Newsdesk 2005

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 174            27 MARCH 2005
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com
 *  Baker Cup Handicap and Supper this Saturday
 *  75.29 Half Marathon by Lauren Shelley
 *  Junior Points Prize titles for Nadia Fidler, Alex McKenna, Annie Morris,
    Robert Curtis, David Ready and Dan Jermy
 *  Adidas Breakfast Runs, Worthing 20 and other road race results
 *  Ed Whitlock to visit en route to the Rotterdam Marathon

 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 April 2nd                  Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap. Start
 at 3pm near White Lodge in Richmond Park. All members welcome.
                                              Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial
 5km. 9am start 

 Sunday April 3rd                     Thames Towpath 10 miles at Chiswick 

 Saturday April 9th                   Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  5km.
 9am start 

 Saturday April 16th                 Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am

 Sunday April 17th                   London Marathon incl Winter Cup and
 Brasher Bowl club championship and women's championship.

 Saturday April 23rd                 Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am

 Sunday April 24th                   Sam's Run 10km. 10.30am in Bushy Park.
 See below.

 Saturday April 30th                 Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am

 Sunday 1st May                     Sutton 10km. Details at

 BAKER CUP 3 miles road handicap  Saturday 2nd April
 The traditional end to the winter season! Cross-country is behind us, the
 roads beckon. This is a three miles handicap on the traffic-free roads in
 the centre of Richmond Park. So it's suitable for all ages and speeds - the
 more the merrier in fact. The handicap winner gets a very handsome cup. The
 start is at 3pm beside White Lodge, the nearest car park being at the Pen
 Ponds - though beware that this is now quite restricted in size. So
 preferably come to the clubhouse to collect your number and jog across to
 White Lodge as your warm up. And in the evening...

 This will be at the Hawker Centre in Lower Ham Road at 7pm for 7.30pm. There
 are still plenty of tickets left, so please do come along. Tickets are 15
 which includes a buffet-style dinner and, following on from the presentation
 of the season's trophies, either a band or a DJ. Contact Marina Quayle
 (mailto:marina_quayle@hotmail.com) or Jo Turner

 THAMES TOWPATH 10 miles  Sunday 3rd April at Chiswick
 This is the first event in the Ranelagh GP series, but entries are already

 You'll have read much of Ed's exploits in these pages, not least his 2.54
 marathon last year at the age of 73. Now's your chance to meet him. Ed, who
 lives near Toronto, will be visiting the clubhouse on Tuesday 5th April as
 he passes through the UK on his way to run in the Rotterdam Marathon on
 April 10th. Fortunately, I doubt he'll be joining in on the speed session,
 which will save a lot of us from embarrassment! The Rotterdam race promises
 to be something of a showdown. Here's an extract from an article in the New
 York Times:
 "Unlike most younger stars, Whitlock has no team, coach, training partners,
 massage therapist, nutritionist, sports psychologist, shoe contract or
 high-altitude training camp. He does no stretching exercises or weight
 training. He has no special diet. Whitlock, who is 5 feet 7 and 112 pounds,
 does all of his training in a cemetery... He said he would not run on roads
 because drivers aim at him. ... Although Whitlock shuns publicity, his
 renown has spread, and, for the first time, an effective match race between
 70-plus runners is planned at a major marathon. On April 10 in Rotterdam,
 the Netherlands, Whitlock will race against Joop Ruter, a 71-year-old
 Dutchman who ran 3:02:49 last year at Rotterdam. ... Unlike Whitlock, Ruter
 has a team, runs on park trails and gets massages. In an e-mail interview
 through a translator, Ruter said that after his 3:02:49 last year, he
 celebrated by drinking and dancing at a pub. 'I will run against Whitlock as
 though I am a youngster,' Ruter said. 'I will give him the race of his

 The next event will be the London Marathon and race 3 is the Sutton 10km.
 Full details on our web site. 
 GREEN BELT RELAY  Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd
 There's room for a few more runners in our teams - all you marathon runners
 should be fit enough to take in in your stride! You can find lots of info at
 www.greenbeltrelay.org.uk. 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. 

 Many people will remember Sam Haughian, one of Britain's most promising
 young runners who was tragically killed in a road accident in South Africa
 last year. Sam was a second-claim member of Ranelagh for a while as a
 teenager. Some of his friends have got together to organise a one-off
 memorial 10km run which will take place on Sunday 24th April at 10.30am in
 Bushy Park. All proceeds will go into a trust fund that has been set up in
 Sam's name to assist young runners of potential. 

