**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 176 20 APRIL 2005 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS * 2.41 London Marathon by Lauren Shelley * 25 in a row for Mike Peace and John Hanscomb * Nadia Fidler and Alex McKenna 17th and 21st in Mini-Marathon * Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Smith * Runners wanted for Green Belt Relay 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 April 23rd Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Sunday April 24th Sam's Run 10km. 10.30am in Bushy Park. Saturday April 30th Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Sunday May 1st Sutton 10km. Ranelagh Grand Prix Race 3. Wednesday May 4th Thames H&H Parkland relays in Richmond Park. Start 7pm at the Pen Ponds car park. Saturday May 7th Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Saturday May 14th Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Sunday May 15th Richmond Half Marathon. Ranelagh Grand Prix Race 4. 2005 RANELAGH ROAD RUNNING GRAND PRIX The next events are the Sutton 10km on May 1st and the Richmond Half Marathon on May 15th. Full details can be found on our web site and entry forms can be found in the folder at the clubhouse.. GREEN BELT RELAY Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd Bev Ali writes: "For the last three years, the Ranelagh Bloodhounds have been the winners of the coveted Toilet Seat trophy. It is awarded for persistence and teamwork, not speed! So, if you have given up on ever being a part of a trophy winning running team because you never expect to be fast enough, but you do have the endurance and tenacity to run approximately 10 miles on two consecutive days, the Bloodhounds want YOU! Team members have no minimum or maximum cruising speed requirements. We do not run deliberately slowly in order to be last - we would be delighted to come in second or third last, but there is no pressure to perform, only to finish. We have already four committed members, and 2-3 tentative ones. Ideally we need a total of 10 committed team members and 2-3 alternates in case of injury or illness. Those who join earliest get first crack at choosing legs (new ones!) If you cannot run, support in the way of driving and/or handing out water is always needed too". We have three teams entered in all, so there's room for anyone who wants to take part in this unique event. As Bev says, speed is not important, just the willingness to run a stage in usually scenic countryside on two consecutive days. 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:firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. RANELAGH RICHMOND HALF MARATHON Sunday 15th May 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 http://www.sportsystems.net/ranelagh/Scripts/default.asp. WHAT'S HAPPENED... **************************** LONDON MARATHON Sunday 17th April For the 25th running of the London Marathon we were blessed with a beautiful day for the spectators, though perhaps a little warm for the runners. Paula Radcliffe complained of a stiff breeze too, but it didn't seem as strong as in most years. The elite women were first away at 9am and as Paula disappeared into the distance Lauren Shelley and Marie Synnott-Wells settled down to the task in hand. For Lauren the target was 2.40, the Australian 'B' standard for the Commonwealth Games; for Marie the aim was to beat her personal best of 2.57 set last year in Paris. Illness had hampered preparations for both of them, especially Marie, but both started as if they meant business. Lauren passed the 10km mark in just under 38 minutes, with Marie about three minutes behind. This was perhaps a little too fast for Marie and she settled back to 44 minute pace for the following two 10kms. Lauren maintained an admirably steady pace and in fact her third 10km was her fastest of the race at 37.53. She passed half way in 80.34 to Marie's 89.33. Lauren never weakened, picking up several places in the closing stages to finish a magnificent 21st in 2.41.42, just outside her target but a huge personal best. Marie struggled a bit in the closing stages but finished in a more than respectable 3.09. Lauren reports: "It was a fantastic day! London really put in on with blue skies and perfect weather (in fact the Brits thought it was bit hot for running but I still had my gloves on!). The marathon atmosphere was great - I was pretty excited but relaxed too by marathon morning - no nerves, just lots of anticipation. I had a start with the elite and championship women runners, which meant we had our own marshalling area and toilets