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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  

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. 

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  

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

 

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