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*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 348 9 March 2011 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Blackheath wins the Pelling-Ratcliff Cup mob match * Peter Haarer is our first finisher and John Shaw wins the Harry Sheer Trophy * Bronze medals in the Inter-Counties Championships for Liz Kipling and Estelle Damant representing Surrey * Peter Haarer runs well for Oxfordshire * Judd School dominates the Ranelagh Cup Schools race * Trevor Maguire is the first Ranelagh finisher in inter-club race * Successful MABAC League race in the Park * parkrun placings for Ted Mockett, Richard Gregory, Clare King, Peter Weir and Duncan Mallison * Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap this Saturday * Book now for the Baker Cup Supper and Prize Presentation on Saturday 26th March * Richmond Half Marathon helpers needed SEE HERE ******** CLUTTON CUP 10 miles handicap in Richmond Park Our longest handicap race takes place on Saturday 12th March starting at 2.30pm in Richmond Park. All members are welcome, register on the day, preferably at the clubhouse. Details:. BAKER CUP 3 miles road handicap Saturday 26th March This is the traditional finale to our "winter season" - a 3 miles handicap held on the closed roads in the centre of the Park starting beside White Lodge. All members are welcome - please register at the clubhouse if you possibly can, and only go straight to the start as a last resort for the hopelessly late. Handicapper Mike Rowland adds: "If any members intend bringing friends, relatives, wives, girl friends or great-great-great grandfathers to the Baker Cup as guests, would they please let me know in advance, together with an idea of the guest's pace (a 5k or 10k time will do). Also, if at all possible, could members and guests please try and register in the clubhouse before going to the start. It gets a bit hectic before the start of the Baker, not helped by the fact that it always seems to be windy up by the Ballet School on Baker day and it's hard to control papers!" Contact Mike mike_rowland@fsmail.net . BAKER CUP SUPPER AND ANNUAL PRIZE PRESENTATION This will take place at the Roebuck on Richmond Hill on Saturday 26th March starting at 7pm. Price is 20 per head and includes a welcoming glass of bubbly, a buffet meal and the chance to see our impressive array of trophies. We need to confirm numbers attending to the Roebuck very soon!!!! If you intend to come but have not yet let Michele know, please email her at micheleagibson@hotmail.com or text her on 07703518956. It will be a fun evening. All trophy winners - please try to be there to collect your spoils! TROPHY HOLDERS All current trophy holders are asked please to arrange to return them to Alan Hedger as soon as possible so that they can be engraved with the new winners' names before the presentation night on 26th March. Alan has an awful lot of trophies to deal with, so please don't wait for him to chase you. Contact Alan on 01372 740626. RICHMOND HALF MARATHON Our Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 8th May starting at 8.30am and the entry limit of 1150 has now been reached. 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 lovely food and drink in the Rose of York on the following Tuesday evening after training. If you are available to marshal please contact Philippa Metherell ranelaghhalfhelpers@hotmail.co.uk." NEWS FROM SWLAN - COACHING QUALIFICATIONS Kate Brook writes: "The following people successfully completed their UKA Leadership In Running Fitness qualification on 27th February, as the first step on the endurance coaching pathway. The course was organised and funded by South West London Athletics Network was attended by eleven potential coaches, mostly from Ranelagh: Heather Martingell, Ian Kenton, Lara Werrett, Lynne Barber, Marc Snaith, Nick Wright, Peter Faull, Phil Killingley, Sonia Bandeira, Tom Reay and Wiebke Kortum." Kate received the following feedback from one of the attendees: "The course was very professionally run. The three presenters coordinated their roles very well, and kept the flow moving in a positive way. The blend of classroom and practical was good and I liked the way that there was complete