Newsdesk 2005

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 172           6 MARCH 2005
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com
 *  Another world record for Ed Whitlock
 *  Jordan Mungovan 4th scorer for Surrey in Inter-Counties Cross Country
 *  John Ricketts wins Clutton Cup
 *  Repeat individual and team wins in Ranelagh Cup schools race
 *  Junior Points Prize wins for Nadia Fidler, Alex McKenna and Luke Wilson
 *  Inter-club wins for Marcus Gohar and Ranelagh
 *  Junior race wins for Amelie Hunton

 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 March 12th              Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am
 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
                                             Junior Points Prize Race 4  2km
 in Richmond Park. 2.30pm start, all under 17s welcome.

 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
 This is the club 20 championship for the Spendlove Cup. Entry forms are in
 the clubhouse or can be downloaded at www.hillingdonac.co.uk.

 HASTINGS HALF MARATHON incl Surrey Championships  Sunday 13th March
 Information and entry form at http://www.hastings-half.co.uk.

 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.

 This is to be held this year on Saturday and Sunday May 21st and 22nd. For
 those of you new to the event you can get all the information at
 www.greenbeltrelay.org. In brief, it's a relay taking a very scenic route
 around the outskirts of London, comprising 20 stages with an average length
 of about 10 miles. Teams comprise ten runners and each runner has to run one
 stage on Saturday and another on Sunday. We usually put in at least three
 teams and there's room for all standards - indeed there's a trophy for the
 last team to finish which is currently the jealously guarded property of Bev
 Ali's Ranelagh Bloodhounds! We'll have a women's team, a men's team and
 possibly another mixed team, so we need up to 40 runners in all. If you're
 interested please contact me or Anna McLaughlin (details above) or Bev Ali
 (mailto:bev.ali@blueyonder.co.uk) as soon as possible.

 Ed Whitlock writes from Toronto:
 "The Ranelagh vest carried me to a M70 world record last Saturday, 10:52.4
 for 3000 metres, about 4 secs better than the previous mark". Ed sent a
 photo taken during the race, which we'll try to get up on our web site.

 Park, Nottingham
 Jordan Mungovan was our only county representative this year, finishing as
 fourth scorer for Surrey in the Under 20s race.
   1 A Vernon (Hants) 26.33
 126 Jordan Mungovan 31.24

 CLUTTON CUP 10 MILES HANDICAP  Saturday 26th February in Richmond Park
 A new slimline John Ricketts had the best part of a mile to spare. Bev Ali
 "It was cold, wet, cold, muddy and cold! John Ricketts won the handicap by
 slightly over six minutes.  Peter Weir, who finished in fourth place, was
 the fastest man, followed very, very closely by Andy Bickerstaff. Kathy
 Mallett was the fastest woman. Michele Gibson, who literally flew over the
 mud, improving her previous time by eight minutes, was second fastest woman,
 and third finisher, just barely behind Rob Stillwell at the line.  Sandra
 Foot struggled for the last lap with extremely low bloodsugar and was near
 collapse at the finish as the third fastest woman.  Pat Hewlett (who, for
 reasons of an outstanding run in the Cabbage Patch, started ten minutes
 behind me) had a personal best for the course - you can't keep the Irish
 down!! And, although I achieved a personal worst due to being as cold as I
 have ever been for the last 45 minutes of the race, I still did not finish
 last - three cheers for the honourable handicapper! The water never heated
 up in the women's showers but thankfully was hot in the kitchen so I managed
 to get warmed up by keeping my hands in hot soapy water........ The tea was
 up to Carol's usual high standards, with chocolate cake and smoked salmon
 rolls, among other delicacies". 

 RANELAGH CUP SCHOOLS RACE  Saturday 26th February  6 km in Richmond Park
 There was a second consecutive win for Cranleigh's Daniel Sheppard, though
 he had to run half a minute faster this year. With Hampton boys second and
 third it looked as if Charterhouse might struggle to retain their trophy but
 it turned out that Hampton were one short of a full team. So Charterhouse
 were left clear to register their third win in a row by a clear margin of 25
 points. Ranelagh's Ben Gateley ran well for 23rd place in a field of 136
 boys and one brave girl!

 1 D Sheppard (Cranleigh) 21.40
 2 J Redshaw (Hampton) 21.48
 3 D Perkins (Hampton) 22.11
 23 Ben Gateley (Wellington) 23.50

 Teams (4 to score)
 1 Charterhouse 33
 2 Westminster 58
 3 RGS Guildford 87

 JUNIOR POINTS PRIZE RACE 3  Saturday 26th February 2km in Richmond Park
 The weather and other events kept the numbers down a bit for the third event
 in this four-race series, especially amongst the boys. But there was a great
 scrap at the front, with the leading six girls crossing the line in a little
 over half a minute. Nadia Fidler got the better of Alex McKenna for the
 first time and set a new Under 13s course record of 8.52 in the process. But
 Alex also ran well to retain her 100% record in the Under 15s section,
 though she was hard pressed by Victoria Elbourne, newcomer Lucy Edmonds and
 Rebecca Clayden. Nadia also registered her third straight win in the Under
 13s, with Georgia Miansarow runner-up each time. Luke Wilson's win in the
 Under 13 Boys took him into the overall lead but it was disappointing to see
 no starters in the older age groups.
 Frances Ratchford adds:
 "The final race for the juniors is on Saturday March 19th at 2.30.  After
 the race the trophies will be presented to the winners of the series at the
 clubhouse.  There will also be silver & bronze medals for 2nd & third places
 in each age group. Everyone who runs will get a prize and everyone who has
 run two races or more will get a medal. Carol has offered to make tea & cake
 for parents & runners while we get the results together". 

