read Moray's full article by clicking here, and further information may be found on their website https://www.earthruns.com/
 

England Athletics Virtual 30

If you haven't done so already why not sign up for the EA Virtual 30? The challenge is to run as far as you can in 30 minutes on a Saturday or Sunday. You "compete" against other teams and collect points for RPAC. You have to sign up individually via Open Track. Details of how to sign up to the competition are here.  A number of us have managed to navigate the somewhat challenging website and record our distances.

 

London Marathon 2020

This may be off your radar, but if you're interested the final decision over the running of the London Marathon 2020 will be made this Thursday 7th August. See this.

 

Keep in touch

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If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 27th July 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 27th July 2020

Category: All Club News

 

Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well.   

Membership Renewals

You should have received an email requesting you to renew your club membership. If you have not received this email, please contact Nat Wilson at 

If you do not pay your subs by direct debit please be aware that you need to pay by the 15th August in order to to meet the deadline for EA registration. 

 

Senior Training Sessions

England Athletics have revised their advice and we are now allowed to hold training sessions involving up to 12 athletes provided that we meet EA guidelines. Please see the noticeboard for details of who is scheduled to attend the senior sessions this week and for the prerequisite checklist. Thank you to Malcolm for updating the lists.  

Junior Training Sessions

Training for the U11s has resumed on Saturday mornings. We are constrained by EA guidelines as to the permissable number of  athletes per coach and so will each week be asking who wishes to attend so that we can manage the numbers. 

Javelin & Hurdles Taster Sessions

These have now finished but Ellis is planning to arrange some further sessions in the near future. 

Club Kit

As we had no response to last week's message about potential additions to the range of branded club kit I am trying again... 

We have a number of items of club kit listed on the club kit page. These include T-Shirts immediately available from Nat (seniors) or Mike (juniors). 

There is also a range of RPAC branded kit available to purchase from the iProSports RPAC club zone. This range is currently under review so if there's anything specific that you'd look to buy which is not currently available, please let us know  .  Current thoughts on additions to the list of kit already available include RPAC branded face masks and beanies. Let us know what you think.

England Athletics Virtual 30

If you haven't done so already why not sign up for the EA Virtual 30? The challenge is to run as far as you can in 30 minutes on a Saturday or Sunday. You "compete" against other teams and collect points for RPAC. You have to sign up individually via Open Track. Details of how to sign up to the competition are here.  A number of us have managed to navigate the somewhat challenging website and record our distances. 

 

Keep in touch

 It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 20th July 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 20th July 2020

Category: All Club News

 

Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well.   

Membership Renewals

You should have received an email requesting you to renew your club membership. If you have not received this email, please contact Nat Wilson at 

 

Training Sessions

Please see the noticeboard for details of who is scheduled to attend which sessions this week. Thank you to Malcolm for updating the lists. Please note the request to give 24 hours' notice if you know that you can't make it. Please also make sure that you follow the signs to avoid breaching the social distancing guidelines. 

We are reviewing the latest advice from EA, in particular the potential increase of training group size to 12 in a Covid-secure environment. There will however be no change to the planned training this week. 

We are also reviewing how we may be able to get the younger junior members and junior academy members back into training and further details will be sent out via email.

Javelin & Hurdles Taster Sessions

A reminder that Ellis is running some taster sessions for you to try javelin and/or hurdles. Please see the notice board article for more details on how to join in. 

Club Kit

As mentioned in last weeks newsletter, we have a number of items of club kit listed on the club kit page. This includes T-Shirts immediately available from Nat (seniors) or Mike (juniors). 

There is also a range of RPAC branded kit available to purchase from the iProSports RPAC club zone. This range is currently under review so if there's anything specific that you'd look to buy which is not currently available, please let us know.  Current thoughts on additions to the list of kit already available include RPAC branded face masks and beanies.

England Athletics Virtual 30

If you haven't done so already why not sign up for the EA Virtual 30? The challenge is to run as far as you can in 30 minutes on a Saturday or Sunday. You "compete" against other teams and collect points for RPAC. You have to sign up individually via Open Track. Details of how to sign up to the competition are here. After a false start (the tech isn't the easiest to navigate!) I have managed to log an entry for last week. Well done to Ian Stammars and James England who have also managed to log entries - apologies if I have missed anyone, as I said it isn't the most intuitive website I've ever used.


Virtual Competitions 

Several of you seem to have missed the notice in last week's newsletter that we have paused the virtual competitions for the time being. Whilst I am very happy for you to continue to send me your mile times I won't be doing anything with them for the moment. 

Can You Help?

We are looking for an expert in Joomla to help with the club website. If you are a Joomla expert, or you know someone who is who you think could be tempted to help, please get in touch 

 

Keep in touch

 It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC New 13th July 2020

Reigate Priory AC New 13th July 2020

Category: All Club News

 

Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well.  As restrictions are gradually being lifted we are keeping a watchful eye on the England Athletics website for updated guidance on what we can and cannot do.

Minutes From The June Committee Meeting

Summary minutes from the committee meeting held on 10th June are here.

Membership Renewals

Emails about the renewal of club membership and payment of subs will be sent out soon. 

Can You Help?

We are looking for an expert in Joomla to help with the club website. If you are a Joomla expert, or you know someone who is who you think could be tempted to help, please get in touch 

Training Sessions

Please see the noticeboard for details of who is scheduled to attend which sessions this week. Thank you to Malcolm for updating the lists. Please note the request to give 24 hours' notice if you know that you can't make it. Please also make sure that you follow the signs to avoid breaching the social distancing guidelines.

We are reviewing how we may be able to get the younger junior members and junior academy members back into training. Further details will be sent out in due course.

Javelin & Hurdles Taster Sessions

A reminder that Ellis is running some taster sessions for you to try javelin and/or hurdles. Please see the notice board article for more details on how to join in. 

Club Kit

As we have had a few new members join us recently I wanted to highlight that details of all of our club kit are shown on the club kit page. In addition to the training shirts and vests that we have in stock we also do a order for club hoodies a couple of times a year and there is also a range of RPAC branded kit available to buy from iProSports RPAC club zone. 

England Athletics Virtual 30

Why not sign up for the EA Virtual 30? The challenge is to run as far as you can in 30 minutes on a Saturday or Sunday. You "compete" against other teams and collect points for RPAC. You have to sign up individually via Open Track. Details of how to sign up to the competition are here.  There was an issue with duplicate entries for RPAC, but I think I have sorted this out now..please let me know if this isn't the case.


Virtual Competitions 

At the committee meeting held last week it was decided to call time on the virtual competitions - at least for the time being. Thank you to everyone who has taken part; hopefully the competitions were enjoyable and provided something to keep up us going over the past few months. 

5x1 mile handicap relay - this was Week 4 of 4

These are the teams

Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4 Team 5 Team 6 Team 7 Team 8
Adrian Grant Tom Almond Jake Boud Christian Froggatt Malcolm Woodman Adam Parkin Steve Cheesman Ian Stammars
Jas Dhanda Andrew Bamford  Claire Humphrey Gillian O'Regan George Roux Ginevra Stoneley Freddie Roux Ian Martin
Euan Willis Max Orchard Robert Duncton Will John-Cox George Duncton Ian Edmonds Jack Finn Linda Rodriguez
Jamilla Ncayiyana Usha Stevens Nat Wilson Adriana Collins Frank O'Regan Julian Rowlands Kate Knight ?
Duncan Mallison Jim Vince Ruth Willis Adrian Bowden Stephen Smith Antony Collins Rob Wigley ?

 

Handicaps for the teams were adjusted based on the previous weeks results as follows

Team 1 04:48, Team 2 04:17, Team 3 05:31, Team 4 02:35, Team 5 06:09, Team 6 03:34, Team 7 03:34, Team 8 00:12. 

We have a lot of people with injuries (including Adrian Bowden with a fractured ankle) and a few people with amnesia so once again I have had to be a little creative with the results laughing

Team 8 39:26, Team 6 39:27, Team 4 39:29, Team 3 40:06, Team 2 40:33, Team 5 40:39, Team 1 41:47, Team 7 42:09

The fastest overall mile time this week was recorded by Max Orchard (5:52) - well done Max!

 

Keep in touch

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Reigate Priory AC News 6th July 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 6th July 2020

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Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well.  

 

Return To Coached Training

In order to avoid confusion over who is scheduled to attend which sessions Malcolm has added the lists to the noticeboard. Please note the request to give 24 hours' notice if you know that you can't make it. Please also make sure that you follow the signs to avoid breaching the social distancing guidelines.

Javelin & Hurdles Taster Sessions

Just a reminder that Ellis is running some taster sessions for you to try javelin and/or hurdles. Please see the notice board article for more details on how to join in. 

Branded Club Kit

As you may or may not know we have a range of RPAC branded kit available to buy from iProSports. Is anyone willing to take on the job of reviewing the kit available on the RPAC club zone, to identify any changes or additions needed? Please let us know by emailing 

England Athletics Virtual 30

Bored with my virtual competitions? Why not sign up for the EA Virtual 30 instead? The challenge is to run as far as you can in 30 minutes on a Saturday or Sunday. You "compete" against other teams and collect points for RPAC. You have to sign up individually via Open Track. Details of how to sign up the competition are here.   


Virtual Competitions 

This week's event was a 3000 Metre Time Trial 

Officially recorded at the track...

Name  Time
Shane Dowell 10:45.8
Gavin Lawrence 10:48.1
Niall MacGregor 10:59.3
Jo Davey 11:01.3
Stephen Cheesman 11:12.7
Ginevra Stoneley 11:28.6
Jamilla Ncayiyana 11:51.3
Colin Kloes 12:25.3
Juilan Rowlands 12:36.0
Mike Pocock 12:41.8
Christian Froggatt 12:47.6
Gillian Powell 12:55.9
Jack Finn 13:08.1
Bethany Higgins 13:13.9
Doug Kington 13:14.0
Linda Rodriguez 13:18.9
Nic Froggatt 14:41.1
Sharon Miller 16:23.0
Jenny Carus 17:45.7
Malcolm Woodman 18:20.0

 Self-recorded 3000m 

Name Time
Frank O' Regan 11:23
Ian Stammars 12:12
Stephen Smith  13:04
Anthony Collins 16:00
Usha Stevens 16:07
Adrian Grant 18:59

 

5x1 mile handicap relay - this was Week 3 of 4

These are the teams

Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4 Team 5 Team 6 Team 7 Team 8
Adrian Grant Tom Almond Jake Boud Christian Froggatt Malcolm Woodman Adam Parkin Steve Cheesman Ian Stammars
Jas Dhanda Andrew Bamford  Claire Humphrey Gillian O'Regan George Roux Ginevra Stoneley Freddie Roux Ian Martin
Euan Willis Max Orchard Robert Duncton Will John-Cox George Duncton Ian Edmonds Jack Finn Linda Rodriguez
Jamilla Ncayiyana Usha Stevens Nat Wilson Adriana Collins Frank O'Regan Julian Rowlands Kate Knight ?
Duncan Mallison Jim Vince Ruth Willis Adrian Bowden Stephen Smith Antony Collins Rob Wigley ?

 

Handicaps for the teams were adjusted based on the previous weeks results as follows

Team 1 07:11, Team 2 04:56, Team 3 06:06, Team 4 01:49, Team 5 04:22, Team 6 00:45, Team 7 02:43, Team 8 01:42. T

Again I have had to be a little creative with the results as we have a number of people who are injured or who couldn't run for a variety of reasons but the results were 

Team 6 37:11, Team 5 38:13, Team 7 39:09, Team 4 39:14, Team 3 40:35, Team 2 40:39, Team 8 41:30, Team 1 42:23

Handicaps will be adjusted accordingly for next week.

The fastest overall mile was recorded by Tom Almond (5:12) with Jamilla Ncayiyana recording fastest time for the ladies (6:04) and Max Orchard the fastest time for the juniors (5:55). Well done all of you.

Well done to everyone - one more week to go. If you are not competing and would like to, please let me know  

 

Update On Kate's Challenge

 Kate Knight completed her epic virtual Land's End to John O' Groats 1083 mile run last Tuesday. See the news article for full details.  

Can Anyone Help Michael?

Michael Bashford is trying to track down some information about his late father's running career. Does anyone have any ideas how he could find out any further information? 

He writes :

"This is a photograph of my father after he had just won a 7 mile road race, I don’t know where or when it was but sometime in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s.

My father was born in 1926 so would have been in his early 20’s and was a member of Oxted, Limpsfield and Tandridge AC/Harriers. I’m not sure of the club's exact name.

He also competed in races with the likes of Christopher Chataway, Chris Brasher and Dr Roger Bannister.

I still have the cup shown in the picture on the right.

I was born and grew up in Westerham and for 6 years lived a couple of doors away from the chap on the left in this picture, the one with the W on his vest.
His name was Arthur Galloway and in 1948 carried the Olympic torch on the last leg of its journey through Kent, from Sundridge through Westerham to the Kent Surrey border at Moorhouse.
As a torch bearer Arthur got to keep the torch which I have had the privilege of seeing and holding. 

I have tried to find out more about the club my father ran for but as yet have been unable to find anything, there doesn’t seem to be anything online.

It would be nice to put a date and name/place and possibly a line up for this race, but I’m not sure where to start looking.

 More pics of the 1948 Olympic torch’s journey through Surrey can be found here. "

If you can help Michael please let us know 

 

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Update On Kate's Challenge

Update On Kate's Challenge

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As reported in this week's newsletter (29th June 2020) Kate Knight has been running the distance between Lands End and John O'Groats (1083 miles) over the last couple of months to raise money for the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust Charity SASH.

She completed the distance on Tuesday, running the final 63 miles over the course of the previous two days. Well done Kate! You should feel very proud of yourself.

I'm sure Kate would be delighted if anyone were able to make a donation to SASH via her Just Giving page.

Reigate Priory AC News 29th June 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 29th June 2020

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Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well.  

Happy Birthday Ian!

I am sure that you will all want to join me in wishing Ian Martin a very Happy Birthday on Wednesday (1st July). It's a milestone birthday for Ian, but I won't say which one, suffice to say that he will be joining a small but elite band of athletes in his age category at the club. 

Return To Coached Training

As you know we have made a limited return to coached training.  Please see the notice board article for more details on how to join the sessions. If you have a place and are unable to make it for any reason please try to give 24 hours' notice so that your place can be reallocated to one of your club mates. Please make sure that you observe the signs at Battlebridge to avoid breaching social distancing regulations. 

Javelin & Hurdles Taster Sessions

Just a reminder that Ellis is running some taster sessions for you to try javelin and/or hurdles. Please see the notice board article for more details on how to join in. 

Branded Club Kit

As you may or may not know we have a range of RPAC branded kit available to buy from iProSports. Is anyone willing to take on the job of reviewing the kit available on the RPAC club zone, to identify any changes or additions? Please let us know by emailing 

Kate's Challenge

You may have noticed Kate Knight's name at the top of the club leaderboard for distance on Strava in recent weeks. As we all know Kate covers an extraordinary amount of ground under normal circumstances, but recently it has been exceptional - over 310km last week alone (not to mention 2550m of climbing). The reason? Since 27th April Kate has been attempting to cover the distance between Lands End and John O' Groats (1083 miles) to raise funds for the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust. On Saturday she passed the 1000 milestone and at the time of writing she has just 63 miles to go. That is really an amazing feat Kate - well done!


Virtual Competitions 

This week's track session includes a 3000m time trial. If you are not able to attend the track why not do your own thing and run 3000m. Let me know your best time. 

5x1 mile handicap relay - this was Week 2 of 4

I thought that it would be good to remind you about who is in which team

Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4 Team 5 Team 6 Team 7 Team 8
Adrian Grant Tom Almond Jake Boud Christian Froggatt Malcolm Woodman Adam Parkin Steve Cheesman Ian Stammars
Jas Dhanda Andrew Bamford  Claire Humphrey Gillian O'Regan George Roux Ginevra Stoneley Freddie Roux Ian Martin
Euan Willis Max Orchard Robert Duncton Will John-Cox George Duncton Ian Edmonds Jack Finn ?
Jamilla Ncayiyana Usha Stevens Nat Wilson Adriana Collins Frank O'Regan Julian Rowlands Kate Knight ?
Duncan Mallison Jim Vince Ruth Willis Adrian Bowden Stephen Smith Antony Collins Rob Wigley ?

 

Handicaps for the teams were adjusted based on the previous weeks results as follows

Team 1 06:56, Team 2 04:17, Team 3 04:26, Team 4 00:54, Team 5 06:47, Team 6 02:42, Team 7 02:48, Team 8 00:00. The "mystery guests" in team 8 are people who are running as part of another team (i.e. I am recording their time twice)

 Again I have had to be a little creative with the results as we have a number of people who are injured or who couldn't run for a variety of reasons bu the results were Team 8 38:18, Team 3 38:20, Team 4 39:05, Team 2 39:21, Team 1 40:01, Team 7 40:05,  Team 6 41:57, Team 5 42:25

Handicaps will be adjusted accordingly for next week.

The fastest overall mile was recorded by Freddie Roux (5:20) with Ruth Willis recording fastest time for the ladies (6:09) and Max Orchard the fastest time for the juniors (5:54). Well done all of you.

 Adrian Grant recorded yet another PB with 7:51 and would like to thank Anthony Collins for being his pacer. Lockdown is obviously working for Adrian as his mile PB has dropped by almost 30 seconds since we started these competitions if memory serves me correctly.

Well done to everyone. If you are not competing and would like to please let me know  

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 22nd June 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 22nd June 2020

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Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well.  

Return To Coached Training

A limited return to coached training commenced last Tuesday.  Please see the notice board article for more details and also refer to the separate emails that were sent out. Please make sure that you observe the signs at Battlebridge to avoid breaching social distancing regulations. As this week looks like being very warm please ensure that you take a water bottle with you if you are attending training.

Taster Sessions

Ellis is running some taster sessions for you to try javelin and/or hurdles. Please see the notice board article for more details. 


Virtual Competitions 

The current competition is a 5x1 mile handicap relay - this was Week 1 of 4

Handicaps for the teams were calculated based on the previous 5x1 mile relay competition as follows

Team 1 07:04
Team 2 05:16
Team 3 05:19
Team 4 03:24
Team 5 04:18
Team 6 04:11
Team 7 02:34
Team 8 00:00 - team 8 is a new team comprised of Ian Martin, Ian Stammars and some "mystery guests"

 This week's competition didn't go as well as I'd hoped as many people were unable to run for a number of reasons so I had to use a bit of artistic licence to come up with the results. The results are as follows

Team 5 37:29, Team 7 39:46, Team 1 39:52, Team 8 40:10, Team 3 40:53, Team 2 40:59, Team 6 41:29 and Team 4 42:30.

Handicaps will be adjusted accordingly for next week.

The fastest overall mile was recorded by George Roux (5:03) with Jamilla Ncayiyana recording fastest time for the ladies (6:11) and Max Orchard the fastest time for the juniors (5:54). Well done all of you.

 

Ian Martin must be given a special mention for recording his fastest time for a number of years with 7:42. Adrian Grant recorded yet another PB with 8:05. 

Well done to everyone. If you are not competing and would like to please let me know  

 

Keep in touch

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Reigate Priory AC News 15th June 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 15th June 2020

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Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well.  

Return To Coached Training

The good news is that there is a limited return to coached training for some groups from tomorrow (16th June). Please see the notice board article for more details and also refer to the separate emails that have been sent out. 

Summary Minutes of Recent Committee Meetings

The summary minutes of the most recent committee meetings can be found by following these links.

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020 


Virtual Competitions 

 Weekly Challenges 

Last week's challenges were an age graded kilometre and to submit a photo of the strangest outfit you have worn whilst running or tell us about the wackiest race that you have ever taken part in.

The age graded 1Km competition attracted quite a bit of interest. I think I must have confused a lot of people because many people also submitted a mile time as well. There were some very speedy performances with Tom Almond recording the quickest kilometre time of 3:11. It was the juniors however, who won the day in the age grading with Max Orchard and Herbie Smith taking first and second place closely followed in third place by Nat Wilson. Full results in age graded order are shown below

For the strangest outfit Adrian Grant submitted a picture of himself dressed to run Reigate Priory Parkrun at Halloween - terrifying! Adrian also reminded me that he had previously set a Parkrun PB running dressed as Santa

For the wackiest race Mike Pocock reminisced about a unique run along the M25 in 1985 "Wackiest local event for me has to be the one-off and never to be repeated, M25 10 mile race. It took place in 1985 on the finished motorway just prior to being opened. The start was on the carriageway by J9, it headed off towards Reigate Hill, crossed the central reservation and then returned on the other side. It was a well attended event, plus also with a very large number of spectators who fancied a walk with a difference. I got the medal, regretfully I can't remember my time, so was it obviously slow!"..That must have been quite something!

 

A Challenge for the next four weeks - team relays are back...

The format will be 5x1 mile but this time teams will be handicapped, the idea being to finish in 40 minutes. Teams will remain as before, although I will be creating an 8th team to accommodate Ian Stammars who has returned from injury. If you no longer want to take part, or you didn't take part in the previous relay competition and wish to do so please let me know 

 

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 8th June 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 8th June 2020

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 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well. 

 

Coaching

Advice from England Athletics is now that small group training sessions of up to 5 athletes and 1 coach can resume under certain conditions. The coaches and committee are currently working out how these can be applied and to make sure that all the necessary safeguards have been put in place. We need to have completed the EA risk assessment before resuming training otherwise our insurance will be invalidated. Watch the notice board for updates. 

Not The Dorking 10

As it should have been the Dorking 10 yesterday (7th June) a small group of RPAC athletes ran round the course whilst maintaining social distance, of course. Well done to all of you; I'm told there were some very respectable times given that it wasn't a race. For once it wasn't blisteringly hot.

   
Virtual Competitions 

 5x1 Mile Relay - This was Week 4  of 4

Team 1 just keep getting quicker. They were the fastest team again with a combined total time for the 5 miles of 32:18 - an improvement of 25 seconds over last week. Congratulations to Adrian Grant, Jas Dhanda, Euan Willis, Jamilla Ncayiyana and Duncan Mallison who make up the dream team. 

The finishing order this week was Team 1 (32:18), Team 5 (33:12), Team 3 (34:05), Team 2 (35:08), Team 6 (36:32),  Team 7 (37:01), Team 4 (38:01). Team 4 dipped out as Adrian Bowden hurt himself and had to submit a much slower time than he has recorded in previous weeks.

The fastest men were George Roux (4:41), Freddie Roux (4:52), Tom Almond (5:24), Duncan Mallison (5:54) and Frank O'Regan (5:58).  Well done Frank for breaking into the top 5! Malcolm deserves a special mention for his continued recovery  - he has knocked 2:25 off his mile time during the course of the competition

The fastest ladies were Jamilla Ncayiyana (6:05), Ruth Willis (6:15), Nat Wilson and Ginevra Stoneley both on 6:18 and Gillian O'Regan (6:41). Well done Gillian for making it an O'Regan double act!

The fastest junior runners were Euan Willis(5:55), Robert Duncton (6:57) and George Duncton (7:36) - well done to all of you!

Overall for the four weeks:

Team result totals were as follows Team 1 (2:11:42), Team 3 (2:18:43) , Team 2 (2:18:56), Team 5 (2:22:47), Team 6 (2:23:17), Team 7 (2:29:43)

The fastest men were George Roux (20:27), Duncan Mallison (22:47), Freddie Roux (22:54), Tom Almond (23:02) and Jas Dhanda (24:49). The fastest individual mile was 4:41 from George Roux.

The fastest ladies were Jamilla Ncayiyana (24:33), Ginevra Stoneley (24:51), Nat Wilson (25:03), Ruth Willis (27:16) and Gillian O'Regan (27:47). The fastest individual mile was 5:50 from Ginevra Stoneley. 

The fastest junior runners were Max Orchard (23:28), Will John-Cox (23:45), Euan Willis(26:33), Robert Duncton (28:24) and George Duncton (30:40). The fastest individual mile was 5:47 from Max Orchard.

Well done to everyone for taking part...coming next week a handicap relay. We will keep the same teams unless anyone wants to pull out or opt in. Please let me know if you do.

Weekly Challenge 

Last week's challenge was to submit a photo of your favourite view taken when out running or walking. I was very impressed by the number and quality of submissions. 

 

Clockwise from top left - an almost biblical view of the Inglis Memorial by Clare Pryor, a deserted fairway at Walton Heath and a magnificent display of bluebells by Sharon Miller, Epsom Downs and a gorilla (often spotted on the Tadworth 10 course!) by Usha Stevens, the path to Edes Fields by Adrian Bowden, poppies near Brockham by Tom Almond, a close up of the same field by Stephen Smith and a clutch of cygnets at Watercolour by Ruth Willis. Thank you for the fantastic response. Kate Knight submitted a really cute photo of her grandson who has just learned to walk, but I felt that I couldn't include it as it didn't meet the brief of this week's competition - sorry Kate!

Ian Edmonds submitted a photo of himself competing in the Man vs Horse race (shown below). Although it didn't meet the brief of this week's competition it did give me an idea for another. Tell us about the wackiest outfit that you have ever run in, or the wackiest race that you have taken part in. Incidentally Ian tells me that he is the only human competitor in Man vs Horse ever to have been presented with a horse rosette!

 A Challenge for this week

This week's competition is an age-graded 1km. Send me your time and your age and I will endeavour to work out an age grading for you

Keep in touch

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Reigate Priory AC News 1st June 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 1st June 2020

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Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well. I hope that the return to school for some of our junior members and those in the teaching profession wasn't too difficult. Can you believe this glorious weather? 

Summer 10K Is Cancelled

With great regret the decision has been made to cancel the Summer 10K for this year. Full details are on the noticeboard

Coaching

We are waiting for an update from England Athletics on their advice following the government's change in restrictions that came into force today (1st June). Until we have received that advice and the coaches have been able to discuss it we are still limited to socially-distanced one-to-one coaching. Watch out for updates on the noticeboard and in the newsletter.

   
Virtual Competitions 

 5x1 Mile Relay - This was Week 3  of 4

There is no shaking Team 1 from the top spot. They were the fastest team again by some way with a combined total time for the 5 miles of 32:43 - an improvement of 28 seconds over last week. Congratulations to Adrian Grant, Jas Dhanda, Euan Willis, Jamilla Ncayiyana and Duncan Mallison who make up the dream team. 

The finishing order was Team 1 (32:43), Team 2 (34:18), Team 3 (35:20), Team 4 (35:45), Team 6 (35:33), Team 5 (35:58), Team 7 (39:18). Team 7 lost a bit of ground this week as Jack Finn is injured and was not running at his usual pace. 

The fastest men were George Roux (5:09), Freddie Roux (5:19), Duncan Mallison (5:37), Tom Almond (5:38) and Jas Dhanda (6:01).  Well done Jas for breaking into the top 5. Well done too to Adrian Grant who recorded a PB for the third successive week with 8:10 and a big shout out to Ian Edmonds for a very nippy 7:44. 

The fastest ladies were Ginevra Stoneley (5:50), Jamilla Ncayiyana (6:02), Gillian O'Regan (7:02), Ruth Willis (7:10) and Claire Humphrey (7:52). Well done Claire for breaking into the top 5. 

The fastest junior runners were Will John-Cox (5:51), Max Orchard (5:54), Robert Duncton (7:14) and George Duncton (7:30) - well done to all of you!

Well done to everyone - keep up the good work and let's see if someone can unseat Team 1 in the final week.

Weekly Challenge 

Last week's challenge was to try the EA Agility Challenge. I don't think anyone took up that particular gauntlet!

 
Monthly Climbing Challenge

Charlie Butcher topped the leaderboard last week with a huge 1962 metres of climbing. Adrian Grant was in second place with 1273 metres and Tom Almond was hard on his heels with 1247. Final positions for May are Charlie Butcher, Tom Almond and Adrian Grant - well done guys.

A Challenge for this week

Something really very simple this week - send me a photo of your favourite view taken whilst out running or walking.  The best photos will be included in next week's newsletter. 

Keep in touch

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If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 25th May 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 25th May 2020

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Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well.  It seems like a very long time since we able to run and compete together, hopefully the restrictions will ease in the not too distant future. At least the weather is being kind still.

 

YMCA Virtual Fun Run

You have until next weekend (31st May) to support our friends at the YMCA by taking part in their virtual fun run. More details are on the noticeboard

   
Virtual Competitions 

 5x1 Mile Relay - This was Week 2 of 4

Team 1 was the fastest team again with a combined total time for the 5 miles of 33:11 - an improvement of 19 seconds from last week. Well done to Adrian Grant, Jas Dhanda, Euan Willis, Jamilla Ncayiyana and Duncan Mallison who make up that speedy team. 

The finishing order was Team 1 (33:30), Team 2 (34:33), Team 3 (34:42), Team 4 (35:45), Team 5 (35:47), Team 7 (36:34), Team 6 (36:56). Team 5 showed the biggest improvement - over 2 minutes. Team 6 lost the most amount of time, largely because Julian Rowlands is nursing an injury and wasn't able to run at speed.

The fastest men were George Roux (5:09), Freddie Roux (5:40), Duncan Mallison (5:42) and bizarrely Tom Almond, Christian Froggatt and Adam Parkin all finished with 5:46. Stephen Smith and Adrian Grant both recorded their fastest miles with 6:13 and 8:13 respectively. 

The 5 fastest ladies were Jamilla Ncayiyana (6:16), Ginevra Stoneley (6:25), Nat Wilson (6:33), Ruth Willis (6:55) and Gillian O'Regan (7:00)

The 5 fastest junior runners were Max Orchard (5:55), Will John-Cox (6:00), Euan Willis(6:47), Robert Duncton (7:08) and George Duncton (7:31)

Well done to everyone - keep up the good work!

Weekly Challenge 

Last week's challenge was to see how far you could run in 15 minutes.

 The following people attempted the challenge and recorded distances Sharon Miller 2.525 km (1.4 miles), Adrian Bowden 1.69 miles, Ian Edmonds 3km (1.89 miles), Stephen Smith 2.05 miles, Jake Boud 2.06 miles. Well done to all of you.

 
Monthly Climbing Challenge

There were some different names on the leaderboard this week - Steve Bass with a massive 3143 metres, Tom Almond with 1295 and Paul Butler with 1289. Charlie Butcher is still ahead of the pack despite Steve's huge effort.

A Challenge for this week

This week we have something a bit different - it's an agility run challenge from England Athletics . Let me know how you get on 

Members' News

Kate Knight completed the 100km London to Brighton course over the weekend. This was her second 100km run in two weeks. Well done Kate!

  

Keep in touch

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If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 19th May 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 19th May 2020

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Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well.  I apologise for sending this on a Tuesday, rather than the usual Monday, but the AGM meant that my time last night was limited. 

AGM

Last night was our 40th AGM (Malcolm says that he has proof) and our first "virtual" AGM held via Zoom. Thirty four people "attended" which was a similar number to that which we would expect in person under normal circumstances. Thank you to everyone who attended for making this a successful AGM. Minutes will follow in due course. The three resolutions were passed unanimously - these being 

  • Recommendation of 2020/21 annual subscriptions
  • Proposal for changes to the subscriptions for 20/21 due to coronavirus
  • Election of General Committee members and co-opting of Jack Finn to the committee

Payment of Subs

We are asking people not to pay their subs early this year to allow the new Treasurer to settle in and the impending change of bank account to take place.   

