**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 219 29 June 2006 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ********************* * 436 finishers in the Dysart Dash * Paul Doyle and Jo Ronaldson both runners-up * Men's and women's team wins for Ranelagh * Jo Ronaldson wins Dulwich Midsummer 5km * Women's beginners course concludes * Good crowd for the Chris Brasher Memorial Ponds Run * AGM on Tuesday 11th July SEE HERE ************* ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Tuesday 11th July starting at 8.30pm in the clubhouse Agenda and reports for the AGM will be sent out separately following this e-news. They will be in the form of e-mail attachments, so if any of you fail to receive them owing to attachment screening or other problems, please let me know. The meeting follows... COAD CUP SUMMER HANDICAP 5 miles Tuesday 11th July in Richmond Park. 7.15pm start. Our summer 5 miles canter in the Park. All members are invited and encouraged to attend both! SUBSCRIPTIONS... ...for 2006-2007 were due in April, so if you haven't paid anything in the last few weeks you are probably now overdue. If you're not sure, please e-mail Membership Secretary Chris Owens at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 CONGRATULATIONS... ...to Frances Ratchford who has received her Level 4 coaching qualification. Frances writes: "I think there are under 200 women coaches at Level 4 so feel quite pleased but it's lots of work!" RANELAGH ROAD GRAND PRIX This is our own summer Grand Prix series. Five races have taken place and the remaining ones are the Harry Hawkes 8m (July 2nd), the Elmbridge 10km (July 23rd), the Wedding Day 7km (July 28th) and the Belgrave 5km (August 13th). 104 members already appear on the scoreboard, a full version of which can be seen on our website, together with details of the races. Current leaders are: Open Paul Doyle 34, Mick Lane 32, Trevor Maguire 31, Phil Killingley 24, Nathan Mills 24, Tim Woods 24 M40 Trevor Maguire 21, Mick Lane 18, Marcus Gohar 11, Colin Frew 9, Simon Burrell 6, four runners with 5 points M50 Tim Woods 15, Mike Peace 10, John Hanscomb 8, Stephen Instone 8, Tom Reay 7, three runners with 6 points Women Marie Synnott-Wells 17, Mandy Westlake 8, Fari Shams 6, Sara Grosvenor 6, Kerrie O'Connor 6, Jo Ronaldson 6 W40 Marie Synnott-Wells 18, Michele Gibson 14, Anje Lanting 6, Deborah Blakemore 6, Jo Turner 5, Lynne Barber 5 W50 Jane Wyatt 6, Sonia Rowland 6, Beverley Ali 5, Julie Naismith 5, Corinne Bishop 4, Beverly Walsh 3 THE SWEATSHOP... ...in Teddington have a sale starting on the 1st July amd they are offering Ranelagh a preview on the Thursday 29th & Friday 30th June. PILATES Sian Tingley writes: "Some months ago a few members were looking at arranging a Pilates session at Raleigh Rd church in Richmond. If any one has details could they e mail me at mailto:email@example.com". ********************* WHAT'S COMING... ********************* More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff ( mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Phil Aiken (07739 035189 / mailto: email@example.com ) or Anna McLaughlin (07971 606521 / mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ). 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: www.elmbridgeroadrunners.co.uk. Surrey Slog Half Marathon. 10am start at Peaslake. Details: www.mabac.org.uk. Friday 28th July Wedding Day 7km. 7.30pm start in Bushy Park. Details: http://www.sportsystems.net/weddingday/Scripts/default.asp. This is always a popular event and there will most probably be no entries available on the day. Every Saturday Bushy Park Time Trial. 9am start at the Diana Fountain car park. See www.bptt.net for details. WHAT'S HAPPENED... *************************** DYSART DASH 10km Sunday 25th June Well, we expect nothing less than a hot day for the Dysart Dash. Early in the morning it was quite pleasant but by race time the thermometer had climbed and it had become deceptively humid. About 450 runners assembled at the start but some found it hard going and not all of them made it round both laps. At the sharp end, SLH's Stuart Major had a much easier time of it than he might have expected. A couple of runners gave chase for the first mile or two but Major was away and clear well before the end of the first lap. Striding on with only the lapped runners for company he built up a lead of over a minute by the time he turned into the finishing straight. Last year's winner Paul Doyle ran a canny race, picking off runners on the second circuit to move into the runner-up spot ahead of Belgrave's Malachi Byansi. Peter Haarer finished 6th