involvement of all participants. It was an inspiring course and well worth attending." MCLEOD CUP and WOMEN'S PERFORMANCE AWARD With two races to go (this weeks Clutton Cup handicap and the Baker Cup 3 miles handicap on March 26th) the outcome of both competitions remains undecided. See the report of the inter-club race below. Full scoreboard:. RANELAGH ROAD GRAND PRIX Full details of our 2011 Road Grand Prix are now up on our website here:. THAMES TOWPATH 10 miles The 2011 Road Grand Prix will as usual kick off with the Thames Towpath 10 miles at Chiswick on Sunday 10th April, starting at 9.30am. Entries are now open via Sportsystems. Details:. ALETSCH HALF MARATHON in the Swiss Alps Peter Fordham writes: "I am again taking a small group to Bettmeralp in the Swiss Alps to run the race in spectacular scenery, that includes fantastic views of the longest glacier in Europe. In the days before the race we usually take advantage of the hiking opportunities in the area, and also find plenty of time to relax in the traffic free village of Bettmeralp which is situated at 2000 metres. The race is the perfect introduction to mountain running. The dates are 23rd to 27th June and the trip price - including flights from Heathrow, rail and cable car transfers, race entry and four nights at the excellent three star Hotel Alpfrieden with half board - ranges from 520 to 599, depending on whether you are happy to share bathroom facilities or not. If you prefer, make your own travel arrangements and I can adjust the price. All flights and rail travel booked by me are through The Swiss Travel Centre. There are a few places still available, for more information please call me on 07799 072307 and visit the race website here:. RICHMOND PARK MARATHON There is to be a Richmond Park Marathon on Sunday 15th May. The course will be three and a half laps of the Park, mostly on the Tamsin Trail, the shared cycle and pedestrian path - which could make for some interesting clashes, though the organisers are wisely limiting the entry to 300. More info:. BIG NETWORK DAY Saturday 12th March at Sutton Arena South Surrey Athletics Network is holding a "Big Network Day" with Roger Black MBE this Saturday from 10am to 3.30pm at Sutton Arena - "a development day for coaches and athletes". It will include workshops with coach Mike Smith and a motivational talk and Q&A session with Roger Black. More details and booking info. here:. WHAT'S COMING ************* More details of the following from Marc Snaith (07717 213035 mailto ( mdsnaith5@hotmail.com ) or Marie Synnott-Wells (07956 431319 (After 5pm Weekdays) / mailto nandmwells@aol.com ) Saturday 12th March Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap in Richmond Park. 2.30pm start - all members welcome. Saturday 19th March South of the Thames 7.5 miles Championship (rescheduled owing to snow) 2pm start at Coulsdon Saturday 26th March Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap. 3pm start in Richmond Park (White Lodge). See above. Sunday 10th April Thames Towpath 10 miles at Chiswick (see above). Sunday 17th April London Marathon 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 Kingston The Hawker Centre Old Deer Park Pools in the Park on the A316 Other venues, more details and registration at www.parkrun.com The 2km junior parkrun for under 15s takes place at 11am on the first Sunday of each month from Bushy Park's Teddington Gate. WHAT'S HAPPENED ************** PELLING-RATCLIFF CUP MOB MATCH v BLACKHEATH & BROMLEY HAC Saturday 26th February at West Wickham Well, despite Niall O'Connor's exhortations we did not succeed in defeating the 'heathens on their home soil for the first time since 1974. We did, however, give them a good run for their money, matching them numerically and ultimately going down by only a couple of hundred points. Blackheath's course at West Wickham is always tough but unlike Orion's mudbath in Epping Forest it can sometimes be relatively dry underfoot. Not this year. It was about as wet as even the seasoned campaigners could recall. There are brief respites and a good bit of the last mile is on road but overall it was very tough. All credit, then, to the 42 members who turned up and (barring one injury) successfully reached the finish. The