Redhill and Reigate Epee Club

One of the most successful Epee clubs in the UK

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The club specialises in epee fencing.

Intermediate, Advanced and Elite Epeeists.

Beginners: Unfortunately we are not currently in a position to run beginner courses. If you do want to do a beginners course then please contact Crawley Sword Fencing Club who are happy to start fencers at that club and then those fencers have a choice of remaining at Crawley or transferring to R&REC once they have reached an intermediate standard.


Tuesday evening 7:00 - 9:30pm
Footwork session for all fencers 7:00 - 7:15pm

We are usually open all through the Easter and Summer holidays with a week or two off over the Christmas period. Any closures dates will be shown on this page.


Sports Hall at Dunottar School, High Trees Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7EL (click for map)

As you enter the school, the sports hall is on the left however please follow the school drive round to the right past the main school building to the car park and walk back through the school grounds.


£8 nightly club entry fee


For individual lessons book in advance at club, £10 for 15 minutes.

Please note that no adult kit will be available to borrow for club sessions so please ensure that you bring all your own kit.


Ian Lichfield is lead coach and has great experience having trained fencers to Cadet and Junior International level and teaches the UK National Epee Champion, Dudley Tredger. He is currently an England Coach for both Epee and Foil and also coaches at Crawley Swords where many R&REC fencers now attend both clubs for additional training.

Taran Nicholls qualified as a coach in 2007. He is still a competitive senior GB fencer and has competed within the Under 20 British Squad and has also represented GBR at World Cup events in Europe.

Neale Thomas was a Welsh international fencer and competed for Great Britain at World Cup level in the 1990's. He is now coaching full time at schools in the local area and is a British Academy qualified Coach. In 2005 he was a member of the R&REC team which placed 3rd at the National Championships. In 2013 Neale Thomas became the British Fencing Performance Coach for Junior and Cadet fencing.

David Buist joined the club in December 2013 and will be working to further develop our youth section of the club in conjunction with our other club coaches. With great competition experience at Cadet and Junior youth level, David will be great for the club long-term.

Alex Edwards qualified as a coach in 2013, he is combining his coaching and fencing to both compete at a high level and pass on his knowledge to others at the club.



Redhill & Reigate Epee Club was founded by Chris Howser in 2002.

Chris was the British Epee Champion (2005), is a former British Number 1 at Epee, has represented Great Britain and England at World, European and Commonwealth Championships, winning Silver Medals at the Commonwealths in 1994, 2002 & 2006. As a junior Chris won two Under 20 Epee National Titles and a Under 17 Foil title and was the last male fencer to be in the top 25 of the National Rankings in all 3 weapons (Foil, Epee and Sabre) at the same time.

Having qualified as a fencing coach with Professor Brian Pitman in 1990, Chris has since coached at the Kingston University Fencing Club, Kingston Fencing Club, London Thames Fencing Club, Westminster School and Eton School to name a few.

Chris is currently coaching full time and following his move to the Midlands is building up fencing at a number of schools across the Oundle, Peterborough & Stamford area to try to replicate the successful set-up that was developed in the Surrey area. From Summer 2012, Chris passed the day-to-day running of the club to Ian Lichfield.

Contact Us

For more information about Redhill & Reigate Epee Club either:

Come and visit us in person on Tuesday evening

Or email Chris Howser - or telephone 07887 522714

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