**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 232 2 November 2006 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ********************* * Whiskers galore at the 125th Anniversary Run * 125th Anniversary Mass Mob Match this Saturday 4th November - don't miss it! * Sam Perkins 16th in UK Cross Challenge SEE HERE ************* RANELAGH'S 125th ANNIVERSARY Mass Mob Match on Saturday November 4th in Richmond Park The big one! Not to be missed! We are taking on all four of our traditional mob match opponents - Blackheath Harriers, South London Harriers, Orion Harriers and Thames Hare and Hounds - at once. The route will be the normal two laps making up 7½ miles but for those who might find 7½ a bit too much there will be the option of running only one lap. Start time is 2.30pm. All competitors and officials will receive a special commemorative shot glass. For those who might not have taken part in a mob match before, the idea is that each club fields as many runners as possible and all might count towards the final result. So even if you do no other cross-country races this winter, please try to get to this one! Parking is obviously going to be at a premium. Even the Pembroke Lodge car park opposite our race start seems to fill up on most Saturdays now. If you can use public transport or bike, please do so. If you drive, please be prepared to park a little distance away in the side roads towards Ham. As this race doubles as our annual match against Thames, it will incorporate the "Richard Clay-Jones Pint", which goes to the first Ranelagh over 50 to finish. There will be a supper in the evening in the clubhouse, starting at 6.30pm, price about £6. Book your place with Jo Turner (mailto:email@example.com) or Marina Quayle (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org). SURREY LEAGUE The second League fixtures are on Saturday 11th November. We made good starts a couple of weeks ago in both the men's and the women's competitions. The men, newly promoted back to Division 1, finished 3rd - their best result in the top division since 1998. The women are the reigning Division 1 champions and finished a close-up 2nd to Belgrave in the first race. So, there is everything to run for: the men to retain a high position, the women to overtake the Belles. Don't forget there are B, C and so on teams in the women's competition, and we are running an unofficial B team contest against Stragglers in the men's. Everyone will count. The men's event is at Coulsdon. HQ is the South London Harriers clubhouse. The start is a 5 minutes jog away on Farthing Downs. Start times are 2.30pm (all juniors) and 3pm (seniors). The women's event is at Lightwater Country Park. Start times are 12.15pm (seniors), 1.15pm (under 17s and under 15s) and 1.45pm (under 13s). COAST TO COAST Bill Bird writes: "Next spring a small group of the 1971 Pennine Way Relay team are thinking of doing the coast to coast as a walk in 10 days. We are seeking the services of a driver who can map read, who might like to run/walk back to join us and would share our B/B accommodation and might even get paid! If you are fit and fancy some concentrated conditioning drop me an e-mail. No obligation on either side at this stage". Mailto:email@example.com. NEEL DE ALWIS David Rowntree writes: "Whilst in Sri Lanka recently I met up with a local runner when out running on the beach. Having met up with him a few times (he kept passing me!!) and seeing that he looked pretty good I later found out that he competes on the track, 800m, and does some 10k's with times of 1m 57s and 29 minutes respectively. Before I left I gave him a Club vest and said that I would register him as member of Ranelagh Harriers. His name is Neel De Alwis and he can speak very good English but is trying to get the money together to fund a college course to learn to read and write English which will help him with employment in Sri Lanka. At the moment he can only get seasonal work during the holiday period and still lives at home with his family who are obviously pretty poor. I also thought I may try to start a fund through the Club to help him with his English course, which will only cost about £100". If anyone would like to make a contribution to the fund, please contact David at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. LONDON MARATHON CHARITY PLACES Ranelagh has some links with the