**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 195 16 November 2005 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ********************* * South of the Thames title for our women's team * Individual gold for Marie Synnott-Wells * Men's team 12th * League races this Saturday, Thames mob match next week * Don't forget to book for the Christmas party SEE HERE ************* IMPORTANT RACES COMING UP!! It's been a fairly quiet couple of weeks, but now we have two very important events on consecutive Saturdays. Surrey League On November 19th come the second Surrey League fixtures. We made a great start to the season with a win for the women in defence of their Division One title and a victory also for the men in their bid to win Division Two and regain their place in the top flight. On Saturday we have to aim to consolidate those positions. Once again the men and women have to go their separate ways, with the women's races in Priory Park at Reigate and the men's in Richmond Park at the Kingston Gate end. Here's a map of the Reigate venue: As usual the senior women's race comes first at 12.30pm followed by the U17s and U20s at 1.15pm and the U13s and U15s at 1.45pm. Organisers' instructions regarding parking are as follows: "Parking is available in the public car parks at Bell Street, Bancroft Road (multi storey) and Upper West Street. Do not park on the grass of Priory Park". Skipper Anna suggests keeping the cars to a minimum by meeting at the clubhouse at 10.15am and travelling together from there. Everyone is welcome to run - the more the merrier. At the men's fixture it's the juniors (U17s, U15s and U13s) all racing together first at 2.30pm followed by the seniors at 3pm. I'll assume you can find Kingston Gate without a map - but bear in mind that the car park there is quite small and will fill up quickly. Captain Bicks suggests meeting at the clubhouse at 2pm to jog down to Kingston Gate as a warm-up. It's ten to score for the team but remember that we are running an unofficial "virtual B team" too (they finished 8th, ahead of two clubs in the first race) so we need at least 20 runners on the starting line. Thames Mob Match and Supper On November 26th we have the season's second mob match. We made a good start in these competitions too, with a win against Orion Harriers last month. More than anything else we won that race due to weight of numbers and this is always the key factor in mob matches, where all finishers count towards the final result. Against Thames it will be even more important as they will almost certainly be stronger than us at the front of the field. But we had 64 runners against Orion and if we can match or better that we can win. Race hard or treat it as a training run as you choose, it's lots of RHs on the result sheet that's important. It's away from home this time, but only over on the other side of the A3 on Wimbledon Common, There's a car park adjacent to the pavilion just a couple of hundred metres up the A3 from Robin Hood Gate, or if that's full you can use Friars Avenue. Alternatively there will be cars leaving from our clubhouse at 1pm. The start is at 2.30pm and it's a one lap 7.5 miles around the Common. A Thames mob match is never complete without a supper afterwards and this will take place at the Albert Arms on Kingston Hill at about 6pm. Anyone who has attended one of these will attest that it will be a very convivial evening. Thames are flexible about numbers but would welcome a rough idea of how many are likely to attend. So if you are planning to be there, please let Andy Bickerstaff know (contact details below). CHRISTMAS PARTY Friday 9th December at the Turk's Head in St Margaret's Jo Turner writes: "The time has come to choose food for our Xmas bash. The cost is £25 and covers a 3 course meal as well as a DJ. The bar is to be open until 1am so we can have longer to dance and get merry! All orders need to go by email to Marina Quayle (mailto:email@example.com) or there are paper forms to be filled in at the clubhouse. Please make all cheques payable to 'Ranelagh Harriers' and we need payment by 1st December. Thanks for your support and cooperation in advance". STARTER 1. spicy pumpkin soup 2. scallops and smoked streaky bacon skewers 3. blue swimmer crab and crayfish thermadore tartlet MAIN 1. turkey parcel with fullers stuffing 2. braised ham hocks 3. roasted artichoke heart risotto 4. roasted vegetable and cheese wellington PUD 1. christmas pudding cheesecake 2. selection of cheese and biscuits 3. dessert trio (cheesecake, yule log, sorbet ) 4. crème brulee ********************* 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 19th November Surrey Ladies League at Priory Park, Reigate. Senior race at 12.30pm, followed by junior races. Men's Surrey League Division 2 in Richmond Park (Kingston Gate). Juniors at 2.30pm, seniors at 3pm. Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start. Saturday 26th November Mob Match v Thames H&H on Wimbledon Common (Roehampton Vale). 