**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 165 12 JANUARY 2005 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS * First-ever Surrey Cross-Country team golds for Ranelagh's women * Jordan Mungovan 4th in Under 20s * Men's team 6th 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 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 Saturday January 29th South of England Cross-Country Championships at Parliament Hill Ranelagh 5 km Time Trial in Bushy Park. 9am start Saturday February 5th Pelling Ratcliff Cup Mob Match v Blackheath Harriers at Hayes (Kent). See below. Ranelagh 5 km Time Trial in Bushy Park. 9am start Sunday February 6th London Mini-Marathon trials for Richmond's team in Richmond Park. See below. 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. MOB MATCH v BLACKHEATH & BROMLEY HARRIERS & AC for the Pelling-Ratcliff Cup Saturday 5th February at 2.30pm. This is the last of our 2004/2005 mob matches. Above all else, mob matches are all about which club can get the most runners to the starting (and finishing!) line. So we need as many Ranelagh Harriers as possible to turn up for a seven and a half mile multi-terrain run through the Kent countryside. It really doesn't matter if you're fast or slow. The Blackheath HQ is in Bourne Way, close to the junction of the A2022 and A232 and near Hayes station. Note that's Hayes in Kent, not Middlesex! The start is at 2.30pm but note it's a 10 mins jog from the clubhouse. If you're late, go straight there. We will be running a free mini-bus from the Ranelagh clubhouse leaving at 12.15pm and returning after the post-race tea. It would be helpful (but not vital) if you could let Andy Bickerstaff know if you're likely to make use of this (contact details above). JUNIOR POINTS PRIZE RACES A last 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. LONDON MINI-MARATHON 2005 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. WHAT'S HAPPENED... **************************** SURREY CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 8th January at Lloyd Park, Croydon Anna McLaughlin's notes on the run: "Wind wind and more wind...frantic start with more than its fair share of elbows up the first short hill... round the back...then into what felt like a wind tunnel...not a lot of mud but the ground was soft enough for long spikes. Up the long hill and along the ridge directly into the wind...and then down without the wheeee due to the wind! Then back round again...fantastic club support around the course (including a shout from Sonia as she made her way up the hill!) Ranelagh have never won the Ladies Team XC gold before... and it was even sweeter with the fact that our top four ladies were not there competing for places!...still grinning : ) ". Anna, always on duty, admitted after the finish that she was composing her report during the race - but if so, that certainly didn't slow her down as she put in her best cross-country performance to date to win her first Surrey medal of any colour - and it was a gold. Alice, Sara and Estelle were all adding to their collections! There's a cup to come too, but unfortunately the previous holders neglected to return it on Saturday. Alice had led the Ranelagh contingent throughout and for the first lap was in contention for 6th place before a stitch slowed her. The other three were always close together and it was this packing that brought home the proverbial bacon. In the men's race eventual winner Dave Taylor was off from the start at a veritable sprint and was never headed. Doyley mixed it for a while with the chasing group before slipping back to 14th. Julian, meanwhile, started cautiously and stealthily advanced throughout. Marcus, Captain Bicks, Andrew McLauchlan and Graham Quick completed the scoring team of six which finished in 6th place. We had just a single representative each in the men's Under 20, Under 17 and Under 15 races but all acquitted themselves well. The star individual performance of the whole afternoon was probably that of Jordan Mungovan in the Under 20 race. The eventual top three finishers busrt away at the start with Jordan back in about 12th place. He quickly advanced to 5th and then into an isolated 4th. On the second of the two laps one of the leading trio began to weaken and Jordan was closing him down steadily but unfortunately the finish came too soon. A bronze medal was missed by just 16 seconds but Jordan has the consolation of winning his first Surrey vest. Under 15 Matt Hirschler was the first Ranelagh runner in action and though slipping back a little after a good start he still finished well in the top half of the field in 24th place. Dan Jermy's experience in the Under 17 event was similar and he held on for 16th, again comfortably in the top half. LAURISTON 7 miles Saturday 1st January at Wimbledon Stephen Instone, who turned 50 three days before Christmas, lost no time in collecting his first Over 50 win. The first man home, John McFarlane of Thames, had finished 3rd in the Hyde Park 10km the same morning! 