**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 160 1 DECEMBER 2004 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS * Women finish 2nd in Surrey League but retain overall lead * Men finish 7th but stay in 8th place overall WHAT'S COMING... ************************ The 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 December 4th Dysart Cup invitation women's race incorporating the Ranelagh women's championship for the Hugh Jones Salver; also the club women's veterans championship (over 40s) for Trish's Trophy. See below. Ellis Cup invitation men's race, 5 miles in Richmond Park starting at 2.30pm. See below. Ranelagh 5 km Time Trial in Bushy Park. 9am start Friday December 10th Ranelagh Christmas Party at the Turk's Head in St Margarets. Saturday December 11th Stubbs Cup Mob Match v South London Harriers in Richmond Park starting at 2.30pm. See below. Ranelagh 5 km Time Trial in Bushy Park. 9am start Saturday December 18th South of the Thames 7.5 miles Championship on Wimbledon Common starting at 2pm. See below. Ranelagh 5 km Time Trial in Bushy Park. 9am start Saturday December 25th Ranelagh 5 km Time Trial in Bushy Park. 9am start (yes, really!) DYSART CUP WOMEN'S RACE including HUGH JONES SALVER CLUB WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP, TRISH'S TROPHY CLUB WOMEN'S VETERANS CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday 4th December in Richmond Park We're the current holders of the Dysart Cup, which is a five to score women's team race, but more important is that the first Ranelagh finisher will become the club women's club champion and win the Hugh Jones Salver. Sara Grosvenor was last year's winner and Kathy Mallett has Trish's Trophy which goes to the first Ranelagh over 40 to finish. It's a 4 miles race starting at 2pm. All Ranelagh women welcome - just turn up at the clubhouse in good time to collect a number. ELLIS CUP MEN'S RACE Saturday 4th December in Richmond Park The men's team race is a 5 miler and follows on from the Dysart Cup event - nominally at 2.30pm but usually a few minutes later as we wait for all the women to finish first. It's 10 to score and the Stragglers are the current holders. All Ranelagh men welcome - as above, just turn up at the clubhouse to collect a number. RANELAGH CHRISTMAS PARTY Friday 10th December Jo Turner writes: "Not long to go now before the party. We're having to turn late requests down but we have 110 people coming so it's going to be a pretty big party. The Turk's Head pub is on Winchester Road, St. Margarets and is an easy walk from that station or people can park in the surrounding streets. We would like people to get there at 7.30 for eating at 8pm. Can we also remind people that we want to see party clothes and a bit of dressing up. No sports wear! The bar will be open until 12". STUBBS CUP MOB MATCH v SOUTH LONDON HARRIERS Saturday 11th December 7.7 miles in Richmond Park Our next mob match, again at home in Richmond Park over the same course as we ran against Thames. Start time is 2.30pm. Everyone, male or female, who can manage 7.7 miles will be more than welcome! This race incorporates the club championship for the Wynne Cup. SOUTH OF THE THAMES 7.5 MILES CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday 18th December on Wimbledon Common This race is open to everyone but entries have to be made in advance. If you're interested in taking part, please let Andy Bickerstaff know immediately. Contact details above. Note that the start time for this event has been brought forward to 2pm to avoid losing any runners in the darkness! ALSO... Entries have to be in soon for the Surrey county championships at Lloyd Park, Croydon on January 8th and the Southern Championships at Parliament Hill on January 29th. Again, anybody can run but you must be entered. Contact Andy or Anna if you're interested. VARSITY RACE Best of luck to Oxford University club captain Alice Beverly as she attempts to lead her troops to victory over their rivals from Cambridge on Wimbledon Common on Saturday. WHAT'S HAPPENED... **************************** SURREY LADIES' LEAGUE DIVISION 1 Saturday 27th November at Kingston Gate (Richmond Park) First, the statistics. We finished 2nd today, 33 points behind Belgrave, and though we retain our overall lead it is now reduced to just 22 points. A little disappointing then? Not a bit of it. This was a really great performance from a severely depleted team. Of the five runners who registered such a comprehensive victory in the first race on Wimbledon Common, only one - Marie Synnott-Wells - crossed the finishing line today. A second, Allison O'Neill, had started but suffering from swollen glands she lasted barely half a lap. Of the others, Lauren Shelley is back in Australia, Jo Ronaldson is injured and Alice Beverly was on University duty. But how well the rest rose to the challenge! Sarah Seal showed that she's almost back to top form by leading the team in 6th place - up from 28th in the first race. Marie finished 10th (up from 13th) with Sara Grosvenor not far behind in 14th (up from 31st). The pressure was then really on the final two scorers but Sally Piesse and Clare Gutch both responded brilliantly in 25th and 29th respectively. Skipper Anna McLaughlin, herself returning from injury and much relieved not to be in the scoring five, led the rest. We had 21 finishers altogether in what was probably a record field of 250 - 159 first division and 91 second division. Our second five were well enough placed to take 13th place overall, 2nd B team and ahead of four A teams. The third of the four League races is on our own course in the Park on January 15th. Anna's hoping to have some of the absentees back for this one and so stay on target for our first-ever senior Surrey League Division One title. It was good to see a crowd of Ranelagh vests in the junior races, several of the girls in their first League race. Our only runner in the combined U20 and U17 race was Anair Beverly and she ran strongly as usual for 5th overall but 2nd U20. The U13s and U15s run together but they are separated out in the