and started at 9am, ahead of the main field and the masses. It made things very easy - you didn't have to worry about queuing for loos or baggage trucks, just running! I stood on the line with Benita Johnson in front to my left, the Kenyans directly in front (I was taller than them! Felt a bit odd!) and Paula across to my right. Haile Gebrasalessie was the starter, about 10 metres away. Needless to say I wasn't daunted. The first mile I felt a bit sluggish but once properly warmed up I had a few girls around to run with and settled into a good rhythm and pretty much on my target pace, feeling comfortable. Running around the Cutty Sark at 6 miles was a highlight; I think the idea of running London this year first hit me when I visited the Cutty Sark and Greenwich in July last year and recalled the pictures of runners streaming past. The Tower Bridge was also great though I started to have a little tough patch through here (not even halfway, about 19km!). Got through it and although the legs were starting to ache I wasn't getting any slower, just having to push a bit more. By now I was running on my own but with a few other girls in sight, and was able to move up on a couple over the final stages. The course ran right past my workplace in London and I'd practised running miles 15-20 after work a couple of times, which reallly helped. Running up Birdcage Walk it seemed a long last mile but once I turned to see Buckingham Palace and then the finish it got a lot easier! The crowd was fantastic - saw and/or heard a few mates out there along the way, and a few of the Ranelagh crew - thanks for the support; it really helped! After the finish I just relaxed in St James Park in the sun and it was lovely to sit there with the roar of the crowd, all the runners finishing and Buckingham Palace in the background. Later I headed to a pub in Whitehall, about 75m from Trafalgar Square, and stood out on the street in the sun with masses of runners having a beer. To be honest the beer normally doesn't go down too well after a marathon, but the two pints was the best Fosters I've ever had! The atmosphere, weather, company and my hyper mood all helped!! On the way home the beer had set in and my legs felt pain free - as I got off at the tube station I walked up two flights of escalators without pain, something I normally struggle to do after a day at work! I even considered the 25min walk from the station instead of the bus, and when I got home went up the stairs two at a time! (for those who haven't done a marathon this is NOT normal!). Yes, I was in a good mood and had a great day, running and otherwise. Today of course I am a little sorer and paying for carboloading on beer after the race instead of food! Oh, I'd better go through the results: first half 1:20:34, second half 1:21:08. Splits: 5km 18:54 10km 37:57 (19:03) 15km 57:23 (19:26) 20km 1:16:29 (19:06) 25km 1:35:15 (18:46)!! 30km 1:54:22 (19:07) 35km 2:13:42 (19:20) 40km 2:33:05 (19:23) It's funny, when it felt tough around 20-25km it was actually because I had picked up the pace slightly, trying to keep up with a girl that had passed me at just a slightly quicker pace! So I am pretty happy with how it all went, and how I was able to maintain pace and stay strong when I started to tire. I had originally hoped for 2:40, but the last 5 weeks haven't been ideal and I knew anything under 2:45 would still be good. Though 2:40 is a B Commonwealth Games qualifier, I'm not disappointed in missing it - I will need to do a lot quicker than 2:40 if I want to get in as there are already several women faster than the A qualifier, 2:35, and only 3 can run. So I had better head off for a swim and let these legs recover ready for the next one!! (Gold Coast, 3rd July - 11 weeks!)". Marie adds: "Can you say thanks to all the supporters on Sunday for turning out to support us marathon runners. The support was inspirational and helped the miles go quicker". Back in the main pack it was Grant Lemke who led the Ranelagh contingent in the early stages, with a 38.01 first 10km and half-way in 82.02. But Ken Fotherby knows how to pace himself and from two minutes down at the half distance he cruised past Grant at about 35km to finish in 2.51 nearly three minutes ahead. Mike Peace was on three hours schedule for the first half but hampered by an ankle injury he slowed in the later stages to finish in 3.10. But the important thing for Mike was just to get to the Mall and complete his 25th consecutive London. Nearly 90 minutes later John Hanscomb got there too and the pair became two of only 28 'ever