**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 182 19 June 2005 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS * Great turnout for Ratchford Relay * 3rd place for Anna McLaughlin in Epsom 10km * Chris Brasher Ponds Run this Tuesday * Dysart Dash 10km next Sunday WELCOME... ...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!). SUBSCRIPTIONS 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:firstname.lastname@example.org. SEE HERE ************* CHRIS BRASHER PONDS RUN Tuesday 21st June 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: http://www.ranelagh-harriers.com/20ponds05.html. 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. RANELAGH SUMMER PARTY... 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:email@example.com or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. ...AND A BARBECUE!! 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". ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Don't forget the club AGM on Wednesday July 6th at 7.45pm in the clubhouse. All members welcome. BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 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 details. 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 ). Tuesday June 21st Chris Brasher Ponds Run. 7pm in Richmond Park Friday June 24th Ranelagh Summer Party. 8pm from Kingston 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 above. Saturday July 2nd Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start 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 start Brickmakers' Arms Relay at Windlesham. 2pm start. Saturday July 16th Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Saturday July 23rd Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start 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/. MILLAND TRAIL RUNS "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 here 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...". WHAT'S HAPPENED... **************************** 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 evening. 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". NATIONAL COUNTIES BUILDING SOCIETY 10km Sunday 12th June at Epsom "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 event. SOUTHERN COUNTIES MASTERS TRACK LEAGUE 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 3000m. 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. 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. 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:firstname.lastname@example.org) for details". GENERAL 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. KENYAN HILLS SESSION 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?