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*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 356 20 July 2011 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Lorna Smith wins the Coad Cup * Fastest times by Phil Killingley and Marie Synnott-Wells. * Trevor Maguire and Marie Synnott-Wells are our first finishers in the Elmore 7 miles. * World Masters gold medals for Gavin Jones and Ed Whitlock. * Sub-40 minutes 10km for Rachel Rowan. * parkrun placings for Sean Paynter, Wiebke Kortum and Mark Herbert. * AGM - Peter Haarer appointed Vice President * Enter now for the Wedding Day 7km on Friday 29th July. * Club Gazette published SEE HERE ******** RANELAGH GAZETTE We have revived the club magazine which has not been published for four or five years. The newly published edition covers only the past year but work is already underway to produce interim editions to cover the whole period since the last edition. Copies of the new Gazette are available for collection at the clubhouse - please help yourself and add your name to the list to confirm you have a copy. We have discovered a small number of copies that have been printed with one blank page - if you find one of these please replace it at the back of the box. If you are not likely to get to the clubhouse in the near future and would like a copy sent to you, please send an e-mail to the e-news editor steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com with your postal address. RANELAGH ROAD GRAND PRIX The Elmore 7 miles was the seventh event of the ten that make up our 2011 Road GP. The current leader board looks like this: Open: Duncan Mallison 55, Trevor Maguire 50, Marie Synnott-Wells 37, Chris Bundhun 34, Bill Neely 33, Simon Burrell 20 Men Over 40: Trevor Maguire 29, Simon Burrell 18, Colin Brett 14 Men Over 50: Bill Neely 21, Martin Halvey 11, John Ricketts 11, Steve Rowland 11 Women: Marie Synnott-Wells 36, Wiebke Kortum 12, Heather Martingell 10 Women Over 40: Marie Synnott-Wells 36, Heather Martingell 14, Wiebke Kortum 14 Women Over 50: Penny Merrett 25, Sally Bamford 12, Sonia Rowland 12 The full scoreboard is here:. The next event is the Elmbridge 10km on Sunday 24th July, Details, followed by the always popular Wedding Day 7km in Bushy Park on Friday 29th (see below) and finally the Perseverance Wimbledon 5km Details: on Sunday 14th August.. WEDDING DAY 7km The always popular Wedding Day 7km in Bushy Park takes place on Friday 29th July starting at 7pm. We have won the special prize for the greatest number of finishers for the last three years in a row. Last year we numbered 46 - let's see if we can beat that! There are no entries on the day. Details: NEW ON OUR WEBSITE The "About Us" section of our website is developing quietly - do take a look About Us. There are interviews with three of our leading runners over the past sixty years in the "12 of the Best" section - Bill Bird, Jim Forrest and Bill Harvey. More are to follow regularly, so keep watching. There is also a link to "London Marathon - the Beginning" which tells the story of Ranelagh's considerable involvement with the birth of the London Marathon. RUNNER'S WORLD The latest edition of Runner's World (August 2011) includes an excellent and favourable account of the Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon written by Hannah Doyle under her maiden name Hannah Ebelthite. Duncan Mallison is featured as one of the competitors giving their views. THE WYCH ELM The garden at Janet and Manuel Turnes's pub, The Wych Elm in Elm Road, Kingston, has won countless prizes over the years and Janet writes: "We will be opening for the NGS gardens open day for charity on Sunday 31st July 2011 from 12 - 6pm. There will be cream teas, cakes and a BBQ. I hope some of you will be able to make it." Janet also mentions that she won a gold medal at Hampton Court Flower Show last week for a small garden under Inspiring Spaces. Congratulations! BUPA GREAT NORTH RUN Tom Reay writes: "I will be running this event