YMCA Virtual Fun Run

Please support our friends at the YMCA by taking part in their virtual fun run which runs until the end of May. More details are on the noticeboard

   
Virtual Competitions 

 5x1 Mile Relay - This was Week 1 of 4

The fastest team was Team 1 with a combined total time for the 5 miles of 33:30 - well done to Adrian Grant, Jas Dhanda, Euan Willis, Jamilla Ncayiyana and Duncan Mallison who make up that speedy team. 

The teams were fairly evenly matched and combined times ranged from 33:30 to 37:50.

The finishing order was Team 1 (33:30), Team 6 (34:16), Team 3 (34:36), Team 2 (34:57), Team 7 (36:50), Team 4 (37:12), Team 5 (37:50)

The 5 fastest men were George Roux (5:09), Duncan Mallison (5:34), Steve Cheesman (5:35), Adam Parkin (5:50) and Rob Wigley (5:52) - although special mention must also be made of Ian Edmonds, who cracked 8 minutes for the first time in a few years with 7:52, and Adrian Grant who according to Mr Garmin, ran his fastest mile with 8:16. 

The 5 fastest ladies were Nat Wilson (5:57), Jamilla Ncayiyana (6:10), Ginevra Stoneley (6:18), Ruth Willis (7:01) and Gillian O'Regan (7:04)

The 5 fastest junior runners were Max Orchard (5:47), Will John-Cox (5:59), Euan Willis(6:58), Robert Duncton (7:05) and George Duncton (8:03)

Well done to everyone - more of the same this week!

RPAC Challenge 

The challenge was to cover the least amount of distance to find road or street names that started with the letters R,P, A and C. 

Adrian Grant was quick off the mark and recorded 803 metres taking in Reddown Rd, Petworth Close, Ashbourne Close and Charlton Gardens

Max Orchard clocked up just 240 metres to record Ridgemount Way, Pendleton Road, Abinger Drive and Cotland Acres 

Well done to both of you - Max takes first place. 


Monthly Climbing Challenge

Charlie Butcher clocked another 1962 metres of climbing last week and leads the board by some distance. Phil Withers and Chris Daniels logged 1458 and 1365 metres respectively. 

A Challenge for this week

A very simple one ...how far can you run in 15 minutes? Separate results for men, ladies and juniors. Let me know 

  

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Reigate Priory AC News 11th May 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 11th May 2020

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Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well.  

Notice of AGM

A reminder that the AGM will be held next Monday (18th May) via Zoom. You need to sign up for the AGM via Eventbrite. Full details are in the recent emails from Ginevra. 

YMCA Virtual Fun Run

Please support our friends at the YMCA by taking part in their virtual fun run. More details are on the noticeboard. I know that a few of us have already done this and Jas is still the quickest at the time of writing.

 

Strava Art Competition

Although the competition finished last week Christian has clearly got the bit between his teeth and did this amazing run.

 

 
New Virtual Competitions for May

The 5 x 1 mile relay challenge starts this week.

I have allocated the first 35 people who said they were interested to teams of I hope, approximately equal strength based on mile times recorded this week. I may have to adjust the teams if my calculations are wildly out. I know one or two of you said that you were not able to start straight away and that is not a problem as I will adjust times accordingly. If anyone else wants to join in please let me know and I will do my best to fit you in.

Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4 Team 5 Team 6 Team 7
Adrian Grant Tom Almond Jake Boud Christian Froggatt Malcolm Woodman Adam Parkin Steve Cheesman

Jas Dhanda

Andrew Bamford Ken Packer Gillian O'Regan George Roux Ginevra Stonley Freddie Roux
Euan Willis Max Orchard Robert Duncton Will John-Cox George Duncton Ian Edmonds Jack Finn
Jamilla Ncayiyana Usha Stevens Nat Wilson Adriana Collins Frank O'Regan Fran Afonso

Kate Knight

Duncan Mallison Chris Wigley Ruth Willis Adrian Bowden Stephen Smith Antony Collins Rob Wigley

 

The rules are very simple - send me your fastest mile (or fastest 2 consecutive kilometers) of the week by Sunday evening and I will work out the overall time for your team for the week. 

The team times will be published in the newsletter each week. If you can't run for any reason or you don't submit a time I will include an average of your previous times for the week. 

In addition I will publish the five fastest individual times from each of the following categories - men, ladies and juniors. To set the ball rolling the fastest five men who sent in times were  Rob Wigley (05:26), Tom Almond (05:38), Duncan Mallison (05:47), Adam Parkin (06:21) and Steve Cheesman (06:31). The fastest ladies who submitted times were Ginevra Stoneley (06:43), Gillian O'Regan (06:56), Usha Stevens (08:53), Adriana Collins (10:18) and Kate Knight (12:00). The fastest juniors were Max Orchard(05:48), Robert Duncton (07:02) and George Duncton (08:08).


Monthly Climbing Challenge

Charlie Butcher leads the climbing challenge with 1972 metres. Adrian Grant is in second place with 1263 metres, narrowly ahead of Fran Dunham with 1243 metres. 

A Challenge for this week

Run or walk the shortest distance to take in road or street names that begin with the letters R,P,A and C. Please note that this does not include the words Road, Avenue or Crescent. As an example Ringley Park Avenue would count only as an "R".

 

EA Virtual Club Nights

A reminder that England Athletics is staging a series of "Virtual Club Nights", including quizzes and talks. Details are on the noticeboard. 

 

Keep in touch

 It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC 4th May 2020

Reigate Priory AC 4th May 2020

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Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well.  

 

YMCA Virtual Fun Run

Please support our friends at the YMCA by taking part in their virtual fun run. More details are on the noticeboard. I know that a few of us have already done this and Jas is the quickest at the time of writing.

 

 Notice of AGM

A reminder that the AGM will be held on Monday 18th May via Zoom. Please read the recent emails from Ginevra for full details and the agenda. 

 

Guess Who?

Not many people responded to this so clearly this is not one to carry forward. The pictures were of Jo Davey, Paul Walters, Mike Pocock and Nat Wilson.

 

Strava Art Competition

 

Some people really showed their creative side in this competition. Christian Froggatt in particular really threw himself into it - he started simply with the 2 metres distance symbol in the top left hand corner (very topical), but then got more ambitious with the bird and the rabbit. Leanne Sandifer also submitted a nearly identical rabbit. Paul Walters submitted the elephant. There was great excitement about a dog, but this turned out to be from someone who wasn't a club member. From the junior section Will John-Cox submitted the Union Jack. A straw poll of the committee members awarded the points to Will and to Christian.

 
Virtual Competition Results 

 Last week's competition was to  run or walk the shortest distance taking in the following - a bus stop, a school, a grave or memorial, a silver birch tree, a pedestrian crossing, a barber's shop or hairdresser's and a children's playground. Sophia Bryant logged 0.3 miles (which I think works out as 0.48km), Max Orchard logged 0.89km (and submitted another video), but the winner this week was Adrian Bowden with 0.28 miles (or 0.45 km). Well done to you all.

Monthly Distance Challenge Leaderboard

Charlie Butcher logged another 116.7km last week.  Close behind him were Matt Aylott and Fran Dunham who both logged over 100 km for the week (where was Kate this week?).  Charlie takes the title for the month with 688.4 km, Kate is in second position with 532.7 km. 

New Competitions for May

  1. A new 5 x 1 mile relay challenge. Teams of 5 people running 1 mile each, any terrain, surface, distance (of at least a mile!). Weekly leader board. If you are interested in running let me know  and I will organise you into teams of (hopefully) similar strength. I hope to make the teams a mix of juniors and male and female seniors and vets. First run this week if we get enough people.
  2. The monthly distance  challenge will be replaced by a monthly climbing challenge for the next four weeks.

 

EA Virtual Club Nights

A reminder that England Athletics is staging a series of "Virtual Club Nights", including quizzes and talks. Details are on the noticeboard. 

 

Keep in touch

 It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 27th April 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 27th April 2020

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Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well.  

A Message From Greg Knott's Widow

We have received the following message from Bernadette Knott

"I haven't heard officially yet re the donations in memory of Greg, but could see that RPAC made a very generous donation to Bude Memory Cafe.

I wanted to say thank you so much to the club.

Greg enjoyed the Memory Cafe as they had lots of different groups and soloists coming in to play or sing. He had lots of friends there. 

I've been overwhelmed with messages and cards and people's generosity so please pass on my sincere thanks." 

YMCA Virtual Fun Run

Our friends at the YMCA are holding a virtual fun run competition throughout May. There are adult 5 mile and adult and junior 1 mile virtual races to be run over a course of your choosing. Historically the fun runs have always been very well supported by RPAC runners and it is usually part of the senior Grand Prix competition. For the YMCA the fun run is a major fund raising event which sadly this year will not be possible. Let us support them by entering the virtual fun run. The full details are here, but essentially it is free to enter although obviously the YMCA will welcome any donations and fundraising that you may do on their behalf. Let's really get behind this and support this event. 

 Notice of AGM

A reminder that the AGM will be held on Monday 18th May via Zoom. Please read the recent emails from Ginevra for full details and the agenda. 

Virtual Club Nights

England Athletics is staging a series of "Virtual Club Nights", including quizzes and talks. Details are on the noticeboard. 

Guess Who?

Something a bit different this week...here are some well known senior members of the club taken when they were children. See if you can guess who they are. The cheeky chappy on the tricycle says that he was cross training. In the final photo the young lady with the "RR" tag is the club member.

 

Send your answers to   and if you like this and have some photos of yourself that you would be willing to share please send these in also.


Virtual Competitions 

We are running a series of virtual competitions whilst we remain in "lockdown". I am starting to struggle with fresh ideas so I would be very pleased to receive any suggestions you may come up with .

Please observe the  government guidelines on exercising outdoors during the current restrictions.

 

This week's competition is another orienteering style challenge  run or walk the shortest distance taking in the following - a bus stop, a school, a grave or memorial, a silver birch tree, a pedestrian crossing, a barber's shop or hairdresser's and a children's playground. 

 

Marathon Relay Week 4

This was the final week of our marathon relay challenge.  We didn't get as many entries this week, so I had to work some magic to come up with an overall time. I am sorry to say that we didn't sustain our improvement and came in with a total time of 3 hours 2 minutes, but hey you can't run a PB every week! Well done to George Roux who clocked 5:03 (as part of a 5K run), Alexander Green (5:23) , Duncan Mallinson (5:30). As ever Max Orchard turned in a blistering performance from the junior section (5:44). Well done and a big thank you to all of you for your enthusiasm over the last four weeks.

Last week's long jump challenge  wasn't all that popular

The challenge was to jump as far as you could from a standing position - i.e no run up. Max Orchard was the overall winner with 2:25 metres. Will John-Cox who was the only other junior entrant jumped 2:08. For the adults Jamilla led the pack with 2:13 followed by Stephen Smith (2:08), Adrian Bowden (1:91) and Carol Orchard (1:52). Libby Bowden, who I don't think is a member yet (she's 5), gets a special mention for jumping 0.95m which was a lot further than I managed!  

Strava Art Competition

The deadline is the end of April so you still have time to create your masterpiece.

Monthly Distance Challenge Leaderboard

Kate Knight was in pole position with an astonishing 164.3km with Charlie Butcher very close behind with 161.5km. Close behind them were Matt Aylott and Chris Daniels who both logged over 100 km for the week.  Charlie retains the leadership for the month with 571.7 km, Kate is in second position with 532.7 km. 

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 20th April

Reigate Priory AC News 20th April

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Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well and that you managed to have as enjoyable a weekend as is possible in the circumstances. At least the weather continues to be kind to us.

 Notice of AGM

Ginevra sent out an email earlier today with details of this year's AGM. This will be held on Monday 18th May via Zoom. Please read the emails for full details and the agenda.

 

Virtual Club Nights

England Athletics is staging a series of "Virtual Club Nights", including quizzes and talks. Details are on the noticeboard. Please note that the first of the quizzes is tomorrow evening (21st April).

 

Virtual Competitions

As I mentioned before it is my intention to run a series of virtual competitions whilst we remain in "lockdown". I would like to make these as inclusive as possible so I am trying to think of challenges that can be completed by both senior and junior members. I am also trying to come up with some non-running challenges. I would be very pleased to receive any suggestions you may come up with .

Please observe the  government guidelines on exercising outdoors during the current restrictions.

This week's competition is really simple and a change from running... how far can you long jump from a static position? The rules are simple - from a standing position (no run up) how far can you jump with both feet together. I will split the results by age group. 

Coming soon - Guess Who? The idea is that we will publish some photos of well known senior members running, jumping or throwing when they were children (or at least considerably younger than they are now). I have a few photos already, but if you have any photos of yourself that you would be willing to share please send them to me .

Marathon Relay Week 3

We are still speeding up!  I have calculated our marathon relay time for last week as 3 hours and 1 minute, again 5 minutes faster than last week (we are consistent!). The fastest times recorded this week were George Roux (4:47) and Freddie Roux (4:56) closely followed by Tom Almond (5:45) and Max Orchard (5:51). Of the 26 people who submitted a time 17 people logged sub 7 minutes. Superb work everyone!

Reminder of the rules.

  1. You can record your mile as part of any distance run, i.e. you could be just running a mile flat out or it could be as part of a longer run
  2. Any surface or terrain is acceptable - road, track, trail, uphill, downhill whatever
  3. You just need to tell me your time, no Strava or Garmin, etc. record is needed 
  4. If you record your time in kilometers send me your fastest two consecutive kilometers and I will do the rest.

Last week's orienteering challenge proved very popular

The challenge was to run or walk the shortest route that you could passing a church, a pub, two post boxes, an oak tree and a windmill. A great deal of effort and thought was put into this by those who took part. I've categorised the results into those who followed different interpretations of the rules. I think both approaches are valid as I did not specify what type of windmill, post box, etc. were to be passed. In the first category Dave Nurse registered 1.01km  starting at the Windmill church on Reigate Heath and finishing at the post box opposite the Black Horse. Ruth and Euan Willis tried three different attempts before they came up with a route starting at the windmill on Wray Common and finishing by the Co-op in Redhill which measure 1.18km. Will John-Cox followed a similar route and logged 1.27km. Adrian Bowden and Max Orchard both had the same idea and included an ornamental garden windmill in their routes. Max logged 0.85km and Adrian 1.07km. Max even made a video of his route. As is my prerogative I award the "first prize" (virtual, just like the competitions) to Max for inventiveness and for recording the shortest route - and the best video. 

 

Strava Art Competition

Christian provided some more really excellent entries for the Strava Art Competition this week. We also had a really one from someone who isn't a club member smile. The deadline is the end of April so you still have time to create your masterpiece.

Monthly Distance Challenge Leaderboard

Charlie Butcher logged an incredible 136.6km last week, with Kate Knight hot on his heels with 134.7km. Close behind them were Matt Aylott and Fran Dunham who both logged over 100km.  Charlie retains the leadership for the month with 410.2km, Kate Knight is in second position with 368.4km.

Keeping Fit

Ellis will be sending out a separate email again with some details of virtual training sessions. 

Katie Mackison has posted another workout video. Details to follow in the email version of this newsletter.

 

Keep in touch

 It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody. Please let us know if there is anything you'd like to see in the newsletter.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 13th April 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 13th April 2020

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Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well and that you managed to have as enjoyable an Easter weekend as is possible in the circumstances. At least the weather has been kind to us.

News from our Couch to 5K Graduates

A number of our "Class of 2020" have now become club members. A very warm RPAC Welcome to each and every one of you and I look forward to being able to resume some group runs with you at some stage in the not too distant future. We have had some lovely feedback from a couple of the new members which I thought was  worth sharing. From Chris Wigley: "If someone had told me I'd be running 5K last year I'd tell them no chance. Thank you to the Couch to 5K programme and especially to Paul and Usha." From Ken Packer "I just ran 5 miles for the first time since I was 16- 50 years ago! I feel very full and grateful. The run around the countryside was heart-stoppingly beautiful and I am glad to be alive. And so grateful to all the RPAC-ers and fellow C25K-ers who, working together, got us here. Until we meet again - keep on keeping on." I know that Chris, Ken and many of the other graduates have kept running despite not having the encouragement of running with others and they are now running further and faster than they probably could have imagined a few months ago. Well done to you all!

A "New" MV50 Marathon Record Uncovered

Thanks to the diligence of Stewart McIntyre we have a new record holder in the men's V50 Marathon category. The holder is the late Frank Golding who sadly died in January at the age of 84. Frank set the record in the 1985 London Marathon with an fantastic time of 2 hours 54 minutes and 10 seconds. He was just 4 days past his 50th birthday on race day.  The result is even more astonishing  when you consider that this pre-dates timing chips and modern race nutrition.

Here is a picture of Frank in his heyday running the London-Brighton ultra.

And a picture of the club certificate that was presented to Frank for his achievement

This prompted me to ask Stewart about the "S" in the badge - RPSAC. Apparently it stood for Sovereign as the club used to have use of the facilities at the Sovereign Centre. It made me think that it would be really great to have a series of articles about the origins and history of the club. If you have any information, anecdotes or reminiscences to share it would be great to hear from you  

Virtual Competitions

As I mentioned before it is my intention to run a series of virtual competitions whilst we remain in "lockdown". The details of the first competitions were shown here. 

I would like to make these as inclusive as possible so I am trying to think of challenges that can be completed by both senior and junior members. I am also trying to come up with some non-running challenges. I would be very pleased to receive any suggestions you may come up with .

Please observe the  government guidelines on exercising outdoors during the current restrictions.

 

This week's challenge is very simple. Run or walk the shortest route that you can where you will pass a church, a pub, two post boxes, an oak tree and a windmill. You may start and finish the route route with one of these features - e.g. you could start by a pub and finish by an oak tree. 

Early Start Run Challenge

Natalie Wilson beat everyone by a country mile by logging a run that started at 02:33! Other early starters were myself (05:55), Steve Cheeseman (05:57) and Usha Stevens (06:36).

Marathon Relay Week 2

We are speeding up!  I have calculated our marathon relay time for last week as 3 hours and 6 minutes, 5 minutes faster than last week (I'll include seconds if the times get closer). The fastest times recorded this week were George Roux (4:42) closely followed by Tom Almond (5:22) and Lee Savage (5:35). There was a good strong turnout from our junior members this week too with Max Orchard (5:43), Euan Willis (5:54), Will John-Cox (5:59), Robert Duncton (7:52), George Duncton (8:44) all submitting entries. Not many entries from the ladies section this week though.

Reminder of the rules.

  1. You can record your mile as part of any distance run, i.e. you could be just running a mile flat out or it could be as part of a longer run
  2. Any surface or terrain is acceptable - road, track, trail, uphill, downhill whatever
  3. You just need to tell me your time, no Strava or Garmin, etc. record is needed 
  4. If you record your time in kilometers send me your fastest two consecutive kilometers and I will do the rest.

Strava Art Competition

I have had some great entries for the Strava Art Competition this week, including a very topical one from Christian. The deadline is the end of April so you still have time to create your masterpiece.

Monthly Distance Challenge Leaderboard

Kate Knight logged the longest distance this week with an incredible 141.3 km (this included a 50km run on Easter Sunday), Charlie Butcher retains the leadership for the month with 273.6km, Kate Knight is in second position with 233.7km, Tom Almond, Chris Daniels, George Roux and Marc Graham are a little way behind these leaders.

Keeping Fit

Brimingham University AC are running a series of circuit workouts. The first two are here and here. More to follow...

Katie Mackison has also posted a workout. Details to follow in the email version.

 Club Championships

 In view of the current situation and the cancellation of the Dorking 10 the committee has decided that there will be no 10 mile championship this year. A decision about the marathon championship will be made once we know whether the re-scheduled Spring marathons are going to go ahead in the Autumn. If they do go ahead we will have 2020 marathon championship as normal with criteria unchanged.  If they do not go ahead we will have a marathon championship for 2020/2021, taking into account results from after New York marathon 2019 to New York marathon 2021

 

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Reigate Priory AC News 6th April 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 6th April 2020

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Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well. 

Committee News

  1.  Natalie Wilson was elected unopposed to the vacant post of Membership Secretary to serve until April 2021. 
  2. Arrangements for the Club AGM and the proposed membership fees will be published following the committee meeting to be held on Wednesday 8th April
  3. Nominations are invited for the post of Club Treasurer which will become vacant after the AGM.

Greg Knott

It was with great sadness that we learned of the recent death of Greg Knott. Greg's family has shared details about the funeral arrangements and a page for donations and tributes with the committee. Full details will be sent out in the email version of this newsletter.

Virtual Competitions

As I mentioned in last week's newsletter it is my intention to run a series of virtual competitions whilst we remain in "lockdown". The details of the first competitions were shown here. 

I would like to make these as inclusive as possible so I am trying to think of challenges that can be completed by both senior and junior members. I am also trying to come up with some non-running challenges. I would be very pleased to receive any suggestions you may come up with .

Please observe the  government guidelines on exercising outdoors during the current restrictions.

 

This week's challenge is very simple. Who can log the earliest run? Let me know what time you started your earliest run of the week by next Sunday evening. A run must be at least 2km in length to qualify for this challenge. Please ensure that you dress in hi-viz and  carry a torch if you are running whilst it is still dark.

Marathon Relay Week 1

With a bit of artistic licence I have calculated our marathon relay time for last week as 3 hours and 11 minutes. The fastest times recorded this week were Tom Almond (5:37) closely followed by Max Orchard (5:51) and Rob Wigley (5:57). Max deserves a special mention as he was the only junior member to submit a time. It would be great to see some more times from junior members. I am sure we can improve on 3 hours and 11 minutes this week.

Clarification of the rules.

  1. You can record your mile as part of any distance run, i.e. you could be just running a mile flat out or it could be as part of a longer run
  2. Any surface is acceptable - road, track, trail, whatever
  3. You just need to tell me your time, no Strava or Garmin, etc. record is needed 
  4. If you record your time in kilometers send me your fastest two consecutive kilometers and I will do the rest.

Strava Art Competition

I have had no entries for the Strava Art Competition yet and I've not noticed any obvious candidates. The clock is ticking, but you still have plenty of time to enter before the end of April.

Monthly Distance Challenge Leaderboard

Charlie Butcher is leading the pack with an impressive 137.8 km, Tom Almond, Marc Graham and Kate Knight are not too far behind.

Priory Park Challenge

In a close fought contest Paul Walters edged out Paul Chandler to take the challenge for the longest single lap in Priory Park with a very impressive 11.12 km. 

Here's how he did it

 

Paul assures me that on the section where he appears to have covered the same ground twice he was running on the path in one direction and the grass in the opposite direction.

I apologise to the non-Reigate residents, I didn't think this one through enough. I will try to make all future competitions things that can be done from anywhere.  

 

Keep in touch

 It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 30th March 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 30th March 2020

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Club News For Everyone

 I hope that this newsletter finds you and your families all keeping fit and well. 

Virtual Competitions

As I mentioned in last week's newsletter it is my intention to run a series of virtual competitions whilst we remain in "lockdown". The details of the first competitions are here. 

In addition to the monthly competitions I would like to run a weekly competition. This week's competition is to see who can cover the further distance in a single session within the boundary of Priory Park. The rules are simple. You must stay within the area of Priory Park bounded by Bell St, Park Lane East and Park Lane. You cannot cover the same piece of ground more than once. You may walk or run. You must keep your distance from others. You must let me have your entry by 23:59 on Sunday 5th April. One entry per person.

I would like to make these as inclusive as possible so I am trying to think of challenges that can be completed by both senior and junior members. I am also trying to come up with some non-running challenges. I would be very pleased to receive any suggestions you may come up with .

Keeping Fit

There is a lot of great articles on the internet out about keeping fit and active during these difficult times. I particularly liked the England Athletics sponsored videos for juniors and parents. For senior members you could do worse than try some of the exercises here. 

Keep in touch

 It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. Stay safe everybody.

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC News 23rd March 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 23rd March 2020

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Club News For Everyone

This will be a very brief newsletter this week as there is no news about training, events, results, social gatherings or any of the other things we normally report on.  I've had to rewrite it in light of the PM's announcement this evening so I'll apologise in advance for any grammatical errors, inaccuracies or if I have phrased things badly.

The first thing to say is that I hope you and your families are all keeping well. What strange and trying circumstances we find ourselves in and let's hope that better times return very soon. 

The second thing to say is that whilst we cannot organise training sessions or competitions there is nothing to stop you from running. Even with the new restrictions imposed today you are still  allowed to run once a day. The advice from the Chief Medical Officer and others is that exercise is beneficial for your physical and mental wellbeing (no surprises there). If you do run you must observe the "social distance" regulations and keep at least 2 metres away from everyone else. Over the weekend a member of the public complained to Malcolm that members of the club were running in Priory Park without maintaining the recommended distance between them. With the new restrictions imposed this evening running with friends is not going to be possible, however it is inevitable that you are going to bump into fellow club members when out running; I'd urge you to exercise common sense and give them a friendly wave, exchange some banter from a distance and carry on on your own route. 

I was wondering whether we should set up some virtual competitions in the absence of the real thing.   I'm not suggesting that we should all follow the lead of the Frenchman who ran a marathon on the balcony of his apartment, but I was thinking of things like most miles run in a week, fastest mile, earliest run, latest run, etc. If you think this is a good idea let me know, particularly if you can think of some interesting categories 

 

Keep in touch

 It's more important than ever that we keep in touch with each other at this time. 

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Update from the Chair, March 2020

Update from the Chair, March 2020

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COVID-19 Update; AGM, Club Officers & Committee Members; Ian Martin stops coaching; Summary Minutes

Some important matters to cover this week, so an update from me rather than the regular Weekly News. My apologies for the length of this update, but I need to cover these topics in full, please bear with me and read to the end!

COVID-19 Update

England Athletics have this morning issued updated guidance that "all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April". The full statement is available here. All upcoming Reigate Priory AC events, including group training sessions, are therefore cancelled with immediate effect.

I would however reiterate the advice in the EA guidance that you are all encouraged to maintain your own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

We will keep you all informed if there are further club developments, but in the meantime, please keep safe but keep running!

AGM, Club Officers & Committee Members

Membership Secretary

Jas Dhanda has resigned as Membership Secretary with immediate effect. My thanks to Jas for the work he has done for the club over the last 10 months.

Nat Wilson has agreed to take on the role for the remainder of Jas’ term, i.e. until the AGM 2021. As the Membership Secretary is one of the 4 Officers of the Club, she needs to be formally elected, rather being simply co-opted on to the Committee. We will use the same process as we have used for other roles in the past. Nominations for the post of Membership Secretary are therefore now open for 14 days, until Tuesday 31st March. If there are no other nominations in that time, Nat will be deemed to have been elected unopposed.

Annual General Meeting

The Club AGM is planned for the evening of Monday 27th April. However, it is highly likely we will be unable to hold a physical meeting then because of COVID-19. The choices will be to either hold a virtual meeting or postpone.

If any member or parent has access to the technology for a virtual meeting and experience with using it, then please let me knowChair.jpg.

If we need to postpone the AGM, then we will need to make plans for addressing the topics that will normally be covered at the meeting, for example election of the new committee and setting of the membership fees for 20/21. Your Committee will address these in the coming weeks, but if anyone has any suggestions, please contact me Chair.jpg or Ginevra Stoneley secretary.jpg.

Secretary, Treasurer & Committee Members

Both the Secretary (Ginevra) and Treasurer (Anthony Collins) come to the end of their 2 year terms of office this year. Anthony has indicated that he will not be standing again. The 6 other committee members are all up for re-election this year, as they serve a 1 year term.

The role of Treasurer requires:

  • An ability to juggle figures
  • Management and reconciliation of the club’s bank accounts
  • Record keeping
  • Maintenance and development of the Club’s finance policies

Whilst the Secretary requires:

  • Minute taking at Committee meetings and AGM
  • Liaison with EA, regional and county athletics associations, including DBS validation

The “general” committee members simply require a willingness to undertake activities on behalf of the club, exact roles will be allocated based on who is on the committee and their areas of expertise.

If anyone associated with the club is willing to stand for any of these roles, or wants further information, again please contact meChair.jpg or Ginevra secretary.jpg.

Other Activities

We are looking to develop our plans for development of either Battlebridge or another suitable local location, to ensure we have access to fit-for-purpose facilities. This activity is progressing slowly, due to the lack of time and suitable experience of the members of the Committee. If there is anyone with knowledge of this type of development and working with a local council (possibly a surveyor?) who would be willing to assist, please get in touch with me Chair.jpg. You do not need to be a member of the Committee to help in this way!

We are also looking for assistance with our Communication & (especially) Marketing. Again, if you have relevant experience and are able to help, please contact Ginevra secretary.jpg.

Ian Martin

After many years of coaching our Juniors and Seniors, Ian has decided he is going to step back from coaching during this year. We owe Ian a massive thank you for all the coaching he has done for us; in his time the club has achieved many notable individual & collective successes. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ian personally for everything he has done for the Club, it has been a pleasure working with you Ian.

The current plan is for Ian to stop coaching the Seniors at the end of June 2020 and the Juniors in September 2020. Ellis Cain-Jones and the rest of the club coaching will be developing plans in the coming months to cope without Ian once he has retired.

Summary Minutes

The summary minutes of the February 2020 Committee meeting are available here.

Malcolm Woodman

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Reigate Priory AC News 9th March 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 9th March 2020

Category: All Club News

Club news for everyone

 

Our Club Vision In Action

Two events this weekend illustrate our club vision of providing "athletics for everyone".

On Saturday 7th March seven runners graduated from our first Couch to 5K course by completing the Tilgate Parkrun. A team of RPAC runners was there to help support and encourage them. The full story is here.

Meanwhile Jo Davey was competing in the British Masters Indoor Track Championships at the Lee Valley Athletics Track. Jo was competing in the 800m event for ladies aged 35-45. She finished as the 1st V45 lady and is now British Champion. The full story can be found here.

 

Saturday 21st March Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism and Grand Prix event 2 @ Worthing

On Saturday 21st March Worthing Parkrun is not only our Parkrun Tourism destination, but also the second event in the Reigate Priory AC Grand Prix 2020 season.

The Reigate Priory AC Grand Prix is a great opportunity for any member to gain a running award in 2020. You can read more about the Grand Prix here.

We will travel in minibuses to Worthing and will finish off by having Breakfast in The Burlington Hotel on Worthing sea front.

Please note that the deadline for letting Paul know if you need a space on the minibus or if you want to join us for breakfast is 19:00 on Saturday 14th March.

We want to invite Reigate Priory AC members from the senior section to take part in this event as part of the Grand Prix, but additionally we hope that parents of junior members and accompanied junior members will also come along, and as long as there is space non-members are very welcome come along. Note that for club members, we want to encourage you to wear your Reigate Priory AC vest.

Further details are here

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday 21st March. 

 

 

Junior news

Surrey Primary Schools Cross Country 7th March Priory Park

The Surrey Primary School Cross Country Races held on Saturday March 7th at Reigate Priory brought together the top 80-90 runners from across Surrey in a high quality series of races. We don't have a full list of RPAC runners who competed for their schools, however we noted that Max Orchard is the Year 6 Boys Champion.

 

 

K2 Dates

The first two visits to K2 this year will be on Tuesday 24 March and Tuesday 21st April.

The sessions start at 7:00pm and are open to all Junior and Academy members.

   

Senior news

 New Club 10K Record

Matt Ryde set a new men's V40 record at the Run Through Battersea Park 10K on 15th February. Matt finished in 33:06, beating the previous record (set by Matt Ryde laughing) by 3 seconds. Apologies that we haven't publicised this before Matt.

