Newsdesk 2003

 Web site: www.ranelagh-harriers.com  

 SOUTHERN ROAD RELAYS  Saturday September 27th (men) and Sunday September
 28th (women) at Rushmoor Arena 
 We're running only vets teams this year in the men's relays on Saturday at
 Rushmoor Arena in Aldershot and they start at 12.30pm. But we're hoping to
 have a couple of women's teams out on Sunday for their event which starts at

 THAMES HARE & HOUNDS BRASHER RELAY     Saturday September 20th and Sunday
 September 21st
 We weren't able to accompany Thames H&H on every stage of their run along
 the river from source to Petersham, but a good few Ranelagh put in an
 appearance somewhere along the route and some dozen or more of us were
 present for the final stage which ended at Chris's house in River Lane. Mike
 Peace writes:
 "Just a note to everyone saying what a pleasure it was to be involved in the
 Brasher Relay over the weekend. A thank-you to our friends at Thames for the
 invitation to join in and for doing so well to get the token baton (a whisky
 miniature), yes with our help, all the way from Thames source to Petersham,
 without drinking or spilling a drop. My personal thanks to the Ranelagh
 contingent who ran, supported, transported and generally joined in with such
 good humour - even energy and enthusiasm - and resourceful map reading. I
 certainly enjoyed it and I hope all others who took part had fun too. WELL
 DONE from Mike 'El Presidente'."

 RATCHFORD RELAY   Tuesday August 26th in Richmond Park
 Frances Ratchford reports:
 "August always means the Ratchford Relay, each year the standard gets higher
 and the competition fiercer; and this year was no exception.  No one was
 lapped and team times were all faster with only 3 minutes 34 seconds between
 the fastest & slowest times. Last year the difference was 5.23.  It was
 close on every lap with some outstanding times from Sarah Seal, Clare Gutch,
 Janet Turnes and Teresa Segovia.  Everyone was helped by the cheering and a
 few dog walkers looked a little stunned by the noise. 
 Sam Grant and Shelley Beeston were joined in the winning team by a newcomer,
 Julia, who turned up for the first time on the night but enjoyed herself so
 much, not only in the race but also at the party afterwards, that she joined
 the club". 
 Apologies for some missing surnames in the results below - any corrections
 gratefully received!

 1 Sam Grant 3.32  3.34  3.36 20.58
 Shelley Beeston 3.16  3.27
 Julia ? 3.33 
 2 Julie Drummond 3.27  3.27  3.25 21.19
 Morgana de Veldiere 3.31  3.20
 Andrea Barron 4.09
 3 Clare Gutch 3.08  3.11  3.08 21.24
 Sarah Wilson 3.48  3.47
 Alicia ? 4.22
 4 Janet Turnes 3.46  3.44  3.54 22.27
 Evelyn Joslin 3.33  3.35
 Mary Nash 3.55 
 5 Gigi Bettencourt-Gomes 3.22  3.27  3.30 22.49
 Deborah Young 4.14  4.15
 Imogen Moss 4.01
 6 Teresa Segovia 3.37  3.53  3.48 22.55
 Carol Barnshaw 3.55  3.55
 Alex Gregory 3.47
 7 Sarah Seal 3.04  3.08  3.07 23.04
 Bev Ali 4.24  4.43
 Cath Parkinson 4.38
 8 Anna McLaughlin 3.25  3.26  3.26 23.05
 Lynne Barber 4.18  4.25
 Lorna Smith 4.05
 9= Corinne Bishop 4.09  4.09 23.42
 Frances Wray 3.48  3.48  3.52
 Stacey Barber 3.56
 9= Eliete Nascimento 3.08  3.15 23.42
 Belinda Burdett 3.36  3.52
 Karen Schomberg 3.43  4.00
 11 Kerrie O'Connor 3.49  3.48  3.47 24.11
 Juliette Chan 4.11  4.25
 Deborah Blakemore 4.19
 12 Joanne Turner 3.30  3.50  3.45 24.17
 Marina Quayle 4.13  4.19
 Cindy Croucher 4.40
 13 Maia Rushby 3.48  3.45  3.43 24.32
 Julia Langensiepen 4.08  4.12
 Theresa Laflin 4.56 

 RIVER RELAY  Sunday September 14th
 Phil Aiken reports:
 "This 6 stage, 30ish mile race from Virginia Water to Ham formed the second
 part of the weekendís racing double header. Nine survivors from Saturday
 (and Saturday night!) came back for a second helping. Steve Bird, myself,
 Clare Nicholson, Paul Graham and birthday boy Clive Naish were joined by the
 rested Alan Craig; with Alastair Sinclair, Louise Piears, Wyn Williams and
 Niels Andersen being supplemented by the fresh legs of Dave Knight and Kev
 Marshalling was minimal along the route. We were following the River Thames
 so it would have been difficult to go wrong. Even so, all were grateful that
 the marshal responsible for the Coad Cup fiasco decided to stick to running,
 otherwise we would have all run the Brasher Relay in reverse!
 Timekeeping was the responsibility of individual teams, which may well
 explain why I ran under 25 minutes for my 5 mile leg. Well, it was the River
 Relay, so surely I was entitled to start my watch only when I reached the
 river! Sadly, official timing at the end of each leg meant victory went to
 the Stragglers, led by the part time Ranelagh duo of Duncan Gaskell and Paul
 Sinton Hewitt. That was the nearest we came to victory. Despite almost
 coming home together (a minute or so separated our two teams) we were over
 five minutes outside our estimated times and so lost out on the sweepstake.
 Nothing was forthcoming from the tombola either, the lucky loser competition
 for those who had won nothing.
 Special mention must go to the womenís captain who was first Ranelagh to the
 bar, the afternoon barely having started, an achievement almost matched by
 the runner who seemed to think that the finish was at the bar, not under the
 great yellow banner with FINISH written all over it. No, he wasnít one of
 A good time was had by all and over £1000 was raised for charity".