on September 18th, from Newcastle to South Shields. My brother, Jim, a Geordie, died in January 2011 from Acute Myeloid Lymphoma. I will be doing this race in his memory, and will be part of the Banana Army raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. I will bring the sponsorship form down on Tuesday evenings and will be at some future events. Could as many of you as possible please sign the form and contribute something towards this good cause helping to eradicate blood cancers. You can also donate via the JustGiving website at justgiving.com/tomreay. Further details will be posted on the club notice board. Thanks." SUBSCRIPTIONS... ...for 2011-2012 are now overdue! Rates are: Seniors 40 Under 20 or Student 10 Family Membership 70 Retired and over 60 20 Second Claim 20 Non-running member 10 Post your payment to Membership Secretary, Ranelagh Harriers, 135a Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey TW10 7AA or leave it in an envelope at the clubhouse. If you have any queries please email the Membership Secretary aachrisowens@yahoo.co.uk 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) Home: 020-8286 3530 / mailto nandmwells@aol.com ) Sunday 24th July Elmbridge 10km. 9am start. Details:. Friday 29th July Wedding Day 7km at Bushy Park. 7.30pm start. Details:. Tuesday 2nd August MABAC League 5 miles on Wimbledon Common. 7.30pm start. Details:. Sunday 14th August Perseverance Wimbledon 5km. 9.30am start. Details:. 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 *************** COAD CUP 5 miles handicap Tuesday 12th July in Richmond Park If you want a hot tip for next year's Grand National, just ask Honest Wally. He sidled up to the Handicapper before the race and informed him that Lorna Smith would win. And so she did. It's true there were a few moments of disappointment for Lorna as Richard Adams stormed past her mere yards from the finish, but her smile returned quickly enough when she learned that new member Richard was competing as a guest. This was Lorna's second club trophy, having put her name on the Thomas Cup back in 2006. She ran a good five minutes faster than in this race in 2010 so the victory was well deserved, though how Wally gained foreknowledge of her form must remain a secret. There were seventy starters altogether and the day's "limit" runner Deborah Blakemore led for a long time before giving way to Lorna and then Richard. But Deborah successfully held off the rest and won the silver medal ahead of fast-closing Chris Wright, who in turn narrowly outsprinted Wiebke Kortum. Phil Killingley was the scratch man, setting off a good two minutes behind everyone else. He took the race at a canter and caught no more than ten of those ahead, but still recorded the day's fastest time of 29.13. Marc Snaith and Nathan Mills were joint second fastest on 29.46. The overall standard was quite encouraging with five runners inside the half hour, another four within striking distance and two or three more returning from injury who would have been in contention. Marie Synnott-Wells won a fastest woman medal for the umpteenth time with 33.06, ahead of Wiebke Kortum on 35.29 and Karen Weir on 35.39. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Tuesday 12th July Our AGM followed on from the Coad Cup and was well attended. The President galloped through the agenda with commendable speed, though he was helped by the absence of awkward questions from the floor, even for the Treasurer. It was reported that a sub-committee has been set up to look at the future legal structure of the club, with particular reference to applying for CASC (Community Amateur Sports Clubs) status, which may give us tax and other benefits. Most of the list of officials remained as last year, but there were a few changes. Lorna Smith stood down as Kit Steward, to be replaced by Annemarie Goodridge. Men's Captain Marc Snaith nominated Chris Bundhun to take over as Vice Captain from Niall O'Connor and women's Captain Marie Synnott-Wells