start of Blackheath's course comprises a half-mile circuit of a hillside field, which serves to spread the pack out a bit before the first (of many) stiles is reached. Blackheath's eventual winner Andrew Rayner shot off from the start and built up a lead of 40 or 50 metres before exiting the field. Peter Haarer could be seen dicing with two or three 'heathens for second place and then there was the welcome sight of a large group of blue vests following on. As the first long uphill slog was reached Blackheath's Alex Gibbins detached himself and set off in pursuit of Rayner leaving Peter Haarer to what he later described as a "lonely run" in third place. Our next man was Darryl McDonald, picking a real doozie for his first cross-country race this winter. Darryl couldn't prevent the opposition filling 4th and 5th places but in finishing 6th he led home an excellent Ranelagh pack. We provided eight of the ten finishers between 6th and 15th including some fine performances from the steadily improving Chris Bundhun, Ted Mockett and Peter Faull. Scoring ten a side only a couple of points separated the teams. But as often seems to happen in mob matches it was in mid-field that we let the opposition slip away. Another half-dozen runners finishing in the 30s or 40s could just have swung it for us, but as it was the 'heathens crept inexorably ahead. Their 39th and last scorer finished 75th, ours - Aiah - was 83rd . Scoring 39 a side the final result was a win for Blackheath and Bromley by 1438 to 1655. The Pelling-Ratcliff Cup - which dates back to 1922 - therefore returned to the 'heathens' den after being in our custody for the past twelve months. The FB Thompson medal for the individual winner also fell into opposition hands but we did not come away entirely empty-handed. The Harry Sheer Memorial Trophy goes to the leading over 50 in this race, and the winner was John Shaw. In the women's section of the race Blackheath provided the first two home but Marie Synnott-Wells was third. To judge from the result Clive Naish endured a difficult time but he made it to the finish to complete his 108th consecutive mob match since 1983. Clive increased his total mob match count to 110 but still lags behind David Wright - who notched up his 143rd - Steve Rowland (128), John Hanscomb (118), Jim Forrest (114) and Mike Peace (113). John has retired from mob matches but the others were all there, albeit hors de combat in Jim's case. Sonia Rowland leads the women's count on 58. The full list is here:. Photos on the Blackheath web site: here:. RANELAGH CUP SCHOOLS RACE 3.8 miles Saturday 5th March in Richmond Park Exactly 100 runners - 98 boys and 2 intrepid girls - competed in the Ranelagh Cup race this year, representing ten schools. Judd School from Tonbridge dominated the race just as they did last year, packing their scoring four into the top six places. This was their fourth victory in a row. Judd's Henry Kinnersley was the individual runner-up for the second year in succession: he was over half a minute quicker than last year but had to give best to his colleague Chad Bryce-Borthwick. Third placer Lascelles Hussey from Harrow is reportedly only 13 years old, so we may expect to see more of him in future years. Ranelagh's Alex Woods finished 14th for Winchester and Simon Hedger's son Tom - more at home on the rugby field - ran as a guest and finished 97th. 1 C Bryce-Borthwick (Judd) 21.59 2 H Kinnersley (Judd) 22.16 3 L Hussey (Harrow) 22.19 4 A Butler (Judd) 22.45 5 Burton (Winchester) 22.50 6 C Kinnersley (Judd) 23.08 7 Samuel (Winchester) 23.17 8 B Leonard (Harrow) 23.21 9 J Corsan (Wellington) 23.24 10 F Fowler (Wellington) 23.25 14 Alex Woods (Winchester) 23.34 97 Tom Hedger (St John's) 32.22 Teams (4 to score) 1 Judd 13 2 Winchester 42 3 Harrow 57 4 Wellington 83 5 Westminster 102 6 Lancing 125 7 Epsom 126 8 RGS Guildford 139 9 St John's 161 10 Worth 293 INTER-CLUB 3.8 miles Saturday 5th March in Richmond Park It was very convenient this year to be able to hold this low-key end-of-season race on the same day as our Schools race, with both events using the same course - one lap of the mob match circuit. Comparisons are therefore inevitable and the Schools race comes out on top with a winning time over half a