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*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 322 11 January 2010 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * A Happy New Year to you all * Henty Relay win for Hugh Brasher, Paul Clarke and Sharon Dooley * Surrey Championships postponed * parkrun places for Duncan Mallison, Darryl McDonald, Lee Coole, Kerrie O'Connor, Karen Weir and Ben Matthews SEE HERE ******** SNOW The big freeze continues, with perhaps a few signs of slightly higher temperatures by the end of the week. Running off-road in the snow can be quite exhilarating, though the novelty is perhaps beginning to wear off! In the meantime Tuesday night training is continuing, though the sessions may have to be modified. BANK OF ENGLAND RACE Saturday 23rd January in Richmond Park. This is always a popular event over a five and a half miles course on the other side of Richmond Park from our own courses. The start is at 2.30pm just inside Roehampton Gate, with the race HQ a quarter of a mile away at the Bank of England's sports club in Bank Lane. All welcome, register on the day. GOOD RUN GUIDE Louise Piears writes: "Just to let you know that www.GoodRunGuide.co.uk the route mapping/research and general running site run by myself, John and Andy is still going strong and has had an unexpected marketing boost from Google. You may notice quite a lot of billboards for Google chrome appearing at tube stations and the like and some of them have a list of running related priorities including '7 routes mapped on GoodRunGuide.co.uk', and Sweatshop also has a mention. So, it seems that sometimes big business can help out little ones without expecting anything in return - or perhaps they just forgot to send the bill!" BUILDING FUND DRAW Winners at the draw made after the Henty Relay were Bev Ali (£123), Bill Bird (51) and John Ricketts (31). If you'd like to take part it's just 10 per year. Send a cheque payable to Ranelagh Harriers Building Fund to Peter Trainor at the address below, or contact Peter to pay by standing order. Peter Trainor, 30 Hatch Place, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT2 5NB. Telephone 020 8541 3579, e-mail peter.trainor@btinternet.com. FINAL MOB MATCH Niall O'Connor writes: "Our final mob match of the season is on February 20th against Blackheath and Bromley Harriers in Richmond Park. While we haven't beaten BBH at their home in Hayes, Kent since 16th Jan 1971 (even Clive and David W didn't run in that one) we have tended to hold our own at home. A couple of years ago at Richmond Park we led the charge to the finish with a 1-2-3 (Peter H, Phil K & Wendy) on our way to a win. However, if BBH manage to call on their team that finished 2nd in the men's National XC Relays in October we will face a real battle for the Pelling-Ratcliff Cup. In light of this we need as many blue vests as possible on the start line so please put the date in your diaries. After our first away win away against Thames for 20 years it would be great to finish the mob match season in style. Our record attendance for any mob is 106 Ranelagh runners - let's try to beat this number. After the race there will be the usual tea and cakes in the clubhouse and then we will retire to The Roebuck on Richmond Hill for further refreshments. There is nothing formal organized just a 'pint in the pub'. On February 20th turn out for your club in a classic race against a famous rival and afterwards let's celebrate the finish of another season of 'mobs'. More details will follow closer to the date." RICHMOND MINI MARATHON TRIAL This takes place on Sunday 31st January over two laps of Sidmouth Wood in Richmond Park. It's open to all those aged over 11 and under 18 on 25th April 2010 (London Marathon day) who live or go to school in Richmond. The top eight finishers in each age group will represent the borough in the Virgin Mini London Marathon. There are entry forms in the clubhouse, or contact the Sports Development Team, Children's Services and Culture, Regal House, London Road, Twickenham TW1 3QB. Entry deadline is 22nd January. parkrun