**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 179 19 MAY 2005 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS * Successful Richmond Half Marathon * Men's team win for Ranelagh with Mick Lane first veteran * Peter Haarer 3rd in Oxford Town and Gown 10km * Jo Ronaldson qualifies for World Duathlon Championships * Ranelagh Summer Party RANELAGH SUMMER PARTY ************************************ Jo Turner writes: "The Ranelagh Summer Party is to be a boat party on the Thames on Friday 24th June from 8pm until midnight. We will be sailing on the Kingston Royale. Tickets will be £20 and include disco and buffet. There are 90 tickets so it's first come first served! I am having some tickets printed which will be available from the club on Wednesdays and Tuesdays quite soon. Contact me (mailto:email@example.com) or Marina (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)". 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 May 21st Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd Green Belt Relay. 9am start at Hampton Court. Saturday May 28th Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Saturday June 4th Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Sunday June 5th Dorking 10 miles. Ranelagh Grand Prix Race 5. See below. Saturday June 11th Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Saturday June 18th Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Saturday June 25th Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Sunday June 26th Dysart Dash 10km at Ham. Ranelagh Grand Prix Race 6. See below. GREEN BELT RELAY Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd It's been a struggle to fill our three teams of ten this year and some last-minute injuries haven't helped! The start is in front of Hampton Court at 9am on Saturday and the finish is at the Hawker Centre in Ham at soon after 5.30pm on Sunday afternoon. Anybody who would like to join us there to cheer in the last stage runners and enjoy a post-race beer will be welcome. 2005 RANELAGH ROAD RUNNING GRAND PRIX The next events are the Dorking 10 miles on June 5th and the Dysart Dash 10km on June 26th. Full details can be found on our web site and entry forms can be found in the folder at the clubhouse. Leading scores after four events (including the Richmond Half Marathon): Open Marcus Gohar 22 Mick Lane 20 Trevor Maguire 19 Stephen Instone 18 Nathan Mills 14 Pete Warren 13 Mike Peace 13 Men Over 40 Marcus Gohar 11 Mick Lane 11 Stephen Logue 10 Ken Fotherby 6 Chris Read 5 Stephen Roberts 4 Men Over 50 Stephen Instone 15 Mike Peace 14 David Powell 12 Pete Warren 8 John Hanscomb 5 Alan Meaden 5 Clive Beauvais 5 Michael Beverly 5 Women Anna-Maria Plaza 7 Lauren Shelley 6 Janet Turnes 6 Anna McLaughlin 6 Estelle Damant 6 Louise Dunn 6 Women Over 40 Janet Turnes 17 Marie Synnott-Wells 6 Joanne Muirlittle 6 Hazel Carr 5 Lynne Barber 4 Women Over 50 Corinne Bishop 6 Kathy Mallett 6 Celia Beverly 6 Pat Hewlett 6 DORKING 10 MILES Sunday 5th June This road 10 miler features not only in our own Grand Prix but also in the Surrey Road League and incorporates the Surrey Championship. Details at http://www.dmvac.org.uk/dorking10/. DYSART DASH 10km Sunday 26th June This is the second of our two road race promotions, starting at 10am in Meadlands Drive, a 5 mins jog from the clubhouse. Full details are on our web site. The race forms the Surrey 10km Championship and is included in the Surrey Road League. WHAT'S HAPPENED... **************************** RANELAGH RICHMOND HALF MARATHON Sunday 15th May Somehow 800 runners managed to park their cars in the vicinity of the clubhouse and assemble for the start in front of the clubhouse. The course is now a single loop taking in Richmond, Twickenham, Hampton Court and Kingston, mostly road but including some tow path, and finishing at the same place as the Dysart Dash at the end of Riverside Drive. There were reportedly a few difficulties with other road users but in general the course seems to meet with approval. Thames's Dave Symons dominated the front of the race and had built up a lead of nearly three minutes by the time he reached the finish. His club mate Nick Gould had to work harder to secure second place, half a minute ahead of a group of four which included Mick Lane. One-two for Thames might have been expected to secure them the team race but they lacked a third runner and instead it was Mick, Marcus Gohar and Stephen Whitehead who came out on top for Ranelagh. All three were in the top dozen home and Mick and Marcus also made the individual prize list as first and third veterans over 40. Trevor Maguire just missed 80 minutes in 23rd place and not far behind him came a pair of fine performances by