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*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 325 26 February 2010 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Ranelagh wins Blackheath mob match with 91 runners * F.B. Thompson medal for individual winner goes to Phil Killingley * Peter Haarer wins Wynne Cup club championship * Sarah Smith wins sealed handicap * Liz Kipling wins silver medal in Surrey championship * Ranelagh women win county team golds * parkrun placings for Michelle Davies, Luke Wilson, Duncan Mallison, Lee Davies, Roger Wilson and Rachael Holmes * Jack Ellicock's 90th birthday SEE HERE ******** BAKER CUP SUPPER AND PRIZE PRESENTATION This will take place on Saturday 27th March at the Roebuck pub on Richmond Hill, starting at 7pm. Cup holders, please arrange to return your trophy to Alan Hedger well before that date so that he can arrange for the engraving of the new holder's name. All are welcome, especially those who have cups or medals to collect. The price is 20 including food and a greeting glass of bubbly. Places are limited to 60, so book now with Michele Gibson: e-mail Michele micheleagibson@hotmail.com or phone 07703 518956. INTER-CLUB 3.8 miles Saturday 6th March in Richmond Park This is a race over one lap of our mob match course, incorporating the Hec Petersen Trophy contested between ourselves and Ealing, Southall & Middlesex. All are welcome, register on the day. Start is 3pm at the usual place opposite Pembroke Lodge. MABAC LEAGUE 5 miles Sunday 7th March in Richmond Park This is an opportunity to run a different course in the Park, starting and finishing near the Broomfield Hill car park (between Kingston and Robin Hood gates). Start time is 11am. Register at the car park on the day. Details:. BEGINNERS COACHING Bev Ali writes: "I will be stepping down from coaching/leading the beginners (Robin Hood) group as soon as either a new volunteer presents themselves or April, whichever comes first. The job is not onerous...you do not need to be a beginner or a slow runner yourself (or fast and experienced...), only enthusiastic, encouraging and patient! Although it is probably the most sociable group to be involved with, and the most flexible in training plan, all members work very hard and are very appreciative of whatever encouragement, sympathy and advice you can give. If you are thinking about it, please feel free to contact me with any questions, and come along with us on any Tuesday evening session to see what it is like." e-mail Bev beviscosmicali@googlemail.com . RANELAGH RICHMOND HALF MARATHON Sunday 16th May 2010 Heather Martingell writes: "Please help. We need plenty of on-course marshals. The race starts at 8.30am. 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 contact me ." THE OTHER RACE OF THE WEEK Pete Mulholland writes: "The 3rd Wife Carrying Race is at 10.30am on Sunday 7th March at The Nower, Dorking, Surrey. The first ten finishers win casks of Priory Ale - the winners a barrel of beer. The race only covers 250m (albeit with a couple of obstacles and a slight incline thrown in), and is a lot of fun... full details, photos and online entry are all at www.trionium.com/wife. MARILENA IN THE ATACAMA Marilena Wilkinson writes: "Next month, starting on 7th March, I will be taking on my biggest challenge yet, the 250km Racing the Planet Atacama Crossing, which has to be completed in six days and thus amounts to almost a marathon a day! I would also like it to be my biggest fund-raising event as well, and I do hope you will be able to assist. The charity I will be supporting, as I did in the Edinburgh Marathon last year, is Ataxia UK, which researches for a cure into a rare but devastating disease called Friedrich's Ataxia, and also provides support for sufferers. The daughter of my very good friends in Hong Kong, Monica and Angelo Pepe, has this awful disease and is now confined to a wheelchair. There is, as yet, no known cure for the disease, and Angelo spent almost all his spare time, and a great deal of his money, supporting on-going research into trying to find a cure. Sadly, Angelo died at the end of 2008 after a long fight against cancer. I see my love of running as a way in which I can continue Angelo's work, to raise as much money as possible, and hopefully a cure can be found which will help Veronica and the thousands of others across the world who have been stricken by this awful disease. Further information on the disease can be found at www.curefa.org/ . And further information on the Atacama Crossing, where you can see what a challenge