Newsdesk 2007

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 268                27 November 2007
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  

 *  Book now for the Christmas Party on December 7th
 *  Thames win mob match
 *  Phil Killingley and Anna Scally lead the Ranelagh mob
 *  Howard Gleave wins the Richard Clay-Jones Pint
 *  Club women's championship in Dysart Cup race this Saturday, followed by
    men's Ellis Cup

 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. Veggie option available, but
 please let us know in advance. 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 marina_quayle@hotmail.com   and send a cheque payable to
 Ranelagh Harriers to me at 76 Cross Deep, Twickenham TW1 4RB".

 DYSART CUP and ELLIS CUP  Saturday 1st December in Richmond Park
 The Dysart Cup team race doubles up as our club women's championship, so all
 our women members are encouraged to take part. It's over a 4 miles course in
 the Park, starting at 1.45pm. The Hugh Jones Salver is the reward for the
 club champion, and Trish's Trophy goes to the first over 40. Marie
 Synnott-Wells is the current holder of both. The men's Ellis Cup race over 5
 miles follows on at 2.30pm, and again all are welcome to run. For both
 events, just turn up and collect a number on the day.

 The season's third mob match follows hard on the heels of the second. It's
 away from home again, at SLH's course in Coulsdon. It's a 7.5 miles two-lap
 course over Farthing Downs and Happy Valley starting at 2.30pm. There will
 be transport leaving the clubhouse at 12.15pm. The race HQ is at South
 London's clubhouse next to the Comrades Club on Brighton Road (the A23) in
 Coulsdon, here: Parking is available around the corner in Lion Green Road.
 The start is up on Farthing Downs, a five minute jog away.

 The second South of the Thames Championship is the 7.5 miler and is taking
 place at Nork Park, Banstead. Start time is 2pm. All are welcome to run but
 entries have to be made in advance, so if you are interested please contact
 Andy or Marie as soon as possible.

 Simon Burrell writes:
 "I expect to receive confirmation of how many club places we have for next
 year's FLM soon, so we are getting close to the time when we will be asking
 people to put their names into a hat for the draw at the Christmas party.
 Any fully paid up member whose entry has been rejected is eligible for our
 ballot. I can be contacted on simon_burrell2000@yahoo.com or 07753 834231
 and I will need your name, e-mail address and contact number".

 Karen Broadbent writes:
 "Anyone fancy a long Sunday run followed by Brunch? Thought you might.
 Evelyn and I would like to invite you to join us on Sunday 2nd December for
 a long run in the Park followed by a well deserved Brunch in the Pembroke
 Lodge café! Meet us to run from the Clubhouse at 9am, we'll be going for
 around an hour and a half - a slow steady run (we can split into different
 groups depending on who comes), then we'll head back to the club for a quick
 shower. Alternatively do your own thing and come and meet us for Brunch,
 we'll be leaving the clubhouse to head up to Pembroke Lodge at 11am. If you
 fancy it, just let either Evelyn or myself know or just turn up. If we get
 enough interest, we'll make it a monthly occurrence, so if you're struggling
 for motivation or just want a good excuse to eat a big breakfast come and
 join us. Hope to see you on the 2nd".

 More details of the following from
 Andy Bickerstaff ( 07772 111491 / mailto: andy@norris-hobs.co.uk ) or 
 Marie Synnott-Wells (07956 431319 / mailto: nandmwells@aol.com ).     

 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.

 Sunday 2nd December     MABAC League 5 miles at Wisley Common   11am start.

 Saturday 8th December   Stubbs Cup mob match v South London Harriers at
 Coulsdon, 2.30pm start.

 Saturday 15th December  South of the Thames Long Course Championship at
 Banstead, 2pm 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

 MOB MATCH v THAMES HARE AND HOUNDS  Saturday 24th November
 A disappointing mob of about 40 Ranelagh runners crossed the A3 to Thames's
 territory on Wimbledon Common. Thames fielded about the same number, but
 with the race doubling as their "Long Distance" championship they were far
 too strong for us at the business end of the race. Only Phil Killingley was
 able to get amongst their top eleven, and he was well pleased finally to
 shrug off the after-effects of his recent marathon and cross the line in
 second place. But we had to wait until 13th for the next blue vest, which
 was Ed Barker's, and then Niall O'Connor, Andy Bickerstaff, Marc Snaith and
 Howard Gleave all made it into the top twenty. It was Howard's first race
 back after injury and he was rewarded with the Richard Clay-Jones Pint
 trophy for the first Ranelagh over 50 to finish. David Wright was next - his
 129th mob match - and others adding to their impressive records included Jim
 Forrest (his 108th),  Clive Naish (his 96th, the last 94 consecutive) and
 Mike Peace, who completed his 99th and is set to become the sixth Ranelagh
 Harrier to reach the ton. Anna Scally in 31st place was the leading woman,
 and back in 54th place it was good to see Geoff Nicholson on a flying visit
 from Australia. Commiserations to Phil Aiken, who turned his ankle again in
 the early stages and had to hobble back.

 We scored 35 a side and after such an overwhelming Thames presence at the
 front we did fairly well to hold the margin of defeat to 370 points.

 UK CROSS CHALLENGE  Saturday 24th November at Sefton Park, Liverpool
 There was a good run from Estelle in a very high quality race.

 Women's 8km
 1 H Yelling (WSEH) 27.42
 70 Estelle Damant 33.07

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 24th November
 1 R Stannard (Belgrave) 16.04
 12 Darren Wood 18.28
 18 Edward Smith 19.19
 21 Duncan Mallison 19.38
 44 Chris Spink 20.31
 121 Paul Bisping 23.18
 162 Ivan Boggis 24.11
 236 Wally Garrod 26.53
 238 John Hanscomb 26.55

 RICHMOND PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 24th November
 A frosty morning brought a new course record.

 1 R Ward (Belgrave) 16.40
 8 Stephen Instone 20.48

 FLORENCE MARATHON  Sunday 25th November
 Michele Gibson sends a brief report and promises more to follow:
 "Marathon was great yesterday, 6,387 finishers. Florence is fantastic. Andy
 did his best for a few years at 3.19 although he was looking for 3.15 (you
 men are never happy). I did a pb with 4hrs 21seconds which is 14 mins better
 than ever and 42nd in my age group, but just missed the Boston qualifying
 time by 21secs as we had planned to do Boston next year. Gutted". Ahead of
 Andy and Michele, Martin Halvey just slipped inside three hours again. 

 1 P Ngeny (Kenya) 2.12.50  (chip time 2.12.50)
 297 Martin Halvey 2.59.33  (2.58.55)
 966 Andy Hayward 3.20.01  (3.19.19)
 3639 Michele Gibson 4.01.59  (4.00.21)

 "My fantasy was wrong, because I started the last lap...Boom! And I started
 to sprint...and they were twice as fast as me! And you see, gold medal,
 silver medal, bronze medal; and for me...potato. What to do? What to do? I
 must run!"
 Emil Zatopek describing the last lap of the 1956 Olympic 5000 metres final.