Newsdesk 2004

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 145                   12 JULY 2004
 Web site: www.ranelagh-harriers.com
 *  Brian Chard is the new club President
 *  South of England AA bronze long service award for John Hanscomb
 *  Vets prize wins at the Harry Hawkes for Marie Synnott-Wells and Mick Lane

 My e-mail address henceforward will be steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com.
 Please update your address book.

 COAD CUP  5 miles handicap  Wednesday 14th July in Richmond Park
 This is our summer cross-country handicap over our usual 5 miles course in
 Richmond Park. All members welcome. The first starter should be away at
 about 6.45pm. Register at the clubhouse by 6.30pm or at the start by
 Sidmouth Wood (opposite Pembroke Lodge).

 There was nothing too controversial at this year's AGM but there were some
 key personnel changes, most notably Brian Chard taking over the reins from
 Mike Peace as club President. Congratulations to Brian and thanks to Mike
 for all his hard work. Chris Owens becomes the new Membership Secretary and
 we now have joint Social Secretaries in Marina Quayle and Joanne Turner.
 This is a post that has been dormant for the last few years so it's pleasing
 to see it resurrected. Sarah Seal and Robin Drummond are the Running Reps on
 the committee. All other positions remain unchanged though we are still
 seeking someone to assist Alan Hedger as Chief Pioneer - i.e. someone to
 organise marshalling at our home races in Richmond Park.
 Anna McLaughlin and Andy Bickerstaff gave us Captains' reports of a largely
 successful 12 months and David Rowntree confirmed that the club is in a
 healthy financial state. Hon Sec Frances Ratchford spoke of the
 recently-published Foster Report on UK Athletics and also of our new and
 potentially valuable link-up with St Mary's College.
 Expenditure from the Harry Sheer fund was approved for remedial work on the
 showers in the clubhouse, to be completed (we hope) before the end of the
 summer. This will of course entail the showers being unavailable for use for
 a period - watch this space for more information. Outgoing Membership
 Secretary Robin Drummond reported that 60% of the membership had yet to pay
 their 2004/2005 subscriptions - check the list on the board at the clubhouse
 if you're not sure whether you have coughed up or not!
 Alan Hedger asked for anyone who won a medal last season but was not at the
 awards presentation to collect it, to contact him (01372 740626). A
 presentation of a bottle of bubbly was then made to Alan himself in
 recognition of his work as Chief Race Official. There was a presentation
 too, for John Hanscomb - a South of England AA bronze award to mark 20 years
 of work as a club official. Congratulations to John, only the third Ranelagh
 Harrier to be nominated for such an award.
 Finally John - in his Fixtures Sec hat - announced the date of the 2004/2005
 winter season "Opening Run" and Thomas Cup handicap: Saturday September

 HARRY HAWKES 8 MILES  Sunday 4th July at Thames Ditton
 Marie Synnott-Wells put in an impressive performance for 12th overall, 2nd
 woman and first over 35. Mick Lane also ran a strong race, as ever, to
 finish 4th overall and first over 40. Stephen Instone also made the top ten
 and was third veteran. Liz Kipling - in her second race in two days -
 finished 6th in the women's race and Anna McLaughlin was 12th.
 Team positions are calculated by cumulative times for the top four finishers
 and in this our women's team finished 2nd and our men 5th.

 DATCHET DASH 10Km  Saturday 3rd July at Dorney Lake
 The attraction of a dead-flat course around Eton College's new Olympic-sized
 rowing lake was spoiled somewhat by the howling winds sweeping across the
 water! Chris Owens was second over 50.
 1 C Bradfield (Datchet) 33.26
 23 Chris Owens 37.08
 143 Steve Rowland 42.01
 160 Liz Kipling 42.30
 306 Sonia Rowland 46.38

 Full results are not yet available but our scratch team finished a
 creditable 10th out of 21. Some good photos of the race can be found via the
 organising club's web site: www.windlevalley.com.