 

Members' news

 Ruth Willis and Kate Knight competed in the Surrey Half Marathon in Woking on Sunday 8th March. Ruth finished in 1:35:37 and Kate in 2:46:12. A new Half Marathon PB for Ruth and Kate was 32 minutes faster than in the same event last year. Well done ladies. 

 

Dates for the Diary

 

Saturday 21st March Parkrun Tourism and Grand Prix event 2 @ Worthing parkrun.

Thursday 26th March Jimmy James Handicap 19:30@Denbies - final event of the season

Sunday 29th March Cranleigh 15/21 09:00 - a MABAC open event and perfect for London Marathon training. Volunteering opportunities available!

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

 

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

 
Jo Davey wins British Masters indoor title

Jo Davey wins British Masters indoor title

Category: Seniors News

This weekend was the British Masters Indoor Track championships, with over 650 athletes from all over the UK competing in the 2 days of competition at the Lee Valley Athletics Track. Jo Davey was running in the W45 800m, competing against some of the best Masters athletes in the country.

After a late change in the timings of the races, she found herself competing with the W35 and W40 athletes as well as her own age group. However, this worked to her advantage, as the top two W35s pulled her to a very fast (65 second) opening 2 laps (400m). Jo then fought her way through the inevitable lactic acid build up, finishing in 2:21.86 for 3rd overall and 1st W45 and British Champion.

We believe that time to be a new W45 championship record, and just 3 seconds outside the British W45 indoor record - which is held by Sally Read-Cayton, another Reigate Priory AC member.

In the M65 800m immediately before Jo's race, the 2nd place finisher was Kevin Archer, a former RPAC member before he moved to Weymouth.

Jo Davey Merged

Couch to 5k - Congratulations!

Couch to 5k - Congratulations!

Category: Seniors News

On Saturday 7th March, Reigate Priory Athletic Club (RPAC) saw seven new runners graduate following their completion of a successful Couch to 5km course by completing a parkrun at Tilgate. 

The Couch to 5km course commenced at the beginning of January 2020 to kick off New Year's resolutions for health and fitness.  Meeting in Reigate’s Priory Park every Saturday morning for 9 weeks, the new runners were led out by RPAC leaders and coaches following the well-established NHS Couch to 5km program.

Week by week, each new runner battled through their mental and physical demons to progress on their journey to becoming a runner.  They started each week with a led session and were encouraged to follow the program to carry out the second and third sessions on their own, with support offered should it be needed.

With plenty of assistance and encouragement from established RPAC members (see list below) over the 9 weeks during the led sessions, a 5km parkrun was the fitting place to watch the participants graduate from the program.

Each graduate runner was buddied up with an RPAC member for encouragement around the Tilgate course, chosen for its solid paths over the mud that currently sits in Priory Park due to the weekly storms that have hit the UK.  In true parkrun fashion, each new runner was cheered to the finish, regardless of the time taken to complete the challenge.

RPAC is incredibly proud of each Couch to 5km participant who not only started but completed the course.  Another course is in the planning with details to be published in the Spring.

Couch to 5k participants at Tilgate

 

RPAC Members
Moray Carey
Jennifer Carus
Ian Edmonds
Jack Finn
Adrian Grant
Claire Humphrey
Kate Knight
Gillian O'Regan
Usha Stevens
Ginevra Stoneley
Paul Walters
Rob Wigley
Malcolm Woodman

Reigate Priory AC News 2nd March 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 2nd March 2020

Category: All Club News

Club news for everyone

 

Sunday 1st March - A BIG THANK YOU to our MABAC and Border League Volunteers

Massive thanks to everyone involved - read this from Andrew Bamford.

 

Saturday 21st March Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism and Grand Prix event 2 @ Worthing

On Saturday 21st March Worthing Parkrun is not only our Parkrun Tourism destination, but also the second event in the Reigate Priory AC Grand Prix 2020 season.

The Reigate Priory AC Grand Prix is a great opportunity for any member to gain a running award in 2020. You can read more about the Grand Prix here.

We will travel in minibuses to Worthing and will finish off by having Breakfast in The Burlington Hotel on Worthing sea front.

We want to invite Reigate Priory AC members from the senior section to take part in this event as part of the Grand Prix, but additionally we hope that parents of junior members and accompanied junior members will also come along, and as long as there is space non-members are very welcome come along. Note that for club members, we want to encourage you to wear your Reigate Priory AC vest.

Further details are here

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday 21st March. 

 

Saturday 7th March Couch to 5K Graduation Day @ Tilgate parkrun

We're meeting at Earlswood Lakes car park at 7:50AM on Saturday 7th March for an 8:00AM get-away car sharing to Tilgate.

If you'd like to be with us to encourage the participants, please turn up in your club top!

 

Junior news

 

Sunday 1st March Border League @ Priory Park, Reigate

Reigate hosted the fourth and final match of this year’s Border League on Sunday.

We were blessed by the weather and almost 40 RPAC members competed across the eight races. Highlights were individual medals across the four match series for Lisette Matthews, fifth in U9 Girls, James Beatty, second in U9 boys, Max Orchard, first in U11 boys and Oscar Curry, second in U15 boys. Also the U9 boys and girls both came third equal out of the fourteen Clubs.

Thank you very much to the many Club members and parents who volunteered and enabled us to put on this event.

 

Other Junior news

The first visit to K2 this year will be on Tuesday 24 March.

The session starts at 7:00pm and is open to all Junior and Academy members.

   

Senior news

 

Sunday 1st March MABAC League @ Reigate Priory

Well done to our 16 athletes who produced some great results. Please see the report here. Fantastic!

 

Members' news

It was the Jimmy James Handicap on Thursday 27th February - results to follow.

On Saturday 29th February Adrian Grant notched up his 250th parkrun at Reigate - congratulations Adrian!

On Sunday 29th March five Reigate Priory AC members ran in the Vitality Big Half around London. See their results here.

On Sunday 1st March Kate Knight ran 2:52:24 at the Eastbourne Half - an improvement of 30 minutes on last year.

 

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 3rd March 7PM Battlebridge Track 5 x 8 mins with fast bursts of 1 minutes at  3 and 7 mins in each rep.

Wednesday 4th March 7PM Sovereign Centre, Woodhatch Easy run with a small hill in the middle.

Thursday 5th March 6:30PM Majestic Wine, Bell Street, Reigate A road session of about 5 miles with an alternative of 3.5 miles.

Sunday 8th March 9:00AM Meet at Earlswood Lakes for 100 minutes easy, all welcome.

Saturday 7th March Couch to 5K Graduation @ Tilgate Parkrun. All welcome to come and support our participants.

Saturday 21st March Parkrun Tourism and Grand Prix event 2 @ Worthing parkrun.

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 5th March 2020

Last Thursday the pub was busy, but yes, another win notched up, with the £40 proceeds to Médecins Sans Frontières.

If anyone wants to join the team please email . You need to be there by 19:45.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

MABAC Priory Park 1st March 10:00 am

MABAC Priory Park 1st March 10:00 am

Category: Seniors News

Despite the ravages of Storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge the home MABAC fixture was able to go ahead on Sunday 1st March. To say that the course was challenging would be underplaying the depth of the puddles at the back of the park or the slipperiness (is that a word?) of the slope leading up to ridge. Spikes were definitely the order of the day. 

A team of 16 RPAC athletes produced some great results. New second claim runner Gavin Fox finished in second place (despite me sending him the wrong way on the first lap - sorry Gavin!), finishing in 33:31, next up was Ian Stammars in 7th place in 36:08, closely followed by Frank O'Regan and Martin Airey. Ginevra Stoneley, Jamilla Ncayiyana and Ruth Willis were the first three ladies home overall. Also running were Alice Smith, Mike Pocock, Andrew Patrick, Linda Rodrigues, Gillian O'Regan (great to see you running again Gillian), Ian Edmonds, Adrian Grant, Anthony Collins. Juliette Stern completed the one lap course despite having challenges with her shoes.

Overall RPAC scored the most points in the two lap race - beating Dorking by 10 points, however, Dorking picked up additional points from the one lap race and pipped us by 4 points. It just shows what we can do when we get a strong team out. We are currently standing in 6th place in the league. 

Individual RPAC & team results are available here.

Here is Gavin Fox closing in on the finish.

Reigate Priory AC News 24th February 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 24th February 2020

Category: All Club News

Club news for everyone

 

 MABAC & Border League Races on 1st March

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help at the MABAC & Border League races on Sunday 1st March. We now have enough people to help. Emails will be sent out shortly to give you details of your role. The MABAC race starts at 10:00 and the Border League Races start at 12:00.

 

Volunteering for helping at the London Marathon 26th April 2020

At the time of writing there are still a few places left for volunteering at the London Marathon. If you want to help please contact Donna Barrington-Smith by emailing 

 

Saturday 29th February Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism @ Nonsuch

On Saturday 29th February 9AM we'll be at Nonsuch Parkrun, weather permitting. A note of caution: Nonsuch Parkrun has been cancelled for the last two Saturdays because of the extreme weather conditions. However, the organisers state "We are determined that we won't have to cancel Saturday 29th". We will keep checking during the week to see if it is going to be on and will let you know if there is a change of plan. 

Assuming that it is going ahead we will meet at 7:45AM at Reigate College (Rushworth Road entrance) to car share. (The car park will be locked afterwards until our return.)

If more convenient to you, please just make your own way and we'll see you there.

All seniors, parents and accompanied juniors are welcome. Please run in club vest if you can, and bring some money for refreshments afterwards. We can try Nonsuch Pantry Cafe.

It'd be great to see you! You just need to turn up.

The next Parkrun Tourism event after Nonsuch doubles up as an RPAC Grand Prix event and will be held in Worthing on 21st March. Further details are here and see also the note about the Grand Prix in the Senior News section of this newsletter.

  

Junior news

 

Early Season 800m PB'S for Shakila and Lilah at Lee Valley 22nd February

Two of our talented U15 girls travelled to Lee Valley Indoor Athletics  Arena on Saturday to compete in the 800m. Both recorded new PBs. The full story can be found here.  

Junior K2 dates

These are now confirmed for the rest of 2020. There will be no visits to K2 in Crawley in January or February. The bookings we have are March 24, April 21, May 19, June 23, July 28, Sept 22, Nov 10, Dec 8.

All sessions start at 7:00pm, last 1 hour and are open to all Junior and Academy members.

   

Senior news

Club Championships Wokingham Half Marathon 23rd February

Club records tumbled as twenty five RPAC runners travelled to Wokingham on Sunday for the first Club Championship race of the season. A full report of the race is available here   and the results are here.

 

 Jimmy James Handicap @Denbies Thursday 27th February 19:30

This Thursday sees the penultimate Jimmy James Handicap of the 2019/20 season. There's still everything to play for. Prompt start at 19:30 do not forget your hi-viz and torch. If you plan to run or you need a handicap time please let me know by emailing  

 

 Club Grand Prix meets Parkrun

Rick has done a sterling job and the Grand Prix groups have been finalised and published here with the results of the first event (Windsor MABAC) included. The next Club Grand Prix event is the Worthing Parkrun on 21st March. Full details of this event are here.

 

Members' news

Jim Vince competed in the Seville Marathon on Sunday 23rd February, finishing in 3:45:34, his fastest marathon since 2015. Awesome Jim!

Closer to home Anna Roberson and Kate Knight completed the Grand Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday 23rd February. Anna finished in 1:47:13 and Kate in 2:50:24. Great run Anna! Despite the blustery wind Kate was 30 minutes quicker than last year and a new PB by some 9 minutes. Well done Kate!

Results for both events are available here

 

Dates for the Diary

 

Thursday 27th February Jimmy James Handicap @Denbies

Saturday 29th February Parkrun Tourism @ Nonsuch parkrun

Sunday 1st March 10:00AM MABAC Reigate and 12:00 Border League XC Priory Park

Saturday 7th March Couch to 5K Graduation @ Tilgate Parkrun. All welcome to come and support our participants

Saturday 21st March Parkrun Tourism and Grand Prix event 2 @ Worthing parkrun

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 27th February 2020

At the last quiz two weeks ago team RPAC won, and we despatched Moray Laing to give our winnings to the transplant sport charity. We will be at The Blue Anchor again this Thursday 27th February.

If anyone wants to join the team please email . You need to be there by 19:45.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Wokingham Half Marathon - Club Championship

Wokingham Half Marathon - Club Championship

Category: Seniors News

On a wet and blustery morning, an impressive 25 athletes took to the start line for our Club Championship Half Marathon at Wokingham. The fast, flat rural course makes for a competitive field and a popular race for producing personal bests. Despite the challenging weather conditions, an impressive 12 pb's were achieved, 3 club records broken and the men's team came 2nd.

The battle to be crowned club champion had a group of 5 Priory men running together for the first 11 miles, however it was George Roux who managed to pull away and take the win, becoming the new club champion over the distance. George finished 16th overall out of a field of 2632 achieving a personal best of 72.26 and also breaking the club record. Last year's club champion, Tom Almond finished just behind Roux knocking nearly 5 minutes of his personal best in a time of 72.53 and 18th overall. Charlie Butcher came in next in 73.07, also breaking his previous best time, with Fran Dunham taking the V40 champion title and bringing the men’s team home to finish 2nd overall.

IMGP8521 RPAC men at Wokingham 2020

The men's V50 championship went to Graham Bull, whilst Mike Pocock took the V60 title. Matt Aylott, whilst not taking a club championship, broke Rick Coles V45 club record from last year.

For the ladies, Ginevra Stoneley successfully retained her ladies champion title, finishing in 1.28.22 and the first V45 overall. The V35 championship went to Mel-Fulton-Bell, who had only returned from a skiing trip at 1 am on Sunday morning, whilst the V45 and V55 titles went to Ruth Willis and Annette Morris respectively. Annette shattered her own club V60 record, whilst Ruth broke her pb by over a minute after a pep talk at the start!

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The others taking part were Matt Ryde, Lee Savage (PB), Rob Wigley (PB), Steve Cheesman (PB), Frank O’Regan (PB), Nicholas Wade (PB), James England (PB), Jas Dhanda, Adam Parkin (PB), Clare Pryor, Ralph Tuckwell, Andrew Pringle, Jack Finn (PB) and Sarah Walters.

Full results are at https://www.rpac.org.uk/seniors/senior-results-database/senior-road-races.

Whilst many were running at Wokingham, Anna Roberson and Kate Knight were running at the Brighton half marathon. Anna set a new personal best by over 8 minutes and Kate ran her fastest half marathon since 2009. Jim Vince had jetted off to the warmer climes of Seville, where he ran his fastest marathon since 2015.

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Early Season 800m PB'S for Shakila and Lilah at Lee Valley

Early Season 800m PB'S for Shakila and Lilah at Lee Valley

Saturday  22 February

With the amount of rain over the past week, it was a welcome change for two of our talented U15G'S  who made the long trip to the Lee Valley Indoor Athletics  Arena to compete in the 800m.

A trip well worth making as both girls turned on the power to record new PB's. For Lilah, her second 800m PB of the year, and for Shakila a PB in her first official 800m race of the year. Not bad for February!

Pics from Lee Valley:

Reigate Priory AC News 17th February 2020

Reigate Priory AC News 17th February 2020

Category: All Club News

Club news for everyone

 

Your Club Needs Your Help on 1st March

On Sunday 1st March RPAC are hosting both a MABAC fixture and a Border League fixture in Priory Park. We are still short of quite a few volunteers. It will not be possible to host the races unless we fill all the positions. The MABAC race starts at 10:00 and the Border League fixture starts at midday.  For seniorrunners who want to take part in the MABAC race it will be possible to help either with the set up or clear up, or to help with the Border League races. For parents of junior runners who want to watch their children in the Border League races it would be really great if you could help out at the MABAC race. If you can help please let us know by emailing 

 

Volunteering for helping at the London Marathon 26th April 2020

At the time of writing there are still a few places left for volunteering at the London Marathon. If you want to help please contact Donna Barrington-Smith by emailing 

 An Update From The Chair

Malcolm sent out an update earlier today, the full text can be read here.

Saturday 29th February Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism @ Nonsuch

On Saturday 29th February 9AM we're at Nonsuch Parkrun.

We will meet at 7:45AM at Reigate College (Rushworth Road entrance) to car share. (The car park will be locked afterwards until our return.)

If more convenient to you, please just make your own way and we'll see you there.

All seniors, parents and accompanied juniors are welcome. Please run in club vest if you can, and bring some money for refreshments afterwards.

It'd be great to see you! You just need to turn up.

The next Parkrun Tourism event after Nonsuch doubles up as an RPAC Grand Prix event and will be held in Worthing on 21st March. Full details to follow soon.

 

Couch to 5K 

The inaugural Couch to 5K has been a great success and we've decided to hold another course in May. Details of the new course are here

 

Junior news

 

Surrey League XC LLoyd Park and Richmond Park 8th February

A report of the final Surrey League Cross Country fixtures  of the season can be found here

SCAA Indoor Championships 15th/16th February

A small number of junior athletes achieved excellent results at the Surrey County indoor championships held at the David Weir Leisure Centre over the weekend, with 3 medals and a number of PBs. A full report can be found here.

 

Training this coming Saturday 22nd February 

A final decision on whether the Saturday morning 9:00am session in Priory Park on Saturday 22nd February will go ahead will be made later in the week and communicated directly to participants.

 

Junior K2 dates

These are now confirmed for the rest of 2020. There will be no visits to K2 in Crawley in January or February. The bookings we have are March 24, April 21, May 19, June 23, July 28, Sept 22, Nov 10, Dec 8.

All sessions start at 7:00pm, last 1 hour and are open to all Junior and Academy members.

   

Senior news

 Storm Dennis Didn't Deter RPAC

The vagaries of Storm Dennis didn't dampen the spirits of a determined team of RPAC stalwarts who set out from the YMCA on Sunday. It must have been difficult to chose appropriate footwear...road shoes or flippers?

Further from home  Kate Knight completed the Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon. Despite having to wade through some deep puddles and contend with the rain and wind (and of course, the hills) Kate still managed to shave an incredible 42 minutes of her previous best for this course, finishing in 2:53:58.

Usha Stevens continued her run of PBs and finished the Valentines 10K in Chessington in 1:00:27, over 7 minutes quicker than the same event last year.

 

Mike's in the news

A photo of our very own Mr Pocock appeared in The Guardian on Saturday 16th February (you need to scroll down a bit). We don't know the name of the horse.

  

Dates for the Diary

Saturday 22nd February National XC Championships @ Wollaton Park, Nottingham

Sunday 23rd February 10:00AM Wokingham Half Marathon *** Club Championship ***

Thursday 27th February Jimmy James Handicap @Denbies

Saturday 29th February Parkrun Tourism @ Nonsuch parkrun

Sunday 1st March 10:00AM MABAC Reigate  and 12:00 Border League XC Priory Park - we need lots of volunteers

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

  

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

SURREY CAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 15/16 FEBRUARY

SURREY CAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 15/16 FEBRUARY

Category: All Club News

A small number of junior athletes achieved excellent results at the Surrey County indoor championships held at the David Weir Leisure Centre over the weekend, with 3 medals and a number of PBs.

imogen wheeler photofinishIn the U13 Girls 60m, Imogen Wheeler ran the second fastest time ever for that age group by an RPAC athlete of 8.47secs to qualify for the final. Although not able to repeat that time in the final, Imogen ran just fast enough to achieve third place by 1/100 of a second.
 
Max Orchard also won a bronze medal in the U13 Boys Long Jump with a new PB of 4m 31cm.
 
In the U15 Girls Long Jump Lily Woodhams jumped a new PB of 4m 02cm. In the same event, Eva Peters could not get her run up correct, but was compensated with a new PB of 8.78 secs in the 60m.
 
In the U17 Boys Long Jump, Barton Carter improved from a poor first jump in each round to record new PBs in the 5th and 6th rounds, with a final distance of 5m 49cm.
 
Dan Statham won the bronze medal in the U17 Boys High Jump, with a clearance of 1m 68cm. 
Update from the Chair, February 2020

Update from the Chair, February 2020

Category: All Club News

RPAC Vision 2020 in practice

I hope everyone has had a chance to look at our new club Vision. I thought that it would be appropriate to follow-up on that with a few examples that embody "Athletics for everyone", which not only demonstrate how the Vision works in practice but also reinforce that the Vision is not new, it is what we as a club are already delivering.

This month I will start with the seniors. On Sunday 26th January 2020, two of our RPAC ladies were both running a half marathon. Usha Stevens had jetted off to the warmer climes of Seville, whilst Ginevra Stoneley was running much closer to home in Farnborough.
 
Usha’s half marathon PB up until now had been a 2:29 in the Royal Parks Half Marathon, but as that is not recognised as meeting the required race standards, Power of 10 was still showing a best of 2:34. Usha has however upped her training, including the “less intense” sessions at Battlebridge track on a Tuesday evening, and had recently broken 30 minutes for Parkrun for the first time in over 5 years. She has also been receiving training advice from the RPAC coaches.
 
Ginevra meanwhile was just completing her first month of full-on marathon training for London 2020, where the aim is to see if she can get close to her sub 3 hour PB from London 2019. Ginevra is also working very closely with the RPAC coaches, who have been helping with her detailed training plans.

So, the outcomes ….. In Seville, Usha absolutely smashed her PB by 14 minutes, coming home in 2:15:21, whilst in Farnborough Ginevra ran 1:28:42, finishing 4th W45. This means she has qualified for the England Masters Half Marathon team, who will compete in the match against a Celtic Team at the Fleet Half Marathon on 15th March.

Next month I'll follow-up with some examples from the Junior section.

Volunteering at MABAC / Border League races, Sunday 1st March

As a club, Reigate Priory AC has a track record of successfully organising a number of races every year. Some of these (Summer Evening 10k, Priory Relays, Holly Run) raise funds for the club, thus keeping your membership fees down to the incredibly low levels you currently enjoy, whilst raising our profile in the local community. Others (Surrey League cross-country, Border League, MABAC) are a requirement of us competing in these leagues, without which we would not be able to provide as many competitive opportunities for either juniors or seniors.

Staging all of these races relies on members of the club volunteering as marshals, on the finish funnel, course setup and break-down and many other roles. There is a small group of "ever presents" who help at every race, but we are repeatedly in the situation where with just weeks to go before an event, we do not have enough names to fill all the required roles. This adds a massive burden to the job of both the Race Director and the Volunteer Coordinators. With nearly 350 members, even if every senior and one parent of each junior volunteered just once each year, we would have more than enough people to stage every race with ease.

So, for all of you who have not volunteered recently, the next opportunity is on Sunday 1st March, when we have a MABAC race (seniors) commencing at 10 am, followed by a Border League cross-country (juniors) at 12 noon. If you have not already put your name down, please contact Sam & Usha as soon as possible by e-mail,volunteers.jpg

RPAC AGM 2020

We are planning to hold the 2020 AGM on the evening of Monday 27th April. Timings and venue will be confirmed closer to the date. Please put the date in your diaries.

The 2 year terms of the current Treasurer and Secretary end this year, so there will need to be an election for these posts. After 4 years, Anthony Collins has indicated he will be standing down as Treasurer, so this post will definitely need to be filled. If you are interested in standing for either of these posts, please contact Ginevra Stoneley (secretary.jpg) or me (chair.jpg) for further information.

Summary Minutes

Apologies for the tardiness of publishing these, but the summary minutes for the committee meetings in September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019 and January 2020 are now all available (website login required).

Malcolm Woodman

 

Surrey League XC Lloyd Park and Richmond Park, 8 Feb 2020

Surrey League XC Lloyd Park and Richmond Park, 8 Feb 2020

The last of this season's four Surrey League XC matches saw the boys in action at Lloyd Park, Croydon and the girls in Richmond Park. 

Strong running from both teams ensured it was a good season's end for our U13 boys and U13 girls.

Whilst taking 4th place on the day, our U13 boys secured 3rd place for the season (16 clubs), overtaking  Belgrave Harriers in the League ranking and beaten only by Herne Hill Harriers and Epsom and Ewell. Max Orchard,  Will John-Cox and Sam Rolaston worked off each other throughout the race to finish grouped close together, separated by only 7 seconds. Samuel Stapley missed the match through injury but has played a big part in the season's success.

Our U13 girls finished the day in 6th place and this secured them 6th place in the League for the season. Shakila Keable led the way with a fine 4th place finish with Alessia Turner in 18th place our next runner home. There was excellent support from Ella Scrase,  Maisie Kaye,  Charlotte Pelekani and Sophia Bryant.

Later that night the teams joined the Reigate Ladies XC team for the traditional end of Surrey XC League season meal, this year at Nandos.

Pics from last Saturday at Lloyd Park and Richmond Park:

 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 10th February 2020

Reigate Priory AC Club News 10th February 2020

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Club news for everyone

 

Your Club Needs Your Help on 1st March

On Sunday 1st March RPAC are hosting both a MABAC fixture and a Border League fixture in Priory Park. We will need lots of helpers to set up and break down the courses and of course, marshal the events. The MABAC race starts at 10:00 and the Border League fixture starts at midday. If you can help please let us know by emailing  

 

Volunteering for helping at the London Marathon 26th April 2020

You will shortly be receiving an email regarding volunteering to help at the London Marathon. It's really great fun, so if you'd like to be a part of it make sure you get in touch with Donna Barrington-Smith.

If you want to volunteer and do not receive the email for whatever reason, please contact Donna by emailing 

 

Club Vision

Please read Reigate Priory AC club's vision, values and mission, one of the outcomes from the England Athletics review last year.

 

Saturday 29th February Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism @ Nonsuch

On Saturday 29th February 9AM we're at Nonsuch Parkrun.

We will meet at 7:45AM at Reigate College (Rushworth Road entrance) to car share. (The car park will be locked afterwards until our return.)

If more convenient to you, please just make your own way and we'll see you there.

All seniors, parents and accompanied juniors are welcome. Please run in club vest if you can, and bring some money for refreshments afterwards.

It'd be great to see you! You just need to turn up.

 

Couch to 5K Saturday 15th February 10:40 @ The Sunken Garden

The Couch to 5k participants will be in week 7 of 9 on Saturday and doing their first 25 minute run so if there are any people free to help encourage and pace them as we extend their route around Priory Park then we would welcome them to join us.

 

Junior news

 

No training this coming Saturday 15th February 

There will be no training for the Saturday morning 9:00am group on Saturday 15 February due to Half Term.

 

Junior K2 dates

These are now confirmed for the rest of 2020. There will be no visits to K2 in Crawley in January or February. The bookings we have are March 24, April 21, May 19, June 23, July 28, Sept 22, Nov 10, Dec 8.

All sessions start at 7:00pm, last 1 hour and are open to all Junior and Academy members.

   

Senior news

 

Saturday 8th February Surrey League Cross Country Fixture 4

 

Saturday saw the fourth and final match of the 2019/20 Surrey Cross Country League. The ladies were running at Richmond Park.

The ladies took on a 2 lap, 5 mile course around the scenic Richmond Park in beautiful sun.

The team went into the last fixture 11 points outside of the relegation zone, missing two of their key runners, the task of remaining in division 1 was going to be tough. With a fantastic turnout for the club, the team dug deep to survive. Eloise Bull was first home for the team making a special journey back from Birmingham University and finishing in an impressive time of 34.30. Hot on Eloise heals was Ginevra Stoneley who was running with tired legs due to her intense marathon training finishing in 34.48. Jo Davey was in next, putting in a tremendous effort for the team in 35.24 followed by Ruth Willis 36.26 and completing the team was Sharon Brennan 37.14.

Despite a sterling effort, the team were relegated by 5 points. Nat Wilson led the B team home supported by Linda Rodriguez, Annette Morris, Clare Pryor, Sue Carnell and Kate Knight. Despite relegation, team manager Gillian O’Regan said how proud she was to be part of a team that had stayed in division 1 since 2003. Gillian said ‘we are now looking forward to a new challenge and some good competition in division 2 where we will set our sights high, fighting our way back to promotion’.

In the evening, awards were presented to Eloise Bull for the best senior lady performance and Ginevra received the cup for the best veteran lady performance. The Captains award this season went to Eloise Bull for her commitment to the team throughout the season.

The results have not yet been posted on our website, but you may see them on surreyleague.org.

 

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 11th February @ Battlebridge 19:00 - 1K at 5K pace, then 800m wind-ups.

Wednesday 5th February Improvers & Recovery Run from the Sovereign Centre  - a loop down Woodhatch Road and back on the A23 and Pendleton Road.

Sunday 16th February Meet @ YMCA, Princes Road 9AM for a choice of a 4 mile walk, 10 miles run or 13 miles run with Paul, Ian and Mike, with refreshments at the end.

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February Surrey County Indoor T&F Championships @  David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton

Saturday 22nd February National XC Championships @ Wollanton Park, Nottingham

Sunday 23rd February 10:00AM Wokingham Half Marathon *** Club Championship ***

Saturday 29th February Parkrun Tourism @ Nonsuch parkrun

Sunday 1st March 10:00AM MABAC Reigate  and 12:00 Border League XC Priory Park - we need lots of volunteers

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 13th February 2020

We chalked up a joint 1st place victory again last week, and accrued our winnings with the next prize we win to give an even larger cash donation to a charity. Anyone welcome to join us this Thursday.

If anyone wants to join the team please email . You need to be there by 19:45.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory Athletic Club: Vision 2020

Reigate Priory Athletic Club: Vision 2020

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Dear Members, 

I am delighted to update everyone on the work we have just completed on our Vision, Values and Mission - one of the recommendations coming out of the England Athletics Review last year. 

The updated Vision takes into account feedback and input received from many of you across the club, and articulates what we stand for in a simple, and clear way. 

In many respects, it reiterates what we’ve known all along; but it will help ensure that we continue to hold true to a vision and values we all share, and which make our club special; a club with a vision of “Athletics for everyone”. 

Our values define the culture of our club:

  • Inclusivity: We are a club where ALL are welcome and treated with respect, fairness and integrity
  • Competitive: We provide opportunities and encourage all members to compete at any level
  • Be the best you can: Our qualified coaches promote growth and support continuous development
  • Community: We work together to meet the needs of our members to thrive and improve
  • Passion & Fun: Athletic and social events enhance our member’s enjoyment

Ultimately, we will “Provide competitive opportunities for all our members to reach their individual potential within a fun, inclusive environment”.

We’ve pulled all of this together into one clear diagram that shows how it all fits together - I have included a copy below, but it can also be found on our website here

My thanks to all of you who contributed to the development of this Vision in any way - I believe the end result is an excellent articulation of what makes Reigate Priory Athletic Club so unique, and ensures we are well placed to maintain that going forward.

Malcolm Woodman
Chair

Vision and values

Reigate Priory AC Club News 3rd February 2020

Reigate Priory AC Club News 3rd February 2020

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Club news for everyone

 

Your Club Needs Your Help on 1st March

On Sunday 1st March RPAC are hosting both a MABAC fixture and a Border League fixture in Priory Park. We will need lots of helpers to set up and break down the courses and of course, marshal the events. The MABAC race starts at 10:00 and the Border League fixture starts at midday. If you can help please let us know by emailing  

 

Couch to 5K helpers

A big thank you to our volunteers Ginevra Stoneley, Adrian Grant, Jack Finn, Kate Knight and Claire Humphrey who all helped at the Couch to 5K session on Saturday, as well as Malcolm Woodman for coaching the session.

