**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 193 19 October 2005 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ********************* * Paul Doyle and Marie Synnott-Wells win club 10 miles championships at the Cabbage Patch 10 * Paul, Marie and Anna McLaughlin all in the top ten overall * Women's team second * Seven medal winners in the Surrey Veterans' Championships * 66.30 20km by David Benton * Junior Captains appointed * All runners needed for the Lee Cup mob match v Orion Harriers on Saturday * First Junior Points Prize race on Saturday SEE HERE ************* MOB MATCH v ORION HARRIERS Saturday 22nd October in Richmond Park A word of explanation for the newcomers: mob matches are "all hands on deck" jobs. Only two clubs take part and each side fields as many runners as possible. All finishers count towards the final result. It's 7.5 miles starting at 2.30pm and we need everybody we can get, male or female, fast or slow. Orion are planning to bring a coachload of 50 or more so we must try to match that at least. If you don't fancy a hard race just treat it as a training run - you'll still count. The Lee Cup is the reward for the winning club and the race also incorporates Ranelagh's men's veterans championships: the Hastings Cup for the Over 40s, The McDowell Salver for the Over 50s and the Maslin Mug for the Over 60s. Noel Stoddart adds: "Afterwards Capt Andy is hoping we'll have a pint or two and while discussing it over a post-training champagne last night, we thought we might head to the Richmond and Twickenham Real Ale Festival at some point in the evening. It takes place at York House in Twickenham (the finish of the Cabbage Patch Race) and you can find more details on the said event plus a list of brews available at http://www.camra.org.uk/SHWebClass.ASP?WCI=ShowDoc&DocID=12066". NATIONAL ROAD RELAYS Saturday 22nd October in Sutton Park, Birmingham Excused from the mob match are our women's teams running in the National Road Relay Championships on Saturday. Best of luck to them! JUNIOR CAPTAINS Captains and Vice Captains have been appointed for the boys' and girls' junior sections of the club as follows: Boys: Dan Jermy (Capt) and Matt Hirschler (VC) Girls: Rebecca Clayden (Capt) and Victoria Elbourne (VC) Congratulations! JUNIOR POINTS PRIZE RACES This is a series of four races in Richmond Park with prizes for the overall points winners in each age group. All under 17s are welcome. The first event will be before the mob match at 2pm this Saturday. CHRISTMAS PARTY Friday 9th December Last year's great party at the Turk's Head in St Margaret's is to be repeated on 9th December. More details to follow but put the date in your diary now! CLUB KIT Evelyn Joslin writes: "You may have seen the club long sleeved technical t-shirts and winter training jackets that some of us have been wearing and wondering how to get them! These are not carried as part of the basic kit stock, but will be available to order on a "one-off basis" this month. Technical T-shirts High performance 'micropore' polyester for maximum breathability and low moisture retention, again blue with the club logo/name silk printed in gold on the front. Available with short (£16) and long sleeves (£18). Sizes from 26" up to 44" in 2" increments. Winter training Jackets Ideal for pre- and post-race wear or training in cooler conditions. Soft peach finish polyester fabric with Teflon treatment to enhance durability with the Ranelagh logo printed across the back (in blue on yellow). Stain Resistant * Rain Resistant * 2 large pockets * 360° Scotchlite Reflective Tape * £40 * Sizes from XS (34") to XL (42"). I will be placing the order at the end of October, so if you are interested in either of these special order club items and haven't already signed up, please email me on email@example.com for full details. Regular stock items such as club vests, cotton t-shirts and sweatshirts etc. remain available in stock". 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 22nd October Mob match v Orion Harriers, incl men's club veterans championships. 7.5m in Richmond Pk. 2.30pm start. Junior Points Prize 2km Race 1 in Richmond Park. 2pm start. Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start. Saturday 29th October Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start. Saturday 5th November Priory Relays (men and women) at Reigate from 2pm. Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start. Saturday 12th November South of the Thames 5 miles Championship at Croydon 5 miles starting at 2.30pm Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start. PRIORY RELAYS and SOUTH of the THAMES CHAMPIONSHIPS The Priory race at Reigate on November 5th is a six stage relay for men and a four-stage for women, both using the same lap which is about 2.5 miles. The South of the Thames one week later is an open 5 miles race in Lloyd Park, Croydon, with team competitions for both men and women. For the men this race will provide the opportunity for a preview of the course to be used for the third Surrey League race in January. Anyone is welcome to run in either or both events - please contact Andy or Anna if you are interested. FOUNDER'S CHALLENGE Sunday 23rd October at Peaslake This is a 26 mile challenge event in the Surrey Hills, walking or running, organised by the Long Distance Walkers' Association. More details from the LDWA London group web site at http://www.dasha.demon.co.uk/Founders.htm. WHAT'S HAPPENED... **************************** CABBAGE PATCH 10 miles Sunday 16th October at Twickenham A £600 cash prize for the winners ensured there would be a strong field at the front. Sub 52 minutes was required just to make the top seven, which is quite unusual these days. Paul Doyle was a little short