 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5Km  Friday 25th June in Hyde Park
 1 H Lobb (Serpentine) 15.22
 15 Tim Woods 17.28
 56 Alan Davidson 19.51
 105 John Pratt 21.43
 158 John Hanscomb 27.09

 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5Km  Friday 28th May in Hyde Park
 Times are inaccurate as many runners went off course.
 1 D Gitau (North York Moors) 13.02
 31 Jo Ronaldson 19.17
 56 Stephen Stuart 19.43
 86 Alan Davidson 20.06
 90 Pete Warren 20.15
 167 John Pratt 22.02 

 The Harry Hawkes 8 was race seven of our ten-event 2004 Road Grand Prix.
 Mick Lane took advantage of Paul Doyle's absence to leap-frog him into the
 lead in the Open category and at the same time moves further ahead in the
 men's over 40 section. In the women's section Liz Kipling took one more
 point out of Anna McLaughlin but now Marie Synnott-Wells is closing up on
 them both. Sonia Rowland remains just in the lead amongst the over 40 women
 and Mike Peace and Corinne Bishop retain clear leads in the over 50
 There is a full scorechart and fixture list on our web site. Leading scores
 to date are:
 Mick Lane 56,  Paul Doyle 48,  Stephen Instone 38,  Trevor Maguire 32,  Liz
 Kipling 32,  Mike Peace 29,  Marie Synnott-Wells 26,  Anna McLaughlin 25,
 John Hughes 19,  Jo Ronaldson 18,  Corinne Bishop 16,  Alan Meaden 13,  Andy
 Hayward 12,  Peter Haarer 12, Chris Read 12,  Ken Fotherby 11,  Marius Acker
 11,  Nick Henderson 11
 Men Over 40
 Mick Lane 30,  Stephen Instone 20,  Andy Hayward 8,  Chris Read 8,  Ken
 Fotherby 6,  Tim Woods 5,  Andy Bickerstaff 5,  Simon Lawrence 4,  Neil
 Walford 4,  Marcus Gohar 3,  Clive Naish 3
 Men Over 50
 Mike Peace 29,  Alan Meaden 21,  John Hughes 15,  John Hanscomb 14,  David
 Meaden 13,  Alan Davidson 10,  Simon Rothwell 6,  David Fangen 6,  Bill
 Harvey 5,  Brian Coles 4,  Wyn Williams 4
 Liz Kipling 25,  Anna McLaughlin 22,  Marie Synnott-Wells 17,  Corinne
 Bishop 13,  Jo Ronaldson 12,  Sonia Rowland 6,  Kathy Mallett 5,  Janet
 Turnes 5,  Jenni Kruse 4,  Mariette Engelbrecht 4,  Sara Grosvenor  4,
 Michele Gibson 4,  Evelyn Joslin 4
 Women Over 40
 Sonia Rowland 12,  Michele Gibson 11,  Janet Turnes 10,  Jackie Alderton 6,
 Lynne Barber 5,  Marina Quayle 5,  Julie Naismith 5,  Hazel Carr 4,
 Catherine Carthy 4
 Women Over 50
 Corinne Bishop 29,  Bev Ali 10,  Kathy Mallett 6,  Mei Fei Wickham 5

 Our men's team's second place in the Dysart Dash takes us into the top
 position but only one point clear of the Stragglers. So we need another good
 result at the Elmbridge 10km to bolster our position. The women's team's win
 at the Dysart takes them up to 4th place but five points behind leaders
 Sutton Runners. Individually, Anna McLaughlin and Mick Lane are still top of
 the table in the women's and men's over 40 categories respectively.
 The remaining fixtures in the League are the Elmbridge 10km on July 25th and
 the Surrey 5km on August 22nd. The best four scores from the five races
 count for the final result.

 The 2003/04 fixture list, together with details of the 2004 Ranelagh Road
 Grand Prix, can be found on our web site.
 More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff (07966 552302 / 
 mailto:andy@norris-hobs.co.uk ) or Anna McLaughlin (07971 606521 /
 mailto:anna.mclaughlin@itv.com ). 

 Wednesday July 14th              Coad Cup summer 5 miles handicap in
 Richmond Park.  Enter on the night at the clubhouse or at the start by
 Sidmouth Wood - first starter 6.45pm.

 Saturday July 17th                  Elmore 7 miles at Chipstead. Start 2pm.
 See www.southlondonharriers.org.uk. 

 Sunday July 25th                    Elmbridge 10km  at Walton. Ranelagh Road
 GP race 8 and Surrey Road League race 4. See www.elmbridgeroadrunners.co.uk
 for details.

 Friday July 30th                      Wedding Day 7km in Bushy Park.
 Ranelagh Road GP race 9. Start 7.30pm. See www.stragglers.org/weddingday.htm
 for details. Probably no entries on the day.

 Sunday August 22nd               Surrey 5km at Wimbledon. Ranelagh Road GP
 race 10 and Surrey Road League race 5. Entry forms at the clubhouse or just
 send your details to Derek Crookes, 209 Lynmouth Avenue, Morden, Surrey SM4
 4RX. Entry fee 3 payable to Surrey County AA. Entries usually also accepted
 on the day (4).

 Steve Rowland
 e-mail: Steve Rowland