**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 170 16 FEBRUARY 2005 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS * Women's team wins Surrey League title * Men's team finishes 5th in Surrey League but can't escape relegation * Mini-Marathon trials PRIDE OF PLACE... ...to Anna McLaughlin and her women's team! Their Division 1 victory was our first-ever League Division One title, men or women. This was a fantastic team effort, with twelve different runners featuring in the scoring teams for the four races. It climaxed a season of unprecedented success: first in the Surrey Road Relays, first in the Surrey Championships, first in the South of Thames Championships and now first in the Surrey League. Congratulations! 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 ). Saturday February 19th National Cross-Country Championships (men and women) at Cofton Park, Birmingham. Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Saturday February 26th Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap in Richmond Park. 2.30pm start. All members welcome. Junior Points Prize race 3. 1.3 miles in Richmond Park. 2.30pm start. All under 17s welcome. Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Saturday March 5th Inter-club 3.8 miles in Richmond Park. 3pm start. A low-key inter-club, all members welcome. Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Saturday March 12th Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Sunday March 13th Finchley 20 miles at Ruislip. See below. Hastings Half Marathon including Surrey championships. See below. Saturday March 19th Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Sunday March 20th Worthing 20 miles. The other "pre-London" 20. Details: http://www.worthingharriers.co.uk/worthing20.htm. Adidas "Breakfast Runs" 8 or 16 miles at Kingston. Details: http://humanrace.co.uk/breakfast/index.html. FINCHLEY 20 MILES ROAD RACE including the Spendlove Cup club championship Sunday 13th March Another reminder that this pre-London '20' is on March 13th at 2pm and not the 20th as originally shown on our fixture list. It's also the club 20 championship, with the Spendlove Cup on offer. Entry forms are in the clubhouse or can be downloaded at www.hillingdonac.co.uk. HASTINGS HALF MARATHON Sunday 13th March A very late decision has been made that the Hastings race will include the Surrey championship. It was already the AAA, the South of England AA and the Inter-Counties championship! Information and entry form at http://www.hastings-half.co.uk. TEDDY HALL RELAYS Wednesday March 9th at Oxford (2pm start) If anyone fancies a Wednesday afternoon run around the Oxford colleges, please contact Andy Bickerstaff. We need a team of four, each running 3.5 miles. For more details go to: http://users.ox.ac.uk/~ouccc/thr2005/. 2005 RANELAGH ROAD RUNNING GRAND PRIX The full list of events is yet to be confirmed but will probably begin as usual with the Thames Towpath 10 at Chiswick on Sunday April 3rd. Details and an entry form can be obtained at http://www.west4harriers.org. WHAT'S HAPPENED... **************************** SURREY LADIES CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE DIVISION 1 Saturday 12th February at West Ewell So here it was, crunch day at last! A lead of 17 points to defend over Belgrave Harriers who could potentially call on two or three internationals to bolster their team. Captain Anna McLaughlin suffered some sleepless nights fretting that every phone call would bring news of injuries or illnesses, but in the end the only drop-out was Alice Beverly who had sadly injured her back in the British Universities Championships the previous week. Allison O'Neill was still out too with the virus that has laid her low since November but the good news was that Jo Ronaldson was back in action after three months out with injury. The venue for the showdown was perhaps less than inspiring! The Hogsmill River Open Space at West Ewell is virtually flat but notoriously muddy. Long spikes were essential, notwithstanding some short sections of tarmac. The afternoon was mostly bright but a cold wind hand blown up during the morning. Over to Captain Anna: "The hooter sounded and the Ranelagh pack charged down the starting straight towards the first of the tight turns we had to negotiate. Heading back towards the start after the first kilometre, the Ranelagh contingent were closely packed together, with eight of our runners completely outnumbering the one of Belgrave... as we set off for the big back loop it started to settle in the front group with the second of Belgrave's contingent starting to make a move up the field... but not that far! And then that loop was over and we headed off into the next lap. I would report further but sorry it is all a blur for me now... although the slight smile that passed my lips as I ran past the poor Belgrave front runner who had lost a shoe in one of the many bogs is a lasting memory... so it was then an out and out race to the finish... could we keep ahead of all the other Belgrave runners to not only secure a win in the match but also the League....? Well yes of course we could... and not only that but our outstanding B team also managed to finish 