Newsdesk 2006

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 218                18 June 2006
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  

 *  Dysart Dash 10km next Sunday - last chance to enter!
 *  Chris Brasher Ponds Run this Tuesday
 *  AGM and Coad Cup handicap on Tuesday 11th July
 *  Nadia Fidler wins Middlesex Schools 1500m   

 CHRIS BRASHER MEMORIAL PONDS RUN  Tuesday 20th June in Richmond Park
 Normal Tuesday evening training is cancelled for the day in favour of our
 annual commemoration of our fellow club member and London Marathon founder
 Chris Brasher. Starting at 7pm we'll divide into a few different groups and
 the aim is to visit each of the 20 ponds that can be found in the Park. This
 entails covering about eight miles in all, so some groups opt for a shorter
 route visiting just a few of the ponds. See parts of the Park you never
 normally visit!  

 NOTE  England v Sweden footie is on the same evening, kicking off at
 8pm...which some may think is an excellent reason to spend the evening in
 the Park! But apparently others want to see the game and so there may be a
 group setting off for the Ponds Run earlier at 6.30pm so that they can be
 back in good time.

 DYSART DASH 10km  Sunday 25th June at 10am.
 Our 10km race takes place next Sunday. At the time of writing we are very
 close to our entry limit of 500, so if you want to run do not delay in
 getting your entry in.
 Bev Ali adds: "We need more helpers to hand out water near the finish - no
 skills or club membership required - ideal way to keep family members
 occupied while waiting for you to finish! Please contact me at
 bev.ali@blueyonder.co.uk or Alan Hedger (01372 740626) if you can help".

 COAD CUP SUMMER HANDICAP 5 miles  Tuesday 11th July in Richmond Park. 7.15pm
 start, followed by...

 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  Tuesday 11th July starting at 8.30pm in the
 The date originally set for our AGM clashed with a semi-final of some
 football tournament or other, so we have put it back a week to Tuesday 11th
 July. This is the same evening as the Coad Cup summer five miles handicap in
 the Park, which starts at 7.15pm. The meeting will commence as soon as
 everyone is back from the run and showered/changed, hopefully at about
 8.30pm. All members are invited and encouraged to attend both!

 This is our own summer Grand Prix series. It usually includes ten races of
 varying distances but this year it looks like there will be only nine. The
 best eight scores will count. Four events have already taken place - the
 Thames Towpath 10m, the London Marathon, the Richmond Half Marathon and the
 Dorking 10m. All the longer races are out of the way! The remaining ones are
 the Dysart 10km (June 25th), the Harry Hawkes 8m (July 2nd), the Elmbridge
 10km (July 23rd), the Wedding Day 7km (July 28th) and the Belgrave 5km
 (August 13th). 83 members already appear on the scoreboard. Current leaders are:

 Open  Trevor Maguire 28,  Phil Killingley 24,  Tim Woods 22,  Paul Doyle 22,
 Mick Lane 22,  Steve Whitehead 19
 M40   Trevor Maguire 18,  Mick Lane 12,  Colin Frew 9,  Marcus Gohar 6
 M50   Tim Woods 12,  Mike Peace 10,  John Hanscomb 7,  Tom Reay 7
 Women   Marie Synnott-Wells 12,  Fari Shams 6,  Sara Grosvenor 6, six
 runners with 5 points
 W40   Marie Synnott-Wells 12,  Michele Gibson 9,  Anje Lanting 6,  Deborah
 Blakemore 5
 W50   Jane Wyatt 6,  Beverley Ali 5  

 This is a team and individual competition open to all Surrey clubs based on
 five road races over the summer season. This year there are 25 clubs taking
 part in the men's competition and 22 in the women's. We are the current
 holders of the women's title and finished runners-up to Belgrave last year
 in the men's. The best four results from the five races are counted. Two
 events - the Sutton 10km and the Dorking 10m - have already taken place and
 the remaining races are the Dysart 10km on June 25th, the Elmbridge 10km on
 July 23rd and the Belgrave 5km on August 13th.

 After the first two races, Stragglers hold a one point lead over Ranelagh in
 the men's competition, 49 to 48. SLH, Dorking and Sutton Runners follow on
 with 46, 44 and 42. In the women's event there is a three-way tie at the top
 with SLH, Sutton Runners and Stragglers all on 41 points. We are back in
 11th place with only 20 points, but that is largely because we had no
 runners in the opening race and therefore scored zero. Good results in the
 remaining three races will bring us back into contention. 

 Scoring in the team competiton is (men) 25 for 1st, 24 for 2nd etc and
 (women) 22 for 1st, 21 for 2nd etc. In the individual competitions it's the
 other way up - 1 point for 1st, 2 for 2nd etc. Our top contenders at the
 moment are Phil Killingley and Paul Doyle in the senior men category. They
 are 2nd and 3rd respectively with 5 and 7 points behind Stuart Major of SLH
 on 3 points. Mick Lane, Liz Kipling and Marie Synnott-Wells have all scored
 well in one race but need to run all the remaining three to be in at the
 kill in their sections.

 ...to Clare Gutch who recently became Mrs King.

 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@talk21.com ).     

 Tuesday 20th June        Chris Brasher Memorial Ponds Run in Richmond Park.
 See above. 

 Sunday 25th June         Dysart Dash 10km. See above.

