Newsdesk 2009

*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 313 26 August 2009 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Ranelagh women win the Surrey Road League * Individual League titles for Jo Ronaldson and Jonathan Robinson * Road GP wins for Jonathan Robinson, Trevor Maguire, Marie Synnott-Wells and Michele Gibson * Several prize winners in the SLOW Trail Challenge 10km * Bonnie Morgan 2nd in Hard as Snails 10km * David Wright 8th in World Masters over 50 Marathon * Club photo and Thomas Cup Handicap on Saturday 5th September SEE HERE ******** THOMAS CUP HANDICAP and ANNUAL CLUB PHOTO The Opening Run of our 129th season takes place on Saturday 5th September. The annual club photograph will be taken at about 2.30pm in the Park opposite the clubhouse, and the Thomas Cup 3.8 miles Handicap will start at 3pm. All members are welcome. ROAD RELAYS The Surrey Road Relay championships take place on Saturday 12th September at Wimbledon Park and the South of England Road Relays will be at Rushmoor Arena (Aldershot) on Saturday 26th September (women) and Sunday 27th September (men). Note the schedule for the Southern is the opposite to usual - i.e. the men used to be on Saturday and the women on Sunday. Both events feature senior, over 40 and over 50 events for men; for women it's senior and over 35 for the Surreys and senior and over 40 for the Southerns. Contact the Captains (details in What's On below) if you are interested. SURREY ROAD LEAGUE With a great effort in the final race, our women's team secured the League title for the first time since 2006. In addition Jo Ronaldson won the individual over 35 category. The men's team finished 3rd but Jonathan Robinson retained his individual over 50 title. Final scores:. RANELAGH ROAD GRAND PRIX The GP came to a conclusion with the Belgrave Bolt 5km and after a close contest Jonathan Robinson came out on top of the Open category with 63 points to Trevor Maguire's 56 and Jonathon Stacey's 44. Trevor was however the clear winner of the over 40 category on 38 points, 16 clear of Bill Neely. Jonathan Robinson also took the over 50 title of course. He scored 42 with Stephen Logue second on 16. In both the women's and the women's over 40 sections it was Marie Synnott-Wells just pipping Jo Ronaldson at the top of the table: 26 to 24 and 27 to 24 respectively. Michele Gibson won the over 50s with 21 points, 6 clear of Penny Merrett. There are 123 names on the Grand prix scoreboard altogether. Full Details SLOW TRAIL CHALLENGE HALF MARATHON South London Orienteers' next open race will be based at our clubhouse on Sunday 13th September. Like the 10km held a couple of weeks ago, this is a "Trail Challenge" race - a multi-terrain event where you run with a map and have to find your way round a series of control points. All runners start together, so there is some possibility of following others, but some navigation at least is likely to be required as the field spreads out in the later stages. The main event is the Half Marathon (10.30am start) but there is also a 12km (11am), a 6km (11.15am) and a short race for under 15s at 10.45am. MARATHON GENOME PROJECT Dr Charles Pedlar writes: "Cambridge University and the English Institute of Sport are looking for 2000 people of any age who have run a reasonably fast marathon (sub 2 hours 50 minutes for men or sub 3 hours for women) at any time in their life. They must be willing to give a small blood sample to have their genes scanned for traits associated with endurance performance. This information may be used for the following purposes: * Understanding the important molecular pathways leading to elite performance * Developing drugs for sedentary or diseased populations that would give them more desirable athletic capacity Right now we are only looking for a list of names and contact details of willing volunteers, so there is no commitment to anything. Each runner will probably get a free t-shirt, a goody bag, and possibly a free blood test, as well as giving something back and getting involved in an exciting and useful research project. To sign up....please reply to marathon.genome@googlemail.com with the following information: first name; last name; date of