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RPAC AGM Monday 

The club AGM will take place on Monday, 29th April - please arrive at 6:45pm for a 7pm start at the YMCA Sovereign Centre, Slipshatch Road. You should have received an email on 15th April containing the Treasurer's Report, Membership Secretary Report and the Minutes of the 2023 AGM; if you haven't, please email

It's your club - please come to the meeting and provide some input on the running of it!

Parkrun Tourism to Banstead Woods this Saturday

We’re hoping for another big turn-out at nearby Banstead Woods on Saturday, 27th April - if you've never run Banstead before, it's a lovely, flat and even downhill course, definitely PB material. Note that the car park at Banstead fills up, so try to arrive early, by 8:30, and carshare.

We’re going to the Waterhouse Café for breakfast straight afterwards, but we need to know numbers and breakfast choices so please let us know as soon as possible. You can see the breakfast menu here. Please indicate whether you can attend on the poll here and also email us on  to indicate your breakfast choice from the menu. If you add yourself to the poll but don’t email us, we will assume that you just wish to attend for a drink – no breakfast.

You'll find full details of our parkrun tourism, including the rules and current standings of our competition, on our website here.

YMCA Fun Run Sunday 5th May

The YMCA Fun Run and Sports festival is back on 5th May in Priory Park. This is a popular event, raising money for a great local charity, with 1-mile fun runs for both adults and children and a 5-mile adult run. There are separate races for U6, U8, U10, U12 and U16 age groups. Entries can be made by following this link.  
 

Summer Evening 10K, 3rd July

Entries are now live for the annual Summer Evening 10K! Our race license allows a maximum of 500 runners and, following last year's forced cancellation due to roadworks, it would be fantastic to have as many runners as we can. Please enter and, if you can, please share our Facebook post and Instagram post, tell your friends, hire a skywriter, send out smoke signals, do whatever you can help promote the race!

We're offering a discount for registering early: Entry to the race will be £16 for UKA members, £18 for unaffiliated runners until 19 May, automatically applied when you register online by using this link to Sport Systems. After that, fees will be £18/£20 until 10 am on 3 July; entries on the evening itself will be £20/£22, subject to availability. 

If you have any questions, please contact acting race director Moray Carey at .

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. 

 

Juniors News  

Lily B Girls Track and Field League, 4 May

The first fixture in this year's girls track and field league will be held at the David Weir Centre in Sutton on Saturday, 4 May, starting at 12 pm. There are events for U11 (school years 4 and 5), U13 (years 6 and 7), U15 and U17 girls. There is no restriction on the number of athletes we can enter, nor any cost to enter, but we do need to register athletes ahead of time. Please let Mike Gent know if your daughter would like to compete, and in what events, by Thursday, 2 May. Each athlete can do three individual events plus a relay. For U11s there is a restricted number of events being 75m, 600m, Long Jump and 4 X 100m relay.
 

YAC Open Meeting and Quad Kids event, 27 May

On the Monday of the bank holiday weekend, the Young Athletes Club in Guildford is organising a combined Quad Kids Event for U7s/U9s and U11s and an Open Meeting for U13s at the track at the Spectrum in Guildford. First event is at 12:30pm. U11s are school years 4 and 5 and Quad Kids comprises four events, 75m, 600m, standing long jump and howler throw. The events for U13s are 100m, 200m, 800m and Long jump. This will be a great event based on past experience and is highly recommended. Please enter directly at the YAC Guildford website.
 

Surrey County Championships

The Surrey County Championships take place on the 11 and 12 May at Kingston. The timetable can be found here. Due to timetabling issues, certain events are scheduled for a separate meeting on 6 July, so please check the timetable, and there are no events for U11s. U13s are school years 6 and 7. Entries close on May 2nd. Please let Mike Gent know if your child would like to compete and what their chosen events are. There is no cost to enter. 
 

Upcoming Open Meetings

Saturday 27th April  SLAN Open at David Weir Centre, Sutton. Entry via Open track events for U13 and upwards only.
Monday 29th April  Blackheath and Bromley Open. Entry via B&B website.
Tuesday 30th April Tonbridge Open. Entry via Open track.
Wednesdays 17th April, 1st May, 15th May Watford Opens, for U15s and above
Please make these entries directly if you wish to compete in these events.

