**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 215 17 May 2006 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ********************* * Over 700 finishers in the Richmond Half Marathon * Course record for Phil Killingley * Runner-up spots for Marie Synnott-Wells and Paul Doyle * Men's and women's team wins for Ranelagh * Sam Perkins wins gold in Surrey under 20 track 3000 metres SEE HERE ************ 125th ANNIVERSARY Many of you are probably unaware that Ranelagh Harriers celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. It was on 29th October 1881 that the new Harriers club - born as an offshoot of the Ranelagh Cricket Club - held its opening run from the Green Man on Putney Heath. Your committee is not allowing such an auspicious anniversary to pass uncelebrated and a number of events are planned for the autumn. First - just as a warm-up - will be a party after the Thomas Cup handicap race early in September. The serious business begins on Friday 29th September when we will be holding a dinner at York House in Twickenham, complete with entertainment and guest speakers. The 125th birthday itself - 29th October - happily falls on a Sunday and that afternoon we plan to repeat one of the events we held during our centenary season back in 1981. This is a re-run of that very first run from the Green Man to the Windmill on Wimbledon Common and back - in 1881 costume! The Green Man will lay on some food afterwards. Finally, one of the most popular events we held in the centenary season - a "mass mob match" where we will host all our traditional mob match opponents on the same day. This will take place on Saturday 4th November. More details of all of these will follow soon - meanwhile please note the dates in your diaries! GREEN BELT RELAY We have two teams taking part at the weekend in this relay around London: the Ranelagh Lassies women's team and the Ranelagh Old Dogs men's vets team. In addition there are a couple more members competing for composite teams. Start is at 8.30am on Saturday in front of Hampton Court Palace - early arrivals for the BPTT please come and see them on their way! The finish is at the Hawker Centre in Ham on Sunday afternoon, with the first arrivals expected just before 6pm. All are welcome to join us there for a beer. DORKING 10 MILES Get your entries in! 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. DYSART DASH 10km The second of our own promotions takes place on Sunday 25th June. The course starts a short jog from the clubhouse in Meadlands Road and finishes at the same point as last Sunday's half marathon at the end of Riverside Drive. All members are welcome to run, though of course we need some help on the course too. Details are on our web site. GOOD RUN GUIDE Louise Piears writes: "www.GoodRunGuide.co.uk has now gone live. For a £10 yearly subscription members have access to a database of scenic training routes with all the guides necessary to run them with confidence. Also planned is a section that will 'fly through' a selection of forthcoming and recent race routes in the area. Thank you to those Ranelagh members who tested the site for us and gave us valuable feedback, much of which has been used to improve the site or will be included in the near future. Of course anyone who has helped us with the coming together of this site or who is willing to help us in the future (route suggestions etc.) will be given a membership refund". SOUTHERN TRACK LEAGUE The new St Mary's Richmond Athletic Club (formerly Richmond and Twickenham) is competing in the Southern Leagues for men and women, as well as the National Young Athletes League and the Masters League. Ranelagh members are welcome to compete for St Mary's Richmond and they would welcome seeing a few more of you! Clare Gutch, Estelle Damant, Liz Kipling and Lucy Edmunds all took part in the first women's fixture - Clare even put the shot, which must have been worth seeing, and Liz has been known to pole vault... Fixtures and results can be found on the web site www.smrac.org.uk. JUNIOR TRACK Many of our juniors will be competing for St Mary's Richmond AC this summer in the National Young Athletes League Southern Division Two South. The opening fixture is this Sunday (May 21st) at Perivale. MASTERS TRACK LEAGUE Monday 22nd May at