1 J McFarlane (TH&H) 35.59 14 Stephen Instone 44.37 BOX HILL KNACKER CRACKER Saturday 1st January at Box Hill John Kipps reports: "51 brave souls covered the 11.5km (?) course which includes five tough (!) ascents, climaxing with a 'run' to the top of Box Hill from the stepping stones across the River Mole". 1 J Dick (London Heath) 61.26 11 John Kipps 69.36 39 Simon Burrell 88.14 BUSHY PARK 5Km TIME TRIAL Saturday 8th January Paul Sinton-Hewitt writes: "I woke up early this morning, like most other BPTT days, and listened to the rain pouring down. Perhaps I could lie in today? No one in their right mind is going to brave the wind and cold this week? Ha! You are obviously made of tougher stuff than that!" 24 runners braved the cold and biting wind. 1 E Bond (Stragglers) 18.12 3 Stephen Instone 20.24 4 Darren Wood 21.04 5 Andy Hayward 21.57 6 John Kipps 21.59 11 Wally Garrod 25.02 12 Carol Barnshaw 25.29 14 Luke Wilson 26.45 15 Sam Hunton 27.14 16 Chris Hunton 28.07 17 Amelie Hunton 28.07 21 Holly Wilson 30.55 22 Gill Wilson 30.56 PAUL BEAUVAIS Mike Hubbert reports from Melbourne that Paul finished 30th in the Mountain to Surf race over a very tough 8km course at Lorne (south west of Melbourne) on Friday 7th January. Paul's time was 28.30. LIZZIE CLIFFORD... ...is keeping fit: now representing Garden City Runners she finished 3rd in the Buntingford 10 miles on December 27th in 66.35. 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 forthcoming sessions. 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 (next few sessions below) and Wally's beginners' club. 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. Tuesday sessions. Each also includes a steady run warm up and warm down. Jan 18th Church Lane loops Jan 25th 8 x 90secs on Holly Lodge hill plus 4 x 30 secs Feb 1st 3 x 5 mins, 3 x 3 mins Thursday sessions. Each also includes a steady run warm up and warm down. Jan 13th 4 x Nightingale Lane bottom and 4 x Nightingale Lane top Jan 20th 3 x 3 x 6 secs in Ranelagh Drive POWLEY ERROR SHOCK HORROR (continued) Bill Harvey writes: "My view is that with his well known optimism/generosity, Ken secretly anticipated my arrival time to be 5 minutes after the start. Note I would still have won by a comfortable 2 secs. This is the first handicap I have ever 'won' (in 32 years) - probably the last too, unless I learn Alf Pearce's secret". THE GREAT RUSSIAN RUN Ray Auerback passes on the following from Bruce Tulloh: "Runners wanted for the world's longest running event! May 28 2005 will see the start of a relay run from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg - 7000 miles, run in 15 stages, ending Sept.10th This is a joint Anglo-Russian venture, with the official support of the Russian government. The event is being organised by The World Race Trust, who put on the round-Britain Millennium relay in 2000. Selection and training are in the hands of Bruce Tulloh, former holder of the Los Angeles -New York record, and ex-Special Forces survival expert Hugh McManners. On each stage, teams of 6, both British and Russian, will cover about 500 miles in 6 days, so each runner will be expected to cover about 80 miles, running two 6-7 mile legs each day, with one change-over day. What will it cost? £1000 for the one-week trip, which will include return travel from London, via Moscow, to the start of your relay leg, as well as all food and transport during the event and official event track suits and running gear, and a pre-event induction course in the UK - PLUS - You will be expected to raise £1000 sponsorship money for homeless and orphaned children in Russia target £1000 each. For the extra fit or those wanting even more of a challenge you can do a two week trip for an additional £250 only. How many can take part? The aim is to have two British teams on each leg, which is 180 runners in total. I'm looking for individuals to form 'Bruce's Team' for one stage. If we have two teams, so much the better. How fit do I need to be? Speed is not important, but endurance is vital. You will need to run a half-marathon in about 1hr 45 every day for 6 days - but split into 2 sections. Training plans will be provided by Bruce, for several levels. Places are available. We need complete teams or individual runners. To find out more, go to our website, www.theworldrace.com, or contact Bruce Tulloh at mailto:email@example.com". FINALLY "Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or gazelle - when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."