7.5 miles starting at 2.30pm. Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start. Junior Points Prize Race 2 in Richmond Park (Sidmouth Wood). 2km starting at 2pm. Saturday 3rd December Dysart Cup women's team race in Richmond Park, including club women's championships: seniors for the Hugh Jones Salver, vets over 40 for Trish's Trophy. 4 miles starting at 2pm. Ellis Cup men's team race in Richmond Park. 5 miles starting at 2.30pm. Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start WHAT'S HAPPENED... **************************** SOUTH OF THE THAMES 5 MILES CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday 12th November at Lloyd Park, Croydon Anna McLaughlin reports: "Saturday saw the first of the two South of the Thames Championship races, this one being the 5 mile version over the challenging terrain of Lloyd Park. Being a mixed race meant that the start was a little busy and hairy (excuse the pun!) but his did not seem to deter Marie who from the start cantered off at a pace, closely followed (for the first few metres!) by myself, Yvonne Hill and Sandra Foot. Whilst the rest of us battled up the slopes and through the slippery mud Marie seem to skip over all the obstacles in the way to run a fantastic race, never letting go of the lead position to finish the clear ladies winner! In total this year there were 51 ladies in the race (out of a total of 220 runners) and on a very close count, we won the team Gold! Well done to everyone that ran!" We had a fairly small representation in the men's race, but led by Peter Weir they all finished in the top half of the field and recorded a creditable 12th place out of 32 teams closing in. BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 29th October 82 runners this week, the best so far excluding the first anniversary race. Biggest PB of the day was a 2.11 improvement by John Herries, on the comeback trail from his latest op. 1 E Dunleavy (Sligo) 16.10 5 John Atkinson 18.25 6 Marc Snaith 18.37 9 Darren Wood 18.48 13 John Herries 19.14 14 Steve Rowland 19.15 16 Stephen Instone 19.22 20 Clare Gutch 19.51 25 Chris Camacho 20.18 31 Kerry McLoughlin 21.02 35 Adam Wright 21.19 36 Chris Read 21.20 38 Yvonne Hill 21.26 43 Tim Woolmer 21.51 46 Martin Clark 22.12 55 Jo Turner 23.17 59 Chris Hunton 23.27 60 Amelie Hunton 23.28 61 Michael Brandon 23.35 73 Wally Garrod 26.00 79 John Hanscomb 27.09 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 5th November Another jump in numbers, with nearly one hundred finishing this week. Darren Wood celebrated his return to the top of the weekly points table by hacking 23 seconds off his previous fastest time to finish in 5th place hot on John Atkinson's heels. But Darren was only one of several who set PBs by similar margins, including Jamie Taylor-Caldwell, Clare Gutch, Kerry McLoughlin, Yvonne Hill, Simon Burrell and Kerrie O'Connor. Clare won one of the special T-shirts for the biggest PB of the day. 1 D Cummins (W Water) 16.48 4 John Atkinson 18.12 5 Darren Wood 18.13 7 Marc Snaith 18.41 9 Jamie Taylor-Caldwell 18.56 13 Clare Gutch 19.23 16 Chris Read 19.44 23 Chris Camacho 20.12 24 Kerry McLoughlin 20.38 27 Alan Davidson 20.50 32 Yvonne Hill 21.08 33 Simon Burrell 21.09 37 Chris Wright 21.21 39 Roger Wilson 21.24 47 Lloyd Bridger 22.26 49 Chris Hunton 22.32 50 Sam Hunton 22.32 51 Alfie Purdue 22.41 55 Alan Craig 23.12 62 Kerrie O'Connor 23.41 64 Luke Wilson 24.25 73 Gill Wilson 25.00 79 Wally Garrod 25.41 84 Max Bridger 26.32 85 John Hanscomb 26.35 86 Holly Clemens 26.45 91 Bea Purdue 28.48 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 12th November Another fine morning and another big turnout, though again falling just short of three figures. Sam Perkins led the Ranelagh contingent but John Herries's continued return to fitness won him one of the coveted "I've got a big PB" T-shirts. 1 E Dunleavy (Sligo) 16.03 4 Sam Perkins 17.03 8 Mark Middleton 17.28 14 Nick Wright 18.36 15 John Herries 18.41 17 Darren Wood 18.51 20 Jamie Taylor-Caldwell 18.55 32 Chris Read 19.54 38 Andy Morris 20.30 47 Joss Moran 21.01 59 Amelie Hunton 21.44 60 Chris Hunton 21.45 62 Roger Wilson 21.51 64 Chris Wright 21.56 67 Adam Wright 22.26 73 Jo Turner 23.31 74 Evelyn Joslin 23.44 81 Gill Wilson 24.52 85 Becky Withycombe 25.25 86 Wally Garrod 25.30 94 John Hanscomb 26.57 HAMMERSMITH 5km Handicap Tuesday 25th October Alan Howard was the fastest over 65 with 23.23. LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km Friday 28th October at Hyde Park Mike Rowland writes: "You now have little chance of entering on the day. A few months ago, the Serpies began accepting entries by post. Now it's by far the most popular form of entry. On Friday just gone, there were only four places available for non-postal entries. Luckily, I arrived 40 minutes (!!!) before the start and grabbed one of the places. John Hanscomb arrived 15 minutes later and was too late. He ran anyway ....it's a public park after all..... but he didn't get a number". John adds: "I ran round in 27.15, ten seconds ahead of Dave Case of Ealing who has now now been fitted with a heart pacemaker. He also was unable to get a number". 