Newsdesk 2006

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 213                26 April 2006
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  
 *  Fari Shams runs sub 3 hours in London Marathon and wins Brasher Bowl
 *  Mick Lane is first man home and wins Winter Cup
 *  Mike Peace and John Hanscomb keep up their "ever present" records
 *  Nadia Fidler wins Mini-Marathon 13-14 age group
 *  Anna McLaughlin 3rd in Welsh 5km championship

 The latest Ranelagh Harriers Gazette has been published and there are copies
 in the clubhouse now. Please help yourself to one and add your name to the
 list. The remainder will be sent out shortly.

 PARKLAND RELAY  Wednesday 3rd May in Richmond Park
 This is a 4 x 3 miles relay organised by Thames Hare & Hounds in the Park,
 starting at 7pm near the Pen Ponds. Men's, women's and mixed teams can take
 part. Let Andy Bickerstaff know if you are interested (contact details

 HOGSMILL LADIES 5 miles  Sunday 7th May at West Ewell
 Anna McLaughlin writes:
 "A quick reminder to get those entries in for the Hogsmill Ladies 5M. This
 is an excellent race for every ability, and last year's picnic was worth the
 entry fee alone! 

 Our own Richmond Half Marathon on 14th May and Dysart Dash 10km on 25th June
 have both been designated as county championships this year. Entry details
 for both are on our website. 

 This will be on Sunday 4th June starting at 10am. It is the Surrey 10 miles
 championship and features in our Grand Prix and the Surrey Road League.  

 The Sutton 10km on May 7th is the opening fixture
 (http://www.suttonrunners.org) followed by the Dorking 10m on June 4th, the
 Dysart Dash 10km on 25th June, the Elmbridge 10km on 23rd July
 (http://www.elmbridgeroadrunners.co.uk/) and the Wimbledon 5km on 13th

 Chris Wright writes:
 "Crisis, which is a charity for homeless people, runs a yearly 3.5 mile run
 around the City of London. This year it's on Thursday 8th June at 7pm. Entry
 fee is 12 before 26th May and 14 thereafter. I know there are quite a few
 people who volunteer at Crisis shelters over Christmas in the club. It would
 be great to get a team out running. I've set up a Ranelagh Harriers Team on
 the Crisis website: http://www.crisis.org.uk/smr/index_nf.html. If anybody
 has problems registering, I can help point them in the right direction

 Juniors can run for Ranelagh at the Stragglers junior handicap team races
 2km (or 0.5km for the very young) on the playing field of the Hawker Centre,
 Lower Ham Road, KT2 5BA.
 Dates this year are:
 Thurs 27 April (7 for 7:30pm)
 Thurs 25 May (7:30 for 8pm)
 Thurs 29 June (7:30 for 8pm)
 Thurs 13 July (7:30 for 8pm)
 Thurs 27 July (7:30 for 8pm)
 Thurs 31 Aug (7 for 7:30pm) 

 All Ranelagh "masters" - aka vets - are eligible and welcome to have a go at
 the summer track league representing St Mary's Richmond AC (formerly
 Richmond and Twickenham AC). All the fixtures are on Monday evenings in
 Battersea Park. There are separate over 35, over 40 and over 50 categories
 for women and over 40, over 50 and over 60 for men. There is a different
 selection of events at each fixture, but a middle or long distance event is
 always included. First event is at 6.30pm. 

 Julie Drummond writes:
 "Calling all ladies from 35 - 65+, your help is needed again for this year's
 Vets Track League at the Millennium Arena in Battersea Park. The dates are 8
 May, 22 May, 19 June and 3 July. The meetings are very low key and fun -
 please come along if you can and give it a go. Travel is easy, it's about a
 ten minute walk from Queenstown Road station which is on the main Waterloo
 to Richmond line. My email address for further information is
 The first match on Monday 8th May includes M40, M50 and M60 1500m at 8.10pm
 and W35, W40 and W50 1500m at 8.25pm. There's a 2000m walk at 7.20pm and
 other events include 100m, 400m, Shot Putt, Hugh Jump, Long Jump, Discus and
 relays. Anyone is welcome to try anything! 

 The second match on Monday 22nd May includes M40 and M50 3000m at 8pm and
 W35, W40 and W50 3000m at 8.20pm. As a warm-up there's a women's 800m at
 7.20pm followed by the men's at 7.35pm. Other events include Hammer, Triple
 Jump, Long Jump, Javelin and relays. 

 More details of the following from
 Andy Bickerstaff ( 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 29th April        Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am start 

 Monday 1st May            Barry Jones 5 miles. 11am start at Wimbledon Park. 