 Sunday 2nd July           Harry Hawkes 8 miles at Thames Ditton. 10am start.
 Details: http://www.sportsystems.net/hh8/Scripts/default.asp  

 Tuesday 11th July         Coad Cup 5 miles summer handicap in Richmond Park
 (7.15pm start) followed by AGM at the clubhouse.

 Sunday 23rd July          Elmbridge 10km at Walton. 10.30am start. Details:
                                    Surrey Slog Half Marathon.  10am start at
 Peaslake. Details: www.mabac.org.uk. 

 Every Saturday             Bushy Park Time Trial. 9am start at the Diana
 Fountain car park. See www.bptt.net for details.
 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 10th June
 Numbers slipped back to "only" 159 this week, but the 200 barrier will
 surely be broken soon. In the light of that, Paul Sinton-Hewitt has made
 slight adjustments to the start and finish to improve safety. If the
 numbers were down the quality certainly wasn't. Aussie Craig Mottram smashed
 the old record by 39 seconds and failed by only a second to become the first
 to beat the 14 minutes barrier. Women's course record holder Sonia
 O'Sullivan was there too, though not troubling her PB on this occasion. A
 minute behind O'Sullivan was Cilla Pettersson in her first BPTT, and her
 18.34 puts her in 11th place on the event ranking list; and a few seconds
 behind Cilla came the new Clare King. There were several PBs set, notably a
 first time inside 20 minutes by Taylor Nunn and a 40 seconds improvement
 from Kerrie O'Connor.    

 1 C Mottram (Australia) 14.00
 6 S O'Sullivan (TH&H) 17.32
 12 Andrew Forth 18.32
 13 Cilla Pettersson 18.34
 17 Clare King 18.47
 19 Chris Read 19.19
 23 Stephen Instone 19.33
 27 Taylor Nunn 19.47
 29 Andy Morris 19.53
 37 Chris Camacho 20.16
 40 Alan Davidson 20.19
 47 Chris Wright 20.49
 49 Mandy Westlake 20.52
 64 Max Bridger 21.43
 65 Adam Wright 21.46
 74 Ray Smith 22.09
 81 Jim Forrest 22.45
 84 Luke Wilson 22.49
 85 Karen Broadbent 22.53
 86 Kerrie O'Connor 22.55
 97 Alastair Sinclair 23.56
 116 Gill Wilson 25.21
 117 Steve McClune 25.37
 122 Julie Naismith 26.13
 125 John Hanscomb 26.23
 127 Wally Garrod 26.49
 131 Becky Withycombe 27.01
 146 Elly Grant 29.20 

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 17th June
 192 runners this week, so the 200 barrier remains for another day. The big
 PB today was by Chris Camacho, a 30 seconds improvement.
 1 D Symons (TH&H) 16.12
 6 Michael Black 17.09
 18 Andrew Forth 18.25
 26 Chris Read 18.59
 33 Chris Camacho 19.28
 46 Stephen Instone 19.54
 59 Andy Morris 20.27
 63 Chris Wright 20.40
 65 Chris Hunton 20.42
 82 Adam Wright 21.24
 95 Edward Smith 22.22
 99 Evelyn Joslin 22.31
 102 Roger Wilson 22.33
 108 Phil Aiken 22.53
 112 Kerrie O'Connor 22.59
 128 Alastair Sinclair 24.21
 137 Steve McClune 25.10
 150 Gill Wilson 26.04
 152 Elly Grant 26.14
 156 John Hanscomb 26.51  

 HARVEL 5 miles  Saturday 3rd June at Meopham
 Mick Lane wanted a little warm-up for the next day's Dorking 10...
 1 M Boyle (Herne Hill) 25.48
 6 Mick Lane 28.23
 REGENTS PARK 10km  Saturday 11th June
 Tim Woods repeated his third place from the May race but was all of one
 second slower this time! 
 1 M Taylor (WSEH) 34.30
 3 Tim Woods 35.07 

 MABAC LEAGUE 5 miles  Sunday 11th June at Holmwood Common
 1 M Daniels (Wimb W) 29.40
 107 Bev Ali 57.30
 108 Juliette Chan 57.30 

 1 lap
 1 G Bruinvels (Dorking) 15.40
 3 Elly Grant 25.47 

 STOCKHOLM MARATHON  Saturday 3rd June
 1 P Bandawe (Zimbabwe) 2.17.01
 843 Andy Hayward 3.21.06 

 1 A Rahm (Sweden) 2.36.37
 858 Michele Gibson 4.15.36 
 From the St Mary's Richmond AC website:
 "Nadia Fidler kicked away in the last 500m to win the Middlesex Schools
 1500m at the weekend. There were further pbs for Eve Edmunds in the 1200m
 and, in the Surrey Schools 1500m, for Beccy Culverwell". More details at

 Dr John Pocari, an exercise physiologist at the University of Wisconsin,
 believes the key to running faster might be all in the mind. He experimented
 with two groups of subjects, each running three 5km time trials. Before each
 run, one group drank a glass of plain bottled water and the other was given
 what they were told was super-oxygenated water - but which in fact was
 ordinary tap water. The second group ran on average 83 seconds faster. Heart
 rate and blood lactate levels were the same between the groups, leading the
 Doc to conclude that the mind plays a significant role in athletes'
 performances. Now...where can I get some of this super-oxygenated water...