Newsdesk 2005

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 182              19 June 2005
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com
 *  Great turnout for Ratchford Relay
 *  3rd place for Anna McLaughlin in Epsom 10km
 *  Chris Brasher Ponds Run this Tuesday
 *  Dysart Dash 10km next Sunday

 ...to the following new members: Tricia Traynor, Kathryn Simmonds, Derek
 Bieniek and Mark Middleton. Apologies also to Heidi Parkes for mis-spelling
 her name in her welcome in e-news #180 (can't read my own writing!).

 Best Value in Surrey?
 Ranelagh subscriptions are now due (well - have been due since April) at the
 following rates:
 Adult 30, Junior (u20) 6, Family 60, Retired (o60) 5, Country
 (non-running) 10
 Cheque payable to Ranelagh Harriers.
 Address to Membership Sec, Ranelagh Harriers, 135A, Petersham Rd, Richmond,
 Surrey TW10 7AA.

 Perhaps you have left the club or don't run now, if so please tell us.
 Consider Country membership to keep in touch via the Gazette and e-news.

 Feedback or questions to Chris Owens: mailto:aachrisowens@yahoo.co.uk.
 Our annual CB commemoration - groups will set off from the clubhouse at 7pm
 with the aim of visiting all of the Park's 20 ponds. For those who might
 find that a bit too much, there will also be groups aiming for just a few of
 them. It's a great chance to see bits of the Park we rarely visit! More
 details including a map on our web site:

 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 (http://www.ranelagh-harriers.com/dydash_05.html). The race forms
 the Surrey 10km Championship and is included in the Surrey Road League.
 There will be no entries on the day! All members are welcome to run but
 you'll need to get your entry in straight away. If you're not taking part
 and can a spare an hour or two to help with marshalling, water stations etc
 do please come along. Alan Hedger is the man to see.

 There is still time to book for the Ranelagh Summer Party on the Thames next
 Friday 24th June from 8pm until midnight. We will be sailing on the Kingston
 Royale. Tickets will be 20 and include disco and buffet. See Jo Turner or
 Marina Quayle on Tuesday or Wednesday or contact them on
 mailto:joturner_45@hotmail.com or mailto:marina_quayle@hotmail.com.
 Marina Quayle adds:
 "Janet Turnes is kindly organising a BBQ for after the Harry Hawkes race on
 Sunday 3rd July. This will take place at her pub, the Wych Elm, Elm Road,
 Kingston from 2pm. It will be 10 for 2 courses and half-price for children.
 You don't have to run the race first!! Jo and I will be selling tickets from
 next Tuesday and we will only accept cash. You will also be able to pay on
 the day but Janet would really like to know how many people to expect so we
 would rather have names and money in advance".

 Don't forget the club AGM on Wednesday July 6th at 7.45pm in the clubhouse.
 All members welcome.

 You see the results every week in the e-news but it seems a lot of people
 still don't know exactly what it is! So, in brief, here's everything you
 need to know.

 It's an accurately measured timed 5km run EVERY Saturday morning in Bushy
 Park. It starts at 9am sharp from the car park adjacent to the Diana
 Fountain (close to the gate opposite Hampton Court). The course is a mixture
 of smooth grassland and cycle tracks. There's no need to enter in advance or
 pin a number on - you just turn up and run. Best of all, it's free!

 Over 300 runners have taken part since the inaugural run last October, of
 every standard from Kenyan internationals to novices. Everyone is welcome.
 You can treat it as a bit of speedwork, a means of gauging your progress or
 just as a Saturday morning run with company.

 Organiser Paul Sinton-Hewitt seems to have friends in high places as the
 weather is always fine! Come along and give it a try.

 For everything you need to know in more detail, and a good deal else
 besides, visit the race web site at http://www.paulsh.com/ or follow the
 links from the Ranelagh web site.

 SOUTH DOWNS WAY RELAY  Saturday 2nd July
 Sonia Rowland, Sue Ashley and Kathy Mallett are aiming to set an inaugural
 women's over 50s record for the "old" SDW relay over 70 miles from Sunwood
 Farm near Petersfield  to Beachy Head. They will be aiming to start at about
 8.30am and hoping to finish before dark...no, really the target will be
 around 10 hours 30 mins to 11 hours. They will welcome any support en route,
 or if anyone would like to accompany them on sections. Contact me for more

 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 ).

 Tuesday June 21st               Chris Brasher Ponds Run. 7pm in Richmond

 Friday June 24th                   Ranelagh Summer Party. 8pm from Kingston 

 Saturday June 25th               Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am

 Sunday June 26th                 Dysart Dash 10km at Ham.  Ranelagh Grand
 Prix Race 6. See above.

