**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 185 3 August 2005 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS * Wedding Day 7km - women's team and "mob match" wins * 2nd places for Marie Synnott-Wells in the Wedding Day race and Mick Lane at Elmore * One race to go in Ranelagh Road Grand Prix and Surrey Road League * Thomas Cup to take place on September 3rd SEE HERE ************* BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL Saturday 6th August 9am in Bushy Park It's a special one this week - we are promised bubbly and birthday cake to celebrate John Hanscomb's 70th birthday. Many happy returns John! John is also hosting an afternoon birthday party at the Hawker centre from 2pm to 6pm and would be pleased to see anyone who can make it. MILLAND VALLEY TRAIL RACES Sunday 7th August at Milland, nr Liphook A few intrepid RH are planning to visit this scenic off-road event in West Sussex. There's a 21km event at 10.30am or a 6 miler at 11.15am. Entries will be taken on the day. For more info see http://www.liss-runners.org.uk/17663.html. 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. See below for the current standings in these competitions. 125th SEASON OPENING RUN and THOMAS CUP HANDICAP Saturday 3rd September in Richmond Park This is the traditional start of our "winter" season. September 3rd seems unconscionably early but our preferred date two weeks later has been ruled out because the Park is being taken over for the London Duathlon. It would be great to see as many members as possible for the annual club photograph which will be at about 2.45pm. We hope then to have a 2 miles junior race at about 3pm before the main handicap race over 3.8 miles. All welcome! CABBAGE PATCH 10 MILES Sunday 16th October at Twickenham It seems a long way away yet, but entries are reportedly flooding in already and the limit seems likely to be reached well before the advertised closing date. So if you are thinking of running, get your entry in now. Details here: http://www.cabbagepatch10.com/Scripts/default.asp HORTON COUNTRY PARK RELAY Tuesday 9th August at 7.30pm. This is a relay for teams of four, each leg being 1.3 miles. If anybody is interested in taking part please contact Phil Aiken (details below). 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 ). Saturday August 6th Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Sunday August 7th Milland Valley trail races 10.30am at Milland nr Liphook. See above. Saturday August 13th Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Sunday August 14th Surrey 5km. 10am at Wimbledon. Ranelagh Grand Prix Race 10 and Surrey Road League event. See above. Saturday August 20th Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Saturday August 27th Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Saturday September 3rd 125th season Opening Run: club photo, junior race and Thomas Cup handicap from 2.45pm in Richmond Park. See above. Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Saturday September 10th Surrey Road Relays for men and women at Wimbledon Park from 12 noon. Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start CANCER RESEARCH RACES - HELP REQUESTED Bev Ali writes: "Cancer Research is holding a series of 10k races for fund raising later in the summer/autumn. If you would like to help the cause but are weary of asking your friends to sponsor you yet again, why not volunteer to help make the event run smoothly so that others can pester their friends and relations! Hampton Court will be the venue for one of the races on Sunday 4th September, and I would like to enlist a group of at least 20 helpers to give them a hand. The day would start at 9:30 am and likely finish sometime after 1 pm. High vis gear and 'snacks' will be provided. Events like this are usually quite rewarding to help at, and no special skills would be required. Please contact me, Bev at email@example.com if you would like to help - or give me your name in person on a Tuesday night". RANELAGH ROAD GRAND PRIX 2005 ********************************************** With only one event still to come the destinations of most of the trophies are already decided. The only question marks are over the Open category where Marcus Gohar could be overhauled by Nathan Mills and the women's over 50 section where Corinne Bishop has just four points over Kathy Mallett. No less than 124 Ranelagh Harriers have competed in at least one of the nine races so far, which I believe