**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 208 1 March 2006 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ********************* * Best-ever 7th place for our women's team in the 'National' * Jo Ronaldson and Anna McLaughlin both in the top 50 * Peter Haarer just outside the top 100 in the men's race * Good performances from the juniors * Hec Petersen Trophy and final Junior Points Prize races this Saturday * MABAC League in Richmond Park on Sunday SEE HERE ************ HEC PETERSEN TROPHY Saturday 4th March in Richmond Park An opportunity to have a blast round one lap of our mob match course. That's about 3.83 miles according to Ken. All are welcome, the start is at 3pm. JUNIOR POINTS PRIZE FINAL RACE Saturday 4th March in Richmond Park Frances Ratchford writes: "4th March is the last Junior Points Prize race. The race starts at 2pm so either collect your numbers at the clubhouse before 1.45pm or up at the start by the woods. After the race there will be a tea for all competitors and their families and prize giving at the clubhouse. Remember that everyone who has run at least three races will receive a certificate". MABAC LEAGUE Sunday 5th March in Richmond Park Bev Ali writes: "What is a MABAC? MABAC is a cross country league consisting of 12 running clubs (including Epsom Odballs, Wimbledon Windmilers, Dorking and Mole Valley AC, Runnymede Runners and the Long Distance Walking Association, to name a few local groups), that organises races once a month for its members at different locations in Surrey. It also holds two 'open' events each year that are used to fund the other races. Each participating club is responsible for organising one race per year. The next race is in Richmond Park, which is not only convenient for Ranelagh members, it is Ranelagh's race! And, no, I am not asking for volunteers! Just, please, if you are so inclined, come and try it out. I am of the opinion that quite a few of the regulars are using these races at least partly as training runs for the Surrey League. As you can imagine from the list of participating clubs (Ranelagh included) there are bound to be some very competitive Surrey League runners at the front - BUT there are also many more of varying speeds streaming off behind them. There are no trophies to be won, so there is no pressure to perform. At the last race, Pat and I had to stop a few times to avoid frightening the horses, and to admire the view. It costs nothing to enter. All numbers are given out on the day, so there is no need to book ahead and all races (except the two open events) are cross country in different, scenic parts of Surrey. The races are a nominal 5 miles long - 'country miles' I am told. two laps of approximately 2.5 miles. The idea is that walkers, juniors, joggers or less than fighting fit runners can opt to do one lap while still earning points for their respective clubs - it is somewhat like a year long mob match with all runners counting! The race on the 5th March will start across the road from the Broomfield Hill Car Park (between Robin Hood Gate and Kingston Gate) - not the Isabella car park as previously reported - at 11 am on Sunday - please try to arrive by 10:30 for collecting numbers. Hope to see you there!" ROAD RACES Our club 20 miles road championship will be with the Finchley 20 at Ruislip on Sunday 12th March. The popular MABAC League Cranleigh 21 miles road race (with a 15 miles alternative) on Sunday 26th March is full up. Entries closed. The ASICS Kingston Breakfast runs ( 8 or 16 miles) are on Sunday 2nd April. On April 9th is the Reading Half Marathon. The Ranelagh Road Grand Prix will kick off with the Thames Towpath 10 miles which is also on Sunday 9th April. THE 20 MILES / MARATHON DEBATE Dave Locke writes from Australia: "The Ranelagh Gazette report for the July '66 Belgrave 20 starts: 'The day was overcast but the conditions for running were near perfect'. And so they were. Graham Taylor from Cambridge Harriers became the first man, as far as I know, to crack the 1hr 40 barrier for a 20 mile road race, running 1.39.48. Also memorable was that the Ranelagh A and B teams headed by Ian Macintosh collected the 'gold' and 'bronze' medals due to some cunning team selection! As for marathon preparation, I had the misfortune to read Chris Brasher's article in the Observer about 'carbo loading' a few weeks before a 'Maxol' marathon in the early '70s. For the first three days of the week before the race no carbohydrates but only foods rich in protein [plus some vegatables and fruit] were to be