birth; gender; ethnicity (e.g. Caucasian); your best marathon performance (and date/location so that this can be verified); your email address; your phone number; your postcode. Please pass this information on to anyone else you know who has run the marathon within this time limit". THANKS Marie Synnott-Wells writes: "Thanks to all for your sponsorship for the London Marathon and the Epilepsy Group. I made 900 and the money will be used for further diagnostic equipment. I would also like to thank all for offers for a second hand Garmin. Thanks to Jerym, I am totally functionable again in the land of timed runs". STEPHEN INSTONE Many Ranelagh Harriers and others from the running community were amongst the mourners at the Service of Thanksgiving for Stephen's life, which took place at All Saints' Church, East Sheen on August 11th. Hugh Jones, Gordon Whitson and Tim Woods acted as pall bearers. WHAT'S COMING ************* More details of the following from Marc Snaith (07717 213035 mailto ( mdsnaith5@hotmail.com ) or Marie Synnott-Wells (07983 430264 (After 5pm Weekdays) / mailto nandmwells@aol.com )

Saturday 5th September Opening Run and Thomas Cup 3.8m handicap in Richmond Park at 3pm, preceded by club photo at 2.30pm. Saturday 12th September Surrey Road Relays (men and women, including veterans) at Wimbledon Park. 12 noon start. Sunday 13th September SLOW Trail Challenge Half Marathon in Richmond Park. Sunday 13th September MABAC League 5 miles at Lightwater Country Park. Saturday 26th September Women's South of England Road Relays at Aldershot. Sunday 27th September Men's South of England Road Relays at Aldershot. 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 Bedfont Lakes Bedfont Lakes Country Park, Ashford, Middlesex Other venues, more details and registration at www.parkrun.com WHAT'S HAPPENED *************** 2XU BELGRAVE BOLT 5km Sunday 9th August at Wimbledon I don't think this can be anybody's favourite race: for those who don't know, it's a two lap 5km on the side of hill. You go up, down, up again and down again. Nevertheless, it's the county 5km championship and the final fixture in both the Surrey Road League and our Road Grand Prix, so we have to grin and bear it. Prior to the race, Jonathan Robinson had already secured the League individual over 50s title, which he also won in 2008. Our men were placed 3rd out of 27 teams and were likely to stay there. On the women's side, however, things were much less settled. The team was in second place but a good performance could take them past the Stragglers to the top of the table. Jo Ronaldson had scored three straight wins in the over 35 category but needed to complete four races in order to be eligible for the individual competition. So the pressure was on Captain Marie to get a good team out on the starting line: and she succeeded. Jo, Marie and Liz Kipling lined up and they were more than up to the task. Very impressively they finished 1st, 2nd and 4th in the women's race. This gave Jo and Marie the county championship gold and silver medals, Jo the county over 35 gold, and Jo, Marie and Liz the county team golds. It also took Ranelagh to the top of the League and Jo to the top of the over 35 section. Congratulations! Our men's team was comprised almost entirely of over 50s, headed by Jonathan Robinson who finished a couple of strides behind Jo. The League over 50 title was already his, but Jonathan also took himself to the top place in our road Grand Prix. As expected, we remained 3rd team overall. MABAC LEAGUE 5 miles Tuesday 4th August at Wimbledon Common Deborah Blakemore writes: "There was a record turnout of Ranelagh runners at the recent MABAC cross country run on a beautiful summer evening on Wimbledon Common. Even the hills could not dampen our enthusiasm! Nineteen of us completed the 5-mile two lap course with George Inman our local star in 18th position overall (out of a total field of 181). A further seven runners completed the 2.5 mile course and it was really good to see a contingency from the Beginner's Course who are now running with Bev's group - welcome to cross country! The next MABAC run is on Sunday 13th September at 11.00am in Lightwater Country Park". 