must be a record. There is a full score sheet on our web site at http://www.ranelagh-harriers.com/gp.html. Here's the leader board: Open Marcus Gohar 61 Nathan Mills 52 Paul Doyle 48 Marie Synnott-Wells 43 Stephen Whitehead 40 Trevor Maguire 37 Dave Powell 34 Stephen Instone 25 Noel Stoddart 24 Mark Middleton 22 Men Over 40 Marcus Gohar 35 Chris Read 17 Simon Lawrence 17 Stephen Logue 17 Mick Lane 11 Clive Naish 8 Men Over 50 Dave Powell 40 Mike Peace 30 Stephen Instone 24 Pete Warren 21 Chris Owens 12 Alan Craig 10 Women Marie Synnott-Wells 34 Anna McLaughlin 19 Anna-Maria Plaza 12 Kathy Mallett 11 Liz Kipling 10 Karen Broadbent 10 Women Over 40 Marie Synnott-Wells 36 Janet Turnes 21 Sonia Rowland 10 Teresa Segovia 8 Michele Gibson 8 Women Over 50 Corinne Bishop 22 Kathy Mallett 18 Pat Hewlett 9 Frances Ratchford 6 Celia Beverly 6 SURREY ROAD LEAGUE 2005 ************************************ This competition too has just the one race to come - the Surrey 5km at Wimbledon. Team-wise, Belgrave seem to be in the driving seat in the men's competition, though SLH could still snatch the title. We are safely ensconced in 3rd place and seem certain to remain in that position. The women's table shows Stragglers with a clear lead over Ranelagh at the moment, but if we can win the team event at the 5km then we would overhaul them - so there's everything to run for! In the individual reckoning, Paul Doyle will take the men's title unless SLH's Stuart Major wins at Wimbledon. Anna McLaughlin stands in second place in the women's competition behind Becky McNicholas of Herne Hill. Anna's only realistic hope of moving into the top position will be if McNicholas misses the final race. The men's over 40 section looks like a showdown in the final fixture between Marcus Gohar and Chris Phelan of SLH, but the men's over 60 title will almost certainly go to Pete Warren provided he runs the final race. Similarly Marie Synnott-Wells will probably win the women's over 35 title if she runs at Wimbledon. WHAT'S HAPPENED... **************************** ELMBRIDGE 10km Sunday 23rd July at Walton Times were generally good as everyone revelled in the first cool and damp morning for weeks, though conditions were still quite humid. Belgrave were out in force, providing the first three home. Paul Doyle finished a solid 5th: "I ran the first half of the race very slowly and left myself too much to do, although it wasn't a particularly bad run. The official result has me one second behind Stuart Major". Behind Paul there were some very encouraging performances, especially from Mark Middleton who ran a personal best 34.10. Another relative newcomer Nathan Mills also broke new ground with 36.38 while the old hands Marcus Gohar and Chris Owens showed they were still capable of mixing it. Marcus was 5th over 40 home and Chris was the leading over 50. Steve Whitehead finished a few seconds ahead of Marcus, Andrew McLauchlan a few seconds behind Chris. Marie Synnott-Wells was the 5th woman home and second veteran. Dave Powell's 38.30 earned him 3rd place amongst the over 50s and Chris Read was delighted to crack the 40 minutes barrier for the first time at the age of 41. WEDDING DAY 7km Friday 29th July in Bushy Park We had 47 finishers in this year's Wedding Day race, and after several years of near misses we finally won the Father Onn trophy for the club with the greatest number of finishers. Apparently we won by one runner! Well done all. It was great to see so many Ranelagh vests on parade. There was also a trophy for our women's team of Marie Synnott-Wells, Liz Kipling and Clare Gutch who won the "Added Value Vase". Marie was 2nd overall but leading veteran and Liz, though 5th overall, was rewarded with the prize for the second senior, three of those ahead of her being vets. The men's team race was four to score and our leading quartet were not far off making it a double team win. But in the end they fell 13 points short of Thames Hare and Hounds. Noel Stoddart led the team with another strong run, half a minute clear of Steve Whitehead. The fast-improving Nathan Mills was next, getting the better of Marcus Gohar for the first time. Adam Tapley supported the team effort close behind Marcus, and these two were 5th and 6th amongst the over 40s. Dave Powell was 3rd over 50 home and Kathy Mallett 2nd over 45. It was good to see Kevin Jacques and Keith Firkin returning from injury and there was a surprise for some older members in the shape of Ian "Fossie" Foster, who hasn't been seen in a race for the best part of 20 years but got round the course in good order. Hopefully we'll see some more of him. Unfortunately not many of our prize winners were present at the presentation, leaving the obliging Ken Powley to stagger home with bottles of wine, vouchers, plaques and trophies. SUMMER EVENING 10km Wednesday 13th July at Reigate Mick Lane was 2nd over 40 on one of those courses euphemistically described as "undulating". 