Newsdesk 2005

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 184               17 July 2005
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com
 *  Coad Cup win for Michael Brandon
 *  Course record for Marie Synnott-Wells
 *  2.37 marathon by Lauren Shelley

 WEDDING DAY 7km  Friday 29th July at 7.30pm in Bushy Park.
 This is a great race for everybody - not too far, nice and flat and all
 standards taking part. If you've never tried an open race, this is one of
 the best for newcomers. There's a bar open at the cricket club in the Park
 afterwards, so it's generally a very pleasant way to spend a Friday evening.
 It's also race 9 in our club Road Grand Prix series. If you ran last year,
 you will already have received a personalised entry form. If you didn't, you
 can download one here: http://www.stragglers.org/Weddingday.htm. But don't
 delay - it's always over-subscribed and there will almost certainly not be
 entries available on the day.

 SURREY 5km  Sunday 14th August at 10am in Wimbledon.
 This is the final race in both our Grand Prix series and in the Surrey Road
 League. There's an entry form on our web site.

 I've had a request from a Ranelagh member who would like to try out this
 form of energy healing (see (http://www.reikiassociation.org.uk/index.html
 for more information on the subject). Does anyone in the club know of a
 Reiki practitioner they can highly recommend? If so, please let me have a
 contact telephone number or address and I'll pass it on to the individual

 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 ).

 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. Details at
 http://www.elmbridgeroadrunners.co.uk, but entries are now closed.

 Friday July 29th                   Wedding Day 7km  7.30pm in Bushy Park.
 Ranelagh Grand Prix Race 9. See above.

 Saturday July 30th                Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am

 Saturday August 6th             Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am

 Saturday August 13th           Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am

 Sunday August 14th             Surrey 5km. 10am at Wimbledon. Ranelagh Grand
 Prix Race 10 and Surrey Road League event.

 COAD CUP 5 miles Summer Handicap  Tuesday 12th July in Richmond Park
 The experiment of holding the Coad on a Tuesday evening instead of the
 traditional Wednesday seemed to be a success and the turnout of 60 runners
 was the best in this event for 20 years - even if some of them had turned up
 expecting the usual Tuesday evening training session rather than a race! 

 This should have been Phil Aiken's first stab at framing a handicap but he
 was to due to be away on a week's holiday so handicapping maestro Ken Powley
 stepped into the breach. It was good to see a large number of new faces at
 the start, but the result was that nearly a third of the field competed as
 "guests" - not having fulfilled the requirement of competing in three club
 races to acquire an accurate handicap. 

 First away was Angela Smith, who had over half an hour to spare over scratch
 man Paul Doyle. As the rest of the field was dispatched in the usual
 efficient fashion, the first drama came when Eleonora Gavin was called up
 for the start. She was nowhere to be seen. Some 90 seconds past her allotted
 start time she finally appeared and, adrenalin pumping, she was sent on her

 Meanwhile Monica Ayliffe had taken the lead and she held it right through to
 the final mile. But then the pack closed in - Michael Brandon and Denise
 English went past, and then a strong Simon Tyler who was clearly going to
 catch the pair in front.

 For the Coad, the summer bracken deprives the officials at the finish of a
 view of the incoming runners until they are almost upon them, but it was the
 lone figure of Simon who finally appeared around the final bend and sprinted
 in to the line. Simon, though, was one of the "guests", so the destination
 of the Cup was still undecided. Much to the delight of Frances Ratchford
 recording at the finish, it was a very tired Michael Brandon who appeared
 next and he crossed the line unopposed to win the Coad Cup for the second
 time in five years.

 Nearly a minute later came Denise English for the silver medal and right
 behind her Eleonora Gavin. It did not take a mathematical wizard to
 calculate that had Eleonora started on time it would most probably have been
 her name to be engraved on the Cup instead of Michael's. Hard luck,

 Few of the fastest runners were able to make much progress through the
 field, and Paul Doyle's 27.35 only took him past 19 runners. Second and
 third quickest were Andy Bickerstaff and Noel Stoddart. Fastest of the women
 with 31.11 was Marie Synnott-Wells, beating a course record that had stood
 to Sue Colver since 1991. Cilla Pettersson and Clare Gutch were next best,
 around two minutes down on Marie.

 There is a selection of photos of the race on our website.

 GOLD COAST AIRPORT MARATHON  Sunday 3rd July in Queensland, Australia
 Lauren Shelley took four minutes off her London pb performance to finish as
 2nd woman and 19th overall in a great 2.37.17. Well done Shelley!

 BRICKMAKERS ARMS MARATHON RELAY  Saturday 9th July at Windlesham
 Chris Read reports:
 "Weather conditions for the race were good, with sunshine interspersed by
 cloudy periods.  We found ourselves one runner short but were rescued by
 Duncan Gaskell, who agreed to run for us.  Mike got us off to a good start
 coming in 12th position in the first leg where most teams had their best
 runners.  As the race progressed our position fluctuated between 8th and
 19th.  The highlights of the middle period of the race were the legs run by
 Steve and Bob, both of whom gained 5 places.  In the later stages we were
 very consistent as Bob, Corinne and I finished in 14th place for legs 7, 8
 and 9.  In leg 10 Duncan ran inside 15 minutes to achieve what was our best
 time of the day.

 We finished a respectable 13th of the 30 teams competing. The event as a
 whole was dominated by Stragglers, who had both the fastest men's and
 ladies' teams".

