**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 183 3 July 2005 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS * Dysart Dash win for Paul Doyle * Jo Ronaldson, Marie Synnott-Wells and Anna McLaughlin 2nd, 3rd and 4th and first team * Marie Synnott-Wells and Anna McLaughlin 1st and 2nd in Harry Hawkes 8 miles * Good debut runs from Mark Middleton and Noel Stoddart * South Downs Way Relay inaugural over 50s record for Sonia Rowland, Sue Ashley and Kathy Mallett * AGM this Wednesday * Coad Cup on Tuesday 12th July WELCOME... to the following new members: Anna Mallett, Elizabeth Everett, Bente Klitgaard, Julie Smith, Elinor Busby, Karyn Cotcher, Paul Murphy, Marc Snaith and Andrew Cioffi. SEE HERE ************* ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Don't forget the club AGM on Wednesday July 6th at 7.45pm in the clubhouse. Agenda and reports were sent out last week in a separate e-mail but I did get several delivery failures. So if you have not received them and would like to, let me know and I will try to send them again. COAD CUP Our five miles summer cross-country handicap will be held on Tuesday 12th July in Richmond Park. The start will be at 7.15pm and all members are welcome to take part in what I believe is to be Phil Aiken's first race as club Handicapper! Be at the clubhouse by 7pm to register. WHAT'S COMING... ************************ More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff (07966 552302 / mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Phil Aiken (07739 035189 / mailto: email@example.com ) or Anna McLaughlin (07971 606521 / mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ). 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 Tuesday July 12th Coad Cup summer 5 miles handicap 7.15pm start in Richmond Park. 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. Details and entry at http://www.elmbridgeroadrunners.co.uk. Friday July 29th Wedding Day 7km 7.30pm in Bushy Park. Ranelagh Grand Prix Race 9. Details and entry at http://www.stragglers.org/Weddingday.htm. WHAT'S HAPPENED... **************************** CHRIS BRASHER PONDS RUN Tuesday 21st June Well over a hundred Ranelagh members set off in various groups and at various speeds to visit some or all of the Park's 20 ponds. This seems set to become an annual event in memory of Chris Brasher who first came up with the idea, and this year it was especially pleasing to have Chris's son Hugh in one of the groups. In truth nobody visited 20 ponds, if the definition of a pond is a small body of water - the recent dry weather has reduced several of them to nothing more than patches of dried and cracked mud! But everyone enjoyed exploring the more obscure corners of the Park, except perhaps Ken Powley who took a purler - no lasting damage to his keyboard wrist, fortunately! Some ran quite fast, prompting later discussion in the pub about the fastest time set for the tour. Unless anyone knows different, the best seems to be 57 minutes, starting and finishing opposite the clubhouse. The discussions were lubricated by a round stood for all by Hugh Brasher - cheers Hugh! DYSART DASH 10km Sunday 26th June incorporating the Surrey 10km Championship Wth no entries on the day this year the overall numbers were a little down, but that's no bad thing on an increasingly congested towpath. A group of half a dozen or so broke clear of the 400-strong field in the first mile, with Popeye Doyle and former winner Stuart Major prominent. Paul takes up the story: "Stuart started at a good pace. We went through the first mile in a shade under 5 mins, then settled into around 5.08 pace. Both Stuart and I felt comfortable and we went though 5k in around 15.50. As we came to the towpath the second time round, I was still feeling good and picked up the pace at bit. Stuart I think was starting to suffer. I opened up a gap fairly quickly. I started to feel some pain at the 5 mile mark, but was clear by then. In terms of a PB, I think I bottled it on the last mile or so, didn't want to really hurt, never mind it was quite rightly a %PB. I think conditions were relatively fast. The only thing that concerns me slightly is that I'm not sure why I'm running so well, I'm not training that hard. Hopefully I can put in a decent Elmbridge 10k". Paul's 31.53 equalled his 10km personal best but