announced that although she would continue in that post she would be assisted by Heather Martingell as Team Manager. Partly for that reason Heather and Carol Barnshaw stood down as organisers of our Half Marathon, and a team of four will take their places for the 2012 race. For their great efforts with the Half Marathon a small presentation was made to Heather and Carol. That wasn't the end of the goodies for Carol as she also received the President's Prize for the superb teas she produces after all our home races. The President was pleased to propose Peter Haarer to join the list of club Vice-Presidents in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the men's first team over the past two decades, and this was approved to general acclaim. ELMORE 7 miles Saturday 16th July at Chipstead The Elmore 7 is an example of that rare commodity these days, a Saturday afternoon road race. It forms part of the Chipstead Flower Show, and its mid-July date seems one of the most popular for village shows and fetes. It follows naturally that the weather should usually be wet and cool, and in that respect the 2011 version did not disappoint. It rained heavily all morning and continued while the runners prised themselves out of their cars to warm up for the race. Just about at the 2pm start time the rain stopped and conditions for the 300+ competitors were not too bad. The course is a pleasant one on country lanes with some ups and downs including an interesting switchback section. Trevor Maguire was our first finisher ahead of Duncan Mallison, and both retained their positions at the top of our Road Grand Prix scoreboard. Marie Synnott-Wells was next home, wishing she'd had more time to enjoy the course rather than having to race it! Marie was 8th woman home but just missed the prize list as she was beaten into second place in the W45 category. Marie also retained top spot in the women's and over 40 GP categories, as did Penny Merrett in the over 50s. Our only prize winner was Sonia Rowland who was the leading over 55. WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS Wednesday 6th July - Sunday 17th July in Sacramento, USA Two Ranelagh members won gold medals at the recent World Masters Championships in Sacramento, California. In the M50 marathon Gavin Jones was victorious in a very close finish with only 30 seconds covering the first three. In the national M50 rankings for 2011 Gavin now ranks top in both the half marathon and marathon and is third in the 10km only six seconds off number one. Gavin writes: "It was a close thing with the second guy apparently 23 seconds behind and the third 7 seconds behind him. But I only realised how close after I finished. I ran with the English guy who came second for about 8 miles and then pulled away from him at about 13 miles and put a surprisingly large distance between us fairly quickly. He later told me he went through 'a really bad patch' for a couple of miles, but then picked up again. That made me think he'd basically blown it over the first half, when we were sometimes pushing quite hard. From about 16 miles on, I thought I had a pretty big lead and was trying to 'coast' to some extent, because this race was obviously about position not time and I wanted to keep something in reserve for the notoriously unpredictable last few miles (and those miles pass so much slower than the beloved kilometres I've become used to!). And it was probably a good thing I did, because I fell off the pace significantly in the last three or four miles as the legs got heavier, but never felt I was totally out of gas. Only after I crossed the finishing line did I realise how close it was when the English guy arrived hot on my heels and the German guy right behind him, whom I never saw in the race but must be kicking himself having run a very strong second half and made up masses of ground. Anyway, a very memorable day all round, from the five o'clock start in pitch black to the very convivial medals ceremony in the