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 9th July
 It was business as usal for John Hanscomb's Saturday morning run. After all,
 why should he let a little thing like his daughter's marriage later in the
 day interrupt his routine?
 1 S McDermott (Raheny) 17.17
 3 Stephen Instone 18.47
 5 Chris Read 19.41
 7 Darren Wood 20.00
 17 Chris Hunton 22.26
 18 Sam Hunton 22.27
 19 Roger Wilson 22.36
 27 John Hanscomb 26.33
 29 Luke Wilson 26.39
 30 Gill Wilson 26.57

 BEWL WATER 15 miles  Sunday 3rd July at Wadhurst, Kent
 Clive Beauvais was first over 55. Sue Ashley, the day after completing the
 70 miles South Downs Way Relay, felt a little uncompetitive, so jogged the
 course in reverse....
 1 J Rendall (Tonbridge) 82.28
 39 Clive Beauvais 98.31

 Over 40 members were in attendance for the AGM. There was little of
 controversial nature to discuss and the proceedings were dispatched
 efficiently by President Brian Chard in a little over an hour. Anna
 McLaughlin presented a review of a highly successful year for the women's
 section, while Andy Bickerstaff had to report on a more troubled one for the
 men. Nevertheless we had our moments and the President expressed confidence
 that we would soon be back in the top division of the Surrey League.

 David Rowntree talked us through a healthy balance sheet and Hon Sec Frances
 Ratchford's report outlined the development initiatives we have taken for
 both juniors and seniors, as well as touching on the Foster Report's plan
 for the future of the sport in general. A proposal that we should write to
 Lord Coe and the Olympic bid team to offer our congratulations and support
 was enthusiastically agreed.

 Nearly all the officials were prepared to stand for a further year, to
 general acclaim, with the exception of Handicapper Will Graves, now in
 Australia, and Chief Race Official Alan Hedger. Will's replacement is
 already in place in the shape of Phil Aiken, but we currently have no Chief
 Race Official. Like those television game shows that lose their host, it is
 likely that a series of "guest presenters" will fill the role in the short
 term, but if anyone feels that this is a job that he or she might be
 prepared to undertake then please don't be shy in coming forward! Similarly
 if you feel that you could manage the "guest" role in one of our home
 fixtures in the forthcoming season.

 Mick Lane was 2nd over 40 home but times were slowed by the two Hs - heat
 and hills!
 1 A Stewart (Redhill) 71.57
 11 Mick Lane 81.00

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 16th July
 Sonia O'Sullivan put in another appearance but could "only" finish 2nd to
 Thames's Dave Symons. BPTT regular Stephen Instone took one more second off
 his course pb.
 1 D Symons (TH&H) 16.17
 5 Nick Wright 18.14
 7 Andy Bickerstaff 18.28
 8 Stephen Instone 18.37
 15 Darren Wood 19.33
 23 Alan Davidson 20.45
 28 Stephen Logue 21.26
 29 Adam Wright 21.26
 43 Alan Craig 25.01

 Last Saturday, new Ranelagh member Phil Killingley and three friends
 completed Trailwalker, all of them running the 63 mile ultra-marathon over
 the South Downs Way to raise money for Oxfam's projects in the developing
 world, and for the Gurkha welfare trust. The team finished 7th out of 340 in
 a time of 12h54, and were the first non-Gurkha team home.

 Phil is still raising money, and would be most grateful for any offers of
 sponsorship.  He can either be contacted by email:
 mailto:philipkillingley@hotmail.com OR donations can be made directly at:
 https://www.bmycharity.com/3menandamanagementconsultant by clicking on "Make
 a donation".

 These are two miles races held every Monday evening during the summer in
 Battersea Park, organised by the Sri Chinmoy club. John Pratt has finished
 as first over 60 in each of the four events held so far, recording a
 consistent series of 13.15, 13.20, 13.21 and 13.09. Jacqui Reid has run in
 three of them, improving each time with 14.36, 14.25 and 14.05. The series
 continues until August 8th, start time 7pm. Jacqui also ran in the Sri
 Chinmoy Saturday morning 10km on July 9th, recording 46.38.

 Alan Craig writes:
 "I would like to make some progress with tiling the women's shower and
 installing a new extractor fan over the summer to cause the minimum of

 I'd like to hear from anybody who would like to quote, help or knows local
 contractors who might want to quote to re-tile the women's shower and/or
 install a new extract system.

 I'd also like to explore what talents members have with regard to building
 works and willingness to help out or offer advice. One of the difficulties I
 have is arranging access for contractors, so it would be useful to have
 people who are available in the day now and then to let people into the
 clubhouse. Also, do we have any keen gardeners willing to improve what we
 have already, cut the grass etc?

 The next priority is to revamp the kitchen. Anybody willing to liase with
 Carol on this would be more than welcome.

 All offers of help will be appreciated! Contact me at

 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. The next few sessions
 for the fast group are shown below. More details are on our web site.

 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.

 Don't forget the Bushy Park Time Trial every Saturday morning at 9am. It's a
 timed 5km run on the cycle track and grass in Bushy Park, starting and
 finishing at the big car park by the Diana Fountain. All are welcome - no
 need to enter in advance, just turn up and run.

 Tuesday sessions
 19.7   7 x Queens Ride loops in pairs
 26.7   25 mins continuous relay around the "grassy triangle" at Sidmouth
 2.8    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 min efforts around the Park

 Congratulations to Lord Coe and the Olympic bid team for winning the right
 to stage the 2012 Games in London. It is perhaps only proper that the Games
 should come to Britain in that year for it marks the 400th anniversary of
 the first revival of the ancient Olympics - the Cotswold Olimpick Games held
 in Weston sub Edge in 1612. Never heard of them? Find out more at