1 M Donnery (Epsom O) 26.37 18 George Inman 30.54 97 Verka Stewart 38.48 109 Joanne Turner 40.00 112 Simon Burrell 40.49 139 Sharon Dooley 44.52 140 Paula Sheridan 44.53 141 Heather Martingell 44.54 147 Edward Josey 45.39 149 Lorna Smith 46.08 152 Danny Hobbs 46.48 158 S Irvine 47.51 162 Stacey Barber 48.43 163 Deborah Blakemore 48.51 166 Christine Goodsell 49.26 170 Jackie Harrison 50.15 173 Annemarie Goodridge 52.31 176 Pat Hewlett 53.11 179 Deidre Inman 55.31 180 Bev Ali 56.53 1 lap (2.5 miles) 1 H Perry (Wimb W) 24.17 10 Bronwen Northmore 32.57 11 Helen Stephens 33.07 12 Penny Merrett 33.42 15 May Nadir 34.19 16 Dymphna McCarthy 37.11 17 Helen Frise 37.13 Juniors - 1 lap (2.5 miles) 1 L Wallis (Runnymede) 27.24 4 Peter Martingell 32.24 SOUTH LONDON ORIENTEERS AND WAYFARERS TRAIL CHALLENGE Tuesday 11th August in Richmond Park It was a shame that not more Ranelagh were prepared to have a go at SLOW's trail races which were held from our clubhouse. Perhaps the idea of having to navigate your way round a dozen check points in the Park put people off...though in truth the navigation theoretically required wouldn't have held any fears for anyone who had been round the Brasher Ponds Run. I say "theoretically required" because in practice, with upwards of 130 runners all starting together in the main 10km event, only the leaders really had to navigate at all. The rest just followed on like obedient sheep. Of those who did take part, several were rewarded for their efforts at the presentations: Ex-Captain Bix was 12th overall and third vet; Steve Rowland was 2nd over 50; Sonia Rowland and Sue Ashley were 2nd and 3rd over 50 women; and Marie Synnott-Wells - despite her best efforts to avoid it - won the women's race. Ignoring the crowds Marie somehow managed to over-run the first control and eventually reached it in 114th place. The electronic split recording allow us to trace her progress through the subsequent controls: 68th at number 2, 59th at 3, 54th at 4, 39th at 5, 37th at 6, 32nd at 7, 29th at 8, 28th at 9, 23rd at 10, 20th at number 11 and finally 20th at the finish. Another thirty-odd ran the 6km event and a handful the junior 2km. 10km 1 E Catmur (SLOW) 38.14 12 Andy Bickerstaff 43.06 20 Marie Synnott-Wells 45.45 29 Steve Rowland 47.48 64 Sonia Rowland 53.08 77 Sue Ashley 57.46 87 Rob Kitchen 59.02 6km 1 A Turner (Middx O) 32.30 20 Kirsty Bangham 45.15 24 Jo Turner & Heather Martingell 47.36 WORLD MASTERS MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS Friday 31st July at Lahti, Finland In unusually warm (for Finland) conditions, David Wright contested the over 50s event. He was carrying an abdominal injury into the race but despite this was in the bronze medal position at 25km before fading to 8th. 1 P Van Haecke (Belg) 2:39.48 8 David Wright 2:54.05 RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 8th August 1 D Afshar (unatt) 17.29 9 Bill Neely 19.00 40 Karl Garvey 22.04 42 Kathy Mallett 22.09 46 Alan Davidson 22.15 48 Rachael Holmes 22.29 56 Andy Woodhouse 22.46 57 Wiebke Kortum 22.59 61 Paul Bisping 23.24 81 Rob Kitchen 26.14 90 Hannah Turnes 27.17 91 Alison Dicks 27.24 92 Jar O'Brien 27.24 106 Janet Turnes 28.57 108 Stacey Barber 29.40 121 Pat Hewlett 31.33 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 8th August 1 J Trapmore (Shaft B) 15.58 5 Nick Wright 17.33 20 David Rowe 18.05 31 Darren Wood 18.57 34 John Herries 19.10 42 Simon Collingridge 19.39 49 Kerrie O'Connor 20.27 95 Adam Wright 21.11 121 Ian Grange 21.54 128 Chris Camacho 22.02 212 Phil Aiken 24.17 242 Wally Garrod 24.54 319 Rory Smith 26.46 333 Sally Bell 27.17 338 Daniel Hobbs 27.34 421 Bronwen Northmore 31.35 451 Helen Stephens 34.11 473 Yvonne Howie 37.53 WIMBLEDON COMMON parkrun 5km Saturday 8th August 1 A Robinson (HW) 16.50 121 Catherine Carthy 26.57 ROUNDSHAW DOWNS parkrun 5km Saturday 8th August Another day out for the intrepid Wilsons... 1 R Lee-Smith (SoC) 18.34 10 Luke Wilson 20.28 23 Roger Wilson 23.43 55 Holly Wilson 29.46 56 Gill Wilson 29.47 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 8th August 1 T Haughian (SMR) 17.50 48 Paul Martingell 25.09 52 Louise Reeder 27.05 60 Heather Martingell 28.20 BRIGHTON and HOVE parkrun 5km Saturday 8th August 1 H Bristow (B&H) 17.09 165 John Hanscomb 31.37 SRI CHINMOY 2 miles Monday 10th August in Battersea Park Bill Harvey was first over 60 and Wally Garrod second over 70. 