 INTER-CLUB 3.8 MILES  Saturday 5th March in Richmond Park
 Well, we won the final cross-country race of the season, even if it was
 about as low-key as they come. There were only 29 runners and 19 of them
 were from Ranelagh. We had seven of the top nine home, including the first
 three Marcus Gohar, Peter Weir and James Corbett. A special mention for
 10-year-old Amelie Hunton who got round in an excellent 32.09  - accompanied
 by dad Chris who had earlier run the Bushy Park 5km with son Sam!

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 26th February
 The snow had turned to slush making it heavy going for the 23 runners who
 turned out this week. Times were accordingly slower but West Waterford's
 Dermot Cummins scored his fourth consecutive victory.
 1 D Cummins (Waterford) 17.19
 5 Stephen Instone 19.53
 6 Darren Wood 20.57
 9 Sam Hunton 23.04
 10 Chris Hunton 23.04
 14 Karen Broadbent 24.00
 15 Steve McClune 24.01
 19 Gill Wilson 24.48
 22 John Hanscomb 27.04

 BUSHY PARK TRAIL RUN 7km  Sunday 27th February
 We had a good crowd in the main event but the star performer was certainly
 Amelie Hunton who won the Under 11 Girls' section of the junior race by over
 a minute and was only 25 seconds behind the leading Under 11 Boy!
 1 G Clews (Unatt) 26.15
 46 Chris Hunton 31.48
 112 Anna Maria Plaza 37.57
 115 Carol Barnshaw 38.14
 119 Wally Garrod 38.30
 133 Teresa Segovia 39.55
 141 Janet Turnes 40.46
 172 Lynne Barber 45.49
 173 Jane Wyatt 45.49
 174 Hazel Carr 45.50
 187 Deborah Blakemore 49.44
 188 Ann Murray 49.52
 190 Louise Hanscomb 49.59

 Juniors (3.4 km)
 Girls Under 11
 1 Amelie Hunton 15.34

 Boys Under 11
 1 T Atkins (King & Poly) 15.09
 6 Luke Wilson 17.24

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 5th March
 Win number five for Dermot Cummins and a new course record too.
 1 D Cummins (Waterford) 15.54
 4 Nick Wright 18.04
 7 Stephen Instone 19.48
 12 Darren Wood 20.39
 17 Sam Hunton 22.12
 18 Chris Hunton 22.13

 RON WHEELER 2.8 miles  Wednesday 23rd February at Wapping
 1 S Fraser 14.20
 11 Andy Hayward 17.01

 THAMES TURBO JUNIOR SPRING FUN RUNS  Saturday 4th March in Bushy Park
 Another category win for Amelie Hunton. The remaining races are on Saturday
 16th April and Saturday 7th May - register at 8.30am at the Hampton Hill
 Cricket Club in Bushy Park for a 9am start.

 10 and Under Mixed
 1 Amelie Hunton 8.33
 6 Holly Wilson 10.00

 12 and Under Mixed
 1 J Stanhope (Thames T) 11.12
 3 Luke Wilson 11.29
 7 Rhiannon Lewis 16.42

 Tough Tuesdays continue as normal, with speed work for various groups and
 Wally's beginners' club, at 7pm from the clubhouse. Full details are on our
 web site, the next few sessions are shown below.
 Robin Drummond's  "Improvers Sessions" continue on Thursday nights at 7pm
 from the clubhouse, concentrating on speed and technique. Details of the
 session below.

 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.

 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.
 Mar 8th  4 x 5 mins efforts plus 6 x 30 secs
 Mar 15th  Pyramid 1/2/3/4/5/4/3/2/1 min efforts
 Mar 22nd  3 x 4 x Ham Cross hill plus 5 x 1 min efforts
 Mar 29th  12 x 2 mins efforts

 Thursday sessions. Each also includes a steady run warm up and warm down.
 Mar 10th  3 x Nightingale Lane (bottom), 3 x Nightingale Lane (top), 3 x
 Nightingale Lane (top + 50 metres)

 Former page 3 and Playboy cover girl and official Lara Croft model Nell
 McAndrew is becoming a more than useful runner! Representing Thames Valley
 Harriers she recently finished 6th woman in the Roding Valley Half Marathon
 in 91.23...