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 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 188               7 September 2005
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com
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 HEADLINE NEWS
 *  Thomas Cup win for Juliette Chan
 *  Fastest times by Duncan Bell and Anna McLaughlin
 *  BPTT win for Sam Perkins
 *  Australian vest for Lauren Shelley
 *  Surrey Road Relays at Wimbledon Park on Saturday
 *  "Outlying Run" at Ranmore Common on Saturday 17th

 SEE HERE
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 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 course will be
 slightly shorter than in previous years owing to refurbishment work at the
 track and the start and finish will be near the bowling green (i.e. towards
 the end of the usual lap).

 After the race, tea and cakes can be found at Julian and Sarah Smith's house
 at 14b Lansdowne Road.

 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.

 There's still room for more runners so anyone who would like to run and
 hasn't already expressed an interest should get in touch with one of the
 Captains asap: contact details can be found in "What's Coming" below.

 THURSDAY TRAINING
 Robin Drummond writes:
 "My Thursday session won't happen on 8th September or 15th September owing
 to holidays but I wilI will be back for the 22nd".

 OUTLYING RUN  Saturday 17th September at Ranmore Common
 As there is nothing else besides the London Duathlon happening on Saturday
 17th, Clive Beauvais is organising an "outlying run" for anyone who fancies
 a sociable run on the North Downs. There will be 6 miles, 9 miles and 12
 miles options, all setting off at 2.30pm from Ranmore National Trust car
 park (200 yds from Ranmore church) near Dorking. All welcome.

 Clive adds:
 "No risk of getting lost - easy routes to follow, everyone will get a
 written route description of his / her chosen distance. Afterwards drink /
 food / general joviality at a nearby pub".

 Directions: M25 junction 9. Take A24 towards Dorking. At traffic lights just
 before Dorking turn right on A2003 signposted to Guildford (Ashcombe Road).
 After half a mile go straight on at a mini-roundabout to shortly reach a
 T-junction. Turn right (signposted Ranmore). Ranmore Common car park is
 three-quarters of a mile on your left.

 HANDICAPPER(S)
 Surprisingly enough we have had two candidates for the job and accordingly
 Niels Andersen and Mike Rowland are to become joint club handicappers.

 WHAT'S COMING...
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 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 September 10th    Surrey Road Relays for men and women at Wimbledon
 Park from 1pm.
                                          Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial
 5km. 9am start 

 Sunday September 11th      River Relay  Virginia Water to Ham. Mixed teams.

 Saturday September 17th    Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am start
                                          "Outlying Run" at Ranmore Common.
 2.30pm start. See above

 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.

 Saturday October 1st      Page Cup 5 miles handicap.  3pm start in Richmond Park 
   
                                          Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  
 5km. 9am start.    The first anniversary of the BPTT - see below. 

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL FIRST ANNIVERSARY
 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. There will be awards in a variety of categories
 and a short celebration after the run - please bring a little food and drink
 for a late alfresco breakfast.

 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
 Over 500 entries have already been received and it's likely that entries
 will close within the next week or two. So if you want to run, don't delay.
 Details here: http://www.cabbagepatch10.com/Scripts/default.asp.

 WHAT'S HAPPENED...
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 125th SEASON OPENING RUN and THOMAS CUP HANDICAP  Saturday 3rd September in
 Richmond Park
 Well, I suppose we were asking for trouble in starting our 125th "winter"
 season right at the very beginning of September. It was sweltering. The Park
 was heaving and not even Alan Hedger could find a parking spot at Pembroke
 Lodge. Ken Powley went out on Friday and cut back some of the bracken so
 that we could follow the course without hacking our way through with
 machetes. It's cross-country, Jim, but not as we know it.

 After Ken had executed the annual club photograph, a good field of 73 runners
 and one walker made their ways to the start. The designated walker was John
 Herries, just out of plaster from his latest op, but as others wilted in the
 heat he was joined by many more unofficial walkers before the afternoon was
 through.

 Two of the earlier starters, Lorraine Clifton and Karyn Cotcher, were never
 caught by the pursuing crowds, but both were competing as guests so were not
 in line for the Cup. This went to Juliette Chan who put in an excellent run
 to win her first club trophy. Less than 20 seconds behind Juliette it was a
 family affair for the minor places as Michael Beverly led home his daughter
 Anair, both nipping past Jim Forrest in the closing stages.

