Newsdesk 2009

*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 304 6 April 2009 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Stragglers win parkrun mob match, Phil Killingley and Ben Matthews 1st and 3rd * Roger Wilson wins Baker Cup * Ralph Street 18th in English Schools and fastest at the Baker Cup * Sam Perkins 5th in 31.27 at Eastleigh 10km * Jo Ronaldson 17th in Reading Half Marathon * Return to racing for David Benton * Rachael Holmes 5th in Taunton Marathon * Petersham Festival parkrun 5km this Saturday SEE HERE ******** PARKING (AGAIN) - CLUBHOUSE and CEDAR HEIGHTS At the clubhouse: * We have blocked off our car park area after the Dysart blockaded it due to mud being pulled onto their car park * We have no immediate plans to make it available again and we have no agreement for access with the Dysart * The Dysart have asked members not to park on their car park - if you do, you might risk being moved on (possibly not politely) * The voucher scheme still seems to be in place for Dysart regulars And on the matter of parking locally: * Loss of parking will naturally push more people out onto local roads, particularly Cedar Heights and the road leading off it * As a club we are keen not to inconvenience our neighbours, so please ensure you park considerately * Specifically we need to avoid parking across people's drives and parking on both sides of the road where this might restrict access * Just because you are late doesn't mean you have the right to park badly - please use River Lane or the lane leading to Petersham Nurseries * If you do receive a complaint from a local resident please be courteous and let a member of the committee know, so we can better understand any problems A reminder too that we can park at the Fox and Duck pub but they would obviously expect us to buy at least one drink there after our run for the privilege. PETERSHAM FESTIVAL The Petersham Festival takes place from Saturday 11th to Sunday 19th April. Full details of the festival events can be found on the their website www.petershamfestival.org. Ranelagh's contribution is to invite all locals to take part in the Richmond parkrun 5km on Saturday 11th. This will be the usual 9am parkrun but there will be "an Easter treat" for all participants and a medal for the leading man, woman, junior boy and girl. It would be good to have a strong Ranelagh presence at the event, so if you are free please come along (in club kit) and have a run. Heather Martingell would also like a few extra helpers on the day. She writes: "I'd like people to be kilometre markers around the course. A little Easter egg for every helper :-). To volunteer: heathermartingell@hotmail.co.uk. Roster is here: (scroll down page to view)". POINTS PRIZE and PERFORMANCE AWARDS The season-long points competitions all came to a conclusion at Saturday's Baker Cup. The Points Prize - for consistency in club handicaps - was won by Michael White with 30 points, ahead of Chris Camacho (21) and Ian Grange (16). Full scoreboard:. The performance awards are based on points scored in all club fixtures over the season. The men's competition for the McLeod Cup went to Trevor Maguire with 1230 points. Niall O'Connor was second on 1142 and Andy Woodhouse was third with 1054. The outcome of women's competition was in doubt right up to the Baker Cup itself but finally went to Kirsty Bangham with 1487 points, just 16 points ahead of Sandra Prosser. Marie Synnott-Wells was third on 995. TOWPATH 10 miles Sunday 19th April This is the opening race in our 2009 Road Grand Prix. RICHMOND HALF MARATHON Sunday 10th May Entries are flocking in for our Half Marathon, which also serves as the Surrey county championship. We already have over 600 entries and the limit might well be reached before the closing date, so don't delay. Details:. GREEN BELT RELAY 23rd and 24th May We have had quite a good response from people wishing to take part in this year's GBR, certainly enough for two teams. If anyone else - male or female - would like to run, please contact Marie Synnott-Wells (contact details below) without delay. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, it is for teams of eleven runners, each of whom runs one stage on Saturday and one stage on Sunday. As the name suggests, the route follows London's Green Belt in a 220 miles circle around the capital. Virtually all stages are at least partly off-road. The average distance of each stage is 10 miles, though they actually vary from 5.7 miles to 13.8 miles. For much more Information about the race see www.greenbeltrelay.org.uk/. Marie and Evelyn Joslin would like some help with the organisational logistics - if you are running the event and can offer them a hand please contact Marie. RANELAGH'S ROAD GRAND PRIX This kicks off with the Thames Towpath 10, followed by the London Marathon and the Sutton 10km. Full details here: SURREY ROAD LEAGUE and CHAMPIONSHIPS As usual we are competing in the Surrey Road League this summer. Last year we finished 3rd in both the men's and women's team events and we provided the winners of the individual men over 40 and men over 50 categories (Paul Doyle and Jonathan Robinson respectively). There are six League events all of which also feature in our road Grand Prix - Sutton 10km (3 May), Richmond Half Marathon (10 May), Dorking 10m (31 May), Dysart 10km (28 June), Elmbridge 10km (26 July) and Belgrave 5km (9 August). The Richmond Half, Dorking 10m, Dysart 10km and Belgrave 5km also serve as Surrey county championships.. BUILDING FUND DRAW Winners the draw at the Baker Cup were Mike Pearce (£118), Janet Glenister (£49) and Sam Matthews (£30). Peter Trainor writes: "Thank you for your continued support for the Building Fund Draw this season. For those who are not already paying by standing order, it's now time to pay your annual £10 per entry for the 2009/10 season, which you may send to me - payable to RANELAGH HARRIERS BUILDING FUND - or arrange with me to pay by standing order, or pay to me by cash or cheque when you next see me. Thanks again for your support. My contact details are below". Peter Trainor 30 Hatch Place Kingston upon Thames Surrey KT2 5NB Phone: 020 8541 3579 E-mail: peter.trainor@btinternet.com SHARING INFORMATION We have received the following from Michael Daniels of Wimbledon Windmilers: "I am a member of Windmilers running club and would like to share details of an incident that happened on Thursday 26th March. At 7:25pm a runner was waiting by Ladderstile Gate when an individual (described below) approached and assaulted him. The police have asked that if any runner / individual sees a person answering the description, could they please phone 999 and quote CAD 8111-26th March, 2009 (all Kingston Police IDs). Description: male, Caucasian, age about 25, height about 6ft, medium to slight build, hair close cropped sandy (possibly ginger), riding a long travel front suspension mountain bike while walking a black Staffordshire Bull Terrier (white patch on the front of the chest)". WHAT'S COMING ************* More details of the following from Marc Snaith (07717 213035 mailto ( mdsnaith5@hotmail.com ) or Marie Synnott-Wells (07956 431319 / mailto nandmwells@aol.com ) Saturday 11th April Petersham Festival Richmond parkrun at 9am near Richmond gate. See above. Sunday 19th April Thames Towpath 10 miles. See above. Sunday 26th April London Marathon Sunday 3rd May Sutton 10km. Details:. Sunday 10th May Richmond Half Marathon. See above. parkruns every Saturday at 9am Bushy Park Diana Fountain car park Richmond Park Richmond Gate Wimbledon Common Windmill car park Banstead Woods Car park off B2219 Park Lane, Chipstead Other venues, more details and registration at www.parkrun.com WHAT'S HAPPENED *************** parkrun 5km MOB MATCH Saturday 28th March at 9am in Richmond Park Someone evidently tipped off the weather gods that an unofficial mob match was planned. And mob matches take place in winter, don't they? After the previous week's early glimpse of spring, the gods sent Arctic winds to sweep across the Park, accompanied by chilling showers. The mob match idea - within the normal Saturday morning parkrun - seemed to be quite successful, with Ranelagh and Stragglers between them providing 108 of