Newsdesk 2005

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 198                7 December 2005
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com
 *  Double team wins for Stragglers in the Dysart and Ellis Cups, with
    Ranelagh second in both
 *  Clare Gutch the individual Dysart Cup race winner and new club champion
 *  Sonia Rowland wins Trish's Trophy club vets (over 40) championship
 *  BPTT - second places for Sam Perkins (again) and Jenny Lloyd-Jones
 *  Mob Match v South London Harriers at Coulsdon this Saturday
 *  Ballot for London Marathon club places at the Christmas Party this Friday

 ...takes place this Friday at the Turk's Head in Winchester Road, St
 Margaret's. Please arrive between 7pm and 7.30pm and we'll be aiming to sit
 down to dinner at about 7.45pm. Marina Quayle writes: "We have reached the
 limit for the party, and we can accept no more bookings. Anyone who hasn't
 chosen from the menu should let me know their choice as soon as possible, or
 they will be taking pot luck with what they get to eat!" Contact Marina at

 Yes, it's another mob match and another call for everyone who can make it to
 attend - notwithstanding the Christmas Party the night before!
 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. 

 Here's a final reminder for those Ranelagh Harriers who have been rejected
 for the 2006 London Marathon and would like to enter the ballot for the six
 guaranteed club places. You must submit your name before the Christmas Party
 on Friday night where the draw will be made. Contact Frances Ratchford at

 HENTY RELAY  Saturday 31st December at 12 noon in Richmond Park
 Our Christmas season fun relay over six 2km laps of Sidmouth Wood. Teams of
 three are drawn on the day in the clubhouse, each team comprising one
 'fast', one 'medium' and one 'slow'. 'Fast' runners run three laps,
 'mediums'  do two and 'slows' one. All members, friends and guests are
 welcome BUT you must be at the clubhouse by 11.30am to get into a team.

 Marie Synnott-Wells writes:
 " I have indeed broken a toe and don't I know it.  I have never been injured
 before to the extent that I cannot run, but there is always a first time. I
 have being advised not to run for six weeks, what a great Christmas!!!. But
 I have now started my rehab. in the pool.  Just as well I learnt to swim six
 years ago.

 Anyway I hope to see you all at training after Christmas and those that will
 be at that Christmas Party before. I will enjoy reading about all your
 sucesses over the next few weeks".

 Angus Cater has had some response to his request for runners to join his
 team for this event but would still like to hear from anyone else who might
 be interested. The race will take place on the weekend of June 17th/18th
 2006. To quote from the official literature: "Teams comprise 3 sailors and 2
 runners, and their aim is to sail from Barmouth on the Welsh coast to Fort
 William in Scotland, via Caernarfon and Whitehaven, climbing to the summits
 of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis on the way. (The athletes cycle from
 Whitehaven into Ennerdale and run up and down Scafell Pike from there). In
 total this is 389 miles of difficult coastal sailing, 18 miles of cycling
 and 72 miles of running, with 14,000 feet of ascent to reach the highest
 points in Wales, England and Scotland".

 Angus will provide the yacht and crew but is looking for two strong runners
 capable of a hard weekend's running. You can get more information about the
 event at http://www.sleepmonsters.co.uk/site_3peaks/. Would anyone
 interested please contact Angus at mailto:angus.cater@tecres.net.

 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 ).

 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 2pm
                                         Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  5km.
 9am start.

 Saturday 24th December    Christmas Eve Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  5km.
 9am start.

 Saturday 31st December    Henty Relay in Richmond Park starting at 12 noon.
 See above.
                                         Ranelagh Bushy Park Time Trial  5km.
 9am start.

 DYSART CUP 6km   Saturday 3rd December in Richmond Park
 A field of 53 representing 8 clubs set off in a chilly downpour. After the
 preliminary lap of Sidmouth Wood a group of four had broken clear, including
 Clare Gutch and Liz Kipling. On the second larger lap Liz fell back
 suffering from a sore Achilles tendon, and Clare Nicholson representing
 Stragglers began a long run for home. Clare G had almost settled for second
 place when she sensed Clare N weakening on the final hill and in the tough
 last half mile she strode away to a six seconds victory.  

 It was another impressive run from Clare and wins for her the Hugh Jones
 Salver as the club women's champion for 2005. Liz was passed in the closing
 stages by Rachel Rowan and these two filled the silver and bronze positions
 in the club championship. Next home, and winner of Trish's Trophy as the
 leading Over 40, was Sonia Rowland - most appropriately, as this was the
 fourth anniversary of the death of her sister Trish in whose memory the
 trophy was donated. 