minute quicker than the club race, which was incidentally won by a schoolboy, 16 year-old Ben Palmer of Hercules Wimbledon. Trevor Maguire was the leading Ranelagh man in an isolated 3rd place, with Marie Synnott-Wells the leading woman in 8th. Hercules easily secured the team victory. Otherwise, the main interest centred on the race for the McLeod Cup. All the main protagonists were out to secure points: first of them was Andy Woodhouse who gained five on Peter Fordham, reducing Peter's lead to a single point, 1246 to 1245. It's all on the final event, the Baker Cup 3 miles handicap on 26th March. Aiah Songu-Mbriwa is still there in 3rd place on 1200 but realistically to win he requires neither Andy nor Peter to finish the Baker. In the women's competition, leader Sandra Prosser is still out with injury and Marie Synnott-Wells was able to close the gap between herself and Sandra to 85 points - meaning that Sandra must complete the final race to hold on to her lead. INTER-COUNTIES CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 5th March at Cofton Park, Birmingham Great performances by Liz Kipling and Estelle Damant who were the 4th and 6th finishers respectively for the Surrey team which won bronze medals in the senior women's race. In the men's event Peter Haarer put in another sound performance as the 4th finisher for Oxfordshire. Senior Women 1 C Purdue (Hants) 27.29 57 Liz Kipling 30.47 68 Estelle Damant 31.13 Senior Men 1 A Vernon (Hants) 35.45 174 Peter Haarer 40.45 MABAC LEAGUE Sunday 6th March in Richmond Park Bev Ali reports:: "Ranelagh hosted the MABAC race on Sunday, 6th March from the top of Broomfield Hill in Richmond Park. The weather was quite cool and dry, ideal for cross country, and with no impromptu off-piste running, all participants got to the finish as expected! The turnout was very good as a whole - 127 senior runners (5 miles), 34 joggers (2.5 miles) and 24 juniors (2.5 miles), the next generation of Surrey League runners, for a total of 185 participants. The first runner home was Clayton Payne from Magic in a time of 28:42. Disappointingly, Ranelagh had only one participant, super vet Wally Garrod, who finished in 53:04. Heartfelt thanks go to the backbone of the race organisation: the Barbers, Lynne, James and Stacey, Chris Goodsell, Annemarie Goodridge, Pat Hewlett, Lorna Smith and Dodge, and to the ad hoc volunteers who pitched in to guide the juniors over the tarmac path and to hand out water at the finish. Thanks also to Jennie and her two generations of timekeepers, and to Doug who kept things moving while I was struggling to get to the start on time!" 1 C Payne (Magic) 28.42 122 Wally Garrod 53.04 SEVILLE MARATHON Sunday 13th February Duncan Mallison writes: "Many thanks to all the Ranelagh members who sponsored me to do the Seville Marathon. In total we raised over 7,500 for SANDS - both Helen and I have been totally amazed by the generosity and kind words of support that we have received over the last few weeks. I can highly recommend Seville to anyone who might want to do an international marathon. This was my first running venture overseas and I was not disappointed. It's certainly not on the scale of the big European city marathons - Berlin, Paris or London - they attract a field in the region of 4,000. However in terms of value for money it has to be one of the best races around. For 20 Euros there is a free pre-race lunch for the runner and guest, a free post race lunch for the runner and guest, the goody bag handed out at registration containing amongst other things running shorts and a vest and the post-race goody bag containing the best part of a week's food shop! I have run 10ks in this country for more than 20 Euros! Throw in a very flat and fast (but not the most scenic) course, some early spring weather, fantastic organisation and some decent support on the route, it's definitely one to consider." Results were in the last e-news. LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km Friday 25th February in Hyde Park Mick Lane was 2nd over 50...and John Hanscomb was 1st (and only!) over 75. 