LINKS WITH THE LONDON MARATHON Paul Sinton-Hewitt has announced that the London Marathon is to support parkrun events around the country in the coming year. The parkrun community has already grown to 23 weekly events and this link will allow for further expansion. London Marathon Race Director Dave Bedford said "Our support of parkrun next year, along with the sponsors, will enable parkrun to set up a further 20 events in 2010, bringing free running to more communities - which can only be good for increasing participation in the sport and provides London Marathon runners with a regular weekly event." Paul commented "We're delighted to partner with The London Marathon, a world-renowned event, to bring more parkruns to runners around the UK. parkrun's growth is testament to the fantastic volunteers who organise events in local communities around the country. We're excited about working with the experienced management team of The London Marathon on parkrun's next stage of development." ALETSCH HALF MARATHON 24th - 28th June 2009 at Bettmeralp, Switzerland Peter Fordham writes: "Many of you will know me as member of Ranelagh. For the last two years, I have taken a small party to run in The Aletsch Half Marathon in the Swiss Alps. Several of you have previously expressed interest, but have come up with the perfect excuse that it clashed with the Dysart Dash. Well, 2010 is different: the Dysart falls on the 20th June and the Aletsch Half is on the 27th June. So, the 'Dysart' represents the perfect warm up for the 'Aletsch' or the Aletsch is the perfect warm down for the Dysart. The race represents the perfect introduction to mountain trail running and takes place in truly incredible scenery. All the race is run within the only UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in the Alps and part of the run overlooks the longest and most spectacular glacier in Europe . The trip includes the opportunity for hiking, sightseeing and many other activities in the traffic free village of Bettmeralp where we stay. The race organisation is excellent and for anyone with a level of fitness between half marathon and marathon (or less, in the case of one or two on the trip last year!) is capable of completing it and experiencing something really different. The 2010 race is on the 27th June and the trip runs from the 24th - 28th June. The trip price of 599 covers: Scheduled flights from Heathrow to Switzerland and return booked through The Swiss Travel Centre Rail/Cog Railway and Cable Car transfer to the village 4 nights with a single room and half board (superb food) at the 3 star Hotel Alpfrieden Race Entry For anyone on a tighter budget, it is possible to arrange a lower price through shared room/shared facilities in the same hotel, or a different meal arrangement. If there is anyone interested, I would appreciate them contacting me as soon as possible either by e-mail or telephone. It would be great to have a few of you on board." Peter Fordham, Alpine Peak Tours, alpinepeaktours@yahoo.com , Mobile: 07799 072307. CONGRATULATIONS ...to Hannah Ebelthite on the arrival of twins Theo and Sam just before Christmas. 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 23rd January v Bank of England etc in Richmond Park (Roehampton Gate). 2.30pm start. Saturday 30th January South of England Championships at Parliament Hill Saturday 6th February Final Surrey League races: men at Newlands Corner, Guildford, women at Wimbledon Common Saturday 20th February Pelling-Ratcliff Cup mob match v Blackheath & Bromley H & AC in Richmond Park. 