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Saturday 6th November Priory Relays - a call for volunteers please

We are hosting our Priory Relays event on Saturday 6th November in Priory Park - full details are on http://prioryrelays.com/ The event cannot proceed within the generous help of volunteers.

If you're available to volunteer at this event can you please register this on the following site - https://forms.gle/nggBrXshZLhs9vDs9

In accordance with current guidelines, RPAC has liaised with the Council to agree Covid-19 mitigation measures covering all participants in the Priory Relays.

Those applicable to volunteers are as below:

  • encouragement to take a lateral flow test before helping
  • the offer of PPE (face masks and/or gloves) provided free by RPAC
  • asking that the NHS QR code at Race HQ is scanned on arrival
  • excluding attendance of any volunteer who is in self isolation, in the same household as someone in self-isolation or is displaying Covid-19 symptoms

 There will be no requirement for volunteers to:

  • complete/submit a Health Questionnaire
  • have their temperature taken on race day

If you have any queries can you please send them to 

 

Give us your results please

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

 

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Saturday 16th October First Surrey XC League from Dave Mills

Full details can be found at the following links:

Girls races - https://1drv.ms/w/s!AvGjj9V_GZWg0z_en0MWWhmFlzM0

Boys races - https://www.surreyleague.org/slm/match/127/

If you think you may run, and if you haven't already told him, please just let Dave Mills know by Friday so that you can be allocated a number. 

The links above include course maps, race distances and where to park. Club vests should be worn. We will have the club flag planted near to the start line where we can meet.

  

Border League Upcoming Junior Events by Mike Gent

We are again this year entered in the Border League. This is a development Cross Country League for Juniors from U9s to U15s.

The Border League this year will comprise of only 3 matches this year.

Everyone of any standard is free to race and there is no cost. There are now three fixtures this year (the event on 7th November has been cancelled):

  • Sunday 5th December - Aldershot 11:00am
  • Sunday 6th February - Stoke Park Guildford 2:00pm
  • Sunday 6th March - Reigate -12:00pm.


Please mark these dates in your diaries and I will share further details nearer the time.

  

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Thursday 14th October club running session

This Thursday, the Reigate session will be replaced by a track session. Meet at Battlebridge at 7pm.

 

Saturday 16th October First Surrey XC League

The Surrey XC league starts this Saturday - see https://www.surreyleague.org/. The ladies are running at Richmond Park and the men at Epsom Downs.

Any runners still available to run this Saturday in the first Cross Country match who haven’t already made contact, please let us know by emailing  or  as soon as possible.

Message from our Ladies Captain - It’ll be lovely to have lots of Priory vests on the start line supporting each other after the devastating news of Fiona’s death. Fiona has competed for Reigate in an impressive 16 consecutive seasons of which she won 4 and was key to keeping the Reigate ladies in division 1 for so many years - hopefully we will do her proud on Saturday.

 

Sunday 24th October MABAC event at Nonsuch Park

This event has a 10AM start. See the MABAC website for details. There is a 5 mile event as well as 2.5 miles. If you wish to car share, meet up in Bell Street car park for a prompt 9AM departure.

 

Saturday 6th November Priory Relays

As mentioned above the Priory Relays will be on Saturday 6th November, and if you wish to run, put the date in your diary and watch this space!

 

Saturday 18th September Serpentine Swim

Colin Kloes swam in this event and finished the 2 miles distance in 50 minutes and 52 seconds, finishing 38th overall, and 3rd out of 405 in his age category. You can see his result here.

Colin is the proud owner of this medal.

 

Sunday 10th October Brighton Half Marathon

Alex Mansfield ran the half in a fantastic time of 1:28 - a PB! Well done Alex. You can see Alex's result here.

 

Sunday 10th October Manchester Marathon

Kate Knight ran Stretford Parkrun in 42:05 on Saturday in a new PB by 3 minutes as a warm-up to the Manchester Marathon, which she completed on Sunday - her 86th marathon - and counting.

Here is a photo of Kate at the finish with a running top sporting the name of the charity she supports - SASH Charity.

 

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It's another bumper edition of the newsletter this week with news of the Berlin, London and Dorney Marathons and the Ed Prickett Memorial 500m race. Happy reading!

  

Give us your results please

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

 

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Surrey XC League Upcoming Junior Events  from Dave Mills

The first match in the Surrey XC League takes place in Richmond Park on Saturday 16th October.

 There are races for U13's, U15's and U17's. 