results. There was a great fight amongst our leading runners with Georgia Miansarow just coming out on top to take 13th place amongst the U13s. Victoria Elbourne and Rebecca Clayden were right behind, 18th and 20th in the U15s. Our youngest runner Amelie Hunton put in a great run half a minute behind the top three, just ahead of Emily Ball and Rhiannon Mehta. Emily was incorrectly listed as a U13 in the official results, so the team scores and positions for both the U13s and U15s are to be confirmed. SWEATSHOP SURREY LEAGUE DIVISION 1 Saturday 27th November on Wimbledon Common In contrast to the women, our men's team's lack of strength in depth at the moment was cruelly exposed in the second race of their League campaign. Even though we had David Benton over from Paris and he and Paul Doyle both ran splendidly to finish in the teens, the loss of Julian Smith and Nick Henderson to injury proved too big a handicap for us to be able to dig our way out of the hole we had fallen into in the first race. Indeed, the hole got deeper. We actually finished 7th today, one place better then in the first race thanks to Aldershot suprisingly failing to field a complete team; but they can hardly be expected to be so obliging again and against our main rivals Guildford and Reigate we lost more ground. After David in 14th and Paul in 18th there was a two-minute gap before our third man crossed the line, though that third man was one of the brighter points of an otherwise gloomy afternoon. This was Jordan Mungovan in 52nd place, the second junior to finish overall, an outstanding performance. A minute behind Jordan the rest of the scoring ten began to pour in headed by a strong run from Rob Stillwell, but they were all just too far down the field. A special mention for Seb Jones who made a good effort at mixing it with the top men in the early stages, even though this time he finally found himself passed by Rob, Mick Lane and the Captain. Marcus Gohar, Chris Owens and Adam Tapley completed the scorers. So with two races to go we remain in 8th place out of nine, with the bottom two to be relegated at the end of the season. We're sitting over 100 behind Aldershot and 165 behind Reigate. It'll be a tall order indeed to retrieve the situation but we'll keep on fighting and hope for better luck injury-wise. Dan Jermy and Matt Hirschler flew the Ranelagh flag in the junior race, both well placed in a field of 24. Dan was 2nd Under 17 home, less than half a minute behind the overall winner, and Matt was 5th Under 15. CHELMSFORD 10km Sunday 21st November Mick Lane was 3rd over 40 in 34.48. RON WHEELER HANDICAP 2.75 miles Wednesday 24th November at Wapping 1 L Armitage (Kent) 18.50 (actual 13.20) 8 Chris Read 19.20 (actual 16.35) LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5Km Friday 26th November in Hyde Park Pete Warren was the only Ranelagh runner this month and was 4th over 60 home in 20.09. BUSHY PARK 5Km TIME TRIAL Saturday 27th November There were 26 finishers this week and a new course record from Aldershot and the Sweatshop's Kevin Quinn. 1 K Quinn (AF&D) 16.10 2 Simon Lawrence 20.04 5 Darren Wood 21.04 7 Roger Wilson 22.50 10 Robin Drummond 23.41 11 Luke Wilson 24.00 12 Steve McClune 24.06 13 Karen Broadbent 24.19 16 Wally Garrod 25.22 21 Gill Wilson 31.46 KINGFIELD CANTER HANDICAP 2.85 miles Wednesday 1st December at Woking 1 J Harper (Unatt) 24.41 (actual time 22.41) 10 Sonia Rowland 26.33 (actual time 20.33) 13 Steve Rowland 26.48 (actual time 17.18) TRAINING ************ Robin Drummond is starting another series of "Improvers Sessions" on Thursday nights commencing on December 2nd. The sessions will concentrate on speed and technique and will start from the clubhouse at 7pm. See below for an outline of the first few weeks. Full details can be found on our web site. There is now also a regular Sunday morning long run from the clubhouse starting at 10am. It's a fairly small group at the moment but with a few more regular attenders we can introduce separate groups at different paces. Everyone welcome! As an alternative on Thursday nights, Margaret Auerback and Frances Ratchford are holding Strength and Conditioning coaching sessions at 7.30pm in the free-weights room at the gym at St Mary's College, Waldegrave Road. Coaching at the gym on other days is negotiable. For more information contact Frances at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuesday nights continue as normal, with speed work for various groups and Wally's beginners' club. The next few sessions for the "fast" group are shown below, full details on our web site. Don't forget Wednesdays too, 6.30pm at the clubhouse for a steady run in the Park. Thursday sessions. Each also includes a steady run warm up and warm down. Dec 2nd 4 x bottom of Nightingale Lane, 1 x top of Nightingale Lane Dec 9th 2 sets of 3 x 60 secs in Ranelagh Drive Dec 16th 4 x bottom of Nightingale Lane, 2 x top of Nightingale Lane Tuesday "fast group" sessions. Each also includes a steady run warm up and warm down Dec 7th 4 x 6 mins efforts Dec 14th 4 mins, 2 mins, 7 mins, 3 mins, 4 mins, 2 mins efforts Dec 21st 3 x 5 mins efforts, 3 x 3 mins efforts FINALLY Deborah Young sends news of a study published in 'Nature' magazine: "Long-distance running may have been a driving force behind evolution of the modern human body, American researchers said. Humans began endurance running about 2 million years ago to help hunt for prey, influencing the development of the human body. Previous studies have suggested running was purely a by-product of walking. Without the development from running, humans would be much more like apes with shorter legs, smaller heads and a hunched posture, the scientists said. Important attributes for endurance running include skull structure to prevent over-heating, ligaments to give spring, long legs to increase stride length and independent head and shoulder movement to aid balance. The scientists said that because of natural selection, our ape-like ancestors known as Australophithecus, who were good at running, survived, while shorter-legged ancestors died out".