**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 242 7 February 2007 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ********************* * Blackheath win centenary mob match * Sam Perkins wins BUSA 'B' race * Final Surrey League fixtures this Saturday in Richmond Park * Richmond Mini-Marathon trial on Sunday in Richmond Park * Mick Lane nationally top-ranked M45 over 20 miles SEE HERE ************* SURREY LEAGUE FINAL RACES Saturday 10th February in Richmond Park Mark Middleton writes: "This Saturday is the final Surrey League and it's at home (which you all know, unless you've been on a different planet for the last two months!). I'm also sure you're aware that the guys are a mere 30 odd points behind the mighty Belgrave and third place...If we were to get this, it would equal Ranelagh's highest ever placing in the Surrey League, such opportunities don't come around every day! The Surrey Leagues are open to everyone (not just the fast guys & girls), so we need everyone at Richmond Park on Saturday, either running (men & women) or supporting and/or marshalling- as Clare said at Tuesday training we need a sea of blue...". The women's team is in second place and looks set to stay there. Despite our clawing back 20 points on Belgrave in the last race, the Belles hold a virtually unassailable 69 points lead. It would take a major disaster for them to be dislodged, but a Ranelagh win on the day will send the message that the trophy is definitely only leaving us on loan! In addition our 'B' team is in second place amongst the 'Bs', just 11 behind SLH, so there's everything to run for. Timetable is: 12.15pm Senior women 1.15pm Girls under 17 and Under 15 1.45pm Girls under 13 2.30pm Boys Under 17, Under 15 and Under 13 3pm Senior men RICHMOND HALF MARATHON You might have noticed that our website is already showing links for entry to our Half Marathon in May and our Dysart Dash 10km in June. We need plenty of help for both, but especially for the Half Marathon. If you aren't going to run, please put the date in your diary anyway, and volunteer. Carol Barnshaw writes: "I am helping to organise the Ranelagh Harriers Ricmond Half Marathon which will take place on Sunday 13th May starting from outside the clubhouse at 8.30am. The half marathon has a reputation of being well organised and friendly. In order to keep up this reputation I need to recruit people to help. We need people to marshall, to help organise on the day, to help at the water stations and to help with catering. Please contact me if you are able to help - hopefully the weather will be kind to us and it's a great event to be part of. You can call me on 8547 6600 in office hours, 8898 9285 at home or by email on mailto:email@example.com. Thank you in anticipation!" STREET O Tuesday 13th February at the clubhouse - start any time between 7pm and 8pm. Your chance to try something new as a change from the normal Tuesday night sessions! Street O is Street Orienteering. But you don't need any Orienteering skills or equipment to take part. It's more of a cross between Orienteering and a treasure hunt: great fun, as well as providing a good hour's fartlek training. The way it works is this: you start at 30 second or one minute intervals. You will be able to start any time between 7pm and 8pm. As you start you are given a map and a clue/answer sheet. The map will be a large scale one of the Richmond area, but it will show only roads, footpaths and other significant linear features like railways and rivers. Road names are NOT shown. The start and finish (i.e. the clubhouse) will be marked with a triangle. Also marked will be 30 to 40 numbered circles. These are the control points. The controls will be valued at either 10, 20, 30 or 40 points - generally the ones further away are worth more. Typically the controls numbered 1 - 19 are worth 10 points, 20 - 29 are 20 points, 30 - 39 are 30 points and 40 - 49 are 40 points. On your clue/answer sheet will be a description of what you need to identify at each control. These are always straightforward enough to see once you get to the right place. They might be things like the name of a pub or shop; the colour of the door at number 38; the number on a lamp post, the height restriction