 You need to be at least 11 years old on the day of the race to be a scorer in the match, but under 11's can run in the U13 races as non-scorers. We don't have to pre enter a team sheet so you can just turn up. However,  please let me know at  if you are thinking about running as I will need to have a number allocated to you.

 Full details will be sent out nearer the day but race times are U17/U15G'S at 12.00,   U13G'S at 12.30   U13B'S at 2.00   and U17/U15B's at 2.30.

 The remaining fixtures in the Surrey  XC League are:

 Saturday 13th November  -  Wimbledon Common 

Saturday 15th January      -   Mitcham Common 

Saturday 19th February     -   Effingham Common 

On Saturday 23rd October the Surrey XC Relay Championships take place in Stoke Park, Guildford.  Opposite The Spectrum.  Teams of 3, each athlete running the same 2.5k lap as a relay. You do need to be at least 11 years old on the day of the race to take part. The first race is U17M at 12.30 and the last is the U15G'S at 3.15.

 If you haven't already done so, please let me know by the end of this week - via the above email - if you want to take part. The relays are always great fun!

  

Border League Upcoming Junior Events by Mike Gent

We are again this year entered in the Border League. This is a development Cross Country League for Juniors from U9s to U15s. Everyone of any standard is free to race and there is no cost. There are four fixtures this year:

  • Sunday 7th November - Lightwater Country Park Woking 11:00am
  • Sunday 5th December - Aldershot 11:00am
  • Sunday 6th February - Stoke Park Guildford 2:00pm
  • Sunday 6th March - Reigate -12:00pm.


Please mark these dates in your diaries and I will share further details nearer the time.

  

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Hi  Viz T-shirts

The new reflective club branded Hi Viz T-shirts have arrived. Usha will be bringing them to the track tomorrow if you have not already arranged to collect them.  We plan to place another order before Christmas if you would still like one. 

Calling All Of Our Lady Runners

A reminder that the first of the Surrey Cross Country League Matches is on Saturday 16th October in Richmond Park. The start time is 13:00. Further details will be emailed to you in a few days.  

Berlin Marathon Sunday 26th September

We missed this last week. Doug Kington completed the Berlin Marathon in 3:58:58, knocking 36 minutes of his PB (hopefully I've got that correct). Well done Doug! Doug reports that it was very hot and it was difficult to find any shade before the start. Unfortunately there are no pictures of Doug as he travelled to Berlin on his own. Also running was Matt Aylott who ran a brilliant 2:38:36, taking nearly two minutes of his previous run at Berlin in 2019. Matt is a second claim athlete for us now; had he been running for RPAC this would have been a new club record for his age group.  

Ed Prickett Memorial 5000m Race Wednesday 29th September 

A team of 11 RPAC athletes travelled to K2 last Wednesday to compete with Crawley AC in the Ed Prickett Memorial 5000m Race. The RPAC team was led home by Max Smithson who finished in 5th place overall in 15:56. Full results are in the Senior Results section of the website. 

Who was Ed Prickett? Ed Prickett was a former member of both RPAC and Crawley AC who was tragically killed whilst crossing the road in Tyneside in May 2004. At the time he was competing the British University Track and Field Championships at Gateshead Stadium where he had won his 5000m heat and was tipped to win the final. He was hotly tipped as a potential Olympic competitor for Beijing 2008 

Stop Press: The following item was left at the start line and doesn't belong to any of the Crawley AC runners let us know if you recognise it   

London Marathon Sunday 3rd October 2021

RPAC were well represented by a team of 13 runners (I hope that's right - it's tricky to find everyone!) and 29 volunteers at yesterday's London Marathon. Tom Almond and Mike Pocock set new club records (beating the records that they had both held previously) and there were a number of PBs and marathon first timers. Two RPAC runners completed the Virtual London Marathon event. Full details are in the article here

Dorney Marathon Sunday 3rd October 2021

Duncan Mallison and Carmela Charalambous took part in the Dorney Lake Marathon yesterday. Duncan finished in 3:11:42 and Carmela in 4:02:41. This was Carmela's first marathon and she reports that the last mile and a bit were a struggle! Well done to both of you!

Here is Carmela looking very happy at the finish.

Not the London Marathon - Saturday 2nd October 2021

Jenny Carus completed her first triathlon - the Warwickshire Sprint Triathlon in Stratford-Upon-Avon on Saturday. This involved a 400m swim, an 18K cycle and a 5K run. Jenny finished in 1:25 and managed a PB (27:59) in the 5K. Well done Jenny! 