 Wednesday 3rd May      Parkland Relay. 7pm start in Richmond Park. See

 Saturday 6th May          Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am start
                                     Thames Turbo Junior Races.  9am start in
 Bushy Park (Hampton Hill Gate) 

 Sunday 7th May            Hogsmill Women's 5 miles. 10am at West Ewell. See
                                     Sutton 10km. 10.30am start. Surrey Road
 League Race 1.  

 Saturday 13th May        Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am start 

 Sunday 14th May          Richmond Half Marathon.  8.30am start from the
 Ranelagh clubhouse. Details on our website. 

 Saturday 20th May        Green Belt Relay Day 1 Hampton Court to Blackmore
                                     Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am start
 Sunday 21st May          Green Belt Relay Day 2  Blackmore to Ham 

 LONDON MARATHON  Sunday 23rd April
 Temperature perfect, a light rain and little or no wind. "That had to be the
 best conditions we've had for the London since the first in 1981," writes
 Mike Rowland. 

 Fari Shams was our only starter with the women's elite field this year and
 she set off with a will. 10km was passed in a frighteningly fast 40.38 and
 the half distance in 87.06. She might have been expected to fade after that
 but although the second half was slower Fari stuck to the task and crossed
 the line just four seconds inside the three hours barrier. This was a great
 performance which takes her to 6th place on Ranelagh's all-time list and
 wins her the Brasher Bowl club women's marathon championship. 

 Top of the Ranelagh women's list is of course Priscilla Welch's 2.26.50 from
 1987. Until today that stood as the third fastest-ever by a Brit, but Mara
 Yamauchi's 2.25.13 now pushes her down one place.  

 The race for the Winter Cup club marathon championship was a close one. Mick
 Lane went out hard and passing 10km in 36.48 he had already built up a lead
 of almost a minute and a half over Duncan Bell. That lead extended only
 marginally over the following miles and stood at just over two minutes at
 30km. Then Duncan began to close and by 40km there was only 100 metres
 between them. But Mick has a wealth of experience over the distance and
 proved the stronger in the run for home. He finished powerfully in 2.42.06,
 his fastest time as a veteran and 57 seconds ahead of Duncan. 

 Close behind them all the way was Steve Whitehead who ran a well-judged race
 to finish in 2.46.17. He writes: "All predictions pointed at 2.47 so I was
 pleased to dip below that. Possibly a minute too quick over the first half
 but other than that it went more or less to plan. All the Ranelagh
 supporters on the course deserve a mention. Those that encouraged me by name
 or with a shout of 'Come on Ranelagh' really made a difference and were a
 great source of motivation". Niall O'Connor echoes that: "Thanks for all the
 shouts of support from around the course - it does make a difference!" 

 Ken Fotherby - as ever a model of pace judgement with 10km splits of 41.04,
 41.43, 41.42 and 42.31 - and Trevor Maguire were our only other finishers
 inside three hours, though Neil Walford was just a few seconds outside and
 Nik Wright made it home in 3.05. 

 Niall O'Connor continues: "This is a familiar tale. I started well, felt
 comfortable going through halfway in 1:29. Got to 16 miles in 1:55, which
 had me well inside me goal of 3:12 and I could see the coiffured locks of
 Trevor 25m ahead. Thought to myself 'This isn't too bad, kind of easy
 actually'. Cue the long drag home resulting in 1:20 for the last 10 miles -
 phew! Just relieved that I actually ran the whole thing. I taped the race so
 if anyone wants to view it let me know and I'll get it to you. I feature for
 about ten seconds at the start which I expect will be more than enough to
 qualify me for the celebrity start if I attempt it again". 

 Mike Peace suffered from hamstring trouble but breezed round in 3.15 in his
 26th London Marathon. Fellow ever-present John Hanscomb had stated that 2005
 would be his last but he couldn't resist another try as a 70 year-old and
 finished well in 4.29 for second place (out of two) in Ranelagh's Over 70
 ranking list! Over 60s Peter Taylor and Pete Warren moved into 10th and 11th
 places in their list. 

 We had two other women, Kerry Anley and Alice Beverly, inside three and a
 half hours, though Alice was in her Oxford Uni colours. Julia Baverstock
 recorded 3.48 and there should be a special mention for Ian Grange who ran
 four hours just a couple of weeks after completing the Paris Marathon. 

 Bringing up the rear as usual was race-walking Mike Rowland. "My long
 distance training has been hopeless. But I just got faster as the race went
 on. I could have done many more miles, I felt so fresh. It was so weird. It
 just had to be the conditions. I even managed to beat ex-Olympian Shaun
 Lightman by a couple of minutes! Blowing my own trumpet a bit, I know, but I
 was so surprised". 

