**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 265 31 October 2007 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ********************* * Mob match v Orion Harriers in Richmond Park this Saturday... * ...preceded by Junior Points Prize race 2 * Another Welsh vest for Anna Scally * 3.09 marathon for Kerrie O'Connor in Dublin * Time Trial top threes by Mandy Westlake, Sandra Prosser, Jo Turner and Simon Hedger SEE HERE ************* MOB MATCH v ORION HARRIERS for the HAROLD LEE CUP Saturday 3rd November in Richmond Park A final reminder that it's "all hands on deck" this Saturday for the season's first mob match. It's weight of numbers that usually wins mob matches, and if we can heavily outnumber Orion the job will be half done. But our visitors will probably number 50 or more, so we need as many people as possible to take part. Race hard or treat it as a training run, you will still be a valuable member of the team. The course is seven and a half miles (two laps of the Thomas Cup course) and start time is 2.30pm. Collect a number on the day. JUNIOR POINTS PRIZE The second race in the series will take place this Saturday at 2pm, before the mob match. The course will be the usual one around Sidmouth Wood and all under 17s are welcome. SOUTH OF THE THAMES 'SHORT' CHAMPIONSHIP This is taking place on our own course in Richmond Park on Saturday November 17th. It's 5 miles for both men and women. Everybody is welcome to run, but entries must be made in advance. Captain Bicks writes: "Since it's on our home course it would be nice to make a bit of a splash. I need to enter in advance so names to me please by 1st November even if you are not certain. The team race is four to score both men and ladies". Contact Andy or Marie (details below). SURREY LEAGUES Our men's and women's teams both made great starts to the season, and will want to keep up the momentum at the second fixture. Unfortunately the teams again have to head for different venues - the women at Cranford Park (British Airways' course) and the men at Kingston Vale, Wimbledon Common (Thames Hare and Hounds' course). League races are open to all members - no need to enter in advance, just turn up and get a number on the day. Cranford Park is a new venue for League races - it's in Hounslow, close to M4 junction 3. The HQ is the BA Concorde sports club. Start times as usual 12.15pm for seniors, 1.15pm for under 17s and under 15s and 1.45pm for under 13s. The men's race is on the opposite side of Wimbledon Common from the first race, based at the Thames HQ. Start times 2.30pm for all under 17s, 3pm for seniors. MARIE'S MESSAGE Our women's Captain Marie Synnott-Wells writes: "See above for details of the next Ladies Surrey League XC and the South of the Thames 5 miles XC. The League is top priority but as Andy says it would be nice to show up well in the South of the Thames race on our home course. I'd also like to encourage participation in the mob matches - these runs are wonderful and rewarding in terms of good training, great for off road running, experiencing new routes, post event socializing and family friendly. Could I also ask all new lady members to e-mail me with their contact details i.e. e-mail, phone numbers etc. so I can keep their details on a database to ensure that they get reminders of up-coming events etc". UPDATE FROM THE KIT STEWARD Karen Broadbent writes: "Winter kit is on order, including long sleeve technical tops and a fresh supply of vests. Unfortunately I think it is still going to be a couple of weeks before they actually arrive. Some of you may also have seen me waving around sample fleeces and running jackets. Following feedback from various club members I have placed a small order for Ranelagh fleeces and running jackets. Once I receive them, people will be able to see the finished item and try for size and I can place a larger order if there is enough demand. I'll keep you posted as I suspect it will be a couple of weeks before they arrive too. We also have a limited supply of fluorescent flashing arm/ankle bands - essential now we are training in the dark. These are being sold for £3 a pair. Finally, you can buy copies of the club's updated history book, 'The First 125 Years of Ranelagh Harriers' from me at £12. I am at the club most Tuesdays and you can purchase kit from me after the training session". DYSART DASH 10km Bev Ali writes: "After nominally