it is going to be, can be found at www.4deserts.com/atacamacrossing. I know you receive many requests of this nature, but I do hope you will be able to support me in this challenge and give generously. I have established a page on Just Giving www.justgiving.com/Marilena-Segnini-Wilkinson so please follow the link to make your donation. No matter how small, every little helps. As I complete my training for the Atacama Crossing, and then during the event itself, I will be setting up a blog to record my progress. I'll send you details of the blog in due course so that you can follow my trials and tribulations, my pains and my blisters, as I make my way across the desert. Thank you for your attention, and, again, I hope you will be able to support me." ED WHITLOCK... ...writes from Canada: "I am still living on past glories outlined in the link below. Running Times is a US based magazine, an alternative to Runners World. My knee is still dodgy but I am doing some training and still hope to get back into decent shape. Best wishes for the mob match: runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=18810. 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 27th February National Championships at Leeds Saturday 6th March Inter-club 3.8 miles in Richmond Park. 3pm start. See below. Sunday 7th March MABAC League 5 miles in Richmond Park. See below. Saturday 13th March Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap in Richmond Park at 2.30pm. Our longest handicap. All welcome, register on the day. Saturday 27th March Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap in Richmond Park at 3pm. And our shortest handicap. It's on the closed roads in the centre of the Park, starting beside White Lodge. All welcome, register on the day. 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 *************** PELLING-RATCLIFF CUP MOB MATCH v BLACKHEATH AND BROMLEY HARRIERS AC Saturday 20th February in Richmond Park Marc Snaith writes: "Our final mob match of the season against Blackheath and Bromley Harriers was also our attempt to break a 20 year old attendance record of 106 runners. Hopes that we could break the record were heartened by the start being delayed by ten minutes to accommodate for all the runners still registering for the race. The block of blue shirts on the start line was big, but was it big enough? After Alan had welcomed the visiting team to Richmond Park he read out the important numbers. Blackheath had 35 runners and Ranelagh...92. Close but not close enough for us to request that Alan and Ken start hammering nails through their Dunlop Volleys. The posters, announcements and Niall's emails had certainly helped us to raise the bar and I'll leave it to the club statisticians to work out the last occasion that so many Harriers started a mob match. The result was never in doubt as our numbers and quality overwhelmed Blackheath who had only one runner in the top 15 and two in the top 20. A clash with the Kent League and half an eye on next week's National XC had prevented their best runners from travelling. Yet they still managed to field 35 runners which shows how much this fixture means to them. It was our second mob match victory of the season giving us a record of won two and lost two. Our previous victory was a once in a generation win at Wimbledon Common against Thames proving that it really is the mob that wins that match. Next season we will be going for our third consecutive victory against Thames. A victory in that race would be great but mob matches are about more than winning. They are an opportunity for all club members, male and female, young and old, fast and slow to get together, wear the blue vest and feel part of the club. Which is why we'll try and encourage a few more of you to make the trip next season to Essex for the regularly under-attended away match against Orion. It is a great course that presents a challenge we're not accustomed to in South-West London. As one Harrier put it, you run into Epping Forest and re-appear 7.5 miles later without having a clue where you've been. But I'll let Niall tell you all about it next year." As Marc says, we fell a little short of the record turnout but we can certainly give ourselves a communal pat on the back for what may well have been our second best ever. The number was actually 91 - the 92 announced at the start included one guest runner. It was great to see everyone there, ranging from the regulars (David Wright in his 139th mob match, Steve Rowland in his 124th, Jim Forrest in his 113th, Mike Peace in his 109th and Clive Naish in his 106th) through to those we haven't seen for a few years (welcome back!) and on to a large number venturing into their first mob match. 