 

Junior news

 

25th January 2020 South of England XC Champs @ Parliament Hill

Nine young athletes from RPAC undertook the challenging cross country course at Parliament Hill on Saturday 25th January. See the report here

 

Border League Match 3 Sunday 2nd February @ Guildford

The Juniors had a successful if very muddy afternoon at the Border League fixture hosted by Guildford in Stoke Park. Strong results across all the races but the highlights being first and second in the U11 boys from Max Orchard and Stanley Phillips, second in the U15 boys for Oscar Curry and third from James Beatty in the U9 Boys. Our best team finish was the U9 girls who were second with our top four all in the first thirteen places and our fifth not far behind. The five were Lisette Matthews, Florence Tombleson, Florence Shade, Charlotte Randell and Daisey Barton.

 

Junior Dates for the Diary

The fourth and final fixture in this year's Border League will be held in Reigate Priory Park on Sunday 1 March. First race is at 12:00pm. As the hosts I hope we will have a large pool of runners competing. We will also need to supply a number of volunteers to officiate on the day. A note will follow shortly but please make yourselves available to help.

There will be no training for the Saturday morning 9:00am group on Saturday 15 February due to Half Term.

 

Junior K2 dates

These are now confirmed for the rest of 2020. There will be no visits to K2 in Crawley in January or February. The bookings we have are March 24, April 21, May 19, June 23, July 28, Sept 22, Nov 10, Dec 8.

All sessions start at 7:00pm, last 1 hour and are open to all Junior and Academy members.

   

Senior news

 

Saturday 8th February Surrey League Cross Country Fixture 4

This Saturday sees the fourth of the Surrey League Cross Country fixtures.

The ladies are competing at Richmond Park and the men at Lloyd Park.

Please talk to your team captain for further details  or 

 

Dates for the Diary

Thursday 4th February @ Battlebridge 19:00 - 400m relays or 12 x 400m.

Wednesday 5th February Improvers & Recovery Run from the Sovereign Centre  - to Reigate for Tunnel Reps.

Thursday 6th February @ Battlebridge 18:30 - 45 minute tempo session.

Saturday 8th February Surrey League Cross Country Fixture 4.

Sunday 9th February Meet at Earlswood Lakes Cancelled due to the gales

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February Surrey County Indoor T&F Championships @  David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton

Saturday 22nd February National XC Championships @ Wollanton Park, Nottingham

Sunday 23rd February 10:00AM Wokingham Half Marathon *** Club Championship ***

Saturday 29th February Parkrun Tourism @ Nonsuch parkrun

Sunday 1st March 10:00AM MABAC Reigate  and 12:00 Border League XC Priory Park - we need lots of volunteers

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Thursday 30th January Jimmy James Handicap

Sorry folks - no results as yet, but I believe that Rob Wigley was first home. We'll update you soon!

 

Sunday 2nd February Thorpe & Egham Half Marathon

Steve Watkins, Andrew Pringle, Anthony Collins, Adriana Collins and Ian Edmonds were participants. See their results here.

 

Club Championship Wokingham Half Marathon 23rd February 10:00AM - last orders

This is the first of our Club Championship races for the season and your first opportunity to win some RPAC silverware.

It is a fast and flat half marathon - the course record is 1:03:14 for men and 1:11:09 for ladies.

This race normally sells out quite quickly so if you haven't entered yet do not delay. Entry details are here, but I expect that you'll need to be quick to get an entry now. 

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 6th February 2020

We chalked up a join 1st place victory last week, and will accrue our £15 winnings with the next prize we win to give a larger cash donation to a charity. Anyone welcome to join us this Thursday.

If anyone wants to join the team please email . You need to be there by 19:45.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

South of England XC Championships, Parliament Hill 25 Jan 2020

South of England XC Championships, Parliament Hill 25 Jan 2020

Nine young athletes from RPAC undertook the challenging cross country course at Parliament Hill on Saturday, competing in the South of England XC Championships. 

The first event saw Oscar Curry, in his first run at Parliament Hill, finishing the U15 boys race just outside of the top half with 317 completing the course. Another good run by Oscar.

Next up were the U13 girls, and with runners from 77 clubs from all across the South of England taking part, it was a great experience for Shakila Keable, Cara Koutzaroff-Richards, Livvy Thompson and Charlotte Pelekani who all battled well including managing the long (long!), uphill start!

The U13 boys race saw entries from 83 clubs! Strong running by Will John-Cox and Sammy Rolaston saw them finishing only 8 places apart, well inside the top half of the 304 finishers.

Imogen Gregory ran with her usual determination to complete the two laps undertaken by the U15 girls, and in the U17 boys race, Noah Young, now an old hand at running this famous course, competed strongly to clock one of his best finishes.  

Good to see some proudly sporting their Southern XC Championships hoodies at Battlebridge training!

Reigate Priory AC Club News 27th January 2020

Reigate Priory AC Club News 27th January 2020

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Club news for everyone

 

Feedback on the Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020

Thank you to everyone who attended the Awards & Social evening last Saturday evening and congratulations to everyone who won an award. It was fantastic to have a combined evening to celebrate with our Seniors, Juniors and their parents and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

We welcome any feedback that you would like to offer, this could include the date of the event, comments about the venue, catering or the format itself. This feedback will be used in planning future events. 

Please e-mail any comments to

You can see a list of the award winners here

Your Club Needs Your Help on 1st March

On Sunday 1st March RPAC are hosting both a MABAC fixture and a Border League fixture in Priory Park. We will need lots of helpers to set up and break down the courses and of course, marshal the events. The MABAC race starts at 10:00 and the Border League fixture starts at midday. If you can help please let us know by emailing  

 

Parkrun Tourism Event 7 Banstead Woods Saturday 25th January 

RPAC Parkrun Tourism hits Banstead Woods! 16 runners participated (absent from the picture are Moray Laing and Naomi Jones), Frank and Bobby O' Regan and Paul Walters were there to cheer them on and Natalie Laing was marshalling. What a great turnout!

The next event will be Nonsuch parkrun on Saturday 29th February. If you have any queries about our parkrun tourism series please email 

 

 

Junior news

 Border League Match 3 Sunday 2nd February @ Guildford

Match 3 of the Border League is on Sunday 2 February in Stoke Park, Guildford, starting at 13:30. There are eight races, U9, U11, U13, U15 boys and girls, going off at 15 minute intervals starting with U9 girls. There is no cost to compete but we must register runners in advance. Please let Mike Gent know if your son/daughter would like to compete by Thursday 30 January by emailing 

 Junior Dates for the Diary

The fourth and final fixture in this year's Border League will be held in Reigate Priory Park on Sunday 1 March. First race is at 12:00pm. As the hosts I hope we will have a large pool of runners competing. We will also need to supply a number of volunteers to officiate on the day. A note will follow shortly but please make yourselves available to help.

There will be no training for the Saturday morning 9:00am group on Saturday 15 February due to Half Term.

Junior K2 dates

These are now confirmed for the rest of 2020. There will be no visits to K2 in Crawley in January or February. The bookings we have are March 24, April 21, May 19, June 23, July 28, Sept 22, Nov 10, Dec 8.

All sessions start at 7:00pm, last 1 hour and are open to all Junior and Academy members.

   

Senior news

Jimmy James Handicap Event 4 Thursday 30th January 19:30 at Denbies

This Thursday sees the running of the fourth of this season's Jimmy James Handicap races. Prompt start at 19:30. Don't forget if you don't wear a hi-viz and carry a torch you will not be allowed to run. If you plan to run or if you haven't run before and need a handicap time please contact Antony Read  

 

Dates for the Diary

 

Wednesday 29th January Improvers & Recovery Run from the Sovereign Centre CANCELLED due to the Jimmy James Handicap

Thursday 30th January Jimmy James Handicap Event 4

Saturday 8th February Surrey League Cross Country Fixture 4

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February Surrey County Indoor T&F Championships @  David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton

Saturday 22nd February National XC Championships @ Wollanton Park, Nottingham

Sunday 23rd February 10:00AM Wokingham Half Marathon *** Club Championship ***

Saturday 29th February Parkrun Tourism @ Nonsuch parkrun

Sunday 1st March 10:00AM MABAC Reigate  and 12:00 Border League XC Priory Park - we need lots of volunteers

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Members news

Kate Knight completed her first marathon of 2020 on January 19th; no doubt this will be the first of many this year. She has now completed 63 marathons, of which 25 have been completed since her knee replacement operation. This was the Winter Walk Action Challenge held in London. Kate completed this waking marathon in 8:42:15.

Andrew Patrick was the sole senior representative at the South of England AA Cross Country Championships held at Parliament Hill  on 26th January finishing in 1091st position in a time of 01:22:05. A number of junior members took part as well. 

 Further afield Usha Stevens completed the Seville Half Marathon on Sunday 26th January finishing in 2:15:21 - a half marathon PB by 14 minutes. Well done Usha! Also running were former club members Michael and Liz Clark.

 

Club Championship Wokingham Half Marathon 23rd February 10:00AM

This is the first of our Club Championship races for the season and your first opportunity to win some RPAC silverware.

It is a fast and flat half marathon - the course record is 1:03:14 for men and 1:11:09 for ladies.

This race normally sells out quite quickly so if you haven't entered yet do not delay. Entry details are here

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 30th January 2020

We chalked up another victory last week, and donated £30 to the Brooklands School via Pete Newland. Anyone welcome to join us this Thursday.

If anyone wants to join the team please email . You need to be there by 19:45.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC Club News 20th January 2020

Reigate Priory AC Club News 20th January 2020

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Club news for everyone

 

Surrey League Cross Country

You can see reports from Saturday 11th January for the ladies and the juniors. Results will be published on our site soon, but you can also find them here.

Remember that the final fixture is on Saturday 8th February - keep it in your diaries!

 

Parkrun Tourism Event 7 Banstead Woods Saturday 25th January *** THIS SATURDAY ***

We want to invite senior Reigate Priory AC members, parents of junior members and accompanied junior members along to the Banstead Woods Parkrun on Saturday 25th January.

Note that for club members, we want to encourage you to wear your Reigate Priory AC vest.

We would like to invite you to Caffè Nero's in the old town hall in Reigate's High Street for coffee afterwards. We will be upstairs. Everyone is welcome whether you're running or not.

Hope you can make it! If you have any queries about our parkrun visit please email 

 

Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020

Everyone had a great time. Congratulations to the award winners, and a big well done and thank you to Sam and Usha who organised the evening. You can see the award winners here

 

Junior news

 

Surrey Selection for Six Priory Juniors after Surrey Schools XC Championships

Thirteen RPAC Juniors qualified through the district XC races in November to compete in Priory Park on Saturday in the Surrey Schools XC Championships. See the report here.

 

Border League Match 3 Sunday 2nd February @ Guildford

Match 3 of the Border League is on Sunday 2 February in Stoke Park, Guildford, starting at 1:30. There are eight races, U9, U11, U13, U15 boys and girls, going off at 15 minute intervals starting with U9 girls. There is no cost to compete but we must register runners in advance. Please let Mike Gent know if your son/daughter would like to compete by Thursday 30 January by emailing 

 

Junior K2 dates

These are now confirmed for the rest of 2020. There will be no visits to K2 in Crawley in January or February. The bookings we have are March 24, April 21, May 19, June 23, July 28, Sept 22, Nov 10, Dec 8.

All sessions start at 7:00pm, last 1 hour and are open to all Junior and Academy members.

   

Senior news

 

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 21st January senior training at Battlebridge - see the calendar for details

Wednesday 22nd January Improvers & Recovery Run from the Sovereign Centre - see the calendar for details

Thursday 23rd January Winter road session in Reigate - see the calendar for details

Saturday 25th January Southern XC Championships @ Parliament Hill

Saturday 25th January Parkrun Tourism @ Banstead Woods

Wednesday 29th January Improvers & Recovery Run from the Sovereign Centre CANCELLED due to the Jimmy James Handicap

Thursday 30th January Jimmy James Handicap Event 4

Saturday 8th February Surrey League Cross Country Fixture 4

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February Surrey County Indoor T&F Championships @  David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton

Saturday 22nd February National XC Championships @ Wollanton Park, Nottingham

Sunday 23rd February 10:00AM Wokingham Half Marathon *** Club Championship ***

Sunday 1st March 10:00AM MABAC Reigate  and 12:00 Border League XC Priory Park - we need lots of volunteers

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Members news

Ian Edmonds and Mike Pocock led two great YMCA training runs last Sunday.

Apologies that this was missed in the newsletter due to "senior moments", but there are plans to do another run from the YMCA in the not too distant future - watch this space!

 

Meanwhile, here is Jack Finn who finished the Crystal Palace Half in 2:12:18 on Sunday and is planning a half per month this year. Good luck Jack, and let us know how you get on.

 


Unfortunately Jim Vince was not around the UK to run for the club this weekend but he did wave the RPAC flag at the Kowan Trail Half Marathon near Canberra in Australia on Sunday.

It is an event held annually that raises money for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service. Jim managed to win a prize the person who had come to furthest to run on the event! Mandatory kit included a Snake Bite bandage - a little different to the UK!!!

 

Note that you can see results on our website from the Surrey Cross Country Championships at Denbies and Tadworth 10, both from Sunday 5th January.

 

Club Championship Wokingham Half Marathon 23rd February 10:00AM

This is the first of our Club Championship races for the season and your first opportunity to win some RPAC silverware.

It is a fast and flat half marathon - the course record is 1:03:14 for men and 1:11:09 for ladies.

This race normally sells out quite quickly so if you haven't entered yet do not delay. Entry details are here

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 23rd January 2020

I missed the quiz last week - and the team won! Enough said. We will be at The Blue Anchor again this Thursday 23rd January.

If anyone wants to join the team please email . You need to be there by 19:45.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Surrey Selection for Six Priory Juniors after Surrey Schools XC Championships

Surrey Selection for Six Priory Juniors after Surrey Schools XC Championships

 

Saturday 18th January 2020, Priory Park 

Thirteen RPAC Juniors qualified through the district xc races in November to compete in Priory Park on Saturday in the Surrey Schools XC Championships. 

All put in great efforts with some outstanding  performances recorded. Lucy Dénecé, with a typically strong run, finished 4th in the Junior Girls (Y's 8 & 9) race to earn automatic selection to the Surrey Schools XC  team that will compete in the prestigious English Schools XC Championships in Liverpool on the 14th March. Lucy is also selected for the Surrey Schools team competing in an Inter-counties xc match in Essex on February 1st.

In the same Junior Girls race, Shakila Keable and Lilah Unwin were both highly placed amongst the Y8  finishers and have been selected to represent Surrey Schools in an Inter-counties xc match in Kent on 21st March against Kent, Hampshire, Sussex and Essex. Alessia Turner ran well too but was agonisingly 1 place off selection.

Three more of our Y7 and Y8 contingent also finished in high enough places and have been selected by Surrey Schools for the match in Kent. Pollyanne Stott,  who was 5th in her race, and both Will John-Cox and Sam Rolaston will wear the Surrey Yellow vests again on March 21st. There were great performances in these  races too by Ollie Burnett,  Charlotte Pelekani,  Florence Carter and Livvy Thompson. 

In the intermediate boys race (Y's10 & 11), both Oscar Curry and Noah Young ran strongly in a highly competitive field.

Some of our runners on Saturday:

Ladies Surrey League x-c, 11th Jan 2020

Ladies Surrey League x-c, 11th Jan 2020

Category: Seniors News

Last Saturday saw the penultimate match in the 2019/20 Surrey League, at Wimbledon Common.  A fantastic turnout of 13 ladies took on the 2 lap 5.5 mile course.  The course was largely flat along stony gravely paths before entering the middle section of woods, mud and hills before exiting back onto a flat path back.  Fiona Clark led the team back with Eloise Bull hot on her heels.  Ginevra Stoneley came in next followed by Jo Davey with Jamilla Ncayiyana finishing 5th and completing the A team.  Reigate Priory ladies who have been in Division 1 for over a decade went into the 3rd match in the relegation zone but after today’s effort have pulled themselves up into 12th place, just above the relegation zone. The final match is in Richmond Park on Saturday 8th February.

Ladies Surrey League x c 11th Jan 2020

Reigate Priory AC Club News 13th January 2020

Reigate Priory AC Club News 13th January 2020

Category: All Club News

 

This week's newsletter contents

 

Club news for everyone

Junior News

Senior News

 

Club news for everyone

 

  A date for the diary - Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020 - Sold Out!

I'm pleased to announce that the Awards Evening is a sell out. There will be no admission without a ticket on the night as there is a limit to the numbers that can be accommodated within the venue.  This will be our first combined awards evening and the first event that we have held at Reigate Priory Cricket Club.

The evening for Juniors will commence at 6.30pm with music and food to enjoy with your fellow club runners. Seniors should arrive from 7.30pm for food & to purchase drinks prior to the awards ceremonies which will commence at 8.00pm.

You can read full details of the event here.

Please note parking at the Cricket Club is very limited so our recommendation is to park elsewhere.

Please let us know if you have any questions on email address .

 

Reigate Priory AC's Couch to 5K Programme  

Our 15 participants are now within the second week of the Couch to 5K course. It has been very successful so far, but if you can spare some time on a Saturday morning between 10:30 and 11:30 on the odd weekend to help out up until Saturday 29th of February, that would be really helpful to us, particularly as there are some weeks where not all of the Couch to 5K leaders can participate.
Your main task would be to provide encouragement and take part in the activities with the participants, as the group does become a little stretched from the front to the back and it is difficult to be there for everyone.
We usually perform the Saturday session in the park - meeting by the Sunken Garden and then moving down to the lake. However, just for this week (Saturday 18th January) we will be meeting outside of Costa / The Cage to go to the Castle Grounds.
If you can help us, just email  with an indication of your availability.

You can see the full details of this course here

 

Parkrun Tourism Event 7 Banstead Woods Saturday 25th January

We want to invite senior Reigate Priory AC members, parents of junior members and accompanied junior members along to the Banstead Woods Parkrun  on Saturday 25th January.
Note that for club members, we want to encourage you to wear your Reigate Priory AC vest.

Hope you can make it! If you have any queries about our parkrun visit please email 

 

Junior news

Surrey Cross Country League, Wimbledon Common and Beckenham 11th January 2020

A small but strong contingent from RPAC competed in the Surrey XC League matches on Saturday with all producing excellent performances. A full report is here.

New 800m PB for Lilah at South of England Indoor Championships

Lilah Unwin clocked a new 800m PB in the 2020 South of England AA Indoor Championships. A full report is here.

 

Junior K 2 Visits 

Unfortunately we have not been able to secure our usual slot at K2, so there will be no visits to K2 in January and February. We will be visiting on 24 March. Dates for the rest of the year are currently being finalised.

 

Junior  Vests and Training Tops 

We have a new batch of vests and training tops just arrived. If anyone needs either please let Mike Gent know .

   

Senior news

  

Senior Training Battlebridge  Tuesday 14th January 19:00

Pyramid of 4,5,6,7,6,5,4 minutes with 25% recovery between reps.

Less intense

600m, 800m, 1000m, 1200m, 1000m, 800m, 600m with 200m walk/jog recovery

 

Improvers & Recovery  Run Sovereign Centre Wednesday 15th January 19:00

Easy run with some 10 minute hill reps 

 

Winter road session in Reigate on Thursday 16th January 18:30

Meet at Majestic for 6.30 as usual before making our way to Pilgrims way at the top of Nutley Lane. The session will be hilly loops with 2 short then 2 long then 2 short. There is an option to do one long loop rather than 2 for those who want a less intense run. 

  

Surrey League Cross Country Fixture 3 Saturday 11th January

Both the  ladies' and men's teams were in action this weekend with the ladies running on Wimbledon Common and the men on Chobham Common. Results are not to hand as yet. 

 

MABAC Windsor Great Park Sunday 12th January

A team of 13 RPAC runners (and one volunteer) took part in the first MABAC fixture of the season in Windsor Great Park on Sunday morning. The setting is absolutely stunning and very different from the other MABAC venues. Despite some close shaves with cyclists and horse riders, but no Royals to my knowledge, everyone survived to run another day. There were some excellent performances all round. Ian Stammars was first home for the men and Ruth Willis was first home for the ladies.

 

Missing from the photo are Kate Knight and Andrew Bamford (the reluctant volunteer!)

This was also the first RPAC Grand Prix fixture of 2020. Rick will work out scores and make them available in due course. 

Please note that the next MABAC fixture is in Priory Park on 1st March so we will be asking for lots of volunteers.

 

Club Championship Wokingham Half Marathon 23rd February 10:00AM

This is the first of our Club Championship races for the season and your first opportunity to win some RPAC silverware.

It is a fast and flat half marathon - the course record is 1:03:14 for men and 1:11:09 for ladies.

This race normally sells out quite quickly so if you haven't entered yet do not delay. Entry details are here

 

Another Ultra for Jim

 On Saturday 11th January Jim 'Invincible' Vince completed his first Ultra of 2020 - the 43 mile Country to Capital race from Wendover to Paddington. Jim finished in 07:13:30 - a PB for this course by an hour - and 9th in his age group.

 

Jim would like to stress that he was not wearing a hi-viz mini dress!

 2019 was a big year of running for Jim with 9 Ultras (including the 100 mile Berlin Wall Ultra), 7 marathons (including the Atlantic Coast Challenge - 3 marathons in 3 days), 4 Half Marathons and a whole lot more running. 2020 looks likely to be more of the same. 

  

 Dates for the Diary

 Saturday 25th January Southern XC Championships @ Parliament Hill.

Saturday 25th January Parkrun Tourism @ Banstead Woods

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February Surrey County Indoor T&F Championships @  David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton

Saturday 22nd February National XC Championships @ Wollanton Park, Nottingham

Sunday 23rd February 10:00AM Wokingham Half Marathon *** Club Championship ***

Sunday 1st March 10:00 MABAC Reigate  and 12:00 Border League XC Priory Park - we need lots of volunteers

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 16th January 2020

We now have strong competition, having come second again last Thursday - defeated by 13 points no less. We might need your help!

If anyone wants to join the team please email . You need to be there by 19:45.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

 

Surrey XC League, Wimbledon Common/Beckenham 11 Jan 2020

Surrey XC League, Wimbledon Common/Beckenham 11 Jan 2020

A small but strong contingent from RPAC competed in the Surrey XC League matches on Saturday with all producing excellent performances. 

In the U15 boys race at Beckenham,  Oscar Curry put in another great effort to finish in 27th position with several U17's ahead of him in that count as they run a combined U17/U15 race. In the U13B'S,  strong runs by Max Orchard, 14th, and Sam Rolaston 21st, saw our incomplete team manage 8th place out of 14.

The girls were racing on Wimbledon Common and a typically gutsy run by Lucy Dénecé saw her finish 5th in the U15G'S. Excellent running from our U13G'S saw Pollyanne Stott finish 14th,  Alessia Turner 22nd and in her first appearance in the League,  Livvy Thompson was 39th. This earned them 7th place out of the 14 clubs entered. 

The last round of matches take place on Saturday 8th February with the boys at Lloyd Park in Croydon and the girls at the scenic course in Richmond Park. 

New 800m PB for Lilah at South of England Indoor Championships

New 800m PB for Lilah at South of England Indoor Championships

Sunday 12 January 

Competing in the 2020 South of England AA Indoor U13,U15,U17 Championships at Lee Valley, Lilah Unwin, in her first appearance as an U15, qualified from her heat to return late in the day for the 800m final.

A superb run saw Lilah clock a new 800m PB finishing 4th in a time of 2.30.26.

Well done Lilah!

 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 6th January 2020

Reigate Priory AC Club News 6th January 2020

Category: All Club News

Message from Editorial

The newsletter is a joint effort from both of us (Andrew and Paul) this week. Apologies if we have missed anything, but if so let us know for inclusion next week.

 

This week's newsletter contents

 

Club news for everyone

Junior News

Senior News

 

Club news for everyone

 

  A date for the diary - Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020 - Just 4 Tickets Left

Tickets have been selling like hot cakes this week and there are now just 4 left. If you haven't booked and you would like a ticket you need to contact Sam or Usha immediately. There will be no admission without a ticket on the night as there is a limit to the numbers that can be accommodated within the venue.  This will be our first combined awards evening and the first event that we have held at Reigate Priory Cricket Club.

The evening for Juniors will commence at 6.30pm with music and food to enjoy with your fellow club runners. Seniors should arrive from 7.30pm for food & to purchase drinks prior to the awards ceremonies which will commence at 8.00pm.

You can read full details of the event and how to book here.

Please let us know if you have any questions on email address .

 

Reigate Priory AC's Couch to 5K Programme from Saturday 4th January 2020

The first session of the  Couch to 5K programme was held on Saturday morning and 13 runners of a range of abilities turned up. This was brilliant news as we really weren't too sure how many people would show up on the day. If you know someone who might be interested it's not too late for them to sign up as the focus is on a gradual build up to being able to run 5km without stopping by the end of the 9 week course.

You can see the full details of this course here. Please do share this with others who may be interested.

 

Junior news

 

Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Edmonton 1st January 2020

A trip to the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Edmonton on New Year's Day proved successful for two of our junior athletes, James Naylor and Drew Burridge. You can see a report here.

 

Surrey County Cross Country Championships Denbies 5th January 2020

The results can be found here. We have an article with some juniors photos here.

 

Juniors Saturday Morning Group - by Mike Gent

For the Junior 9:00 Saturday morning group training will resume on Saturday 11th January.

 

Senior news

 

RPAC Seniors Excel in 2019 - report from Lead Senior Coach Ian Martin

You can read Ian's report here.

 

Senior Training Battlebridge  Tuesday 7th January 19:00

6 x 6 mins with faster 30 secs at 2.5 and 5.5 minutes

90 secs rest between reps.

Then

2-3 laps cool down

Less intense

Up to 10 x (400m steady + 100m fast) (500m total effort)

100m walk/jog recovery

 

Improvers & Recovery  Run Sovereign Centre Wednesday 8th January 19:00

Local run to Reigate - Ian's "bit" in the middle. You'll have to turn up to find out what this means!

 

Winter road session in Reigate on Thursday 9th January 18:30

Meet at Majestic for 6.30 as usual. The session will take place near Parish School on Blackborough Road.

It will be a short loop followed by 3 long loops and another short loop at the end. We will be varying the pace and using lamp posts to change pace. The easier option swaps the middle long loop for a short one.

The session length is about 5 miles before we jog back to majestic as a warm down.

 

Surrey County Cross Country Championships Denbies 5th January 2020

A team of RPAC runners competed in the Surrey County Cross Country Championships at Denbies on Sunday 5th January.

The results can be found here.

Additionally, here is a selection of clickable photos...

 
 
 

 

Tadworth 10 @ Epsom Downs Sunday 5th January 2020

A number of RPAC runners go the year off to a flying start by running the Tadworth 10 on Sunday 5th January. Provisional results can be found here, but will be published on rpac.org.uk. I don't have a team photo, but here is one of Jim and Ruth.

 

Kate Knight's 400th Parkrun

Kate Knight completed her 400th Parkrun at Banstead Woods on Saturday 4th January in 39:12.

This was Kate's 358th run at Banstead Woods and her fastest finish there since 2013.

Kate was supported by a number of RPAC runners.

This comes at the end of a tremendous year for Kate with numerous marathons and Ultra marathons completed. Congratulations Kate!

 

Surrey League Cross Country Fixture 3 Saturday 11th January

This Saturday sees the third of the Surrey League Cross Country fixtures.

The ladies are competing on Wimbledon Common in the morning and the men on Chobham Common in the afternoon.

Please talk to your team captain for further details  or 

 

MABAC Windsor Great Park 12th January 10:00 am - the first RPAC Grand Prix race of 2020

The MABAC run in Windsor Great Park on 12th January is also the first RPAC Grand Prix event of 2020. We will meet in Bell Street Car Park for an 08:15 departure. Parking is limited and expensive so car sharing is essential.

Please can you let us know if you plan to run and whether you need a lift, are happy to give others a lift, or plan to go direct so that we can work out transport arrangements.  

Unusually for the MABAC series this race is mostly on tarmac and it is also approximately 8 miles long rather than the usual 5 miles, although as always there is a one lap course of approximately half the distance. The setting is unique and inspiring. More details of the course and location are on the MABAC website here.

If you have not run in a Grand Prix event before and would like to run, please let us know so that Rick can work out which group to assign you to. 

It would be great to get a really good turnout so that we can get RPAC's MABAC season off to a flying start.

 

Club Championship Wokingham Half Marathon 23rd February 10:00AM

This is the first of our Club Championship races for the season and your first opportunity to win some RPAC silverware.

It is a fast and flat half marathon - the course record is 1:03:14 for men and 1:11:09 for ladies.

This race normally sells out quite quickly so if you haven't entered yet do not delay. Entry details are here

 

 Dates for the Diary

 Saturday 11th January Surrey League XC

Sunday 12th January 10:00AM MABAC Windsor Great Park - the first MABAC fixture and the first Grand Prix event of 2020. Unusually for a MABAC race this is approximately 8 miles long and is mostly on tarmac.

Saturday 25th January Southern XC Championships @ Parliament Hill.

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February Surrey County Indoor T&F Championships @  David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton

Saturday 22nd February National XC Championships @ Wollanton Park, Nottingham

Sunday 23rd February 10:00AM Wokingham Half Marathon *** Club Championship ***

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 9th January 2020

If anyone wants to join us please email . You need to be there by 19:45.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

 

Surrey XC Championships, Denbies, 5th January 2020

Surrey XC Championships, Denbies, 5th January 2020

There were plenty of great performances by the RPAC youngsters at the Surrey County XC Championships held at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking. 

On a mainly dry but heavy course with plenty of hill work included, the U13 boys were the first race. 17 clubs were represented in the race and whilst a number didn't field the minimum 4 runners required to constitute a team, 6th place for RPAC was an excellent result. Max Orchard was our first runner home in 16th place with Will John-Cox,  Sam Rolaston and Kai Adams making up the team.

With 14 from RPAC running in the U13 girls race, our first 4 home made up our A team (Shakila Keable, Lilah Unwin, Pollyanne Stott and Cara Koutzaroff-Richards) and finished in 5th place! A great result with Shakila 18th closely followed by Lilah 19th our top two finishers.

In the U15 girls race, a strong run by Lucy Dénecé saw her take 8th place and she has put herself in contention for the Surrey team that will contest the UK Inter-counties championships at Loughborough in March. Oscar Curry finished a very creditable 26th in the U15B'S.

There is plenty of competitive cross-country ahead in January with next up the third match in the Surrey League this coming Saturday.  The boys race is in Beckenham and the girls are on Wimbledon Common.  Anyone in year 6 and above is welcome to take part.

Some pics from Denbies:

 

RPAC Seniors excel in 2019

RPAC Seniors excel in 2019

Category: Seniors News

In 2019 many RPAC seniors have returned top individual performances across track & field and road running.

Many new club records have been set, at overall and age group levels; and over 150 Personal Bests across the event spectrum.

Also, a number of our athletes have finished the year ranked inside the UK top 100 within their age groups; which is an achievement of which they should be proud.

To see all of the new club records, numbers of PBs and top 100 UK rankings, click on this link.

Ian Martin

Juniors Jump Start 2020

Juniors Jump Start 2020

drew burridge and james naylor at lee valley

A trip to the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Edmonton on New Year's Day proved successful for two of our junior athletes.

Under 20 James Naylor clocked a personal best over 400m on his first outing to a banked indoor 200m track with a superb run of 54.82s. Drew Burridge set a club best time over the same distance of 53.51s in his first competition in the Under 20 age group.

Both James and Drew have been training three times a week throughout the off-season to give themselves a flying start to 2020. Drew comments, "Thursday evening strength and conditioning sessions at the YMCA with Ian Martin, and a regular group of other junior athletes during the winter, has paid dividends. I'd encourage other under fifteen-plus juniors to consider joining us in the New Year."