to give us a good start in the team reckoning. As usual Nathan Mills went out hard in the wake of the leading pack and held on well for a sub 36 minutes PB in 20th place. But he could not stay ahead of the experienced Mick Lane and Marcus Gohar double act. They fought out their own personal battle which took them through to 16th and 19th, the 3rd and 4th over 40s to finish. Gordon Whitson on a visit from Athens should at least have been well accustomed to the conditions. He ducked inside 37 minutes as the second over 50 home, and a few seconds behind Gordon there was a good performance from new member Howard Gleave. Chris Owens, Trevor Maguire, Marc Snaith and Chris Read were the only other Ranelagh men to finish inside 40 minutes, but it goes without saying that they had our leading women up there with them. Jo Ronaldson was close to her personal best with 36.33 but just like last year she only had a distant view of Thames's Australian Naomi Warner who recorded an excellent 34.52 for 9th place overall. Jo finished 2nd, Marie Synnott-Wells was 4th and these two were also the leading over 35s. Anna McLaughlin was carrying a foot injury but did enough in 8th place to secure the team win for Ranelagh. The men's team prizes also came our way, but the result of the Surrey Championship - incorporated as usual with this race - will be different because Peter Haarer as an Oxfordshire man is ineligible. The result is to be confirmed but it seems likely that our team of Doyle, Lane and Gohar will win the bronzes behind Stragglers and Hercules Wimbledon. No such problems for the women's team who will add yet another Surrey title to their collection. We had 50 Ranelagh finishers in all, and of course there were many more club members in attendance helping in some capacity. Organiser Bev Ali adds: "Congratulations to all the runners who finished the Dysart Dash, and a heartfelt thank-you to all the helpers on Sunday - it was very warm and humid, and the extra water angels (especially the short ones) were really appreciated. As the nominal organiser of the race, I feel a bit of a fraud since most of the 'on the day' effort is performed by a legion of helpers orchestrated by Alan Hedger. Special thanks as ever to Alan, to Jimmy, without whom providing all that water would have been a logistical nightmare, to Ken Powley for his usual efficiency in compiling the results in record time (to the uninformed eye he may have seemed a little slower than usual, but that was only because I hadn't told anyone where the prizes were), to Steve Rowland as Ken's assistant, and to Carol and crew in the kitchen. A huge thank-you and kudos to everyone who marshalled, cleaned up, washed up, handed out medals, supported the runners, or in general contributed to bring order out of chaos in any way, you really are too numerous to list and it couldn't happen without you! Thanks also to Malcolm McBride from MaxSports in Twickenham for his continued support and sponsorship". CHRIS BRASHER MEMORIAL PONDS RUN Tuesday 20th June in Richmond Park Chris Owens reports: "We had quite a good turnout for the Ponds run, considering the Ranelagh first team were playing England at the same time - well it was some bunch of guys in blue and yellow anyway. We had at least three groups going round - most of Clare and Anna's group plus Hugh Brasher, a breakaway group of Michele plus a few others and a "lanterne rouge" pack lead by Bev Ali. Most of the ponds had something loosely described as water in them due to rain in the last week or so, which helped make the run understandable to some of the people who hadn't done it before. The 20 "Rutted hollows in the middle of nowhere" Run doesn't have quite the same ring. We had very enjoyable time, although I still failed to find Thompson's pond in the middle of the Isabella plantation - it's in there somewhere, but seems to move around. After the run, some people rushed off to the Roebuck, as the Dysart ignored the football completely. So a few of the usual suspects sat in a deserted pub, and enjoyed life. Thanks to Marina's daughter Manon, we had our own personal update service by phone, a great help as I'd promised Andy Hayward who was sitting in some airport terminal in the States that I'd keep him up to date. Txting was duly deployed and I was able to comfirm the Ranelagh first team's stunning draw almost as soon as it happened". DULWICH RUNNERS MIDSUMMER 5km Wednesday 21st June at Dulwich Park Jo Ronaldson won the women's section impressively by a minute. 