87 made it to the finish. One of those who didn't make it was the unlucky Andrzej Bockowski, who turned his ankle badly half way round the second lap. Several of our runners stopped to help - hence a few names being much further down the result than might have been expected - until an ambulance arrived to take Andrzej off to Kingston Hospital. Fortunately the damage doesn't seem to have been too bad and we all hope to see him running again soon. Phil Killingley and Peter Haarer led the field from the start and Phil soon waltzed away to an impressive victory by almost one and three-quarter minutes. This brings Phil the attractively-framed F.B. Thompson Medal for the individual winner. Peter was an equally isolated second, and his reward will be the huge Wynne Cup for the club champion - Phil being ineligible for this as a second-claim member. This will be the seventh time Peter's name has been engraved on the trophy since 1995. Third place went to the only 'heathen in the top sixteen, Roy Smith. Illness has kept Steve Whitehead off the country this winter, so it was good to see him back in action finishing fourth and taking the club championship silver medal. Bronze went to Howard Gleave, and he also wins the Harry Sheer Cup for the first over 50 to finish. Marc Snaith, Trevor Maguire, Ed Barker, Martin Halvey and Niall O'Connor completed the top ten. For much of the race Sarah Smith was the leading woman, but she was outsprinted at the finish by Blackheath's Jennie Butler. Rachael Holmes was third, Bronwen Fisher was sixth and Daniela Mingham and Karen Weir also made the top ten. There was no doubt about Sarah's victory in the sealed handicap, her net time of 38.42 giving her an advantage of more than a minute over the fast improving Chris Bundhun. Rachael Holmes again filled third place. Sarah won the Baker Cup when her first child Alex was about 18 months old, and with Alex's sister Rose now about the same age, mum has fooled the handicapper again! With scoring at 32 a side, Ranelagh won convincingly by 692 points to 1634 and we claimed back the Pelling-Ratcliff Cup. Lest those who did not make it into our top 32 are afraid that their efforts counted for naught, remember that everyone who beat a Blackheath runner contributed by pushing their score up; and in any case it's a great achievement in itself to get so many runners out in one race. After Carol and her band of helpers had provided tea and cakes for a clubhouse full of hungry runners, the presentations were made and then an excellent crowd of fifty or more from both clubs repaired to the Roebuck on Richmond Hill where Michele had reserved the upstairs room for a continuance of the celebrations. SURREY COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 20th February at Lloyd Park, Croydon When the county championships were cancelled owing to heavy snow in January, the re-scheduled date was unfortunately found to clash with the Blackheath mob match. Captain Marc decided that the men's team would miss the championships, but Captain Marie was encouraged to maintain the club's good record in the women's race. The team certainly justified the decision. There was a late crisis when Marie only had three runners planning to race with a couple of days to go, but Carola Richter and Louise Piears stepped in at the last minute to ensure we would finish the full complement. The big question was, could Liz Kipling maintain her terrific run of outstanding performances in recent weeks? The answer was a resounding yes. Liz surpassed all her recent results with a fantastic second place, again showing great strength in the later stages in holding off a group of pursuers. This was Ranelagh's best ever individual result in the county senior women's championship, putting into the shade the bronze medals won by Sarah Smith and Jo Ronaldson in 2004 and 2006. 'I'm stunned by a little piece of shiny metal and can't stop smiling," Liz said afterwards. The success did not end there. Estelle Damant 9th and Marie Synnott-Wells 12th gave great support, and then it was down to Carola or Louise to close in the team of four. Carola finished some twenty seconds ahead of Louise in 40th place and this proved just enough to bring the gold medals to Ranelagh for the first time since 2006. BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 13th February Duncan Mallison was runner-up and Michelle Davies was the leading woman. 