organising the Dysart Dash for the past five years, it is time to give someone else the pleasure and challenge of taking the helm.the race takes place on the last Sunday in June, but I will not be in London for a large part of June next year, and hopefully for the next few years, so although I can do a lot of the preparatory work for this year, I cannot see the project through to the end. If you have any ambitions or thoughts that you may be interested, please talk to me or to Carol Barnshaw (for ideas on organising by committee). I feel that we need to have a titular head for the Dysart Dash before Christmas at the latest, so that we can know to go ahead with any necessary expenditure. A lot of support has always been given by many people much more experienced than I am, so no previous experience is required (I had none), just a willingness to give it a go and take the flak!" Contact Bev at firstname.lastname@example.org ********************* WHAT'S COMING... ********************* More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff ( 07772 111491 / mailto: email@example.com ) or Marie Synnott-Wells (07956 431319 / mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ). Saturday 3rd November Lee Cup mob match v Orion Harriers. 7.5 miles in Richmond Park, 2.30pm start. All members needed! Junior Points Prize Race 2 in Richmond Park. 2pm start. Saturday 10th November Sweatshop Surrey League Div 1 (men) at Kingston Vale (2.30pm juniors, 3pm seniors) Surrey Ladies League Div 1 at Cranford Park (12.15pm seniors, 1.15pm U15s & U17s, 1.45pm U13s) Saturday 17th November South of the Thames Short Championship, 5 miles in Richmond Park. See above. Saturday 24th November Mob match v Thames Hare & Hounds. 7.5 miles on Wimbledon Common (Kingston Vale). 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. Banstead Woods Time Trial: 9am start off B2219 Park Lane, Chipstead Richmond Park Time Trial: 9am start near Richmond gate. More details at www.parkrun.com WHAT'S HAPPENED... *************************** GREAT SOUTH RUN 10 miles Sunday 28th October at Portsmouth Anna Scally reports: "After a late call up to the Welsh squad during the week, I found myself heading down to Portsmouth for the Great South Run...having got the race start time wrong we were there with plenty of time to enjoy the Elite area hospitality, and to realise that it was not going to be a day to stay dry and avoid the wind! As I was not sure how I would run (given my recent performances), my aim was to go out and see what I could do and most importantly, enjoy it! After the usual manic fast start which seems to go with starting at the front and running scared away from the 18,000 people in the pack behind me(!) I settled down and despite the strong blustery wind felt great and was running well, clocking up the miles and passing a few people on the way. I reached the 8 miles mark bang on 49 mins and was on for a big PB for me but sadly I knew what was to come... and 100m down the road I turned the corner onto the 2 mile straight stretch along the sea front home and was knocked almost backwards by the wind, it was incredible! I ran as strongly and fast as I could but just didn't seem to get anywhere (in fact at one point I did wonder if I would be faster just standing still!). As a result I lost about 50 secs a mile, finally crossing the line in 62:56... a pb by 3 secs!! So if you know of anywhere that has a wind tunnel that I can get some practice in before next year, who knows maybe I could finish as strongly as I ran the rest of the race!! Overall I was 26th woman and 2nd W35... so it wasn't a bad day out by the sea!!" Women 1 R Cheruiyot (Kenya) 53.44 26 Anna Scally 62.56 214 Chris Brook 67.22 2746 Heather Martingell 84.07 DUBLIN MARATHON Monday 29th October Kerrie O'Connor was 26th woman home, 7th in the over 35 category. She writes: "I had originally planned to run in Berlin but a series of injuries meant that I needed more time and so I opted for Dublin. I haven't run a marathon in 7 years and so had forgotten how far 26 miles is! I managed to get a place on the elite women's start through my time in a recent half marathon but was dismayed to see there were maybe only 30 women many of whom would be running around 2.30...oh dear! We started 30 mins before the main race and pretty much from the start I was running totally alone, sometimes so out of sight from other women that I wasn't even sure if I was still on the course route! It was very windy which made running alone hard. There were also minimal spectators and one woman pushed her pram out in front of me not realising there was a race on. I was very conservative for the first half (1.35.20) and then just ran steadily for the second half and ended up with a negative split. I felt fine until the last mile or so but happily by then there were enough spectators for it not to be so bad! Legs are actually fine now and not much worse than after a hard Tuesday training session!" 1 A Sokolov (Russia) 2.09.07 (chip time 2.09.06) 158 Shane O'Rourke 2.56.29 (2.56.27) 379 Kerrie O'Connor 3.09.43 (3.09.41) 717 Paul Sheridan 3.20.49 (3.20.21) BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 27th October Mandy Westlake's first sub-20 clocking earned her second place in the women's race, and there were PBs also for Emma Tomlinson, Hannah Bradshaw, Stacey Barber and Katherine Hall. 1 P Adams (Unatt) 16.01 8 Darren Wood 18.10 14 Duncan Mallison 18.38 23 Jonny Peacock 19.21 42 Mandy Westlake 19.56 45 Chris Camacho 20.20 73 Emma Tomlinson 21.07 77 Finn Hughes 21.15 244 John Hanscomb 27.13 268 Hannah Bradshaw 28.20 275 Stacey Barber 28.51 282 Katherine Hall 29.34 283 Daniel Hobbs 29.38 RICHMOND PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 27th October Numbers topped 50 for the second RPTT. Sandra Prosser and Jo Turner were 1st and 3rd in the women's section. 1 R Reeder (Stragglers) 17.36 4 David Rowe 18.59 5 John Ricketts 19.09 9 Stephen Instone 20.02 10 Nick Wright 20.24 14 Chris Read 21.17 16 Stephen Logue 21.40 19 Sandra Prosser 22.33 23 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 23.15 26 Jo Turner 23.45 34 Gill Wilson 25.44 43 Sharon Rowe 27.58 48 Phil Aiken 29.34 WIMBLEDON COMMON TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 27th October 1 A Weir (THH) 16.29 11 Andy Bickerstaff 18.53 24 Steve Grout 20.41 BANSTEAD WOODS TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 27th October 1 A Evans (SLH) 18.47 2 Simon Hedger 19.03 26 Yvonne Hill 22.33 49 Brian Chard 26.25 ORIGINAL MOUNTAIN MARATHON Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October in the Lowther Hills, southern Scotland Chris Owens reports on the OMM, formerly known to one and all as "the Karrimor": "Mike Hynd and I competed in Class B. It was fun to see Paul Keen - we met at a service station on the way back after the race, not realising we were in the same class. Simon Wurr of TH&H was also in the same class, and Dave Symons also of Thames in Class A - although I think he did not finish. We DID however see former Ranelagh man Jim Stratford-Tuke, who was doing Long Score event, during the race - Mike recognised him from many years ago, although Jim is now living near Petersfield somewhere. Funnily enough we met him at the next service stop after meeting Paul - small world. The race itself was pretty challenging - around 300 pairs entered, 150 made it through the first day, and 109 finished. This was probably due to the tough first day - 25km mainly in cloud on steeply sloping terrain, followed by a night of driving wind and rain, and a second day of 26km (normally it's shorter!). At least on day two the sun was out and we could occasionally enjoy nice views (mainly looking around to plaintive cries of 'Where the ***$% are we...' (made of course by other competitors - Mike always knew). It also made for some nice pics - see the links below". In the Veterans handicap, Paul and his partner - combined age 114 years - placed 3rd while Chris and Mike - youngsters of 94 - were 12th. Pics and a race report: Class B 1 J Tullie & D Coombs 9.03.06 (day 1 4.30.22, day 2 4.32.44) 49 Mike Hynd & Chris Owens 13.18.49 (day 1 6.56.25, day 2 6.22.24) 84 Paul Keen & Mike Greaves 14.43.43 (day 1 7.17.04, day 2 7.26.39) SNOWDONIA MARATHON Saturday 27th October at Llanberis 1 S Milford (Newquay) 2.41.28 43 Ken Fotherby 3.12.42 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km Friday 26th October in Hyde Park 1 O Edwards (Shaft B) 16.05 92 Alan Davidson 21.23 174 John Hanscomb 27.51 FINALLY... This comes from Roger Wilson: "Is this a possible new race for the Ranelagh calendar? A wife-carrying race might add another dimension to the handicaps: www.sundayriver.com/summer/wifecarry.html Note that the wife can carry the husband if needed, and in fact the 'wife' doesn't have to be the wife at all!"