**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 186 19 August 2005 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS * Surrey 5km road championship golds for Jo Ronaldson and our women's team * Bronze medal for Paul Doyle * Surrey Road League wins for our women's team, Paul Doyle and Anna McLaughlin * Ranelagh Road GP double victories for Marie Synnott-Wells and Marcus Gohar... * ...and wins for Dave Powell and Corinne Bishop * Thomas Cup handicap and Opening Run Party on Saturday September 3rd WELCOME... **************** ...to the following new members: Bridget Hunt, Anna-Maria Plaza, Lucy Edmunds, Eve Edmunds, Nicola Wallington, Gill Clay-Jones, Lorraine Clifton, Anne-Marie Rowson, Linda Gore, Adam Wright, Nik Wright, Niall O'Connor, Rob Spears, John Atkinson. BREAK-IN ************ Robin Drummond writes: "Sad to report that the clubhouse suffered a break-in on Thursday 4th August while club members were out training. They did a really thorough demolition job on the door smashing the numeric lock to bits and breaking the bottom of the door. Everything was in the safe bar two mobiles and some house keys so that wasn't so bad but they took the tea moneybox and tried to take the TV by wrenching it off the wall". Clubhouse manager Alan Craig adds: "For the time being the door is to be secured with two mortice locks. I met a contractor at the club yesterday and he recommends a Secure by Design door and frame which is the norm for newly-built properties. To improve security further it is proposed to have the door opening outwards which would make it easier getting in and out of the club". SEE HERE ************* 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. The handicap race over 3.8 miles will follow. All welcome! OPENING RUN PARTY Saturday 3rd September Marina Quayle writes: "Julie and Robin Drummond have kindly offered to have a party at their house on Saturday 3rd September to celebrate the Opening Run. The party will begin at 5pm which will allow runners to have a cup of tea (or a pint!) and shower before turning up to the party. We will be asking everybody to bring food and drink. Julie and Robin's address is 1 Church Road in Hampton. Everybody is welcome of course, including those not running". SURREY AND SOUTHERN ROAD RELAYS The Surrey event is on Saturday 10th September at Wimbledon Park, starting at 1pm. There are senior, over 40 and over 50 races for men and senior and over 35 events for women. The senior men's race is over 6 stages of about 3 miles and all the other events are over four stages. The Southern will be as usual at Rushmoor Arena at Aldershot. The men's races are on Saturday 24th September and include senior, over 40, over 50 and over 60 categories. The women's races are on Sunday 25th September and include just senior and over 35 categories. As in the Surreys, all races are over four stages except for the senior men's which is over six. Would anyone who would like to run and hasn't already been contacted please get in touch with one of the Captains: contact details can be found in "What's Coming" below. BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL On the 1st of October the BPTT will be one year old. Congratulations and thanks to Paul Sinton-Hewitt for all his hard work and enthusiasm in making this event such a success. Paul writes: "To mark the BPTT Anniversary we will be rewarding a number of you for consistency, performance, attendance, improvement, enthusiasm and a host of other categories. The proceedings will begin as usual with the time trial followed by a short but fun-filled celebration after the last runner is home. Put the 1st October in your diary NOW and let's see you down there for the celebration. It will be a 'Bring and Share': if everyone brings one item, a tart, a couple of scones, flask of coffee, orange juice or whatever you fancy, then we can make a bit of a party of the event". For those who haven't yet tried the BPTT, it's a timed 5km run every Saturday morning at 9am. The start and finish are at the Diana Fountain car park in Bushy Park. Everyone is welcome - no need to enter in advance, just turn up. CABBAGE PATCH 10 MILES Sunday 16th October at Twickenham Another reminder that the entry limit will be reached well before the closing date, so get your entries in early. Details here: http://www.cabbagepatch10.com/Scripts/default.asp. BUILDING FUND DRAW Peter Trainor writes: "Could I request those who haven't yet paid up for this season's Building Fund Draws to send their £10 payment to me at: Peter Trainor 30 Hatch Place Kingston upon Thames Surrey KT2 5NB Cheques should be made payable to: Ranelagh Harriers Building Fund. New members welcome, and to be encouraged! Any who prefer instead to pay by bank transfer may contact me by phone for details: 020 8541 3579 until 16 Aug 2005 01946 861691 from 17 Aug 2005 07714 203498 mobile any time, but I'll not always be in reception areas. Texts may help. Traditionally we hold the first Draw of the season at the Opening Run, which is to be on September 3rd. It is desirable therefore that payments reach me by 31 Aug 2005, so that I may organise the paperwork and set-up the Draw". RE-TILING THE WOMEN'S SHOWERS Re-tiling work began on Thursday 18th August, and the showers will be out of operation until Saturday 27th August. 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 27th Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Saturday September 3rd 125th season Opening Run: club photo 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 1pm. Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Saturday September 17th Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Saturday September 24th Southern Road Relays (men) at Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot from 12 noon. Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start Sunday September 25th Southern Road Relays (women) at Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot at 3.30pm. FOUNDERS' CHALLENGE Peter Saw writes: "This year's event is scheduled for Sunday 23rd October. It's a twenty six mile ramble through the Surrey Hills and is recommended for ALL endurance athletes. Full information including an entry form is available on the LDWA London Group website (www.ldwa.org.uk)". RANELAGH ROAD GRAND PRIX 2005 ********************************************** The 2005 GP reached its conclusion with the Wimbledon 5km and there were no late changes of position. Marcus Gohar and Marie Synnott-Wells both secured "doubles" and the other winners were Dave Powell and Corinne Bishop. 127 club members competed in at least one of the ten races, which statsman Ken confirms is a record for the Ranelagh Grand Prix. Well done everybody! There is a full score sheet on our web site. Here's the leader board: Open Marcus Gohar 72 Paul Doyle 60 Nathan Mills 52 Marie Synnott-Wells 43 Stephen Whitehead 40 Trevor Maguire 37 Dave Powell 34 Anna McLaughlin 28 Stephen Instone 27 Phil Aiken 27 Noel Stoddart 24 Pate Warren 23 Mike Peace 23 Men Over 40 Marcus Gohar 41 Chris Read 22 Simon Lawrence 21 Stephen Logue 20 Mick Lane 11 Clive Naish 8 Men Over 50 Dave Powell 40 Mike Peace 34 Stephen Instone 29 Pete Warren 24 Chris Owens 18 Alan Craig 10 John Hanscomb 10 Women Marie Synnott-Wells 34 Anna McLaughlin 24 Liz Kipling 13 Jo Ronaldson 12 Anna-Maria Plaza 12 Kathy Mallett 11 Karen Broadbent 11 Janet Turnes 8 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 ************************************ The Surrey 5km at Wimbledon was the climax of this competition too and it turned out to be a day of mixed fortunes for Ranelagh. The women's team once again came away with top honours after dominating the race. Maximum points on the day leapfrogged them past Stragglers to a two-point victory. The men's team, as expected, retained a solid third place overall. Individually, Paul Doyle retained his title in the men's competition and Anna McLaughlin shared the women's with Tilly Heaton of Belgrave. But there was no luck for Marcus Gohar and Pete Warren who were pipped at the post in the men's over 40 and over 60 categories respectively. Both finished with the same number of points as their leading opponent but lost out on the countback which involves counting scores in all five League races (rather then the best four results included in the main scoring). WHAT'S HAPPENED... **************************** SURREY 5km Sunday 14th August in Wimbledon This race is gradually increasing in popularity despite its keeping a very low profile, and well over 200 finished this year. It is the final event in the Surrey Road League and of our own road Grand Prix series. The course had been re-measured and apparently slightly lengthened from previous years. At the head of the proceedings the Belgrave men were out in strength to ensure they would take away the League title, while Ranelagh were doing the same amongst the women. Jo Ronaldson, Anna McLaughlin, Alice Beverly and Liz Kipling finished 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th to secure the team victory on the day and move to the top of the League table. As this was also the Surrey 5km championship they easily took the team title, and with the overall winner being not Surrey-qualified Jo and Anna won individual gold and bronze. There was a Surrey bronze medal too for Paul Doyle who put in another fine effort in the men's race. MILLAND VALLEY TRAIL RACES Sunday 7th August at Milland, nr Liphook From the Liss Runners web site: "There were a record number of entries at the Liss Runners annual open race. The event attracted 380 runners from around the South East of England. The event has quickly gained a reputation as one of the toughest in the area. The race route is along tracks, paths and lanes skirting the village of Milland and features several hills including one of the highest hills in the area, Older Hill, near Redford towards the finish. Ronnie Adams of Portsmouth Joggers made short work of the 13-mile course. He finished first just 1½ minutes short of the course record in 1h 22' 46", also winning the veterans category". 1 R Adams (Ports J) 1.22.07 11 Rob Stillwell 1.30.08 14 Chris Owens 1.31.22 25 Andy Bickerstaff 1.34.49 217 Tony Appleby 2.03.24 243 Tom Reay 2.07.59 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 6th August There was champagne and birthday cake to celebrate John Hanscomb's 70th birthday. Congratulations John! Mark Middleton's 16.43 in 2nd place put him 14th in the BPTT all-time list, but it wasn't to last long - see the next week's result below. 1 R Reeder (Stragglers) 16.22 2 Mark Middleton 16.43 5 Andy Bickerstaff 17.59 7 Gordon Whitson 18.06 12 Marc Snaith 18.51 13 Darren Wood 19.21 15 John Atkinson 19.32 17 Andrew Morris 20.02 27 Adam Wright 20.57 36 Alan Craig 23.25 37 Julie Drummond 24.42 38 John Hanscomb 25.54 41 Gill Wilson 26.30 42 Julie Naismith 27.53 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 13th August Duncan Bell made his first appearance and with a great 16.36 moved into 13th place in the all-time list, pushing Mark Middleton down one place. Rachel Rowan hacked over half a minute off her previous best to be first woman home and moved into 9th place in the women's all-time list. 1 N Pollock (Kent) 15.14 4 Duncan Bell 16.36 7 Nik Wright 18.02 12 John Atkinson 19.27 14 Darren Wood 19.36 18 Rachel Rowan 19.40 19 Andrew Morris 20.07 27 Wyn Williams 21.21 29 Roger Wilson 21.29 33 Sara Nakielny 22.17 35 Alan Craig 22.47 40 Luke Wilson 25.31 41 Gill Wilson 26.03 43 John Hanscomb 26.21 45 Julie Naismith 27.09 48 Paul Munting 28.10 SELF-TRANSCENDENCE SERIES These are two miles races held every Monday evening during the summer, organised by the Sri Chinmoy club. As reported in an earlier e-news, John Pratt finished as the leading over 60 in the first four events and repeated this in the fifth on July 18th with a time of 13.26. John missed the last three races but Ranelagh still provided the first over 60 in the July 25th race in the shape of Pete Warren, who recorded 12.55. Jacqui Reid ran 14.06 and 14.28 in those two events but reserved her best results for the final two races, in which she ran 14.00 on August 1st and 13.53 on August 8th. Jacqui also ran the Sri Chinmoy 10km on July 30th, finishing as 4th woman in 47.18. LONDON TRIATHLON Sunday 7th August at the Excel Centre, London Docklands Roger Wilson reports: "Inexplicably I managed a 10K PB of 44:08 at the London Triathlon on Sunday, somehow reducing my PB by over 3.5 mins in my first Olympic distance triathlon. Thanks to everyone who beats me at the Bushy Park Time Trial and other races!" Men's 45-49 (1.5km swim, T1, 40km bike, T2, 10km run) 1 S Donovan 2.16.26 (28.30, 4.53, 64.15, 2.26, 36.25) 28 Roger Wilson 2.32.19 (31.49, 3.59, 70.28, 1.57, 44.08) BEGINNERS' COURSE RUN 2.6 miles in Richmond Park Belatedly, here are the results from last month's beginners' course run over two laps of Sidmouth Wood. 1 Anne Baker 24.37 2 Julie Smith 27.40 3 Justine Panay 27.43 4 Bente Klitgaard 28.19 5 Anita Schubert 28.29 6 Fiona Bell 29.48 7 Eli Busby 30.05 8 Julia Crookham 30.09 9 Gerry Clark 30.29 10 Liz Everest 30.29 11 Linda Gore 30.56 12 Sue Gates 31.21 13 Verona Leahy 33.36 14 Christine Goodsell 33.53 One lap only 1 Amanda Clark 15.53 2 Pat Wall 15.54 3 Lisa Barnett 16.41 4 Lesley Darby 17.03 5 Hazel Morgan 19.39 SOUTH DOWNS WAY We have already briefly mentioned Phil Killingley's efforts in the "Trailwalker" 63 mile ultra-marathon over the South Downs Way last month. Here are the gory details from Phil: "This morning I had to walk crab-style down the stairs - the bannister supporting my whole body weight, my family looking on and sniggering. I'm normally such a spritely young lad - what had gone wrong? Admittedly, I'd just run a 63-mile ultra-marathon, but surely that couldn't have anything to do with it. At 7am on Saturday morning, the "Norfolk and Chance" team - Matt, Rick, Sam and Phil - stood shivering on the start line. Nothing to do with the tattooed paramilitaries and Gurkha regiment teams limbering up beside us. no: it was just cold. After a bizarre bagpipes rendition of some unrecognisable tune, we were off! Things looked ominous early on as several young gentlemen barged past us with heavy rucksacks. "Muppets", muttered Matt under his breath: as we prepared to execute our tortoise-beats-hare strategy. The team of paras ran 4-abreast to prevent any 'civvies' overtaking. And Sam had taken the "keep well hydrated" message a bit too far - needing seven pit stops in the first 9km. Our superb support team of Kathie, Louise, Alice and Mike waited at checkpoints every 10km. Their job: to prevent near certain death by giving us chairs, footbaths, fresh socks and malt loaves. But as the heat got hotter and the hills hillier, collecting degrading photos of the exhausted team was added to the list. After 50km, it was announced that we were the second non-Gurkha team! Grumpy 'Team Yellow' were just ahead, miffed that a bunch of young whippersnappers like us were hot on their heels. Then we overtook them. Staff began to cheer us in at the checkpoints. We turned down the curry at checkpoint 7 and pressed on. The last 20km were agony: footsore, aching, blistered and knackered. But then we reached Brighton Racecourse, running not stumbling, talking not mumbling, accelerating to a sprint through the final furlongs. The loudspeaker saluted us: '7th out of 340 teams! The first non-Gurkha team! In a time of 12 hours and 54 minutes: NORFOLK. AND. CHANCE!!!' And that bloody bagpiper was there again!" 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. 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. FINALLY *********** From Mel Watman's "Athletics International" report on the World Championships Marathon: "Note that Israel's Haile Satayin, who emigrated from Ethiopia in 1991, placed 21st in 2:17:26 after sticking with the lead group for over 25k. So what? He's 50 years old!"