1 B Martin-Dye (Brack) 16.44 2 Duncan Mallison 19.13 5 Grant Hibbert 19.40 14 Michelle Davies 22.25 21 Lee Davies 24.14 25 Michael White 25.20 RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 13th February Rachael Holmes was third woman home. 1 M Birch (Taf RO) 18.10 7 Darren Wood 19.25 18 Stewart Anderson 20.25 25 Rachael Holmes 20.43 34 Andrew Brown 21.14 35 Chris Read 21.15 44 Alison Dicks 22.03 53 Jar O'Brien 22.21 58 Tony Appleby 22.42 63 Alan Davidson 23.02 71 Wiebke Kortum 23.51 87 Philippa Shaw 25.05 89 Chris Wright 25.08 98 Donna Mason 25.40 115 Rob Kitchen 27.36 116 Sally Bamford 27.42 119 Janet Turnes 28.13 159 Pat Hewlett 33.21 167 Andy Woodhouse 38.28 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 13th February 1 R Stannard (Belgrave) 16.18 16 Chris Bundhun 18.31 92 Chris Camacho 21.19 148 Ian Grange 22.36 265 Phil Aiken 24.33 281 Jose Scheuer 25.16 381 Gill Wilson 27.46 460 John Hanscomb 30.47 FRIMLEY LODGE parkrun 5km Saturday 13th February Luke Wilson won the inaugural Frimley Lodge parkrun. 1 Luke Wilson 18.52 15 Roger Wilson 22.03 GLASGOW parkrun 5km Saturday 13th February 1 S Hawkins (Kilb) 16.19 38 David Rowe 19.44 267 Sharon Rowe 33.35 FINSBURY parkrun 5km Saturday 13th February 1 M Williams (unatt) 18.22 18 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 21.54 34 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 24.11 26.2 RRC VALENTINES 10km Sunday 14th February 1 G Price (Shaft B) 30.50 14 Marc Snaith 35.28 34 Nick Wright 37.05 148 Roger Wilson 43.52 192 Neil Dickens 45.48 245 Heather Martingell 48.08 490 Alan Meaden 60.15 528 David Meaden 63.58 543 John Hanscomb 66.10 LONGPARISH 2ND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH 5km handicap Sunday 14th February Senior member Jack Ellicock - who joined Ranelagh in 1948 - now lives in Longparish, near Andover, close to his son and daughter-in-law John and Wendy who are both former members of the club. Jack celebrated his 90th birthday earlier this month and a few Ranelagh Harriers were invited down for the monthly handicap race at which Jack always officiates. Bill Bird, Alan and Jean Hedger, Jim Forrest, Mike Peace and Annie, and Steve Rowland were there to surprise Jack at the race and enjoy birthday cake and champagne afterwards. 1 K Parnell (unatt) 33.25 (actual time 26.32) 2 Wendy Ellicock 34.43 (31.32) 7 Steve Rowland 35.57 (20.42) 9 John Ellicock 36.13 (25.53) 12 Jim Forrest 36.43 (24.43) 14 Mike Peace 36.57 (20.57) BRAMLEY 20 miles Sunday 14th February Derek Mason writes: "I did the Bramley 20 miles run as an easy training run for my next Two Oceans Marathon in South Africa in seven weeks' time. Unfortunately I injured my knee at the beginning of the second lap, which slowed me down, but I managed to finish. Hopefully the knee will be OK for the race, as it is my 13th Two Oceans." 1 J McFarlane (TH&H) 1:55.36 (chip time 1:565.36) 106 Duncan Mallison 2:17.45 (2:17.27) 533 Derek Mason 3:00.32 (2:59.53) 553 Sharon Dooley 3:03.27 (3:01.23) BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 20th February Duncan Mallison led a Ranelagh 1-2-3! 1 Duncan Mallison 18.57 2 Lee Davies 21.11 3 Roger Wilson 21.57 27 Holly Wilson 27.51 31 Gill Wilson 28.51 RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 20th February 1 J Flood (Stragglers) 17.07 4 Jerym Brunton 18.50 17 Stewart Anderson 20.47 71 Donna Mason 25.42 87 Andrew Brown 27.02 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 20th February 1 P Tulba (Bas & MH) 16.03 30 Steve Elswood 19.10 261 Paul Martingell 24.48 314 Ivan Boggis 25.56 410 Wally Garrod 29.11 438 John Hanscomb 30.20 FRIMLEY LODGE parkrun 5km Saturday 20th February 1 R Brookling (unatt) 17.47 5 Darren Wood 19.20 BROMLEY parkrun 5km Saturday 20th February 1 L Armitage (Kent) 18.18 20 Chris Wright 24.20 28 Heather Martingell 25.42 WOKINGHAM HALF MARATHON Sunday 21st February The day after winning an unexpected team gold medal in the county cross-country championships, Carola Richter was in action again and came close to cracking the 100 minutes barrier. 1 J Ndyasenga (Birch) 1:04.48 (chip time 1:04.40) 736 Carola Richter 1:43.06 (1:40.24) 774 Tony Appleby 1:44.17 (1:41.19) 960 Roger Wilson 1:48.57 (1:45.59) 1471 Louise Reeder 2:03.06 (2:02.08) SUSSEX BEACON HALF MARATHON Sunday 21st February at Brighton 1 D Wardle (WG&EL) 1:06.59 (chip time 1:06.59) 596 Nick Hucker 1:36.49 (1:36.09) 839 John Pratt 1:40.13 (1:40.00) 1799 Heather Martingell 1:49.43 (1:48.56) 5764 John Hanscomb 2:34.00 (2:33.13) FINALLY... "Running may not make you live longer, but you die fitter!" Jack Ellicock on his 90th birthday