Newsdesk 2001

Web site: http://www.surreyweb.net/rharriers

Our senior women's team achieved their best result of the season in the
final Surrey League fixture at Lloyd Park, Croydon on Saturday, finishing
3rd on the day and moving up to 4th overall in Division One. But
nevertheless, pride of place must be reserved for the Under 15 team who
scored their fourth straight victory and so secured the League championship
by a handsome margin. Discounting the Division Two win by the seniors in
1997, this was Ranelagh's first-ever Surrey Ladies League title. Hearty
congratulations to the scoring team on the day Eleanor Moore, Jessica
Harvey, Lucy Southwell and Laura Ball, and also to Anair Beverly who had
been in the team in the previous three races but had to miss this one. Sadly
only one of the cups held by the winning teams in the various age-groups had
been returned for the prize-giving - fortunately it was the Under 15 trophy!
Individually, Eleanor's well-judged run for 2nd place was our best result of
the season and all four were home in the top six.

In a smaller than usual field in the senior race our first four home all
finished in their highest positions of the season, led by Allison with a
brilliant 6th. But it was Sarah who was surprised at the prize-giving when
she was announced as taking individual third place in the Division One
senior age group. She almost had to be forced to accept the medal! 

The Under 17 race was severely depleted, allowing Ranelagh to finish 2nd
overall despite having a one-woman team - well done, Louise - in the last
two races. Two of our Under 13s arrived literally as the field was lined up
for the off, but a kindly starter delayed things for them and they were
rewarded with 3rd place.     

1 A Fletcher (Dulwich) 22.46
6 Allison O'Neill 24.21
14 Sarah Seal 25.41
17 Kathy Mallett 25.52
33 Sonia Rowland 27.31
36 Sue Healey 27.47
46 Eliete Nascimento 28.39
50 Louise Piears 29.13
53 Clare Nicholson 29.37  
1 South London 45
2 Herne Hill 54
3 Ranelagh 95
4 Thames H&H 109
5 Dulwich 137
6 West 4 141
7 Woking 153
8 Epsom & E 160
9 Belgrave 189
10 Holland S 216 
Final Overall
1 South London 38
2 Herne Hill 36
3 Thames H&H 29
4 Ranelagh 26
5 Dulwich 23
6 Woking 22
7 West 4 17
8 Epsom & E 10
9 Belgrave 10
10 Holland S 9
Belgrave and Holland Sports will be relegated, to be replaced by Dorking &
Mole Valley and Striders of Croydon. 
Under 17
1 H Robey (Guildford) 18.39
5 Louise Webster 21.36
1 Guildford & G 10
2 Ranelagh 50
Final Overall
1 Guildford & G 16
2 Ranelagh 9 
Under 15
1 S Fairhead (Guildford) 16.23
2 Eleanor Moore 17.53
3 Jessica Harvey 18.15
5 Lucy Southwell 19.01
6 Laura Ball 19.05
1 Ranelagh 16
2 Kingston & P 44
Final Overall
1 Ranelagh 31
2 Herc Wimb 22
Under 13
10 Emily Ball 14.45
12 Alex Hook 15.35
18 Hilary Wilson 18.03
1 Dorking & MV 13
3 Ranelagh 77
Final Overall 
1 Dorking & MV 39
? Ranelagh

Wally Garrod writes from New Zealand:
"...having a relaxing, sunny, too hot for running holiday. See you in mid
March, tell the handicapper that I am overweight and have not 
been running for 3 months, but did go sailing for 3 days and now suffer from
spinnaker phobia!!!"

Zis Boom Bah, Ranelagh's answer to the Spice Girls, will be playing again at
the Rose of York on Petersham Road on Saturday March 10th to celebrate
Catherine Carthy's graduation. Everybody welcome from about 9pm onwards.

Ranelagh's Road Grand Prix series will break with tradition this year by
including one race before the London Marathon. This will be the Thames
Towpath 10 miles on Sunday April 8th, starting at 10.30am at the usual
venue, which is the University of Westminster Sports Ground, Hartington Road
near Chiswick Bridge. Entries 6 by April 1st to TTT, Flat 3, 15 Grosvenor
Road, Chiswick, London W4 4EQ. Cheques payable to West 4 Harriers. Beware -
entries on the day are a whopping 10! We'll hope to get a supply of entry
forms in the clubhouse. Hugh Jones, incidentally, is the course
record-holder - 50.21 in 1991.

Another reminder please to club trophy holders to return them as soon as
possible to Alan Craig. Contact Alan at a.craig@rhp.org.uk.

More details of all the following from Paul Graham (0796 7788945 /
paulgraham28@hotmail.com) or Sarah Seal (020 8995 2380 /

Saturday February 24th  National Championships at Durham.

I'm awaiting news of whether our home fixtures scheduled for March 3rd (Hec
Petersen Trophy 5 miles) and March 10th (Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap) will
be allowed to go ahead, though as the weather has been drier of late perhaps
we can be optimistic. 

Saturday March 24th  Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap in Richmond Park,
followed in the evening by the annual club supper and prize-giving, which I
believe is to be held upstairs in the Dysart. More details soon.  

If anyone has more info on the Stragglers 10km "mob match" in Kingston on
March 11th, please let me know.

Speaking of 10kms, any of you who think you could be running quite well
might like to consider the Pole Robert Korzeniowski's 30km - 40km split in
the Sydney Olympics. It was 42.58. Perhaps I should also mention that he was
walking. Korzeniowski won both the 50km walk and the 20km, in which he
recorded splits of 39.55 and 39.04. Depressing, isn't it...   

Steve Rowland
e-mail: srowland@calorgas.co.uk