Newsdesk 2003

 Web site: www.ranelagh-harriers.com  
 MOB MATCH v THAMES HARE & HOUNDS   Saturday November 29th on Wimbledon
 Common. Start time 2.30pm.
 As always for mob matches, the more people we have on the starting line the
 better, no matter whether fast or slow. The race starts at 2.30pm and it's
 on Thames's course, which is a 7.5 miles tour of Wimbledon Common. Their HQ
 is in the sports grounds just across the A3 from Richmond Park - about 200
 metres up from the Robin Hood roundabout. There's parking there and the
 start is adjacent to the clubhouse. Buses 85 (Putney - Kingston), 265
 (Putney - Tolworth) and K3 (Roehampton - Esher) pass by.

 REEBOK BRIGHTON 10Km    Sunday November 16th
 Sea-front races can be a bit of a lottery. Flat they may be, but as often as
 not you have to contend with gale-force winds instead. Not so for the
 Brighton 10km this year. The clear blue skies delivered nothing more taxing
 than gentle zephyrs, and consequently the 2000+ runners found themselves
 mixing with hordes of day-trippers out to catch some late autumn rays. The
 Ranelagh contingent was small but headed by Sarah Seal who just seems to be
 going from strength to strength. She had expectations of burying her
 unrepresentative pb of just inside 40 minutes and hoped for about 38. So she
 couldn't conceal her delight in an end result of 36.50 for 5th place in a
 high quality race. This catapults her up to 3rd place on Ranelagh's all-time
 list for women, behind only Priscilla Welch and Margaret Auerback.
 Full results are not yet available, so there will be more details when we
 get them.
 1 A Fletcher (Dulwich) 35.33
 5 Sarah Seal 36.50
 59 Sonia Rowland 43.27   

 REEBOK INTERNATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY     Sunday November 16th at Margate
 This event incorporated the South of England veterans championship, and
 Margaret Auerback added yet another title to her collection. She finished
 over a minute clear in the over 55 age group.
 1 C McKiernan (Ireland) 17.49
 43 Margaret Auerback 23.51  

 Margaret Auerback was a reserve for the England team, but ran the
 accompanying open race where she was the leading over 55.
 1 A Dennison 22.00
 14 Margaret Auerback 24.42  

 JUNIOR "POINTS PRIZE" RACE ONE  Saturday November 15th in Richmond Park
 As a follow-on from our successful Star:Track course, we are holding a
 series of cross-country events for juniors. The scoring in each age group is
 6 for the winner, 5 for 2nd and so on down to 2 for 5th and 1 point for all
 other finishers. Prizes will be awarded to the overall winners at the end of
 the series. 
 The course was one lap of Sidmouth Wood (the Henty Relay course) and the two
 age groups ran together. In the girls' event there was a very tight finish
 between Victoria Elbourne, Alex McKenna and Alex Hook, with Victoria gaining
 a couple of seconds advantage on the run-in. In the boys' race, by contrast,
 Dan Jermy was a runaway winner with more than half a minute to spare over
 Joseph Rake.
 Frances Ratchford writes:
 "Congratulations to everyone who took part in this the first race of the
 series. There were some excellent times for this demanding course. The
 second race in the series will be on Tuesday 23rd December at 2.30. Hot
 mince pies will be provided!
 The final two races will be on 31 January and 28th February. Remember that
 is the person with the highest score who wins the prize for their age

 BALL BUSTER   Sunday November 9th
 This is a continuous duathlon up, down and around Boxhill consisting of an 8
 mile run, 24 mile cycle and then another 8 mile run. Bridget Cuthbert was
 crazy enough to try it and finished 24th woman (238th overall) in a time of
 In October Bridget competed in the British Quadrathon Championships - 800m
 sea swim, 30km bike, 10km canoe race & 10km run - finishing 6th in the event
 and winning the series overall.  

 We've been neglecting to keep you updated with progress in the new, updated
 McLeod Cup competition this season. See our web site for full details and
 scores, but in brief the competition works like this: the first Ranelagh
 finisher in each major club winter race - handicaps, leagues, championships
 etc - scores 100 points, second 99 and so on. So big points can be scored if
 you turn out regularly and the spoils will not necessarily go to the speedy.
 Leading scores after four events:
 1 Will Graves 365
 2 Mike Peace 363
 3 Marcus Gohar 296
 4 Andy Bickerstaff 289
 5 Steve Bird 274
 6 John Herries 258

 1 Sonia Rowland 381
 2 Corinne Bishop 366
 3 Eliete Nascimento 291
 4 Louise Piears 280
 5 Michele Gibson 269
 6 Celia Beverly 260 

 Margaret Auerback writes:
 "I have a pair of Nike zoom xc spikes for sale, new and unused as they are
 too small. They are supposedly size 6 but would more likely fit size 5. They
 are 20.
 If you are interested see me at the club on Tuesdays or Thursdays or phone
 8940 7315 or e-mail margaret.auerback@virgin.net". 

 Our regular flying visitor from Australia plans a lengthier than normal stay
 next April. Mike writes:
 "My partner Joy's daughter and son-in-law are living in Surbiton and
 daughter is due to produce the first grand-child in late March. We're
 planning to spend most of April in the UK and, since the daughter's flat is
 rather small, we're looking for a room for about 4 weeks - preferably
 We haven't arranged travel yet but would be likely to arrive in the first
 few days of April and leave at the end of April. I wondered whether anyone
 in the club might have a spare room for rent to two very quiet (and mostly
 absent) boarders for a month, preferably with reasonable access to
 Contact Mike at mailto:mikehubbert@ozemail.com.au 

 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 November 29th       Mob match v Thames Hare and Hounds   7.5 miles
 on Wimbledon Common (Kingston Vale).   2.30pm start. 

 Saturday December 6th         Inter-club races in Richmond Park: Dysart Cup
 (women) including the Hugh Jones Salver club women's championship and
 Trish's Trophy club veteran (over 40) women's championship - 3.8 miles
 starting at 2pm; and the Ellis Cup (men)  5 miles starting at 2.30pm. 

 Saturday December 13th       Surrey League Division 1 - men at Reigate
 (2.30pm juniors, 3pm seniors), women at Lightwater Country Park (12.30pm
 seniors, 1.15pm and 1.45pm juniors)  

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