on a bridge etc etc. You have to write the answer on your sheet. You have one hour to visit as many controls as you can (in any order), amass as many points as you can and get back to base at the clubhouse. BUT you are penalised if you get back over the hour - you lose 20 points per minute or part of a minute late. So, you spend the hour running as fast as you can between controls and then having a break while you identify the control and write down the answer. As I said, a good fartlek session, but at the other extreme you can still take part by just jogging or even walking round. The only equipment you need is a pen or pencil, and a watch so you can keep track of the time remaining. A small hand or head torch is useful too, but it's not vital as everything is on lit roads. Most people run singly but anyone nervous of going alone can run in pairs or threes (though you do have to keep together - sending one person off to one control while the other person goes to a different control isn't allowed!). BAKER CUP SUPPER Jo Turner writes: "The Baker Cup supper and annual prize giving is going to be at the Orange Tree pub in Richmond on Saturday 31st March. This is opposite the train station and there is a car park (Old Deer Park) behind it which is free from 6.30 onwards. There will be a finger food buffet and tickets will cost £12.50. Unfortunately, we can only have 60 people so the first come first served system will be in operation. Put the date in your diaries." Book your places with Jo or Marina on Tuesday nights or contact either of them at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or mailto:email@example.com. RICHMOND MINI-MARATHON TRIAL Sunday 11th February 2007 in Richmond Park As usual we are jointly hosting the trials for the Richmond team to take part in the London Mini-Marathon. The course is two laps of Sidmouth Wood (opposite Pembroke Lodge) and the timetable is: 10am Girls 13-14 and 15-17; 10.30am Boys 13-14 and 15-17; 11am Girls 11-12; 11.30am Boys 11-12. LONG TRAINING RUNS UPDATE Next on Clive Beauvais's menu is on Sunday 11th: the 'Punchbowl Marathon', another LDWA event with 20 miles or 30 miles options. "Beautiful scenery and great facilities including hot meal at the end," writes Clive. HQ is at Witley Village Hall, on the A283 south of Godalming, grid ref 948394. You can enter on the day and you should aim to be there for an 8.30am start. More info on the LDWA website: http://www.ldwa.org.uk/surrey. Sunday February 18th 24 miler in Windsor Great Park. 4 x 6 mile laps - ideal for getting your marathon race drinking needs sorted out - opportunity to place drinks every 3 miles. ALTERNATIVE MARATHON TRAINING...THE ADIDAS RUN Carola Richter writes: "I joined the adidas team for a run in Bushy Park this Sunday morning. I really recommend the event for every first time marathon runners. It's very well organised. The run usually starts with some advice for beginners and advanced runners alike followed by a run with pacers through Bushy Park and ends with free Lucozade drinks, coffee and biscuits afterwards. The good thing is you never run alone. There is always someone you can talk to. Don't be put off by the low mileage. It will increase soon (as I said it's for beginners) but if you feel you need to do more mileage just run another loop". ATHLETICS DATA The http://www.athleticsdata.com/ web site has ambitiously attempted to assemble national ranking lists for all track and road events for all age groups. These are I think based on results that appear in Athletics Weekly, so will inevitably be incomplete...but in the 2006 lists we have one claim to fame in that Mick Lane is ranked top in the M45 age group at 20 miles with 2.00.09. His 2.42.06 Marathon ranks 8th and his 57.26 10 miles ranks 37th. Those making the 2006 overall top hundreds include: Jo Ronaldson (49th at Half-Marathon with 79.13), Anna McLaughlin (72nd at Half-Marathon with 80.32), Marie Synnott-Wells (72nd at 10 miles with 61.59 and 81st at Marathon with 2.58.50) and Fari Shams (87th at Marathon with 2.59.56). In the veteran lists, apart from Mick we have: Jo Ronaldson (W35: 9th at Half-Marathon with 79.13 and 19th at 10km with 36.33), Marie Synnott-Wells (W40: 13th at Marathon with 2.58.50, 