Newsdesk 2006

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 220                6 July 2006
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  
 *  Nathan Mills and Mandy Westlake lead Ranelagh at the Harry Hawkes   
 *  Coad Cup 5 miles handicap and AGM on Tuesday 11th July 
 *  Tickets for the 125th Anniversary Dinner on sale next week   

 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  Tuesday 11th July starting at 8.30pm in the
 Reports and accounts have been distributed by e-mail but some people have
 been unable to access the attachments. We think we have identified the
 problem, so if you have not successfully received them please let me know
 and I will try again. 
 The meeting follows...

 COAD CUP SUMMER HANDICAP 5 miles  Tuesday 11th July in Richmond Park. 7.15pm
 Our summer 5 miles canter in the Park. All members are invited and
 encouraged to attend both!

 RANELAGH 125th ANNIVERSARY DINNER  Friday 29th September at York House
 Marina Quayle writes:
 "The tickets for the 125th anniversary dinner will be on sale from next
 week. The price per head is 45 and includes a three course dinner followed
 by guest speakers. The dress code is black tie and the venue is York House
 in Twickenham on Friday 29th September. There are only 100 tickets for sale
 and they will be on a first come first served basis". Contact Marina for
 more info: mailto:marina_quayle@hotmail.com.
 St Mary's Richmond AC are desperate to find another 5000m runner for this
 Saturday's (July 8th) Southern League fixture at the Walton track. If you
 are interested, please contact Bob Sly (mailto:bob4news@tiscali.co.uk or
 01753 542545).

 We are still looking for someone to look after the beginners / improvers
 group on Tuesday evenings. Male or female, no coaching experience needed,
 just enthusiasm! Please see Frances Ratchford at the clubhouse..   

 ...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:aachrisowens@yahoo.co.uk.
 Rates are:
 Adult 30, under 20 or Student 6, Family 60, over 60 AND retired 5,
 Country (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
 TW10 7AA  

 The Harry Hawkes race on Sunday was the sixth event in our own summer Grand
 Prix series. The remaining ones are 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  Trevor Maguire 42,  Nathan Mills 36,  Paul Doyle 34,  Mick Lane 32,
 Phil Killingley 24,  Tim Woods 24
 M40   Trevor Maguire 27,  Mick Lane 18,  Marcus Gohar 11,  Peter Weir 10,
 Colin Frew 9,  Simon Burrell 7,  Roger Wilson 7 
 M50   Tim Woods 15,  Tom Reay 12,  Alan Davidson 12,  Mike Peace 10,  John
 Hanscomb 8,  Stephen Instone 8,  Alan Craig 8
 Women   Marie Synnott-Wells 17,  Mandy Westlake 14,  Karen Broadbent 9,
 Deborah Blakemore 7,  four runners on 6 points
 W40   Marie Synnott-Wells 18,  Michele Gibson 14,  Deborah Blakemore 12,
 Anje Lanting 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 Dysart Dash was the third of the five League fixtures. In the men's
 competition the winning team scores 25 points, second 24 and so on. In the
 women's it is 22, 21 etc.
 The current standings are:
 1= Stragglers 73  (25 + 24 + 24)
 1= Ranelagh 73  (23 + 25 + 25)
 3 South London 66  (24 + 22 + 20)
 4 Dorking & MV 65  (21 + 23 + 24) 

 1 Stragglers 62  (19 + 22 + 21)
 2 South London 59  (20 + 21 + 18)
 3 Sutton R 58  (22 + 19 + 17)
 8 Ranelagh 42  (0 + 20 + 22) 

 Only the best four scores from the five races count. So our women can
 discard the zero scored at Sutton and still be right in contention if we
 score well at the remaining two races: the Elmbridge 10km on 23rd July and
 the Belgrave 5km on 13th August. The men are already in contention and will
 also be able to drop their weakest result.   

 "In September I am leaving to work as a VSO volunteer (voluntary service
 overseas) in Malawi for one or possibly two years. I will be working with
 schools and  related parties trying to improve education standards. I am
 trying to raise sponsorship for VSO before I go and I have created a 'just
 giving' website - www.justgiving.com/clodaghfahy."  