 We are introducing chip timing this year, and entries and results will all
 be handled by Sports Systems. It's important therefore that if you are
 thinking about running the race you should get your entry in early. It may
 not be possible to slip late entries in, even if they are from Ranelagh. In
 fact, with so many races reaching their entry limits nowadays it's advice
 that applies right across the board. Details and forms are at

 JUNIOR POINTS PRIZE FINAL RACE  Saturday 19th March 1.37 miles in Richmond
 There was a much better turn-out for the final race of the series, helped no
 doubt by some warm almost summery weather. There were some new faces and a
 lot of personal bests. The outstanding run of the day came from Georgia
 Miansarow who hacked a huge amount off her previous fastest to win the Under
 13 girls race and take one second off the Under 13s course record set in the
 last race by Nadia Fidler. Nadia herself was a little slower this time but,
 safe in 2nd place, she did enough to take the overall title by two points
 from Georgia. Amelie Hunton ran her personal best in 3rd place and finished
 3rd overall. 

 The Boys Under 13 saw a close finish for the overall title too, as Robert
 Curtis - 2nd today to newcomer Sam Webb - overhauled Luke Wilson by just one
 point. Sam Hunton was 3rd home but overall 3rd place went to Luke Penney.

 Alex McKenna in the Under 15 Girls was the only competitor to register an
 impressive 100% record of four straight wins. Her 8.51 was only a few
 seconds away from her fastest, while behind her Victoria Elbourne and
 Rebecca Clayden finished 2nd and 3rd today and overall. The Under 15 Boys
 section was also won by a newcomer, Alfie Purdue, but David Ready's 2nd
 place was good enough to leapfrog him past Matt Hirschler - who was absent
 today - to the overall title.

 Dan Jermy was the only Under 17 running today and he was by far the fastest
 on parade. He's also Mr Consistent - his times for the three races he has
 contested have varied by only five seconds! He won the title of course while
 in the poorly-supported Under 17 girls section Annie Morris is the winner
 even though she ran only one race.

 The full score chart, extra stats and photos are in our results section.

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 19th March
 A good run by Nick Wright to beat the 18 minute barrier but pipped to the
 post by "regular" Shane McDermott.

 1 S McDermott (Raheny) 17.51
 2 Nick Wright 17.55
 5 Matt Hirschler 19.45
 6 Darren Wood 20.16
 10 Adam Wright 21.28
 15 Gill Wilson 24.35
 16 Carol Barnshaw 25.01
 18 Robin Drummond 25.03
 20 John Hanscomb 26.11
 22 Julie Drummond 26.44

 RHYADER ROUND THE LAKES 20 miles  Saturday 19th March
 1 M Garratt (RRC) 2.03.46
 146 Lucy Burnett 2.54.58
 213 Stephen Roberts 3.08.26 

 BATH HALF MARATHON  Sunday 20th March
 Lauren Shelley is back in the UK for the London Marathon and warmed up with
 a 4th place and a personal best some half minute faster than she ran at the
 Great North Run last September.
 1 S Tanui (Kenya) 1.02.53
 54 Lauren Shelley 1.15.29
 4323 Hazel Carr 2.14.34
 4325 Lynne Barber 2.14.35
 4701 Jane Wyatt 2.20.20

 ADIDAS BREAKFAST RUNS  Sunday 20th March at Kingston
 This is one of those events where the results get a bit complicated!
 Thousands of runners, two different distances and various separate starts
 must risk chaos, but the organisers seem to know what they are doing and
 everything gets sorted out in the wash.
 Phil Aiken notes:
 "Marie was 4th in the Elite Women's 16 mile race. She said she felt better
 than at Finchley but wasn't that impressed with her time. Sally was 7th
 woman home in the 8.2 mile race.
 Last I heard of Stephen W was that he had suffered a collapsed lung late
 last year, so this was something of a successful comeback. And I'd say the
 same about Adam (first over 40 in the 8.2 miles, according to 'AW') if his
 limping hadn't been so pronounced".

 8.2 miles
 1 P Wicks (WSEH) 41.09
 10 Adam Tapley 49.52
 57 Sally Piesse 55.43
 64 Stephen Arneil 56.36
 402 Roger Wilson 67.23
 536 Morgane de Verdiere 71.01
 557 Janet Turnes 71.15
 913 Katie Clare 78.36
 968 Frances Ratchford 80.01
 1100 Daphne Moynier 83.39
 1146 Caitlin Limmer 85.04

 16 miles elite women
 1 A Braham (BBC) 1.39.13
 4 Marie Synnott-Wells 1.49.55

 16 miles women
 1 D Mills (unatt) 1.49.06
 68 Julia Langensiepen 2.09.15
 143 Rachel Turtle 2.16.51
 159 Eleonora Gavin 2.18.22
 352 Sally Meekley 2.31.55
 360 Marina Quayle 2.32.25
 528 Clodagh Fahy 2.44.55
 541 Jo Turner 2.46.27 

 16 miles men
 1 T Bedford (Shaft B) 1.29.14
 20 Stephen Whitehead 1.38.35
 74 Stephen Instone 1.47.32
 252 John Gavin 1.58.28
 596 Jonny Rowan 2.11.31
 743 Simon Tyler 2.16.11
 962 Geoff Bell 2.25.00
 1037 John Hanscomb 2.28.41

 WORTHING 20 miles  Sunday 20th March
 Chris Read reports:
 "Conditions for the Worthing 20 were good.  The very hot weather that we
 feared had not materialised.  There was some cloud and a pleasant sea breeze
 to keep us cool.  We had good support provided by Evelyn's friend Mark, Neil
 Walford and members of the Beverly and Burrell families.