consumed, with training to be carried on as normal. Then for the last 3 or 4 days no more protein just lashings of carbos. I fronted up on the day still feeling a bit drained and ran another mediocre 2.34. A couple of days later in an elite orienteering event somewhere on the North Downs between Redhill and Reigate, with numerous controls alternating at the top and bottom of the scarp, I had boundless energy!" Marcus Gohar comes back: "The two occasions on which I did the Finchley 20 I tried to run much too fast and crashed out on the last lap. I finished on nine minute miles and could hardly walk to the changing room. However, after a few days of easy training I was running better than before". CLUB HOUSE MANAGER Alan Craig does not plan to continue as Club House Manager after this summer's AGM, so we are looking for a volunteer. Alan has prepared a job spec: Main Aim To maintain the club house in good condition for the benefit of club members now and for the future. Main Duties To develop service contracts for the regular maintenance and adhoc repair of the building, grounds and mechanical and electrical services. Advise the Committee of day to day costs and future expenditure for replacement plant, cyclical maintenance and redecoration. Improve the club facilities. Talents Ideally someone who is personable and positive who can engage others in the club to be involved and enthusiastic about improving the club house. Technical expertise is not essential, although practical skills would be handy. Enjoys managing projects. Good at organizing and managing. Projects in the Pipeline New kitchen. Landscaping the lawn for vehicular access. New gas supply. Replacing boundary fencing. Please contact any committee member if you are interested. RUNNING FITNESS Thanks to Pete Mulholland, Ranelagh has a good spread in the April 2006 edition of 'Running Fitness' magazine. The story is the re-union of the Centenary match team 25 years on, complete with 'before' and 'after' photographs. IT HAD TO HAPPEN The latest 'Reality TV' show to grace our screens is 'Run For Glory'. To quote the BBC web site: "13 people from around the country volunteer to train for the gruelling 26.2 mile London Marathon in just six months. This is a huge undertaking. Not only are they unfit, many are battling personal traumas from cancer to disabling road accidents. World class athletes Sally Gunnell and Steve Cram are their tough coaches. But will they make it?" I have to wonder what Sally Gunnell knows about marathon running, but we'll let that pass...it begins this Thursday (March 2nd) at 7pm on BBC1. ********************* WHAT'S COMING... ********************* More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff (07966 552302 / mailto: email@example.com ) or Phil Aiken (07739 035189 / mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Anna McLaughlin (07971 606521 / mailto: email@example.com ). Saturday 4th March Hec Petersen Trophy inter-club 6km race in Richmond Park. 3pm start. Junior Points Prize final race in Richmond Park. 2pm start. Followed by prize presentations. Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start. Sunday 5th March MABAC League 5 miles in Richmond Park. See above. Saturday 11th March Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap in Richmond Park. 2.30pm start. Bushy Park Time Trial 5km. 9am start. Sunday 12th March Finchley 20 miles road race at Ruislip, including Spendlove Cup club championship. Saturday 18th March Ranelagh Cup Schools Race in Richmond Park. 2.30pm start. WHAT'S HAPPENED... *************************** NATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 25th February at Parliament Hill Anna McLaughlin writes: "Wow what a weekend, it was cold, it was windy, there were hills and there was mud, but this did not seem to deter the Ranelagh ladies that braved the conditions at Parliament Hill for the National XC Champs on Saturday! Having run around the course as a warm up we knew that it was going to be muddy in patches, but I don't think any of us had factored in just how foot sucking the mud was... for those of you who have never been, the xc course at Parliament Hill starts straight up a hill and once you are at the top, you run straight back down the other side... a mad start when combined with nearly 500 runners but it makes quite a spectacle for all those that are not running! After that it is a mix of mud, hills, hills, mud and possible one flat bit, but I may have imagined that bit x 2!! Sadly the Parliament Hill curse once again struck and Liz Kipling had to