*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 305 21 April 2009 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Sara Grosvenor wins Thames Towpath 10 women's race * Jonathon Stacey 5th, Jonathan Robinson and Martin Clark also in the prizes * Top place for men's and women's teams * Darryl McDonald 2nd in Wimbledon parkrun * Ed Barker 2nd in Asthma 10km * London Marathon this Sunday, all welcome at the Wych Elm in the evening * Volunteers needed for Richmond Half Marathon SEE HERE ******** LONDON MARATHON Sunday 26th April GOOD LUCK to all marathoners. Wear a club vest if you can - there's usually plenty of Ranelagh support out on the course, but it's easier to spot the vest than individual faces. Good luck too to those in the Mini Marathon. Spectators - join the Tour de London Marathon! Chris Owens writes: "Elite women start at 9:00 and the rest at 9:45, you may choose to wait to see the start at 9.45, then blast down the hill through Greenwich Park. Read on... Travel to the Marathon start, usually on the special trains to Blackheath, Greenwich or Maze Hill stations and soak up the atmosphere. By getting in the right area it's possible to see the elite women start, and then the main start, before jogging down through Greenwich Park - great views - to the Naval College, which is at about 10k. Make sure you are on the Park side of the start - near the red brick wall, after the Elite women take off. Either wait for the main start or head off down through Greenwich Park when you please. There is a small pedestrian gate at the corner of Greenwich Park and Maze Hill - go through that and head towards the fine view of Canary Wharf , go downhill, then exit the park by the duckpond. This brings you out more or less at 10km. Cross the road and stand on the Greenwich College side of the road - away from the park - near where a small street goes down the side of the old Naval College. There is often a Ranelagh bunch near there - the potaloos are useful too BEFORE the field gets there. Depending on when you shot down the hill through the park, the elite women may have passed, but normally we see the elite men come through and cheer on some friends - depending on where they are, before taking the foot tunnel under the Thames at Cutty Sark - Isambard Kindom Brunel's original (started by his father). Get to the tunnel by going round the back of the Naval College - don't follow the race route it gets very congested. The tunnel is easy to find - the entrance is right opposite the bow of the Cutty Sark. The tunnel leads to the Isle of Dogs, where it is possible to see both the men's and women's race leaders before settling in for some serious supporting. Go round the back (riverside) of the Naval College and head upriver to get to the foot tunnel entrance. Cross under the river and find the course - look for the crowds on the Isle of Dogs. Jog back up the route to get to the best spot for supporting. Near Canary Wharf there is a roundabout where the race passes both sides - at about 16miles and about 20, so you get a double view. Before it gets too busy it is possible then to get to the local DLR station - and travel up to Tower Hill for the loop around the Tower of London . From there more supporting can be done or you can walk/jog up towards the Embankment/finish (or take the Tube). For reference on the day, my mobile number is 07760 461 482. There are usually a good few Ranelagh people doing this route". LONDON MARATHON ACHES AND PAINS PARTY As usual there will be the post-race get-together at Janet Turnes's pub, the Wych Elm in Elm Road, Kingston on Sunday evening. All are welcome, and Janet is usually kind enough to lay on some grub. Drop in any time after 7pm. Runners: bring your medals! LONDON MARATHON 2010 Note that the ballot for places for next year's London opens on Monday 27th April!. RICHMOND HALF MARATHON Sunday 10th May Entries have now reached 900 and we are rapidly approaching the 1150 limit. So if you want to run the race - which also serves as the Surrey county championship enter now. We also need plenty of helpers on the day. Heather Martingell writes: "Please help. We need plenty of on-course marshals. Marshals will be required for about 90 minutes placed somewhere convenient for you, and you will be rewarded with tea, coffee and various edible goodies back in the clubhouse afterwards. There will also be some drinks on the Tuesday afterwards in the clubhouse for marshals only, as well as energy bars for during the race (to tease the runners with). If you are available to marshal please let me know. Volunteers are needed for the following duties: Mile markers (putting signs out on the course) (2) Car parking (2) General marshals on course (20) Water stations * Petrol Station (near York House) (5) * Kingston Bridge / return (water point used twice) (5) * Hampton Court (5) * Finish (5) Catering (2) Luggage (2) Funnel stuffing (2) Handing out bananas & chocolate bars (2) Handing out Medals (2) Lead bike (2) Tail bike (2) Clubhouse/information point (2) Admin - name swops on numbers (2) If you can help please contact Heather at email@example.com". GREEN BELT RELAY 23rd and 24th May There's still time, 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 kicked off with the Thames Towpath 10, followed by the London Marathon and the Sutton 10km. Full details here:. WORKSHOPS AT St MARY'S Cindy Croucher writes: "St Mary's University College will be holding a drop-in advice session on Wednesday 13th May plus a series of free adult taster workshops as part of National Adult Learners week 9th-15th May 2009. Come and sample our short courses for yourself, meet some of our lecturers, chat to students, tour the facilities and join in. Fitness workshops will run on Monday 11th May from 9.30am to 11.30am and Thursday 14th May from 7pm to 9pm. We offer the OCR Level 2 Diploma in both Gym Instruction and Exercise to Music then the CYQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training. We also offer several 1-day courses. Complementary therapy workshops will run on Sunday 10th May from 11.30am to 1.30pm and Wednesday 13th May from 10am to 12pm. We offer the ITEC Level 3 Diplomas in Body and Sports Massage, Reflexology and Aromatherapy and the RSPH Level 3 Diploma in Nutrition. There is a drop-in session between 4pm and 7pm in the coffee shop on Wednesday 13th May with information on all foundation, under and post graduate courses plus a workshop offered by the Foundation Degree in Healthcare Studies giving the opportunity of scientifically measuring body composition using the non-invasive Bod-Pod. Spaces are limited on the free taster sessions so please reserve a place by calling 020 8240 4321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Full details of our courses can be found at www.smuc.ac.uk/shortcourses. Whether you want to gain new skills or qualifications to get a promotion at work, want to learn more about a subject you're interested in, or just want to take up a new hobby then adult learning could be for you!" VETERANS TRACK LEAGUE Bev Ali writes: "Ladies and gentlemen of a certain age: it is time once again for the series of four track and field meets for veterans. Another unsurpassed fun opportunity to not only run, but also to walk, jump, and throw heavy implements!!! No experience, particular skill or talent is required - points are awarded by relative placing not by absolute achievement. All over the age of 35, male and female, are welcome. The cost of competing is £10 for the series, which gives a limited, short term St Mary's membership. If you already have a St Mary's track membership, there will be no charge. St Mary's vests will be available for loan on the evening. The matches are all on Monday evenings, start at 6:30 pm and usually finish by 9pm. A schedule of events will be published in the next newsletter for the first match. Please contact Bev Ali email@example.com if you would like more information". Match One 11 May Uxbridge - link to a map Nearest tube station is Uxbridge (end of Piccadilly and Metropolitan lines) which is 0.69 miles from the Hillingdon Athletics Stadium. Host club: Hillingdon Program for men and women features 100m, 400m, 1500m, 4x400m, 2000m walk, discus, high jump, long jump and shot putt. Field events start at 6.30pm, track at 7pm. Match Two 8 June St Mary's (Twickenham) Host club: St Mary's Match Three 22 June Battersea Host club: Hercules Wimbledon Match Four 13 July Battersea Host club Serpentine LONDON YOUTH GAMES AQUATHLON British Triathlon London Region Development Manager Jon Train writes: "Richmond Borough are looking for squad members for the London Youth Games Aquathlon. If you know of any young aspiring triathletes or anyone between 11 and 17 that LIVE OR GO TO SCHOOL IN RICHMOND and would enjoy the challenge it would be great if you could pass the message below onto them. If you have any questions please contact me on: 07739 526 558 Trial: If you wish to attend this trial you MUST register your place by phoning 020 8831 6355 before the trial date. Date: Tuesday 5 May 2009 Time: 6.00 to 7.00pm Venue: Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hanworth Road, Hampton, Middlesex TW12 3HF Eligibility: all must live or go to school in the borough. Age Categories: · TriStar 2 Born between 31st Dec 98 and 1st Jan 97 (Aged either 11 or 12 on 31st December 2009) · TriStar 3 Born between 31st Dec 96 and 1st Jan 95 (Aged either 13 or 14 on 31st December 2009) · Youths Born between 31st Dec 94 and 1st Jan 93 (Aged either 15 or 16 on 31st December 2009) · Juniors Born between 31st Dec 92 and 1st Jan 91 (Aged either 17 or 18 on 31st December 2009) At the trial competitors will be required to complete the following courses: Swim Run TriStar 2 (11/12) 200m (eight lengths) 1km (one lap) TriStar 3 (13/14) 250m (ten lengths) 2km (two laps) Youths (15/16) 400m (ten lengths) 3km (three laps) Juniors (17+) 400m (ten lengths) 3km (three laps) Selected competitors will be informed via post after the trial. The actual competition will take place on Sunday 5 July 2009 at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Transport, lunch and t-shirts will be provided". WHAT'S COMING ************* More details of the following from Marc Snaith (07717 213035 mailto ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Marie Synnott-Wells (07956 431319 / mailto email@example.com ) Sunday 26th April London Marathon Sunday 3rd May Sutton 10km. Details:. Sunday 10th May Richmond Half Marathon. See above. Sat 23rd / Sun 24th May Green Belt Relay. 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 *************** THAMES TOWPATH 10 miles Sunday 19th April at Chiswick It was a successful day all round for Ranelagh at the Towpath 10 on Sunday. The route is mostly flat, part towpath and part road, and the morning was bright . Sara Grosvenor provided us with a surprise winner of the women's race, hacking a couple of minutes off her previous best time for the distance and finishing the best part of two minutes clear of her nearest challenger. Sara's time was an excellent 65.52, and she led the team of herself, Kath Phillips (who just missed her PB in 6th place) and Rachael Holmes to team victory. The men emulated this, with Jonathon Stacey 5th, Ed Barker 17th, Trevor Maguire 18th and Jonathan Robinson in his first race for several months 21st. Jonathan R also placed second in the over 50s section and Martin Clark was the leading over 70. David Rowe's photos are here (together with shots of the recent Baker and Clutton Cup races): . MAIDENHEAD EASTER 10 miles Friday 10th April A good performance by Ben Matthews in 20th place. 1 A Cooray (Aylesbury) 51.22 (chip time 51.22) 20 Ben Matthews 57.10 (57.07) 174 Marie Synnott-Wells 66.37 (66.30) 620 Pete Warren 80.39 (80.07) 622 Melissa Glackin 80.39 (80.08) 1059 John Hanscomb 101.03 (100.47) GUERNSEY EASTERRUNS Friday 10th April - Monday 13th April Estelle Damant was 7th and 5th in the women's sections of the first two races, and with Loughborough University colleagues was a member of the first women's team in the cross-country relay. Friday - 10km Road at Port Soif 1 W Chinhanhu (Poole) 30.41 41 Estelle Damant 39.20 Saturday - 8km Cross Country at L'Ancresse 1 W Chinhanhu (Poole) 24.35 34 Estelle Damant 31.16 RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 11th April This week's Richmond parkrun was a special Petersham Festival event, though the combination of it being Easter Saturday and damp weather meant that little more than an average-sized field was present - all of whom were the recipients of Easter eggs at the finish. 1 a Kitromilides (Morn) 17.20 5 Jerym Brunton 18.30 15 Stephen Instone 19.33 23 Steve Rowland 20.39 37 Sandra Prosser 21.41 38 Michael Cawley 21.43 41 Andrzej Bockowski 22.06 57 Sonia Rowland 23.43 74 Alison Salmon 27.04 89 Johannes Prosser 28.40 98 Christine Goodsell 29.41 101 Janet Turnes 30.24 112 Pat Hewlett 36.15 113 Bev Ali 36.16 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 11th April 1 D Shane (Basildon) 15.56 8 Marc Snaith 17.55 12 Nick Wright 18.13 19 David Rowe 18.49 31 Darren Wood 19.26 50 Simon Collingridge 20.11 51 Duncan Mallison 20.11 146 Roger Wilson 23.05 154 Adam Wright 23.21 198 Jose Scheuer 24.13 238 Kirsty Bangham 25.24 268 Wally Garrod 25.58 285 Holly Wilson 26.44 287 Gill Wilson 26.50 321 Peter Fordham 28.23 326 Daniel Hobbs 28.31 337 Chris Wright 29.11 357 John Hanscomb 30.43 363 Sharon Rowe 31.14 WIMBLEDON COMMON parkrun 5km Saturday 11th April Darryl McDonald made much of the pace but was just deprived of another Wimbledon parkrun victory. 1 J Fairs (Serpentine) 16.45 2 Darryl McDonald 16.51 GLASGOW parkrun 5km Saturday 11th April 1 B Coyle (Shett) 16.26 12 Peter Weir 18.34 72 Karen Weir 22.47 ASTHMA 10km Saturday 11th April at Windsor Second place for Ed Barker. 1 E Blake (St Albans) 34.38 2 Ed Barker 35.35 STOCKLEY PARK 10km Monday 13th April at Uxbridge 1 A Cracknell (Dacorum) 34.07 139 Daniel Hobbs 61.15 RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 18th April 1 T Pearson (T&HH) 16.23 6 Jerym Brunton 18.24 14 Burkhard Fehsenfeld 19.15 19 Stephen Instone 19.40 22 Vaughan Ramsay 19.58 47 Karl Garvey 21.34 55 Christopher Parsons 22.17 66 Alison Dicks 22.55 68 Alan Davidson 22.59 73 Anna Mallett 23.17 89 Evelyn Joslin 24.19 98 Karen Weir 24.49 107 Vicci Randle 25.55 110 Paul Bisping 26.29 116 Andrew Brown 27.29 135 Lorna Smith 30.13 138 Pat Hewlett 30.23 170 Sharon Dooley 42.35 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 18th April 1 J Hutchins (Basing) 15.28 30 David Rowe 18.36 31 Ben Matthews 18.37 69 Darren Wood 19.46 76 Simon Collingridge 19.59 100 David Ready 20.29 152 Chris Camacho 21.52 283 Roger Wilson 24.41 289 Jose Scheuer 24.55 301 Kirsty Bangham 25.04 398 Peter Fordham 27.39 401 Daniel Hobbs 27.44 408 Holly Wilson 27.57 420 Gill Wilson 28.18 474 John Hanscomb 29.59 479 Wally Garrod 30.09 553 Frances Pennycook 43.20 BANSTEAD WOODS parkrun 5km Saturday 18th April 1 J-L Bourne (SLH) 17.43 117 Chris Wright 27.55 BRAMHALL parkrun Saturday 18th April 1 R Downs (Wilmslow) 16.16 67 Yvonne Hill 21.34 BUNGAY BLACK DOG MARATHON Sunday 19th April This was Ian Grange's warm-up for this week's "London". 1 B Grindberg (Tri-Ang) 2:50.23 142 Ian Grange 3:57.33 DUNSFOLD 10km Sunday 19th April Marie Synnott-Wells was 4th woman home. 1 T Lambert (Winch) 32.10 32 Marie Synnott-Wells 41.33 BROOKLANDS 10km Sunday 29th March at Weybridge Roger Wilson reports: "Nice location, would recommend as a fast 10k course over three laps that's great for spectators and beginners - downside was a bit boring running round a race track, and results incorrect until more than a week later". 1 D Lacy (Cambridge H) 32.25 (chip time 32.25) 133 Roger Wilson 49.15 (49.09) FINALLY... Well, next Sunday the big one finally arrives. No, not the London Marathon, silly. It's the Felpersham Marathon and at last the big show-down between Usha and Annabel... What do you mean, you don't listen to "The Archers"???