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Reigate Priory AC AGM Notification

On Tuesday 26th March you should have received an email regarding the club AGM which will take place on Monday 29th April at 6:45PM for 7:00PM at the YMCA Sovereign Centre, Slipshatch Road, Reigate. If you have not received this please do send an email to Do please come and attend this meeting, and provide some input to the running of your club.

Sportsshoes.com Discount Code

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

 

Send us your results, please!

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

 

Junior Section News 

 

Spring Open Meetings

There have been some encouraging early season performances by RPAC junior athletes in spring open meetings.

  • Heather King recorded PBs in both the 100m and 200m at the Kingston AC meeting.
  • Gracie Shade recorded a 150m PB at the Bracknell Open and performed well in both the Long Jump and 600m.
  • Isla Kinniburgh took two seconds off her 800m PB at the Crawley Open, where Morgan Du Preez recorded great times in both the 75m and 600m.
  • Lilah Unwin was at the Tonbridge Open where she made a good start to the season in the 600m. 

 

Ebbisham Boys League - Sunday 7th April @ Epsom

The first boys athletics league match is to be held on Sunday 7 April at Epsom. There are events for U11-U17 boys. Each athlete can do three events plus a relay. There is no cost to enter nor any limit on the number of athletes we can enter . We just need to register our athletes a couple of days before the event. This is a low key event and great for those with limited competitive experience. Please let Mike Gent know if your son would like to compete and what their preferred events are.

 

Open Meetings

In addition to the two leagues we enter each season there are a number of Open Meetings held locally that athletes can enter directly via the relevant Club's websites. There is a Basingstoke Open on 6th April and for the older Juniors the first Watford Opens are on 3rd April and 17th April. If you are interested in your son/daughter competing in some open Meetings please talk to their Coach if you need some guidance on the best events.

 

Athletix Kidz Easter Holiday camps

Athletix Kidz are running athletics-based holiday camps at St Bede's School on 8th to 10th April, 10 am to 1 pm, with sessions for 3-6-year-olds and 7-10-year-olds. Bookings can be made here
 

Podium Performance Athletics  Academy Easter Holiday Courses

Please see the flyer below 

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

Sunday 7th April Ebbisham Boys track and field League, Epsom

Saturday 4th May Lily B Girls Track and Field League, Sutton

Saturday 1st June Lily B Girls Track and Field League, Guildford

Sunday 23rd June Ebbisham Boys Track and Field League, Kingston

Saturday 29th June Lily B Girls Track and Field League, Epsom

Wednesday 3rd July Surrey Quad Kids Team Event for Years 5 and 6, 6 pm 

Sunday 28th July Ebbisham Boys Track and Field League, Coulsdon

Saturday 24th August Lily B Girls Track and Field League, Kingston

 

Senior Section News

 

Thursday 7PM sessions

From and including this coming Thursday 4th April the Thursday 7PM sessions will be held in Reigate's Priory Park rather than on road, now we are in BST. It'd be great to see you at  these sessions. You can add yourself to the WhatsApp group by using the link at the end of the email version of this newsletter.

 

Jimmy James Championship

The final race of this season's Jimmy James Handicap series took place at Denbies last Thursday. Yet again Kate Knight was the sole RPAC entrant. Kate completed the course in a handicap time of 45:46 (01:05:46 total time). Congratulations to Kate who retains the Jimmy James Handicap trophy.

 

Missing Cross Country? Why not give the MABAC League Events a go?

Unlike Surrey League Cross Country, the MABAC League runs right throughout the year. There are ten clubs in the league and each club hosts a race per year - so roughly one event per month (not February or December). These are all run in wonderful locations in the beautiful Surrey countryside. Every runner who turns out for the club earns points, and you can always find someone of a similar level to compete with. All races are approximately 8 km long with a 4km option if you're not feeling up to the full distance. Most races take place on Sunday mornings, they are free to enter and there is no need to pre-register...what's not to like?
The next race is in Winterfold Forest (near Cranleigh) on Sunday 14th April - and I can't lie, it's hilly! 

If you have any questions please contact me , or if you'd like more information about the league visit their website. 

We are also looking for volunteers to marshal at the Winterfold Forest event on 14th April. If you're injured or not running for any reason please consider helping. If you can help please let me know by emailing  

 

Up and coming fixtures

Whether club championship races, MABAC, Surrey Road League, SAL, Masters League, XC, parkrun tourism or other events we take part in, it's always really great to see a lot of RPAC vests at events.

You lucky people - so much choice for running going forward. Here is a list of events up-to the end of July where your participation in any would be really appreciated. Put them into your calendar and if required get yourselves an entry for each selected event. Do get in touch with the appropriate league managers if you have any queries - see the Who's who page to find out the contact details. All of these events should be on our calendar.