 NEW FOREST MARATHON   Sunday September 21st
 Louise Piears was delighted to achieve her four-hour target by recording
 3.57.27. Sarah Seal writes:
 "She looked great throughout the whole race (although Andy was talking to
 her every so often and she said she wasn't feeling good - but then she was
 running 26.2 miles!). From mile 19 so many people were walking, but Louise
 just kept on running and passing people, up the hills and all!! She seemed
 to be smiling most of the way and could certainly manage a smile at the

 HERNE HILL & SURREY COUNTY 10,000 METRES CHAMPS   Saturday 20th September at
 Tooting Bec
 Paul Doyle reports:
 "I managed to sneak out last Saturday to run a very low key 10,000m in
 Tooting, in warm conditions. A bit slower than I had hoped, but I think I've
 got a slight virus infection.  I got a trophy for winning, donated by Surrey
 AC to the SCAA, dates back to 1914, quite impressive". 
 1 Paul Doyle 33:09.7
 2 B Broe (Epsom & E) 34:02.3
 HEADINGTON 5 MILES ROAD RACE   Sunday August 24th
 Mick Lane finished 3rd veteran in 28.50. 

 NIKE 10km  Sunday September 7th in Richmond Park
 The Park was again closed to all traffic for the Nike 10km, though this year
 the road circuit was tackled in a clockwise direction. Paula Radcliffe
 famously stormed round in 30.51 while back with the mere mortals Liz Kipling
 finished 11th in 40.55. There were probably other Ranelagh Harriers taking
 part but detailed results are not available.  

 SURREY VETERANS CHAMPIONSHIPS   Saturday October 11th in Richmond Park
 Another reminder to get your entries in! All men over 40 and women over 35
 are eligible to run and entry fee is £3. Women's names please to Margaret
 Auerback (mailto:margaret.auerback@virgin.net ), men's to Andy Bickerstaff
 (mailto:andy@norris-hobs.co.uk ).  
 Subject to the approval of the club committee, the Callis Cup club 10 miles
 championship is likely to be switched from the Cabbage Patch 10 on Sunday
 October 19th to a race next summer, probably the Dorking 10 in June. This is
 because of the clash with the first Surrey League fixture on Saturday 18th. 

 TRIP TO LYON  Hallowe'en Friday October 31st to Sunday November 2nd
 Brian Chard writes: 
 "John & Mandy are encouraging us to make a further trip to Lyon. This time
 itís to do the 'Le Jeff Cross' a 9km or 18km run on what sounds like a
 similar course to last year. The run is on the Sunday. The attraction
 (besides seeing Mandy & John again) would be to go to the annual wine
 tasting event which is held in Lyon centre and for 6 euros you can sample 
 the produce from about 300 independent wine producers. Sounds brilliant!
 So if you are interested, please contact me at
 I am checking out prices for the flights and will advise more later. 
 John is sending me some fuller details and I will forward them to you. 
 John and Mandy will sort out accommodation etc for us".

 Neil Walford writes:
 "Julian Langley, a friend from Brighton and Hove AC, is looking for
 accommodation around Surbiton, as his work with Ericsson is moving from
 Brighton to Guildford. He is looking for either a shared flat or a room in a
 house in/around Surbiton. He is sociable/non-smoker/house trained etc.
 If anyone has any accomodation available please either contact Julian direct
 (julian.langley@ericsson.com 07740 471357) or let me know and I will relay
 the information (01273 551142)".

 from Sarah Seal:
 "Now the nights are getting much darker,  it is extremely important to make
 sure that you are wearing WHITE or LIGHT coloured running kit. It is very
 hard for vehicles or other people to see you running if you are wearing dark
 clothing. If you can't be seen you are at risk of being seriously injured by
 a vehicle. Also if you can't be seen, other runners training with you may
 trip over you and get injured themselves. So please, please remember to be

 A full fixture list for the 2003/04 winter season is available on our website.

 More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff (07966 552302 /
 mailto:andy@norris-hobs.co.uk ) or Paul Graham (mailto:paulgraham28@hotmail.com )
 or Clare Nicholson (07710 348030 / mailto:clarenicholson@hotmail.com

 Saturday September 27th      Men's Southern 6-stage relay at Aldershot
 (including M40, M50 and M60 categories) from 12.30pm. 

 Sunday September 28th        Women's Southern 4-stage relay at Aldershot at

 Saturday October 4th        Page Cup 5 miles handicap in Richmond Park at

 Saturday October 11th          Surrey Veterans Cross-Country championships
 in Richmond Park.   Women 6km at 2.30pm, men 10km at 3pm. 

 Sunday October 12th            Kingston Running Festival - marathon, 16
 miles or 8 miles events.    See www.humanrace.co.uk  
 Saturday October 18th        Surrey Cross-Country League Div 1 in Richmond
 Park (Kingston Gate).    Women from 12.30pm, men from 2.30pm.  

 Sunday October 19th        Cabbage Patch 10 miles road race at
 Twickenham. Likely to be popular so get your entries in early to avoid
 disappointment. See www.cabbagepatch10.com   
         Also today, the Founders' Challenge 26 miles
 "go as you please" from Peaslake. Details from www.ldwa.org.uk
 or from Peter Saw. 

 Saturday October 25th         Lee Cup mob match v Orion Harriers including
 club vets championships. 7.5 miles in Richmond Park. All members encouraged
 to run please! 

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