 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 30th December 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 30th December 2019

Category: All Club News

Happy New Year to all our readers 

Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous New Year.

 

This week's newsletter contents

 

 

Club news for everyone

 

  A date for the diary - Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020 *** GET YOUR PLACES BOOKED NOW ***

We invite all junior and senior members of RPAC to our first combined awards evening to be held on Saturday 18th January 2020 at Reigate Priory Cricket Club.

The evening for Juniors will commence at 6.30pm with music and food to enjoy with your fellow club runners. Seniors should arrive from 7.30pm for food & to purchase drinks prior to the awards ceremonies which will commence at 8.00pm.

You can read full details of the event and how to book here.

Please let us know if you have any questions on email address .

 

Reigate Priory AC's Couch to 5K Programme from Saturday 4th January 2020

Do you want to get fitter and healthier, take off weight, run socially with others or feel better in yourself?

Whatever your motivation, we are running a Couch to 5K training programme designed for beginners, to gradually build up running ability so that they can run 5Km without stopping by the end of the 9 week course.

You can see the full details of this course here. Please do share this with others who may be interested.

 


Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism @ Reigate Saturday 28th December

 Thanks to everyone who attended the Reigate Priory Parkrun on Saturday.

There were some absentees from the photo above, and we had at least 22 participants in the results with Sue Carnell, Anna Roberson and Jim Vince (to name but three) missing from the photo. Well done to Linda Rodriquez who recorded a PB on Saturday.

Full results can be seen here. The next event will be Banstead Woods Parkrun on 25th January, followed by Nonsuch Parkrun on 29th February.

 

Junior news

 

Juniors Saturday Morning Group - by Mike Gent

For the Junior 9:00 Saturday morning group training will resume on Saturday 11th January.

 

Senior news

 

Senior Training Sessions

 Senior training sessions will return on 7th January.

 

MABAC Windsor Great Park 12th January 10:00 am - the first RPAC Grand Prix race of 2020

This is an early reminder that the MABAC run in Windsor Great Park on 12th January is also the first RPAC Grand Prix event of 2020. Details of meet times will be sent out nearer the date, but parking is limited and expensive so car sharing is essential. Unusually for the MABAC series this race is mostly on tarmac and it is also approximately 8 miles long rather than the usual 5 miles. The setting is unique and inspiring.

If you have not run in a Grand Prix event before and would like to run, please let us know so that Rick can work out which group to assign you to. 

It would be great to get a really good turnout so that we can get RPAC's MABAC season off to a flying start.

 

Dates for the Diary

 

Wednesday 1st January 10:30AM *NOTE THE TIME* Reigate Priory Parkrun - you can choose to do Tilgate too!

Saturday 4th January 10:45AM Our Couch to 5K programme starts - see this.

Sunday 5th January 11:30AM The Tadworth 10 - a run that is usually well attended by Reigate Priory AC.

Sunday 5th January Surrey XC Championships @ Denbies, Dorking.

Saturday 11th January Surrey League XC

Sunday 12th January 10:00AM MABAC Windsor Great Park - the first MABAC fixture and the first Grand Prix event of 2020. Unusually for a MABAC race this is approximately 8 miles long and is mostly on tarmac.

Saturday 25th January Southern XC Championships @ Parliament Hill.

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February Surrey County Indoor T&F Championships @  David Weir Leisure Centre, Sutton

Saturday 22nd February National XC Championships @ Wollanton Park, Nottingham

Sunday 23rd February 10:00AM Wokingham Half Marathon *** Club Championship ***

Please check the Reigate Priory AC Calendar for other events and further details.

 

Quiz Night @ The Blue Anchor, West Street, Reigate on Thursday 2nd January 2020

If anyone wants to join me please email . You need to be there by 19:45, but I've booked the table from 19:20.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 23rd December 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 23rd December 2019

Category: All Club News

Season's Greetings to all our readers 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

This week's newsletter contents

 

 

Club news for everyone

  A date for the diary - Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020

We invite all junior and senior members of RPAC to our first combined awards evening to be held on Saturday 18th January 2020 at Reigate Priory Cricket Club.

The evening for Juniors will commence at 6.30pm with music and food to enjoy with your fellow club runners. Seniors should arrive from 7.30pm for food & to purchase drinks prior to the awards ceremonies which will commence at 8.00pm.

You can read full details of the event and how to book here.

Please let us know if you have any questions on email address .

 

Reigate Priory AC's Couch to 5K Programme from Saturday 4th January 2020

Do you want to get fitter and healthier, take off weight, run socially with others or feel better in yourself?

Whatever your motivation, we are running a Couch to 5K training programme designed for beginners, to gradually build up running ability so that they can run 5Km without stopping by the end of the 9 week course.

You can see the full details of this course here. Please do share this with others who may be interested.

 


Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism @ Reigate Saturday 28th December

The December Parkrun fixture is our home event, and it'd be great to see juniors, junior's parents and seniors out at this event.

Let's get as many Reigate Priory AC vests out there as we can! It'll be great to see you all.

 

Junior news

 

Juniors Saturday Morning Group - by Mike Gent

For the Junior 9:00 Saturday morning group training will resume on Saturday 11th January.

 

Senior news

 

The Turkey Trot @Priory Park Café in Reigate at 9:00AM Sunday 22nd December

 Deep water at Wonham Mill did not deter the group of Turkey Trotters led by Sue Carnell on Sunday. Despite the lack of snorkels fortunately everyone made it back to the cafe unscathed for a well deserved coffee and a chat.

 Missing from the photo above is Jack Finn who sent in a picture of himself and others at the Reigate Priory Parkrun from the previous day to prove that he was there. I'd love you to explain that to me sometime Jack.

 

Surrey Cross Country Championships at Denbies on Sunday 5th January 2020

Nat and Tom sent an email to seniors on Sunday December 15th. The deadline is Monday 23rd December.

Please get in touch with the  or the  if you'd like to compete.

 

Up-and-coming events on Teamer 

Tom Almond our Men's Captain has publicised the following two events via Teamer for the Men's section...

  • Surrey XC Champs on Sunday 5th January at 2:00PM - entries close on the 26th December
  • Southern XC Champs on Saturday 25th January at 2:50PM - entries close Thursday

Please respond to Tom on Teamer, and if you're not on Teamer contact Tom on 

 

Senior Training Sessions

 Senior training sessions will return on 7th January.

 

 News From The Field

George Roux competed in the Ho Ho Ho 5k whilst on holiday in New York on Saturday 21st December. This was a 5k Christmas race organised by the Greater Long Island Running Club, running on closed roads, with the runners being led out by a NYPD car.

George came in second overall in a stunning time of 16 minutes and 10 seconds!

 

Events over the Christmas break

 

Wednesday 25th December 9:00AM Reigate Priory or Banstead Woods Parkrun

Thursday 26th December 11:00AM Turners Hill Boxing Day Run from St. Leonard's Church- a firm favourite for some of us each year. 4 miles of running or walking. Can be muddy!

Saturday 28th December 9:00AM Parkrun Tourism @ our very own Priory Park. Make sure you wear your vest.

Wednesday 1st January 10:30AM *NOTE THE TIME* Reigate Priory Parkrun - you can choose to do Tilgate too!

Saturday 4th January 10:45AM Our Couch to 5K programme starts - see this.

Sunday 5th January 11:30AM The Tadworth 10 - a run that is usually well attended by Reigate Priory AC.

Sunday 12th January 10:00 MABAC Windsor Great Park - the first MABAC fixture and the first Grand Prix event of 2020. Unusually for a MABAC race this is approximately 8 miles long and is mostly on tarmac.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 16th December 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 16th December 2019

Category: All Club News

This week's newsletter contents

 

 

Club news for everyone

  

A date for the diary - Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020

We invite all junior and senior members of RPAC to our first combined awards evening to be held on Saturday 18th January 2020 at Reigate Priory Cricket Club.

The evening for Juniors will commence at 6.30pm with music and food to enjoy with your fellow club runners. Seniors should arrive from 7.30pm for food & to purchase drinks prior to the awards ceremonies which will commence at 8.00pm.

You can read full details of the event and how to book here.

Please let us know if you have any questions on email address .

 

Reigate Priory AC's Couch to 5K Programme from Saturday 4th January 2020

Do you want to get fitter and healthier, take off weight, run socially with others or feel better in yourself?

Whatever your motivation, we are running a Couch to 5K training programme designed for beginners, to gradually build up running ability so that they can run 5Km without stopping by the end of the 9 week course.

You can see the full details of this course here. Please do share this with others who may be interested.

 

Holly Run 2019 - by Jas Dhanda

Last Sunday the sun shone bright on another successful Holly Run made possible by our amazing members.

I'd like to thank all the volunteers made up of members, parents and members from other clubs.

A special thanks to the organisation team, Mel Fulton-Bell our entries secretary, Sarah Walters for organising catering, Usha and Sam for getting the volunteers, Moray Carey for far too many things to mention and the committee for its continued support.

Congratulations to all the members who were able to run. We had some great results. See the website for full details but some highlights:

U11 Boys champion Max Orchard.
Men 4 mile champion Michael Stanley.
Fastest RPAC lady over 4 miles Linda Rodriguez wins the presidents shield.
Fastest RPAC man over 6 miles Max Smithson wins the presidents shield.

Success in the teams too:

U11 Boys 1st and 3rd
U13 Girls 1st and 3rd
U13 Boys 3rd
4 miles ladies 1st
6 miles men 2nd

Well done to everyone!

 

Reigate Priory AC Parkrun Tourism @ Reigate Saturday 28th December

The December Parkrun fixture is our home event, and it'd be great to see juniors, junior's parents and seniors out at this event.

Let's get as many Reigate Priory AC vests out there as we can! It'll be great to see you all.

 

Junior news

 

Juniors Saturday Morning Group - by Mike Gent

For the Junior 9:00 Saturday morning group there will be a session this Saturday 21st December in the Park.

We will then break for Christmas and resume on Saturday 11th January.

 

Senior news

 

The Turkey Trot @Priory Park café in Reigate at 9:00AM Sunday 22nd December

 

The Turkey Trot was taking place from Nutfield Farm Nursery at 9:30AM on Sunday 22nd December.
Due to the rain and flooding, it has been relocated with a new start time.
We will now meet at the Priory Park café in Reigate at 9:00AM.
There will be two alternatives...
Sue Carnell will lead a run out of about 5 to 6 miles. Some paths will be muddy, so you can probably use trail or road shoes.
Paul Walters will be walking towards Reigate Heath for a loop of 2 or 3 miles. Wellies or walking boots needed.
We'll end up back in the park café, so if you fancy neither just come to the café to see us after 10:00AM.  

 Club Competitions 2020

Please see the email or the article here about the Club Competitions that are taking place in 2020. Please note the the first race in the Club Championships is the Wokingham Half Marathon on 23rd February. You will need to enter quickly if you plan to run. The first event in the Grand Prix is the MABAC fixture in Windsor Great Park on 12th January.

If you have any questions please let me know 

 

Surrey Cross Country Championships at Denbies on Sunday 5th January 2020

Nat and Tom sent an email to seniors on Sunday December 15th. The deadline is Thursday 23rd December.

Please get in touch with the  or the  if you'd like to compete.

 

Up-and-coming events on Teamer 

Tom Almond our Men's Captain has publicised the following two events via Teamer for the Men's section...

  • Surrey XC Champs on Sunday 5th January at 2:00PM - entries close on the 26th December
  • Southern XC Champs on Saturday 25th January at 2:50PM - entries close Thursday

Please respond to Tom on Teamer, and if you're not on Teamer contact Tom on

 

Tuesday 17th December 7:00PM Session @ Battlebridge

 Warm up 

Running drills and exercises

Then:

3K at tempo pace (starting at 200m point), 1 minute static recovery.

Then 1K reps at faster than 5K pace with 200m jog/walk.

45 minute session.

Less intense

2000m (starting at 200m point).

200m walk/jog recovery

4 x 1000m, 200m walk/jog recovery

 

Wednesday 18th December 7:00PM Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre

Run around Reigate to find Santa. Easy return to the Sovereign. Remember your hi-viz clothing and torch. (No Wednesday runs for 25th December or 1st January.)

 

Events over the Christmas break

 

Sunday 22nd December 9:30AM "The Turkey Trot" - groups to run out from The Priory Farm Nursery, Nutfield to end up in the cafe afterwards. More details to follow.

Wednesday 25th December 9:00AM Reigate Priory or Banstead Woods Parkrun

Thursday 26th December 11:00AM Turners Hill Boxing Day Run from St. Leonard's Church- a firm favourite for some of us each year. 4 miles of running or walking. Can be muddy!

Saturday 28th December 9:00AM Parkrun Tourism @ our very own Priory Park. Make sure you wear your vest.

Wednesday 1st January 10:30AM *NOTE THE TIME* Reigate Priory Parkrun - you can choose to do Tilgate too!

Saturday 4th January 10:45AM Our Couch to 5K programme starts - see this.

Sunday 5th January 11:30AM The Tadworth 10 - a run that is usually well attended by Reigate Priory AC.

Sunday 12th January 10:00 MABAC Windsor Great Park - the first MABAC fixture and the first Grand Prix event of 2020. Unusually for a MABAC race this is approximately 8 miles long and is mostly on tarmac.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 9th December 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 9th December 2019

Category: All Club News

This week's newsletter contents

 

 

Club news for everyone

 

A date for the diary - Xmas club social on Thursday 12th December from 7:00PM

Please join us for a social evening at the Prince of Wales pub, Holmesdale Road, Reigate on Thursday 12th December.

An area has been reserved in the lounge area from 7pm and all Seniors and Junior parents are welcome.

 

Holly Run Volunteers - urgent plea

A big Thank You to everyone who has volunteered so far.

However, we urgently require more volunteers for both morning and afternoon shifts.

Can you please email  as soon as possible with your availability if you can help us.

An email will be sent out later in the week to give you details of what you are doing and at what time you need to report for briefing.

 

Home made cakes needed for the Holly Run this Sunday please

Sarah Walters is organising the refreshments at the Holly Run. It would be great if you could bake a cake for the event.

If you can, then please let Sarah know by emailing , and either deliver it to 71 Chart Lane, Reigate on Saturday or bring it along to the event on Sunday.

Reigate Priory AC's Couch to 5K Programme from Saturday 4th January 2020

Do you want to get fitter and healthier, take off weight, run socially with others or feel better in yourself?

Whatever your motivation, we are running a Couch to 5K training programme designed for beginners, to gradually build up running ability so that they can run 5Km without stopping by the end of the 9 week course.

You can see the full details of this course here. Please do share this with others who may be interested.

 

A date for the diary - Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020

Please see the email from Sam & Usha sent to you on 2nd December for details.

 

Junior news

  

Sunday 15th December @ Reigate Priory - The Holly Run

This is our own Holly Run hosted in Priory Park. It would be great to have all the Juniors competing. If not entered through your school you can enter directly here.

  

Senior news

 New Club Record for Ladies Half Marathon 

Ginevra Stoneley set a new club record at the Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon finishing in 1:25:01. The full story is here.

 

 Club Competitions 2020

Please see the email or the article here about the Club Competitions that are taking place in 2020. Please note the the first race in the Club Championships is the Wokingham Half Marathon on 23rd February. You will need to enter quickly if you plan to run. The first event in the Grand Prix is the MABAC fixture in Windsor Great Park on 12th January.

If you have any questions please let me know 

 

Tuesday 10th December 7:00PM Session @ Battlebridge

Pyramid:

4,5,6,7,6,5,4 minutes with recoveries of 1, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 1.5 and 1.25 mins.

Fast for last minute of each rep

Less Intense:

400m, 600m, 800m, 1000m, 800m, 600m, 400m

200m walk/jog recovery

 

Wednesday 11th December 7:00PM Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre

Easy run to Reigate. Loops of Pilgrims Way Hills. Easy return to the Sovereign. Remember your hi-viz clothing and torch. 

 

News from the field

On Saturday 7th December Jim Vince completed 42 mile "Run to the Castle" from Aberdyfi (Aberdovey) to Harlech Castle along the Welsh Coastal Path. I hope you wore your club vest before it got dark Jim!

  

Events over the Christmas break

Thursday 12th December 7:00PM Club social in the Prince of Wales, Holmesdale Road.

Sunday 15th December  Our very own Holly Run with races for virtually all! See this and enter or help on the day!

Sunday 22nd December 9:30AM "The Turkey Trot" - groups to run out from The Priory Farm Nursery, Nutfield to end up in the cafe afterwards. More details to follow.

Wednesday 25th December 9:00AM Reigate Priory Parkrun - or other parkruns?

Thursday 26th December 11:00AM Turners Hill Boxing Day Run from St. Leonard's Church- a firm favourite for some of us each year. 4 miles of running or walking. Can be muddy!

Saturday 28th December 9:00AM Parkrun Tourism @ our very own Priory Park. Make sure you wear your vest.

Wednesday 1st January 10:30AM *NOTE THE TIME* Reigate Priory Parkrun - you can chose to do Tilgate too! Is Banstead Woods on?

Saturday 4th January 10:45AM Our Couch to 5K programme starts - see this.

Sunday 5th January 11:30AM The Tadworth 10 - a run that is usually well attended by Reigate Priory AC.

Sunday 12th January 10:00 MABAC Windsor Great Park - the first MABAC fixture and the first Grand Prix event of 2020. Unusually for a MABAC race this is approximately 8 miles long and is mostly on tarmac.

  

Quiz night @ The Blue Anchor Thursday 5th December by Paul Walters

The RPAC team turned out again to win the quiz at The Blue Anchor. This week Paul took the prize money of £25 to add to his collection for Médecins Sans Frontières

We will have a break from quizzing, so see you at the club social in the Prince of Wales on Thursday.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

 

New Ladies Half Marathon club record

New Ladies Half Marathon club record

Category: Seniors News

After the new men's marathon records last weekend in Valencia, this weekend saw the ladies half marathon club record also broken. Conditions for the Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon were very different to Valencia though, with the temperature hovering around 10C, the wind gusting over 20 mph and a very twisty course over the paths and redways of the city.

Despite all that, Ginevra Stoneley took 62 seconds off her half marathon pb, breaking her own club record in the process, with a chip time of 85:01. After a race long battle with a senior lady from Dacorum & Tring, Ginevra finally pulled away in the last 2 miles to finish 2nd lady overall. Very appropriately, the prize for finishing 2nd included a bottle of wine!

GS at MK Winter Half Marathon 1 2

Club Competitions 2020

Club Competitions 2020

Category: Seniors News

Following the discussions at the AGM, a working party was established to review the arrangements for our club competitions. Thank you to Tom and Nat, and Claire, Gavin, Gillian, Ginevra, Mike, Paddy, Paul and Rick for your input in pulling all this together.

As a result of our deliberations I am delighted to announce that 2020 will see the revival of the Club Grand Prix as well as a revamped Club Championship series, the continuation of the Jimmy James Handicap run in conjunction with DMVAC, and a brand new Age Graded Challenge competition.
 

Club Championships

The Club Championships will comprise the following events, subject to confirmation that there are no calendar clashes with Surrey Road league and other competitions

  1. Half Marathon - Wokingham  - 23rd February Please note that this takes event sells out quickly so you will need to enter soon if you plan to participate.
  2. 10 mile road race - Dorking 10 - 7th June
  3. 10K road race - Brighton 10K - 15th November (Richmond 10K 21st June as a backup) 
  4. 1 mile track race - venue and date TBC but either run by SLH or Epsom and Ewell Harriers 
  5. 5K track race - venue and data TBC but run by SLH, with the Ed Prickett  5000m as a potential backup 

We have decided not to award runners up medals for the Championship races, however the names of the runners up will still be recorded on the website and read out at the awards evening.

We also agreed to try to give more publicity to Championship races and to look to lay on minibus transport to some of the more distant events.
 

Grand Prix

The Grand Prix will be organised along similar lines to how it has been in the past. Runners will be arranged in 4 or 5 divisions according to their speed. Their best 5 results from the following fixtures will score points.

  1.  MABAC Windsor Great Park - 12th January
  2.  Worthing Parkrun (Club Tourism) - 28th March
  3. YMCA 5 mile - 3rd May (top two divisions may run Sutton 10K in the event of a clash with the Richmond Half Marathon)
  4. Dorking 10 - 7th June
  5. Elmore 7  - 18th July TBC  (top two divisions will run Elmbridge 10K in the event of a clash)
  6. MABAC Wimbledon Common - 4th August /MABAC Nonsuch Park 25th October TBC - the decision will be based on how RPAC is doing in the league!
  7. Reigate Half Marathon - 20th September
  8. 3000m Battlebridge - date TBC
  9. 800m Battlebridge (this may be run on the evening of the club BBQ - TBC)

Also on the evening of the club BBQ there will be a relay race with teams comprised of one runner from each division (names to be pulled out of a hat) with prizes for the winning team. This will not count towards the Grand Prix

The top scorer from each division (apart from Div 1) will be promoted at the end of the season and the lowest scorer will be relegated (apart from in the lowest division).
 

Age Graded Challenge Competition

Brand new for 2020 will be an age graded competition. Runners can enter age grading from any race of a standard distance (e.g. 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, etc., but not the Elmore 7 or the Cranleigh 15/21 for example). This includes Parkruns and anything that appears on Power of 10. If not officially calculated by the race organisers, your age grading can be calculated by using the WMA calculator (details of how to calculate an age graded score will be sent out separately). Every runner can enter as many results as they like, but only their highest score will count. The person with the highest age graded score at the end of the season will win an award.
 

Jimmy James Handicap

We plan to continue the current arrangement with DMVAC for the Jimmy James Handicap - assuming they are still happy to have us! 
We will also think about whether to hold a Summer Handicap series in Priory Park over the Summer months. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

New club records for Matt & Tom @ Valencia Marathon

New club records for Matt & Tom @ Valencia Marathon

Category: Seniors News

Two Reigate Priory Athletes took part in the Valencia marathon at the weekend, finishing with spectacular times.  

The Valencia marathon is held on a completely flat circuit along with a beautiful climate, making it an ideal and popular race for fast times.  This year saw both ladies and men’s course records being beaten.  The final stretch has runners passing over the shimmering blue pools of the Prince Philip Science Museum across a boardwalk that is over 150 metres long and 10 metres wide making it one of the most spectacular finishes to any Marathon.

Reigate Priory's Matt Ryde started from the championship start whilst men’s captain Tom Almond started in the first wave of the general pack.  Luckily a large part of the course is shaded which helped as Sunday was an unseasonably hot day. Matt was in front of Tom for the majority of the race but with 250m to go, Tom passed to finish in front.  Both Tom and Matt achieved personal bests and also set new club records. Tom finished in a superb time of 2.36.10, making him the senior men’s record holder and Matt finished in 2.36.25 taking the men’s V40 club record.

Matt Tom at Valencia

Reigate Priory AC Club News 2nd December 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 2nd December 2019

Category: All Club News

This week's newsletter contents

 

 

Club news for everyone

 

A date for the diary - Xmas club social on Thursday 12th December from 7:00PM

Please join us for a social evening at the Prince of Wales pub, Holmesdale Road, Reigate on Thursday 12th December.

An area has been reserved in the lounge area from 7pm and all Seniors and Junior parents are welcome.

 

Sunday 15th December Volunteers still needed for the Holly Run Marshaling

We need volunteers, particularly for the afternoon. If you can assist on Sunday 15th December, please email 

 

Reigate Priory AC's Couch to 5K Programme from Saturday 4th January 2020

Do you want to get fitter and healthier, take off weight, run socially with others or feel better in yourself?

Whatever your motivation, we are running a Couch to 5K training programme designed for beginners, to gradually build up running ability so that they can run 5Km without stopping by the end of the 9 week course.

You can see the full details of this course here. Please do share this with others who may be interested.

 

A date for the diary - Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020

Please see the email from Sam & Usha sent to you on 2nd December for details.

 

Junior news

 

Sunday 1st December The Border League @ Lightwater Country Park

The Juniors had a successful day at the second Border League match in Lightwater Country Park. There were numerous excellent performances including second places in the U9 Girls and U 9 Boys races for Lisette Matthews and James Beatty and second in the U15 Boys by Oscar Curry. The highlight though was the U11 boys race where Stanley Phillips and Max Orchard were first and second respectively. Rory Beale and Ethan Else completed a strong team performance which saw us placed second team.

The next match in the League is on Sunday 2nd February at Guildford.

 

Sunday 15th December @ Reigate Priory - The Holly Run

This is our own Holly Run hosted in Priory Park. It would be great to have all the Juniors competing. If not entered through your school you can enter directly here.

  

Senior news

 

Valencia Marathon Sunday 1st December

Tom Almond finished in 2:36:10 and Matt Ryde in 2:36:25. The results are also here. Well done to both. The club records now need adjusting!

 

Jimmy James Handicap Event 3 Thursday 28th November 7:30PM at Denbies

The results from last week's Jimmy James Handicap can be found here. 1st Kate Knight, followed closely by Ralph Tuckwell in 2nd and Jack Finn in 3rd. Well done to all participants.

 

Tuesday 3rd December 7:00PM Session @ Battlebridge

Warm up and drills:
High knees walking; butt kicks; A & B skips; open/close the gate; sidesteps; squats; lunges; high skips; tuck jumps; arms swings, punches; then high knees running in sets of 30 strides.

Session:
Sets of 1k, 600m and 400m.
2 minute static recovery between reps.
45 mins session

Less Intense:
As above, but walk/jog 200m between reps, to allow everyone to re-group

 

Wednesday 4th December 7:00PM Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre

Easy run into Reigate to do loops around Blackborough Road. Remember your hi-viz clothing and torch.

 

Thursday 5th December Winter road session in Reigate

Usha will be taking the Session this week. Meet at Bell street at 6.30PM. Please note that these sessions will be 6.30PM every week in future.

Warm up jog to Pilgrims way where it meets Somers Road. The route is here starting up Pilgrims way, RT onto Brokes Rd, RT onto St Albans Road LT onto Somer's Road, LT onto Reigate Hill, LT onto Brokes Road, LT onto St Albans Road and back to the start.

4 laps in total for the main session of 5.8 miles. 3 Laps if you prefer a less intense session. Jog back to Bell Street for a warm down afterwards.

Remember your hi-viz clothing and torch.

 

Sunday Run on Sunday 8th December

TBC - If a run is going ahead we will communicate the details via the Facebook group. Note that we will be organising Sunday social runs soon.

 

Events over the Christmas break

Thursday 12th December 7:00PM Club social in the Prince of Wales, Holmesdale Road.

Sunday 15th December  Our very own Holly Run with races for virtually all! See this and enter or help on the day!

Sunday 22nd December 9:30AM "The Turkey Trot" - groups to run out from The Priory Farm Nursery, Nutfield to end up in the cafe afterwards. More details to follow.

Wednesday 25th December 9:00AM Reigate Priory Parkrun - or other parkruns?

Thursday 26th December 11:00AM Turners Hill Boxing Day Run from St. Leonard's Church- a firm favourite for some of us each year. 4 miles of running or walking. Can be muddy!

Saturday 28th December 9:00AM Parkrun Tourism @ our very own Priory Park. Make sure you wear your vest.

Wednesday 1st January 10:30AM *NOTE THE TIME* Reigate Priory Parkrun - you can chose to do Tilgate too! Is Banstead Woods on?

Saturday 4th January 10:45AM Our Couch to 5K programme starts - see this.

Sunday 5th January 11:30AM The Tadworth 10 - a run that is usually well attended by Reigate Priory AC.

 

Thursday 5th December Let's Get Quizzical at The Blue Anchor

If you'd like to join the RPAC Quiz Team at Blue Anchor this coming Thursday 5th December 7:30PM for 7:45PM please email

 

Picture of Jim

Remember that Jim Vince took part in the IAU 100km race in Aqaba, Jordan last week on 23rd November? Here's a picture of Jim looking cool in Jordan with RPAC colours!

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 25th November 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 25th November 2019

Category: All Club News

Club news for everyone

 This weeks's highlights

  • Surrey call up for 5 RPAC youngsters
  • Jimmy James Handicap
  • Senior Club Championships and Grand Prix
  • Parkrun Tourism to Hove Promenade
  • Jim's Jaunt in Jordan

 

Parkrun Tourism to Hove Promenade with Minibus Travel Saturday 23rd November 

The 5th fixture in our Parkrun Tourism spot - Hove Promenade Parkrun took place on Saturday 23rd November. 

Despite the soggy conditions there was a good turn out with some excellent results. Missing from the photo above is Peter Luxton. 

Just a reminder that these events are open to all senior members, parents, accompanied juniors, and even family members and friends of our club. We have always had a great turn-out and a lovely time at these events through 2019. The next event will be much closer to home - Reigate Priory Parkrun on 28th December. 

 

A date for the diary - Xmas club social on Thursday 12th December

Please join us for a social evening at the Prince of Wales pub, Holmesdale Road, Reigate on Thursday 12th December.

An area has been reserved in the lounge area from 7pm and all Seniors and Junior parents are welcome.

 

Reigate Priory AC's Couch to 5K Programme from Saturday 4th January 2020

Do you want to get fitter and healthier, take off weight, run socially with others or feel better in yourself?

Whatever your motivation, we are running a Couch to 5K training programme designed for beginners, to gradually build up running ability so that you can run 5Km without stopping by the end of the 9 week course.

You can see the full details of this course here. Please do share this with others who may be interested.

 

Nominations for the Ted Baker Award

Nominations are invited for the Ted Baker Award. Please see the link for details.

 

A date for the diary - Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020

Please see the email from Sam & Usha sent to you on 11th November for details.

 

Junior news

Surrey Call Up For 5 RPAC Youngsters

Five RPAC juniors have been selected to run for Surrey at the annual South of England Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships in Oxford on 7th December.

Congratulations to Lucy Broderick (U17), Lucy Dénecé (U15), Shakila Keable (U13) and Samuel Stapley and Sam Rolaston (U13'S).

Dates for Juniors' diaries before Christmas

This is not the exhaustive list - see the calendar too.

Tuesday 26th November 7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Sunday 1st December is the next round of the Border League at LightwaterCountry Park in Woking. First race at 11:00.

Sunday 15th December is our own Holly Run hosted in Priory Park. It would be great to have all the Juniors competing. If not entered through your school you can enter directly via the Club’s website under RPAC Races.

 

Senior news 

 Jimmy James Handicap Event 3 Thursday 28th November 7:30PM at Denbies

This Thursday sees the third event in the Jimmy James Handicap and the last one this side of the New Year. There's everything to play for after two events. We've had a great turnout for the previous events, let's keep this going.

If you plan to run please let us know. This is especially important if you haven't run in a Jimmy James event before as we need to work out a handicap for you. Please contact   

The start is prompt at 19:30 so please make sure that you are there in good time.

Don't forget that you will not be allowed to run if you don't have hi-viz and a torch.

Full details and details of the post race meal have been sent out via a separate email.

 

 Club Championships & Grand Prix 2020

Thank you to everyone who provided input into the discussions about the Club Championships and Grand Prix. We have agreed a set of events for each competition (subject to the resolution of a couple of potential calendar clashes). Full details will be sent out separately. A point to note is that the Club Championship Half Marathon race will be the Wokingham Half Marathon on 23rd February. As this event sells out quickly you will need to enter soon if you want to take part. We may look to lay on a minibus if there is sufficient interest.

