**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 243 15 February 2007 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ********************* * Women's team runners-up in the Surrey League * Men's team finish fourth * Anna McLaughlin, Clare King and Phil Killingley in top ten finishers * Rebecca Clayden individual Under 17 bronze medallist SEE HERE ************* BANK OF ENGLAND RACE Saturday 17th February in Richmond Park This is a low-key race against the Bank and a handful of other clubs. It is in Richmond Park, but on the Bank's 5˝ miles course, which starts near Roehampton Gate. Changing, showers and tea will be at the Bank's sports ground a quarter of a mile from the gate in Bank Lane. Start is at 3pm, all welcome. MABAC LEAGUE and CRANLEIGH 15 / 21 Bev Ali writes: "Ranelagh organises our own MABAC race to be held in Richmond Park on the 4th March 2007. You won't find it on our fixture list, but we still need to have 10 to 12 volunteers to marshal, and would like to encourage as many runners as we can to race. As with most MABAC races, there is no entry fee, the race starts at a very civilised 11 am Sunday morning, and the race is one or two laps (you choose on the day) of an approximately 2.5 mile route that is different from any of our cross country routes. If you cannot run and would like to help, please contact Ann Murray (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or 0794 0292624), Deborah Blakemore (mailto:email@example.com) or Bev Ali (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org). MABAC has a 15 or 21 mile (you decide which on the day!) open race on the 25th March in Cranleigh. Last year it was full almost a month before the race, so if you want to run it as part of your preparation for a spring Marathon, or just because, the entry forms are available here: and enter as soon as possible. It is a very friendly race, with a scenic and undulating course, on mostly country roads, and the entry fee is a very reasonable Ł7 - a bargain these days!" JUNIOR POINTS PRIZE FINAL RACE The last Junior Points Prize event will be on Saturday 24th February at 2pm. Start as usual at Sidmouth Wood, opposite the Pembroke Lodge car park. All under 17s welcome. 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 Ł12.50. 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:email@example.com or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. RANELAGH RICHMOND HALF MARATHON Our own Half Marathon takes place this year on Sunday 13th May, starting from the clubhouse at 8.30am. We will need lots of help on the day - officials, marshals, helpers at water stations and so on. Please contact Carol Barnshaw if you are able to help on 020 8547 6600 in office hours, 020 8898 9285 at home or by email on mailto:email@example.com". One specific job that needs to be filled is setting out the mile markers. Wally Garrod writes: "Brian Chard and I have put out the markers for several years. This year we are not available. You need a car, strings, scissors, hammer and time! Time to orientate the route before hand and before and after the race. We enjoyed our time and now need two volunteers. Please see me either Tuesday or Wednesday evening or give me a ring on 020 8390 1676". LONG TRAINING RUNS UPDATE This Sunday (February 18th) is the last of Clive Beauvais's long runs for the time being, as he and Sue are off for some sunshine. It's a 12, 18 or 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. 9.30am start at the Bishopsgate entrance. THAMES TURBO JUNIOR SERIES Cindy Croucher is organising a series of junior races in Bushy Park on Saturday mornings starting at 9am: all age groups from 8 to 16, and entry is free. Dates are 17th February, 17th March, 28th April and 26th May. Register at the cricket club near the Hampton Hill entrance. BRITISH 10K We have been sent the following appeal: "Equipment Necessary to Help End Torture = One Pair of Favourite Running Shoes. Join the REDRESS team in a race to eliminate torture and earn a place in the British 10K. We have six charity places available for runners raising funds for REDRESS to participate in the July 1st 2007 British 10K. The money you raise from sponsorship will help us fight for justice for survivors of torture. For more information call 0207 793 1777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org". ROOM WANTED New member Shane O'Rourke writes: "I'm looking to rent a room until the end of May at least. Ideally somewhere around Twickenham/Richmond that's near to a train station (I have to get to Staines every day) and near to the club. I'll only be around two weeks of every month, so won't be under anyone's feet too much. So if anyone wants to rent a room out and is looking for a friendly, tidy runner to share with, I'd be ideal! I can be contacted at mailto:email@example.com if anyone is interested". ********************* 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 17th February v Bank of England, Herc Wimb, Ealing and others (incl Hec Petersen Trophy). 