Newsdesk 2005

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 186               19 August 2005
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com
 *  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
 *  Ranelagh Road GP double victories for Marie Synnott-Wells and Marcus
 *  ...and wins for Dave Powell and Corinne Bishop
 *  Thomas Cup handicap and Opening Run Party on Saturday September 3rd

 ...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.

 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". 

 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".

 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.

 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:

 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
 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
 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 work began on Thursday 18th August, and the showers will be out of
 operation until Saturday 27th August.

 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 August 27th           Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am

 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. 

 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)". 

 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:
 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
 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 

 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

 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). 

 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 1 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 

 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

 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 

 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

 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!" 

 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.

 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. 

 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!"