 Saturday July 2nd                Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am

 Sunday July 3rd                   Harry Hawkes 8 miles at Thames Ditton.
 Ranelagh Grand Prix Race 7. See below.

 Wednesday July 6th            Ranelagh AGM. 7.45pm in the clubhouse. 

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

                                           Brickmakers' Arms Relay at
 Windlesham.  2pm start.

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

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

 Sunday July 24th                 Elmbridge 10km at Walton. 10.30am start.
 Ranelagh Grand Prix Race 8 and Surrey Road league event.
 HARRY HAWKES 8 MILES  Sunday 3rd July
 Race 7 in our Grand Prix series. Start is at 10am at Giggs Hill Green in
 Thames Ditton. Details at http://www.hh8.org.uk/.

 "Fresh" from his South Downs Way exploits, Julian Smith writes:
 "I've decided that I'm not much good for anything except running a fairly
 long way, off road, up big hills. So I've been looking for another race. And
 I've found one, on August 7, which Anna McLaughlin recommends and is going
 to do again. It's a 21k multi-terrain race in Milland, which is near
 Petersfield - ie not far from the South Downs Way down the A3. Details are
 http://www.angelfire.com/sports/lissrunners/trail.html [beware pop-up ads
 galore]. There's a 6 miles event as well as the 21k. I'm going to enter
 (having done the Wedding Day as a warm-up), and Sarah will probably do the 6
 mile race. Apparently there's a bar at the finish (and if not, it's probably
 good pub country). So if anyone wants to join us...".

 RATCHFORD RELAY  Tuesday 14th June
 This year's Ratchford Relay doubled up as a 10th anniversary celebration for
 our annual women's running courses which for the whole decade have been
 under the leadership of Frances Ratchford.

 Robin Drummond takes up the story:
 "What a celebration of ten years of development of women's running in the
 club. Thirteen teams of four turned out in a departure from the normal
 Ratchford Relay formula to run 2+2+1+1 lap of a relay course slightly
 extended due to 'grass on the original track'. The course is probably nearer
 1 km than the original 800 metres but this did not deter the runners who set
 off to show just what they could do.

 Anna, to confirm her recent form, posted fastest of the day on both her laps
 ahead of Marie, Sarah and Kathy. And Anna's team finally crossed the finish
 line in first place after being 12th on the opening lap but just to show
 that the hare doesn't always prevail, Clodagh fresh from her Green Belt A
 team debut and obviously inspired by the company jumped Teresa's team into
 third spot ahead of Mrs Smith with a very fast lap.

 The lead had changed on almost every circuit, with Marie bringing in the
 first lap, followed by Kathy, but Sandra taking back the lead on the second
 for Kathy's team. The lead passed through Sarah then Teresa on the 4th and
 5th laps and Sandra took over again in 2nd place on lap 6 with everything to
 run for. But despite an inspired 4:01 final lap, a full 11 seconds faster
 than her first, she couldn't hold off Anna in the final uphill metres and
 conceded victory.

 52 hungry runners then returned to the club and demolished an amazing spread
 of food in very short order. Lots of men also came down, ran, eat, and
 listened to the general praise for Frances that was the theme for the

 It was gratifying to see old faces who had come back for the occasion as
 well as the more familiar regulars. It took ten years to go from struggling
 to get five runners out in Division Two of the Surrey League to winning
 Division One and a host of other events as well. Let's look forward to the
 next ten".

 "Well," said Anna, "I did the same trick as last week at Dorking by starting
 off too quickly and then clinging on for dear life... but yes I finally got
 that sub 40...". Indeed she did, shrugging the 40 minutes bear off her
 shoulders with a 39.03 clocking for 3rd place in the women's race and 19th
 on Ranelagh's all-time list. Bill Harvey was 3rd over 60 home.

 1 J Simpson (SLH) 32.11
 30 Anna McLaughlin 39.03
 37 Phil Aiken 39.25
 76 Bill Harvey 41.57
 201 John Pratt 50.59
 252 John Hanscomb 54.30
 283 Alan Meaden 56.39
 304 David Meaden 58.15

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 11th June
 Runners topped 50 again. Captain Bicks was the leading Ranelagh in 5th place
 just a few seconds outside his course pb, but the star performer was
 10-year-old Amelie Hunton who hacked the best part of a minute off her
 previous best with a very impressive sub-7 minute miling 21.24.