 

News from the Field

Jim Vince took part in the IAU  100km race in Aqaba, Jordan on 23rd November. Despite 25 degree heat and a strong headwind on the uphill sections Jim completed the event in 11 hours 9 minutes and 16 seconds. According to Jim that's the equivalent of 20 back to back 33:30 Parkruns. Awesome result Jim!

Closer to home Kate Knight completed her first sub 3 hour half marathon in 7 years, finishing the Silverstone Half Marathon on 24th November in 2:55:43. Well done Kate! Kate also advises that she will be doing her 400th Parkrun at Banstead Woods on 25th January. She'd love to see as many RPAC runners there as possible to help her celebrate. There will be refreshments at The Mint in Banstead afterwards. 

 

 Session @ Battlebridge Tuesday 26th November 7:00PM

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows... 

400m relay in teams of 4 of similar ability. Usual rules of lead first 200m, follow second 200m. 45 minute session.

Less intense 10 x 400m reps, 200m walk/jog recovery

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 27th November 7:00PM

No session this week, because of Jimmy James on Thursday 28th

 

No Winter road session in Reigate on Thursday 28th November

There will be no Winter road session this week because of the Jimmy James Handicap

 

Sunday Run on Sunday 1st December

TBC - If a run is going ahead we will communicate the details via the Facebook group

 

Dates for the diary

Thursday 28th November Jimmy James Handicap race 3

Tuesday 3rd December session at K2

Thursday 12th December from 7PM - club social at the Prince of Wales, Holmesdale Road

Sunday 15th December Holly Run

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 18th November 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 18th November 2019

Category: All Club News

Club news for everyone

 

Parkrun Tourism to Hove Promenade with Minibus Travel Saturday 23rd November *THIS WEEKEND*

The 5th fixture in our Parkrun Tourism spot - Hove Promenade Parkrun. We currently have 4 seats still available.

This event is open to all senior members, parents, accompanied juniors, and even family members and friends of our club. We have always had a great turn-out and a lovely time at these events through 2019. The cost of the minibus is subsidised by Reigate Priory AC - free to members and will cost £5 each for non-members.

The schedule is as follows...

  • 7:25AM park at Reigate College (Rushworth Road entrance).
  • 7:30AM depart in the minibus for Hove Promenade.
  • 8:30AM be warming up on Hove Promenade.
  • 9:00AM Parkrun starts.
  • 10:00AM Breakfast in Marrocco's café - see the menu here.
  • 11:45AM back in Reigate.

If you'd like to take part, please can you please email with your menu choices.

We'll pay the café individually, and non-members can pay me for the minibus travel in cash on the day.

 

Reigate Priory AC's Couch to 5K Programme from Saturday 4th January 2020

Do you want to get fitter and healthier, take off weight, run socially with others or feel better in yourself?

Whatever your motivation, we are running a Couch to 5K training programme designed for beginners, to gradually build up running ability so that you can run 5Km without stopping by the end of the 9 week course.

You can see the full details of this course here. Please do share this with others who may be interested.

 

A date for the diary - Xmas club social on Thursday 12th December

Please join us for a social evening at the Prince of Wales pub, Holmesdale Road, Reigate on Thursday 12th December.

An area has been reserved in the lounge area from 7pm and all Seniors and Junior parents are welcome.

 

Nominations for the Ted Baker Award

Nominations are invited for the Ted Baker Award. Please see the link for details.

 

A date for the diary - Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020

Please see the email from Sam & Usha sent to you on 11th November PM for details.

 

Junior news

 

Dates for Juniors' diaries before Christmas

This is not the exhaustive list - see the calendar too.

Tuesday 26th November 7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Sunday 1st December is the next round of the Border League at LightwaterCountry Park in Woking. First race at 11:00.

Sunday 15th December is our own Holly Run hosted in Priory Park. It would be great to have all the Juniors competing. If not entered through your school you can enter directly via the Club’s website under RPAC Races.

 

Senior news 

 

Windsor & Eton Autumn Half Marathon Sunday 17th November

Huge congratulations to Graham Bull who finished this event with a PB of 1:24:01. Wow!

 

MABAC Fixture Farley Heath Sunday 17th November

Well done to all of the 11 RPAC participants at this event. You can see a full report here.

 

Brighton 10K Sunday 17th November

This race has been a firm favourite for Reigate Priory AC over the years, and was our club championship numerous times. Flat and fast.

There were some remarkable results from the men's section at the event this year, as you can see here.

 

Session @ Battlebridge Tuesday 19th November 7:00PM

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Warm Up

Drills and exercises

Then:

4 reps of 10 mins with 2.5 mins recovery between reps.
1st and 4th rep: Fast for 1 minute at 4 mins and 9 mins
2nd and 3rd reps: Fast for 1 minute at 3,6 and 9 mins.

Less intense option:

6 x 1000m reps, last 200m higher pace.
200m walk/jog recovery


Warm down

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 20th November 7:00PM

The session will be an 8Km easy run.

 

Winter road session in Reigate on Thursday 21st November 6:00PM

Meet by Majestic Wine in Bell Street.

This week we will be trying a new hill circuit. It is quite dark so please bring head torches.

We start on Blackborough Road and head up Crakell Road on the first loop we will be turning left onto Blanford Road, the second carry on to Chart Lane and turn left along Waterlow Road, third loop goes all the way up to High Trees Road.

Every loop will come back down Ringley Park Avenue and back to the start.


Once Back to the start the whole set is repeated, so short, middle, long, short, middle, long.

For an easier version go short loop, middle, long, middle, short.

 

No organised Sunday Run on Sunday 24th November

I suggest that you meet at Priory Park Café on Sunday at 9AM for a run towards Brockham.

 

Quiz night @ The Blue Anchor Thursday 21st November by Paul Walters

There were only three of us at the quiz night last week mainly due to lack of organisation on my part - Stewart McIntyre, Mike Pocock and myself, but somehow we still managed to come 2nd with 104 points, only one point behind the winning team! Lots of "if only" thoughts came to mind!

Q: Why was Paralympic athlete James Brown in the news in the last four weeks?

A: He'd glued himself to a plane as an Extinction Rebellion protest.

If you knew that, we need you. I wrote that he'd won Bake-Off!

If you'd like to be part of the "RPAC" team for the next quiz night at the Blue Anchor in West Street, Reigate for this Thursday 21st November please let me know by emailing me on 

It's £2 per person to enter the quiz, and you need to arrive by at least 7:45PM for an 8:00PM start (I'll probably arrive at about 7:25PM).

 

Jimmy James Handicap @ Dorking 7:15PM Thursday 28th November

Make sure this is in your diaries for next week. More details to follow soon.

 

Dates for the diary

Saturday 23rd November Parkrun Tourism Hove Promenade with *minibus travel*

Thursday 28th November Jimmy James Handicap race 3

Tuesday 3rd December session at K2

Thursday 12th December from 7PM - club social at the Prince of Wales, Holmesdale Road

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

MABAC Farley Heath Sunday 17th November 10:00

MABAC Farley Heath Sunday 17th November 10:00

Category: Seniors News

A team of 11 RPAC athletes ventured into the wilds of Surrey to compete in the final MABAC fixture of the season on Farley Heath on Sunday.
Where's Farley Heath? It's in the middle of nowhere - south of the A25 between Dorking and Guildford somewhere near Albury.
I've lived in this part of Surrey for over 60 years and had never been there before I ran this fixture last year.
It was an earlier than usual start as the race was to be followed by the MABAC AGM so we met in Bell St at 08:15.
A note for the future is that this was a bit too early as we were at Farley Heath by 09:00 for a 10:00 start.
Parking was more difficult than usual because of a. mud and b. forestry work.


The earlier start had obviously thrown one of the MABAC officials as we had no race numbers at the start. The plan was that each runner's club and gender would be recorded at the finish.
Names could be sorted out post event. In the end names were taken at the finish which resulted in a bit of a queue at the finish for some.
The course itself is run over two laps on a mixture of heathland and woodland trails. There are parts which go through a sort of ravine which can only take one person at a time.
Some runners were unlucky enough to encounter groups of ramblers and horse riders at these points. Areas of the course were quite "sticky" with deep mud making trail shoes a necessity.

The finish is tough - perhaps a quarter mile of uphill in deep soft sand..it certainly gets the heart pumping.


First home for RPAC was Ian Stammars closely followed by Frank O'Regan in around about the 31 minute mark; they'd enjoyed a proper tussle on the course with Ian finally overhauling Frank with a few hundred meters to go. 

Next in was Alice Smith who was second lady home. Alice was closely followed by Jim Vince. Paul Chandler, Andrew Patrick, Lisa Payn, Ian Edmonds, Clare Pryor and Sue Carnell completed the RPAC team.

Andrew Bamford completed the one lap course - slowly!(I'm still injured)

Claire Humphrey very nobly volunteered to attend the MABAC AGM on behalf of RPAC. She managed to secure a £400 donation from MABAC for the YMCA Waves initiative - well done Claire!

Surrey League XC Wimbledon & Mitcham Commons 9 Nov 2019

Surrey League XC Wimbledon & Mitcham Commons 9 Nov 2019

The Junior Boys and Girls Cross Country teams were both in action on Saturday in the second of this season's Surrey XC League matches.  Running later in the afternoon at Wimbledon Common, the boys had to contend with heavy rain and a challenging course. Undaunted,  the U13 boys team put in a superb effort to finish in 3rd place in a match contested by 15 clubs. An improvement from 4th place in match one. Samuel Stapley was our first runner home finishing in 7th place.

In the U17 and U15 races we had incomplete teams but Noah Young,  Oscar Curry and Joe Walker all performed well. 

The girls match took place earlier on Mitcham Common. Like the boys, the U13 girls team improved their team finish from match one to take 4th place (having finished 5th in the race held at Reigate). This in a race with 12 clubs taking part. Shakila Keable was our first girl in with a fine 5th place.

In the U15 girls race a strong run by Lucy Dénecé saw her home in 7th place.  An incomplete team in the U15 's, but there were good performances too by Imogen Gregory and Isla Smith.

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SCHOOLS DISTRICT XC (GIRLS) AT RAAS

Running earlier in the week for their schools in the Girls District XC there were a host of great performances by RPAC juniors. Lucy Broderick won the Senior race. Shakila Keable won the Y8 race with Lilah Unwin 3rd. Pollyanne Stott was 3rd in the Y7 race and there were 4th place finishes for Eva Marsh in the Y10/11 race and Genevieve Alcock in the Y9 race. Ella Scrase and Sophia Bryant were top 10 finishers in the Y8 race. Hopefully,  all the above will have qualified for the Surrey Schools XC Championships in January. 

The boys districts are to come.

 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 11th November 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 11th November 2019

Category: All Club News

Club news for everyone

 

Parkrun Tourism to Hove Promenade with Minibus Travel Saturday 23rd November

The 5th fixture in our Parkrun Tourism spot - Hove Promenade Parkrun.

This event is open to all senior members, parents, accompanied juniors, and even family members and friends of our club. We have always had a great turn-out and a lovely time at these events through 2019. The cost of the minibus is subsidised by Reigate Priory AC - free to members and will cost £5 each for non-members.

The schedule is as follows...

  • 7:25AM park at Reigate College (Rushworth Road entrance).
  • 7:30AM depart in the minibus for Hove Promenade.
  • 8:30AM be warming up on Hove Promenade.
  • 9:00AM Parkrun starts.
  • 10:00AM Breakfast in Marrocco's café - see the menu here.
  • 11:45AM back in Reigate.

If you'd like to take part, please can you please email with your menu choices.

We'll pay the café individually, and non-members can pay me for the minibus travel in cash on the day.

 

A date for the diary - Xmas club social on Thursday 12th December

Please join us for a social evening at the Prince of Wales pub, Holmesdale Road, Reigate on Thursday 12th December.

An area has been reserved in the lounge area from 7pm and all Seniors and Junior parents are welcome.

Nominations for the Ted Baker Award

 Nominations are invited for the Ted Baker Award. Please see the link for details.

A date for the diary - Awards Evening Saturday 18th January 2020

Please see the email from Sam & Usha for details.

 

 

Junior news

  

Surrey XC League Matches Saturday 9th November 

The second Surrey XC League matches took place last Saturday with the boys races on Wimbledon Common and the girls' races on Mitcham Common. A full report is not available at the time of writing. The U13 boys finished in 3rd place, the U13 girls A & B teams finished in 4th and 11th places respectively, the U15 girls finished in 9th place and the U15/U17 boys finished in 11th place. 

 

Dates for Juniors' diaries before Christmas

This is not the exhaustive list - see the calendar too.

Sunday 17th November Camberley Open Cross Country.

Tuesday 26th November 7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Sunday 1st December Border League at Lightwater Country Park hosted by Bracknell AC.

 

Senior news 

 

Cross Country League Fixtures 9th November

The Ladies teams were in action on Mitcham Common. A full report can be found here.

The Men's teams competed on Wimbledon Common. The Men's A team finished in 5th place and the B team finished in 9th place.

MABAC Fixture Farley Heath Sunday 17th November 10:00AM

This Sunday sees the final MABAC fixture of 2019. Meet in Bell St Car Park for a 08:15 departure. If you plan to run, need a lift, or can help with transport please contact us to let us know .  Strong turnouts in recent fixtures have seen us working our way up the league; we are within striking distance of Runnymede Runners who are immediately above us. It would be great to overhaul them and finish in 6th place. 

 

Session @ Battlebridge Tuesday 12th November 7:00PM

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Warm Up

Drills and exercises

Then:

Reverse pyramid:

7,6,5,4,5,6,7 minutes with recoveries of 1.75, 1.5, 1.25., 1, 1.25 and 1.5 mins.

Fast for last minute of each rep.

Less intense option:

1200m, 1000m, 800m, 600m, 800m, 1000m, 1200m

200m walk/jog recovery to re-group


Warm down

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 13th November 7:00PM

A WhatsApp group has been set up to aid communications. The link will be sent out in the email version of this newsletter. 

This week's session will be an easy run into Reigate, followed by faster loops of Homebase and Station car parks.

 

Winter road session in Reigate on Thursday 14th November 6:30PM

Note the later start time. Meet at Majestic in Bell Street for 6:30PM and jog to the Parish School. Loops round Blackborough Road and Reigate Road. Led by Usha and Moray this week.

 

No Sunday Run on Sunday 17th November

There is no Sunday Run this weekend because of the MABAC fixture.

   

Dates for the diary

Sunday 17th November MABAC League at Farley Heath

Saturday 23rd November Parkrun Tourism Hove Promenade with *minibus travel*

Thursday 28th November Jimmy James Handicap race 3

Tuesday 3rd December session at K2

Thursday 12th December from 7PM - club social at the Prince of Wales, Holmesdale Road

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Ladies Surrey League X-C, 9th Nov 2019

Ladies Surrey League X-C, 9th Nov 2019

Category: Seniors News

Reigate Priory ladies were out in force on Mitcham Common for the 2nd of 4 Surrey Cross Country League matches.

Going into the match, the ladies were in the relegation positions, so had their work cut out to make up points.  With the team's strongest runner, Fiona Clark, unable to make the start, it was going to be an even harder job to pull back points. The 2 lap 6Km course took on a variety of undulating terrain and underfoot conditions. 

Continuing her fine form, Ginevra Stoneley was first back for the club. Ginevra was followed by Eloise Bull who had made a special trip back from Birmingham University to help the team. Eloise has made huge improvements in her running since joining the university's running club.  Hot on Eloise heels was Jamilla Ncayiyana who is also running strongly and earned the team valuable points.  Jo Davey showed huge commitment by digging deep through a hip injury for much of the course to finish 4th for the team. Nat Wilson also suffering with an injury and taking another fall, brought the team home in 13th place which puts us in 14th place out of 15 at the halfway point of the season, pushing us further into the relegation zone. 

Also running and leading the B team was Sharon Brennan.  Sharon was supported by strong runs from all of Ruth Willis, Linda Rodriguez, Annette Morris and Clare Pryor. 

Kate Knight led the incomplete C team home after having run the Banstead Woods Park Run in the morning. Kate is missing from the team photo below.

Ladies Surrey League xc 10th Nov 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 4th November 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 4th November 2019

Category: All Club News

Club news for everyone

 

Priory Relays @ Priory Park, Reigate Saturday 2nd November

Congratulations to all of the volunteers who turned out for this event. Although we were tight on numbers, the event was a huge success on the day.

Well done to all of our runners. You can read a report here, see the team results here and the individual results here.

 

Parkrun Tourism to Hove Promenade with Minibus Travel Saturday 23rd November

The 5th fixture in our Parkrun Tourism spot - Hove Promenade Parkrun.

This event is open to all senior members, parents, accompanied juniors, and even family members and friends of our club. We have always had a great turn-out and a lovely time at these events through 2019. The cost of the minibus is subsidised by Reigate Priory AC - free to members and will cost £5 each for non-members.

The schedule is as follows...

  • 7:25AM park at Reigate College (Rushworth Road entrance).
  • 7:30AM depart in the minibus for Hove Promenade.
  • 8:30AM be warming up on Hove Promenade.
  • 9:00AM Parkrun starts.
  • 10:00AM Breakfast in Marrocco's café - see the menu here.
  • 11:45AM back in Reigate.

If you'd like to take part, please can you please email with your menu choices.

We'll pay the café individually, and non-members can pay me for the minibus travel in cash on the day.

 

A date for the diary - Xmas club social on Thursday 12th December

Please join us for a social evening at the Prince of Wales pub, Holmesdale Road, Reigate on Thursday 12th December.

An area has been reserved in the lounge area from 7pm and all Seniors and Junior parents are welcome.

 

Junior news

 

Border League @ Aldershot Sunday 3rd November

The first match of the 2019/20 Border League was hosted by Aldershot on Sunday. Twenty two RPAC athletes participated and there were some excellent performances.


Oscar Curry was first in the U15 boys. Max Orchard and Rory Beale were 2nd and 12th respectively in the U11 boys and two athletes in their first races for RPAC had great runs with Lisette Matthews 5th in the U9 girls and Sam McShee 6th in the U9 boys.

 

Surrey XC League Matches Saturday 9th November

Boys: https://surreyleague.org/slm/match/112/

Girls: https://surreyleague.org/sll/match/108/

This Saturday, 9th November, the second Surrey XC League matches take place with the boys races on Wimbledon Common at 2.00pm (U13), and 2.30pm (U15/U17).

The girls are on Mitcham Common with the U15/U17 race at 12.00pm and U13G'S at 12.30pm.

Details can be found on the links above.

Anyone in year 6 and above is eligible to run although if not yet 11 you will be deemed a non-scorer. The U13 's races are c.3K. Everyone is welcome.

If you have not already done so, please contact  if you want to run. All runners are entered online by the club with their race number pre allocated. This number is retained for each of the 4 Surrey XC League matches so if you ran in the first match (in Reigate Priory) please bring that number to the match. First time runners will receive their number at the race.

 

Hoodie order - finalising the order

We will be placing a Hoodie order shortly. Everyone should have received an email with details but please contact Mike Gent by emailing  with any questions. Any final orders should be with Mike by Wednesday 6th November.

 

Dates for Juniors' diaries before Christmas

This is not the exhaustive list - see the calendar too.

Saturday 9th November second Surrey League fixtures. More details to follow.

Sunday 17th November Camberley Open Cross Country.

Tuesday 26th November 7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Sunday 1st December Border League at Lightwater Country Park hosted by Bracknell AC.

 

Senior news 

 

Dublin and New York Marathons on successive weekends for Kate

Kate Knight recorded a post-knee op PB of 6:21:58 in the Dublin Marathon on Sunday 27th October - her best marathon result for 5 years.

This was followed this up a week later with a result of 6:26:32 in the New York City Marathon on Sunday 3rd November, PB for the course, another sub 6:30 and nearly an hour quicker than last year!

Congratulations Kate!

 

MCM 10K @ Washington DC Sunday 27th October

After running the Roosevelt Parkrun on Saturday 26th October, Usha Stevens recorded a time of 1:04:50, and finished in 2,089th place out of 6,246 in the Marine Corps Marathon 10Km race in Washington DC, USA on Sunday 27th October. Her result is here.

 

Session @ Battlebridge Tuesday 5th November 7:00PM

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Warm Up

Drills and exercises

Then:

6 x 6 minutes with 1.5 minute recovery:
Reps 1 and 4: fast for 30 seconds at 2.5 and 5.5 minutes
Reps 2 and 5: fast for 30 seconds at 1.5, 3.5 and 5.5 minutes
Reps 3 and 6: fast for 1 minute at 1, 3 and 5 minutes.

Less intense option:

8-10 sets of 500m steady, 100m fast.
100m walk/jog recovery, to regroup


Warm down

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 6th November 7:00PM

An easy run from the Sovereign Centre to Reigate and then "big hills little hills". What does Ian mean by that exactly? There's only one way of finding out!

 

Winter road session in Reigate on Thursday 7th November 6:00PM

Meet at Bell Street for 6:00PM and jog to Alma Road for circuits up Alma road and back down Reigate Hill, using the path by the church as a jog recovery. Easier option is just 3 loops.

 

Surrey XC League Matches Saturday 9th November

Good luck to our athletes in the Surrey League this coming Saturday. See this for more information.

Please inform your club captain if you'd like to run and have not done so already.

 

Sunday Run on Sunday 10th November 9:00AM

Sunday run from Reigate Hill at 9:00AM lead by Ian Edmonds, 100 minutes easy.

  

Quiz night @ The Blue Anchor - break this week

Due to commitments we are have a quizzing break for this week. 

 

Dates for the diary

Sunday 17th November MABAC League at Farley Heath

Saturday 23rd November Parkrun Tourism Hove Promenade with *minibus travel*

Thursday 28th November Jimmy James Handicap race 3

Tuesday 3rd December session at K2

Thursday 12th December from 7PM - club social at the Prince of Wales, Holmesdale Road

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Priory Relays: 2 November 2019

Priory Relays: 2 November 2019

Category: All Club News

Dorking Men retain Priory Relays title in tough conditions.

Setting up the course on Saturday morning in gale force winds and driving rain was a real challenge for the Reigate Priory AC officials; nonetheless the race started on time, in still very wet and windy conditions, with 83 team competing in the 64th running of the Priory Relays around the testing 2.5 mile course in Priory Park.

In the ladies race of 39 teams, run over 3 laps, last year’s winners Belgrave Harriers took an early lead from Stragglers of Kingston with Fiona Clark putting the Reigate Priory A team in 3rd place with the 5th fastest lap of the race of 17 mins 39 secs. On the second lap Belgrave held their lead from Stragglers with Tri-Surrey edging ahead of Reigate Priory. It was all change on the last lap, with Stragglers overtaking Belgrave and day’s fastest lap from Carolyne Baxter of Guildford & Godalming brought her team up 5 places into 3rd place. Reigate Priory A team, consisting of Fiona Clark, Jamilla Nlayiyana (19 mins 36 secs) and Jo Davey (19 mins 01 secs) finished 5th. Priory’s B team of Leanne McKeogh (20mins 19 secs), Clare Pryor (24 mins 21 secs) and Linda Rodriguez (22 mins 09 secs) finished 22nd were just behind the 20th place of the Priory C team of Jenny Carus (26 mins 22 secs), Bethany Higgins (21 mins 52 secs) and Eloise Bull, who ran the 6th fastest lap of the day in 17 mins 47 secs.

The men’s race of 4 laps saw 44 teams with Guildford & Godalming building an early lead from Belgrave Harriers and Walton AC in 3rd place. Dorking & Mole Valley’s Charlie Wylie (14mins 55 secs) handed over in 4th place. Strong runs from Ewan Bate (14 mins 56 secs) and Michael Alwin (15 mins 12 secs) brought Dorking to 2nd place with Walton 3rd after 3 laps, but still some way behind Guildford & Godalming. On the 4th lap Dorking’s Luke Caldwell ran by far the day’s fastest lap of 13 mins 56 secs to turn a 55 seconds deficit into a 9 seconds winning margin over Guildford & Godalming, with Walton retaining 3rd place. For Reigate Priory, Frank O’Regan ran the 1st and 4th laps in 17 mins 33 secs and 18 mins 13 secs respectively, sandwiching the runs of Ralph Tuckwell (20 mins 29 secs) and Andrew Patrick (20 mins 45 secs). The team finished in 28th place.

Ian Martin, Race Director

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Reigate Priory AC Club News 28th October 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 28th October 2019

Category: All Club News

Club news for everyone

 

Priory Relays @ Priory Park, Reigate Saturday 2nd November

Whether you're running, volunteering or both, I'm looking forward to seeing you down in the park on Saturday.

If you have not volunteered yet and are available, please do email  

 

Parkrun Tourism to Hove Promenade with Minibus Travel Saturday 23rd November

The 5th fixture in our Parkrun Tourism spot - Hove Promenade Parkrun.

This event is open to all senior members, parents, accompanied juniors, and even family members and friends of our club. We have always had a great turn-out and a lovely time at these events through 2019. The cost of the minibus is subsidised by Reigate Priory AC - free to members and will cost £5 each for non-members.

The schedule is as follows...

  • 7:25AM park at Reigate College (Rushworth Road entrance).
  • 7:30AM depart in the minibus for Hove Promenade.
  • 8:30AM be warming up on Hove Promenade.
  • 9:00AM Parkrun starts.
  • 10:00AM Breakfast in Marrocco's café - see the menu here.
  • 11:45AM back in Reigate.

If you'd like to take part, please can you please email with your menu choices.

We'll pay the café individually, and non-members can pay me for the minibus travel in cash on the day.

 

A date for the diary - Xmas club social on Thursday 12th December

Please join us for a social evening at the Prince of Wales pub, Holmesdale Road, Reigate on Thursday 12th December.

An area has been reserved in the lounge area from 7pm and all Seniors and Junior parents are welcome.

 

Junior news

 

Results from the Surrey League XC on Saturday 12th October

The results are available here.

RPAC managed to turn out 3 U13 Girls teams in Reigate Priory, with the A team coming 5th. The U13 boys came 4th at Effingham Common.

A big belated well done to all of our teams!

 

Bruce Judd XC Relays Champs @ Guildford Saturday 26th October

There was a good turnout of RPAC youngsters in the rain on Saturday at the Surrey XC Relay Championships held in Guildford.

First off were the U17's and Lucy Broderick ran the 1st leg in a composite team with Woking. Lucy's was the fastest lap for the team (and 6th fastest amongst all the U17W) helping the team to a 4th place finish.

Also taking a fantastic 4th place were the U13 boys team of Max Orchard, Will John-Cox and Sam Rolaston. Each completing their laps with fast times.

With the persistent rain making conditions steadily worse as the afternoon went on, there were many excellent lap times registered by our teams in the U13 and U15G'S too.

 

Surrey Schools XC Development Day @ Cobham Monday 28th October

It may be half term for most but for ten RPAC Juniors it was back to school today at the Surrey Schools XC Development Day held at Reeds School in Cobham.

One of the two XC development days held by Surrey each year, the varied timetable provides for a great day of inspiration and instruction for our young endurance runners.

 

Congratulations to Katie Mackison

Above: Thomas Rőhler (Germany) 2016 Olympic Champion 2018 European Champion watches Katie in training.

Huge congratulations to Katie Mackison who has been called into the England and British Athletics Youth Talent Programme. It is the first stage of the Performance Pathway for young athletes to train and develop the necessary skills to progress to becoming senior international athletes.

Katie is the reigning Surrey U17W Javelin Champion and finished 4th in the English Schools Championship in Birmingham last July.

Onwards and upwards for Katie!

 

Saturday morning sessions

There will be no training for the Saturday morning 9:00 group on Saturday November 2nd.

 

Hoodie order

We will be placing a Hoodie order shortly. Everyone should have received an email with details but please contact Mike Gent by emailing  with any questions.

 

Border League XC @ Aldershot Sunday November 3rd

The first Border League event is on Sunday November 3rd at Aldershot. This is open to all Juniors. First race is 11:00. There are separate U11 - U15 boys and girls races starting at 15 minute intervals. Please let Mike Gent know by emailing  if your child would like to run.

 

Dates for Juniors' diaries before Christmas

This is not the exhaustive list - see the calendar too.

Sunday 3rd November Border League at Aldershot hosted by AFD.

Saturday 9th November second Surrey League fixtures. More details to follow.

Sunday 17th November Camberley Open Cross Country.

Tuesday 26th November 7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Sunday 1st December Border League at Lightwater Country Park hosted by Bracknell AC.

 

Senior news

 

Bobby O'Regan

 born Wednesday 23rd October

Hearty congratulations to Gillian and Frank. Bobby was born on Wednesday 23rd October at 21:55 and weighed 6.6 pounds.

 

Sri Chinmoy 10K Race @ Battersea Park Saturday 19th October

George was back from Hong Kong for the weekend of 19th October (moving back to London in January).

Congratulations to George and Freddie Roux who competed in the Sri Chinmoy 10K Race in Battersea Park.

Two impressive PBs ensued - George with a time of 33:30 and Freddie with 36:06.

Full results are available here.

 

Jimmy James Handicap @ Dorking Thursday 24th October

Congratulations to Bethany Higgins for her handicap win last Thursday. Results from race 2 can be found here.

After two races Kate currently leads the field on the points table followed by Jamilla - see below...

The next Jimmy James Handicap race is Thursday 28th November. Get it in your diary!

 

Beachy Head Marathon @ Eastbourne Saturday 26th October

Here's Mel Fulton-Bell, Ian Edmonds and Fran Afonso who participated in the Beachy Head Marathon on Saturday.

Wow, very well done on your achievement. The results can be seen here.

 

MABAC League @ Nonsuch Park on Sunday 27th October

Here is the dream team! The MABAC results from Nonsuch Park can be found here
 
The next MABAC League race is at Farley Heath at 10AM on Sunday 17th November. See this.
 

ALTERNATIVE 1: Session @ K2 Tuesday 29th October 7:30PM

See the article further down the newsletter regarding the K2 sessions.
 
If coming to K2 please bring £5. It may be cheaper then this if enough turn up.
 
Please get there in plenty of time to ensure you are well warmed up.
 
 

ALTERNATIVE 2: Session @ Battlebridge Tuesday 29th October 7:00PM

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Warm up and drills:

High knees walking; butt kicks; A & B skips; open/close the gate; sidesteps; squats; lunges; high skips; tuck jumps; arms swings, punches; then high knees running in sets of 30 strides.

Session:

Sets of 1k, 600m and 400m.

2 minute static recovery between reps.

45 mins session.

Less intense:

Same as main session this week.

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 30th October 7:00PM

An easy run from the Sovereign Centre to Priory Park for 15 minutes of something a little harder!

 

Winter road session in Reigate on Thursday 31st October 6:00PM *** Cancelled ***

No road session this week. Next session on Thursday 7th November.

 

Sunday Run on Sunday 3rd November 9:00AM

Sunday run from Reigate Hill at 9:00AM lead by Ian Edmonds, 100 minutes easy.

  

Senior sessions @ K2, Crawley

Following feedback from a number of seniors, we have booked K2 for 2 dates this year:

Tuesday 29th October

Tuesday 3rd December

Start time at K2 will be 7.30 pm, but please get there in plenty of time to ensure you are well warmed up.

There will also be a session at Battlebridge (7 pm) as normal, for those who can't get down to K2.

Although the club is subsidising the cost of hiring the track at K2, there will be a charge for all attendees, to recover some of the cost. This charge will be NO MORE than £5 each (if there are 12 or less attendees), but will reduce from that if more people are there.