5˝ 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 Junior Points Prize Race 4 in Richmond Park. 2pm start. Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap in Richmond Park. 2.30pm start. Saturday 3rd March Inter-club 3.8 miles in Richmond Park. 3pm start. Sunday 4th March MABAC League 5 miles in Richmond Park. 11am start - all welcome. See above. Saturday 10th March National Cross-Country Championships at Sunderland Saturday 17th March Ranelagh Cup schools race in Richmond Park. 2.30pm start. Sunday 1st April Kingston Breakfast Runs 8m or 16m. 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... *************************** SURREY LEAGUE FINAL RACES Saturday 10th February in Richmond Park A few forlorn and grubby snowmen were all that remained of the white blanket that had covered the Park two days earlier. A rapid thaw and heavy overnight rain left the Park with what the horse racing fraternity would call "soft going". The women's race started the proceedings, with the Ranelagh team facing a task of Everest proportions to catch the club who were to be the afternoon's bęte noire for us, Belgrave Harriers. We had won the league title two years in a row, and it was Belgrave who had been victorious the year before that. Now it was their turn again. A weak team in the second race back in November had effectively done for us in the overall reckoning, but a win on our home turf would have ended the season with a flourish. Alas the fates were against us again, and a heavy cold kept Jo Ronaldson at home. Jo would surely have been in contention today for her first individual victory. Anna McLaughlin it was who led the team in 8th place, just staying ahead of Clare King, who - discounting two guests - made the top ten for the first time. Marie Synnott-Wells was close behind in 13th, and then at 26th came Kerrie O'Connor, just back from injury and working her way steadily through the field after a slow start. Closing in the scoring team was newcomer Bonnie Webster in 30th place, but she had Yvonne Hill, Sara Grosvenor and Liz Kipling chasing her home within half a minute. It was a close result, but Belgrave had the edge on us today by just six points and secured the League title by a clear 75. Our 'B' team ended the season as runners-up too, finishing 45 behind South London Harriers. Rebecca Clayden was our only junior in action today and her 4th place in the Under 17s race secured her the overall individual bronze medal. Belgrave Harriers were the target for our men's team too. They stood in the way of our equalling our best-ever result in Division One of the Surrey League, which was 3rd place back in 1985. We had 39 points to make up, but we had taken 59 off them in the last race so with a strong team it was certainly a possibility. A three-line whip went out, and a strong team duly assembled - not quite the "dream team" perhaps, but pretty good. Unfortunately for us, the Bels decided it was time to flex their muscles. On paper they are one of the strongest clubs in the country but have not been showing well in the League at all this year. However, today there were six claret-and-golds home in the top twenty - enough to win on the day and keep us back in fourth place overall. This was still our best Division One finishing position since 1999, so certainly nothing to be ashamed of. We were in fact the first club to close in ten runners today, and our 11th, 12th and 13th men - Andy Bickerstaff, Alyn Morgan and Marcus Gohar - were the top three non-scorers. Just as in the last League race it was Phil Killingley who led the Ranelagh team home, with David Benton never far behind. Paul Doyle in 27th was our third man and twenty seconds back there was another fighting finish between Peter Haarer and Duncan Bell, with Peter coming out on top this time. Pancho Gonzalez-Diaz just stayed ahead of Hugh Jones - when was the last time Hugh was 7th Ranelagh man home? - and the ten was completed by Jordan Mungovan, Mick Lane and Ed Barker. David Benton was the first over 40 to finish, Hugh