afternoon." The amazing Ed Whitlock moved into the M80 class earlier this year and duly cleaned up the track distance events. Ed's best performance was probably his 42:39.95 in the 10,000m, winning by almost eleven minutes! He ran 21:32.87 to win the 5,000m by over four minutes and rounded off the individual events by taking the 1,500 metres by 24 seconds in a time of 5:48.93. Finally Ed took a stage in the Canadian M75 4x400 metres relay team and came away with yet another gold medal. M50 Marathon 17th July 1 Gavin Jones 2:40.14 2 M Tighe (England) 2:40.37 3 U Bernd (Germany) 2:40.44 M80 5,000 metres 9th July 1 Ed Whitlock 21:32.87 2 H Nakagawa (Japan) 25:38.11 M80 10,000 metres 11th July 1 Ed Whitlock 42:39.95 2 R Rivera (Mexico) 53:22.16 M80 1,500 metres 15th July 1 Ed Whitlock 5:48.93 2 M Kumamoto (Japan) 6:12.14 M75 4x400 metres 17th July 1 Canada 5:14.61 2 USA 5:28.59 SELF TRANSCENDENCE SERIES The Sri Chinmoy club holds a series of short races in Battersea Park on Monday evenings during the summer, and a few Ranelagh Harriers have taken part. Alan Davidson twice placed first over 60, recording 14.08 for 2 miles on 27th June and 21.56 for 5km on 13th June. Alan was also 3rd over 60 in the 2 miles on 11th July (13.57), a position also achieved by John Pratt in the 5km on 4th July, where he recorded 22.34. Mick Lane was 3rd over 50 in the 5km on 18th July, running 18.54, and Simon Collingridge finished 4th over 50 in 19.54 in the 5km on 23rd May. GOLD COAST MARATHON Sunday 3rd July in Queensland, Australia Paul Rider reports: "I ran the Gold Coast marathon on Sunday 3rd July. It's a flat course along the beach, although often with flats or houses between the course and the beach. It's an out and back course, turning around at 16km, back to the start, continuing for another 6km before turning for home. I need to revise my training (all suggestions welcome at this stage) as I could only shuffle through the last 7kms to finish in 3:41:05. A PB. A bit short of my 3:30 goal, although the real challenge is Simon Burrell's 3:34!" 1 N Kamayka (Kenya) 2:10.01 (chip time 2:09.59) 1165 Paul Rider 3:41.53 (3:41.05) MAIDEN CASTLE LOOP 6.5 miles Saturday 9th July at Dorchester Andy Hayward reports: "As per my report from last year, a lovely summer evening run on a very tough, hilly course out from the Thomas Hardy Leisure Centre in Dorchester, with two energy sapping slogs up the side of an iron age hill fort. Once on the top there are many undulations during the two miles around the top, before heading down and back to the leisure centre for the finish. A low-key event of about 150 mainly local runners, we were (as per last year) blessed with sunshine and stunning views from the top across the Dorset countryside, although if you took your eyes off the uneven, undulating path for too long, there was the danger of losing your footing and tumbling down the side of the high, steep bank into the ditch! Michele decided not to run the race this year, but to run around the course, popping up in four different places to cheer us on. Coming off the castle, a turn uphill is followed by a sharpish downhill, before turning onto a chalk path back to the road, and the finish at the leisure centre. I finished 59th in 53:11 - sixteen seconds faster than last year (but because of building work the course was slightly shorter, so I would have been probably a minute slower). The winning time was 36:35. You have to be really fit to enjoy this one and have a good run, and I wasn't fit enough! There were a total of 142 finishers. A shower, a couple of much deserved pints of local ale in the Blue Raddle (Dorset pub of the year 2009) and a superb curry rounded off a great evening." 