Newsdesk 2005

 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com
 *  38.34 10km by Kristina Semple
 *  Henty Relay win for Ed Barker, Michele Gibson and Georgia Miansarow
 *  Kit sale

 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: andy@norris-hobs.co.uk ) or 
 Phil Aiken (07739 035189 / mailto: phil.aiken@rnid.org.uk ) or 
 Anna McLaughlin (07971 606521 / mailto: anna.mclaughlin@itv.com ).

 Saturday January 8th               Surrey County Championships at Lloyd
 Park, Croydon. See below.
                                               Ranelagh 5 km Time Trial in
 Bushy Park. 9am start  

 Saturday January 15th             Surrey League Division One - men on
 Wimbledon Common, women in Richmond Park. See below.
                                               Ranelagh 5 km Time Trial in
 Bushy Park. 9am start 

 Saturday January 22nd            Inter-club v Bank of England and others
 including the Hec Petersen Trophy v Ealing.
                                               Ranelagh 5 km Time Trial in
 Bushy Park. 9am start 

 SURREY CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS  Saturday 8th January at Lloyd Park.
 Race HQ is at Archbishop Tenison School, Selborne Road, Croydon.
 Junior races from 11.25am, senior women at 1.10pm followed by senior men at 2.05pm.

 SURREY LEAGUE DIVISION ONE  Saturday 15th January
 The women's event is on our home course in Richmond Park. Senior women first
 at 12.30pm, U20s and U17s at 1.15pm and U15s and U13s at 1.45pm. The men are
 back on Wimbledon Common. All under 17 age groups at 2.30pm, seniors at 3pm.
 The start is at the same place as the South of the Thames race before
 Christmas: Race HQ, toilets etc are at Belgrave Hall in Denmark Road.

 INTER-CLUB incl HEC PETERSEN TROPHY  Saturday 22nd January in Richmond Park
 Your chance to race over some different bits of the Park. This is 5 miles
 starting at 2.30pm on the Bank of England's course from Roehampton Gate. 

 A quick reminder that race 3 will NOT now be on 22nd January as originally
 planned, because the Surrey Schools championship is scheduled for the same
 date. The next race will be on February 28th and there will be an additional
 race in March.

 The trials for the Richmond team to take part in the London Mini-Marathon
 will take place in Richmond Park on Sunday 6th February. The 5km
 Mini-Marathon takes place on part of the London Marathon course on the
 marathon day itself, Sunday 17th April. Competitors must be aged between 11
 and 17 on April 17th and to represent Richmond you must either live or go to
 school in the borough. There are four races in the trial - girls 13-17 at
 9.30am, boys 13-17 at 10am, girls 11-12 at 10.30am and boys 11-12 at 11am.
 Entry forms are in the clubhouse or can be obtained from the Sports
 Development Team, Regal House (1st floor), London Road, Twickenham TW1 3QB. 

 HENTY RELAY  Monday 27th December  1.3 miles laps in Richmond Park
 Michele Gibson reports:
 "A cold and frosty Monday afternoon saw 13 teams square up for the coveted
 'wooden bird' otherwise known as a Kiwi being the Henty Relay trophy.

 Poor Michele was given a team of two that would have seen both her and
 Georgia Miansarow doing three rounds each of the gruelling 1.3 miles course.
 A tough challenge until .......from the car park, like a flash of blinding
 light came the late but very welcome sight of Ed Barker, who had been stuck
 in traffic. There were no numbers available but that did not faze our Ed, he
 sprinted back to his car (his warm up) to retrieve an old race number he
 keeps for 'emergencies'. That did the trick. He was in the race AND in as
 captain of the team - much to Michele's relief.

 Ed went off on the first of the well pondered alternate lap strategy that
 would see Michele follow, then Ed, then Georgia, then Michele then Ed (or
 something like that - I had trouble getting my small head round it). Ed
 undoubtedly blazed the winning trail with a time of 7.13. Then followed
 Michele who was hell bent on ensuring that she beat 7 year old Pete Harding
 who was very much holding his own in front. Michele showed no mercy and
 after much of a struggle, edged past little Pete who was lucky not to get
 tripped up (lucky for him the mud slowed him down), competition and fair
 play being what it is.

 Georgia's turn came and our 'slow' runner turned out to be really fast and a
 fantastic addition to our fleet footed team. All in all, we had it in the
 bag. Heh! Heh! Gibson strikes again, how does she do it and still stay at
 the back of the field???"

 The thirteen teams included two family outfits, the Huntons coming in just
 ahead of the Beverlys. There could have been more - the Fehsenfeld/Malletts
 and the Wilsons both had enough for a quorum. Sam Aldridge's 6.29 on the
 opening lap was the fastest seen in this event for a few years but still a
 full half-minute outside Max Little's 27-year-old course record.