Sunday 7th April

Sutton 10K - online entries are open until the 4th April. Surrey Road League event.

Sunday 14th April 10:00AM

Winterfold Forest MABAC league event.

Saturday 27th April 9:00AM

Parkrun tourism event @ Banstead Woods

Monday 29th April 6:45PM for 7:00PM

Reigate Priory AC AGM @ YMCA Sovereign Centre.

Sunday 5th May

YMCA Fun Run

Saturday 11th May 9:00AM

Parkrun tourism event @ Lancing Beach Green

Sunday 12th May

Surrey Road League event Richmond Half

Monday 13th May

Masters League fixture 1 @ Wimbledon

Saturday 18th May

SAL fixture 1 @ Tooting

Sunday 19th May 10:00AM

Farnham Park MABAC league event.

Sunday 2nd June

Dorking 10 which is a Surrey Road League event and a club championship.

Monday 3rd June

Masters League fixture 2 @ Epsom

Saturday 8th June 9:00AM

Parkrun tourism event @ Kingdom

Tuesday 11th June 7:30PM

Denbies MABAC league event.

Saturday 15th June

SAL fixture 2 @ Twickenham

Monday 17th June

Masters League fixture 3 @ Kingston

Sunday 23rd June

Richmond 10k which is a Surrey Road League event and a club championship.

Wednesday 3rd July 7:30PM

Reigate Priory AC's Summer Evening 10K.

Saturday 6th July 9:00AM

Parkrun tourism event @ Brighton & Hove

Monday 8th July

Masters League fixture 4 @ Sutton

Saturday 13th July

Elmore 7 which is a Surrey Road League event.

Sunday 14th July 9AM

Cranleigh 7 – 14 – 21 Race

Sunday 14th July

SAL fixture 3 @ Carshalton

Sunday 21st July

Elmbridge 10k which is a Surrey Road League event

Friday 26th July

Wedding Day 7k which is a Surrey Road League event

 

EMACI 2024 - by Andrew Pringle

Enjoyed my time in Torun for the European Masters (Indoor) Championships although a mixed bag of performances.

I at least managed PBs in the Jong Jump (4.34m) although I was bit disappointed to only get 9.24 in the Triple Jump.

However, happy to have managed 11th overall in the Indoor Pentathlon with a PB of 2689 points with the winner being Ian Crawley from Tonbridge AC.

My score included a PB in the 60m Hurdles (12.26s) and for the 1km (3.53.66).

The event was well organised and while there was some fierce competition, everyone was very friendly and welcoming. There were many European and World records too. As the Triple Jump was next to the pole vault, I got to see Irie Hill breaking the World record while on her way to Gold for GB&NI in the W55 category – so you can’t get any closer to the action that that!

While a major Championships, they embraced athletes of all ages and performances, with a huge local Polish contingent supporting the event helping them to walk away at the top of the Medals table ahead of Germany and Spain. While GB&NI had more medals than Spain, we had just a few less Golds and were piped at the post for third in the table.

Great performances from all age groups, including a big cheer for the Italian lady getting a World record in the W90 60m, while outsprinting younger ladies in the same race.

And also cheers all around the track coming for the two Greek athletics winning Gold in 800m M90 and M95 category – even managing a sprint finish!

It was a long week, and a bit tiring traveling and I finished mid-field in all my events – so what was the point?

Well, I met a lot of like-minded people both from UK but also across Europe and we will be keeping in touch with performances and encouragement.

I even bumped into a chap from Scotland who I beat in an event over 40 years ago and he was still annoyed! (Us Scots don’t just harbour grudges, sometimes we cultivate and nurture them….).

And at the end of the day, I’ve pulled on a GB shirt and competed for my country at a European Championships, pushed myself as hard as I could, gaining some PBs and a lifetime of memories.

So why not you too?

RESULTS:

Results should get pulled over to Powerof10 in due course, but here are the links to the organiser’s site - long jumptriple jump, indoor pentathlon.

 

Run Gatwick by Moray Carey

Run Gatwick is one of the races in the Run Series portfolio, which includes the well patronised Run Reigate. 

The next edition of Run Gatwick will take place on Sun 12th May 2024.

Its new and latest incarnation is as a fast out-and-back 10k race run on closed roads, starting at Gatwick Aviation Museum.

Part of the route is on the restricted perimeter road inside the airport. The turn round point is close to the end of the live runway, where planes will be taking off and landing!

For complete details see https://www.runseries.co.uk/run-gatwick

You can also sign up to volunteer for Run Gatwick at https://www.runseries.co.uk/volunteer

 

Reigate Priory AC WhatsApp groups

The links to the main club WhatsApp groups are published in the email version of this newsletter. Make sure that you are added to the appropriate WhatsApp groups for any weekly sessions you may participate in.

 

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