1 M Shone (Woodford G) 15.33 11 Jo Ronaldson 17.25 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 24th June Only a small Ranelagh contingent this week, with the Dysart Dash to follow on Sunday, but there were PBs for Phil Aiken and Jim Forrest. 1 C Kosgei (Kenya) 14.37 22 Chris Camacho 19.33 36 Alan Davidson 20.04 42 Darren Wood 20.25 54 Chris Wright 20.47 57 Adam Wright 20.55 65 Phil Aiken 21.28 79 Jim Forrest 22.16 86 Evelyn Joslin 23.01 96 Karen Broadbent 23.47 115 Steve McClune 25.38 121 John Hanscomb 26.28 NATIONAL YOUNG ATHLETES LEAGUE Sunday 25th June at Perivale The St Mary's Richmond team finished in 6th place in their latest Southern Division 2 South fixture. Amongst the individual event winners were Morgan Evans, Josh Keisler, Edward Smith, Alex McKenna, Beccy Culverwell, Rebecca Clayden, Nadia Fidler and Rachel Pryce. More details on the St Mary's web site: www.smrac.org.uk. WOMEN'S BEGINNERS COURSE Tuesday 20th June in Richmond Park Our annual eight-week course for beginners ended as usual with a run over two laps of the Henty Relay circuit around Sidmouth Wood. "Only half the group turned up," reports Frances Ratchford, "and Sarah and I weren't sure whether it was the football or just the thought of the race! Sarah did all the coaching this year despite or because of her bump." 1 Emma Hughes 30.30 2 Grace Over 30.37 3 Penny Merrett 30.37 4 Judith Gleave 31.12 5 Fetitia Adoul 31.23 6 Anka Draganski 31.32 7 Deirdre Inman 31.40 8 Anika White 31.45 9 Amanda Clarke 34.40 10 Clementine Smith 35.36 11 Anna Lise Hulme 35.45 RON WHEELER 2.6 miles Wednesday 28th June at Wapping 1 A Barns 13.08 11 Chris Read 15.44 12 Alan Davidson 15.57 14 Andy Hayward 16.50 MIDSUMMER MUNRO HALF MARATHON Saturday 24th June at Dorking "The hardest half" according to the event web site: "A half marathon with height gain/loss of 3000 feet - equivalent to a Scottish Munro. A run for very hearty man fellows and lady fellows, mostly on rough tracks, and including superb views over the North Downs, the Mole Gap, Denbies Vineyard, and Dorking". This might account for Simon B appearing a little jaded for the Dysart Dash the next day! 1 S Winder (Epsom & E) 1.43.51 80 Simon Burrell 2.52.36 81 Simon Tyler 2.52.36 GUERNSEY HALF MARATHON (and VETS TRACK LEAGUE!) Sunday 18th June Julie Drummond reports: "Award-winning landlady and gardener Janet Turnes of Wych Elm fame wanted to celebrate her 50th birthday in style and persuaded Julie N and Julie D to join her in a weekend away in Guernsey, challenging them to the local annual half marathon on the Sunday. According to the hotel staff, three old ladies had 'sailed in' to compete in the event and we thought we had competition ... however, we turned out to be the 'Old Ladies', although we were probably the youngest staying in the hotel. All three of us were pretty unprepared as Janet injured her ankle and was unable to train for weeks, and J & J became lethargic - as their friend wasn't there to kick them into gear. Anyway, the day came and three pretty nervous vets set out to run along the Guernsey coast and enjoy the views. It was very hot, luckily the locals had the hosepipes out to cool us down ... we were happy to see the finish line, but of course no PBs. Maybe next year! Janet took the biggest suitcase you've ever seen. Maybe if we go again she'll take something smaller ... our room was on the 2nd floor with no lift and no help from her friends! While we were on our way back to the UK the third Vets meeting at Battersea was underway. Robin was there to manage the team, who performed amazingly well, covering all but 4 events. Di Wilson amused the high jumpers with her stage diving technique. Kerrie won the javelin. Sandra and Marion both won two events. At the end of the match we are in 2nd place. Our last meeting of the season is on Monday 3rd July at Battersea Park- please come along, men and women, you know it's a lotta fun! Results are posted in the clubhouse". 1 A Rowe (Guernsey) 1.16.19 151 Julie Drummond 2.00.48 158 Julie Naismith 2.02.49 185 Janet Turnes 2.12.12 TOUR OF EPSOM Monday 12th - Friday 16th June Phil Aiken ran all five events, plus Saturday's BPTT to make it six in a row! In the tour he almost succeeded in improving his position each day, and overall placed 41st out of 112 who finished all five. Race 1 3.3m Horton Country Park 1 J McMullan (Epsom O) 16.36 68 Phil Aiken 23.20 Race 2 4.4m Nonsuch Park 1 J McMullan (Epsom O) 22.32 54 Phil Aiken 31.27 76 Sue Ashley 33.04 Race 3 4m Hogsmill 1 J McMullan (Epsom O) 20.47 51 Phil Aiken 28.27 Race 4 3.25m time trial Epsom 1 J McMullan (Epsom O) 16.31 43 Phil Aiken 22.24 Race 5 4m Horton Country Park 1 J McMullan (Epsom O) 19.43 47 Phil Aiken 27.06 ST ALBANS HALF MARATHON Sunday 11th June 1 