 The scoring team of five was completed by Sandra Foot but they had to settle
 for second place behind a strong turnout from the Stragglers, who took the
 Dysart Cup trophy for the first time since 1995.  

 Mike Rowland's first attempt at framing a handicap met with approval from
 Maestro Powley, despite the winner being his sister-in-law! 

 ELLIS CUP 9km  Saturday 3rd December in Richmond Park
 It was the Stragglers again to the fore in the men's race. With a strong
 squad out they completed the double with some ease. The team result was in
 fact an echo of the women's race, with Ranelagh second, Serpentine - last
 year's double winners - third and Hercules Wimbledon fourth.
 Hercules's Richard Xerri led throughout, though he had only five seconds in
 hand at the finish. Duncan Bell and Mick Lane led the Ranelagh contingent in
 8th and 10th places, followed by Ed Barker, Andrew McLauchlan and Niall
 O'Connor in the top 25 from a field of 115. John Ricketts completed the
 scoring ten in 43rd place. Only five clubs closed in the full ten runners,
 but twelve clubs were represented in all.

 Full results of both races can be found on our web site.

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 3rd December
 Sam Perkins had to settle for second place once again and Jenny Lloyd-Jones,
 in her first BPTT, matched that in the women's section. There was a good
 crowd of younger juniors taking part, led by Joss Moran, and several of them
 made substantial improvements on their previous fastest times. In the points
 competition, Darren Wood retains a narrow lead in the men's section but
 fellow title-holder Gill Wilson has some catching up to do from 3rd place in
 the women's.

 1 D Symons (TH&H) 16.34
 2 Sam Perkins 17.13
 6 Darren Wood 18.28
 10 John Atkinson 18.51
 12 Marc Snaith 19.17
 19 Chris Camacho 20.02
 20 Jenny Lloyd-Jones 20.02
 23 Joss Moran 20.27
 27 Lloyd Bridger 20.40
 28 Andy Morris 20.42
 34 Alfie Purdue 21.33
 39 Chris Wright 22.19
 41 Max Bridger 22.21
 48 Karen Vinicombe 23.27
 51 Holly Clemens 23.53
 53 Adam Wright 24.08
 57 George Hutchinson 24.34
 59 George Inman 24.40
 62 Gill Wilson 24.56
 64 Luke Wilson 25.10
 71 John Hanscomb 26.51
 82 Bea Purdue 28.50 

 VICTORY 5 MILES  Sunday 4th December at Portsmouth
 Mick Lane put in another fine effort the day after the Ellis Cup and
 finished 3rd in the over 45 class.
 1 A MacLean (Soton) 23.45
 45 Mick Lane 27.41

 REGENTS PARK 10km  Sunday 4th December
 1 B Noad (Highgate) 30.20
 38 John Atkinson 38.50
 49 Steve Rowland 40.17
 107 John Pratt 43.54
 142 Sonia Rowland 45.33 

 RON WHEELER 2.6 miles  Wednesday 30th November at Wapping
 1 A Chamberlain (HFW) 15.02
 3 Chris Read 15.59
 7 Andy Hayward 20.07

 VARSITY RACE  Saturday 3rd December on Wimbledon Common
 Winning the Varsity race was the highlight of Alice Beverly's tenure as OUCC
 women's captain last year. This time round, short of training, she had to
 settle for taking part in the 2nd and 3rd teams race, where she was joined
 by her sister Anair who is in her first term at Oxford. Alice finished 5th
 in 20.10, only 19 seconds behind the race winner. Anair was a further 17
 seconds back in 9th place and both of them beat all the "Tabs" (for the
 unitiated, that's the Cambridge team!)

 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap  Wednesday 7th December at Woking
 1 L Kyle (Unatt) 24.30  (actual time 23.30)
 3 Sonia Rowland 24.55  (actual time 20.10)
 27 Steve Rowland 27.02  (actual time 17.47)

 Apologies that I omitted in the last e-news to mention the "Richard
 Clay-Jones Pint" trophy that was contested in the mob match against Thames
 Hare and Hounds. It goes to the first Ranelagh over 50 to finish and this,
 as last year, was Chris Owens. 

 "If you want to know what you will look like in ten years, look at yourself
 in a mirror after you have run a marathon". Jeff Scaff.