 1 T Doran (OWLS) 16.31
 5 Andy Bickerstaff 17.58
 8 Stephen Instone 18.54
 14 Chris Read 19.35
 16 Darren Wood 19.55
 26 Amelie Hunton 21.24
 27 Chris Hunton 21.24
 37 Roger Wilson 24.35
 41 Luke Wilson 26.10
 42 Gill Wilson 26.26

 D-DAY 10km  Wednesday 8th June at Portsmouth
 Mick Lane ran an excellent 34.39. his fastest 10km for some time.
 1 M Hargreaves (Ports) 32.52
 7 Mick Lane 34.39
 72 Alan Davidson 40.54

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 18th June
 52 runners turned out on a gorgeous summer morning with the thermometer
 already well up the scale even at 9am. Sonia O'Sullivan showed them all the
 way and improved her own women's course record by 14 seconds. Ken Powley
 showed them all the way in a different sense, by taking over the mantle of
 the oldest BPTT competitor and running 24.21 at the age of 74 - which he
 describes as a "terrible run"!

 1 S O'Sullivan (TH&H) 16.22
 10 Stephen Instone 18.51
 11 Steve Rowland 19.00
 19 Darren Wood 20.52
 22 Andrew Morris 21.16
 30 Sonia Rowland 22.22
 32 Joanne Muirlittle 22.50
 35 Ken Powley 24.21
 40 John Hanscomb 26.45
 45 Gill Wilson 28.54

 DORKING 10 MILES  Sunday 5th June
 County championship results have now been received. The second-placed
 finisher in the women's race was originally incorrectly shown as not being
 Surrey qualified, but she has now been confirmed as the silver medallist so
 unfortunately Liz Kipling is relegated to 4th and out of the medals. Marie
 Synnott-Wells won the senior women's and over 35 titles and Paul Doyle was
 3rd in the senior men's. The women's team of Marie, Liz and Anna McLaughlin
 took golds and Paul, Marcus Gohar and Nathan Mills won bronzes in the men's

 The results of the May 23rd fixture were in the last e-news. Margaret
 Auerback adds:
 "...a rather belated account of the match due to email problems. A fine but
 blustery evening saw us at Battersea for the second match of the season and
 there were some excellent performances from the R&T squad. We were down to
 six athletes so had our work cut out up against the mighty force of
 Serpentine - where do they all come from? With a bit of juggling of age
 groups and numbers - Julie has run in every age group so far except the
 W60s - I don't think we'd get away with that - we managed to fill as many A
 string events as possible.

 Star of the night was undoubtedly Jo Ronaldson who ran a 2.33 ("was that all
 right?") 800m followed by a 3000m where she lapped the entire field
 finishing in 10.30. Bearing in mind that it was windy, and she was running
 on her own, those times will surely come down by the end of the summer.

 Frankie Hardwick got us off to a good start by winning the W35 shot in her
 first attempt at the event and was advised by the field judge to take it up
 seriously. Frankie is one of our distance runners so is not your usual shot
 putters build! She followed this up with a good second place in the W40

 Julie Drummond finished 3rd in the W35 200m and then swapped age groups to
 come 1st in the W50B 800m. Karen Robinson covered all the W40 field events
 and came 3rd in shot and long jump and 2nd in discus. Karen is another
 newcomer to the League this year and has been quietly stacking up the points
 for us in both our matches so far. Meanwhile Lorna Smith was powering her
 way round to a second place in the W40A 200m and after barely enough time to
 get her breath back was off again to take 3rd place in the 800m.

 I enjoyed the 200m and the 800m where much to my relief I scraped under 3
 minutes by the thickness off a vest - but the 3000m was a race too many -
 had there been a vet available ( the animal doctor variety) I would
 willingly have been put down. I did have company for most of the race, yes,
 one of those Serpies, but she left me for dead on the last lap.
 Thanks again to those of you who competed, I think we put up a pretty good
 show. The next match is Monday 20th June from 6.30 pm. The team is looking
 good but we need some more of you (men and women), let me know if you're
 interested in giving it a go".

 Margaret confirms there is a 5000 metres at 8.10pm this Monday at Battersea
 Park so any Ranelagh over 40s (men) and over 35s (women) who fancy trying a
 track race will be more than welcome. The final fixture is on Monday 11th
 July, again at Battersea.

 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. There will be training on Wednesdays
 and Thursdays from 7.30 with Frances & Margaret.

 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 are training sessions on
 Saturdays at 10.30am. Contact Frances
 (mailto:grapevineproductions@compuserve.com) for details".

 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.

 Also Wednesdays at 6.30pm and Sundays at 10am at the clubhouse for a steady
 run in the Park.

 For those of you who weren't at the clubhouse last Sunday and are
 wondering...a Kenyan hills session involves easy runs uphill and fast runs
 down! Sorry you missed it after all?