**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 148 23 AUGUST 2004 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS * Surrey Road League titles for Liz Kipling, Sonia Rowland, Paul Doyle and Mick Lane * Ranelagh Grand Prix titles for Liz, Sonia, Mick, Mike Peace and Corinne Bishop * County vest for Jo Ronaldson * Clubhouse building work to be completed this week WHAT'S COMING... A provisional fixture list for the 2004/05 winter season, can be found on our web site. More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff (07966 552302 / mailto: email@example.com ) or Phil Aiken (07739 035189 / mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Anna McLaughlin (07971 606521 / mailto: email@example.com ). Saturday September 11th Surrey Road Relay championships at Wimbledon Park. There are separate senior and veterans events for both men and women, starting at 12 noon. Each stage is 3 miles. We'll be hoping to put in several teams, so if you'd like to run contact one of the captains. Sunday September 12th River Relay Virginia Water to Ham. There are six stages varying in distance between 3.8 miles and 7.5 miles, and each team must include at least two veterans and one woman. Again, contact a captain if you're interested. Saturday September 18th 124th Season Opening Run and Thomas Cup 3.8 miles handicap at 3pm , preceded by annual club photograph. All members welcome. See our web site for more details about the race including the history of the Thomas Cup itself. In the evening (6.30pm) we'll be holding an Opening Run Supper at the clubhouse. More details soon. CLUBHOUSE There has been a slight delay in the building work on the men's and women's showers, but it should all be completed during this week and be ready for use after the bank holiday. SURREY 5Km Sunday 22nd August at Wimbledon This was the final event in both our own club Grand Prix series for 2004 and the Surrey Road League. For most of the eventual winners, it was just a question of turning up and having a reasonable run to secure their titles. But predictably this was not enough for Paul Doyle who blasted round the hilly two-lap course in 15.34 - exactly the time predicted by statman Ken Powley. This brought Paul home in 3rd place overall and 2nd in the county championship. Mick Lane and Steve Whitehead were 20th and 22nd and the men's team result saw Ranelagh in the silver medal position behind Belgrave. As predicted, the Belgrave win gave them the Surrey League title, pushing Ranelagh back into second place. Liz Kipling led the Ranelagh women's contingent, ahead of Anna McLaughlin and Sonia Rowland. At the prize ceremony at Belgrave Hall the opportunity was taken to catch up on the presentation of medals for the various Surrey road championships that had taken place throughout the summer - half marathon, ten miles and ten kilometres. Ranelagh featured gratifyingly frequently and Paul Doyle in particular was the Michael Phelps of the proceedings, staggering out burdened by so many medals that he could hardly stand up straight. The Surrey Road League awards were distributed too, and though Ranelagh missed out on the team awards we did come away with four individual titles - Paul Doyle and Liz Kipling took the senior men's and women's, Mick Lane won the men's over 40 and Sonia Rowland the women's over 45. We had half a claim too on the men's over 50 title which went to second-claim member Duncan Gaskell of Stragglers. AUCKLAND CASTLE 10km Sunday 15th August Jo Ronaldson won her first county vest in this event which incorporated the inter-counties 10km championship. In very hot conditions she described her run as "rubbish" but nevertheless helped Surrey to a team win. Women 1 N Harvey (SLH) 33.02 29 Jo Ronaldson 40.33 RON WHEELER 2.5 miles handicap Wednesday 28th July at St Katherine's Dock 1 M Cates (Eton Manor) 18.22 (actual time 13.22) 4 Chris Read 18.41 (15.41) 5 Alan Davidson 18.45 (15.45) 14 Andy Hayward 19.20 (16.20) PORTSMOUTH PROMENADE 5km Sunday 15th August Allan Lang was 2nd over 60 in 21.39. LONDON 10K Saturday 1st August John Kipps also competed in this event, which took place on August 1st rather