Newsdesk 2003

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 117            22 OCTOBER 2003
 Web site: www.ranelagh-harriers.com 

 MOB MATCH v ORION HARRIERS for the HAROLD LEE CUP in Richmond Park  Saturday
 October 25th
 This is the first of our four mob matches this season and our visitors are
 Orion Harriers from Epping Forest. You've probably read all this before but
 just to underline it again for the benefit of newcomers: in mob matches we
 need EVERYBODY we can possibly get to run. The more we have, the better our
 chance of winning. It's definitely not just for the fast guys and girls.
 Every finisher will count towards the final result. The destination of the
 Lee Cup is in your hands! 
 Start time is 2.30pm and the course is two laps of our "Thomas Cup" circuit
 - 7.5 miles in all. 
 We'll also be hosting some of our Orion visitors to supper at the Rose of
 York after the race. 6 - 6.30pm start, price about 6 per head. If you'd
 like to attend please contact Mike Peace pdq on 01252 543176 or

 SOUTH OF THE THAMES "JUNIOR" CHAMPIONSHIP  Saturday November 8th at Coulsdon
 "Junior" in standard, not age! It's 5 miles, starting at 2.30pm. We'll be
 entering a team and we can run as many as we like - but entries have to be
 sent in by the end of this week. So if you'd like to run, please contact
 Andy Bickerstaff as soon as possible (mailto:andy@norris-hobs.co.uk).

 SURREY LEAGUE DIVISION 1  in Richmond Park (Kingston Gate)  Saturday October
 The 2003-04 Surrey League campaign for both men and women started in our
 home Park but a couple of miles away from our usual haunts. Start and finish
 was at the top of the hill at Kingston gate, and that hill provided a nasty
 sting in the tail of an otherwise fairly innocuous course. Conditions were
 as dry as could be - those that wore spikes did so for grip in deep dust
 instead of mud.
 First up were the women and Ranelagh made a substantial contribution to what
 was apparently a record League field of nearly 300 runners. Our 26 starters
 easily constituted a club record. Allison O'Neill came over from Paris for
 the race and was always in contention at the front, though it soon became
 clear that nobody was going to be able to live with the eventual winner Lucy
 Hasell of Thames. But Allison beat off all challengers for a clear second
 place. Sarah Seal ran as courageously as ever and held 6th for most of the
 race before losing a couple of places on the final climb. Our third finisher
 was an impressive Jo Ronaldson who made steady progress throughout the race,
 as did fourth home, newcomer Lynsey Morris. Lynsey is a second-claim member
 and was ineligible for the scoring team this time but we'll look forward to
 counting her in the next race. Right behind Lynsey was Kristina Semple and
 right behind Kristina was Clare Nicholson playing a captain's innings to
 close in the team. The rest, led by Sara Grosvenor, came in thick and fast,
 two or three of them like Lynsey in their first race for the club.
 Full results have not yet been published so we're indebted to Ken Powley's
 unofficial timing for most of the results. More details when we get them. 
 Subject to confirmation our 'A' team finished 4th, a result Captain Clare 
 declared herself well satisfied with, and from which she is confident we 
 will be able to build in the subsequent races. We await the team positions 
 of our 'B', 'C', 'D' and 'E' teams!
 With her sister Alice unable to make it for the senior race, Anair Beverly
 was all for taking her place. But in the end she was obliged to contest the
 Under 20 race where she gave us a very pleasing victory. She has three more
 years in this age group! Jessica Harvey also ran well for 5th place.
 Alex Hook was our leading finisher in the Under 15 event, but unfortunately
 we do not yet have the results of our other three runners.     

 We had a pretty strong team out for the men's race too, and like the women
 they were lead all the way by a Parisian, in this case Dave Benton. A little
 race rusty, Dave went out hard from the start and was desperately hanging on
 in the closing stages but crossed the line an excellent 16th. It was good to
 see Julian Smith running well again, moving through the field smoothly and
 taking Peter Haarer with him. They finished close together in 21st and 24th
 positions. Paul Doyle was another to commit himself from the gun and he too
 held on for a good top-thirty placing despite being almost literally on his
 knees climbing the last hill.
 Marcus Gohar felt a little below par following illness but ran as strongly
 as ever for 38th, but close behind him came the day's first surprise packet
 Nick Henderson, an outstanding 42nd in his first league race. Almost as big
 a surprise was the appearance of Steve Day as our 7th scorer, back for his
 first league race for several seasons. Mick Lane and Andy Bickerstaff
 followed Steve all the way round and then Will Graves came fairly bounding
 up the last hill to close in the scoring team.
 Our final team place was 5th, again a very satisfactory and promising start
 to the Division One season.
 In the junior men's results, Richard Sim and Dan Jermy both ran strongly to 
 make it home in the top ten.  

 CABBAGE PATCH 10 MILES ROAD RACE    Twickenham  Sunday October 19th
 We had a good showing at Twickenham 24 hours after the League races on
 another day of strong winds. There were 25 RH finishers, 15 of them women,
 headed by another pb from Vice Captain Anna McLaughlin. This gave a grand
 total of 40 women turning out in Ranelagh colours over the weekend, which
 has got to be some kind of a record. Some photos of the race can be found at

 Another result worthy of mention was that of our second-claim member Paul
 Sinton-Hewitt who finished 3rd in the marathon in 2.41.05. 

 This was originally to be incorporated with the Cabbage Patch race last
 Sunday but owing to the clash of dates with the Surrey League it was decided
 to transfer it to another event. It will now be contested in the Dorking 10
 next June.

 It may not instill the fear of a Kiwi haka into our opposition, but it's all
 ours! If you've puzzled over the strange cry that goes up before a mob match
 start and perhaps wondered whether you could believe your ears, here's the
 authorised text: 

 Hobble Gobble
 Razzle Dazzle
 Zis Boom Bah
 Ranelagh Ranelagh
 Rah Rah Rah.

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

 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 October 25th        Lee Cup mob match v Orion Harriers  7.5 miles
 in Richmond Park. 2.30pm start. All hands on deck please!
        Women's National 4-stage Relay at Birmingham

 Saturday November 1st         Priory Relays at Reigate  

 Saturday November 8th         South of the Thames "Junior" Championships at

 Saturday November 29th       Mob match v Thames Hare and Hounds   7.5 miles
 on Wimbledon Common (Kingston Vale). 2.30pm start.
 Courtesy of Sir Roger Bannister via Jay Rowden:
 "We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it
 and cannot help ourselves. The more restricted our society and work become,
 the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for
 freedom. No one can say, 'You must not run faster than this, or jump higher
 than that.' The human spirit is indomitable."  

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