 

Quiz night @ The Blue Anchor on Thursday 24th October

The quiz competitors at the Blue Anchor last week were Annette Morris, Moray Laing, Sarah Walters, Paul Walters (me) and Stewart McIntyre. We won with a total of 111 points. Our winning prize was donated to the transplant athletes charity via Moray.

Due to commitments we are have a quizzing break for a couple of weeks. 

 

Dates for the diary

 

Tuesday 29th October session at K2

Saturday 2nd November our very own Priory Relays in Priory Park

Sunday 17th November MABAC League at Farley Heath

Saturday 23rd November Parkrun Tourism Hove Promenade with *minibus travel*

Thursday 28th November Jimmy James Handicap race 3

Tuesday 3rd December session at K2

Thursday 12th December from 7PM - club social at the Prince of Wales, Holmesdale Road.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC Club News 21st October 2019

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IMPORTANT: Volunteering at the Priory Relays in Priory Park on Saturday 2nd November *** PLEASE HELP!***

Sam and Usha sent an email to members on Monday 14th October asking for volunteers to help at the Priory Relays on Saturday 2nd November. It's fantastic that many have volunteered for this event, but we are still short of volunteers.

The race starts at 1.30pm so assistance will be needed for the afternoon. We will of course need help with setup/break down so there's a role for all those who are planning on running too.

If you are able to assist, please email  ASAP and a note will be made of your availability. We will put names against roles nearer the day.

 

Newsletter news

There will be a newsletter next week, but both of the editors will be on their holidays, so if you need to publicise any club news, can you please make sure that it has arrived at  well in advance of Monday evening if possible please.

 

Junior news

 

Results from the Surrey League XC on Saturday 12th October

Apologies - I have not had time to load these to the website yet. This will be done this week and will be publicised next Monday.

 

Saturday morning sessions

There will be no training for the Saturday morning 9:00 group on either Saturday October 26th or Saturday November 2nd.

 

Hoodie order

We will be placing a Hoodie order shortly. Everyone should have received an email with details but please contact Mike Gent by emailing  with any questions.

 

Border League XC @ Aldershot Sunday November 3rd

The first Border League event is on Sunday November 3rd at Aldershot. This is open to all Juniors. First race is 11:00. There are separate U11 - U15 boys and girls races starting at 15 minute intervals. Please let Mike Gent know by emailing  if your child would like to run.

 

Dates for Juniors' diaries before Christmas

This is not the exhaustive list - see the calendar too.

Tuesday 22nd October 7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Sunday 3rd November Border League at Aldershot hosted by AFD.

Saturday 9th November second Surrey League fixtures. More details to follow.

Tuesday 26th November 7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Sunday 1st December Border League at Lightwater Country Park hosted by Bracknell AC.

 

Senior news

 

Surrey League XC team results @ Reigate Priory on Saturday 12th October

You can see the men's team results here and the ladies team results here.

 

Surrey Masters Cross Country Championships @ Morden Park on Saturday 19th October 

The results can be seen here. Well done to our participants!

 

Richmond Autumn Riverside 10k Run on Saturday 19th October

Adam and Karen Lloyd participated. See their results here.

 

Great South Run @ Southsea on Sunday 20th October

Here's a group of Reigate Priory AC participants at the Great South Run from Sunday 20th October with other club friends.

Although I didn't run, I was witness to a well organised race in ideal conditions. About 20,000 took part.

The results from the Great South Run can be found here. There were some fantastic results - well done all!

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 22nd October 7:00PM

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Warm up and drills:

High knees walking; butt kicks; A & B skips; open/close the gate; sidesteps; squats; lunges; high skips; tuck jumps; arms swings, punches; then high knees running in sets of 30 strides.

Rolling session of sets of:

400m, 100m jog/walk

500m, 100m jog/walk

600m, 100m jog/walk

45 mins session

Less intense:

Sets of 400m, 200m jog, 600m

200m walk/jog recovery

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 23rd October 7:00PM ***CANCELLED***

 Session cancelled for the Jimmy James Handicap on Thursday 24th October. See below.

 

Winter road session in Reigate on Thursday 24th October 6:00PM ***CANCELLED***

Session cancelled for the Jimmy James Handicap on Thursday 24th October. See below.

 

Jimmy James Handicap event 2 @ Dorking on Thursday 24th October

Sounds like everyone had a great time at the last Jimmy James event.

Antony Read sent an email out on Sunday 20th October describing the Jimmy James Handicap.

Don't forget hi-viz clothing and a torch. You will not be able to run without them.

Please let Antony know by emailing  if you wish to run.

 

Sunday Run on Sunday 27th October 

There is no run from Reigate this Sunday, but you're all encouraged to take part in the MABAC league event at Nonsuch Park. See below.

 

MABAC league @ Nonsuch Park on Sunday 27th October (next Sunday)

Claire Humphrey sent an email out about MABAC on Wednesday 16th October. Details are available here.

Nonsuch is a beautiful location. The run itself is a cross country 5 miler, consisting of 2 loops with a mixture of inclines and terrains. There is also a 1 lap alternative if you're feeling less energetic!

We will meet at Bell Street car park to car share for a 9-30 am departure. Please let our MABAC team know by emailing  if you're planning to attend and can drive or if you'll need a lift.

 

Priory Relays @ Priory Park on Saturday 2nd November - reminder

You should have received an email about this event from Nat and Tom on Monday 14th October that you should read.

Each leg is approximately 2.5 miles (a single long XC lap) and is run entirely within the Priory Park.  The men’s race consists of 4 legs and the ladies 3 legs.  Club vests must be worn and all athletes must be 17 years or older on race day.

Please let the relevant captains know by Saturday 26th October if you would like to run in a team.

Men’s Captain Tom Almond (responses will also go to Fran and Rick)

Ladies Captain Nat Wilson (responses will also go to Gillian O’Regan)

Further information can be found at www.prioryrelays.com

 

Senior sessions @ K2, Crawley

Following feedback from a number of seniors, we have booked K2 for 2 dates this year:

Tuesday 29th October

Tuesday 3rd December

Start time at K2 will be 7.30 pm, but please get there in plenty of time to ensure you are well warmed up.

There will also be a session at Battlebridge (7 pm) as normal, for those who can't get down to K2.

Although the club is subsidising the cost of hiring the track at K2, there will be a charge for all attendees, to recover some of the cost. This charge will be NO MORE than £5 each (if there are 12 or less attendees), but will reduce from that if more people are there.

 

The Hogs Back @ Guildford on Sunday 8th December

We have been asked to publicise the Hogs Back Road Race on Sunday, 8 December 2019 is an 11.4 km road run around the Loseley Estate. See further details and enter the race here.

 

Quiz night @ The Blue Anchor Thursday 24th October by Paul Walters

You can see above the quiz competitors at the Blue Anchor last week - Annette, Moray, Sarah, me, Stewart and Sue. We won with a best ever total of 133 points. Absolutely remarkable! Our winning prize of £30 was donated to the YMCA via Sue.

If you'd like to be part of the "RPAC" team for the next quiz night at the Blue Anchor in West Street, Reigate for this Thursday 24th October please let me know by emailing me on .

It's £2 per person to enter the quiz, and you need to arrive by at least 7:45PM for an 8:00PM start (I'll probably arrive at about 7:25PM).

 

Dates for the diary

Thursday 24th October Jimmy James Handicap event 2

Sunday 27th October the next MABAC league event at Nonsuch Park

Tuesday 29th October session at K2

Saturday 2nd November our very own Priory Relays in Priory Park

Saturday 23rd November Parkrun Tourism with *minibus travel* - venue to be confirmed soon

Tuesday 3rd December session at K2

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC Club News 14th October 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 14th October 2019

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Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped on Saturday 12th October

You should already have received an email from Malcolm regarding this topic, but let me please extend my thanks to all of our volunteers in whatever capacity you helped.

Many local clubs have difficulty getting volunteers to help at events, and although I know that it can feel that we're very stretched when it comes to staffing events such as the cross country races, the Priory Relays, the Holly Run and so on, to my knowledge we have always been able to run the events due to your efforts.

Thanks to everyone who turned out to volunteer for the club. You assistance is really appreciated by us all!

 

Volunteering at the Priory Relays in Priory Park on Saturday 2nd November

Sam and Usha sent an email to members on Monday 14th October asking for volunteers to help at the Priory Relays on Saturday 2nd November.

The race starts at 1.30pm so assistance will be needed for the afternoon. We will of course need help with setup/break down so there's a role for all those who are planning on running too.

If you are able to assist, please email  and a note will be made of your availability. We will put names against roles nearer the day.

 

Junior news

 

Surrey XC League Matches on 12th October by Dave Mills

The first of four Surrey XC League matches took place on Saturday. With RPAC hosting the Ladies match in the Priory there was a big turnout of youngsters from the club with the U13 girls A team finishing in 5th place. Shakila Keable was our first runner home finishing in 11th place.
 


In the U17 and U15 races we had incomplete teams but there were particularly strong runs by Lucy Broderick (6th U17) and Lucy Dénecé (11th U15).
 
 


The boys were in action at Effingham Common and the U13's took 4th place in the team result (only 1 point off third). Oscar Curry and Joe Walker both ran well in the U15 race.
 
The remaining fixtures in the Surrey XC League are:
 
Boys 
Saturday 9 November - Wimbledon Common
Saturday 11 January - Beckenham
Saturday 8 February - Lloyd Park, Croydon

Girls
Saturday 9 November - Mitcham Common
Saturday 11 January - Wimbledon Common
Saturday 8 February - Richmond Park
 

Dates for Juniors' diaries before Christmas

This is not the exhaustive list - see the calendar too.

Tuesday 22nd October 7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Sunday 3rd November Border League at Farnborough hosted by AFD.

Saturday 9th November second Surrey League fixtures. More details to follow.

Tuesday 26th November 7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Sunday 1st December Border League at Lightwater Country Park hosted by Bracknell AC.

 

Senior news

 

Surrey League XC in Reigate's Priory Park on Saturday 12th October

Our men's A team was 3rd in the Div 2 fixture, and the men's B team was 6th in the B team results. The ladies A team was 14th team home in the Div 1 fixture, and the ladies B team was 26th. You can see the men's individual results here and the ladies individual results here. Team results will be published on our website soon. Well done to all participants!

 

Oxford Half on Sunday 13th October

David and Ailsa Nurse completed the Oxford Half Marathon last Sunday. See their results here.

 

Cabbage Patch 10 @ Twickenham on Sunday 13th October

Adam and Karen Lloyd ran the Cabbage Patch 10 last Sunday. See their results here

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 15th October 7:00PM

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Warm up and drills

High knees walking; butt kicks; A & B skips; open/close the gate; sidesteps; squats; lunges; high skips; tuck jumps; arms swings, punches; then high knees running in sets of 30 strides.

Then

300m paarlauf in pairs of similar ability.

45 mins sessions

Less intense

300m reps (as a group)

100m walk/jog recovery in between to re-group

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 16th October 7:00PM

Meet at the Sovereign Centre at 7:00 p.m.

Please wear bright/reflective clothing and head torches.

 

Winter road session in Reigate on Thursday 17th October 6:00PM

Meet at 6.pm on Bell Street outside Majestic Wine for 6.pm.

This week we will jog the half mile to South Walk/ East Walk at the Bottom of the Croydon Road. The session will be 3 short loops, then 3 long, then 3 short, about 5 miles. There is a less intense session of 2 short 2 long 2 short or about 3.5 miles.

The aim is to run the short loops at a fast pace and the long loops steady.

Short loop goes up Orchard Road and back down East Walk. The long lop goes up Orchard Road, along Rushworth Road, Castlefield Road and back long the path next to Church Street.

Please wear bright/reflective clothing and head torches.

 

Surrey Masters Cross Country Championships @ Morden Park on Saturday 19th October 

Entries are closed for this event, but good luck to all of our participants for this Saturday!

 

Sunday Run on Sunday 20th October 

Ian and I will be at the Great South Run this Sunday. I suggest that you meet at the café in Priory Park for a run across the fields to Brockham.

 

Great South Run @ Southsea on Sunday 20th October

Sarah and I will be going to this event, and there are others taking part too. I'm happy to coordinate car sharing if you'd like to. Just email me on 

Jimmy James Handicap event 2 @ Dorking on Thursday 24th October

Sounds like everyone had a great time at the last Jimmy James event.

Meet at the Denbies' roundabout at 19:15 for a 19:30 start.

Don't forget hi-viz clothing and a torch. You will not be able to run without them.

 

MABAC league @ Nonsuch Park on Sunday 27th October

Mark this one in your diaries. Details are available here, but there will a communication sent out about this event shortly.

 

Priory Relays @ Priory Park on Saturday 2nd November

You should have received an email about this event from Nat and Tom on Monday 14th October that you should read.

Each leg is approximately 2.5 miles (a single long XC lap) and is run entirely within the Priory Park.  The men’s race consists of 4 legs and the ladies 3 legs.  Club vests must be worn and all athletes must be 17 years or older on race day.

Please let the relevant captains know by Saturday 26th October if you would like to run in a team.

Men’s Captain Tom Almond (responses will also go to Fran and Rick)

Ladies Captain Nat Wilson (responses will also go to Gillian O’Regan)

Further information can be found at www.prioryrelays.com

 

Remaining Surrey League XC venues for the diaries

Ladies 

9 November 2019 Mitcham Common, 11:00 Senior Div 2, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:00 Senior Div 1 (senior race is 6k)

11 January 2020 Wimbledon Common,  11:00 Senior Div 1, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:30 Senior Div 2 (senior race is 8k)

8 February 2020 Richmond Park, 11:00 Senior Div 2, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:00 Senior Div 1 (senior race is 8k)

Men's

9 November 2019 Wimbledon Common 15:00 Div 2 Senior Men (incl. U20 and Vets)

11 January 2020 Chobham Common 15:00 Div 2 Senior Men (incl. U20 and Vets)

8 February 2020 LLoyd Park 15:00 Div 2 Senior Men (incl. U20 and Vets)

 

How the Men's Section keep in touch

We use the app Teamer as a central source of information and a registration for races through the season. It’s important you join this because it makes organisation a lot easier. Get in touch by sending an email to  if you would like to be added to Teamer.


We also have a men's WhatsApp group, if you're not in it and want to be please send an email to  and you'll be added. We use it to update on exact locations at races, lift sharing and all manner of discussions.

 

Quiz night @ The Blue Anchor Thursday 17th October by Paul Walters

You can see above the quiz competitors at the Blue Anchor last week - Stewart, Ashleigh, Jack, me, Annette and Moray. We blatantly played our joker on the wrong round, and came second with 98 points to the winning total of 100 points.

If you'd like to be part of the "RPAC" team for the next quiz night at the Blue Anchor in West Street, Reigate for this Thursday 17th October please let me know by emailing me on 

It's £2 per person to enter the quiz, and you need to arrive by at least 7:45PM for an 8:00PM start (I'll probably arrive at about 7:25PM).

You might remember that a few weeks ago our winning prize was £40. This was donated to the East Surrey Live at Home Scheme. Annette presented us with a thank you letter from the scheme.

 

Dates for the diary

Thursday 24th October Jimmy James Handicap event 2

Sunday 27th October the next MABAC league event at Nonsuch Park

Saturday 2nd November our very own Priory Relays in Priory Park

Saturday 23rd November Parkrun Tourism with *minibus travel* - venue to be confirmed soon

 

RunFestRun 2020 - take note, this item will be removed in the next newsletter

We have been asked to publicise RunFestRun 2020, as below...

The festival plays host to top talent and running legends and invites you to enjoy a weekend of running like no other – from timed races including a 2.5k, 3k, 5k, 10k and half marathon to suit every ability, through to madness and mayhem with our Fun Run, Neon Night Run and all new for 2020: The Party Run (because why run and then party when you can do it all at the same time?!)

Running Club Relay and Discounted Tickets

We have a special offer and race for all you club runners – so get involved!

Running Club Relay - Club affiliated runners gain automatic entry into our Running Club Relay, where clubs from all over the country are invited to compete in the company of running legends for the coveted title of Running Club Relay Champions!

Running Club 10% discount - We're offering a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more. Let us know if you want to join us for a 10% discount.

Check out our website here and highlights from last year’s event here.

We look forward to welcoming your club runners to the nation’s big new running party – don’t miss out!

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Update from the Chair, October 2019

Update from the Chair, October 2019

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A while since I wrote an Update, a lot of what I used to cover is now included in the weekly news article published by Paul Walters and Andrew Bamford. Thanks guys!

However, there are now a few items of long term relevance for all members and parents/guardians, so it's time for me to put pen to paper.

England Athletics Review

Natalie Kavanagh-Clarke has now completed the review and submitted her report to us. The Committee met with her in September to discuss the report and to develop a set of detailed actions. As soon as we have finalised our draft of these actions, including delivery dates, we will share these with the entire membership. There will then be an opportunity for everyone to provide feedback, to ensure that the actions are consistent with the requirements of the entire club, not just the committee.

One action we are taking immediately is to review our vision of what the club should be. I am not expecting a massive change to the vision that already has been published on the website and in the 2014-19 Development Plan, but an outcome from the review is that we need to be clearer about the aims of the club and who we cater for. Watch this space for an update on this after our committee meeting on Wednesday (9th October).

I would like to emphasise that any actions we take will be to further improve the club, so that it meets the needs and goals of ALL our members - we are already doing well, Jas (Dhanda, Membership Secretary) has this week processed 28 new membership applications (3 Seniors, 3 Juniors and 22 Junior Academy). Welcome to all our new members, I hope to meet as many of you as possible at some point.

Priory Relays Sponsor

I am delighted to be able to announce that we have a new sponsor for the Priory Relays in 2019: Nutraceuticals Group Europe. Nutraceuticals are a local company based in Merstham, who specialise in nutritional and health ingredients and are recognised by many as the experts in this field.

We look forward to working with them at the Priory Relays this year, and to a mutually beneficial partnership.

I would also like to take the opportunity to thank our previous sponsors, Thurlowe Clarke, for their support of the Relays over the years, Thurlowe Clarke will continue to support our Summer Evening 10k in 2020.

Awards Evening 2019 - A date for your diaries

Advanced notice that the Awards Evening, at which we will present the 2019 Awards for both Juniors and Seniors, has been booked for the evening of Saturday 18th January 2020. The venue is a new one for the club: Reigate Priory Cricket Club.

The plan is to ensure that the evening caters for both juniors and seniors, exact details will follow closer to the date.

Summary Minutes

The summary minutes for the July committee meetings are available here (website login required).

Malcolm Woodman

Reigate Priory AC Club News 7th October 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 7th October 2019

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Surrey League Cross Country This Saturday 12th October

Seniors and juniors are in action this coming Saturday.

In Priory Park there are the following races 

11:00 Senior Ladies Division 1, 12:00 Girls U15/U17, 12:30 Girls U13, 13:00 Senior Ladies Division 2, 14:00 Senior Men Division 2

We are still looking for a couple of volunteers to help out in the afternoon. If you haven't already volunteered, please do so by emailing 

The boys are racing on Effingham Common with the U13 race at 14:00 and the U15/U17 race at 14:30.
 
Seniors:  If you are intending to run please let your team captain know by emailing them in advance of the race.
Juniors: If you are intending to run please ensure you contact either Dave Mills or Mike Gent in advance of the race so that they can ensure you are registered correctly.
 

Club Social Thursday 3rd October

A social evening was held at the Prince of Wales pub in Holmesdale Road on Thursday 3rd October. I think that everyone who turned up had an enjoyable evening. 

 

Parkrun Tourism Event 4 Horsham Saturday 5th October

Thirteen RPAC athletes took part in the latest Parkrun tourism event at Horsham on Saturday. Strong performances were followed up by a delicious breakfast in Newdigate. Details and pictures are here...

Details of the next event in November are still TBC.

 

Junior news

 

Surrey XC League Matches on 12th October by Dave Mills

The boys are on Effingham Common with the U13 race at 2pm and the U15/U17 race at 2.30pm.
 
The girls match is in Priory Park with the U15/U17 race at 12.00pm and the U13G'S at 12.30.
 
Anyone in school year six and above is eligible to run and more details will be sent out nearer the time.
 
If you are intending to run please ensure you contact either Dave Mills or Mike Gent in advance of the race so that they can ensure you are registered correctly.
 

Border League - Junior Cross Country League by Mike Gent

We have signed up again to the Border League for the 2019/2020 Cross Country season.

This is for all Juniors from U9s to U15s.

The first three matches are

3 November at Farnborough hosted by AFD
1 December at Lightwater Country Park hosted by Bracknell AC
2 February at Stoke Park, Guildford hosted by Guildford 

Please note that the fourth race is on Sunday 1 March in Reigate, so we will be looking for lots of athletes to race and lots of parents to volunteer.

 

Dates for Juniors' diaries before Christmas

This is not the exhaustive list - see the calendar too.

Saturday 12th October the first Surrey League fixtures. Junior girls in Reigate Priory Park, the boys on Effingham Common. More details nearer the time but any U17, U15 and U13 athletes can take part.

Tuesday 22nd October  7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Sunday 3rd November Border League at Farnborough hosted by AFD.

Saturday 9th November second Surrey League fixtures. More details to follow.

Tuesday 26th November 7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Sunday 1st December Border League at Lightwater Country Park hosted by Bracknell AC.

 

Senior news

 

Ed Prickett 5000m K2, Crawley on Wednesday 2nd October

A strong RPAC team made up the lion's share of the athletes participating in the Ed Prickett 5000m at K2 last Wednesday with RPAC runners taking 3 out of the top 5 places.  Full results are available here.

 

MABAC Results from Lightwater Country Park 22nd September 

The results are finally available here. A good turnout has moved us into 7th place in the league. 

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 8th October 7:00PM

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Warm up and drills

High knees walking; butt kicks; A & B skips; open/close the gate; sidesteps; squats; lunges; high skips; tuck jumps; arms swings, punches; then high knees running in sets of 30 strides

Then

6 x 6mins

Fast burst for 30 secs at 2mins 30 secs and 5 mins 30 secs.

90 secs recovery between reps

Less intense

Sets of 500m steady, 100m fast.

100m walk/jog recovery between sets

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 2nd October 7:00PM

Meet at the Sovereign Centre at 7:00 p.m for loops of the Chain Pond in Meadvale. For more details see the calendar.

 

Winter road session in Reigate on Thursday 10th October 6:00PM

Easy 1 mile jog to Pilgrims Way. The session is 2 short loops then 2 long loops followed by 2 short loops. This is about 5.3 miles. There is a less intense option of 2 short, 1 long, 2 short which is 4 miles. We will then jog the mile back to Bell Street afterwards.

If you want to check the route in advance then the short loop is starting from Somer's Road, up Pilgrims Way, Brokes Road, St Albans Road back to Somers Road.

The long loop goes all the way up pilgrims way to Underhill Park Road, Beech Road, then back through Brokes Road to St Albans Road and back to Somers Road.

 Please wear bright/ reflective clothing and bring a head torch if possible

 

Sunday Run on Sunday 13th October 

 Meet at the café in Priory Park for a run across the fields to Brockham to inspect the bonfire construction on the green. 100 minutes at roughly 10 minute mile pace

 

News from the field 

Kate Knight took part in the Loch Ness Marathon on 6th October finishing in a time of 6:39:32. This was some 21 minutes faster than last year and she says this is her best result for a long time.

Closer to home Moray Carey completed the Titsey Trail 10k on 6th October in 1:11:23.

 

Ladies Cross Country season venues from Nat Wilson

Here are the start times and venues for the season to be put on your calendars...

12 October 2019 Priory Park, Reigate, 11:00 Senior Div 1, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:30 Senior Div 2 (senior race is 6k)

9 November 2019 Mitcham Common, 11:00 Senior Div 2, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:00 Senior Div 1 (senior race is 6k)

11 January 2020 Wimbledon Common,  11:00 Senior Div 1, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:30 Senior Div 2 (senior race is 8k)

8 February 2020 Richmond Park, 11:00 Senior Div 2, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:00 Senior Div 1 (senior race is 8k)

More information on the individual races, such as course routes and travel directions will be provided by the host clubs nearer the time.

 

Men's Cross Country season venues   

12 October 2019 Priory Park, Reigate, 14:00 Div 2 Senior Men (incl. U20 and Vets)

9 November 2019 Wimbledon Common 15:00 Div 2 Senior Men (incl. U20 and Vets)

11 January 2020 Chobham Common 15:00 Div 2 Senior Men (incl. U20 and Vets)

8 February 2020 LLoyd Park 15:00 Div 2 Senior Men (incl. U20 and Vets)

More information on the individual races, such as course routes and travel directions will be provided by the host clubs nearer the time.

Please read the email from Tom and make note of the use of Teamer and WhatsApp.

 

Quiz night @ The Blue Anchor Thursday 10th October by Paul Walters

If you'd like to be part of the "RPAC" team for the next quiz night at the Blue Anchor in West Street, Reigate for this Thursday 10th October please let me know by emailing me on 

It's £2 per person to enter the quiz, and you need to arrive by at least 7:45PM for an 8:00PM start.

 

Possible dates for the diary

Saturday 12th October Surrey League Ladies and Mens XC in Priory Park.

Saturday 2nd November our very own Priory Relays in Priory Park

 

RunFestRun 2020

We have been asked to publicise RunFestRun 2020, as below...

The festival plays host to top talent and running legends and invites you to enjoy a weekend of running like no other – from timed races including a 2.5k, 3k, 5k, 10k and half marathon to suit every ability, through to madness and mayhem with our Fun Run, Neon Night Run and all new for 2020: The Party Run (because why run and then party when you can do it all at the same time?!)

Running Club Relay and Discounted Tickets

We have a special offer and race for all you club runners – so get involved!

Running Club Relay - Club affiliated runners gain automatic entry into our Running Club Relay, where clubs from all over the country are invited to compete in the company of running legends for the coveted title of Running Club Relay Champions!

Running Club 10% discount - We're offering a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more. Let us know if you want to join us for a 10% discount.

Check out our website here and highlights from last year’s event here.

We look forward to welcoming your club runners to the nation’s big new running party – don’t miss out!

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Parkrun tourism event 4 @ Horsham Saturday October 5th 2019

Parkrun tourism event 4 @ Horsham Saturday October 5th 2019

Category: Seniors News

Thirteen people attended Horsham Parkrun on Saturday October 5th 2019.

We set off from Reigate Heath car park, Flanchford Road at 8AM to arrive at Horsham with plenty of time for a toilet stop, photo opportunity, warm up, etc. 

Results as below...

Pos parkrunner Time Age grading Notes
9 Frank O'Regan 19:54 67.09% First timer
83 Andrew Bamford 24:08 66.44% New course PB
149 Sue Carnell 26:21 69.64% First timer
180 Paul Byrne 27:28 64.20% First timer
197 Adrian Grant 28:00 56.79%  
214 Stewart McIntyre 28:29 62.67% First timer
217 Fran Afonso 28:33 60.19% New course PB
280 Usha Stevens 30:19 53.99% New course PB
309 Phil Liberman 31:16 47.92%  
371 Sarah Walters 33:36 53.87% New course PB

Full results are here.

Unfortunately I was a spectator today, but it did give me the chance to take some photos with my little Canon camera - below.

There really were some fantastic results from Reigate Priory AC today - I was witness to some really strong running with a huge effort, as can be seen in the results above.

We finished up in Tanhouse Farm Shop for a slap-up breakfast!

Photos follow - I'll put the un-resized versions on our Facebook group.

 

In picture are Gillian and Frank O'Regan, Phil Liberman (guest), Fran Afonso, Paul Byrne, Stewart McIntyre, Adrian Grant, Sue Carnell, Andrew Bashford, Usha Stevens, Sarah Walters and Paul Walters. Jerry Carnell also in attendance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reigate Priory AC Club News 30th September 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 30th September 2019

Category: All Club News

Club news for everyone

 

Call for volunteers for upcoming races

Seniors, older juniors and parents of juniors were sent an email from Sam and Usha on 13th September regarding a call for volunteers - see this.

We are hosting three events in the coming months, the Surrey League Cross Country on Saturday 12th October, the Priory Relays on Saturday 2nd November, and the Holly Run on Sunday 15th December.

Further calls for volunteers for these two latter races will be made nearer the dates.

In the meantime, if you can spare a few hours to volunteer at the cross country races on 12th October, please let us know by emailing 

 

A date for the diary - club social this Thursday 3rd October

Please join us for a social evening at the Prince of Wales pub (Holmesdale Road) on this Thursday 3 October.

An area has been reserved in the lounge area from 7pm and all Seniors and Junior parents are welcome!

We hope any new members will take the opportunity to meet members of the club in this informal setting.

 

Parkrun Tourism event 4 to Horsham this Saturday 5th October by Paul Walters

We want to invite senior Reigate Priory AC members, parents of junior members and accompanied junior members along to the parkrun. Note that for club members, we want to encourage you to wear your Reigate Priory AC vest.

Meet at the Flanchford Road Car Park, Flanchford Road, Reigate RH2 8AB @ 7:55AM to car share for an 8:00AM get-away to Horsham parkrun. We will go to the Pavilions in the Park car park (next to the sports centre) RH12 2DF.

On your return you're all welcome to visit Tanhouse Farm Shop, Rusper Road, Dorking, RH5 5BX for coffee / tea / breakfast.

Hope you can make it! If you have any queries about our parkrun visit, please email 

 

Junior news

 

Surrey XC League Matches on 12th October by Dave Mills

The boys are on Effingham Common with the U13 race at 2pm and the U15/U17 race at 2.30pm.
 
The girls match is in Priory Park with the U15/U17 race at 12.00pm and the U13G'S at 12.30.
 
Anyone in school year six and above is eligible to run and more details will be sent out nearer the time.
 

Border League - Junior Cross Country League by Mike Gent

We have signed up again to the Border League for the 2019/2020 Cross Country season.

This is for all Juniors from U9s to U15s.

The first three matches are

3 November at Farnborough hosted by AFD
1 December at Lightwater Country Park hosted by Bracknell AC
2 February at Stoke Park, Guildford hosted by Guildford 

Please note that the fourth race is on Sunday 1 March in Reigate, so we will be looking for lots of athletes to race and lots of parents to volunteer.

 

Dates for Juniors' diaries before Christmas

This is not the exhaustive list - see the calendar too.

Saturday 12th October the first Surrey League fixtures. Junior girls in Reigate Priory Park, the boys on Effingham Common. More details nearer the time but any U17, U15 and U13 athletes can take part.

Tuesday 22nd October  7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Sunday 3rd November Border League at Farnborough hosted by AFD.

Saturday 9th November second Surrey League fixtures. More details to follow.

Tuesday 26th November 7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Sunday 1st December Border League at Lightwater Country Park hosted by Bracknell AC.

 

Senior news

 

Jimmy James Handicap Event 1 Thursday 26th September.

A team of 19 RPAC athletes took part in the first fixture of the 2019/20 Jimmy James Handicap. Full details can be found here.

 

New Marathon PB for Matt Aylott in Berlin Sunday 29th September.

Matt Aylott took 8 minutes of his Marathon PB on Sunday. Read the full article here.

 

Barns Green Half Marathon and 10K Sunday 29th September.

A small team of RPAC runners took part in the Barns Green Half Marathon and 10k on Sunday. Mike Pocock was first home for the men and Ginevra Stoneley was first home for the ladies. Fran Afonso was the sole RPAC representative in the 10k. Full results will be published when available.