than the 2nd as stated in the last e-news: "It took me 8 minutes to get to the start line, so my official finish time (50:29) is not within the first 200 results that have been posted so far. I clocked myself at 42:01, which considering the congestion for the first half was sort of what I'd expected. I should have made more of an effort to get to the line at the start!" SELF TRANSCENDENCE 2 miles series In the final two of these Monday night races in Battersea Park on July 19th and August 2nd, Jacqui Reid finished 3rd and 2nd amongst the women, setting her best two times of the whole series, 13.14 and 13.24. John Pratt was close behind her in the final event with 13.28. BODDINGTON 50km Sunday 1st August Andy Hayward reports: On Sunday the 1st of August was the National AAA of England Ultra Distance Road Running Championships in Boddington, just outside Cheltenham, Glos. For some perverse reason the start was 11:00am so that meant that we were running through the hottest part of the day. The temperature was recorded at 31'C or 88'F in the shade during the race - unfortunately there was not any shade on the entire course! The route was 14 laps on flat, country, almost traffic free roads round Boddington Manor; 13 x 2.2 mile laps, with a final lap of 2.4 miles ending in front of the manor house. There were 55 entries, 48 starters and 33 finishers - the high dropout rate as a result of the extreme heat. I had a fairly steady start, and I felt good through eight miles, and upped the pace for the next five miles or so, but started to feel the heat at about the halfway point. Around twenty miles it started to become a bit of a struggle, and then it was a case of hanging on for a reasonable time past the marathon point. It wasn't called, but I went through the marathon in around 3:20. The last two laps were not fun. After the first lap, two neighbouring houses of the only four on the lap were kind enough to set up a garden hose on a ladder, and a garden sprinkler. With three miles to go I was overtaken by the leading woman Siri Terjesen whilst standing under the hose for an extended period to try and bring my core temperature down. I had been four minutes ahead of her at one point, but she amazingly increased her speed over the last two laps when most others were falling apart, to finish seconds inside four hours. I struggled in in 4:05:22, good enough for 7th of 24 in the men's race, and eigth overall of the 33 finishers. I also got a nice award for second man over 40. Main lesson learnt from this race was "Don't run stupid distances in stupid temperatures!". 1 B Cole (Royal Navy) 3.15.06 7 Andy Hayward 4.05.22 DORNEY LAKE TRIATHLON RELAY Saturday 14th August Paul Sinton-Hewitt reports: "Death by inexperience! The power has gone to her head! Electing Marina Quayle as social secretary seems to have driven her to new levels of competitiveness. We tried saying 'No' to her pleas for us take part in this relay team triathlon being held in Eton, but she surreptitiously filled out the entry forms and committed us. So on Saturday, three weary teams headed off for Dorney Lake not really knowing what to expect. With bicycles, swimming costumes, sun tan lotion and a picnic in hand, we arrived on-time to find Marina, who had been there for hours already, had staked out the whole place and chosen the perfect spot. Negotiating with the organizers, she rummaged through the T-Shirts choosing the correct sizes and perfect colour matches for everyone. First on the blocks was Alexander Quayle (5) whose race consisted of a first lap on the scooter, a second on the bicycle and the final lap running. By the time we arrived, Alexander was already on the podium collecting his coveted medal for third place, a feat made possible by his impressive running. Little did Alexander know at this time that his high would soon be dented by the arrival of masses of wasps, one of which decided to leave his mark on his hand. After trip to St John's Ambulance he was fine but spent the rest of the weekend being terrified by the little buggers. And so to the main event. Marina, with her years of competition experience, decided the