1 A Moses (Reigate P) 34.02 8 Mick Lane 36.58 ELMORE 7 MILES Saturday 16th July. Another good road run from Mick Lane. He writes: "I didn't fancy another dose of heat and hills after High Wycombe the week before, so I wasn't going to run Elmore. However, I'd booked the afternoon off specially and anything had to be better than being at work! The final mile was quite eventful as I caught up first one, and then another, of the leading bunch of three. With only Chris Phelan (SLH) left in front we entered the final 400. The lead motorcycle had pulled over and Chris had to navigate the final stretch on his own. However, he took the wrong final left turn and ended up in someone's front garden in the kid's paddling pool! Just in time he managed to turn round, re-join the correct route and reach the line in front. Oh well....... One of the most obvious but nonetheless useful pieces of advice anyone has ever given me about racing is, when racing on a new course for the first time, warm up over the last half mile, rather than the first, since that is where the race is frequently won or lost". Pete Warren was 3rd over 60. 1 C Phelan (SLH) 40.29 2 Mick Lane 40.39 24 Clive Beauvais 46.09 92 Pete Warren 52.48 189 John Hanscomb 64.44 193 Corinne Bishop 65.32 204 Alan Meaden 66.45 225 David Meaden 70.01 235 David Rowntree 71.19 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 23rd July Stephen Instone reports on yet another course pb, pulled around by Gordon Whitson on a flying visit from Athens : "Graeco Gordon enthralled the crowd in Bushy Park on Saturday. Easing past silly Steve Instone after half a mile by the playground, to the sound of hysterical cries from child spectators at the sight of such a muscular Hellene leading the lad with the limp, wily Whitson held on to his advantage to wipe out at last those tormenting memories of that crushing defeat inflicted on him by the limper last century in the Chigwell 10. Although the man from Athens claimed afterwards he could have run about a minute faster, many were left wondering why in that case he hadn't, and judging from how many Rice Krispies and slices of toast were needed to bring him round afterwards before slumping onto a sofa to watch the Test Match, it was clear that to gain this famous victory he had pushed himself, like Lance Armstrong, to the very limits of human endeavour". 1 R Reeder (Stragglers) 16.43 4 Gordon Whitson 18.21 5 Stephen Instone 18.28 6 Duncan Gaskell 18.32 17 Darren Wood 20.11 18 Chris Hunton 20.15 24 Alan Davidson 20.31 32 Joanne Muirlittle 22.32 33 Dympna McNally 22.43 35 Jo Turner 22.53 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 30th July Darren Wood evidently hadn't seen enough of Bushy Park in the Wedding Day race the night before and, well warmed up, he missed his BPTT personal best by only six seconds. Darren also holds a convincing lead in the new BPTT points table, ahead of Stephen Instone. 1 J Storms (Unatt) 17.27 5 Darren Wood 19.32 6 Chris Read 19.38 23 Adam Wright 22.16 26 John Hanscomb 26.46 27 Gill Wilson 27.34 RON WHEELER 2.8 miles handicap Wednesday 29th June at Wapping 1 A Barnes (Bk of Eng) 12.54 (actual time 19.24) 6 Chris Read 15.36 (actual time 20.36) LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5Km Friday 29th July in Hyde Park 1 E Macrae (Belgrave) 15.21 90 Alan Davidson 20.05 101 Pete Warren 20.22 228 John Hanscomb 26.51 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap Wednesday 3rd August at Woking 1 A Del Giudice (Craw) 25.13 (actual time 18.13) 22 Sonia Rowland 28.01 (actual time 21.31) EDINBURGH MARATHON Sunday 12th June 1 Z Kihara (Kenya) 2.15.26 134 Iain Wilson 3.05.29 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. 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 9.8 4 x Pen Ponds & White Lodge loop (1.2 miles) 16.8 7 x Queens Ride loop in pairs FINALLY "I always loved running...it was something you could do by yourself and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs". Jesse Owens.