the 185 finishers. Numerically we were fairly evenly matched, 51 of ours opposing 57 of theirs. But to have given Stragglers a better run for their money we really needed a few more faster runners. Another handful in the sub-19 minutes range would have made it a much tighter contest. As it was, although we made a good start with the first and third home, we had only a total of seven finishers in the top twenty. This gave Stragglers an unassailable head start and scoring 48 a side they came out ahead by nearly 400 points. Phil Killingley controlled the race from the start and won by the best part of half a minute in the fourth-fastest time yet run on this course. Curiously, no-one has yet cracked the 16 minutes barrier - there's your target, Phil! In third place Ben Matthews ran another PB and broke 17 minutes for the first time. Howard Gleave was the leading vet, not to mention first over 50, and skipper Snaith finished 9th. The positions shown below are those in the mob match, i.e. excluding all non-Ranelagh/Stragglers. 1 Phil Killingley 16.21 2 B Osborn (Strag) 16.48 3 Ben Matthews 16.56 5 Danny Norman (Strag) 17.13 7 Howard Gleave 17.39 9 Marc Snaith 18.10 14 Peter Weir 18.35 17 Chris Owens 19.12 18 Nick Wright 19.15 21 Vaughan Ramsay 19.29 22 Burkhard Fehsenfeld 19.30 23 Stephen Instone 19.44 24 David Rowe 19.45 26 Andy Bickerstaff 20.18 29 Steve Rowland 20.33 31 George Inman 20.45 35 Andy Woodhouse 21.21 36 Marie Synnott-Wells 21.23 37 Chris Camacho 21.32 39 Karl Garvey 21.45 41 Sandra Prosser 22.00 43 Ian Grange 22.03 45 Stephen Logue 22.14 46 Wyn Williams 22.18 53 Alan Davidson 22.33 54 Christopher Parsons 22.41 56 Paul Martingell 22.48 57 Michelle Beaumont 22.49 59 Chris Hunton 22.54 63 Sonia Rowland 23.24 64 Clive Naish 23.26 66 Andrew Prosser 23.36 67 Tony Appleby 23.43 70 Phil Aiken 24.05 71 Roger Wilson 24.07 72 Martin Clark 24.08 73 John Scally 24.10 75 Michael White 24.29 81 Vinny Annear 25.10 82 Laura Wells 25.22 85 Vicci Randle 25.35 86 Kirsty Bangham 25.37 88 Anna Scally 26.15 89 Gill Wilson 26.44 93 Hannah Doyle 27.31 97 Penny Merrett 29.28 99 Pat Hewlett 30.23 101 Annemarie Goodridge 31.32 102 Christine Goodsell 31.50 103 Sharon Rowe 31.51 104 Liza Everett 31.53 106 Beverley Ali 35.17 Team (48 to score) 1 Stragglers 2089 2 Ranelagh 2598 BAKER CUP 3 miles road handicap Saturday 4th April in Richmond Park The Baker Cup returned to the familiar surroundings of the Wilson household. In 2006 it was Luke Wilson's name that had been engraved on the trophy and this time it was the turn of dad Roger who took full advantage of his 8.20 allowance to win his first club trophy. It looked for a moment in the later stages as if Liz Kipling might be able to make a sprint finish of it, but Roger had enough in hand to cross the line comfortably clear. Liz had to settle for the silver medal and so continued her unenviable "near miss" record in this race, after a second place in 2000 and a third in 2004. Guest Will Ellis was third across the line but the bronze medal went to John Scally - whose wife Anna got the biggest cheer of the day as she trotted around just four weeks away from the scheduled arrival of their first child. Ian Grange and Louise Piears both showed good form in 4th and 5th places, with Kirsty Bangham hot on their heels securing the women's performance award. Steve Rowland was next and then Ralph Street who ran an impressive 15.50 for the fastest time of the day. Jonathon Stacey's 16.35 was next best followed by Ed Barker on 17 minutes dead. Liz Kipling ran the fastest women's time of 19.26. Sandra Prosser on 20.35 and Daniela Mingham on 21.04 were second and third. The evening's supper at the Roebuck was well attended and the always impressive array of trophies were efficiently distributed to their new owners by Alan Hedger and our President Frances Ratchford. Sam Perkins was present, and the opportunity was taken to make the award of club honours for his performance in this year's National. Not all trophy winners were able to be present. If you are due to receive a trophy won over the past season, please contact Alan Hedger to arrange a hand-over at 01372 740626 or alanhedger@talktalk.net. ENGLISH SCHOOLS CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 21st March at Stanford Hall, Leicestershire Ralph Street put in another great performance to finish 18th in what is always a very classy Senior Boys race. 1 R Parker (Beds) 23.13 18 Ralph Street 24.03 ROME MARATHON Sunday 22nd March Gavin Jones reports: "A PB by more than 5 minutes since I started my 'second running career' as an OAP with that disastrous 3 hrs 11 mins in Rome last year. Not bad for knocking on 50! 