new members Vaughn Ramsey and Nathan Mills. David Powell at 41st was 3rd over 50 home just ahead of the leading woman, Windsor's Gemma Horne. Her advantage was almost as great as that of the men's winner, as runner-up Joanne Kent of Barnet recorded 85.51. Estelle Damant held third place for much of the way but in a close finish was pushed back to 6th. She was a little disappointed but her time of 87.32 puts her into 18th place on Ranelagh's all-time list. Estelle, Sandra Foot and Kerry McLoughlin combined to finish second in the team race behind Serpentine. Stephen Instone and Mike Peace were 4th and 5th in the over 50 category and Pete Warren was 3rd over 60. Altogether we had some thirty runners in the race and many more officiating and marshalling. Many thanks go to Robin and Julie Drummond and all helpers who contributed to making the event a success. Robin adds: "Just a note to say what a brilliant day was had by all on Sunday at the Half. None of it could happen without the efforts of all our marshalls and helpers. I was sorry that the t shirts were all snapped up by our record field and so the traditional reward for helping was unavailable this year. If it is any consolation even I don't have one. We have never had 791 finishers or anything near it. I can think of one year where only 200 ran and I don't think that we have topped 500 runners before this year. The revisions to last year's brand new course worked very well and made a good course even better. My particular thanks go to Hugh Jones for his hard work and attention to detail, Alan Hedger without whom it just wouldn't happen, Roger Brankin who saved 791 runners from certain dehydration and finally to Julie who has kept me sane for the last few weeks (or is it all a dream?)". BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 14th May At last the inevitable happened, and a couple of newly-arrived Kenyan men pitched up for this week's BPTT. By all accounts they jogged the first kilometre or two before getting competitive (only between themselves - needless to say the rest of the field was well in arrears). Bernard Kiptun emerged on top and set a new course record of 15.04. But for the Africans, Nick Wright would have finished in his accustomed 3rd place and this week just missed the 18 minutes barrier. Behind him Darren Wood shaved a few more seconds off his course pb and now stands well clear at the top of the participation table with 27 appearances out of a possible 33. Gill and Roger Wilson follow on with 21 and 20 respectively. 1 B Kiptun (Kenya) 15.04 5 Nick Wright 18.05 13 Darren Wood 19.26 22 Adam Wright 20.54 27 Chris Hunton 21.21 28 Roger Wilson 21.34 35 Julie Drummond 24.26 36 Evelyn Joslin 24.34 41 Gill Wilson 27.10 OXFORD TOWN AND GOWN 10km Sunday 15th May Peter Haarer's racing appearances are limited at the moment but he's obviously keeping in good shape, finishing 3rd in a high-quality race only half a minute outside his personal best. 1 K Murphy (Headington) 31.34 3 Peter Haarer 32.17 RON WHEELER 2.8 miles handicap Wednesday 27th April at Wapping 1 Z Woodward (Eton M) 18.31 (actual time 16.31) 14 Alan Davidson 20.00 (actual time 16.30) 17 Andy Hayward 20.23 (actual time 16.53) KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap Wednesday 4th May at Woking 1 M Frost (Haslemere) 25.37 (actual time 18.07) 17 Alan Davidson 26.40 (actual time 18.10) 23 Sonia Rowland 27.10 (actual time 20.40) DUATHLON Jo Ronaldson has been concentrating on duathlons in recent months, with no little success. She won the women's section of the New Forest event on 13th March by some twenty minutes, recording 2.27.01 (38.44 10km run, 81.25 40km bike, 26.52 '5km' run). In the much higher quality Cambridge race on 17th April she finished 7th but 3rd in the over 35 age group, which qualifies her to take part in the World Duathlon Championships in Newcastle, Australia, in September. Total time for Jo was 1.54.37 (winner 1.45.42) comprising 24.38 7km run, 64.40 35km bike and 25.19 7km run. MASTERS TRACK LEAGUE Margaret Auerback reports: "The first meeting in the Masters League took place at Battersea on Monday 9th and despite the last minute panics due to illness and injury we still managed to get together a good team. Somebody decided to change the age groupings which was a trifle annoying as we oldies found ourselves competing against the W35s but we put up a pretty good fight and showed them we are still alive and kicking, and jumping and throwing. There are no results yet so I can't give everybody's performances but Bev Ali and newcomer Jo Regan covered all the jumps and throws and scored a huge number of points. Julie did her usual superb race walk performance, Lorna won her sprint