Newsdesk 2009

*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 307 22 May 2009 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Successful Richmond Half Marathon * Wins for Peter Tucker of Blackheath and Jess Petersson of Stragglers * Jonathon Stacey and Sara Grosvenor are the leading Ranelagh finishers * Ralph Street wins British Junior Elite Orienteering Championship * Jonathon Stacey wins Esher Church School 10km * parkrun win for Phil Killingley and places for Peter Weir and Nathan Mills * Green Belt Relay this weekend and Dorking 10 next Sunday * Police Security advisors to visit the clubhouse this Tuesday SEE HERE ******** MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION Simon Burrell writes: "I am aware that prospective and new members sometimes struggle to understand what the club does and can offer members. The club committee has recently discussed providing better information for members on training, coaching, retail discounts, social events, local sports therapists etc. This will be gradual, as we collect relevant information and to start us off I have put up two new notice boards just inside the main entrance. Please feel free to pin up anything that could be useful to members on the 'Member Information' board, such as cards for physios/therapists, information about club events and the like. We also have some leaflet stands for open races and magazine stands for recent running magazines. If you have any very recent copies of magazines please feel free to replace older ones. However, we don't want your entire back catalogue of Runners' World! We also have a new pinboard specifically set aside for your photos. I would encourage everyone to look out their running related photos and pin them on the board. This is your space and it would be great to see it completely covered with running memories. For any of our budding club photographers, who publish such excellent information on the web, please do print and pin up a few copies of your recent best shots. If you think it is a good thing to have better and more up to date information for our members and you can help us in collecting and publishing this then there is definitely a role for you, either individually or as part of a team. I am keen to hear from anyone who would be happy to give up some of their time to keep our new membership area current and in order and to think of new and different ways to make information available. If you are interested, please email me on simon_burrell2000@yahoo.com. SUBSCRIPTIONS... ...for 2009/10 are now due. The rates are: Senior subscription 40 Under 20 or Student 10 Family subscription 70 Second Claim 20 Retired and over 60 20 Non-running member 10 Please make cheques payable to Ranelagh Harriers, and send to Membership Secretary, Ranelagh Harriers, 135a Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey TW10 7AA. Please consider paying by standing order - there is a form on the website which you can fill in and send to your bank here:. OPINION - CHAMPIONSHIPS Former club President Bill Bird writes: "I know I am not alone in these thoughts and no criticism is intended of any office holders. We now only seem to have a three line whip of the better runners for the two Surrey Leagues, and in the ladies' case, the Surrey and Southern road relays. Since the major championships have been open to all comers we seem to no longer attempt to enter our best athletes. Would it not be worth considering going back to the old system of entering our best 15 runners in the National and 24 in the Southern, with others as 'add-ons'? The same applies to the Surrey Road Relays. This would bring back the prestige to these events in the club year, engender a team spirit, attract other runners and even see us finish in positions to which our club should aspire". GREEN BELT RELAY 23rd and 24th May We have two teams of eleven runners taking part in this year's GBR. The race starts at Hampton Court Palace at 8.30am on Saturday morning and finishes at the Hawker Centre in Ham a little before 6pm on Sunday evening, where all will be welcome to join us for a well-earned drink! DYSART DASH 10km Sunday 28th June Two hundred entries have already been received for our 10km. . Niall O'Connor writes: "2009's Dysart Dash is on Sunday June 28th. We are looking for volunteers and marshals to help out . This