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RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 24            20 MARCH 2001
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Here's a final reminder that this Saturday's Baker Cup 3 miles handicap goes
ahead on a course around 2 laps of Ham Common. All members are welcome,
start time is 3pm but be at the clubhouse by about 2.30pm to collect your
number.

On Saturday evening, at 7pm upstairs in the Dysart, will be the club supper
and prize-giving. The price will be about 12 a head. If you haven't already
booked there is still time, but please contact John Brett or Mike Peace as
soon as possible or e-mail me and I will pass it on.  

Not much in the way of results to report of course, but David Benton and
Allison O'Neill ran the Barnet Copthall 10km on Saturday 11th. David
finished a close second in 32.07 to John Downes of London Irish on what AW
describes as a tough course, and Allison finished 8th in the women's race in
40.43.

Allan Lang has also been busy, finishing 2nd over 60 in 40.55 in the
Winchester 10km on February 25th, and 1st over 60 in 19.14 in the Team
Solent 5km on 11th March.

Catherine Carthy writes: "A big thank you to everyone who came to my party
on Saturday 10th and I now feel well and truly graduated. An interesting
statistic quoted at the ceremony goes like this - 'Those who study as adults
are happier, live longer and are less likely to get involved in crime'!!
Thanks for the cards and presents as well and all the good wishes. Zis Boom
Bah did us proud with an excellent performance, thanks guys."

Jim Forrest has an update on the health of John Bryant: "I learn from John
that his thrombosis a month ago was probably caused by thickening of his
blood, principally from not taking in enough water.  Runners' blood is
thicker than other people's anyway, apparently. So the message is to keep
your water intake up, even in winter: plenty of water bottles left at
strategic points if you're on a long run. Perhaps we should ask the Park to
put in water fountains at every km point on the red park route!"

Congratulations to John Ricketts and Katherine on the arrival a couple of
weeks ago of a daughter, Olivia.

Bill Bird has been catching up with appearance stats for the women's
section. For the Surrey League, in which we have been competing since 1983,
the criterion for inclusion is being a member of the scoring team. It was
four to score until the 1989/90 season, since when it has been five. Leading
appearances:

Sonia Rowland 53, Margaret Auerback 24, Marlene Pautard 24, Mary Smith 23,
Sue Colver 18, Vicky Culshaw 16, Helena Fotherby 13, Katharine Mallett 11,
Isabelle Hochet 8, Nicky McDougal 8, Liz Kipling 8, Diane Tomlinson 7, Nicky
Gutch 7, Allison O'Neill 5, Clare Tunstall 4, Nora Chapron 4, Joanne
Muirlittle 4, Sarah Seal 4.

That's a pretty remarkable record from Sonia, 53 times in the scoring team
out of a maximum 70 races spread over 18 years. She also leads the
appearance records in the Southern and the National but there's some further
checking to be done on these before they can be published.
 
COMING UP
More details of all the following from Paul Graham (0796 7788945 /
paulgraham28@hotmail.com) or Sarah Seal (020 8995 2380 / sarah.seal@haynet.com).

Saturday March 24th  Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap at Ham Common. See
above. 

Sunday March 25th  Finchley 20 miles incl Spendlove Cup club 20 miles
championship POSTPONED

Sunday March 25th  Worthing 20 miles. 10am start, but remember the clocks go
forward on Saturday night!. Entries on the day 9. Race HQ is Worthing
Leisure Centre, 1.5 miles from the start.
Sunday April 8th  Thames Towpath 10 miles at Chiswick Bridge.  Ranelagh
Grand Prix race 1. 10.30am start. Entries 6 (payable to West 4 Harriers) by
April 1st to West 4 Harriers, Flat 3, 15 Grosvenor Road, Chiswick, London W4
4EQ. Entries on the day 10! 
Sunday April 22nd  London Marathon.  Ranelagh Grand Prix race 2

FINALLY
Orion Harriers' 15-miler in Epping Forest (think mob match times 2!) has
fallen victim to FAM of course, so instead they will hold a "Virtual Orion
15", where entry will be free, results will be available before race day, a
paper trail will be virtually laid (no change there, then), showers and tea
will be available in your own bathroom and kitchen and everybody can stay at
home, warm and dry. This idea has great possibilities...

Steve Rowland
Tel:  01926 318734
Fax: 01926 318718
e-mail: srowland@calorgas.co.uk