Newsdesk 2005

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 197               30 November 2005
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com
 *  Clear win for Thames Hare and Hounds in our mob match
 *  Junior Points Prize Race 2 wins for Taylor Nunn, Alfie Purdue, Amelie
    Hunton and Alex McKenna
 *  Liz Kipling 4th in Wolverton 5 miles
 *  Sam Perkins 2nd in BPTT
 *  Dysart Cup, Ellis Cup and club women's championship this Saturday
 *  Helpers needed for Saturday's race
 *  Ballot for London Marathon club places

 ...to the following new members:
 Janine Brown, Stephanie Croucher, Sally Stembridge, Lisa Claydon, Arabella
 Skinner, Ella Harding, Nina Harding, Cilla Pettersson, Aine Hayes, George
 Inman, Joss Moran, Taylor Nunn, Charlie Withycombe, Colin Frew, Paul Sardar,
 Paul Horan

 Women's Captain Anna McLaughlin apologises for not reading or replying to
 any e-mails this week. In a freak accident she has scratched one of her
 corneas. Get well soon Anna! In the meantime she would like to encourage as
 many of the women's section as possible to turn out for the Dysart Cup on
 Saturday, which doubles up as our club women's and vet women's
 championships. Details below.

 DYSART CUP and ELLIS CUP  Saturday 3rd December in Richmond Park
 We have two home fixtures in the Park on Saturday, team events for both men
 and women. All members are welcome to run BUT we urgently need some
 volunteer marshals and timekeepers too - see below.

 The first race is the Dysart Cup women's race starting at 2pm over a 6km
 route. The team race is five to score and Serpentine are the current
 holders. It would be nice to relieve them of the trophy! This event also
 incorporates the Ranelagh women's club championship for the Hugh Jones
 Salver and the club women's veterans over 40 championship for Trish's
 Trophy. There is also a sealed handicap, which will be Mike Rowland's first
 attempt at framing a handicap.

 Following the Dysart Cup is the Ellis Cup men's race over 8km. Start time is
 nominally 2.30pm but usually a few minutes later as we wait for all the
 runners in the women's race to finish. It's ten to score and in 2004
 Serpentine won this one too!

 Note the scheduled start times are 2pm and 2.30pm, not 2.30pm and 3pm as
 shown in the Surrey Comet today.

 Bev Ali adds:
 "Marshals and timekeepers are urgently required for these two races. If you
 are not racing, and you have two hours or more to contribute to the Ranelagh
 cause, please contact Bev at bev.ali@blueyonder.co.uk or 0208 255 8641 to
 volunteer. Volunteers would need to be at the clubhouse by 1:30pm on
 Saturday, and the main skill required for the job is being ambulatory...or
 at least able to stand in one location, out of doors, for a maximum of 90
 minutes, and have a means of getting to the correct spot and back!"

 MABAC LEAGUE  Sunday 4th December at Ashtead
 Bev Ali writes:
 "The next MABAC fixture is on Sunday at Ashtead, Surrey - 2.5 or 5 miles
 cross country starting at 11 am. Ranelagh is not yet officially a member
 club of this league, so we run as second claim to LDWA (Long Distance
 Walkers Association) until January. There is usually more than one car going
 and ride sharing can be arranged. Please contact Bev, Ann, Deborah, Juliette
 or Pat on a Tuesday night for more information or have a look at the
 www.mabac.org.uk website".

 Yes, it's another mob match and another call for everyone who can make it to
 attend. It's the third of our four winter mob matches and the second (and
 last) one away from home. It's a 7.5 miles two-lap course over Farthing
 Downs and Happy Valley starting at 2.30pm. There will be a minibus leaving
 from the clubhouse at 12.30pm sharp. Please use it! For those making their
 own way, the race HQ is at South London's clubhouse next to the Comrades
 Club on Brighton Road (the A23) in Coulsdon.
 Parking is available around the corner in Lion Green Road. The start is up
 on Farthing Downs, a five minute jog away.

 Hon Sec Frances Ratchford writes:
 "We have received six guaranteed places for the London Marathon and the draw
 for the places will take place on the night of the Ranelagh Christmas party.
 Only people who have entered the marathon and been rejected can put their
 names into the ballot.  Would all those interested please give your name to
 one of the coaches: myself, Sarah, Anna, Clare or Robin before the party on
 the 9th December". Frances can be reached at

 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 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  

 Friday 9th December          Ranelagh Christmas Party at the Turk's Head in
 St Margaret's

 Saturday 10th December    Stubbs Cup mob match v South London Harriers at
 Coulsdon.  7.5 miles starting at 2.30pm.
                                         Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  5km.
 9am start.