drop out mid way through as the combination of the hills and mud was playing havoc with her Achilles. But the rest of us madly stuck with the task and finished in an absolutely FANTASTIC 7th place in the team competition!! In fact all of our first four runners finished in the top eighty. Which I think if I have got my history right, makes it the most successful team result EVER for Ranelagh... :-) Congratulations to everyone that ran on the day and thank you to everyone that came along and supported and cajoled us through!" Jo Ronaldson led the team and throughout the race held a place in the top forty. She'll be awarded the Aotearoa Trophy as the first Ranelagh finisher. Just a few second behind Jo, Anna was tenaciously hanging on to a top fifty place, and Marie Synnott-Wells was close behind in the early stages before her recent heavy racing schedule began to take its toll. As Marie lost ground, Clare Gutch made her usual strong finish to cross the line ahead of Marie for the first time. The headlines certainly belong to the women's team but there was an excellent run in the men's race from Peter Haarer who only just missed a place in the top 100. The Roffey Salver will be his reward. Duncan Bell found himself held up by the crowds in the early stages but eventually fought his way through to 319th. Andy Bickerstaff's recent good form continued with 410th, ahead of Mick Lane and Chris Owens also in the 400s, and Graham Quick closed in the team in 527th. It was a far from full-strength squad, but still we finished exactly one third of the way down the list in 33rd place. It was good to see plenty of Ranelagh juniors taking part, most of them savouring the delights of Parliament Hill for the first time. We had complete teams in the Under 13 boys and Under 15 girls races and they finished 35th and 25th respectively led by Matthew Wilson and Rachel Pryce. Best individual result came from Amelie Hunton, 112th in the Under 13 girls. BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 25th February Four Wrights appeared in the BPTT this week. All that's needed now is for David Wright to come up from Cirencester for one of these and we'll have the full set! Sara Grosvenor was third woman home. 1 F Kelly (Raheny) 15.55 13 Nick Wright 18.58 23 Darren Wood 19.48 32 Sara Grosvenor 20.27 35 Chris Read 20.39 36 Peter Wright 20.39 46 Chris Camacho 21.14 48 Roger Wilson 21.19 56 Chris Wright 22.02 60 Adam Wright 22.18 94 Gill Wilson 25.33 111 John Hanscomb 28.16 RON WHEELER 2.6 miles Wednesday 22nd February at Wapping 1 L Armitage (Kent) 13.27 11 Chris Read 15.36 13 Alan Davidson 16.19 16 Andy Hayward 16.45 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km Friday 24th February in Hyde Park Alan Davidson writes: "This had to happen sometime but having finished 87th in 20.43 struggling into the teeth of an icy blast my modest effort has been awarded to Andy Davidson of SLH. I hope he doesn't feel forced to give up after this! Mr.John Hanscomb can verify my attendance that day despite jokingly referring to me previously as a fair-weather runner as on that occasion I didn't fancy skating on the ice in Hyde Park!" 1 M Almond (Rugby) 15.31 87 Alan Davidson 20.43 124 John Pratt 21.53 193 John Hanscomb 27.05 HAMPSHIRE CHRONICLE 10km Sunday 26th February at Winchester Alan Davidson again: "Had a very embarrassing experience when lining up for the Winchester 10k as a Meridian TV crew chose me for an interview and I soon learned that it wasn't for my good looks as the first question was 'Are you the oldest runner in the race?' I replied that compared to some I was relatively youthful!" Men 1 A Moses (Reigate P) 31.39 94 Alan Davidson 42.07 97 Andy Hayward 42.13 Women 1 H Yelling (WSE) 33.45 38 Michele Gibson 48.30 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap Wednesday 1st March at Woking 1 K Jones (Thames H&H) 25.18 (actual time 19.48) 16 Alan Davidson 26.43 (actual time 18.28) 28 Steve Rowland 27.09 (actual time 17.24) MIDDLESEX SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS Thursday 9th February at Harrow Sam Perkins's win in the senior boys race was not the only good Ranelagh performance of the day. Nadia Fidler was runner-up in the junior girls and there were also top ten finishes from Joss Moran, Alex McKenna, Rachel Pryce and Emily Johnston-Purvis. The Richmond team won four of the eight races and the overall title. FINALLY... Improbable as it seems, the Milton Keynes museum has some interesting stories about the history of the men's and women's 'National' and of cross-country in general.