90th overall and 18th in age category. I'm a very happy bunny", 1 B Kiptoo (Kenya) 2:07.17 (chip time 2:07.17) 90 Gavin Jones 2:48.52 (2:48.48) RON WHEELER QUARTERLY 5km Thursday 26th March at Wapping 1 D Moore (Thames H&H) 17.26 7 Andy Bickerstaff 18.29 13 Chris Read 19.34 24 Andy Hayward 21.57 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km Friday 27th March in Hyde Park 1 H Raidi (Belgrave) 15.54 59 Michael Bull 20.00 99 Alan Davidson 21.42 202 John Hanscomb 29.40 10km DE LA CORRÈGE Saturday 28th March at Leucate, France David Benton writes: "After a long period of injury, I'm back running again, and last weekend I did my first race since the Surrey League in November 2007! The event was the 10km de la Corrège, one of the top events in Southern France and very popular with people chasing qualification times for the French Championships. The race is point-to-point, and follows the coast from Leucate Village, a pretty, traditional fishing village to Leucate Plage, a not-so-pretty, modern holiday resort. The first kilometre is downhill (my split was around 3min!), the last kilometre is uphill (3min35!) and the middle part is flat and sheltered, along footpaths and cycle tracks. Unfortunately this year the weather was 'pas normal' - cold and wet. I had a good run for my level of fitness, settling into 3min20 per km pace about 4km, and managing to more or less keep it together until the final kilometres. I finished 39th overall (6th Vet) in 33min06, some way behind the winner, Hassan Ben Elkhainouchi, who despite the handicap of a long name, ran 28min34. BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 28th March 1 J Brown (Thames T) 16.30 182 Jose Scheuer 24.46 228 Wally Garrod 26.19 288 Daniel Hobbs 28.13 312 Peter Fordham 29.59 323 John Hanscomb 30.40 WIMBLEDON COMMON parkrun 5km Saturday 28th March 1 L White (Herc Wimb) 16.24 129 Catherine Carthy 29.35 EASTLEIGH 10km Sunday 29th March Chris Read reports: "Today a small Ranelagh team ran the Eastleigh 10k. My preparations had been disrupted by falling over on a training run the previous Sunday. I accordingly rationed myself to only 1.7 glasses of wine on Saturday evening and accordingly set out confident of remaining upright for the whole of the race. The weather was almost perfect for running, with sunshine and a light wind. Sam Perkins did very well, coming fifth in a time of 31.27. Clive Beauvais also did well, achieving a time well inside 40 minutes. Clive Naish and I brought up the rear of the Ranelagh team. Alan Davidson was also there, representing Liss". 1 R Dessaix-Chin (Bel) 30.18 (chip time 30.17) 5 Sam Perkins 31.27 (31.27) 202 Clive Beauvais 39.27 (39.20) 269 Chris Read 41.05 (40.49) 420 Alan Davidson 44.24 (44.05) 571 Clive Naish 46.55 (46.35) READING HALF MARATHON Sunday 29th March Carola Richter reports on Silverstone and Reading:: "Two weeks ago I was running the Silverstone half marathon, an event I really like now. I know that most people would find this course rather boring but it has its challenges. The weather in previous years was far from warm, sunny and enjoyable. I fact, I had snowstorms, hail storms, hurricane-like winds and of course rain. After all we are in Britain. Therefore, it came as an absolute surprise when the forecast predicted no rain. And it was in fact a gorgeous, nice sunny day. I was on my way to another MP training run incorporating race conditions for the London marathon. My training has been very good so far, although long distance running can be very lonely with a heavy work load and running on your own most of the time. I