**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 266 8 November 2007 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org **************************************************************************** CHRISTMAS PARTY ************************* Marina Quayle writes: "It's that time of the year again and Jo and I are selling tickets for this year's Xmas party. It takes place at the Turk's Head in Winchester Road, St Margarets on Friday December 7th at 7.30pm. There will be a three course meal and a DJ and the price is £25 per ticket. Everybody is welcome and the more the merrier. You can get tickets from either Jo or me on Tuesday evenings, or you can e-mail me at email@example.com". HEADLINE NEWS ********************* * Orion win the Lee Cup mob match * Individual mob match victories for Peter Haarer and Marie Synnott-Wells * Sam Perkins the top Under 20 at the Birmingham Cross Challenge * Jenny Lloyd-Jones wins World Duathlon W35 title * Junior Points Prize wins for Tilly Hearty, Stephanie Croucher, Victoria Elbourne, Phillip Bearman, George Inman and Jay Cash * RPTT win for Sean Paynter, Yvonne Hill 3rd at BWTT * Surrey League races this Saturday SEE HERE ************* 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. MOB MATCH v THAMES HARE AND HOUNDS Saturday 24th November The season's second mob match promises to be a tough one, away to Thames Hare and Hounds on their course on Wimbledon Common. The venue is the same as for Saturday's Surrey League (see above). It's 7.5 miles and as always in mob matches we need as many runners as we can get. BUILDING FUND DRAW Lucky winners of the draw made after the mob match on Saturday: Sarah Smith (£124), Duncan Bell (£52), Anka Draganski (£31). You have to be in it to win it! It's just a tenner a year: send a cheque payable to RANELAGH HARRIERS BUILDING FUND to Peter Trainor at 30 Hatch Place, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 5NB. Phone: 07714 203498. ONTRACK SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY Kerry Anley writes: "OnTrack is offering you the opportunity of a discounted rate of £25 per session for existing clients from 1st November 2007 to 31st January 2008. Should you refer new clients you will be given a further £5 off each massage per booked new client referral. Winter is upon us and we are mostly back to base work for the next few months. One of the key factors for a successful training programme is sports/deep tissue massage on a regular basis. Some of you may have decided to compete in a spring marathon, now is the time have massage as part of your training schedule. January through to the marathon are busy periods so best to pre-book! Telephone 07834 223290 to book an appointment, or firstname.lastname@example.org". NEEL DE ALWIS David Rowntree writes: "A year ago a number of generous runners supported my appeal to help a Sri Lankan runner, Neel De Alwis, take an English Language course. I met Neel while on holiday and whilst he could converse pretty well in English he needed to improve his reading and writing to gain any chance of employment. Well, he completed the course and passed the end of term exam with a Grade C. I therefore funded him for the next term which he will complete in December. In September he passed a written English exam which enabled him to obtain a licence to work for the Sri Lankan tourist board. During the year he has continued to train and has achieved 1m 56s for 800m. I remain in regular contact and have renewed his Club membership. He is extremely grateful to the Club and receives the newsletters. My personal thanks to all those members who supported my appeal; I think the outcome has been very positive". ********************* 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 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. 2pm start. Saturday 24th November Mob match v Thames Hare & Hounds. 7.5 miles on Wimbledon Common (Kingston Vale). 2.30pm start. Saturday 1st December Dysart Cup women's race including club women's championship for the Hugh Jones Salver. 6km in Richmond Park, 1.45pm start. Ellis Cup men's race. 5 miles 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. 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... *************************** MOB MATCH v ORION HARRIERS for the HAROLD LEE CUP Saturday 3rd November in Richmond Park The season's first mob match was a close-run thing, but the spoils went to Orion Harriers who retained the Harold Lee Cup by a margin of almost 200 points. Our "mob" of 53 runners was fair, and might have been sufficient to see off the challenge of one or two of the other mob match clubs. But Orion take these things very seriously and we needed another ten or fifteen runners to overcome them. Our best chance might have been to start the race on time - the Orion coach was delayed and the clock had ticked round to 2.30 before the coach had even reached the clubhouse. But when it arrived it disgorged 57 runners, outnumbering us and putting us at an immediate disadvantage. The scoring was to be 50 a side. The race finally got underway at 2.50 on a fine afternoon. Peter Haarer went directly to the front and stayed there, maintaining a safe lead through to the finish. Jonathon Stacey held 3rd place most of the way, and Ed Barker ran a very fast second lap to move up to 4th. An Orion bunch followed but then Duncan Bell, Marc Snaith, Andy Bickerstaff, Niall O'Connor and Peter Weir occupied the positions between 9th and 13th. Thereafter things were pretty evenly matched until a good Ranelagh pack in the early thirties ensured that scoring 20 a side we were ahead. Then the damage was done. Between 37th and 51st, Chris Read's was the only blue vest in a sea of white. We fought back, and when Louise Piears crossed the line in 90th place there had been exactly 45 Ranelagh finishers and 45 Orion. But that mid-field Orion pack had done the trick for them and the final reckoning came out at 2433 for Orion and 2628 for Ranelagh. Individually it was a good win for Peter Haarer and Marie Synnott-Wells made it a double by winning the women's race by a substantial margin. Kath Philips made an impressive debut to be our second woman home. JUNIOR