1 J Shane (N&EB) 14.44 33 Mick Lane 18.50 191 John Hanscomb 32.41 TUNBRIDGE WELLS HALF MARATHON Sunday 27th February 1 A Greenleaf (Winch) 1:09.24 (chip time 1:09.24) 69 Mark Herbert 1:24.28 (1:24.22) 253 Lee Davies 1:34.00 (1:33.34) 348 Michelle Davies 1:37.03 (1:36.37) 1377 Dee Mondair 2:03.03 (2:00.27) KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap Wednesday 2nd March at Woking Alan Davidson reports: "Five weeks of inactivity, boredom, rest, ice, heat, stretches, and three physio sessions...so I decided to get an easy handicap and jog the Woking 3. All went to plan until about 2/3rds into the race (I hadn't caught anyone and the runner who started with me was well ahead) then despite a niggle in left Achilles and right adductor I looked down the road and thought if I upped the pace I might be able to reel them all in (18) so that is what I unwisely did and just before re-entering the park I caught the last one - not at all what I had sensibly planned!" 1 Alan Davidson 25.02 (actual time 22.02) 22 Steve Rowland 27.46 (20.01) 24 Louise Piears 28.35 (21.50) PARIS HALF MARATHON Sunday 6th March 1 S Kibet (Kenya) 61.36 1945 Simon Martin 93.36 BERKHAMSTED HALF MARATHON Sunday 6th March 1 E Banks (BRAT) 70.57 22 James Thornton 82.35 BUSHY PARK 10km Sunday 6th March Women 1 V Taylor 42.14 6 Jose Scheuer 48.22 RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 26th February 1 J Flood (Stragglers) 17.19 57 Karl Garvey 22.10 61 Steven Mountain 22.22 99 Jennie McGrath 24.33 110 Michael Sikora 25.43 113 Louise Reeder 25.55 122 Zinny Gavars 26.31 140 Rob Kitchen 27.37 158 Val Lowman 28.43 163 Peter Lowman 29.02 186 Pat Hewlett 31.50 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 26th February Richard Gregory finished 2nd and Clare King was 3rd woman. 1 A Jackson (Sitting) 16.48 2 Richard Gregory 16.58 21 David Rowe 18.59 36 Clare King 20.02 37 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 20.07 243 Chris Wright 24.58 246 Gill Wilson 25.00 309 Mary Hickson 26.29 360 Tamsin Burland 27.50 377 Peter Simmons 28.05 529 Sharon Rowe 33.42 539 John Hanscomb 34.11 GREENWICH parkrun 5km Saturday 26th February 1 C Thomas (unatt) 19.15 11 Mike White 25.41 12 Jar O'Brien 25.42 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 26th February 1 Unknown 18.22 22 Danny Hobbs 31.54 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 26th February 1 N Rothwell (Strag) 18.41 28 Louise Gill 30.07 BLACK PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 26th February 1 R Brookling (unatt) 16.54 75 Pete Warren 24.21 CANNON HILL parkrun 5km Saturday 26th February 1 M Jackson (Warr) 15.20 8 Sean Paynter 17.17 RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 5th March Peter Weir finished 3rd. 1 J Pfeifer (unatt) 17.43 3 Peter Weir 18.18 36 Karl Garvey 21.19 60 Andrew Brown 22.17 65 Steven Mountain 22.26 74 Michael cawley 22.51 113 Paul Bisping 25.21 114 Michael Sikora 25.22 120 Zinny Gavars 25.46 123 Louise Reeder 25.55 125 Sue Camp 26.07 135 Nicola O'Shea 26.37 148 Peter Lowman 27.53 120 Zinny Gavars 25.46 152 Val Lowman 28.07 160 Zoe Gavars 28.50 195 Jennie McGrath 33.25 200 Pat Hewlett 34.12 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 5th March 1 Unknown 15.59 92 David Rowe 21.26 162 Adam Wright 22.56 223 Jose Scheuer 24.04 253 Kirsty Bangham 24.42 254 Gill Wilson 24.43 317 Roger Wilson 25.55 336 Heather Martingell 26.30 419 Wally Garrod 28.11 573 Sharon Rowe 32.46 578 John Hanscomb 32.52 616 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 35.29 CANNON HILL parkrun 5km Saturday 5th March Sean Paynter finally cracked the 17 minutes barrier. 1 M Buntin (Tipton) 16.16 4 Sean Paynter 16.54 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 5th March Duncan Mallison was third home. 1 R Brookling (unatt) 16.59 3 Duncan Mallison 19.24 WHITSTABLE parkrun 5km Saturday 5th March A win for Ted Mockett. 1 Ted Mockett 19.06 ALBERT PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 5th March 1 S Duffy (Sunderland) 16.13 21 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 19.41 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 5th March 1 R Reeder (Strag) 18.42 4 Chris Camacho 20.35 22 Mary Hickson 25.17 23 Wiebke Kortum 25.18 24 Hannah Doyle 26.37 30 Louise Gill 28.40 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 5th March 1 Z Curran (WSEH) 17.00 4 Mark Herbert 19.19 FINALLY... A marathon with a difference. here:.