3rd in the match... wow what a performance!!" That group of eight Ranelagh vests right behind the leaders after the first half mile is a sight that will stick in the minds of all the Ranelagh supporters. We seemed to have it in the bag already! Even so, the supporters were there to exercise their lungs and this they certainly did...there must have been thirty or more Ranelagh Harriers who had taken the trouble to come and they made sure our runners had no chance to rest. Allison O'Neill in particular seemed to be everywhere! Jo Ronaldson, who has kept fit with aqua-jogging, put in an amazing performance and was probably one of the few to welcome the sticky and slippery underfoot conditions. On a faster course she felt that her lack of speed work might have caught her out but her strength here took her through to 3rd place for much of the race before being pushed back to 4th in the finishing straight. In contrast the conditions didn't suit Sarah Seal but she kept pace with Jo for most of the distance before settling for 6th. Marie Synnott-Wells, the only runner to feature in our scoring team in all four league races, ran as well as ever but found herself a bit isolated in 10th place while behind her Sara Grosvenor and Anna McLaughlin battled stride for stride all the way for 13th and 14th. This gave us an A team score of 47 points, but more importantly Belgrave had clearly not risen to the challenge. They had only two runners home ahead of Anna and finished 27 points behind us, leaving us overall champions by a clear 44 points. But as Anna has already said, it didn't end there! Right behind Sara and Anna came Liz Kipling, another returning from injury, and not far behind Liz was Estelle Damant, giving us seven runners home in the top 20. Clare Gutch, Kathy Mallett and Anair Beverly completed our B team which finished in third place on the day, the best ever result for any B team in the league. Overall they were placed 9th, the leading B team and ahead of seven clubs' A teams! Seven more Ranelagh vests crossed the line, more than any other club could manage. In the overall individual competition, Sarah Seal won the bronze medal. Rebecca Clayden was our only runner in the junior events but she ran strongly to finish 9th in the Under 15s. Anna continues: "Now the nerves have subsided and the dizziness of winning has calmed down (don't worry I still have the grin plastered on my face), I would like to congratulate everyone on a great team performance. Not only were all seventeen ladies that ran superb, all the supporters screaming their heads off made this a truly memorable day...". Full results have yet to surface, so the positions and times from Anair onwards are provisional. 1 D Lee (Thames H&H) 24.04 4 Jo Ronaldson 24.52 6 Sarah Seal 25.12 10 Marie Synnott-Wells 25.36 13 Sara Grosvenor 26.02 14 Anna McLaughlin 26.04 15 Liz Kipling 26.17 20 Estelle Damant 26.42 30 Clare Gutch 27.47 33 Kathy Mallett 28.17 54 Anair Beverly 30.04 58 Sonia Rowland 30.24 65 Vicky Whaley 31.12 68 Louise Piears 31.26 Michele Gibson 32.24 Julia Langensiepen 33.26 Carol Barnshaw 35.01 Teresa Segovia 40.10 Teams (5 to score) 1 Ranelagh A 47 2 Belgrave 84 3 Ranelagh B 152 4 South London 153 5 Thames H&H 178 6 Herne Hill 208 7 Reigate Priory 210 8 Kingston & P 229 9 Dulwich R 230 10 Stragglers 236 Overall 1 Ranelagh A 245 2 Belgrave 299 3 Thames H&H 508 4 South London 540 5 Stragglers 760 6 Epsom & E 871 7 Woking 879 8 Herne Hill 892 9 Ranelagh B 1042 10 Dulwich R 1046 Under 15 1 S Cowper (Redhill SB) 12.56 9 Rebecca Clayden 14.10 SWEATSHOP SURREY CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE DIVISION 1 Saturday 12th February at Coulsdon In contrast with the women's event we had maintained a low profile in the run-up to the equally vital final men's league race. We were in 8th place, facing relegation and over a hundred points adrift of seventh. However, we expected to get a pretty good team out and we were hoping to lull our opposition into a false sense of security. It nearly worked! Captain Bicks said he was looking for "the greatest escape since Steve McQueen on his motorbike". And that was pretty much exactly what he got. Poor Steve, it will be recalled, made it all the way to the Swiss border before crashing into the barbed wire. We pulled back 107 points on Reigate Priory on the day but the target had been 136. The barbed wire in our case was the two Reigate Priory runners stretching away stride for stride at the front of the race. Behind them their team was weak with only two more inside the top sixty. But that initial advantage proved enough to carry the day. We didn't make it and we will be back in the cooler of Division Two next year. Traditionally the final league race tends to be weaker than the first three and this year was no exception. The race for the title, after all, was already as good as over with Thames Hare and Hounds holding a huge lead; and the National Championships were only a week away. Belgrave Harriers in second place fielded only the bare minimum of ten runners and Herne Hill in third were actually a man short. Even Thames themselves had only ten. But that shouldn't detract from some excellent runs from the Ranelagh team, who