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 Bedfont Lakes Bedfont Lakes Country Park, Ashford, Middlesex Other venues, more details and registration at www.parkrun.com WHAT'S HAPPENED *************** SURREY COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 9th January at Lloyd Park The freezing conditions and deep snow forced the cancellation of most cross-country and road races scheduled for this weekend. There is no word yet on a revised date, though February 20th has been mentioned as a possibility - which would unfortunately clash with our last mob match. HENTY RELAY Saturday 2nd January in Richmond Park Nine teams turned out for the Henty in freezing but snow-free conditions. A few more teams would make for a better race, but there were some close finishes - except at the very front, where Hugh Brasher's team finished over a minute and a half clear of the field. Hugh ran the opening lap of Sidmouth Wood and followed Ed Barker and Nick Wright home, Paul Clarke then moved up to second place which Hugh maintained on the third lap. It was Sharon Dooley who really put the matter beyond doubt, sprinting home like a whirlwind over a minute clear of the rest on the fourth circuit. Paul and Hugh duly completed the job. Chris Brook's team - only 5th on the first lap - came through to a clear second place but only 15 seconds covered the next four. Burkhard Fehsenfeld just held off Ed Barker who had passed Sara Grosvenor and John Herries on the final lap. Ed's 7.07 on the slightly shorter opening lap was the best of the day, and his 7.49 was also fastest for the full circuit - though only one second ahead of Hugh Brasher and another two seconds faster than Nick Wright. Sara Grosvenor was by some distance the leading woman. Fastest of those designated a "medium" runner was Chris Wright on 8.17 and Jar O'Brien's 9.37 was the best "slow". Some of David Rowe's photos are on our website, and Sharon Rowe was also videoing us. If you're up for a horror flick go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXtGFnAyWAo. BUSHY parkrun 5km Friday 25th December Over 400 runners worked up an appetite for their Christmas dinners. Kerrie O'Connor was third woman to finish. 1 R Stannard (Belgrave) 16.43 14 Sean Paynter 18.23 27 Darren Wood 18.58 29 Andrew Forth 19.05 48 Kerrie O'Connor 20.29 107 Alan Davidson 22.39 123 Michelle Beaumont 23.12 167 Sharon Dooley 24.30 205 Alastair Sinclair 25.42 213 Holly Wilson 25.53 214 Luke Wilson 25.53 215 Roger Wilson 25.57 216 Kirsty Bangham 25.58 220 Ivan Boggis 26.01 232 Nicholas Fordham 26.31 233 Michael White 26.35 236 Ivan Boggis 26.47 237 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 26.48 276 Peter Fordham 27.40 277 Nicholas Fordham 27.41 280 Phil Aiken 27.47 317 Deborah Blakemore 29.32 318 Simon Burrell 29.32 347 John Hanscomb 31.31 354 Sharon Rowe 31.53 366 Heather Martingell 33.13 367 Paul Martingell 33.17 GLASGOW parkrun 5km Friday 25th December Karen and Peter Weir ran round together on Christmas morning and Karen was third woman to finish. 1 L Traynor (Giff N) 17.49 19 Karen Weir 23.47 20 Peter Weir 23.48 BANSTEAD WOODS parkrun 5km Friday 25th December 1 N Torry (Serpentine) 16.18 68 Chris Wilson 28.11 CABBAGE PATCH BOXING DAY 4 miles Saturday 26th December at Twickenham Danny Norman won by half a minute and Amelie Hunton was 4th in the women's section. 1 Danny Norman (Strag) 22.09 12 Grant Hibbert 26.39 19 Roger Wilson 27.37 22 Simon Rothwell 28.04 27 Chris Hunton 28.56 28 Amelie Hunton 28.59 35 Heather Martingell 30.35 45 Kirsty Bangham 32.19 48 Paul Martingell 33.23 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 26th December 1 J Taylor-Caldwell (ES)16.49 19 Darren Wood 19.17 30 Iain Wilson 19.59 31 Luke Wilson 20.05 53 Roger Wilson 21.31 80 Alan Davidson 22.30 92 Peter Fordham 22.55 108 Phil Aiken 23.30 206 Kirsty Bangham 27.10 207 Heather Martingell 27.10 291 John Hanscomb 33.28 RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 26th December Lee Coole placed 2nd in the women's section. 1 N Page (unatt) 17.49 6 Bill Neely 19.31 20 Lee Coole 22.08 52 Sally Bamford 27.44 75 Andy Woodhouse 37.26 GLASGOW parkrun 5km Saturday 26th December 1 M Lott (Giffnock N) 17.18 5 Peter Weir 18.57 21 Karen Weir 23.35 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 26th December 1 B Martin-Dye (Brac F) 17.13 7 Michael White 24.02 ROUNDSHAW DOWNS parkrun 5km Saturday 26th December 1 D Gillett (SLH) 18.09 25 Chris Wilson 24.56 NEW YEAR'S DAY 10km Friday 1st January in Hyde Park Pete Warren was the leading over 70 and his 47.22 ranks him third in Ranelagh's rankings for the age group. 