of training and a fair bit slower than last year but made it into the prize list in 10th place. He will be rewarded with the Callis Cup club 10 miles championship. Grant Lemke and Adam Tapley were the only other Ranelagh men inside the top hundred in the massive field of over 1200. Paul's performance was topped in the women's race by Marie Synnott-Wells whose 60.59 personal best brought her home in 6th place and also moves her into joint 6th place in the Ranelagh all-time ranking list. Anna McLaughlin was not out to race hard after her Great South Run efforts but ended up only a few seconds slower than seven days earlier in 10th place. There was another PB for Clare Gutch in 26th place and as a team this trio finished runners-up to Serpentine. It was good to see 44 Ranelagh names in the results. The final word goes to Roger Wilson: "I only have one question - even if you are a slow runner, do you get a bit faster by putting in the miles? Hope the answer is yes". SURREY COUNTY VETERANS' CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 15th October in Richmond Park As usual we hosted this event, though we had relatively few actually taking part - the Cabbage Patch the next day being a strong counter-attraction. Nevertheless, Ranelagh runners did come away with a hatful of medals though none of them were of the brightest hue. All but one, indeed, were bronzes. Our solitary silver medallist was Pete Warren in the M65 class and he also picked up one of those bronzes in the M60 team race along with Martin Clark and Jim Forrest. Martin was also 3rd amongst the M65s. Chris Owens finished 3rd in the M50 class and Margaret Auerback did the same in the W55s. Margaret joined Sonia Rowland and Michele Gibson in taking yet another bronze in the W45 team event. Near misses were recorded by our leading finishers in the men's and women's races, Mick Lane (4th M45) and Sandra Foot (4th W35). BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 15th October Numbers continue to hold up well, with 64 on the starting line this week, but unusually there were no pbs amongst the Ranelagh contingent. 1 D Symons (TH&H) 16.29 3 Sam Perkins 17.07 8 John Atkinson 18.18 10 Marc Snaith 18.42 16 Darren Wood 19.49 19 Jamie Taylor-Caldwell 20.15 21 Chris Camacho 20.25 33 Chris Wright 21.50 46 Anna-Maria Plaza 24.33 47 Kerrie O'Connor 24.34 52 John Herries 26.19 55 Luke Wilson 26.32 56 Wally Garrod 27.12 57 Janet Turnes 27.30 58 Julie Naismith 28.48 59 Julie Drummond 28.49 PARIS 20km Sunday 16th October David Benton reports: "For my last race before my end of season break, I decided to do the Paris 20km. This is one of three major 'mass participation' races in the capital (Paris Marathon and Paris-Versailles being the others) and had the added advantage of starting just 5mins jog from our apartment. The first half of the course takes in the Bois de Boulogne and the second half runs along the quais of the Seine, before finishing at the Tour Eiffel. 19,999 other people thought it would be a good event to do as well! My aim was to run around 66-67mins, which I reckoned was worth a 70min half marathon - a reasonable assessment of current fitness after a summer spent recovering from long distance duathlons. Soon after the start, I got in a good group with 4 other guys, knocking out kilometres in 3:15 - 3:20. We got to halfway in 32:45 - fast, but not suicidal, and I focused on staying in contact with the group. Around 12km I got dropped and quickly lost 10-15 metres. However, after another kilometre, I realised the gap wasn't growing, and I made a conscious decision to close it. The power of positive thinking proved itself, and I bridged the gap immediately. We went through 16km in just under 53mins (where would that have put me in the Cabbage Patch?), with me still grimly hanging on to the group - perhaps it's thanks to all the bike training, teaching you never to lose contact with the wheel in front of you! Finally lost contact for good just after 17km, leaving a tough run in to the finish. Finished 38th in 66:30, which was pretty much 'mission accomplished'. Now for a few easy weeks, then back into training to help with the cross country promotion campaign". ABINGDON MARATHON Sunday 16th October Tim Woolmer writes: "My time was 3:35:27.......this delighted and surprised me, and may perhaps do wonders for my Ranelagh M60 rating. Very much recommend the Abingdon....well organised, flat and fast". Indeed, Tim's time takes him up to third place in Ranelagh's M60 rankings. 1 C Paton (Army) 2.40.13 241 Tim Woolmer 3.35.27 501 Tom Reay 4.14.47 SURREY CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE DIVISION 2 Saturday 8th October on Epsom Downs The full results have now appeared, allowing us to recast the team scoring to include our "Virtual B team". So here are the entirely unofficial team results: 1 Ranelagh A 170 2 Stragglers 315 3 Dulwich Runners 397 4 Croydon 490 5 Striders of Croydon 535 6 Hercules Wimbledon 573 7 Epsom & Ewell 596 8 Ranelagh B 606 9 British Airways 649 10 West 4 719 So a good start for our Bs, ahead of two clubs and not far behind several others. Both the A and the B team need to keep the pressure up. Remember it's ten to score for each so we need a minimum of twenty runners in each race. Next fixture is in Richmond Park (Kingston Gate end) on November 19th. SURREY LADIES CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE Saturday 8th October on Wimbledon Common The result of the combined Under 17 / Under 20 race has finally appeared. Our one-woman team Emily Ball finished in 8th place, ahead of two other one-woman teams! 1 Z Shannon (D&MV) 18.56 12 Emily Ball 24.27 FINALLY... For a whole new slant on Richmond Park: http://davidicke.www.50megs.com/icke/magazine/vol7/richmond.html.