Newsdesk 2001

RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 33                 9 JULY 2001
Web site: http://www.surreyweb.net/rharriers

The club AGM takes place this Wednesday (11th July) at the clubhouse at
7.45pm. All members welcome.

And don't forget that the club's summer 5 miles cross-country handicap in
the Park takes place on the following Wednesday (18th July), with the first
starter due off at 6.45pm. Apologies for inadvertently omitting this event
from the "COMING UP" sections of recent e-newses.

Stephen Instone reports from the Harry Hawkes 8 miles at Thames Ditton on
1st July:
"'In July the sun is hot.  Is it shining?  No, it's not'  Although it had
been blazing away immediately before the race, it clouded over just before
10.  But we could still see a field swarming with members of Thames Hare and
Hounds, who had chosen the HH as a championship race of their own, and came
away with the individual winner ('In a very, very fast time', according to
the announcer) and most of the top places.
Ranelagh vets did what they could to break the Thames monopoly; Chris Owens
did what he could to break his body, colliding with a bollard (I'm told) and
falling.  But the question remains, who was Harry Hawkes?"

Thames actually filled seven of the top nine places and not surprisingly won
the team race. Ranelagh were second team in both the men's and women's

Leading Grand Prix scores after six races:
Open: Stephen Instone 51, Mick Lane 46, Mike Peace 36, David Wright 30,
Giles Marshall 29, Alan Davidson 24, Darryl McDonald 24, Chris Owens 21,
Marlene Pautard 19, Milos Dusek 18, John Hughes 18, Martin Clark 16, Graeme
MacFadyen 12, Peter Haarer 12
Over 40: Stephen Instone 26, Mick Lane 24, David Wright 14, John Hughes 10,
Chris Owens 10, Clive Naish 8, Ken Fotherby 6
Over 50: Mike Peace 24, Alan Davidson 22, Martin Clark 21, Tim Woolmer 14,
John Hanscomb 9, David Meaden 5, Alan Meaden 5
Women: Marlene Pautard 18, Carol Barnshaw 15, Corinne Bishop 14, Eleanor
Grey 10, Sarah Seal 10, Sonia Rowland 8, Eliete Nascimento 7, Rachel Dixon
6, Margaret Auerback 6, Pat Hewlett 5, Catherine Gadd 5, Therese Panetta 4

On Saturday 7th we had a team and a half at the Windlesham marathon relay.
Our women's team finished 11th overall out of 21 and was once again the
leading women's team. And once again there was no prize for the top gels.
Boo! Kathy Mallett, Louise Piears, Eileen Church, Carol Barnshaw, Eliete
Nascimento, Sue Healey, Corinne Bishop, Linda Cartwright, Sonia Rowland and
Sarah Seal - take a communal bow and bask in the warm glow of a job well
done. You're getting nowt else. Mike Peace, Dave Knight, Martin Clark and
Kevin Harrison were the only men on parade, so they had to run fast and
frequently to finish 5th overall. More details when I get 'em.

Continuing from the last e-news on the theme of slow "fastest" times in the
Clutton Cup, Simon Collingridge writes about his 65 minutes through
snowdrifts in 1982:
"Do pass on my thanks to Mr Wright for reminding me of that glittering
performance - though I have to say that the only time I'd cover 10 miles
even at that speed these days is on a Virgin train. I do recall that day. Dr
Zhivago would have thought twice about popping outside and former member
Captain Oates hasn't been seen since. My abiding memory, however, is of a
gaggle of revered older members accusing us of besmirching the honour of the
club by even contemplating cancelling the race while they themselves had no
intention of shifting their backsides more than two inches from their
barstools for the rest of the afternoon. Great days.
Inspired by these memories, I may contemplate cutting back on my Mars Bar
intake as a precursor to going for a jog long enough to revive an old injury
and retire gracefully again.
All the best to all & sundry."
Wrighty retorts:
"Do apologise to Mr Collingridge for reminding him and all your readers of
that great occasion.  I believe, however, that he is being a bit optimistic
in thinking that a Virgin train could manage 10 miles in such a rapid time.
One other thing I recall from that day was handicap winner Mr Milne wearing
only shorts and singlet when we other wimps were wrapped up against the
elements - although it should be remembered that he was given a fur lined
jockstrap for his 50th birthday!
I trust that Simon is not running the Harry Hawkes '8' this weekend as I
fear all that strengthening work at Kingston Bridge could come to a watery
end if he and the born again - if slightly off racing weight - Sandy Clark
appeared there at the same time!"

After winning an international Modern Pentathlon event in Switzerland in
May, Liz Kipling was selected to compete for Britain in the relay at the
European Championships in Sofia on June 18th. Together with Sian Lewis and
Olympic gold medallist Steph Cook she won a bronze medal behind the teams
from Hungary and Belarus. Liz writes:
"I was selected for the relay team at the European Champs after my success
in Spiez. Had a good competition in Spiez mainly due to a very good shoot
and fence. Went into the ride (4th event) in the lead but a temperamental
horse tried its hardest to make my life difficult, resulting in me dropping
to 4th place and therefore having to run a little harder than I would have
liked. However, on the run, I managed to overhaul the leader with 500m to go
- and the rest as they say, is history!
I didn't have the best of competitions at the European Champs in Sofia -
didn't shoot or fence particularly great, although I did swim and run pb's.
We should have won the gold medal really but the shooting and fencing of all
of us let us down. But I guess a bronze medal is better than no medal!"

On Sunday July 29th we'll be having another Sunday morning jaunt in the
Surrey Hills followed by a pub lunch. The venue may be at Coldharbour as
before, or possibly at Holmbury. More details to follow or contact Chris
Owens (chris.owens@unilever.com)

More details of all the following from Paul Graham (0796 7788945 /
paulgraham28@hotmail.com) or Sarah Seal (020 8995 2380 /

Wednesday July 11th  Ranelagh Harriers AGM 7.45pm at the clubhouse. All
members are encouraged to attend!

Wednesday July 18th  Coad Cup 5 miles summer cross-country handicap in
Richmond Park. Start 6.45pm.

Sunday July 22nd  Elmbridge 10km. Ranelagh Grand Prix race 7. 10.30am at
Elmbridge Leisure Centre, Walton-on-Thames. Entries 5 payable to Elmbridge
Road Runners to Paul Westbrook, 2 Elgin Avenue, Ashford, Middlesex TW15 1QF.
Forms can be downloaded from http://www.elmbridgeroadrunners.co.uk. Entries
on the day 6.

Friday July 27th  Wedding Day 7km. Ranelagh Grand Prix race 8.  7.30pm at
Bushy Park (Hampton Hill end). Entries 4 payable to The Stragglers to
Wedding Day 7km, 32 Wick Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 9DW. Forms can be
downloaded from http://www.stragglers.org. Entries on the day 6 but arrive

Sunday July 29th  Sunday in the Country. See above.

Sunday 12th August  Surrey 5km incorporating Surrey championships. Ranelagh
Grand Prix race 9 (the final event). 10am at Wimbledon. Entries 2 payable
to Surrey County AA to Derek Crookes, 209 Lynmouth Avenue, Morden, Surrey
SM4 4RX. Entries on the day 3.

Steve Rowland
Tel: 01926 318734
Fax: 0870 4006901
email: srowland@calorgas.co.uk