P Stainer (Shaftesbury) 1.15.45 122 Stephen Logue 1.40.49 WORTHING 10km Wednesday 7th June 1 J Baker (Chichester) 32.01 39 Neil Walford 38.05 229 Phil Aiken 45.40 SELF TRANSCENDENCE 2 miles Monday 5th June in Battersea Park 1 T Kingsnorth (Bristol) 9.54 21 John Pratt 13.32 STOCKHOLM MARATHON Saturday 3rd June Andy Hayward reports: "Whilst unusual in the world of marathons, a 2:00pm start was the only reason Michele even considered running another one after her early morning experience of London in 1992. I must say that whilst it meant a late finish, it did allow a lay in and a leisurely breakfast, before wandering around the waterfront, and then strolling up to the start. The downside was that it was an unseasonably warm day (24'C) and of course we were running through the hottest part of it. The start of the race was right outside the 1912 Olympic Stadium. It is a small stadium, but impressive none the less because of its history, both as the venue for the 1912 Olympic Games, and the fact that it has seen more world records achieved there than any other stadium in the world, thus being a world record holder in its own right. The course headed out east for two laps of the medieval city situated on 14 islands (part of an archipelago of 24,000). The laps were slightly different at the beginning of each, allowing a lot of the Djurgarden, the big park to the east of the city, to be seen. The course is a little undulating, but the only tough climb on the course is Vasterbron, Sweden's largest arched bridge, and the views from the top are stunning. At the end of the second lap, the runners pass through an arch into the stadium and on to the track to run the last 300 metres to the the finish line of the Olympic Stadium. Quite an amazing feeling. I was a little disappointed with the time, but very pleased to have just been able to be there, and to finish well. I was also pleased that my splits were fairly even for each of the 10kms. I was also pleased to have finished my 50th marathon/ultra marathon. Michele ran well, but hit the wall at about 37k, so had to hang in there a bit over the last 5k. Despite starting right at the back behind walkers and the 5:15 pacing group, she passed thousands of people, and recorded the best time of her two marathons despite an injury plagued build up which meant that her longest training run had been 15 miles. A gutsy run. The race had a nice atmosphere. With 17,000+ entered and 13,000 finishers, it had the feel of a big city marathon but was less impersonal than the megamarathons such as London and New York etc. Good crowd support and a scenic course make this one of the best marathons in the world to run". Results were included in the last e-news. JOHN ATKINSON... ..writes from Canada: "All's going well for me in Vancouver. I've got an apartment with a partial view of the Pacific Ocean - and have been out running alongside it ... and around Stanley Park, 3-4 times a week. I ran the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon yesterday in 83:08 (gun time) - 83:04 (chip - those four seconds made all the difference...), to place 41st of 3,424 finishers. Felt fresh as a daisy at the start - having not raced for about a month - and was able to keep the trio of Canadian-Kenyans in my sights ...for at least the first 250 metres or so. Giitah Macharia won the race, in a time of 64:29. Having hobbled home seven days previously from a training run with ankle ligament trouble, I was delighted just to be on the starting grid. Cruised through 10km in 38:34 (though the kilometre markers were positioned fairly randomly, so it could have been 37 or 39:34) - and halfway in about 40:34. Slowed a little during the second half - mainly due to distracting views of the Pacific Ocean and the searing early morning sun - but was able to maintain a fair clip during the latter stages and ripped through the chequered flag (with my trademark sprint-finish) just after 8:20am. I had my timing chip plucked from my right shoe laces, bowed for my medal, wolfed down some Gatorade and bananas - and then legged it back to my apartment from Stanley Park (about a 10-minute speed-jog) to watch the second half of the England-Ecuador game: I've got my priorities in order you know! Weather's been almost exclusively sunny - only a couple of Monsoon days - so I've been out on my bike a lot as well. Workwise, I have a few irons in the fire and I'm also in the process of snapping up an apartment in a place just east of Vancouver called ... Surrey! (Well, it makes me feel at home)". FINALLY... "I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart." Mike Fanelli, coach.