Newsdesk 2007

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 251                9 May 2007
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  

 *  Paul Doyle and Kerry Anley both 4th in Sutton 10km
 *  Paul Doyle and Clive Beauvais win over 40 and over 60 sections
 *  Tim Woods 5th (and first over 50) in Regents Park 10km
 *  More volunteers needed for our Richmond Half Marathon on Sunday

 Carol Barnshaw writes:
 "The Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon takes place this Sunday starting at
 8.30am. We are still desperately short of about 10 marshals. Please let me
 know if you can help out - there are positions in Twickenham, Kingston and
 Ham. Please contact me on 020 8547 6600 in office hours, 020 8898 9285 at
 home or by email on c_barnshaw@yahoo.com

 For those who are still thinking of taking part, entries are still open, but
 none will be taken on the day. 

 Building on the excellent response from the previous request for your views
 on subscriptions and club activities, your opinions are sought again! Hon
 Sec Simon Burrell has prepared a second attachment, this time regarding the
 future of our half marathon. Please take a look and if you have any views
 reply to Simon at simon_burrell2000@yahoo.com

 ...for 2007/08 are now due. Rates are unchanged this year and will cover the
 new 3 affiliation fee required by UKA: 

 Juniors 6, Seniors 30, Over 60 AND retired 5, Family 60, non-running,
 second claim or "country" members 10. 

 Cheques should be payable to Ranelagh Harriers. See Chris Owens at training
 nights or send your cheque to the clubhouse in an envelope marked
 "Membership Secretary". Address is Ranelagh Harriers, 135A Petersham Road,
 Richmond, Surrey TW10 7AA. 

 PARKLAND RELAY  Wednesday 16th May in Richmond Park
 This event is a 4 x 3 miles relay in the Park, organised by Thames Hare and
 Hounds and starting at 7pm. Anyone interested in having a run should contact
 Andy Bickerstaff (contact details below). 

 NORWICH UNION ATHLETICS GRAND PRIX  Friday 3rd August at Crystal Palace
 Jim Forrest is organising a Ranelagh party to London's premier athletics
 event this summer. He will be booking seats in the Jubilee Stand (roughly
 opposite the finish on the far side of the track) at a cost of 18 each (12
 for senior citizens and under 16s). The meeting starts at about 5pm, though
 the main senior events are later. If you'd like to join the party contact
 Jim without delay, as tickets are already selling fast and he needs to make
 the booking in the next week or so. Contact Jim on jim@jimfo.freeserve.co.uk

 GREEN BELT RELAY  Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May.
 We are running two teams of eleven in this year's Green Belt Relay - a
 women's team and a men's vets team. These are the two classes we won last
 year, so no pressure then! The first stage starts in front of Hampton Court
 Palace at 8.30am on Saturday morning, so early arrivals for the Bushy Park
 Time Trial might like to see our teams on their way. The finish is at the
 Hawker Centre in Ham on Sunday afternoon, with the first finisher expected a
 few minutes before 6pm. Everybody is welcome to join the teams there too.

 More details of the following from
 Andy Bickerstaff ( 07772 111491 / mailto: andy@norris-hobs.co.uk ) or 
 Mark Middleton ( 07725 119649 / mailto: markjmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk ) or 
 Phil Aiken (07739 035189 / mailto: phil.aiken@rnid.org.uk ) or 
 Anna McLaughlin (07971 606521 / mailto: anna.mclaughlin@talk21.com ).     

 Sunday 13th May           Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon. Ranelagh GP race.

 Sat 19th / Sun 20th May Green Belt Relay. See above.

 Sunday 3rd June            Dorking 10 miles. Ranelagh GP race and Surrey 10m
 championship. A new course is being introduced this year. 

 Sunday 24th June          Dysart Dash 10km at Ham. Ranelagh GP race and
 Surrey 10km championship. 

 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.

 Full details 

 SUTTON 10km  Sunday 6th May  Ranelagh Grand Prix race 3 and Surrey Road
 League race 1
 Sutton isn't the most scenic of courses, and sandwiched between the London
 Marathon and the Richmond Half it did not attract a large Ranelagh turn-out.
 But the reliable Paul Doyle flew the flag for us at the front of the field.
 He was just outrun for third place overall but was a convincing winner in
 the vets over 40 category by over a minute. Kerry Anley matched Paul by
 taking 4th place in the women's race in a new personal best of 40.20. 

 The team race was four to score, and Paul was backed up by Peter Weir,
 Trevor Maguire (no marathon after-effects there!) and Marc Snaith to take
 third place. Not far behind Marc, Clive Beauvais loped in as the leading
 over 60. Then, following Clive came David Rowe, inside 40 minutes for the
 first time. Here's David's account: "After a number of months of hard
 training (and regular Tuesday night training sessions at Ranelagh) I was
 aiming for a sub 40 minute time, and after setting off too quickly for the
 first 2k's I managed to bring my pacing back under control for the remainder
 of the race. After 10km's I'd taken nearly four minutes off of my PB, and at
 the same time made it inside of the 40 minute barrier - finishing in 39:45.
 As for Sharon, this was her third ever 10k race, and she smashed her
 previous PB (from the Chichester 10k in February) by over four minutes,
 finishing in 61:14".

 REGENTS PARK 10km  Saturday 5th May
 "Not so good" writes Tim Woods, who was the leading over 50 by a very long
 street. It's all relative, I suppose.

 1 H Raidi (Belgrave) 32.34
 5 Tim Woods 35.39

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 5th May
 Rare appearances from John Herries and Simon Collingridge.

 1 J McIlroy (WSEH) 16.19
 17 John Herries 18.30
 45 Darren Wood 19.42
 48 David Rowe 19.45
 49 Simon Collingridge 19.46
 102 Edward Smith 21.21
 122 Andy Woodhouse 21.47
 131 Paul Bisping 22.03
 141 Phil Aiken 22.18
 168 Stephanie Croucher 23.07
 179 Ray Smith 23.26
 197 Luke Wilson 24.02
 244 Gill Wilson 25.54
 290 Wally Garrod 27.46
 319 Sharon Rowe 30.21 

 1 A Wilson (unatt) 16.19
 17 Stephen Instone 20.23

 WHITSTABLE 10km  Monday 7th May
 "A bank holiday means...a trip to the English seaside," writes Phil Aiken,
 "and the chance to run a third race in as many days. Quite a pleasant run
 this. An out and back course on quiet roads, through a holiday camp and a
 short uphill on grass before turning at halfway back along the promenade
 into a headwind. And, of course, no bank holiday trip to the seaside would
 be complete without beer and chips (served with a baguette - posh chip
 butties in Kent!)"

 1 N Renault (Med & M) 32.17
 128 Phil Aiken 45.33

 REGENTS PARK 10km  Saturday 7th April
 1 C Schwartzler (Unatt) 32.39
 177 Daphne Moynier 59.58

 The coach to Italian Olympic gold medallists in the marathon Gelindo Bordin
 and Stefano Baldini is quoted as saying that while Bordin did 280km (175
 miles) a week in the months leading up to his victory, Baldini did "only"
 230km (145 miles)...