 Frances Ratchford reports:
 "The steady drizzle that accompanied the mini-marathon did not deter Nadia
 Fidler from running one of her strongest and best races to win the U15
 mini-marathon championships in a time of 15.22.  At the half-way point she
 was running a strong tactical race overtaking and pushing steadily to the
 front of the pack and there she stayed to win the race. She received a cup
 and congratulations from Cherie Blair for her win. Nadia's comment after the
 race: 'I can't believe it, it all seems unreal'. There were also strong
 performances from Nadia's team mates and training partners, Georgia
 Miansarow and Rachel Pryce who both finished at the top end of the race".  

 Nadia's dad Chris adds: "This is the third time Nadia competed in the event,
 the first year she fell at the start! The other girls were so pleased for
 her, Georgia and Rachel both stayed behind to see her after the
 presentations and one girl, Lucy, although not able to compete came up to

 In the U13 race Amelie Hunton made the top ten with Eve Edmunds and Emily
 Johnston not far behind. Joss Moran was 21st in the boys' U13s and Jamie
 Taylor-Caldwell just got the better of Taylor Nunn in the U15s. Our fastest
 was the 15.12 of Matt Hirschler in the boys' U18 race.

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 22nd April
 There was a record field of 161 for the London Marathon BPTT and in
 excellent conditions many personal bests were set, including a 30 seconds
 improvement from Marc Snaith and a fourth consecutive PB from Roger Wilson.
 Jenny Lloyd-Jones took ten seconds off her previous best and finished 3rd
 woman for the second week in a row. John Hanscomb was presumably just
 warming up for the next day's marathon!

 1 R Stannard (Unatt) 15.43
 17 Marc Snaith 18.05
 20 John Atkinson 18.17
 27 Steve Elswood 18.52
 31 Chris Read 19.01
 37 Jenny Lloyd-Jones 19.22
 43 Darren Wood 19.59
 46 Roger Wilson 20.04
 48 Chris Camacho 20.13
 59 Alan Davidson 20.46
 63 Chris Wright 20.57
 73 Adam Wright 21.26
 77 Paul Bisping 22.00
 110 Karen Broadbent 23.53
 117 Gill Wilson 24.29
 129 Steve McClune 25.55
 142 John Hanscomb 27.39

 HAMBURG MARATHON  Sunday 23rd April
 Colin Frew writes:
 " I came down with flu last Sunday. I fought it all week, but still felt
 terrible on Friday and Saturday and was taking lemsips and flu tablets. If
 we hadn't actually had tickets to travel I would have bailed, but we went

 I started trying to stick to 4.15 k's, (no miles in Hamburg), but I was
 sweating within the first 5k. I gradually felt better and managed to keep
 that going to around 30k, and then gradually started to suffer badly. I had
 to stop and walk at 38k, but realizing I still had almost 3 miles to go
 managed to start again and finished in 3.09. I was 1.27 at the half....so it

 Maybe a little disappointed, as I know I had more in me to go faster, but
 happy to finish in the circumstances. Hamburg was a good PB course.
 Maybe...next time...".

 1 J Rey (Spain) 2.06.52
 1079 Colin Frew 3.09.29  

 LOCHABER MARATHON  Sunday 23rd April
 1 S Pride (Forres) 2.27.57
 66 Iain Wilson 3.16.08 

 CARMARTHEN MAYOR'S 5km  Monday 17th April
 Anna McLaughlin reports from the land of her fathers:
 "On Monday I ran the Carmarthen Mayor's 5k, which also doubled up as the
 Welsh Championships. Although the race didn't quite go to plan (and with no
 mile or km markers, it proved difficult to get back on track once I had
 started out a little too fast!), I finished in bronze medal position, which
 I am really proud about as it is not every day you win a National
 championship medal! I am saying nothing about my time as I know that I can
 do better, but as I was so far behind the other two, it didn't really matter
 as I wouldn't have got a different coloured medal anyway!!"
 1 N Stanford (Swansea) 16.43
 3 Anna McLaughlin 18.14 

 BOSTON MARATHON  Monday 17th April
 Marius Acker - currently based in the Cayman Islands - went through 10km in
 35.23 and half way in 76.06, but then the wheels came off. His finishing
 time was a painful 3.18.35.

 PARIS MARATHON  Sunday 9th April
 Ian Grange was also in Paris and finished 11985th in 3.51.56, chip time

 It looks as if there may be now only 25 London Marathon ever-presents left,
 including Mike Peace and John Hanscomb. They even have their own web site!
 Take a look at  http://www.everpresent.org.uk/.