POINTS PRIZE RACE 2 Saturday 3rd November in Richmond Park There was a fairly small turnout for the second Points Prize race, with just fifteen starters. Last month's overall winner Stephanie Espinosa was absent and George Inman took the opportunity to lead the way home for his second consecutive maximum points in the Under 15 age group. Jay Cash followed 20 seconds later and then came Victoria Elbourne, Phillip Bearman, Stephanie Croucher and Tilly Hearty, all of them winning their respective age groups. Phillip and Tilly both registered their second wins, and Tilly, Danielle Croucher, Anna Mallett, Rhian Lewis and Luke Metcalfe scored the bonus point for a new personal best. The scoreboard after two races can be seen on our website: Scoreboard Girls Under 13 1 Tilly Hearty 10.08 2 Danielle Croucher 10.53 3 Jodie Clarke 16.05 Girls Under 15 1 Stephanie Croucher 9.47 2 Anna Mallett 10.13 Girls Under 17 1 Victoria Elbourne 9.03 2 Rhian Lewis 10.40 Boys Under 13 1 Phillip Bearman 9.11 2 Sam Harper 10.12 3 Luke Metcalfe 10.55 4 Sam Metcalfe 14.37 5 Kelechi Obiabgwu 14.51 6 Tyrell Wells 15.49 Boys Under 15 1 George Inman 8.30 Boys Under 17 1 Jay Cash 8.50 BIRMINGHAM CROSS CHALLENGE 10km Saturday 27th October at Senneleys Park, Birmingham Sam Perkins, representing Birmingham University, finished a great 14th in a high-class field and was the first Under 20 home. 1 J Ndaysenga (Birchfield) 29.41 14 Sam Perkins 31.45 WORLD LONG DISTANCE DUATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS Sunday 21st October in Richmond, Virginia Jenny Lloyd-Jones reports: "Back in March when I broke my wrist in a cycle race I realised I would miss all of the short course duathlon season so I naively signed up for long course duathlon in October. I arrived in Richmond, Virginia in the US a few days before the event to 35 degrees temperatures and 90% humidity. Walking was hard work never mind running and cycling! Nevertheless, I had a look at the run and the bike course to see what I was letting myself in for. The run course just had one big hill in it and was very twisty and the bike course had hills, sharp corners, potholes, drains, everything you could imagine. However, having done the Wimbledon 10 mile race two weeks before I thought that it looked relatively easy...!! The race was 15km run - 76km bike - 7.5km run. I felt really good on the first of the two laps for the first run and went through in 30mins 30secs, signficantly faster than I had been running two weeks before! I slowed marginally on the second lap but still completed the first run in 62mins 33 secs which was two and a half minutes faster than my best estimate. This set me up well for my stronger discipline, the cycle. I was 7th woman overall coming off the bike & overtook one woman on the second run who was in my age group. When I crossed the finish line I knew I was 6th woman overall & first non-American home but had no idea where I had finished in age group. It transpired that I had won my age group.....World Champion, how good does that sound??!! It turned out that my cycle leg was faster than half the elite women and I was only 7 mins slower than 10th placed elite woman, so for my first long distance duathlon I was really happy with my performance especially since the quality of other competitors in my age group was high. Just one of those days when everything went right! And it turns out my cycling and running commuting between Richmond & Regents Park provides the perfect training!" Women Over 35 1 Jenny Lloyd-Jones 4.01.41 (Run1 62.33, T1 0.50, Bike 2.22.49, T2 0.51, Run2 34.39) BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 3rd November Darren Wood cracked the 18 minutes barrier for the first time. 1 J Goulis (Stragglers) 16.03 13 Andrew Forth 17.57 14 Darren Wood 17.58 27 Jonny Peacock 19.11 72 Edward Smith 21.05 165 Phil Aiken 23.34 225 Luke Wilson 24.58 228 Gill Wilson 25.01 271 John Hanscomb 26.46 333 Stacey Barber 28.56 339 Daniel Hobbs 29.08 351 Tony Appleby 29.46 RICHMOND PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 3rd November The third RPTT attracted a field of 60 and they were led home by Sean Paynter who held an advantage of nearly half a minute. 1 Sean Paynter 18.38 10 Stephen Instone 20.10 34 Jo Turner 23.17 49 Louise Dunn 26.02 52 Lorna Smith 27.45 53 Lorraine Clifton 27.58 56 Penny Merrett 32.50 57 Rose Constantine 33.03 BANSTEAD WOODS TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 3rd November Yvonne Hill was third woman home. 1 D Baker (SLH) 17.40 18 Yvonne Hill 21.59 44 Brian Chard 27.04 MARLOW HALF MARATHON Sunday 4th November 1 D Merckel (Oxford C) 1.13.26 826 Clare Dowty 2.15.00 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap Wednesday 7th November at Woking 1 A Gibson (Unatt) 25.35 (actual time 23.35) 17 Sonia Rowland 27.04 (20.49) 18 Alan Davidson 27.06 (19.21) DARTMOOR VALE HALF MARATHON Sunday 21st October, Newton Abbot Phil Aiken reports: "After the disappointment of the Rugby World Cup the night before, the crisp, clear, sunny blue skies which greeted the runners assembled at Newton Abbot racecourse for the Dartmoor Vale Road Races (comprising both a full and a half marathon, a 10k and a fun run and, it must be said, excellently organised by the Rotary Club of Dartmoor Vale and the Women's Running Network) were nothing short of ideal, if a touch 'fresh'. After a relatively flat five miles the route turned right, back over the A38 and up into the village of Chudleigh. There was a brief respite before it went up once again, more severely this time, to Ugbrooke House. At least the views were worth looking at. The descent along deserted country lanes was undulating in the manner of Hastings, with a couple of nasty surprises towards the end. The last descent in the final mile provided the impetus to finish strongly in front of one of the stands. After running again for just a month I was more concerned with running the distance than recording a good time but I did achieve some satisfaction on that score by beating my previous effort at Wycombe". 1 P Monaghan (Torbay) 1.16.17 88 Phil Aiken 1.42.09 BERLIN MARATHON Sunday 30th September Heather Martingell finished 11919th in 3.51.19.