clocked 1:39:39 a PB for a half marathon so far. The funny thing was after I finished the race I did another easy 60min run along the course and people were cheering me on to 'keep going' and 'finish it off' :o). If only they had knew that I had finished way before them. Yesterday, was my second half marathon for this year, the Reading Half. Another day of glorious sunshine and only a light breeze. I was looking for some familiar faces at the start line but couldn't make a blue vest out of the crowd but I managed to drag my flat mate along who I was coaching for the last 3 months. I always thought that Reading was a popular race for the Ranelagh gang. Anyway, at mile 5 Lee Davies passed me and informed me that Michelle Beaumont was not far behind me. Running with a race strategy (not to be much faster than MP pace), that was not good news and I had to let her pass. I wasn't far off Michelle and always had her blue vest in focus. After mile 10 or 11 Michelle slowed down a bit and without raising my pace too much I was able to pass her and finish it off very strongly in 1:37:21, another PB. Michelle came just a few seconds behind me and looked quite strong too, well done Michelle. Good results also came from Jo, Paul, Marie, Sarah, Heather and of course Lee who has improved so much since he joined the club!" Jo finished 17th (4th over 40) in the women's race and Marie was 44th (7th over 40). 1 K Kimutai (Kenya) 1:02.46 (chip time 1:02.46) 196 Jo Ronaldson 1:22.21 (1:22.19) 324 Paul Sheridan 1:25.53 (1:25.47) 514 Marie Synnott-Wells 1:29.16 (1:29.13) 1110 Lee Davies 1:35.59 (1:34.02) 1417 Carola Richter 1:38.37 (1:37.21) 1507 Michelle Beaumont 1:39.25 (1:37.29) 6564 Heather Martingell 2:07.28 (2:04.07) 6566 Sarah Lintern 2:07.28 (2:03.17) KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap Wednesday 1st April 1 T Blundell (unatt) 24.24 (actual time 21.39) 6 Alan Davidson 26.06 (19.21) 23 Steve Rowland 27.02 (18.17) 24 Louise Piears 27.07 (20.37) BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 4th April 1 N Aitken (Clapham) 16.39 19 Nick Wright 18.30 71 Simon Collingridge 20.22 162 Chris Wilson 23.09 262 Wally Garrod 26.20 303 Holly Wilson 28.06 308 Gill Wilson 28.10 309 Roger Wilson 28.11 321 Katherine Hall 28.56 350 John Hanscomb 30.15 366 Sharon Rowe 31.54 367 Sarah Lintern 31.54 RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 4th April 1 B Madsen (West 4) 17.18 11 Stephen Instone 19.44 58 Chris Wright 26.03 60 Johannes Prosser 26.21 83 Pat Hewlett 30.19 95 Bev Ali 37.14 KINGSTON BREAKFAST RUNS Sunday 5th April For many, these were the finishing touches before the London Marathon. In the 16 miles main feature, Ben Matthews was 13th in the men's race and Carola Richter was just outside the top fifty in the women's. 8 miles 1 B Whitworth (Wood G) 45.03 (chip time 45.02) 53 Graham Quick 55.43 (55.39) 71 Kelvin Byers 56.49 (56.36) 940 Alison Salmon 77.58 (77.14) 16 miles 1 T Bedford (Shaft B) 1:29.25 (1:29.24) 13 Ben Matthews 1:37.53 (1:37.52) 269 Steve Grout 1:57.58 (1:57.28) 405 Carola Richter 2:03.38 (2:03.36) 577 Ian Grange 2:09.27 (1:59.14) 1214 Roger Wilson 2:26.22 (2:25.58) 1265 Denis Horellou 2:28.23 (2:27.46) 1398 Rebecca Mantin 2:32.48 (2:32.27) 1761 Daniel Hobbs 2:54.03 (2:53.14) 1777 Hendrika van Schie 2:55.57 (2:55.39) TAUNTON MARATHON Sunday 5th April Rachael Holmes was 5th in the women's race. 1 C Ray (Taunton) 2:37.21 61 Rachael Holmes 3:27.42 COOMBE GIBBET TO OVERTON 16 miles Sunday 5th April In their favourite race, Clive and Sue were first over 60 and first over 55 respectively. 1 S Jeffery (Axe V) 1:36.27 27 Clive Beauvais 1:54.29 129 Sue Ashley 2:19.54 OAKLEY 20 miles Sunday 5th April at Bedford 1 M Janes (Bedford) 1:48.10 318 Lee Davies 2:48.48 320 Michelle Beaumont 2:49.05 WHITE HORSE HALF MARATHON Sunday 5th April at Wantage 1 P Farmer (Ampthill) 1:12.06 399 Sharon Dooley 2:05.08 KINGSTON LONDON MINI-MARATHON TRIAL Saturday 28th February in Bushy Park Anna Mallett qualified for the Kingston team by finishing 5th in the Under 17s race. FINALLY... "I love running cross country....on a track, I feel like a hamster". Robin Williams.