best pre-race sustenance would be two glasses of Sangria and a Tortilla, imported from Spain especially for the occasion. After that she and Karen had no trouble stripping off in front of everyone to put on their wet suits. That marked the start of the fashion parade, which saw professional photographer Phil Aiken eagerly organising us into suitable poses. There is absolutely no truth in the vicious rumor that I stripped off and placed myself between the lycra-clad ladies for an intimate threesome. And any pictures that Phil shows you have obviously been doctored in Photoshop. There were 60 teams taking part in this relay. Our teams fr the 800m swim, 30km bike and 7.5km run comprised of Marina Quayle, Simon Quayle and Ian Grange in the Ranelagh Warriors (should have been worriers), Karen Broadbent, Tony Appleby and Rob Stillwell in the Ranelagh All Stars team and myself, Joanne Turner and Steve McClune in the Ranelagh Rockets. The swimmers all gathered in the murky waters just before the start. Soon after the start we realised this wasn't going to be a walk in the park as we struggled to find some space in this mass of thrashing water. Being kicked and punched and having my goggles ripped off was my introduction to the first lap of 400m. On completion of the first lap we had to leave the water, run back to the start and dive in again to complete the second lap. I think the first swimmers were finishing their second lap by the time I entered the water for the second time. Perhaps the armbands were slowing me down? Marina, obviously an old hand at these events (or just a tart), received a rapturous applause from the organiser as she exited the water for the last time as he singled her out for individual recognition. Marina, you must make sure the organisers know how to pronounce Ranelagh next time. The changeovers were well organised and they used a simple tag system to get the cyclists off on their leg. First out of the blocks for Ranelagh was Jo, who was on a borrowed racing bike for the first time. An old-hat at cycling, Jo's enjoyment was obvious. The 6 lap course brought her past the spectators 12 times and all we could see was a huge grin and masses of determination as she bore down on her fellow competitors. Tony, on a new bike, did his best to catch Jo but it was in vain. Poor Simon! Marina wouldn't let him adjust the seat on her mountain bike and as a result he was unable to sit for the rest of the day. The run was a three-lap affair with plenty of opportunity for supporters to abuse and coerce their runners. I tried tripping Rob and hurling insults at him, but nothing was going to stop him overtaking and convincingly beating the other Ranelagh runners. With a creditable 7th fastest run of the day, Rob catapulted the All Stars from 48th position overall to 30th, a magnificent effort. Big Steve, suffering in the heat, ploughed on bringing the Rockets home in 41st position. Ian, who was last to start and also last to finish, had a lonely time of it, but received plenty of support as the whole Ranelagh contingent, friends and family ran him into the finish straight. A final debrief was held at the Anglers Arms, where Marina took charge once more, scolding those of us who under-performed and debating on the next Ranelagh adventure". 1 Team SBR 1.20.15 (swim 11.46, bike 46.34, run 21.55) 30 Ranelagh Allstars 1.41.42 (17.27, 57.03, 27.12) 41 Ranelagh Rockets 1.47.00 (14.59, 53.21, 38.40) 59 Ranelagh Warriors 2.18.15 (22.14, 75.46, 40.15) RANELAGH ROAD GRAND PRIX As mentioned above, the Wimbledon 5km completed the 2004 GP series and 94 Ranelagh Harriers competed in at least one of the ten events. There were no changes to the leaders on the score charts: Mick Lane held off Paul Doyle for the overall win and galloped away with the over 40s title too. Liz Kipling moved up to 3rd overall and secured the women's title. Sonia Rowland and Corinne Bishop retained their leads in the women's over 40 and over 50 sections respectively, and Mike Peace was an easy winner amongst the men over 50. There is a full scorechart and list of the races on our web site. Leading final scores: Open Mick Lane 