charity wpf Kensington, who have a number of guaranteed places in the 2007 London Marathon. Runners would have to undertake to raise at least £1,300 in sponsorship. Anyone interested should call 020 7361 4816 or e-mail mailto:email@example.com. ********************* WHAT'S COMING... ********************* More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff ( 07772 111491 / mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Mark Middleton ( 07725 119649 / mailto: email@example.com ) or Phil Aiken (07739 035189 / mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Anna McLaughlin (07971 606521 / mailto: email@example.com ). Saturday 4th November Mass Mob Match in Richmond Park at 2.30pm. All members please try to come! See above. Sunday 5th November MABAC League 5 miles at Puttenham Common. 11am start. See http://www.mabac.org.uk/. Saturday 11th November Surrey League Div 1 - men at Coulsdon, women at Lightwater Country Park. See above. Saturday 25th November South of the Thames 5 miles Championship (men and women) at Tadworth. 2pm start. Every Saturday Bushy Park Time Trial. 9am start at the Diana Fountain car park. See http://www.bptt.net/ for details. WHAT'S HAPPENED... *************************** 125th ANNIVERSAY BIRTHDAY RUN Sunday 29th October at Putney Heath Upwards of eighty 21st Century Ranelagh Harriers assembled on a sunny Sunday afternoon in front of the Green Man. At 4pm, 125 years on to the very hour from the club's first-ever meeting, they set off to recreate that pioneering run of their 19th Century predecessors. The route was to the Windmill on Wimbledon Common and back, about 2½ miles in all. After the mandatory photographs had been snapped, a hobble had been gobbled and some discussion had been entered into about which of the underpasses beneath the A3 we should aim for (not a problem the 1881 Harriers would have faced!), off we went: a motley collection of modern running clothes, 1881 kit, and - wherever you looked - whiskers, real or stuck on. What the other common users made of us, I wouldn't like to think. In due course the pack reappeared and we filled out the bar of the Green Man. The buffet, alas, didn't last long, having been ordered on an estimate of fifty or so attending. Still, it was an enjoyable and historic occasion. Answers to FAQs Frank Wynne, 19 year-old Hon Sec of the Ranelagh Cricket Club in Fulham, had the original idea to form a cross-country club as a means of keeping fit during the winter months. The Cricket Club committee appointed Wynne as the first Ranelagh Harriers club captain. Eight runners took part in the opening run, though according to a letter written by Wynne, "a great crowd of spectators were outside the Green Man, including the grand old Duke of Beaufort aged 77". They started their runs as late as 4pm because many people worked until 1pm on Saturdays. The club's home remained the Green Man until 1935, when redevelopment of the pub's old stables forced us to move to the Dysart Arms, where we have remained ever since. UK CROSS CHALLENGE Saturday 28th October at Senneleys Park, Birmingham Sam Perkins writes: "I am not sure whether to start with the result or the excuse. I was pretty disappointed with the result. I started slow and never sped up before dying on the final lap. I had a cold the previous week which I thought I had shaken off but clearly hadn't. I hadn't had time before the race and after the cold to do a session to see whether I was okay or not so it was a bit of a gamble. Anyway hopefully I can knock a few good weeks in before the next cross challenge in Liverpool". Representing Loughborough University, Estelle Damant was 77th in the senior women's race. Men Under 20 10km 1 K Deighton (Bridlington) 32.04 16 Sam Perkins 34.40 Women 1 H Yelling (WSEH) 22.22 77 Estelle Damant (Lough) 27.59 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 28th October 259 finishers this week, and only one PB from the Ranelagh contingent - by Sophie Spink. 