is the night after Bruce Springsteen plays at Glastonbury so if you're planning on spending your Saturday night 'Dancing in the Dark' and won't be feeling like you're 'Born to Run' the following morning, but will be able to marshal, please drop me a line on niall_o_c@hotmail.com. With a 9am start, and being a 10k, it won't take a lot of the morning leaving plenty of time to get the hoovering done afterwards". DORKING 10 miles Sunday 31st May This race forms part of both the Surrey Road League and our own Grand Prix and in addition serves as the county 10 miles championship. GETTING DARRYL TO DORKING Darryl McDonald needs a lift to the Dorking 10 if anyone can oblige. He lives in Wimbledon but can get to Raynes Park, Kingston or Surbiton stations if necessary. RANELAGH'S ROAD GRAND PRIX The GP continues with the Dorking 10 miles and then the Dysart Dash 10km on June 28th . Full details and scores to date here:. PETERSHAM GERMAN SCHOOL 7km Andreas Koini, of our near neighbours the German School in Petersham, writes: "I want to invite you to the German School Charity Run on Saturday 6th June 09 at 10.30am. The distance is 7km, start and finish is at our sports field and the course runs through the Ham and Petersham area. We would welcome some of your club members on the day. VETS ON THE TRACK Bev Ali writes: "The 11th May was the first of four veterans' track meets, and the first to be held at Hillingdon Athletics Stadium. It felt as though we were driving to 'where there be dragons' but it was only 12 miles from Twickenham! The facilities are very new and very nice. The weather was picture perfect, until you went out into the wind...then it got a bit chilly...however, in the usual spirit of the track meets, it was a very friendly event, and all of the competitions seemed to be well organised - thanks to the home club Hillingdon. We look forward to the next one on our 'home' track at St Mary's on the 8th June at 6:30. Hopefully we will have a bigger team, If you'd like to compete please contact me. If you do not wish to compete, (or are too young to compete...) as the home club, we can always use helpers. Please contact me - beviscosmicali@googlemail.com - if you wish any more information. The Southern Counties Veterans Athletic Club Championships will be held at Kingsmeadow on Sunday 14th June 2009. Entry fees for members are - 5 first event, 3 subsequent events, and for guests are 7 first event, 5 subsequent events (guests are not eligible for medals) Events will be: Track: 100/200/300/400/80/1500/5000 metres (run), 80/100/110/300/400 metres hurdles 2000/3000m steeple chase and 3000m walk. Field: Long Jump, Triple Jump, Pole Vault, High Jump, Shot Put, Discus, Hammer and Javelin. I have the entry form that I can e-mail to anybody who contacts me at (beviscosmicali@googlemail.com) RICHMOND HALF MARATHON Heather Martingell would like to thank all volunteers who helped in any capacity at the Half Marathon. It's a very difficult course to marshal and requires lots of people...so thanks again to all those who volunteered. As for those who didn't - please think about it for next year! Comments on the Runners' World website are unanimously favourable and full of praise for the friendliness of the marshals, and for their encouragement all round the course. Well done to all. Here's Heather's roll of honour...apologies to anyone who has been missed. Carol Barnshaw, Alan Hedger, Hugh Jones, Tim Sizeland, Andy Woodhouse, Michael White, Chris Wilson, Simon Hedger, John Herries, Michelle Beaumont, Lee Davies, Rachael Holmes, Richard Goddard-Jones, Carola Richter, Julie Naismith, Sandra Prosser and family, Philippa Metherell, Simon Burrell, Kathy Mallett, Lynne Barber, Sonia Rowland, Lorraine Clifton, Howard Gleave, Steve Rowland, Vicci Randle, Clive Naish, Evelyn Joslin, Louise Reeder, Ian Bingham, Christine Goodsell, Ann Murray, Annemarie Goodridge, Tanya Allen, Richard Relf, Christina Kraus, Paula Sheridan, Tamsin Burland, Marina Quayle, Simon Quayle, Andy Bickerstaff, Pat Hewlett, Maree O'Donoghue, Vicky Pordan, Wesley Doyle, Ivan Boggis, Chris Camacho, Nigel Rothwell, Martin Wolfson, Sarah Lintern, Kath Adamson, Anne Thorniley, Julie Drummond, Robin Drummond, Joanne Turner, Joanne Muir-Little, Roy Reeder, Marc Snaith, Steve McClune, Philippa Shaw, Rob Kitchen, Jo Knight, Ted McCabe, Sharon Rowe, David