25th at Half-Marathon with 84.31, 12th at 10 miles with 61.59 and 27th at 10km with 38.07), Tim Woods (M50: 18th at Half-Marathon with 77.09, 32nd at 10km with 35.06), Ken Fotherby (M50: 32nd at Marathon with 2.56.26), Pete Warren (M65: 47th at 10km with 42.50), Marcus Gohar (M45: 52nd at Half-Marathon with 77.43), Iain Wilson (M50: 54th at Marathon with 3.00.02), Kerrie O'Connor (W35: 62nd at 10 miles with 66.42 and 90th at 10km with 38.53), Hugh Jones (M50: 72nd at 10km with 35.59), Chris Owens (M50: 75th at 10 miles with 62.21), Clive Beauvais (M60: 81st at 10km with 40.33) and Sonia Rowland (W50: 87th at 10km with 45.36). ********************* 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 10th February Surrey League Division 1 (men and women) in Richmond Park. See above. Sunday 11th February Valentines 10km at Chessington. Details: http://www.valentines10k.co.uk/. Mini Marathon Trial from 10am in Richmond Park. See above. Tuesday 13th February Street O event from the clubhouse. See above. Saturday 17th February v Bank of England, Herc Wimb, Ealing and others (incl Hec Petersen Trophy). 5½ miles in Richmond Park (Roehampton Gate - the Bank's course, not ours!). Start at 3pm, not 2.30pm as shown in the fixture card. Saturday 24th February Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap in Richmond Park. 2.30pm start. Every Saturday Bushy Park Time Trial: 9am start at the Diana Fountain car park. Wimbledon Common Time Trial: 9am start at the Windmill car park. See http://www.bptt.net/ for details. WHAT'S HAPPENED... *************************** MOB MATCH v BLACKHEATH HARRIERS Saturday 3rd February at Hayes (Kent) Two years ago, on our last visit to the 'heathens, we had a moderate 29 starters but Blackheath only fielded 40-odd themselves, and we came within a whisker of pulling off a rare away win. Cap'n Bicks was hoping that with a bigger turnout this time we might just retain the Pelling-Ratcliff Cup that we easily won at home last year. Well, we did have a bigger turnout, but only by two - a bit disappointing really, on a lovely bright winter afternoon. But as it turned out we would have needed a lot more to make a match of it. The 'heathens, stung by losing all four of their mob matches last winter, were out to make amends and there were over 70 black vests on the starting line. There was quality as well as quantity, and their top three pretty quickly cleared off from the rest of the field. After some early resistance from Paul Doyle it was left to Peter Haarer to lead the Ranelagh contingent and after a long struggle against a youthful 'heathen Peter eventually had to settle for 5th place. Mark Middleton was an isolated 7th and Paul Doyle, storming through the final road section, was next across the line in 8th. We had five more in the top twenty, but thereafter Blackheath's weight of numbers really began to tell. Only five of the next twenty home were Ranelagh, and Blackheath were well on their way to a convincing victory. The actual size of the victory is open to debate: the number to score is normally based on the size of the smaller team minus three (to allow for drop-outs). The Blackheath results team did not realise we had two late arrivals, and they based the scoring first of all on 27-a-side and then adjusted it to 26-a-side. As we actually had 31 starters, the scoring should have been 28-a-side. But's it's all academic - they won anyway! Only 30 of ours made it to the finish: the unlucky Phil Aiken took a heavy fall early on, badly gashed his knee and bruised his ribs. Painful, but fortunately no lasting damage. Some consolation for losing the main trophy was provided by Chris Owens, who won the Harry Sheer Memorial Trophy as the first over 50 to finish. Chris's name will thus go onto the trophy for the fourth time. Clive Beauvais points out that we had a clean sweep of the men's vet categories,as Paul Doyle was the leading over 40 and Clive himself was the first over 60. According to Bill Bird's researches this race was in fact the centenary of the first-ever true mob match, which took place between Blackheath and Ranelagh on the 'heathens' course on 12th January 1907. They won that one too. There are lots of photographs on the Blackheath web site: http://www.bandbhac.org.uk/ranelagh%203-02-07.html#photos. Some of those stile techniques could use a bit of work! BRITISH UNIVERSITIES CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 3rd February at Bath Such is the strength of the Birmingham University squad that Sam Perkins couldn't secure a place in the team for the 'A' race. But in the 'B' event he seized the opportunity presented, and raced to a one second victory. Birmingham Uni teams won both titles. Sam reports: "I was really pleased with the run. Probably my best performance to date. I really enjoyed the firm bouncy conditions. I was very pleased that I thought about the race tactically as it went on. I pushed the pace on 3k out to leave it with a lead pack of three. I then relaxed a little before attacking on the penultimate long drag about 1000m from home. Then I was just running scared with the Loughborough guy only a couple of paces behind". Behind Sam, Jordan Mungovan finished 49th for Nottingham. 1 Sam Perkins (Birm U) 23.16 49 Jordan Mungovan (Notts U) 25.47 The meeting also incorporated the trials for the World Cross-Country Championships, and our second-claim member Wendy Jones finished in an outstanding 5th place. David Wright reports: "Wendy's run effectively made her first reserve for Kenya but rather than make her go through the motions of having to have all the malaria jabs and the warm weather acclimatisation trip to South Africa (she wouldn't have minded that!), on the off chance of getting a run, they are not going to name a reserve. Instead she's been picked to run for GB in the Ekiden relay in Yokohama, Japan, on 25th February". BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 3rd February Nathan Mills led the Ranelagh contingent in his first BPTT, but the only PB came from Martin Harrison. 1 P Edmondson (Tipton) 16.03 11 Nathan Mills 17.29 47 Jonny Rowan 20.06 54 Chris Hunton 20.19 55 David Rowe 20.25 92 Adam Wright 21.27 122 Martin Harrison 22.37 145 Paul Bisping 23.23 191 Roger Wilson 24.56 213 Alfie Purdue 25.58 222 John Hanscomb 26.20 226 Luke Wilson 26.34 239 Bea Purdue 27.18 270 Holly Wilson 29.11 271 Gill Wilson 29.12 276 Wally Garrod 29.34 CHICHESTER 10km Sunday 4th February David Rowe reports: "This was the 16th running of this race and the day began with bright sunshine and very little wind. About an hour before the start it clouded over and there was a threat of rain which didn't materialise. The weather was cold, but ideal for this fast 10k run in the historic city of Chichester in West Sussex. Ranelagh runners David and Sharon Rowe were part of the field of over 1,400 and both managed PB's. David finished 292nd (out of 907 men) with an official time of 43:32. In the ladies Sharon, running her second ever 10k, was 506th (out of 560) with an official time of 67:00, smashing her previous PB from the Goring, Woodcote and District Lions 10k in January. A longer write-up including photos from David and Sharon can be found http://rowerunning.co.uk/?p=32 and http://rowerunning.co.uk/?p=35". Men 1 T Lambert (Alton) 30.22 292 David Rowe 43.32 Women 1 L Spencer (Chich) 34.39 506 Sharon Rowe 67.00 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap Wednesday 7th February at Woking 1 D Fishlock (Surrey Uni) 24.32 (actual time 21.17) 15 Sonia Rowland 26.50 (actual time 20.35) FINALLY... Bev Ali spotted this in the advertising for this year's Prague Marathon: "It's not uncommon for runners to carbo load with beer and pasta before a big race. It's certainly not uncommon for runners to quench their thirst with a cold beer afterwards. But beer during the race? That's new. Yet here in the city that makes what is arguably the world's best beer, they're going to give it a try at this year's Volkswagen Prague Marathon, to be run May 13, 2007. Race partner Staropramen will be offering (alcohol-free) beer to runners at designated refreshment points along the course. In addition, regular refreshment points along the course will provide the usual assortment of water, fruit and isotonic beverages. Asked how many runners he thought would opt for the beer, race director Carlo Capalbo responded, "I don't have a clue. But it's a fun idea, isn't it?" If you're interested, visit www.praguemarathon.com.