Meanwhile Jim Vince was back in action on Saturday, completing the Exmoor Coast 55km from Coombe Martin to Minehead.  It's not the flattest of routes with over 7000ft of ascent/descent (the equivalent of twice the height of Snowdon), but the coastal scenery was beautiful apparently. This was Jim's 101st event of marathon or more distance (I think that's right) and he finished in 9:56:30. Truly hard core Jim!

  

 

The Titsey Trail 10k from Moray Carey 

The Titsey Trail 10k is a scenic, undulating off-road run organised by Oxted Runners and managed by Nice Work.  

The 2021 edition takes place at 10am on Sun 17th Oct starting in the vicinity of Race HQ,  Limpsfield Chart Golf Club, Westerham Rd, Oxted, RH8 0SL 

An impression of the course can be viewed on YouTube and the host club’s own description is:


"It is a single-lap run through the lovely woodlands of Limpsfield Common and the High Chart of Surrey and Kent. Most of the land is owned by the the Titsey Estate or National Trust. The course is almost entirely off-road along tracks, footpaths and bridleways, with a brief 200m stretch along a country lane. The first two kilometres are flat(ish), followed by some quite stiff drags (through lovely autumnal woodlands!) as you climb onto the beautiful, peaceful, wooded plateau of the High Chart, but no steep hills. After the first water stop at kilometre 4.5 there is a short loop through the woods that brings you back to the same water stop at kilometre 6. After that you can concentrate on enjoying a fast run back, dropping down off the Chart for the run home. The finish is on the same bridleway that you ran along at the start. "

Curiously, all adult finishers were given a bottle of beer in addition to a memento!  You can enter here.

 

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

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

 

Run Reigate 2021

 

I have done my best to identify everyone who took part in the Run Reigate Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races. It wasn't easy because of the different formats of club name used on the entries and because of the number of new members who presumably entered the race before they were club members, as well as a few long established club members who were presumably too shy to admit that they were members (you know who you are smile ).  So far I have identified 55 members who competed, please let me know if I have missed you. The results are in the senior results section

There were some stand out performances from both senior and junior RPAC athletes - special mention should be made of Neil Fenwick who finished 8th overall in the Half Marathon in a time of 01:22:13, of Max Smithson who finished 3rd overall in the 10K in a time of 35:09 and of Euan Willis who finished 3rd overall (and first in his age category) in the 5K in a time of 19:49. Euan ran in the U15 age category. There are some pictures of some of the senior runners in the senior section below.

 

Give us your results please

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

 

Junior Section News

 

 

Upcoming Junior Events by Mike Gent

Southern Road Relays - Sunday 26th September at Crystal Palace 

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

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

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

 

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

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

  

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K2 Track Session Tomorrow (21st September)

A quick reminder that there is a track training session at K2 tomorrow. Details are on the RPAC Calendar. There will be a single session at 19:00 at Battlebridge if you cannot get to K2, again details of the session are on the RPAC Calendar

 

Wednesday 29th September - Ed Prickett Track Memorial Race

This event takes place at K2, Crawley at 8:20PM on Wednesday 29th September. An email was sent out to members describing this race on 8th September. Registration is open from 19:00-19:45. You do not need to inform us in advance that you plan to run. You do need to wear a club vest. 

 

Hi-Viz tops

The option to purchase the club branded hi-viz tops has been removed from the Love Admin as the order has now been placed.  We plan to place another order in a month or so, so if you are stuck for ideas for Christmas presents watch this space. 

 

Thursday 23rd September 7PM session

The location of Thursday night session can be found on the RPAC Calendar. If you haven't been to a Thursday session before please let Nat know before you come. Please note that you must wear some hi-viz clothing and carry a torch. It may not be dark when you leave home but it will get dark during the session.  

 

Photos from Run Reigate

 

Finishing the 10K - left to right Max Smithson, Gavin Pollock, Katie Pain, Taryn Bennett

The afterglow of the 10K - Juliette Stern, Taryn Bennett, Katie Pain and Linda Rodriguez, Linda Rodriguez and her supporters' club, Juliette Stern 

Ruth and Euan Willis, and Maggie Swinnerton and Viv Burgess (one of the graduates of our most recent C25K course)

 

Half marathon action - Jim Vince and Bethany Higgins on the move (are you sure you were taking this seriously guys?), James England attempting to glide to the finish and Kate Knight and David Neumann who were both raising money for charity. You can visit Kate's fundraising page here and David's here if you'd like to support them.