 Saturday 17th December    South of the Thames 7.5 miles championship on
 Wimbledon Common starting at 2.30pm
                                         Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  5km.
 9am start. 

 MOB MATCH v THAMES HARE & HOUNDS  Saturday 26th November on Wimbledon Common
 Thames were clearly determined not to make any mistakes and turned out in
 strength for our mob match. Numerically we almost matched them - we had 52
 starters to their 54 - but their fast pack dominated the race with only Phil
 Killingley and Peter Haarer able to get amongst the leading white vests.
 Phil and Peter had a good race of their own and both ran strongly to finish
 in 3rd and 4th places. But behind them only Rob Stillwell, Duncan Bell and
 Peter Weir made it into the top twenty. Chris Owens in 27th place led the
 main Ranelagh pack but as far as the team scoring was concerned the damage
 was already done.

 Nevertheless it was a good effort by Ranelagh to get such a big crowd out,
 and against weaker opposition our numbers might have secured a win. We did
 have the consolation of providing the first four women home, led by Marie
 Synnott-Wells. Marie was hobbling before the start after falling down stairs
 at home. It transpires she has broken a toe - another case of get well soon! 

 The evening's supper at the Albert Arms was also well attended by both sides
 and went the way these affairs normally do...

 JUNIOR POINTS PRIZE RACE 2  Saturday 26th November in Richmond Park
 28 runners braved the cold for a sprint around Sidmouth Wood in the second
 of the four Points Prize races.

 In a repeat of the first race last month, it was Taylor Nunn who led the way
 home in an excellent 8.10, an improvement of 14 seconds. Joss Moran once
 again chased him home in the Under 13 category and these two stand at the
 top of the points standings ahead of Charlie Withycombe. Splitting Taylor
 and Joss in the race was Under 15 winner Alfie Purdue and he also has
 maximum points after two races with Steven Downie runner-up both times.

 Amelie Hunton missed the first race but ran strongly this time to beat 9
 minutes and win the girls' Under 13 race by a convincing margin from overall
 points leader Becky Withycombe. Arabella Skinner finished 3rd today but lies
 one point behind Emily Johnson overall.

 In the Under 15 girls Alex McKenna returned to form with a fine 8.44 after
 finishing only 4th in the first race. Georgia Miansarow chased her all the
 way to finish just six seconds behind. Overall Alex trails Lucy Edmunds by
 one point with Rachel Price in third place.

 A full score sheet can be seen in the junior section of our web site.

 WOLVERTON 5 miles  Saturday 26th November
 Liz Kipling was 4th in the women's race.
 1 M Almond (Rugby & N) 25.57
 52 Marc Snaith 30.07
 76 Liz Kipling 31.11
 189 Sophie Spink 35.15

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 26th November
 Sam Perkins was runner-up this week - you must get a win soon, Sam!
 1 T Doran (OWLS) 16.29
 2 Sam Perkins 17.00
 17 Darren Wood 20.02
 25 Chris Hunton 20.23
 47 Sara Nakielny 22.28
 48 Chris Wright 22.29
 54 Kerrie O'Connor 23.57
 57 Julie Drummond 25.11
 60 Gill Wilson 25.16
 62 Luke Wilson 25.27
 69 John Hanscomb 26.53
 70 Julie Naismith 27.11

 Full results have now appeared. Nadia's margin of victory was a huge 46

 Under 11 (2550m)
 1 Amelie Hunton 8.14

 Under 15 (2900m)
 1 Nadia Fidler 9.50
 9 Georgia Miansarow 11.08
 15 Rachel Price 12.03
 17 Victoria Elbourne 12.18

 Teams (3 to score)
 1 Guildford & G 10
 3 Ranelagh 26

 RON WHEELER 2.6 miles  Wednesday 26th October at Wapping
 1 S Roberts (Paddock W) 13.49
 6 Colin Frew 14.18
 11 Alan Davidson 16.15
 16 Andy Hayward 18.39

 Louise Dunn writes:
 "Anyone want to join a Pilates class made up of runners? A couple of
 Ranelagh Harriers have found a great teacher and a venue (Raleigh Road
 Methodist Church Hall, just off the A316 near Sainsbury's), and wondered if
 others in the club wanted to use Pilates to improve their core strength,
 posture and avoid injury. All are welcome. The classes should work out under
 10 each. The day / time will depend on demand: potential times are Saturday
 9am, Monday 7.30pm, Wednesday 6.30pm. If you are interested please talk to
 Louise Dunn or Alison Cullen at the club on a Tuesday night or e-mail
 mailto:lou_dunn@hotmail.com stating preference for day / time of class".

 "There are clubs you can't belong to, neighborhoods you can't live in,
 schools you can't get into, but the roads are always open". Nike.