 I set out with a target time of two and a half hours in mind.  The first two
 laps went well.  I was sustained by Lucozade provided by Mark and by his
 assurance that I was ahead of schedule.  In the third lap, however, I
 started to slow down.  Any remaining complacency disappeared when I was
 lapped by the race leader.  He was nearing the end of a 20 mile race and
 running faster than I can sprint.  As I progressed round the fourth and
 final lap it became clear that the achievement or otherwise of my target
 time was going to be close.  I was concentrating so hard on maintaining the
 required pace that I did not even notice passing Celia until I heard a shout
 of "Come on Ranelagh!" from behind me.  I just made it, crossing the line
 with 25 seconds to spare.

 I then watched as the other Ranelagh runners came in.  Evelyn and Simon both
 finished tired but delighted to have run personal bests.  Celia came in
 looking surprisingly fresh after running for nearly three and a half hours. 

 It was a good and well organised race, although it is a bit too far for me
 to want to repeat too many times".

 1 K Kyreme (Shaft B) 1.46.15
 129 Chris Read 2.29.35
 199 Simon Burrell 2.39.21
 218 Michael Beverly 2.41.32
 240 Evelyn Joslin 2.43.42
 392 Tom Reay 2.59.21
 538 Celia Beverly 3.27.15

 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km  Friday 25th March in Hyde Park
 1 H Lobb (Bedford) 14.41
 99 Alan Davidson 20.08

 MAIDENHEAD 10 miles  Friday 25th March
 1 P Wicks (Belgrave) 50.48
 761 John Hanscomb 91.31

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 26th March
 Two wins in a row for Irishman Shane McDermott, again just outsprinting a
 Ranelagh man, this time Rob Stillwell.

 1 S McDermott (Raheny) 18.15
 2 Rob Stillwell 18.18
 4 Stephen Instone 19.08
 5 Clive Beauvais 19.13
 8 Darren Wood 19.58
 13 Adam Wright 21.07
 17 Sue Ashley 22.09
 19 Karen Broadbent 22.57
 22 Alan Craig 24.20
 23 Luke Wilson 24.41
 24 Wally Garrod 24.43
 25 Roger Wilson 24.47
 27 Gill Wilson 24.57
 33 John Hanscomb 28.19 

 WOBURN 10km  Sunday 20th February
 1 M McKay (Rugby) 32.39
 35 Clive Beauvais 39.46

 Julian Smith would like to offer an open invitation to all male members of
 Ranelagh to attend his Stag Do (Round 2) at the Fox & Grapes on Camp Road on
 Saturday 9th April 2005, from 6pm onwards.

 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.

 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 29th  12 x 2 mins efforts
 Apr 5th  3 x 5 mins efforts, 3 x 3 mins (except for marathoners!)
 Apr 12th  5 x (2 x 30 secs, 2 x 1 min efforts) on Holly Lodge Hill (except
 for marathoners!)
 Apr 19th  2 x (3mins, 2 mins, 1 min, 2 mins, 3 mins efforts) + 4 x 30 secs
 (except for marathoners!)

 Marius Acker writes:
 "Over the summer I took part in the 'Stroke and Stride' multi-sport series.
 It was a series of eight events that took place every fortnight in St
 Helliers Bay in Auckland. The STROKE is the swim leg and the STRIDE is the
 run leg of the event. The swim was followed immediately by a run on the
 beautiful beachfront. There were between 220 to 250 competitors at each
 event. Some of the athletes are sponsored and are professional athletes.

 Being from a running background I placed better in the events where the run
 leg was longer and the swim legs shorter. In event six I was full of joy
 when I came in 6th and left the commentator speechless as he did not know my
 name. My goal was to finish in the top ten for each event and the series
 overall. I managed only two top ten finishes and just missed overall 10th
 place for the series by finishing 12th on the series Grand Prix points log.

 My age group (30-34) was very competitive and I managed to take the series.
 The trophy is in the shape of a breaking wave and was handed to me by Hamish
 Carter. Hamish is the Kiwi Triathliate who took Gold at Athens 2004 for

 Phil Aiken would prefer to remain anonymous:
 "Last night I was in the pool. It was busy and there happened to be someone
 else aquarunning so we began chatting. She'd got a calf injury, would
 normally use Teddington pool and was a runner. Serious? I asked. She said
 yes in what I first thought was in a so-so sort of way but now I think she
 was trying not to laugh. What club? Exeter Harriers. Well, you don't find
 many of those in Teddington and she did sort of look familiar. And then the
 penny dropped. I'd only asked Jo Pavey if she was a serious runner!"