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 1st October 7:00PM

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Warm up and drills

High knees walking; butt kicks; A & B skips; open/close the gate; sidesteps; squats; lunges; high skips; tuck jumps; arms swings, punches; then high knees running in sets of 30 strides

Then

1K at 10K pace with 200m jog recovery, then up to 8 sets of:

500m with 100m jog

300m with 100m jog

200m with 100m jog

45 min session

Less intense

Same as above, but 200m walk/jog after the 200m 

 

Ed Prickett 5000m K2, Crawley on Wednesday 2nd October. Registration 7:15 - 8:00PM

Starts at 8:20 p.m. For more details see the calendar.  

 

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 2nd October 7:00PM

Meet at the Sovereign Centre at 7:00 p.m. For more details see the calendar.

 

Winter road session in Reigate on Thursday 3rd October 6:00PM

 Road sessions will start this Thursday. Meet outside Majestic Wine in Bell St at 6:00 p.m. Details of the session are on the calendar.

 

What is Kate Knight up to?

Not content with being the first RPAC runner to finish the Jimmy James Handicap on Thursday, Kate went on to complete the 50K North Downs Challenge Ultra on Saturday in 13:50:04 and the Barns Green Half Marathon in 03:25:03 on Sunday.

Kate describes the Ultra as being "very tough and tricky in places including the third section which included Box Hill and the Stepping Stones"; she finished at 21:45. Despite her very long day on Saturday Kate still managed to shave four minutes off her previous best time at Barns Green the following morning. She is competing in the Loch Ness Marathon next weekend. 

 

YMCA Quiz Friday 27th September

Stewart McIntyre's Red'n'Blue Army took part in the YMCA fundraising quiz on Friday evening. Despite the quiz master doing her best to bamboozle us with rounds on Boy Bands and Roald Dahl, we finished in a creditable 4th place, just 2.5 points behind the winners...and in case you're wondering I won the bear in the raffle!

 

 

Ladies Cross Country season venues from Nat Wilson

Here are the start times and venues for the season to be put on your calendars...

12 October 2019 Priory Park, Reigate, 11:00 Senior Div 1, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:30 Senior Div 2 (senior race is 6k)

9 November 2019 Mitcham Common, 11:00 Senior Div 2, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:00 Senior Div 1 (senior race is 6k)

11 January 2020 Wimbledon Common,  11:00 Senior Div 1, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:30 Senior Div 2 (senior race is 8k)

8 February 2020 Richmond Park, 11:00 Senior Div 2, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:00 Senior Div 1 (senior race is 8k)

More information on the individual races, such as course routes and travel directions will be provided by the host clubs nearer the time.

 

Men's Cross Country season venues   

12 October 2019 Priory Park, Reigate, 12:00 Div 2 Senior Men (incl. U20 and Vets)

9 November 2019 Wimbledon Common 15:00 Div 2 Senior Men (incl. U20 and Vets)

11 January 2020 Chobham Common 15:00 Div 2 Senior Men (incl. U20 and Vets)

8 February 2020 LLoyd Park 15:00 Div 2 Senior Men (incl. U20 and Vets)

More information on the individual races, such as course routes and travel directions will be provided by the host clubs nearer the time.

 

Possible dates for the diary

Wednesday 2nd October Ed Pricket 5000m @K2 7:15 - 9:00PM

Thursday 3rd October Reigate Priory AC social @ Prince of Wales, Holmesdale Road, Reigate from 7PM

Saturday 5th October Parkrun tourism at Horsham - details above.

Saturday 12th October Surrey League Ladies and Mens XC in Priory Park.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Matt Triumphs in Berlin

Matt Triumphs in Berlin

Category: Seniors News

Months of hard graft paid off for Matt Aylott in Berlin yesterday as he smashed his marathon PB by eight minutes and was four minutes inside his age category target with a finish time of 2:40:33. His 5K split times were incredibly consistent - ranging from 18:50 to 19:18. Congratulations Matt!

Kate Comes Home First

Kate Comes Home First

Category: Seniors News

A near record turnout of 19 RPAC runners took part in the first Jimmy James Handicap race of the 2019/20 season. This is an event hosted by Dorking and Mole Valley AC and is run in conjunction with their Winter Handicap Series. The course is approximately 6km or 3.8 miles in total and comprises two laps that take in Denbies Car Park, London Road and Calvert Road. 

It was really nice to see some many new joiners taking part -  Jamilla Ncayiyana, Jenny Carus, Michael Bashford, Craig Parke and Ian Stammars (apologies if I've missed anyone) - as well as some long term stalwarts. There were some very strong performances, but it was Kate Knight's day as she finished a good 30 seconds ahead of the next RPAC runner (Frank O'Regan). Full results will be published as soon as they are available.

The next Jimmy James Handicap race will be held on Thursday 24th October.

MABAC Fixture Lightwater Country Park 22nd September 2019

MABAC Fixture Lightwater Country Park 22nd September 2019

Category: Seniors News

Although numbers were a little down down on the two previous events, it was still a strong RPAC team that travelled to Lightwater Country Park on Sunday 22nd September for the latest MABAC fixture.
One of the great things about the MABAC league is that you get to see parts of Surrey that you don't normally visit. Lightwater Country Park is on the North Western fringes of Surrey, just off Junction 3 of the M3.

The Country Park is heathland, so underfoot the course is mostly compacted sand and gravel. I think the course is best described as undulating as there are a couple of uphill sections, only one steep one, and one really steep downhill.

The thunder and lighting that was threatened earlier in the weekend did not materialise and we started in warm sunshine with some very dark clouds looming ominously on the horizon. By the time most runners were on their second lap it was raining fairly hard, fortunately there were some wooded areas that provided a bit of shelter.

The full results are not available at the time of writing, however Chaarl Jordan finished in 1st place overall in a shade over 30 minutes. Gavin Lawrence was I believe, 5th or 6th overall and not too far behind Chaarl. Thereafter I am not completely sure of the order but I think it was Frank O'Regan, Paddy Patrick, Paul Chandler, Paul Sapsard, Andrew Bamford, Anna Roberson, Ian Edmonds, Annette Morris, Natalie Laing, Adrian Grant. Moray Laing completed the one lap course.

I think the RPAC team will have scored very well and I look forward to seeing the results. 

There are a few pictures courtesy of Gillian O'Regan.  See also the report on the MABAC website here and some photos here.

RPAC Juniors @ the obstacle course

RPAC Juniors @ the obstacle course

Over 35 Juniors spent a social afternoon at Take Shape's Obstacle Course, the 10 acre course comprises of 30 stations and is set in beautiful countryside in Bletchingly, Redhill.

The event allowed them all to socialise in an informal setting and spend two hours running around on a glorious sunny afternoon. Thanks to the parents and members of the committee who came along to help and contributed to this successful event.

[Ed] And a massive thank you to Sam Burnett who did all the hard work  organising the venue and making sure everybody had a great afternoon.

RPAC Obstacle course pic 4 RPAC Obstacle course pic 6 RPAC Obstacle course pic 7

RPAC Obstacle course pic 1 RPAC Obstacle course pic 8

RPAC Obstacle course pic 2 RPAC Obstacle course pic 5

RPAC Obstacle course pic 3

Reigate Priory AC Club News 23rd September 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 23rd September 2019

Category: All Club News

Club news for everyone

 

Call for volunteers for upcoming races

Seniors, older juniors and parents of juniors were sent an email from Sam and Usha on 13th September regarding a call for volunteers - see this.

We are hosting three events in the coming months, the Surrey League Cross Country on Saturday 12th October, the Priory Relays on Saturday 2nd November, and the Holly Run on Sunday 15th December.

Further calls for volunteers for these two latter races will be made nearer the dates.

In the meantime, if you can spare a few hours to volunteer at the cross country races on 12th October, please let us know by emailing 

 

A date for the diary - club social Thursday 3rd October

Advance notice that Reigate Priory AC are organising a social in The Lounge Area of the Prince of Wales, Holmesdale Road, Reigate from 7PM on Thursday 3rd October. Further details to follow.

 

Parkrun Tourism to Horsham on Saturday 5th October by Paul Walters

Meet at the Reigate Heath car park in Flanchford Road @ 7:55AM to car share for an 8:00AM get-away to Horsham parkrun. We will go to the Pavilions in the Park car park (next to the sports centre) RH12 2DF.

If you have any queries about our parkrun visit, please email 

 

Junior news

 

Obstacle Course/Social event @ Bletchingley Saturday 21st September

A massive thank you to Sam Burnett for organising a really enjoyable social event at Take Shape's Obstacle Course in Bletchingley. Full details of the event can be found here. 

  

Dates for Juniors' diaries before Christmas

This is not the exhaustive list - see the calendar too.

Tuesday 24th September 7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Saturday 12th October the first Surrey League fixtures. Junior girls in Reigate Priory Park, the boys on Effingham Common. More details nearer the time but any U17, U15 and U13 athletes can take part.

Tuesday 22nd October  7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Sunday 3rd November Border League at Farnborough hosted by AFD.

Saturday 9th November second Surrey League fixtures. More details to follow.

Tuesday 26th November 7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Sunday 1st December Border League at Lightwater Country Park hosted by Bracknell AC.

 

Senior news

 

 MABAC Fixture @ Lightwater Country Park Sunday 22nd September.

A team of 13 RPAC athletes travelled to the outer reaches of Surrey to take part in the latest MABAC fixture. Chaarl Jordan romped home in 1st place. Full details can be found here

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 24th September 7:00PM

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Warm up and drills

High knees walking; butt kicks; A & B skips; open/close the gate; sidesteps; squats; lunges; high skips; tuck jumps; arms swings, punches; then high knees running in sets of 30 strides

Then

400m relays in teams of 4 of similar ability.

Usual arrangement of lead 200m/follow 200m.

45 mins session.

Less intense

3 or 4 sets of: 4 x 400m, 200m jog recovery (regroup)

400m jog recovery between sets

  

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 25th September 7:00PM is CANCELLED 

This week's session is cancelled because of the Jimmy James Handicap

 

There will be no session in Reigate on Thursday 26th September because of the Jimmy James Handicap

 Road sessions will start on Thursday 26th September. Details of the session are on the calendar.

 

Jimmy James Handicap @ Denbies Thursday 26th September 

This is the first event in the 2019/20 Jimmy James Handicap series. It is being run in conjunction with the Dorking and Mole Valley AC Winter Handicap. Full details of the event are here.

There are a few really important things to note: 

  • If you haven't already done so, please let me know if you intend to run by 5 pm on Wednesday 25th (). 
  • Please make sure you wear hi-viz and carry a torch (preferably a head torch); you will not be allowed to run without them.
  • If you intend to stay for supper after the race the cost is £7 for a meat option and £6.50 for the veggie option. You need to let Dorking know your menu choice by Wednesday afternoon by following this link.  

Ladies Cross Country season venues from Nat Wilson

Here are the start times and venues for the season to be put on your calendars...

12 October 2019 Priory Park, Reigate, 11:00 Senior Div 1, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:30 Senior Div 2 (senior race is 6k)

9 November 2019 Mitcham Common, 11:00 Senior Div 2, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:00 Senior Div 1 (senior race is 6k)

11 January 2020 Wimbledon Common,  11:00 Senior Div 1, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:30 Senior Div 2 (senior race is 8k)

8 February 2020 Richmond Park, 11:00 Senior Div 2, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:00 Senior Div 1 (senior race is 8k)

More information on the individual races, such as course routes and travel directions will be provided by the host clubs nearer the time.

Men's Cross Country season venues   

12 October 2019 Priory Park, Reigate, 12:00 Div 2 Senior Men (incl. U20 and Vets)

9 November 2019 Wimbledon Common 15:00 Div 2 Senior Men (incl. U20 and Vets)

11 January 2020 Chobham Common 15:00 Div 2 Senior Men (incl. U20 and Vets)

8 February 2020 LLoyd Park 15:00 Div 2 Senior Men (incl. U20 and Vets)

More information on the individual races, such as course routes and travel directions will be provided by the host clubs nearer the time.

Possible dates for the diary

Sunday 29th September Barns Green Half Marathon club championship - see this

Wednesday 2nd October Ed Pricket 5000m @K2 7:15 - 9:00PM

Thursday 3rd October Reigate Priory AC social @ Prince of Wales, Holmesdale Road, Reigate from 7PM

Saturday 5th October Parkrun tourism at Horsham - more details to follow.

Saturday 12th October Surrey League Ladies and Mens XC in Priory Park.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is  

Reigate Priory AC Club News 16th September 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 16th September 2019

Category: All Club News

Club news for everyone

 

Call for volunteers for upcoming races

Seniors, older juniors and parents of juniors were sent an email from Sam and Usha on 13th September regarding a call for volunteers - see this.

We are hosting three events in the coming months, the Surrey League Cross Country on Saturday 12th October, the Priory Relays on Saturday 2nd November, and the Holly Run on Sunday 15th December.

Further calls for volunteers for these two latter races will be made nearer the dates.

In the meantime, if you can spare a few hours to volunteer at the cross country races on 12th October, please let us know by emailing 

 

Our visitors from Brunoy w/e of 14th and 15th September by Sarah Walters

As part of the Reigate and Banstead Twinning Weekend with our Twin town of Brunoy in France, some RPAC members and their families hosted 4 runners for the Run Reigate event on Sunday.

Agnes Klein was first Vet 50 lady home with a time of 1:39:32, Celine Cremmydas finished in 1:47:18, Pascal Dupont in 1:51:09 and Marie-Ange Nardone in 1:58:13.

An invitation has been extended to RPAC to return to France for an event in 2020, details to follow.

 The photo above shows RPAC juniors Amelie and Sophia with their family guest Pascal and their sign to cheer him on.

 

Junior news

 

Obstacle Course/Social event @ Bletchingley Saturday 21st September 3-5 PM by Sam Burnett

* STOP PRESS: There are now just 7 places remaining. If your junior would like to come along please book before noon on Tuesday 17th September.*

We have organised a fun session which is open to *all* members of the Junior Academy and Junior section. 

The Junior section has over 150 members and we thought some of you may like the opportunity to meet up after the long summer holidays and have a fun session at the beginning of term. 

We will have exclusive use of an obstacle course in the beautiful countryside just minutes from Reigate/Reigate in Bletchingley.

You should have received an email about this event on Tuesday 30th July with booking instructions. Please send a message to  if you have not received this email.

Make sure that you book your place now as there are a limited number of places for this event.

 

Dates for Junior's diaries before Xmas

I thought we'd try a different view this week of a round-up of up-and-coming events. Let me know what you think. This is not the exhaustive list - see the calendar too.

Saturday 21st September 3-5PM Obstacle Course / Social event - see above.

Tuesday 24th September 7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Saturday 12th October the first Surrey League fixtures. Junior girls in Reigate Priory Park, the boys on Effingham Common. More details nearer the time but any U17, U15 and U13 athletes can take part.

Tuesday 22nd October  7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Sunday 3rd November Border League at Farnborough hosted by AFD.

Saturday 9th November second Surrey League fixtures. More details to follow.

Tuesday 26th November 7PM monthly Tuesday session for Juniors at K2, Crawley.

Sunday 1st December Border League at Lightwater Country Park hosted by Bracknell AC.

 

Senior news

 

Surrey Road Relays @ Wimbledon Saturday 14th September

We fielded three teams for this event - W35 (bronze), M40 (5th place) and M60 (bronze). Of particular note is an overlap of competitors between this event and the Reigate Half the day after, with some fantastic times - really impressive. You can see the results here and a news article here.

 

Kew Gardens 10K @ Richmond Runfest Saturday 14th September

Moray Carey finished this event in a time of 1:04:58 in preparation for some serious Run Reigate marshaling duties on Sunday as can be seen below...

Here are Naomi Jones and Paul Chandler with Moray.

 

Run Reigate @ Reigate Sunday 15th September

Congratulations to all of our 44 finishers at Run Reigate today. You can see all of the results from the events here and a news article here. Special mention to Graham Bull who was presented with an award on the stage for his fantastic half marathon performance.

Note: For 2019 only, because of the clash of the Run Reigate Half Marathon (15th September) with the Surrey Road Relays on Saturday 14th September, it has been decided to hold the 2019 Half Marathon Championship over 2 races, Run Reigate and Barns Green (29th September). The Club Championship will be decided based on the amalgamated results from the 2 races, using chip timing. 

If you still want to run in this championship it's shared between the Reigate Half and Barns Green Half on 29th September - read about it and enter here.

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 17th September 7:00PM - Half Marathon focus

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Warm up and drills

High knees walking; butt kicks; A & B skips; open/close the gate; sidesteps; squats; lunges; high skips; tuck jumps; arms swings, punches; then high knees running in sets of 30 strides


Then

Pyramid: Reps of 4,5,6,7,6,5,4 mins with rest between of 1, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 1.5, 1.25 mins.

Less intense

Reverse pyramid: 600m, 800m, 1000m, 1200m, 1000m, 800m, 600m.

200 jog recovery between reps

  

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 18th September 7:00PM 

Ian Edmonds will be leading the run from the Sovereign Centre on Wednesday. A mile time trial and social run to Earlswood Lakes. Please wear hi-viz clothing.

 

Session @ Priory Park Thursday 19th September 6:00PM for 6:15PM

This will be the last session in the park as the light will be fading.

The idea this week will be to run the cross country courses. We will use the women's course which is a short loop and then a long loop of the park. 1.2 and 2.5 miles respectively.

The Men's cross country is 2 long loops. As this is the last session in the park there will be a quick drink in the Venture Inn afterwards.

 

Sunday Social Run Sunday 22nd September

Cancelled due to the MABAC race - see below.

 

MABAC race @ Lightwater Country Park, Camberley Sunday 22nd September

This is a 5 mile Cross Country Event – Part of the MABAC Running League, the senior race is just over 8 km (5 miles) there are also joggers’ and junior events of about 4 km (2.5 miles). You can read about this event here.  We will make a 9:30AM departure from Bell Street municipal car park. If you have any queries or questions, or want to confirm attendance, please email the MABAC team on  

 

Ladies Cross Country season venues from Nat Wilson

Here are the start times and venues for the season to be put on your calendars...

12 October 2019 Priory Park, Reigate, 11:00 Senior Div 1, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:30 Senior Div 2 (senior race is 6k)

9 November 2019 Mitcham Common, 11:00 Senior Div 2, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:00 Senior Div 1 (senior race is 6k)

11 January 2020 Wimbledon Common,  11:00 Senior Div 1, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:30 Senior Div 2 (senior race is 8k)

8 February 2020 Richmond Park, 11:00 Senior Div 2, 12:00 U15/U17, 12:30 U13, 1:00 Senior Div 1 (senior race is 8k)

More information on the individual races, such as course routes and travel directions will be provided by the host clubs nearer the time.

 

The Blue Anchor quiz - report from quiz week #2 Thursday 12th September

We built a team of 8 for last Thursday night's quiz night. The "RPAC" team can be seen below.

Sue Carnell, Roger Hillier, Annette Morris, Claire Humphrey, Moray Laing,  Jenny Carus, Paul Walters and Stewart McIntyre made up the team this week.

There were I think about 7 or 8 teams of varying sizes on the night, but we won the quiz again (HURRAH!), obtaining 117 points I think this week, (1 point lower than last week). It was great fun and I think everyone enjoyed it.

Our prize was £30 as per past week, so we decided to give this to Kate Knight's charity appeal.

If you'd like to be part of the team for the next quiz night at the Blue Anchor in West Street, Reigate for this Thursday 19th September please let me know by emailing me on 

It's £2 per person to enter the quiz, and you need to arrive by at least 7:45PM for an 8:00PM start.

 

A date for the diary - club social Thursday 3rd October

Advance notice that Reigate Priory AC are organising a social in The Lounge Area of the Prince of Wales, Holmesdale Road, Reigate from 7PM on Thursday 3rd October. Further details to follow.

 

What is Kate Knight up to?

Kate completed Parkrun at Banstead Woods on Saturday 14th September in a time of 42:41 as a warm up to competing in Run Reigate.

She celebrated her 60th birthday on Sunday 15th September by finishing the Run Reigate Half Marathon in a time of 3:11:51.

 

Possible dates for the diary

Sunday 22nd September MABAC race @ Lightwater Country Park, Camberley - see this

Sunday 29th September Barns Green Half Marathon club championship - see this

Thursday 3rd October Reigate Priory AC social @ Prince of Wales, Holmesdale Road, Reigate from 7PM

Saturday 5th October Parkrun tourism at Horsham - more details to follow.

Saturday 12th October Surrey League Ladies and Mens XC in Priory Park.

Thursday 26th October Handicap race @ Denbies. Details to follow.

 

Get in touch

 

If you believe that anything has been missed out (apologies if this is the case), please email us promptly and we can either adjust the current news or defer the item to the next week.

If you want to publicise achievement, whether it is for yourself or for running colleagues, or to publicise an up-and-coming event, just get in touch via email for Monday and let us know. 

If you wish to get in touch our email address is 

Surrey Road Relays & Run Reigate, 14/15 September 2019

Surrey Road Relays & Run Reigate, 14/15 September 2019

Category: All Club News

Surrey Road Relays

On Saturday 14th September, 11 RPAC athletes competed in the annual Surrey Road Relays at Wimbledon Park. Each leg is approx 2.9 miles (4.6k), and includes one steep hill, which makes it a challenging course.

The M40 veteran men’s team finished in 5th place, the team being Andy Walker (16:32), Gav Lawrence (17:32), Al Moses (16:59) and Christian Froggatt (18:55, despite running with a very sore hip).

The M60 men’s team won the bronze medal, Jerry Carnell led off in 19:44, handing over to Paul Chandler (21:09) and Mike Pocock (19:39) brought the team home.

The sole women’s team, competing in the W35 race, also won the bronze medal. Jo Davey ran a fine 17:46 on the opening leg, handing over to Clare Pryor. Clare, despite running with a heavy cold and out of her age group, kept the team in contention with 24:29. It was then up to Nat Wilson (18:55) and Ginevra Stoneley (17:35) to reel in the opposition, with Ginevra moving up into 3rd place within the last 400m.

 

Surrey Road Relays 2019 Paul Chandler Surrey Road Relays 2019 W35 team

 

Run Reigate

The following day, Sunday 15th September, was the Run Reigate Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and kids race, the Half Marathon being the first leg of the 2019 Half Marathon Championship.

In the Half, the first RPAC runner was Tom Almond in 78:34, setting down a marker to beat  in the men’s championship for anyone running at Barns Green. Also posting fast times in their age group  were Graham Bull (M50, 86:39) and Mike Pocock (M60, 96:40). Following up from her exploits at the Relays the day before, Ginevra Stoneley was 1st W40 overall, with a time of 89:13.

Ginevra’s run was significantly helped by the pacing of Matt Aylott. Matt was leading the 90 minute pacing group and came home in 89:32 on the clock, an excellent bit of pace judgement!

A total of 23 RPAC members are showing in the results for the Half, well done to you all, especially as it was an un-seasonably warm day.

A further 11 RPAC members ran the 10k, led home by Jamilla Ncayiyana, Eloise Bull and Poppy Wardley, all of whom set new PBs. Eloise’s run definitely showed the benefit of a year’s training at Birmingham University. Both Kerry Rolaston and Ian Martin completed their first races for a long time, both having been out with injury.

The juniors and junior academy also got involved in the action, in  both the 5k and the kids races, with Kai Adams coming home 16th in the 5k in a time of 22:27.

The results of the Club Half Marathon Championship will only become clear after the Barns Green Half on Sunday 29th September, as (for this year only) the championship results are to be decided on the merged chip times form the two races. Good luck to everyone running at Barns Green, you now know what you’ve got to do!

Reigate Priory AC Club News 9th September 2019

Reigate Priory AC Club News 9th September 2019

Category: All Club News

Club news for everyone

 

Message from the "newsletter team"

The RPAC newsletter editorial team now consists of Andrew Bamford and Paul Walters.

We intend to share the duties of creating the newsletter between us, so if you wish to add an item it is now important to use the email address 

If you have any comments or feedback please let us know by emailing us.

Other than that there doesn't appear to be any "All Club News" this week, so can we steal the section and wish everyone competing in the Run Reigate or indeed the Surrey Road Relays this weekend the best of luck.  

 

Junior news

 

Obstacle Course/Social event @ Bletchingley Saturday 21st September 3-5 PM by Sam Burnett

* STOP PRESS: There are now just 15 places left for this event.*

We have organised a fun session which is open to *all* members of the Junior Academy and Junior section. 

The Junior section has over 150 members and we thought some of you may like the opportunity to meet up after the long summer holidays and have a fun session at the beginning of term. 

We will have exclusive use of an obstacle course in the beautiful countryside just minutes from Reigate/Reigate in Bletchingley.

You should have received an email about this event on Tuesday 30th July with booking instructions. Please send a message to  if you have not received this email.

Make sure that you book your place now as there are a limited number of places for this event.

 

Surrey League Cross Country by David Mills

The cross country season is upon us and the first Surrey League fixtures take place on Saturday 12 October.

This league is important for any Juniors who aspire to make it into the Surrey XC teams as the selectors usually start their selection process based on the results from the first match.

For the Junior girls the first fixture takes place in Reigate Priory Park. The boys match is on Effingham Common. More details nearer the time but any U17, U15 and U13 athletes can take part. In the U13's Year 6 and above can run.

There are four matches in the Surrey League, two before Christmas and two after. We compete in other leagues too, and more details will be sent as the season unfolds.

Anyone wanting more information about taking part should contact David Mills at davidmills2@msn.com

 

Junior K2 Sessions by Mike Gent

The monthly Tuesday sessions for Juniors at K2, Crawley, will be on the following dates before Christmas. The sessions start at 7:00pm and last one hour.

24 September
22 October
26 November

 

Border League - Junior Cross Country League by Mike Gent

We have signed up again to the Border League for the 2019/2020 Cross Country season.

This is for all Juniors from U9s to U15s.

The first three matches are

3 November at Farnborough hosted by AFD
1 December at Lightwater Country Park hosted by Bracknell AC
2 February at Stoke Park, Guildford hosted by Guildford 

 

Senior news

 

SLH 5km & 1500m Festival @ Coulsdon Wednesday 4th September

A team of nine RPAC athletes finished strongly in both the 1500m and 5km races with many of them achieving new PBs. The full story is here.  A special mention must be given to Jamilla Ncayiyana who was competing in her first track race for 11 years. 

 

Surrey Silver for Anousha 

The Surrey County Combined Events Championship took place this weekend at the David Weir Leisure Centre track in Carshalton. Reigate Priory AC's sole representative was Anousha Wardley who took second place in the senior women's Heptathlon. The full story and photograph is here.

 

Other Senior Results

Great North Run 8th September

David Crawford finished in 1:44:56 and Kate Knight (more details about Kate below) finished in 3:14:42. Kate's husband finished the race a little ahead of her in 3:07.

Bacchus Marathon and Half Marathon, Denbies  8th September

Jim Vince completed the Bacchus Marathon in 6:15:07. I should add that he was dressed as Batman!

Leanne Sandifer completed the Bacchus Half Marathon in 2:22:01 

Pilgrim Half Marathon, Farnham  8th September

Craig Parke completed the Pilgrim Half marathon in 1:56:38. 

German Fire Brigade 10K (Dortmunder Feuerwehrlauf), Dortmund 7th September

Four intrepid RPAC athletes travelled to Dortmund at the weekend to take place in the German Firefighter 10k. This event is open to Fire Service Personnel and guests. Surrey Fire and Rescue entered a team of ten. The RPAC team was led by Ian Edmonds. Frank O'Regan finished 7th overall in 41:39. Ian was 3rd in the MV60 category in 54:50, Elain Reddyhof finished in 58:30 and Fran Afonso in 1:00:38. I don't have the full details of category placings but all four RPAC athletes got podium finishes. A great weekend and well done to our firey RPAC runners. 

 

Session @  Battlebridge Tuesday 10th September 7:00PM - Half Marathon focus

The plan for the training session at Battlebridge track is scheduled as follows...

Warm up and drills

High knees walking; butt kicks; A & B skips; open/close the gate; sidesteps; squats; lunges; high skips; tuck jumps; arms swings, punches; then high knees running in sets of 30 strides


Then
5 reps of 8 mins with 2 mins recovery between reps.
1st and 5th reps:
Fast for 1 minute at 4 mins
2nd, 3rd and 4th reps:
Fast for 1 minute at 3 and 6 mins.

Less intense

4 to 6 sets of: 400m, 100m jog, 300m, 100m jog, 200m.

Jog 300m between sets

  

Session from YMCA Sovereign Centre Wednesday 11th September 7:00PM 

Ian Edmonds will be leading the run from the Sovereign Centre on Wednesday. He will lead the run to Reigate to run "circuits".

 

Session @ Priory Park Thursday 12th September 6:00PM for 6:15PM

 Figure of 8 loops in the lower park.

Starting at the tree seat up the bench and then right along the park run route to the lake and back around until you get back to the tree seat.

This time going up to the bench and then left to the clump of Horse Chestnuts and back down to the HaHa to finish the figure of 8 loop.

5 loops in total. Aim to run hard on the uphills and recover on the way down.

For a less intense session you can just do the larger loop and miss out the shorter one.

Warm up at 6:00PM with a lap round the lake and back. main session starts at 6:15PM.

 

Run Reigate Half Marathon CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP @ Reigate Sunday 15th September

You can still enter this half marathon club championship here. As per the note below, you can also run in the club championship at the Barns Green Half. 

Please note that there is no social run this Sunday because of Run Reigate.

 

MABAC race @ Lightwater Country Park, Camberley Sunday 22nd September

This is a 5 mile Cross Country Event – Part of the MABAC Running League, the senior race is just over 8 km (5 miles) there are also joggers’ and junior events of about 4 km (2.5 miles). You can read about this event here. Please put this date in your diaries, and if you have any queries or questions, or want to confirm attendance, please email the MABAC team on 

 

What is Kate Knight up to?

Kate completed her 386th Parkrun at Riverside in Chester-Le-Street on Saturday 7th September in a time of 40:19 as a warm up to completing the Great North Run on Sunday in a time of 03:14:42. Well done Kate!

Closer to home Kate is being interviewed by BBC Radio Surrey and Sussex at 8pm on Tuesday 10th as part of the build up to Run Reigate. Kate is the female half of a pair of inspirational runners selected by the radio station. The male half is Reigate Priory Parkrun course record holder Kevin Quinn.   

You can read Kate's inspirational story on the Run Reigate website here.

 

The Blue Anchor quiz - report from quiz week #1 Thursday 5th September - and join us this week please!

We built a team of 5 for last Thursday night's quiz night. The "RPAC" team can be seen below.

Lauryn Gardner (Guest), Moray Laing, Sue Carnell, Stewart McIntyre and Paul Walters were the RPAC participants.

There were I think about 7 or 8 teams of varying sizes on the night, but we won the quiz (HURRAH!), obtaining 118 points compared to the second team with 109 points. Without embarrassing anyone I hope, the team did have some quiz expertise on it, as well as the likes of me! Great fun though.

Our prize was £30, so we decided to contribute £15 to Lauryn's Meningitis Research page (she's running the Richmond Runfest Marathon on Sunday 15th September), and £15 to Sam Walters' Samaritans page (he has just run the Great North Run this last Sunday).

If you'd like to be part of the team for the next quiz night at the Blue Anchor in West Street, Reigate for this Thursday 12th September please let me know by emailing me on

It's £2 per person to enter the quiz, and you need to arrive by at least 7:45PM for an 8:00PM start.

 

News from our Cornish Branch

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Mike Scott and Sonia Galloway are now engaged to be married. Apparently Mike proposed on horseback on a Menorcan beach. Getting down on one knee whilst in the saddle must have been a challenge!