more importantly won him his first Surrey title. Behind him new member Mark Middleton made an aggressive start and was only just off the back of the leading group at the one mile marker. He faded a bit in the middle stages and allowed Marcus Gohar past, but then came back with a scintillating sprint finish to pip Marcus for 18th place. Marcus was compensated by taking third place in the over 40s category. Stephen Whitehead was the only other Ranelagh man home ahead of Jo Ronaldson who recorded a great 36.25, only three seconds outside her PB. Naomi Warner of Thames led the women's field all the way but Jo was a clear second. Trevor Maguire, Andrew McLauchlan and Chris Owens were the next Ranelagh home, just ahead of a titanic struggle between Marie Synnott-Wells and Anna McLaughlin who ran side by side for most of the distance before Marie slipped away by less than 10 seconds at the finish. They were 3rd and 4th home in the women's race and both set PBs, moving into 11th and 12th places on the Ranelagh all-time list. Unsurprisingly they also secured the team awards with Jo. This gives the Ranelagh women yet another Surrey team championship to add to the relay, cross-country, cross-country league and 10 miles titles they already hold! Jo and Marie were also the first two vets over 35 home and further back Pete Warren took 2nd place in the men's over 60s category. Over 40 RH crossed the line and many more of course helped in various capacities. Organiser Bev Ali adds: "I would like to say a big thank-you to all who contributed to the success of the Dysart Dash on Sunday. If I try to name all who did their part, I would almost surely leave someone out, so please, and you all know who you are, accept my gratitude anonymously. Having said that, I would like to specifically mention that without the efforts and experience of Alan Hedger and Ken Powley in the field, and Carol Barnshaw in the clubhouse, no event could go as smoothly. Please let me know if you had any problems or have any suggestions for improvements. The only real problems that I was aware of on the day were with my data input! The first lady V45 turned out to be a man..oh well". You can see the full results on our website. Incidentally, Ken Powley had these up on the site by about 2pm on Sunday afternoon. Well done, Ken! HARRY HAWKES 8 miles Sunday 3rd July at Thames Ditton Thames Hare and Hounds use this event as their club championship and were out in strength, with winner Phil Sly setting a new course record. But thanks to new member Noel Stoddart, Trevor Maguire and Nathan Mills all inside the top twenty home, Ranelagh took second place. Behind this trio it was a case of deja vu as Marie Synnott-Wells and Anna McLaughlin "enjoyed" another great battle. Again it was Marie who came out ahead but their efforts carried them to first and second places in the women's race. Anna-Maria Plaza was some way behind them but well enough placed to enable Ranelagh to win the team award ahead of Thames. Pete Warren and Frances Ratchford were 3rd amongst the men over 60 and women over 55 respectively. There was another good turnout for the club, with nearly 30 Ranelagh names in the results. RANELAGH SUMMER PARTY Friday 24th June By all accounts this was another great success for social secs Marina Quayle and Jo Turner. The boat could have taken a few more but the 70-odd who boarded the Kingston Royale had a great time as they partied their way down to Richmond and back up to Hampton Court. BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 25th June Just a few stalwarts this week, with the party the night before and the Dysart Dash to follow tomorrow. 1 D Symons (THH) 16.36 9 Darren Wood 20.07 14 Chris Hunton 21.01 27 Luke Wilson 26.26 28 Gill Wilson 26.27 29 John Hanscomb 27.08 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 2nd July Sara Grosvenor made her first BPTT appearance and moved into the women's top ten list. Stephen Instone equalled his pb in 3rd place. 1 D Cummins (W Water) 18.04 3 Stephen Instone 18.38 11 Sara Grosvenor 19.47 12 Darren Wood 20.25 20 Chris Hunton 22.29 21 Sam Hunton 22.33 25 Roger Wilson 24.13 28 Luke Wilson 26.14 29 Gill Wilson 26.15 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km Friday 24th June in Hyde Park 1 D Gitau (Nth Yk Moors) 15.36 99 Niels Andersen 21.37 134 Mike Rowland 23.52 162 John Hanscomb 26.48 LONDON PRIDE 10km Saturday 25th June in Brockwell Park Steve Rowland was first over 50. 