 BUSHY PARK 5Km TIME TRIAL  Saturday 25th December
 A record-equalling 26 runners turned out on a crisp and even Christmas
 morning, including, of course, Santa Claus himself. Alas, handicapped by an
 excess of mince pies and the complete absence of flying reindeer Santa
 finished last.
  1 R Reeder (Stragglers) 17.21
  2 Andy Bickerstaff 18.58
  3 Darren Wood 20.10
 10 Alan Davidson 21.35
 12 Amelie Hunton 22.37
 13 Chris Hunton 22.37
 14 Simon Burrell 22.50
 16 Karen Broadbent 23.58
 18 Carol Barnshaw 24.59
 23 Hilary Saw 28.20
 25 Holly Wilson 35.00
 26 Roger Wilson 35.00

 ROUND THE LAKES 10km  Sunday 26th December at Poole
 Kristina Semple won the women's race in 38.34: "Really disappointed with the
 time but I found out later that day that I was incubating a cold - nothing
 to do with festive gluttony!" Disappointed or not, the time takes Kristina
 to 14th place in the Ranelagh all-time ranking list.

 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km  Friday 31st December in Hyde Park
   1 C Blackburn (Serp) 15.40
  92 Alan Davidson 20.52
 156 Mike Rowland 24.33
 188 John Hanscomb 27.25

 BUSHY PARK 5Km TIME TRIAL  Saturday 1st January
 For the 14th running of his brain child, Paul Sinton-Hewitt himself made his
 debut as a participant. 20 runners in all were up bright and early (well,
 early anyway) on New Year's Day, 20% of them the enthusiastic Wilson family.
  1 M White (Dulwich) 19.12
  4 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 20.18
  5 Darren Wood 20.41
 14 Evelyn Joslin 24.23
 15 Jo Turner 24.47
 16 Luke Wilson 25.25
 17 Roger Wilson 25.36
 19 Holly Wilson 30.12
 20 Gill Wilson 30.13

 SERPENTINE NEW YEAR'S DAY 10km  Saturday 1st January in Hyde Park
 If we were feeling chilly, the sight of the Serpentine swimming club braving
 the elements for their New Year handicap race put it into perspective! Alan
 Davidson and Wally Garrod started 2005 in the best possible way by featuring
 in the prize list, first over 55 and first over 65 respectively.
   1 D Kebede (Herc Wimb) 30.43
  50 Steve Rowland 39.42
  96 Alan Davidson 42.39
 183 Sonia Rowland 46.39
 269 Wally Garrod 51.54
 336 John Hanscomb 55.39

 KINGFIELD CANTER HANDICAP 2.85 miles  Wednesday 5th January at Woking
  1 S McPherson (Unatt) 25.50 (actual 23.50)
 18 Steve Rowland 27.07 (actual 17.22)
 20 Alan Davidson 27.20 (actual 19.20)
 21 Sonia Rowland 27.26 (actual 20.56) 

 Ken Powley writes:
 "The sealed handicap incorporated in the recent Wynne Cup, which had been
 won by the 'proverbial street' by Bill Harvey, prompted our handicapper,
 Will Graves, to investigate. He discovered that Bill's allowance was
 actually five minutes better off than he had allocated.
 In order to save myself time when entering the names and handicap allowances
 during the SLH mob match, Will had e-mailed me the handicap allowances the
 previous evening. The problem arose when I inadvertently punched in a wrong
 number during the transition from Will's spreadsheet into my laptop race
 program, thus making Bill's allowance five minutes better than it should
 have been. So even the fact that Bill had run almost two minutes faster than
 in the previous mob match just three weeks earlier didn't account for the
 large winning margin, which is entirely my fault and for which I profusely
 Happily, the above episode is not the reason for Will's decision to give up
 the handicapping and leave the country. He has been an extremely good
 handicapper over the past few years, and will be a hard act to follow". 

 Which is a good cue to remind you all that we need a new handicapper after
 March 2005. Anyone interested in taking on the job should contact Will
 Graves on 020 8944 5948 or mailto:w.m.graves@btinternet.com.

 Reductions of 20-53% on kit items!!!! 

 Club kit
 Ranelagh thermal long sleeved tops were 23, now 15
 Ranelagh Ronhill tracksters were 18, now 12
 Ranelagh sweaters (lambswool) were 26, now 20
 Ranelagh sweaters (acrylic) were 21, now 16
 Club ties were 5, now 4

 Miscellaneous kit
 Black shorts were 13.50, now 10
 Black thermal tops were 12, now 9
 Wind/showerproof trousers were 21.50, now 10

 See Evelyn Joslin at Tuesday training or email on mailto:joslinem@yahoo.com
 for more details.

 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 forthcoming sessions. Full details can be found on our web
 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:grapevineproductions@compuserve.com.

 Tuesday nights continue as normal, with speed work for various groups (next
 few sessions below) and Wally's beginners' club. Full details on our web

 Also Wednesdays at 6.30pm and Sundays at 10am at the clubhouse for a steady
 run in the Park.

 Tuesday sessions. Each also includes a steady run warm up and warm down.
 Jan 11th  3 x 4 x Ham Cross hill plus 6 x 1 min
 Jan 18th  Church Lane loops
 Jan 25th  8 x 90secs on Holly Lodge hill plus 4 x 30 secs

 Thursday sessions. Each also includes a steady run warm up and warm down.
 Jan 6th  2 x 4 x 60 secs in Ranelagh Drive
 Jan 13th  4 x Nightingale Lane bottom and 4 x Nightingale Lane top
 Jan 20th  3 x 3 x 6 secs in Ranelagh Drive

 Marie Synnott-Wells is ranked 42nd in the UK in 2004 with her 2.58.19 in

 "Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired".
 Jules Renard