1 R Stanhope (Belgrave) 16.07 28 Chris Read 19.43 33 Darren Wood 19.58 51 Phil Aiken 20.22 56 Chris Camacho 20.42 57 Peter Wright 20.44 82 Alan Davidson 21.29 96 George Inman 22.10 109 Sophie Spink 22.37 111 Evelyn Joslin 22.41 117 Jim Forrest 22.54 121 Karen Broadbent 22.59 199 John Hanscomb 27.14 CHICAGO MARATHON Sunday 22nd October Here's Iain Wilson's own report (result was included in the last edition): "The Chicago course is dead flat, with lots to look at (if you like skyscrapers) and with fantastic support. It was bloomin' cold on race day, though - about 5C, with a keen north wind. I was on the latest leg of my quest for a sub 3 (of vet vintage) and I had a cunning plan. This was to start steady, hit halfway no faster than 1:29 and trust on the training miles in the bank to hold the pace through to nick a sub 3. A moment of panic at the start when I discovered my watch display had gone haywire. I decided to incorporate this into my plan; which was to ignore mile splits and simply use the 10k splits as pointers. This one was going to be without the help of Garmins, HRMs and now, without watches. Kind of liberating, really. I set off feeling good, but cold, simply concentrating on not going too fast - and enjoying the great support from the crowds. We zigzagged through the city centre grid, before heading north into the wind. Seeking some shelter behind the guy ahead, I could see several hundred runners in front similarly 'drafting'. Despite the width of the road, there we all were, squeezed into the left hand gutter. I pitied the runner at the front. 10k split OK. Turn at 7 miles and head back downtown, past the Sears Tower. Going well now, slowing only to sip water at each station. I still can't drink on the run. Hit halfway in about 1:29. Then, as we headed west, I was gradually joined by the 3:00 pacing group. Without my watch, I decided it would be daft not to go with them for as long as possible, and was reassured by hearing the leader call out a succession of 6:48 miles. South now. Around 20 miles I checked myself for burnout, but all seemed OK. Tired, but still going. This group was getting smaller all the time. 21, 22, 23. My legs getting heavier now, but spirits still up. This is further than I've ever got before without slowing. At 24, to keep cramp at bay, I eased off the pace a bit. This worked, and I was heartened to be able keep the pacer guy in sight just ahead. Passing loads of people now. The final turn includes the only 'hill' on the course, an overpass. 400m now to the finish. I'm fairly sure that I'm on for sub 3, but I'm going by the evidence of the clock at 40K and the fact that the pacer is still in sight. From their place in the stand, I get a big cheer and a wave from Bridget and the boys. When I see the finish clock click round towards 3:00:02, I'm already going for it with both (eye)balls out. But I'm so happy as I cross the line. Irrespective of the clock, I know I've run sub 3. The only race I was running was to the chip time, since there was not much I could do about having to give 200yds to the Kenyans and other speedies at the start line. 2:59:31, 946th finisher out of 33,000,11th in age division. Pleased with the even splits and with my finishing form. Women's winner was Berhane Adere (2:20:42) and men's winner was Robert Cheruiyot (2:07:35), who won despite slipping on a La Salle Bank logo on the road surface at the finish, and cracking his head on the ground. He did however, cross the line, feet first, without breaking the tape! Some people - quite possibly lawyers from La Salle Bank - removed the logo from the road after that. None of this got in my way at all. I was dead chuffed with my run, and with the event generally". LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km Friday 27th October at Hyde Park Mike Rowland writes: "M Rowland is still recovering from an op and his time of 26 mins exactly was not an attempt at trying to fool the handicapper. The latter knows M Rowland's tricks only too well". 1 J Shane (Basildon) 15.59 71 Alan Davidson 20.27 150 Mike Rowland 26.00 163 John Hanscomb 27.36 SURREY CLASSIC 10km Sunday 29th October at Nonsuch Park 1 W Clark (Epsom & E) 32.51 257 John Hanscomb 55.48 266 Alan Meaden 56.34 298 David Meaden 60.54 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap Wednesday 1st November at Woking 1 M Brown (Unatt) 24.17 (actual time 23.17) 12 Sonia Rowland 26.31 (actual time 20.01) 16 Alan Davidson 26.55 (actual time 18.40) FINALLY... I am indebted to Pete Mulholland for the following: "Nadezda Kavastina won the Latvia marathon title with a time of 4:02:36 on October 7th. What is remarkable is that Kavastina was born on 25 Jul 1936, making her 70y 74d of age and, most likely, the oldest runner ever to achieve a national championship".