presents' who have a full set of finishers' medals. You can read more about this dwindling band on their own web site http://www.everpresent.org.uk. Mike plans to go on - perhaps to make it to 50! - but for John, 70 years old in August and 13 minutes slower this year than his previous worst, this is the end of the road as far as marathons are concerned. Congratulations to both on a great achievement. Michael Beverly and Chris Read made it inside three and a half hours and Crispin Willis, Lucy Burnett, Stephen Instone, Therese Panetta, Evelyn Joslin, Sophie Timms and Tim Woolmer inside four, despite in Tim's case finding himself still inside a portaloo when the gun fired. Tim ended up running most of the way with Karen Broadbent who was unlucky to miss four hours by a scant 27 seconds. We had 25 finishers in all, almost equally divided between men and women. A special mention for Celia Beverly who only took up running last year to keep up with the rest of the family: her careful preparation brought her home in an excellent 4.48. Bringing up the rear as usual was race-walker Mike Rowland, who threatens to run the race next year! Another ten Ranelagh Harriers ran in the 4km London Boroughs mini-marathon. Fastest was Matt Hirschler with 15.50 but the best results came from Nadia Fidler and Alex McKenna who battled with each other in the Girls 13 - 14 race to finish 17th and 21st. Both should have a further year in this age group. Georgia Miansarow and Sam Hunton also achieved top 100 finishes. BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 16th April A third consecutive 3rd place by Mr Consistent Nick Wright, whose last four times on this course have all been within 10 seconds! 1 T Doran (OWLS) 16.51 3 Nick Wright 17.54 21 Alan Davidson 20.52 25 Adam Wright 21.10 27 Darren Wood 21.24 33 Roger Wilson 22.28 LYONS MARATHON Sunday 17th April Kerry McLoughlin ploughed a lone Ranelagh furrow in Lyons to record a fine 3.32.31 in 1064th place. THAMES TURBO JUNIOR SERIES RACE 2 Saturday 16th April Amelie Hunton won her race and Holly and Luke Wilson both placed. The final race of the series is at 9am on Saturday 7th May from Hampton Hill Cricket Club in Bushy Park. Further information from TheCrouchers@tesco.net. Girls Under 11 2km 1 Amelie Hunton 8.44 3 Holly Wilson 10.55 Boys Under 12 2.5km 1 J Stanhope 11.34 2 Luke Wilson 11.36 TRI-SPORT AQUATHON Sunday 3rd April at Epping Amelie Hunton was only 7th fastest swimmer but outran the field to win the girls 9-10 event by nearly 20 seconds. 1 Amelie Hunton 7.57 (swim 1.54, run 6.03) THE WEDDING OF THE YEAR Long distance Saturday 16th April at Ansty Congratulations to former club captains Julian Smith and Sarah Seal who were wed on Saturday. They have our very best wishes for a long and happy future together. TRAINING ************ Tough Tuesdays continue as normal, with speed work for various groups and Wally's beginners' club, at 7pm from the clubhouse. 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. NO MORE COLD SHOWERS Clubhouse Manager Alan Craig reports that the women's showers have now been fixed and are hot! CAR PARKING Please DO NOT fill up the Dysart car park on Tuesday nights - or indeed at any other time! We have to keep on good terms with the landlord, so restrict your parking to the grass in front of the clubhouse or beside the wall. If these places are full, please leave your car across the road. ON YOUR BIKE Wally Garrod writes: "Well, I've done the London twice, walked the Camino (500 miles), what next? How about a 220 miles sponsored cycle ride across CUBA! There are 29 of us, each person has to raise £700 so that we can buy talking wrist-watches, talking calculators and school equipment for children who are partially sighted attending a school in Havana. My backside is sore, my neck is stiff and I've fallen off once but it will all be worth it just to hear Fidel Castro talk for one hour, two hours or three hours(!!) on 1st May. Please, PLEASE sponsor me: sponsorship forms are in the clubhouse or ring me on 0208 390 1676 or e-mail me on mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. I leave on 23rd April - every £1 helps. Thanks from 'scrubber Garrod'." FINALLY From "Runners' World": "Run the Naked Ambition 3 as nature intended - in your birthday suit. That's right, clothes are optional in this Orpington race on May 15. Total nudity is not advised, though, as it is a trail race so the organisers recommend trail shoes. You'll receive a certificate at the end to prove you ran as God, if not decent society, intended for this three mile event".