 Then came the deluge, with 25 home in the next minute and 16 in the minute
 after that. Amongst them came Duncan Bell, setting the day's fastest time in
 his first appearance in a club race. Not far behind him Mark Middleton and
 Mick Lane battled each other up the finishing straight for second and third
 fastest. There too was Anna McLaughlin with the women's fastest time, ahead
 of another newcomer Jenny Lloyd-Jones and Clare Gutch.

 Full marks to Roger and Gill Wilson who competed after their customary runs
 in the Bushy Park event in the morning and there were excellent performances
 from juniors Amelie Hunton and Rebecca Clayden.

 Back in the clubhouse presentations were made of the trophies and medals for
 the summer Road Grand Prix and the day concluded with an Opening Run party
 chez the Drummonds. Many thanks go to Robin and Julie for their generous
 hospitality.

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 3rd September
 Numbers topped 50 again despite the clash with the Thomas Cup reducing the
 number of Ranelagh competitors. There was a good performance from Sam
 Perkins who led the way, ducking under 17 minutes for the first time and
 moving into 20th place on the all-time list. A PB too for Chris Hunton.

 1 Sam Perkins 16.57
 3 Nick Wright 18.02
 9 Stephen Instone 18.50
 20 Darren Wood 20.08
 21 Chris Hunton 20.12
 28 Stephen Logue 20.41
 31 Adam Wright 21.07
 34 Roger Wilson 21.16
 45 Luke Wilson 24.40
 46 Evelyn Joslin 24.48
 48 Gill Wilson 25.23
 50 John Hanscomb 26.41

 HARLOW 10 MILES  Sunday 7th August
 1 B Hellmer (N&EB) 55.43
 57 Phil Aiken 66.41

 SPIRE 10 MILES   Sunday 4th September at Chesterfield
 1 R Harris (Rotherham) 55.10
 43 Phil Aiken 69.08

 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap  Wednesday 7th September at Woking
 1 L Kylie (Unatt) 25.14  (actual time 25.14)
 6 Sonia Rowland 26.32  (actual time 21.02)
 29 Alan Davidson 27.52  (actual time 18.52)
 30 Steve Rowland 28.10  (actual time 18.25)

 MORE NEWS FROM OZ
 Lauren Shelley writes:
 "I am having a good run at the moment and have been travelling around Oz and
 racing lots lately - Fremantle half marathon in June - 1:14:27; Gold Coast
 marathon (national champs) in July - 2nd 2:37:17; Sydney City to Surf in
 August - 3rd 49:02 14km; National XC champs in Adelaide -  6th (5th Aust)
 29:03 8km; Perth City to Surf the next day - 1st 42:33 12km.

 For now I'm spending the next few weeks at home thankfully, and getting some
 work done!  I am well and truly out of annual leave for now!  Then the
 travel starts again - I have been selected for my first Australian team, the
 World Half Marathon champs in Edmonton in October - so looking forward to
 that!  The half marathon seems to be my best distance so hoping to run well.
 Will be interesting to see who runs for the Brits as I raced several of the
 contenders earlier this year at the Bath half marathon.

 Finally I am currently 6th of 6 Australian women all with Commonwealth Games
 qualifying times for the marathon.  I have until late November to improve on
 my time so the plan is to run the Tokyo Womens' marathon in November -
 fingers crossed but I am really an outside chance.  And then a well-deserved
 rest!!

 That's the running news for now anyway - I will keep you posted re the
 Commonwealth Games!

 Great to hear the news from over there - hard to believe it's a year since I
 joined Ranelagh.  I'm enjoying seeing the details of the races I was there
 for last year (the Thomas Cup was my first club race!)".

 BUILDING FUND DRAW
 Winners of the draw at the Thomas Cup were: Celia Beverly (135), John
 Ricketts (56) and Pat Wakeford (34).

 If you'd like to join in it's only a tenner a year. Send a cheque payable to
 Ranelagh Harriers Building Fund to Peter Trainor at:
 30 Hatch Place
 Kingston upon Thames
 Surrey
 KT2 5NB

 TRAINING
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 Coaching for juniors is re-starting at the St Mary's College track on
 Saturday mornings at 10.30am. Contact Frances
 (mailto:grapevineproductions@compuserve.com) for details.

 Tuesday sessions continue year-round, 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 (but no sessions on
 September 8th and 15th).

 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.

 CONGRATULATIONS...
 ... to Janet Turnes whose pub "The Wych Elm" in Kingston won the pub section
 of the "Kingston in Bloom" competition and will now represent Kingston in
 the up-coming London event.

 FINALLY
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 "If you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to
 make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The
 body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But
 the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the
 mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired...You've
 always got to make the mind take over and keep going".
 George S. Patton, U.S. Army General and 1912 Olympian