Battersea Park The program for the next masters (aka veterans) league is as follows. All Ranelagh vets are welcome to come along and have a go. 18.30 Hammer M40 M50 18.30 TJ W35 W40 W50 19.00 Hammer W35 W40 W50 19.00 TJ M40 M50 19.00 200m W35 W40a W40b W50 19.10 200m M4Oa M40b M50 M60 19.20 800m W35 W40a W40b W50 19.35 800m M4Oa M40b M50 M60 19.45 LJ M40a M40b M50 19.45 Javelin W35 W50 W60 20.00 3000m M40a M40b M50a M50b 20.15 LJ W35 W40 W50 20.15 Javelin M40 M50 20.20 3000m W35 W40a W40b W50 W60 20.40 4 x 400 Men 20.50 4 x 400 Women Further details from Julie Drummond on 020 8979 8279 or email firstname.lastname@example.org SUBSCRIPTIONS REMINDER Membership Secretary Chris Owens would like to remind us all that subs for 2006/2007 were due on April 1st. Rates are: Adult £30, under 20 or Student £6, Family £60, over 60 AND retired £5, County (Non-regular runner) £10. Please send or leave a cheque payable to Ranelagh Harriers, with a note of your name to: Membership Secretary Ranelagh Harriers 135a Petersham Road Richmond Surrey TW10 7AA ********************* WHAT'S COMING... ********************* More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff ( mailto: email@example.com ) or Phil Aiken (07739 035189 / mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Anna McLaughlin (07971 606521 / mailto: email@example.com ). Saturday 20th May Green Belt Relay Day 1 Hampton Court to Blackmore Sunday 21st May Green Belt Relay Day 2 Blackmore to Ham Sunday 4th June Dorking 10 miles. See above. Sunday 25th June Dysart Dash 10km. See above. Every Saturday Bushy Park Time Trial. 9am start at the Diana Fountain car park. See www.bptt.net for details. WHAT'S HAPPENED... *************************** RICHMOND HALF MARATHON Sunday 14th May Nearly a thousand entries produced well over 700 starters on a cool windless morning that was almost ideal for running. The start in front of the clubhouse was executed with minimum disruption to traffic and the field was very soon spread out along Petersham Road heading for Richmond Bridge. Phil Killingley immediately imposed his authority on proceedings and Paul S-H's photo on our website shows him with a few metres advantage within the first mile. Paul Doyle was prominent in the following pack, but he had been suffering from a cold and had decided before the start to run for second place. In any case Paul would have had to run a personal best to win the race. Phil relentlessly stretched his lead until at the finish in Riverside Drive he had almost half a mile in hand. He said afterwards that he might have been able to run a bit faster had he known that the red-headed bloke on the lead bike was the legendary Hugh Jones! Nevertheless, Phil's 70.30 was a record for the new course adopted last year. Popeye Doyle did enough to secure a comfortable second place ahead of last year's winner Dave Symons of Thames. Nathan Mills went out hard with a view to being our third man home but Tim Woods soon pulled ahead and established himself in the top ten, undeterred by the spectacular stomach problems of the runner one place ahead! Tim's 77.09 for 8th place secured the over 50s prize and places him second in our all-time ranking list for the age group. Steve Whitehead finished strongly for 10th, just ahead of Marcus Gohar who was the second over 40 to finish. Nathan held on for 15th and Graham Quick in 23rd was the last Ranelagh runner home before the leading woman, Angela Howe of London Heathside. Howe's 80.42 also constituted a course record and her margin of victory was even greater than Phil Killingley's. She had been in for over four minutes before runner-up Marie Synnott-Wells crossed the line. Third woman another three minutes back was Abi Weeds of the South London Orienteers. Pete Warren ran some three minutes faster than last year to win the over 60s prize and throughout the field there were many personal bests recorded. Most runners seem to find the course an agreeably scenic as well as fast route. We won both open team races, with the men's awards going to Phil, Paul and Tim and the women's to Marie, Eliete Nascimento and Evelyn Joslin. The margin of victory for the women was a single point but would have been greater had brand-new member Mandy Westlake been included. She entered before joining us so was listed