1 T Hedgeland (unatt) 10.12 42 Bill Harvey 14.22 55 Wally Garrod 15.26 71 Noel Simpson 17.15 BRIDGES HANDICAP 2.3 miles Tuesday 12th August at Westminster 1 J Moor (unatt) 20.20 (actual time 15.20) 5 Simon Hedger 20.51 (14.21) 24 Alan Davidson 22.18 (17.18) 26 John Hanscomb 22.35 (23.35) RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 15th August 1 D Agustus (Scarboro) 15.50 7 Peter Weir 18.19 13 Ian Kenton 19.27 42 Alan Davidson 22.22 45 Andrew Brown 22.36 46 Rachael Holmes 22.40 47 Karen Weir 22.42 84 Hannah Turnes 27.47 87 Janet Turnes 28.06 107 Stacey Barber 30.28 112 Pat Hewlett 32.54 121 Yvonne Howie 39.57 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 15th August 1 S Renfer (Elmbridge) 16.28 14 Nick Wright 18.00 30 Darren Wood 18.54 42 Simon Collingridge 19.23 138 Chris Camacho 22.08 197 Phil Aiken 23.35 265 Wally Garrod 24.54 290 Kirsty Bangham 25.32 346 Daniel Hobbs 27.02 369 Rory Smith 27.42 396 Sally Bell 28.28 441 John Hanscomb 30.17 BRIGHTON and HOVE parkrun 5km Saturday 15th August Another week, another parkrun for the Wilsons... 1 C Thomson (Brighton) 16.06 18 Luke Wilson 19.26 59 Roger Wilson 22.31 114 Gill Wilson 26.44 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 15th August 1 T Haughian (SMR) 18.14 15 Andy Woodhouse 22.10 42 Louise Reeder 26.42 46 Sharon Dooley 27.52 69 Peter Martingell 34.47 HARD AS SNAILS 10km Saturday 22nd August at Guildford Bonnie Morgan was second woman in this tough off-roader on the North Downs. 1 G Breen (AFD) 36.31 7 Alyn Morgan 39.10 28 Bonnie Morgan 45.24 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 22nd August 1 J Ellis (Clapham) 16.19 21 John Herries 18.20 23 Christopher Bundhun 18.32 24 Darren Wood 18.35 44 Steve Elswood 19.16 142 Chris Camacho 21.54 153 Ian Grange 22.06 211 Phil Aiken 23.09 RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 22nd August 1 J Flood (Strags) 17.22 14 Jerym Brunton 19.51 26 Chris Read 20.57 42 Alan Davidson 22.05 46 Andrew Brown 22.20 52 Alison Dicks 22.41 54 Christopher Parsons 23.03 57 Gary McKeown 23.14 70 Bruno Wilson-Betancor 24.35 95 Janet Turnes 26.56 111 Stacey Barber 29.15 117 Pat Hewlett 31.10 124 Bronwen Northmore 33.50 127 Sarah Middleton 35.16 129 Vicky Pordan 36.05 WIMBLEDON COMMON parkrun 5km Saturday 22nd August 1 A Vendenberg (Herc W) 16.47 13 David Rowe 18.20 119 Kirsty Bangham 26.10 160 Sharon Rowe 31.43 BANSTEAD WOODS parkrun 5km Saturday 22nd August The Wilson grand tour continues.... 1 C Phelan (SLH) 17.30 28 Luke Wilson 20.09 65 Roger Wilson 23.31 112 Gill Wilson 27.30 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 22nd August 1 T Haughian (SMR) 18.28 4 Duncan Mallison 19.18 27 Paul Martingell 23.10 ALBERT PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 22nd August 1 A Hunter (unatt) 17.38 43 Joanne Turner 24.07 47 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 25.08 BURNHAM BEECHES HALF MARATHON Sunday 23rd August Some good runs and PBs on this scenic course, despite warm conditions. 1 P Marteletti (VPH) 1:12.11 (chip time 1:12.10) 29 Nick Wright 1:23.39 (1:23.34) 135 Kerrie O'Connor 1:35.06 (1:34.58) 282 Carola Richter 1:43.32 (1:43.12) 336 Alison Dicks 1:46.16 (1:45.47) 426 Chris Wilson 1:49.49 (1:48.55) 708 Kirsty Bangham 2:06.29 (2:05.11) 794 Sharon Dooley 2:12.56 (2:11.57) 795 Heather Martingell 2:12.56 (2:11.38) MABAC PAIRS 10km RELAY Sunday 23rd August at Leatherhead 43 pairs took part in this event which is over 10 laps of one kilometre, each runner taking alternate laps. Alan Davidson and his Dorking partner won the men's vets category. 1 A Weaver & G Berry (Wimb W) 36.09 5 B Lovesey (DMV) & Alan Davidson 38.12 10 Luke & Roger Wilson 39.07 12 Sonia & Steve Rowland 39.20 HAMMERSMITH RIVERSIDE HANDICAP 3.3 miles Tuesday 25th August 1 D Cox (Woodford Gn) 18.05 3 Alan Davidson 22.35 6 Alan Howard 24.18 FINALLY... Stand back Usain Bolt! Former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jared Deacon joined up with fellow sprinter Paul Donaghy last month to set a new world record for the 100 metres...dressed as a pantomime horse. They recorded 13.23secs. Watch it here: