**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 161 8 DECEMBER 2004 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS * Serpentine score a double win in the Ellis and Dysart Cups * Anna McLaughlin wins Hugh Jones Salver club women's championship * Sonia Rowland wins Trish's Trophy club women veterans' championship * Alice Beverly wins Varsity Race * Application for club London Marathon entries * All needed for SLH mob match this Saturday 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: firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Phil Aiken (07739 035189 / mailto: email@example.com ) or Anna McLaughlin (07971 606521 / mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ). Friday December 10th Ranelagh Christmas Party at the Turk's Head in St Margarets. Sorry, all tickets sold. Saturday December 11th Stubbs Cup Mob Match v South London Harriers in Richmond Park starting at 2.30pm. See below. Junior Points Prize race 2 1.3 miles 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. 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!) Sunday December 26th Social run in Richmond Park. 11am from the clubhouse Monday December 27th Henty Relay in Richmond Park. 2pm start but you MUST report to the clubhouse by 1.30pm. See below. Saturday January 1st Ranelagh 5 km Time Trial in Bushy Park. 9am start RANELAGH CHRISTMAS PARTY Friday 10th December Jo Turner writes: "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 The same old story! We need as many people as possible please for Saturday's mob match, again at home in Richmond Park over the same course as we ran against Thames a few weeks back. Start time is 2.30pm. Everyone, male or female, who can manage 7.7 miles will be more than welcome. Your big chance to escape from Christmas shopping for the afternoon! This race incorporates the club championship for the Wynne Cup and a sealed handicap. JUNIOR POINTS PRIZE RACE 2 Saturday 11th December 1.3 miles in Richmond Park Race 2 of the series, but all under 17s are welcome to take part regardless of whether they took part in the first race. Register at the clubhouse by 2pm or come straight to the start by Sidmouth Wood (opposite Pembroke Lodge). The start will be immediately after the mob match is set off at 2.30pm. HENTY RELAY Monday 27th December 1.3 miles laps in Richmond Park This is our Christmas fun relay, the opportunity to run off all that turkey and alcohol (as if...). All are welcome, including guests and juniors - the course is the same as for the Junior Points Prize, one lap of Sidmouth Wood. Teams of three are made up on the day, comprising one "fast", one "medium" and one "slow". For each team the fast runner has to cover a total of three laps, the medium two and the slow runs just one lap. The race will start at 2pm but you must come to the clubhouse first by 1.30pm at the latest. This is to allow the teams to be formed up. Please don't go straight to the start, you might not get into a team. LONDON MARATHON 2005 We've already received 21 applications for the club's five guaranteed places in next year's London Marathon. The draw for these will take place at the club Christmas Party this Friday, December 10th. If you want to be included in the draw and haven't yet contacted us please reply by return to me or Anna McLaughlin (mailto:email@example.com). WHAT'S HAPPENED... **************************** DYSART CUP WOMEN'S RACE including HUGH JONES SALVER CLUB WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP and TRISH'S TROPHY CLUB WOMEN VETERANS' CHAMPIONSHIP 4.11 miles Saturday 4th December in Richmond Park There was a fairly small muster on the Ranelagh side for the Dysart Cup, and skipper Anna McLaughlin took full advantage of the absences to register her first club championship. She ran strongly to finish 8th overall, with only Sonia Rowland briefly troubling her amongst the home runners. Sonia held on to take the silver medal and also regained Trish's Trophy, the club women veterans' championship. Eliete Nascimento was next in and the team of five was completed by Sophie Timms and Margaret Auerback in her first race back from injury. Serpentine dominated, providing both the individual victor and the winning team. There was also a sealed handicap and this was won by a very clear margin