1 N Torry (Serpentine) 30:23 27 Andrew Forth 38.58 65 Kerrie O'Connor 41.51 98 Simon Martin 44.07 130 Andy Woodhouse 45.33 144 Alan Davidson 45.59 164 Pete Warren 47.22 226 Wiebke Kortum 50.27 227 Michael White 50.29 228 Alison Dicks 50.30 229 Jar O'Brien 50.38 247 Sharon Dooley 52.07 270 Paul Martingell 53.32 341 Noel Simpson 57.29 BUSHY parkrun 5km Friday 1st January 1 J Mitchell (Woking) 16.51 10 Peter Weir 18.26 18 Duncan Mallison 19.27 22 Darren Wood 19.36 34 Luke Wilson 20.29 59 Andrew Brown 21.54 65 Roger Wilson 22.04 67 Karen Weir 22.09 92 Joanne Sinton-Hewitt 23.56 101 David Rowe 24.21 133 Kirsty Bangham 26.21 160 Janet Turnes 28.46 174 John Hanscomb 31.17 HANGOVER 5 miles Friday 1st January Worthing - Cissbury Ring 1 T Owens (Shettle) 28.59 63 Steve Rowland 40.19 114 Sonia Rowland 43.35 RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 2nd January Darryl McDonald was runner-up in his first appearance in the Richmond parkrun. 1 J Flood (Stragglers) 17.42 2 Darryl McDonald 18.06 4 Jerym Brunton 18.22 38 Karl Garvey 22.14 39 Andrew Brown 22.25 74 Jar O'Brien 24.23 78 Rob Kitchen 24.29 88 Philippa Shaw 25.35 94 Louise Reeder 26.26 121 Stacey Barber 30.21 128 Yvonne Howie 32.25 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 2nd January This was probably the highest quality parkrun to date with Andy Baddeley leading home several fellow-internationals in the second fastest time ever run on the course. 1 A Baddeley (Harrow) 14.14 16 Marc Snaith 17.50 28 Darren Wood 18.43 97 Alexander Fordham 21.38 99 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 21.41 101 Simon Rothwell 21.42 198 Grant Hibbert 24.14 225 Phil Aiken 24.55 277 Tamsin Burland 26.12 333 Nicholas Fordham 27.44 334 Peter Fordham 27.44 337 Kirsty Bangham 27.48 365 Peter Lowman 28.59 374 Val Lowman 29.15 413 Sharon Rowe 31.30 419 John Hanscomb 32.01 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 2nd January Duncan Mallison kicked off the new year with his second Bedfont victory. 1 Duncan Mallison 19.36 6 Roger Wilson 23.14 7 Chris Wright 23.34 8 Michael White 23.44 35 Paul Martingell 29.37 TADWORTH 10 miles Sunday 3rd January Roger Wilson reports: "Good race on a glorious course on Epsom Downs with glorious sunny, cold weather - I'd strongly recommend this race to Ranelagh runners for future years, a great way to get some air after the festive period and good training with a mixture of hills, cross-country and road. Did some Torvill & Dean on some frosty ground through the woods, but managed to stay upright. You can see the course at http://connect.garmin.com/player/21586085. Marie Synnott-Wells and Bill Neely had great runs." 1 J Baker (Chichester) 55.13 62 Marie Synnott-Wells 68.13 75 Bill Neely 68.57 245 Roger Wilson 80.19 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 9th January The Bushy parkrun was one of the few events that was able to go ahead as planned despite a good covering of snow. Ben Matthews took 3rd place. 1 B Osborn (Stragglers) 17.16 3 Ben Matthews 17.58 5 Marc Snaith 18.38 9 Nick Wright 18.51 20 Darren Wood 19.53 22 Bill Neely 19.54 45 Duncan Mallison 21.07 57 Chris Brook 21.37 94 Chris Camacho 22.55 105 Tony Appleby 23.16 106 Andrew Brown 23.18 107 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 23.22 148 Jar O'Brien 24.24 149 Alison Dicks 24.25 181 Roger Wilson 25.25 214 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 26.19 215 Phil Aiken 26.20 263 Kirsty Bangham 27.44 307 Wally Garrod 30.00 308 Peter Fordham 30.03 310 Nicholas Fordham 30.14 322 Paul Martingell 31.05 334 John Hanscomb 32.03 345 Heather Martingell 33.54 347 Sharon Rowe 34.05 367 Holly Wilson 44.29 368 Gill Wilson 44.30 FINALLY... Mike McDowell writes: "A veterans international 10km was held at Rugby, many years ago, and a party of Japanese came over. Waiting for the start I bent over three times to get rid of any wind, and then saw a Japanese runner bowing back to me. We took one step back and bowed to each other again. A friend observing this said "You have done it now, Mike!" "What do you mean," I said. "Well," he replied, "If you don't beat him you have to commit Hara-Kiri!"