Powell, Vinny Annear, Rachel Badham, John and Daniel Piears, Denis Horellou, Monica Ayliffe, Louise and Charlotte Piears, Deborah Blakemore, Peter Martingell, Clare Heals, Franz Werndle, Clare Nicholson, Rima Chai, Wayne Sarten, Lorna Smith, Nick ?, Peter Saw, Dierdre Inman, Wiebke Kortum, Marie Synnott-Wells, Bev Ali, Martin Clark, Cindy Croucher, Ned Sullivan, Phil Aiken, Ken Powley, Heather Martingell. SECURITY Peter Trainor writes: "The Police Community Support Officer named Jonathan who helped at the Half Marathon came down to the club tonight with a PC named Alex and left a supply of leaflets dealing with security markings for bikes and mobile phones. They are keen to meet the Club to chat about security and intend to visit at 6.30pm on Tuesday 26 May and invite members to bring their bikes and mobile phones to the club for free security marking, and to offer free personal alarms to female members". ORLEANS HOUSE GALLERY Bev Ali writes: "Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham, home of the Arts Service and its Book Now festival event, has now reached the short list of the prestigious Art Fund Prize, the only London museum to be part of this final stage. The Guardian is running an online public vote to help decide which of the four shortlisted museums should win. The winner will be announced on Thursday 18th June so please cast your vote by June 12th. The public vote will count as one of the eight votes (seven others from judges) so please forward this to all your contacts to cast their votes too! We really need your help! DAVID LANKEY Longer-standing members will be sorry to hear of the recent death from cancer of Rev David Lankey. David had not been part of the club for some years but kept in contact with a number of members. During the 1970s he played an important role in the club's first team and served as both Vice Captain and Gazette Editor. His 1:53.44 in the 1971 Finchley 20 miles (which incidentally was only good enough for 44th place!) still ranks him 24th in the club's ranking list. Our condolences go to his family. 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 ) Sat 23rd / Sun 24th May Green Belt Relay. See above. Sunday 31st May Dorking 10 miles. See above Sunday 28th June Dysart Dash 10km. 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 *************** RICHMOND HALF MARATHON Sunday 10th May We had nearly nine hundred starters for our Half Marathon this year. The day was warm and sunny, but humidity was thankfully low so few competitors reported problems with the conditions. Pre-race favourite was probably the Kiwi late entry Paul Martelletti who had a recent 66 minutes performance to his name. A group of four broke away from the pack fairly quickly and it was the Blackheath & Bromley man Peter Tucker who was forcing the pace. Tucker always looked to be in control and was out on his own before the half distance. He went on to build up a lead of some 90 seconds by the time he reached the finish, recording 69.24. Martelletti held on for second place a few seconds clear of Herne Hill's Brian Wilder, who took the Surrey county title. Jonathon Stacey was the leading Ranelagh representative in 9th place, ahead of Darryl McDonald who looked very tired in the closing stages but secured third place in the over 40s category. Between these two, however, was David Wright in Cirencester colours. David is enjoying a new lease of life as an over 50 and won that category by the proverbial street, and the Surrey championship into the bargain. Jonathan Robinson was second over 50 home, over five minutes behind David's impressive 77.24. Third home in Ranelagh colours was Trevor Maguire, and Jonathon, Darryl and Trevor finished third in the open team race and second in the county championship. They actually tied with Stragglers in the latter, but Strags took the golds on the basis of their third scorer being higher placed than ours. Jonathan Robinson, Jerym Brunton, Ed Barker, Niall O'Connor, new member Bill Neely and Iain Wilson were others inside 90 minutes. Just missing the 90 minutes barrier was Sara Grosvenor. In what I think was her first Half Marathon, Sara started confidently but struggled a little in the closing stages to finish 10th in the women's race. Winner in 80.32 was Stragglers' Danish Manxwoman Jess Petersson. Michele Gibson was second Ranelagh woman just ahead of Melissa Glackin. Thanks and congratulations go to principal organisers Carol Barnshaw and Heather Martingell and to all the many volunteers. The race was the fourth event in our Road Running Grand Prix. Top of the tables at the moment are Trevor Maguire (Open and Over 40), Jonathan Robinson (Over 50), Sara Grosvenor (Women), Gill Wilson (Women Over 40) and Penny Merrett (Women Over 50). Next race is the Dorking 10 on May 31st. Full scoreboard and details of the remaining events here:. It was also the second event in the Surrey Road League. Ranelagh's men are currently placed 3rd and the women are 8th. Trevor Maguire and Jonathan Robinson are current leaders in the Over 40 and Over 50 categories respectively. Details:. Official race photos by Sussex Sport Photography are here:, David Rowe's are here:. KESWICK HALF MARATHON Sunday 3rd May Chris Read reports: "On Sunday 3rd May a Ranelagh team of four ran the Keswick Half Marathon. There was a fierce cold shower as we were jogging to the start point but the weather during the race was good. There was even a bit of sunshine lighting up the fells. As usual the race was very scenic. The times we recorded were not all that fast. Our legs felt as old as the hills but not as durable". 1 J Bulman (N Yorks M) 1:12.30 77 Chris Read 1:34.59 104 Bob Beatson 1:38.08 459 David Rowntree 2:24.21 465 John Hanscomb 2:27.44 ESHER CHURCH SCHOOL 10km Monday 4th May Jonathon Stacey was the clear winner of this multi-terrain event, with Hugh Brasher also well placed. 1 Jonathon Stacey 35.06 8 Hugh Brasher 37.25 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap Wednesday 6th May at Woking 1 P Godber (Soton RC) 24.29 (actual time 22.14) 21 Sonia Rowland 26.57 (20.27) 23 Louise Piears 27.00 (20.30) 26 Steve Rowland 27.10 (18.25) 30 Alan Davidson 27.59 (20.14) 35 Andy Bickerstaff 30.03 (19.33) RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 9th May Second place for Peter Weir. 1 A Macaulay (UCL) 17.12 2 Peter Weir 18.13 10 Stephen Instone 19.36 14 Bill Neely 19.52 16 Jerym Brunton 20.16 26 Rachael Holmes 21.18 33 Michael Cawley 21.44 36 Andrew Brown 22.07 41 Christopher Parsons 22.22 63 Paul Bisping 24.04 85 Joanne Turner 26.36 86 Simon Burrell 26.37 101 Lorna Smith 28.29 120 Pat Hewlett 31.08 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 9th May 1 J Bleasdale TH&HH) 16.41 11 Marc Snaith 18.16 29 Darren Wood 19.09 55 Simon Collingridge 19.49 101 Layla Smith 21.05 113 Chris Camacho 21.18 222 Phil Aiken 23.28 273 Jose Scheuer 24.25 296 Wally Garrod 25.09 381 Daniel Hobbs 27.20 412 John Hanscomb 28.13 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 9th May The latest addition to the parkrun family at Bedfont Lakes in Ashford attracted a field of 60. 1 R Reeder (Strag) 17.59 7 David Rowe 19.49 22 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 23.00 29 Roger Wilson 24.11 58 Sharon Rowe 31.15 WIMBEDON COMMON parkrun 5km Saturday 9th May 1 R Dessaix-Chin (Bels) 15.12 134 Catherine Carthy 28.32 MABAC LEAGUE 5 miles Sunday 10th May at Peaslake Sarah Smith was second woman to finish. 1 J Harris (Pyrford) 28.43 22 Sarah Smith 34.06 PRAGUE MARATHON Sunday 10th May David Wright reports: "Gavin ran 2:46 and placed second in the Over 45 category. He texted me gleefully because having run 2.48 in Rome he wasn't happy that I ran 2.47 in Scotland. My turn next I guess, but where ... ? He was worried it was going to be too hot but said the sun went behind the cloud after about 10k and it was fine from there on. The long hot summer in Rome will mean no meaningful training for a while but when I dip under his time again, I think we might see Mr Jones turn out again!" 1 P Ivuti (Kenya) 2:07.48 54 Gavin Jones 2:46.08 BRIDGES 2.3 miles Handicap Wednesday 13th May at Westminster 1 R Green (unatt) 18.38 (actual time 15.08) 5 Alan Davidson 20.39 (16.09) 11 Simon Hedger 20.53 (14.23) 18 John Hanscomb 21.03 (22.33) RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 16th May An impressive win for Phil Killingley and it was good to see Richard Gregory back in action after injury. 