 Neil Walford writes:
 "A few of us in Brighton are trying to organise a two week run next year
 through the length of  France and Spain, with people joining either for part
 or all the run. We are keen to get some more participants - we need about 15
 people in total.
 We start off in France with the daily mileage a bit higher as we have more
 daylight hours and also the terrain is flatter. We have a few mountain
 ranges to climb in Spain! I have based it on 8 minute miling as an average
 although this may be rather ambitious through Spain. Three runners will go
 off in the first vehicle starting at 06.30 and they will run 80 minutes
 each. They will be finished at 10.30 and will have the rest of the day free.
 The middle leg is 4 runners, starting at 10.30 and finishing at 15.50 and
 the last 3 runners start at 15.50 and finish at 20.30. We will mix runners
 up each day so that runners run different legs each day and will be running
 with different people each day if they so wish. This also means that we all
 get a chance to run in the 100 degree heat up a mountain at midday! 

 The consensus of opinion is that people prefer hotels over camping. France
 shouldn't be too much of a problem as we finish in towns where there should
 be accommodation. However, in Spain we finish in some remote places so we
 may need to camp a few nights. 

 The proposed dates are to start Saturday 12 May and finish Friday 25 May.
 Monday 28 May is a bank holiday which will allow 3 days rest at the end". 

 If you are interested, contact Neil at mailto:neil.walford@icr.ac.uk. 

 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 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. 

 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.

 Sunday 13th August     Belgrave 5km.  10am start in Wimbledon. Details:

 Every Saturday             Bushy Park Time Trial. 9am start at the Diana
 Fountain car park. See www.bptt.net for details.
 HARRY HAWKES 8 miles  Sunday 2nd July at Thames Ditton
 Anna McLaughlin reports:
 "The Ranelagh contingent was not as numerous as in previous years, possible
 due to the heat, but that should not take away from the great racing by
 those that did brave the scorching sun!  My first sighting (and for some my
 only sighting) was just after Kingston Bridge at approx 2 miles into the
 race... first through from Ranelagh was Nathan, looking strong and leading
 the chasing pack (the first three runners having already been strung out and
 gone racing ahead)... and then it was a steady stream of the infamous blue
 vest of Richmond! Some were looking good and some looked to be suffering
 already, but all of them managed either a smile, a wave or both!   
 My support was mainly based around the middle of the field (where John  was
 putting in his final race strategy practice before Ironman Germany in a
 couple of weeks), so sadly I didn't get a chance to see everyone finish, but
 there was a great camaraderie from all the runners which made my
 disappointment at not running a little easier!" 

 Thames Hare and Hounds were out in force as usual for this race which
 doubles as their club road running championship. But Nathan Mills put in
 another solid run to get up amongst them in 8th place, and with Trevor
 Maguire 14th and Peter Weir 22nd we filled third team place. Our leading
 woman - 11th overall - was Mandy Westlake.
 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 1st July
 It was already hot at 9am but there were PBs from Andy Morris and Phil
 1 J Kiptanui (Kenya) 16.39
 22 Andy Morris 19.46
 26 Darren Wood 19.58
 38 Chris Wright 20.45
 41 Roger Wilson 20.54
 48 Phil Aiken 21.13
 59 Adam Wright 21.59
 71 Alfie Purdue 22.49
 79 Martin Clark 23.20
 112 Steve McClune 25.45
 115 Gill Wilson 26.32
 129 John Hanscomb 27.17 

 DORNEY DASH 10km  Saturday 1st July
 It was even hotter by 10am and there is no spot of shade on the Dorney Lake
 course. Graham Quick and Pete Warren finished 4th in the over 40 and over 60
 1 P Gregory (V of Ayls) 33.21
 14 Graham Quick 37.31
 148 Pete Warren 44.07
 153 Steve Rowland 44.21
 252 Clive Naish 47.44
 259 Sonia Rowland 47.51 

 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km  Friday 30th June in Hyde Park
 1 R Cousens (London H) 15.23
 65 Alan Davidson 20.08
 139 Mike Rowland 24.56
 164 John Hanscomb 27.22 

 LONDON RUN 10km  Sunday 2nd July
 1 P Makau (Kenya) 29.52
 143 Kevin Jacques 42.08 

 KINGFIELD CANTER  2.85 miles Handicap  Wednesday 5th July at Woking
 1 A Eady (Thames H&H) 25.43  (actual time 24.28)
 7 Alan Davidson 26.47  (actual time 18.17)
 16 Steve Rowland 27.22  (actual time 17.52)
 21 Sonia Rowland 27.31  (actual time 20.46) 

 'Athletics Weekly' reports on a survey carried out by Cancer Research UK to
 ascertain the UK's favourite song to run to. 'Eye of the Tiger' comes out on
 top, followed by 'Don't Stop Me Now'. 'Keep on Running' is down in 5th place
 just ahead of the ubiquitous 'Chariots of Fire'.