by Angela Smith ahead of Di Wilson and Sophie Timms. ELLIS CUP MEN'S RACE 5.53 miles Saturday 4th December in Richmond Park Once again Serpentine were out in strength and although Roy Reeder of the Stragglers led most of the way it was certainly the Serpies who dominated the sharp end of the race. Their scoring ten were all home in the top 21 and the Ellis Cup will duly join the Dysart Cup in the Serpentine trophy cabinet. For Ranelagh, Marcus Gohar and Mick Lane were always well placed in the top six and Andrew McLauchlan showed improved form in 13th place. With ten to score this race always provides an opportunity to shine for those who don't usually make the League team. Burkhard Fehsenfeld, Graham Quick, Simon Lawrence, John Kipps, Will Graves, Stephen Arneil and Pete Warren all made the top ten this time, and all inside the top fifty. As a team we finished third, just a couple of points behind Stragglers. VARSITY RACE Saturday 4th December on Wimbledon Common Alice Beverly reports from the Oxford camp: "The six of us have been training as a 'pack' for the last two weeks in preparation for a ferocious team race! After the notorious water-jump three of us Oxford girls started to pull away up the long hill, and we literally ran stride-for-stride for the next 2.5miles, encouraging each other along the way, and trying to visualise it as just a 'reps' session. It was quite fun! When we passed the windmill, one of the girls (ex-English Schools Champ, Courtney Birch) dropped back slightly with stomach problems only to catch us up again - so Emily Crowley and I battled on through the mud of 'The Butts' together: it was all very 'gentlemanly', we were encouraging each other all the way! I seemed to open up on one of the downhills, and so I pushed on absolutely certain that both Emily and Court would overtake me later, as they're both much stronger runners than me. The Varsity course ends with a nasty 400m flat sprint round the football pitch, so I pushed on again as I really felt I couldn't be bothered with a sprint battle with either of the two Oxford girls who I felt certain would not want me to beat them! I just couldn't believe it when I won: it was a huge shock to me and everyone else! The best thing was that Oxford got a perfect score: we took the first four spots and the two Freshers ran excellently too: so we were all happy with our runs! The boys' race was much closer and very exciting: and they managed to claw an Oxford victory by 4 points. It was a great day and massive thanks to everyone at Ranelagh for their encouragement, especially Sarah, Anna, Allison and Julian". 1 Alice Beverly (Oxford) 23.52 2 C Birch (Oxford) 24.00 3 E Crowley (Oxford) 24.04 BUSHY PARK 5Km TIME TRIAL Saturday 4th December A win for Duncan Gaskell - he should at least know the way, having ridden the lead bike for the opening few runs of this event. 1 Duncan Gaskell 19.23 5 Andy Hayward 21.04 8 Darren Wood 22.09 9 Roger Wilson 22.23 11 Karen Broadbent 24.23 15 Holly Wilson 28.37 16 Gill Wilson 28.44 17 Marina Quayle 29.52 BRIGHTON 10Km Sunday 21st November Report in e-news #159. Men 1 D Taylor (Black & B) 30.12 2 Paul Doyle 31.53 114 Neil Walford 38.39 Women 1 S Crombie-Hicks (Bourt) 35.16 142 Evelyn Joslin 48.57 211 Janet Turnes 51.12 315 Julie Naismith 54.25 TRAINING ************ Robin Drummond's "Improvers Sessions" continue on Thursday nights at 7pm from the clubhouse, concentrating on speed and technique. See below for an outline of the next few weeks. Full details can be found on our web site. 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. Also Wednesdays at 6.30pm and Sundays at 10am at the clubhouse for a steady run in the Park. Thursday sessions. Each also includes a steady run warm up and warm down. 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 Dec 23rd 4 x 60 secs and 3 x 60 secs in Ranelagh Drive Tuesday "fast group" sessions. Each also includes a steady run warm up and warm down 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 American marathon runner Don Kardong, quoted in Pete Mulholland's new "Masters Athletics Monthly" magazine: "No doubt a brain and some shoes are essential for marathon success, although if it comes down to a choice, pick the shoes. More people finish marathons with no brains than with no shoes".