88, Paul Doyle 84, Liz Kipling 47, Mike Peace 42, Stephen Instone 38, Trevor Maguire 37, Andy Bickerstaff 36, Anna McLaughlin 33, Marie Synnott-Wells 26, Adam Tapley 25, Peter Haarer 23, Steve Whitehead 20, Corinne Bishop 20, John Hughes 19, Jo Ronaldson 18, Chris Read 16, Stephen Arneil 15, Alan Meaden 15, Andy Hayward 14, Alan Davidson 14, Neil Walford 14, Marcus Gohar 12, John Hanscomb 12, Ken Fotherby 11, Marius Acker 11, Nick Henderson 11, Simon Burrell 11, David Meaden 11 Men Over 40 Mick Lane 48, Stephen Instone 20, Andy Bickerstaff 19, Chris Read 14, Andy Hayward 9, Marcus Gohar 8, Neil Walford 8, Ken Fotherby 6, Tim Woods 5, Simon Lawrence 5, Clive Naish 4, Kevin Jacques 3 Men Over 50 Mike Peace 40, Alan Meaden 23, Alan Davidson 20, John Hanscomb 17, John Hughes 15, David Meaden 13, Wyn Williams 7, Chris Owens 6, Steve Rowland 6, Simon Rothwell 6, David Fangen 6, Alan Craig 6, Bill Harvey 5, Wally Garrod 5 Women Liz Kipling 43, Anna McLaughlin 32, Marie Synnott-Wells 17, Corinne Bishop 17, Sonia Rowland 14, Jo Ronaldson 12, Kathy Mallett 10, Evelyn Joslin 7, Michele Gibson 7, Janet Turnes 6, Jenni Kruse 5, Mariette Engelbrecht 4, Sara Grosvenor 4, Eliete Nascimento 4 Women Over 40 Sonia Rowland 24, Michele Gibson 16, Janet Turnes 14, Lynne Barber 8, Catherine Carthy 7, Jackie Alderton 6, Joanne Turner 6, Teresa Segovia 5, Marina Quayle 5, Julie Naismith 5 Women Over 50 Corinne Bishop 39, Bev Ali 12, Kathy Mallett 12, Mei Fei Wickham 11, Carol Barnshaw 5, Pat Hewlett 3, Julie Drummond 1, Kathryn Curran 1 MASTERS' TRACK LEAGUE Monday 12th July at Battersea Park Margaret Auerback reports: "The last match in the masters league was held at Battersea on 12th July and an excellent turnout helped us to finish in second place on the night behind Serpentine but not able to improve on our third place overall with Hillingdon well ahead of us in second place. Our first win came from Julie Drummond in the 2K walk, competing despite nursing a very painful ankle, the result of a fall caused by some wretched rabbit digging a hole in the path: put them all in a stew! She was supported by Frances Ratchford and Bev Ali who later turned their talents to the long jump and discus earning valuable points in both events. Our next three wins all came from Marion Rayner who also managed yet another P.B this time in the 200m. Janet Turnes and Jacqui Reid also had good runs in this event and newcomer Lorna Smith fairly scorched round the track in a very impressive 36.2. Pat Hewlett ran well for third place in the W60 800m and Louise Piears knocked a massive chunk off her 3000m time finishing in 13.02". 2000m walk W35A 3 Frances Ratchford 15.03.4 W35B 3 Bev Ali 15.03.1 W50 1 Julie Drummond 12.15.4 800m W35A 3 Janet Turnes 3.24.6 W50A 1 Marion Rayner 2.53.5 W50B 2 Frances Ratchford 3.38.7 W60 3 Pat Hewlett 4.02.0 200m W35A 4 Janet Turnes 38.7 Gst Lorna Smith 36.2 W35B 2 Jacqui Reid 35.0 3000m W35A 4 Louise Piears 13.02.9 W50 1 Marion Rayner 12.33.7 4 x 200m 3 Richmond & Twickenham Shot W35 3 K Robinson 4.36 W50 3 Margaret Auerback 5.97 Discus W35 3 K Robinson 10.61 W50 3 Bev Ali 14.87 Long Jump W35 3 Frances Ratchford 2.35 W50 2 Bev Ali 2.57 We don't have results for the men's division, but Andy Bickerstaff put in a nifty 3000m, lapping Steve Rowland and Clive Naish. Steve and Ray Auerback also cantered round the 800m, and Mike Rowland followed Julie home in the 2000m walk. WHO'S GOING TO ARUNDEL? Phil Aiken writes: "I'm tempted by the Arundel Castle 10K on Sunday August 29th. With a start time of 9.30, I'm dependent on a lift. So, if anyone is running this race, driving there, has a spare seat and doesn't mind me occupying it, can they contact me". Contact details for Phil are above in the "What's Coming" section. GAZETTE Julian Smith writes: "Apologies to anyone who had to pay excess postage on their Gazette. We did weigh one in an envelope beforehand, but it must have been borderline and some post offices were evidently quite fussy! I promise to refund personally anyone who had to pay AND who writes a race report for the next issue..." FINALLY Heartfelt sympathies for Paula...and a great pick-us-up from Kelly!