without exception rose to the occasion determined to battle for every point. David Benton was our top man all the way in the early teens, but in the end he was only a handful of seconds ahead of Peter Haarer, who showed remarkable form for a man who has been just ticking over in training this winter. Paul Doyle found himself in the now unfamiliar position of being only the third Ranelagh man but still well inside the top twenty. Julian Smith made his accustomed steady start and contrived to put himself even further back by tackling the first steep downhill head first. Thereafter he was passing runners all the way, but as he left Jordan Mungovan in his wake he might have felt his pocket being metaphorically picked. Jordan was all out for the £20 offered by Julian to anyone outside the club's top runners to make it into the top 50 in a league race. Jordan's eventual 45th was another great performance from the young man, the second under 20 to finish, and Julian was happy enough to pay up. Behind Jordan was the usual Marcus and Mick double act, followed by the Captain himself who, leading by example and determined to run himself into the ground, started like a bat out of hell and finished like Meatloaf. Peter Weir and Chris Owens completed the scoring ten and it was good to see another seven RH backing them up. We finished as 5th team on the day, needless to say our best result of the season. For the record, the clubs we will be facing in Division 2 next year are: Dulwich Runners, Hercules Wimbledon, West 4, Croydon, British Airways, Stragglers, Epsom and Ewell and Striders of Croydon. The two clubs moving up to Division 1 are Kingston & Poly and Walton. SURREY LEAGUE PARTY Saturday 12th February at the Dysart Champagne flowed courtesy of the President and the small but perfectly formed Division One cup was proudly on display. The bar was heaving and I'm told celebrations were still going strong at chucking-out time... SURREY LEAGUE PHOTOS Apart from the ones on our web site, Paul Sinton-Hewitt has plenty of shots of both the men's and women's races at http://www.paulsh.speedy.uk.net/other_events.html. REGENT'S PARK 10km Sunday 6th February There were only four RH competing but Marie was the leading woman, Bill and Pete were the first two over 60s and Michelle was the leading over 55. 1 H Raidi (Belgrave) 32.31 31 Marie Synnott-Wells 39.30 42 Bill Harvey 41.23 46 Pete Warren 41.36 210 Michelle Harvey 59.45 RICHMOND MINI-MARATHON TRIALS Sunday 6th February in Richmond Park We hosted some 90 youngsters competing for places in the Richmond team for the 5km mini-marathon which is held on London Marathon day. Alex McKenna, who ran so well in the London race last year, won her event by over a minute and several other Ranelagh Harriers featured well. Girls 15 - 17 1 L Broughton 19.28 2 Rebecca Clayden 20.28 3 Emily Ball 21.44 Girls 13 - 14 1 Alex McKenna 19.01 2 Nadia Fidler 20.11 4 Willow Mallin 21.58 7 Victoria Elbourne 23.17 8 Rhiannon Lewis 26.17 Girls 11 - 12 1 A Sparrow 19.16 2 Georgia Miansarow 19.33 9 Anna Mallett 21.58 Boys 15 - 17 1 J Redshaw 15.25 7 Matt Hirschler 17.05 Boys 13 - 14 1 L Boyd 17.21 13 David Ready 24.26 Boys 11 - 12 1 M Horn 17.37 20 Luke Wilson 21.25 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 12th February A few less runners this week owing to a lot of other racing elsewhere, but the 28 finishers included a full complement of Wilsons! The grassy sections were damp and slippery and this may have been responsible for slowing the times a little. 1 D Cummins (Waterford) 19.43 2 Stephen Instone 19.54 9 Roger Wilson 22.42 14 Stephen McClune 23.37 16 Luke Wilson 24.54 17 Evelyn Joslin 25.00 23 Holly Wilson 28.28 24 John Hanscomb 28.37 27 Gill Wilson 29.59 VALENTINE'S 10km Sunday 13th February at Chessington Just around the corner from the previous day's heroics at West Ewell a good crowd of Ranelagh Harriers braved winds straight from the Steppes, one of them, Ann Murray, in her first-ever race. Despite the conditions there was an impressive crop of pbs. 1 M Boyle (Herne Hill) 32.25 2 Stephen Arneil 40.46 149 Simon Burrell 44.47 209 Evelyn Joslin 47.16 277 Juliette Chan 49.19 314 Wally Garrod 50.21 386 Geoff Bell 52.57 401 Janet Turnes 53.29 452 David Meaden 55.48 461 John Hanscomb 56.05 484 Alan Meaden 56.56 532 Hazel Carr 59.11 537 Lynne Barber 59.17 612 Deborah Blakemore 64.52 620 Ann Murray 65.59 625 Cindy Croucher 66.17 WOKINGHAM HALF MARATHON Sunday 13th February A big pb for one of our London Marathon ballot winners Stephen Roberts. 1 D Roberts (Marlow) 1.12.50 370 Stephen Roberts 1.35.52 471 Kerry McLoughlin 1.38.54 827 John Keep 1.48.14 TRAINING ************ Tough Tuesdays continue as normal, with speed work for various groups (next few sessions below) and Wally's beginners' club. Full details on our web site. Robin Drummond's "Improvers Sessions" continue on Thursday nights at 7pm from the clubhouse, concentrating on speed and technique. 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:email@example.com. 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. Feb 22nd 6 mins, 3 mins, 6 mins, 3 mins, 6 mins efforts FINALLY "Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity". Michael Johnson.