 

Dates for the Juniors diary 

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

Monday 27 May YAC Quad Kids and Open event 

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

Saturday 15 June Athletix Kidz Open at Hawthorns School

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

 
 

Seniors News

Reigate runs London

Huge congratulations to all of our athletes who ran London on Sunday: Lee Savage and Steve Cheesman (both pulling out PBs), Richard Hoare, Katie Newton (running her first race in the RPAC vast), Ian Burks, Mathieu Anglard, Ruth Willis, Mike Pocock, Nicolette Cunningham, Lisa Ashley, Sarah Wynn, Nick Pettitt, Lizzie Mason, Jonathan Fulton-Bell, and Kate Knight. Some of you battled injuries over the months of hard training, some of you found a few bumps along the race course on the day, but all your work paid off - well done!

RPAC also provided a number of volunteers who got up at the crack of dawn to help direct, man drinks stations, and cheer on runners; thank you!

 

Monday session location change 29th April

Please note that the 6pm Monday session will start from the YMCA on Slipshatch Road on 29th April - conveniently where the RPAC AGM will also be held that evening. 

Update to Thursday Sessions

From Thursday, 25th April, Jas will provide a 45 minute technique session in Priory Park each Thursday at 6:15pm. It will focus on improving technical and movement skills to run more efficiently and faster. There will obviously be some running involved but those who want to will be able to also complete a full 7pm session. It will be limited to MAX 10 senior members and will be managed via the Thursday WhatsApp group - see the bottom of the email version of the newsletter for the link to the Thursday WhatsApp group.

Masters League Fixture 1, 13 May

The Masters league is a fantastic and accessible way to be able to compete in track and field events with people of similar ages and abilities, with age categories starting at V35 for men and women. The first fixture, on Monday, 13 May, will be held at Wimbledon Track; the track and field events you can take part in are below:

Our club records are listed here. You may even have an eye on taking a club record for your age category at the Masters League!

There are further details of the Masters League on our website here. We will need to schedule who is running which event, so if you're interested in giving this a try do please contact us on  to indicate your interest or to ask any queries.

Up and coming fixtures

You lucky people - so much choice for running this summer! Whether club championship races, MABAC, Surrey Road League, SAL, Masters League, XC, parkrun tourism or other events we take part in, there's many an opportunity to don the RPAC vest. You can see a full list of events on our website here.

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.

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.

Dates for the Seniors diary 

Saturday 27th April Parkrun tourism at Banstead Woods

Monday 29th April  Reigate Priory AC AGM at YMCA Sovereign Centre

Sunday 5th May YMCA Fun Run, a club Grand Prix event

Saturday 11th May Parkrun tourism at Lancing Beach Green

Sunday 12th May Richmond Half, Surrey Road League

Monday 13th May Masters League fixture 1 at Wimbledon

Saturday 18th May SAL fixture 1 at Tooting

Sunday 19th May Farnham Park MABAC league 

Sunday 2nd June Dorking 10, Surrey Road League, a club championship and club Grand Prix event

Monday 3rd June Masters League fixture 2 at Epsom

Saturday 8th June Parkrun tourism at Kingdom

Tuesday 11th June Denbies, MABAC league

Saturday 15th June SAL fixture 2 at Twickenham

Monday 17th June Masters League fixture 3 at Kingston

Sunday 23rd June Richmond 10k, Surrey Road League event and a club championship

Wednesday 3rd July  Reigate Priory AC's Summer Evening 10K

Saturday 6th July 9:00AM Parkrun tourism at Brighton & Hove

Monday 8th July Masters League fixture 4 at Sutton

Saturday 13th July Elmore 7, Surrey Road League event

Sunday 14th July Cranleigh 7 – 14 – 21 Race

Sunday 14th July SAL fixture 3 at Carshalton

Sunday 21st July Elmbridge 10k, Surrey Road League event

Friday 26th July Wedding Day 7k, Surrey Road League event

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