1 S Farah (Newham&EB) 16.02 95 Alan Davidson 20.19 101 John Pratt 21.38 150 Mike Rowland 24.17 SRI CHINMOY 10km Saturday 29th October at Battersea Park 1 E Barnett (Unatt) 32.09 101 Jacqui Reid 52.00 SERPENTINE JEKYLL AND HYDE DUATHLON Sunday 30th October at Hyde Park Roger Wilson reports: "114 starters for a good event on a very warm day on closed roads in Hyde Park. We ran three laps of the Serpentine in all. The bike leg was eight laps with slight inclines, breeze and 180 degree turns at each end of South Carriage Drive, making it quite hard". 7.6k run / 20.8k bike / 4.2k run 1 P Coulson (Tri London) 72.24 (25:04 / 33:19 / 14:01) 51 Roger Wilson 91.08 (33.24 / 38.03 / 19.45) SURREY CLASSIC 10km Sunday 30th October at Oxshott 1 B Broe (Epsom & E) 35.09 212 Alan Meaden 55.59 226 Geoff Bell 57.59 238 David Meaden 60.02 255 Bev Ali 66.09 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap Wednesday 2nd November at Woking 1 S McAree (Unatt) 24.20 (actual time 24.20) 21 Alan Davidson 27.16 (actual time 18.31) 26 Steve Rowland 27.28 (actual time 17.43) 32 Sonia Rowland 28.35 (actual time 22.20) SURREY CLASSIC 10km Sunday 6th November at Oxshott 1 T Doran (Elmbridge) 34.28 107 Sara Nakielny 43.55 266 Alan Meaden 54.49 286 Geoff Bell 57.12 301 David Meaden 59.24 322 Bev Ali 64.56 MARLOW HALF MARATHON Sunday 6th November 1 O Jones (Southampton) 1.13.00 567 Annie Coates 1.57.20 825 George Coates 2.18.16 BRIDGES 2.3 miles Handicap Wednesday 9th November at Westminster John Hanscomb was the fastest over 70 in 20.15. EPSOM 10 MILES Sunday 13th November Bev Ali reports: "It was a case of famous last words! 'Look at that Pat, 8:50 and we are almost there, lots of time to get lost.' We circled the centre of Epsom for more than 30 minutes. Traffic was a bit thick - not helped by the apparent and unexplained closure of the M25 - and so was our driver. The race started promptly at 9:30. We found the start at about 9:42. We are obviously not accustomed to leading the pack, but it has been some time since we were dead last - but what a great choice of venue for it. We were cheered and guided by some of the most congenial marshals ever, and the timekeeper was still waiting for us at the end. The scenery was classic Surrey autumn colours and the weather was perfect. We finished after the race HQ had packed up and the prize giving was finished but I believe John Hanscomb won a second place medal for the Vets AC championships. Pat and I may or may not reveal our 'watch' time to the honourable handicapper.". 1 W Clark (Epsom & E) 55.49 178 Alan Meaden 92.13 185 John Hanscomb 94.17 215 David Meaden 100.59 217 Lynne Barber 103.52 218 Hazel Carr 103.52 232 Bev Ali 120.25 233 Pat Hewlett 120.27 PHOENIX 7.3km Sunday 13th November at Preston Park, Brighton Steve Rowland missed the M55 prize by half a yard (*%@#!!). Neil Walford in Brighton colours was half a minute behind Steve, but came armed with the excellent excuse of having finished a long run over the South Downs with Steve Bird half an hour earlier! 1 B Ande (Hastings) 22.28 47 Steve Rowland 27.57 58 Neil Walford 28.27 NEWS FROM OZ Ian Dent writes: "Back on 24th September I competed in the World Duathlon Championships at Newcastle (that's the warm one north of Sydney) where I came 23rd in the 45-49 age group. I was representing NZ and took the honours of first Kiwi home in my age group, defeating the reigning NZ champion (my brother!). The 10km/40km/5km course included a very hilly & tough bike ride so after being in 10th place at the end of the run (36:27) I conceded some places but was still very happy with my overall performance. Through this winter just ended I competed for Sandringham AC in the cross-country season - my first competitive winter season since I was at Ranleagh. On at least a couple of occasions I found myself racing head to head with Paul Beauvais just as we used to do around Richmond Park. Regards to everyone". FARI SHAMS... ...is holding an exhibition of her art at the Arndean Gallery in Cork Street, London W1, from November 28th to December 3rd in association with the Iran Heritage Foundation. The exhibition is entitled "Linescapes of Thought - Secret Vision" and you can get more information here: www.iranheritage.org/farishamsexhibition. GMAP Ann Murray directs us to http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/. "No excuses for not running whilst away from home now," says Ann. FINALLY... Ed Whitlock's next target: "Luciano Acquarone (ITA) ran the fastest ever marathon by a man age 75 or older. He ran 3:10:57 at the Italia Memorial Enzo Ferrari (Carpi ITA) Marathon on October 16th. This is a slightly downhill (2.4 m/km), point-to-point course and as such cannot qualify for full record status. The mark is more than seven minutes faster than the world age group record of 3:18:10".