1 Phil Killingley 16.44 4 Richard Gregory 17.53 8 Jerym Brunton 18.49 11 Bill Neely 19.22 14 Stephen Instone 19.48 30 Andrew Brown 21.39 31 Sandra Prosser 21.41 38 Christopher Parsons 22.08 41 Kate Comisso 22.17 47 Geraldine Brennan 22.38 49 Clive Naish 22.43 68 Sioned Morgan 23.54 71 Chris Wilson 24.29 83 Johannes Prosser 25.04 124 Pat Hewlett 31.17 127 Louise Gill 33.01 128 Hannah Doyle 33.02 136 Annemarie Goodridge 37.01 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 16th May Third place for Nathan Mills, inches ahead of Nick Wright and Hugh Brasher.. 1 M Witko (unatt) 17.33 3 Nathan Mills 17.55 4 Nick Wright 17.57 5 Hugh Brasher 17.58 27 Darren Wood 19.24 40 David Rowe 19.50 116 Chris Camacho 21.56 131 Adam Wright 22.16 171 Phil Aiken 23.21 241 Kirsty Bangham 24.36 283 Wally Garrod 25.31 289 Jose Scheuer 25.37 297 Sally Bamford 25.51 348 Daniel Hobbs 27.05 402 John Hanscomb 29.15 445 Sharon Rowe 31.31 486 Peter Martingell 37.08 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 16th May 1 J Flood (Strag) 17.20 9 Luke Wilson 20.25 32 Roger Wilson 26.07 WHITE PEAK HALF MARATHON Saturday 16th May at Matlock Our own Ian Milne is the organiser of this event, and Bill Harvey's visit was rewarded by the first over 60 prize. 1 M Nutt (Formula 1 CC) 1:21.19 77 Bill Harvey 1:44.22 STAINES 10km Sunday 17th May Louise Piears, newly qualified as an over 45, finished 2nd in that category. 1 C Dettmar (Head) 33.12 45 Duncan Mallison 40.35 126 Louise Piears 46.28 252 Sharon Dooley 52.42 363 Alan Meaden 57.51 BOGNOR PROM 10km Sunday 17th May David Rowe reports: "On Sunday 17 May a small group of us headed to (sunny) Bognor Regis for the Bognor Prom 10k Road Race. Up until 20 minutes before the start it was very windy and with torrential rain (which thankfully seemed to make the toilet queues non-existent). Suddenly out of nowhere the rain cleared and we had clear blue skies and sunshine for the race. Unfortunately the wind didn't stop, and was an almost direct headwind along the promenade for the last 4.5km. The conditions most likely explain why the winning times were around 90 seconds slower than usual. None of us is particularly on form at present which explains that no PB's (or even 'close' PB's were recorded). Maybe next year..." 1 P Rogers (AFD) 33.05 27 Danny Norman 38.31 55 David Rowe 40.24 588 Kirsty Bangham 52.28 1159 Sharon Rowe 65.03 OXFORD TOWN AND GOWN 10km Sunday 17th May 1 O Edwards (Shaft B) 32.24 4 Chris Illman (Ciren) 33.44 89 Giles Marshall 39.29 LONDON MINI MARATHON Sunday 26th April Amelie Hunton reports on her day, where she finished 19th in the 13-14 age group: "Although there are many great things about being selected to run in the mini marathon, getting up at 6 am was definitely not one of them! After getting dressed and eating breakfast half asleep, I was driven to the Twickenham bus station where the Richmond team coach and a large group of nervous looking runners were waiting. After a quick team photo we all got on the coach and set off to the start of the Mini Marathon. By the time we got there everybody was very nervous and just wanted the race to be over, although there was also a great atmosphere. Before we knew it we had done our warm-ups and had started. The race itself was great fun and it was brilliant to have so many people cheering us on". ORIENTEERING The SLOW website reports: "Ralph Street continued his excellent form this year by winning the British Elite Junior Championships in the Forest of Dean on Sunday. Ralph took home three trophies from the weekend, also winning the middle distance race on the Saturday, and taking the overall 'Future Champions Cup' junior series trophy for 2009 (the two races over the weekend represented the Future Champions Cup final). Ralph now appears almost certain to again be included in the Great Britain team for this summer's Junior World Championships, the teams for which are announced in a few weeks time". SUTTON 10km Sunday 3rd May As reported in the last e-news, Wally Garrod lost his bet with John Hanscomb that he could beat John's best 10km as an over 70 - 53.35. "I was robbed!," says one lap Wally, "A burst water main before the race meant we were diverted and one of those new fangled watches showed the distance to be 6:39 miles, so there J. H.! And to boot ,my time was 53:52 not 53:53!!!" FINALLY... As Sir Roger Bannister celebrates his 80th birthday and we pass the 55th anniversary of the first four-minute mile, the National Union of Track Statisticians (that's NUTS to you) reports that at the end of 2008 the total number of sub four performers had reached 1089.