1 S Bayton (Sheff Uni) 36.35 59 Andy Hayward 53.11 CLAYGATE COUNTRY 5 miles Sunday 10th July 1 N Riley 28.08 155 Alan Howard 41.29 247 Peter Simmons 45.40 254 Wally Garrod 46.00 380 John Hanscomb 56.47 LONGPARISH SECOND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH 5km handicap Sunday 10th July 1 C McNeice (unatt) 32.22 (actual time 26.57) 10 Sonia Rowland 36.26 (23.26) 13 Steve Rowland 37.02 (21.44) NEW FOREST 10 miles Sunday 10th July 1 S Plummer (Salis) 54.58 (chip time 54.58) 243 David Munt 78.59 (78.48) MILTON KEYNES HALF MARATHON Sunday 17th July 1 P Marteletti (VP&TH) 66.56 (chip time 66.55) 12 Sean Paynter 81.39 (81.36) OLD DEER PARK 10km Sunday 17th July Rachel Rowan finished 4th woman and 1st over 35, just beating the 40 minutes barrier on chip timing. Daniela Mingham was 8th. 1 K Kyreme (Shaft B) 30.54 (chip time 30.53) 18 J Khan (unatt) 37.59 (37.58) - 1st woman 30 Rachel Rowan 40.01 (39.59) 82 Daniela Mingham 44.16 (44.14) 423 Julie Deller 61.35 (61.15) RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 9th July 1 Unknown 17.19 6 Ted Mockett 18.27 8 Peter Faull 19.04 37 Chris Read 22.05 56 Steve Mountain 23.10 106 Sue Camp 25.45 112 Louise Davies 26.17 113 Philippa Kitchen 26.18 121 Rob Kitchen 26.39 174 Bronwen Northmore 31.15 177 Stacey Barber 31.30 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 9th July Third place and a great PB for Sean Paynter. 1 T Haughian (SMR) 15.36 3 Sean Paynter 16.28 12 David Rowe 17.58 15 James Whistler 18.19 29 John Herries 18.59 55 Nick Wright 19.53 67 David Ready 20.16 91 Simon Rothwell 21.09 136 Ian Grange 22.04 252 Jose Scheuer 23.49 313 Gill Wilson 25.03 385 Kirsty Bangham 26.06 386 Peter Fordham 26.07 460 Roger Wilson 27.21 471 Heather Martingell 27.30 626 John Hanscomb 33.14 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 9th July Wiebke Kortum was the leading woman. 1 J Pfeifer (Strag) 17.48 8 Wiebke Kortum 22.17 9 Alan Davidson 22.38 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 9th July 1 D Afshar (West 4) 17.48 7 Simon Burrell 19.45 31 Lorna Smith 27.06 36 Lynne Barber 29.47 37 Christine Goodsell 29.47 41 Deborah Blakemore 31.27 BLACK PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 9th July Third place for Mark Herbert. 1 M Curtis (Andover) 18.14 3 Mark Herbert 18.24 45 Michelle Davies 21.52 BANSTEAD WOODS parkrun 5km Saturday 9th July 1 T Holden (SLH) 17.43 59 Tom Reay 24.11 RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 16th July 1 C Prestidge (unatt) 16.51 9 Peter Weir 19.14 22 Jerym Brunton 20.26 68 Gary McKeown 23.38 113 Louise Davies 26.35 123 Rob Kitchen 27.35 136 Lorna Smith 28.17 141 Christine Goodsell 28.41 162 Stacey Barber 31.02 179 Pat Hewlett 35.43 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 16th July 1 A Lawrence (Morpeth) 16.23 8 David Rowe 18.02 18 Nick Wright 19.02 71 Adam Wright 20.37 98 Chris Hunton 21.16 169 Chris Wright 22.56 234 Jose Scheuer 23.47 242 Sean Paynter 24.02 351 Mary Hickson 25.49 447 Wally Garrod 27.26 609 Tanya Allen 33.19 618 John Hanscomb 33.51 659 Sharon Rowe 43.55 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 16th July Mark Herbert was the winner. 1 Mark Herbert 19.01 5 James Whistler 21.08 11 Alan Davidson 22.46 24 Mike White 25.13 WIMBLEDON COMMON parkrun 5km Saturday 16th July 1 J Stead (HHH) 16.37 46 Phil Jackson 21.08 61 Richard Goddard-Jones 22.13 118 Sue Camp 25.20 127 Tony Clark 25.52 GREENWICH parkrun 5km Saturday 16th July 1 M van der Hoeven (Hi) 17.15 23 Roger Wilson 25.50 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 16th July 1 M Hollywood (T Turbo) 18.44 68 Cindy Croucher 32.52 70 Deirdre Inman 33.26 CONCORD parkrun 5km Saturday 16th July For the benefit of those as ignorant as me, this is in Sheffield... 1 D Birkinshaw (Kimb) 18.21 7 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 20.49 20 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 23.28 BRUETON parkrun 5km Saturday 16th July ..and this is in Solihull. 1 R Vergo (unatt) 17.57 51 Andrew Brown 24.26 HAMPSTEAD HEATH parkrun 5km Saturday 16th July 1 J Parker (High) 18.31 8 Andres Arana Garcia 21.57 FINALLY... If I am still standing at the end of the race, hit me with a board and knock me down, because that means I didn't run hard enough. Steve Jones, British Marathon record holder since 1984