in the official results as unattached. In fact she was our second woman home in 13th place, ahead of Eliete 19th and Evelyn 26th. The race incorporated the Surrey Championship again this year but it will be a little time before the full county results will be available. But I think it's safe to say that the men's individual gold and silver will go to Phil Killingley and Paul Doyle and the men's team to Ranelagh. It's likely that Angela Howe is not Surrey qualified so the women's gold will probably come our way too, to Marie Synnott-Wells. Women's team golds are also on the cards, though it's not clear at the moment which three will count as the scoring team. It was great to see 50 Ranelagh names in the results and almost as many helping in some capacity. Organiser Robin Drummond adds: "I would like to put a big thank you in e-news to all who took part in the half marathon at the weekend. Without all the helpers this event just could not take place and I can proudly say that the feedback on marshalling and all other aspects of the event has been almost unanimously positive. So thanks to those who ran the event and even more thanks to those who help run the event". COUNTY TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May Sam Perkins won gold in the Surrey under 20s 3000m championship in 8.56.76. Pete Mulholland reports: "Alex Bodin (HW) set the pace and looked to have made a break after two laps but the pack hauled him back. Soon after, Sam tucked in and he and Bodin pulled well clear of the field. Sam appeared content to follow the pace (I even shouted for him to do his share of the work!) when with about 600m to go he set off and cleared well away from Bodin. Meanwhile Adam Przedrzymirski (HW) came charging from the pack and began to haul Sam back around the top bend but to no avail as the damage had been done. I spoke to Sam afterwards and he admitted, 'That was my first race over 3000m and I wasn't sure how to run it, that's why I sat in'. Sam adds: "I ran the race fairly evenly. I found the pace pretty comfortable so when everyone else slowed slightly in final K I just continued the pace we had been running for previous 2K. I think there is a lot more to come on the 8:56 I ran". Noel Stoddart reports on our other county championship competitors: "Another strong performance saw Nadia Fidler finish 2nd in 4.55 in her 1500m race at Middlesex after leading for the majority of the race. This was only just outside her pb of 4:53 run the week before at Watford. There were more pbs as Georgia Miansarow sliced another 6 seconds off the 1500m time she set last week (5:14.38), Rachel Pryce destroyed her 2 year old pb (5:19.38) and Eve Edmunds took a big step forward with 5:48.9 in the Middlesex U13 race. BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 13th May 1 L Greatorex (Belgrave) 16.07 13 Nick Wright 17.41 16 Andy Bickerstaff 18.03 43 Joss Moran 20.09 54 Chris Wright 20.40 62 Darren Wood 21.02 68 Chris Hunton 21.20 78 Sam Hunton 21.51 83 Martin Clark 22.31 89 Edward Smith 23.00 101 Karen Broadbent 23.53 108 Gill Wilson 24.52 143 Wally Garrod 28.22 MASTERS TRACK LEAGUE Monday 8th May at Battersea Park Julie Drumond writes: "A big thank you to all who came to Battersea for the first Vets meeting. Everyone enjoyed the event, men finishing in 3rd place and the ladies a close 2nd to Serps. Two of our runners were persuaded to join the regulars on the track. Beverley Walsh threw herself in at the deep end and covered various events, including the Shot and Long Jump - winning both events. Kerrie O'Connor-Forth came in 2nd place in both the 400m and 1500m. Other winners in the meet were Jo Regan W35 in 100m, High jump and long jump; Debbie Singleton W35 in Shot and discus; Marion Rayner W50 in 100m and 400m; Julie Drummond W50 2km walk; Sandra Foot, Jo, Julie and Marion in the 4x 200m relay. Thanks also to point scorers, Pat Hewlett and Lorna Smith. The next meeting is on Monday 22 May and hopefully we will have an even bigger and better team". CONCORDE 10km Sunday 14th May at Heston 1 M Boucher (AFD) 34.30 18 Chris Brook 39.24 OMAGH HALF MARATHON Saturday 25th March Marie Synnott-Wells protests that it was not in fact she who ran at Omagh as reported last week. FINALLY... Lost your kit? Found somebody else's? See www.lostkit.co.uk.