1 S Whelan (London FR) 32.55 22 Steve Rowland 40.11 DORNEY DASH 10km Saturday 2nd July at Dorney Lake 1 M Simpson 32.50 40 Adam Tapley 37.35 SOUTH DOWNS WAY RELAY Saturday 2nd July Buriton to Beachy Head Sonia Rowland celebrated the big 5 0 by recruiting Sue Ashley and Kathy Mallett to make up a team to set an inaugural women's over 50s record for the Brasher-rules SDW Relay. The event was another Chris Brasher innovation and calls for teams of three supported by one car to cover the 70-odd miles section of the SDW from Buriton (near Petersfield) to Beachy Head. Chris's own team set the first record time back in 1973 and some thirty Ranelagh teams have covered the route over the years. The overall record still stands to David Wright, Mike Riley and Geoff Jones with their outstanding 7.08.33 in 1985. Sonia, Sue and Kathy were greeted with a dry but dull and sultry day and a welcome following wind. With Steve R in the car they started confidently and at one point were as much as half an hour ahead of their 10h 30m schedule. They encountered some low cloud over the highest points during the early afternoon and fatigue and one or two navigational errors began to eat into the advantage. But they stuck to the task and as all three joined in for the final mile along the clifftop to Beachy Head the sun finally appeared. Clive Beauvais was waiting with the champagne as they touched the trig point in a time of 10h 26m 57s. It was a long but enjoyable day and a great performance from Sonia, Sue and Kathy. It would be nice to see a few more teams having a try - contact me if you'd like more information. RANELAGH ROAD GRAND PRIX The Dysart Dash and the Harry Hawkes were events six and seven in the 2005 GP. The three remaining races are the Elmbridge 10km on July 24th, the Wedding Day 7km on July 29th and the Surrey 5km on August 14th. Entry details are on our web site at http://www.ranelagh-harriers.com/gp.html, where you can also find the full score sheet. 104 Ranelagh Harriers have so far competed in at least one event and the leading scores are as follows: Open Marcus Gohar 43 Trevor Maguire 37 Paul Doyle 36 Nathan Mills 34 Marie Synnott-Wells 31 Dave Powell 25 Stephen Instone 25 Mick Lane 20 Anna McLaughlin 20 Stephen Whitehead 19 Pete Warren 19 Men Over 40 Marcus Gohar 23 Stephen Logue 17 Chris Read 13 Simon Lawrence 12 Mick Lane 11 Men Over 50 Dave Powell 29 Stephen Instone 24 Mike Peace 21 Pete Warren 18 John Hanscomb 8 Women Marie Synnott-Wells 22 Anna McLaughlin 19 Anna-Maria Plaza 11 Janet Turnes 8 Kathy Mallett 8 Women Over 40 Marie Synnott-Wells 24 Janet Turnes 21 Joanne Muirlittle 6 Hazel carr 5 Louise Piears 5 Sonia Rowland 5 Women Over 50 Kathy Mallett 12 Corinne Bishop 12 Frances Ratchford 6 Pat Hewlett 6 Celia Beverly 6 FROM THE LOCAL PAPER... "Kew College junior school is delighted to announce the creation of a new sports bursary in honour of Celia Beverly, who is retiring after fifteen years as a governor". AEROPLANE NOISE Bev Ali writes: "If anybody else has had their hours of useful sleep restricted to less than 4 hours by aircraft noise lately, as I have, please make sure that your views are known! They can be sent to mailto:email@example.com and/or to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org". 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: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. 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. MASTERS TRACK LEAGUE Margaret Auerback writes: "The next Masters League is on Monday 11th July at the Millennium Track in Battersea Park. It is the final match for this year and we need to have a high turnout to cover as many events as possible. Travel is easy, it's about a ten minute walk from Queenstown Road Station which is on the main Waterloo to Richmond line. Events are 2k walk, 200m, 800m, 3000m, and relay on the track. Shot, discus and long jump in the field. First event is at 18.30. The walk is at 18.40 and the evening finishes with the relay at 20.35. We needs lots of you, in the unlikely event of there being too many of us you can still run as a non-scorer. Look forward to seeing you there. Contact me for more information: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org".