Newsdesk 2003

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 106             10 JULY 2003
 Web site: www.ranelagh-harriers.com  

 Heartiest congratulations to Margaret Auerback who exceeded her own
 expectations by striking gold on Friday in the World Masters Track
 Championships in Puerto Rico. She narrowly held off Czech and German rivals
 to finish first in the W55 5000 metres in a time of 21.00.42.

 COAD CUP  Wednesday July 16th at 6.45pm
 Next Wednesday, July 16th, is our summer cross-country handicap over 5 miles
 in Richmond Park. All members are most welcome to take part. Try to be at
 the clubhouse no later than 6.30pm or go direct to the start at the usual
 place by Sidmouth Wood opposite Pembroke Lodge.

 BRICKMAKERS ARMS MARATHON RELAY at Windlesham  Saturday July 12th.
 There may be one or two places left in our teams if you fancy a short 2.6
 miles spin around the country lanes this Saturday. Contact Mike Peace
 (mailto:head@frimley.surrey.sch.uk  ). 

 AGM news next week!
 HARRY HAWKES 8 MILES  Sunday July 6th at Thames Ditton
 Thames Hare and Hounds arrived in some force to take the top three places
 but there was another sound effort from Paul Doyle in 4th place and another
 vets prize for Mick Lane who was only just over a minute behind Paul.
 Stephen Instone continued his good form to duck inside 6 minute miling in
 14th place and with Mike Peace 25th we finished as second team - behind
 Thames of course.
 Eileen Church was second in the women's race less than a minute behind the
 winner and she, Thérèse, Evelyn and Frances were third team.
 Lurking near the back of the field could be found Robin Montgomery in his
 first race since 1996. 

 Mr Hawkes's race was the seventh event in the club road Grand Prix series.
 There were no changes at the top of the tables but Mick Lane continues to
 creep up on Stephen Instone in the over 40 category. Leading scores:

 Open:  Paul Doyle 69,  Stephen Instone 48,  Mike Peace 45,  Mick Lane 41,
 Eileen Church 29,  Simon Lawrence 27,  Peter Haarer 24,  Darryl McDonald 24,
 Grant Lemke 18,  Paul Graham 16, Evelyn Joslin 14, Gareth Davies 13, John
 Hanscomb 12
 Over 40:  Stephen Instone 30,  Mick Lane 23,  Simon Lawrence 20,  Bob
 Beatson 7,  Marcus Gohar 6,  David Powell 6,  Ken Fotherby 6
 Over 50:  Mike Peace 35,  John Hanscomb 19,  David Meaden 15,  Tom Reay 10,
 Alan Meaden 10, Alan Davidson 9,  Chris Owens 6,  John Hughes 6

 Women:  Eileen Church 28,  Evelyn Joslin 18,  Sarah Seal 12,  Thérèse
 Panetta 12,  Marlene Pautard 6,  Teresa Segovia 6, Bridget Cuthbert 6.

 87 members have now finished at least one of the GP races. Can we crack the
 ton? Get your entries in now for the Wedding Day race! Full scoresheets and
 details of the remaining fixtures can be found on our website.

 NORTH DOWNS 30km  Sunday June 29th
 Andy Hayward reports:
 "The race was on  the same day as the Dysart Dash. There were 363 finishers
 within the four and a half hour time limit. It was a beautiful off road
 course, starting and finishing in Gravesend, based around the North Downs
 Way in Kent, mainly on footpaths through open fields and woodlands; hilly
 and very hot on the day, although we were fortunate that a lot of the course
 was in shaded woodland. It reminded me of the Blackheath Harriers Mob Match
 course, only much longer. For anyone who has run this one before, the course
 was changed a little this year because of a different venue for the
 start/finish. Most regulars were saying that this was a tougher course, but
 the only other time I ran it (1998) it seemed that it was hillier then (or
 maybe I'm fitter now?). A very enjoyable run, and recommended as a long
 summer race for those missing the cross country season!"
 1 B Royden (Medway&M) 1.57.03
 32 Keith Firkin 2.19.15
 64 Andy Hayward 2.30.50  

 In conjunction with Richmond Council Sports Development Team, we are
 organising an introductory athletics course for youngsters this summer. To
 quote from the leaflet, "a course of coached athletics, fun and games,
 enabling young people of all abilities aged between 10 and 14 years to
 practice and improve their running, jumping and throwing skills". The five
 sessions are every Saturday from July 19th to August 16th at Barn Elms track
 and the cost is £25 per head. See our web site for a copy of the
 introductory leaflet.   

 More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff (07966 552302 /
 mailto:andy@norris-hobs.co.uk ) or Sarah Seal (020 8995 2380 / 
 mailto:sarahs@walker.co.uk ). See our web site for details and scores in
 the Ranelagh Road Grand Prix. 

 Wednesday July 16th   Coad Cup 5 miles handicap in Richmond Park. 6.45pm
 start. Our summer cross-country handicap. All members are welcome. 

 Sunday July 20th Elmbridge 10km at Walton. Start 10.30am. Race 8 in
 the Ranelagh Grand Prix series 2003. Entry form can be downloaded from

 Friday July 25th Wedding Day 7km in Bushy Park, Teddington.
 7.30pm start. Race 9 in the Ranelagh Grand Prix series 2003. An excellent
 flat traffic-free race for all, experienced and beginners alike. Those
 entered last year should have received an entry form in the post; otherwise
 they can be downloaded from www.stragglers.org 
 There will be no entries on the day.  

 Sunday August 10th Surrey 5km at Wimbledon, 10am start.  Race 10 in the
 Ranelagh Grand Prix series 2003. Entry forms in the clubhouse or send your
 details to Derek Crookes, 209 Lynmouth Avenue, Morden, Surrey SM4 4RX. Fee
 £3 payable to Surrey CAA. 

 Saturday August 16th South Downs Way Relay. Optional alternative dates
 Sunday August 17th and Saturday August 30th (Not all teams have to run the
 same day). Teams of three or more. Let me know if you're interested in
 taking part.

 Bored with the same old races? Need a change of scene? Why not try the St
 Helena Island Festival of Running in September? St Helena in the South
 Atlantic is one of the remotest islands in the world, reachable only by a
 five day sea voyage from South Africa. They plan a 10km, a half marathon and
 a marathon, plus a race up the 699 step Jacob's Ladder.
 Richmond Park will never be the same... 

 Steve Rowland
 e-mail: srowland@calor.co.uk
 Tel: 01926 318734
 Fax: 0870 4006901