the first over 50 and Clive Beauvais the first over 60. It's interesting to note that Hugh finished over a minute clear of SLH's Barry Attwell, who had won the silver medal in the South of England over 50 championship the week before. For some mind-boggling statistics on consistency and what-have-you in League races on our course, see Will Cockerell's Skipper's Corner on the Belgrave Harriers website. In the Stranelagh Cup, the unofficial B team competition between ourselves and Stragglers, we scored our best total of the season to win on the day by 821 to 1099 and overall by 4218 to 5055. At the bottom end of the table, Reigate Priory pulled off a miraculous escape trick at the expense of the Stragglers, who will be relegated to Division Two along with the outclassed Dulwich Runners. Coming up in their places will be Hercules Wimbledon and Wimbledon Windmilers. This means that four of the nine Division One clubs will be Wimbledon Common-based. Must be something in the air... PHOTOS There was almost as much photographic talent in the Park on Saturday as running talent! These are from Richard Xerri: BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 10th February 1 C Payne (Cranleigh) 16.20 13 Nick Wright 18.36 35 David Rowe 20.21 38 Darren Wood 20.29 72 Adam Wright 22.09 122 Roger Wilson 24.45 147 John Hanscomb 26.42 175 Wally Garrod 29.18 182 Sharon Rowe 30.34 WIMBLEDON COMMON TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 10th February 1 T Solomon (unatt) 17.52 9 Stephen Instone 20.32 24 Jo Turner 23.48 RICHMOND MINI-MARATHON TRIAL Sunday 11th February 2007 in Richmond Park 130 juniors turned out for the Mini Marathon trials, with the top eight in each age-group to qualify for the Mini Marathon itself on London Marathon day. Joss Moran won the Boys 11-12 race in an impressive time of 17.20 for two laps of Sidmouth Wood. Full results can be found on the junior section of our web site. WOKINGHAM HALF MARATHON Sunday 11th February Wokingham is one of the better quality half marathons by today's standards, with the top seven inside 70 minutes. Nathan Mills was a little outside his best, running 78.24 for 35th place, and Liz Kipling found 90 minutes only good enough for 28th amongst the women. There was another big personal best for Evelyn Joslin. 1 W Chinhanhu (Poole R) 64.52 35 Nathan Mills 78.24 47 Ed Barker 80.17 241 Liz Kipling 90.38 256 Chris Read 91.16 396 Evelyn Joslin 95.48 1249 John Hanscomb 119.09 VALENTINE'S 10km Sunday 11th February at Chessington 1 G Price (Shafts B) 31.34 114 Pete Warren 43.49 255 Simon Burrell 49.24 398 Gill Wilson 54.46 402 Janet Turnes 54.58 414 Geoff Bell 55.18 544 Alan Meaden 60.12 569 David Meaden 61.27 671 Deborah Blakemore 68.21 TAUT 10km Sunday 11th February at Sandown Park 1 A Whitcombe 35.56 36 Stewart Ward 43.09 STREET ORIENTEERING Tuesday 13th February It was a pity that we had a wet evening for the Street O event organised by Matthias Mahr and Abi Weeds on behalf of the South London Orienteers, but a good number of Ranelagh Orienteering novices decided to give it a go. Despite the plastic bags provided, maps and answer sheets soon got soggy, but most people knew Richmond to some extent, so search parties were not called for! Duncan Bell brought an army mate along, and together they finished in second place overall with 520 points, though a clear 100 behind the winner. Andy Bickerstaff rashly bet Anna McLaughlin a tenner that he would score 25% more than Anna. Some hope. Competitive spirit raised, Anna went on to record the top women's score of the day, 460 points. Sonia Rowland was joint 3rd with 410 and Sanna Eriksson joint 5th with 390. Most people seem to have enjoyed the event, despite the rain. For those who would like to try Street O again, there are two more events in SLOW's winter programme: Tuesday 13th March at Dorking and Tuesday 17th April at Raynes Park. Full details of these will be posted nearer the time on the SLOW website, where you will also very soon find the results of the Richmond event. FINALLY... Ian Milne writes: "On the subject of beer during a race, I'm afraid that there is nothing new in that for the Prague marathon. Back in the 70s, when we got involved in the London to Brighton race, the boys from Tipton used to regularly drink cans of beer from about half way onward, and this was not alcohol free. These were not also rans, either, but included the Bentleys. If my memory is correct Ron Bentley was a worthy winner on more than one occasion, doing in the region of 6 to 6˝ hours".