and then competed in the 400 and 4 x 400 relay, first time we've had a relay team for ages, well done girls. Marion, another newcomer Frankie Hardwick and I covered the distance events on the track - from 100 to 1500 metres. Frankie finished very near the front in the 1500 but I was too far back to see how near. We all enjoyed an evening of friendly competition and good team spirit so thank you to those who competed. The next meeting is Monday 23rd May, 18.30 onwards at Battersea Park track. We do need more competitors so if you can come along send me an email (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) with your name, age and preferred events and if you don't want to compete but could help out we need you just as much as it is our turn to provide officials. You don't have to be skilled to do this, or over 40! Subsequent meetings are on June 20th and 11th July. Also, on behalf of the men's team manager, we need a lot more of you superfast, superfit old men, come on down and get yourselves a good race. Over 40 or 50 or 60, you'll be made very welcome!" TRAINING ************ TRACK Frances Ratchford writes: "The track at St Mary's College is now open and even better we can use it. The track has been designed for endurance runners not sprinters so you will find it a little kinder to your legs. From 12th May there will be training on Thursdays from 7.30 with Frances & Margaret and there will also be training on Wednesdays from May 17th. The cost is £2.50 per session, or £10 per month. If you are coming along bring a cheque made out to St Mary's College and a passport photo. St Mary's College is on Waldegrave Road, Twickenham. Enter by the white gate and the track is straight in front of you. Changing room and showers are available. If you are under 18 and a member of Ranelagh there will be a training session on Saturdays from 14th May at 10.30am. Contact Frances (mailto:email@example.com) for details". GENERAL 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 for the faster groups are shown below. Robin Drummond's "Improvers Sessions" continue on Thursday nights at 7pm from the clubhouse, concentrating on speed and technique. 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. May 24th 25 mins continuous relay around grassy triangle at Sidmouth Wood. May 31st 7 x various hills at White Lodge June 7th 7 x short loop around Pen Ponds June 14th 5 x (30 secs, 30 secs, 1 min, 1 min efforts) on Holly Lodge hill NOVICE TRIATHLON COURSE Cindy Croucher writes: "I am organising the Thames Turbo Novice Triathlon course which runs for six weeks culminating with a triathlon on Monday 29th August. The course consists of six run/bike sessions from Sunday 17th July to Sunday 21st August from 9 to10am; and five swim sessions on Thursday evenings at Hampton pool from 21st July to 18th August 7.30 to 8.30pm. The course costs £65 which includes entry into the triathlon. The course will also cover nutrition, hydration, bike handling, bike set up, transition training and even what to wear. Entry forms are available from me - my work email is mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Places are limited to 20 - with only 10 left at the time of writing". YOUR 15 MINUTES OF FAME (or 16 minutes or 17...) Elizabeth Vancura of the BBC has been in touch with Ranelagh and other local clubs: "BBC Science is making a television documentary that looks at how much our skills and abilities are the effect of nature before we get exposed to nurture. One of the scientists we are working with has developed a means of predicting qualities, such as cardio vascular strength, simply from measuring hands. We want to gather together a group of competitive male amateur athletes of approximately the same age (25 to 32 years old) to run a 5km track race. Our scientist believes he will be able to predict the winner by examining the athletes' hands prior to the race. We're looking for runners capable of running 5km in the 14:30 to 16:60/17:00 mins range. The filming will take place at the evening of Tuesday 24th May at the new track at Brunel University, Uxbridge, and as such we urgently need to recruit our group of athletes this week. We're looking for 10 athletes from London based running clubs, asking for 2 or 3 individuals from each club. I'm contacting you to ask whether any of your members might be interested in competing and being filmed taking part". If you are interested, Elizabeth can be contacted on 020 8752 4902 or 07851 763723. FOR THE CHILDREN Wally Garrod would like to thank all those who sponsored him on his recent bike ride in Cuba. Thanks to your generosity he raised over £1000 for the visually impaired children at the special school in Havana.