  

MABAC League event at Lightwater Country Park

Because of the clash with Run Reigate we only managed to field a team of 6, but what a team! Despite the small number of entrants we still managed to score enough points that we only dropped one place to fourth in the league. Ben Stanton was our first finisher, coming in 5th place overall in 32:08 and Jamilla Ncayiyana was our first lady finisher, finishing in 23rd place overall in 37:10. Full results will be available soon. Well done to all of our intrepid band!
The next MABAC fixture is in Nonsuch Park on Sunday 24th October. Let's get a good string turnout.    

 

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

You should have received an email about this today (20th September)

 

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

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

 

Saturday 18th September - Parkrun Results

The consolidated club results are here.  Annette Morris set a new PB of 23:23 at Horsham, achieving an age graded score of 86.67% She was 10th female, 76th overall (out of 466 runners) and first in her age category. Well done Annette! 

 

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The latest Reigate Priory AC Couch to 5K programme is under way

Here is the first week's session on the latest Couch to 5K Programme from last Saturday. We have Andrew (leader), Kerry, Alice, Karen, Katie, Rob, Julie, Viv (helping), Jenny, Sarah (helping), Paul (leader), Carole and Luke.

Missing from the photo are Ashleigh (who was late due to traffic), and Joanna and Victoria who will be with us next week.

It was a brilliant first session, ending up in the park café.

  

Give us your results please

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

 

Junior Section News

Sunday 19th September - Run Reigate Kids Race

We missed this result last week - Ludo Blennerhassett finished Run Reigate in 8 minutes 32 seconds, coming 14th in the Year 5 race. You can see his result here. Well done Ludo!

 

Wednesday 22nd September - Blackheath and Bromey Open Meeting

Lilah Unwin ran her first 400m at the Blackheath and Bromley Open last Wednesday evening, finishing in a time of 61.85 seconds. This was just 3 1/100's of a second off the existing U15G's 400m club record!

A good end to a successful track season for Lilah.

 

Border League Upcoming Junior Events by Mike Gent

We are again this year entered in the Border League. This is a development Cross Country League for Juniors from U9s to U15s. Everyone of any standard is free to race and there is no cost. There are four fixtures this year:

  • Sunday 7th November - Lightwater Country Park Woking 11:00am
  • Sunday 5th December - Aldershot 11:00am
  • Sunday 6th February - Stoke Park Guildford 2:00pm
  • Sunday 6th March - Reigate -12:00pm.


Please mark these dates in your diaries and I will share further details nearer the time.

  

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Wednesday 29th September - Ed Prickett Track Memorial Race - *** THIS WEEK ***

This event takes place at K2, Crawley at 8:20PM on Wednesday 29th September. An email was sent out to members describing this race on 8th September. Registration is open from 19:00-19:45. You do not need to inform us in advance that you plan to run. You do need to wear a club vest. 

 

Friday 24th September Hyde Park 5K

Tom Almond and George Roux participated in the 5K race in Hyde Park last Friday.

Tom finished in first place with a PB in 15.27, 30 seconds ahead of second place on a pretty hot day. George came third in 16.10. Results are here. Rapid!

 

Saturday 25th September Kate and her 84th Marathon @ The Chiltern 50Km

Kate Knight is proud to tell us that she has completed her 84th marathon by completing the Chiltern 50Km ultra in a time of 12:47:15, and followed this up by completing the Surrey Half on Sunday in 3:45:51.

 

Sunday 26th September Barns Green 10K

David Nurse ran in this event on Sunday, his first event since lockdown.

David got a PB for the course and for the 10K distance, coming 23rd overall and 2nd in the MV50 category in a time of 43:16 (gun) 43:15 (chip).

By chance this also completed David's 2021Km in 2021 challenge.

 

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

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

 

Run Reigate 2021

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

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

 

Give us your results please

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

 

Junior Section News

 

Saturday 11th September - County Multi-event Championships

Max Orchard is the Pentathlon Champion!

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

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

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

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

A great season by Max!

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

 

Saturday 11th September @ The Olympic Park

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

 

Upcoming Junior Events by Mike Gent

Southern Road Relays - Sunday 26th September at Crystal Palace 

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

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

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

 

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

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

  

Senior Section News 

 

Hi-Viz clothing and torches required

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

 

Thursday 16th September 7PM session

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

 

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

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

 

Wednesday 29th September - Ed Prickett Track Memorial Race

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

 

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

Full details will follow for this event.

 

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

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

 

Saturday 11th September - Parkrun Results

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

The results are available here.

 

Sunday 12th September - Brighton 10K

 

 

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

 

Sunday 12th September - Brighton Marathon

 

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

 

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