*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 368 12 January 2012 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org *************************************************** HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE... ...and sorry that this e-news is so big! Theres a good deal to catch up with, including all those extra holiday parkruns... HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Surrey League for men and women this Saturday * Special General Meeting on Tuesday 17th January * Estelle Damant and Ralph Street finish 7th and 9th respectively in the Surrey Championships * Ranelagh womens and mens teams finish 12th and 5th * John Ricketts, Alan Davidson and Clive Naish win the Henty Relay * Fastest times by Peter Haarer and Wiebke Kortum * Richard Gregory wins the Buntingford 10 * Marie Synnott-Wells finishes 3rd in the Lauriston 5 and 2nd in the Tadworth 10 * Kirsty Bangham joins the parkrun 250 club * parkrun placings for Mark Herbert, Mel Hunter, Elin Mortensen, Carl Selya-Hammer, Karen Weir, Duncan Mallison, Michelle Davies and Trevor Maguire * Quiz Night on Saturday 4th February * Richmond Half Marathon filling up fast get your entry in now! SEE HERE ******** SURREY LEAGUE DIVISION 1 Saturday 14th January at Coulsdon The mens and womens Leagues meet up again with both our fixtures taking place on South London Harriers course at Coulsdon. Our womens team is currently in 10th place and our mens is in 5th, but the scoring in both is tight so we need as good a turnout as possible. Its five to count in the womens race and ten in the mens but all are welcome in both. The womens competition includes B and C teams and dont forget we have an unofficial mens B team competition going on against the Stragglers, which we are currently leading, Both races are using the same 5 miles course, and the women as usual are starting at 12 noon. However, the senior men have an earlier than usual start at 2.30pm. Register with the Captain or team manager on the day. The location of the SLH clubhouse can be found here: and there is a course map on their home page here:. Our website shows the full timetable and parking details here:. SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING Tuesday 17th January You should all have received details of the SGM which is to be held at the clubhouse on Tuesday 17th January starting at 8.30pm. The purpose of the meeting is to put three resolutions to the club membership: 1. To hold ownership of club land in trust for the benefit of Ranelagh members (currently owned by John Hanscomb and David Rowntree). 2. To apply to HMRC (Her Majestys Revenue & Customs) for CASC (Community Amateur Sports Club) status. 3. To adopt a revised Club Constitution and Members Rule Book (including changes related to the two resolutions above). All members are invited to attend. BANK OF ENGLAND INTER-CLUB 5 miles Saturday 21st January at Roehampton 2.30pm start The HQ for the Bank of England race on January 21st is their sports ground in Bank Lane, off Priory Lane just outside Richmond Parks Roehampton Gate. Its a course of about 5 miles and note that the start time is 2.30pm not 3pm as previously advised. Competing clubs are Bank of England, Ranelagh, Dulwich Park Runners, Milocarians, Ealing Southall & Middlesex, Hercules Wimbledon and Stock Exchange. The race incorporates our annual Hec Petersen Trophy match against Ealing. All members are welcome, register on the day. MOB MATCH v ORION HARRIERS Saturday 4th February Our next mob match is at home to Orion Harriers, who are very much mob match specialists. They are sure to come in large numbers so we will need as many bodies on the starting line as we can get. The more runners we have, the better our chance of victory. Its a 2.30pm start on our usual 7.7 miles mob match course. If you can get round please try to be there register on the day. The race also includes our club veterans championships for the Hastings Cup (over 40s), the McDowell Salver (over 50s) and the Maslin Mug (over 60s). QUIZ NIGHT Saturday 4th February Our quiz night takes place at the clubhouse after the Orion mob match on Saturday 4th February. The plan is to start the quiz at about 6.30pm with a break for a fish and chip supper (or veggie alternative) at about 8pm. The cost will be a tenner per head to include the supper. Maximum four people per team - either make up your own team or link up with others on the day. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available. Please contact Andy Hayward - email@example.com or at the clubhouse - to reserve a place. CHRISTMAS PARTY PHOTOS Here are some great photos from our Christmas Party by Michele Gibson here:. Select Scrapbook photos. RICHMOND HALF MARATHON Sunday 6th May Our Half Marathon looks set to fill up very early at the time of writing we have already received over 1,000 entries. If you want to run, please get your entry in without delay: Details:. Otherwise, if you can help with marshalling on the day please put the date in your diaries now. GAVIN JONES... ...who as an over 50 in 2011 recorded such times as 16.18 (5km), 33.29 (10km), 56.16 (10 miles), 75.03 (Half Marathon) and 2:36.39 (Marathon) writes from Rome: Strictly for the record, and not wanting to boast (would I ever!), I was relieved to see today that my 2011 V50 times stood up very well. From the Power of 10 site it emerges that last year I was fastest V50 Brit in the Marathon and the Half Marathon and 3rd ranked for 10k road, 5k road and 10miles. Flying Ranelaghs flag high! And some solace for me now that Im into my third month of a chronic buttock/thigh injury that leaves me having only past glories to wallow in. Happy New Year to you all! Ken Powley adds: Its been a wonderful year for Gavin, not only as shown in the Power of 10 site, but also in making a clean sweep of the Ranelagh Road Stats by achieving first place in all Over 50 categories. FIXTURES SECRETARY We are on the lookout for a new Fixtures Secretary. Its not too onerous a job, mainly concentrated in the spring and summer period setting the dates for our winter club races around the fixed points of League and Championship races, liaising with the opposite number in other clubs to arrange the mob matches and so on, and finally producing the fixtures card. If you think this is something you could take on, please let us know. MABAC NEWS Bev Ali writes: The MABAC AGM was held at Ripley after the Wisley run on the 4th December. The main items of interest coming out of the meeting were: The charitable donations totalling £ 4,000 for 2011 were announced: £1,000 to Jigsaw (an independent day school that provides specialist education and life skills training for children with autism spectrum disorders and related communication disorders); £1,000 to Surrey Air Ambulance; £1,000 to Alzheimer's Society; £1,000 to Rianna's Fund (A children's charity set up in memory of Rianna, who tragically died in January 2003 when a tree fell on her school in Ashtead, Surrey. The objective of the charity is to help and support underprivileged children around the world). These were in addition to the donations made through the organisation of the Cranleigh 15/21 open race to Arthritis Research (£830), Scouts (£550) and the Surrey Police Benevolent Fund (£100). Ranelagh members can be very proud to be a part of a league that contributes so much to so many worthwhile causes. The new committee was elected - all incumbents chose to be re-nominated except for the honourable treasure, John Barron, (who has been trying to retire for a year now), and Bev Ali was acclaimed as his successor. A new clause was voted into effect that limits the number of years that a committee member can hold a post to five years. It was agreed that starting in March 2012, with our Richmond Park Run, the Sunday MABAC runs will now start at 10 am. Hopefully this will encourage more Ranelagh runners to participate. From the looks of the Surrey League results, Dorking and Mole Valley and the Wimbledon Windmilers are putting their MABAC training to good use! Epsom Allsorts was welcomed as a new member club to MABAC. RICHMOND JUNIOR MINI-MARATHON TRIAL The Richmond Sports Development Team is using the parkrun as its trial for the junior Mini-Marathon on the London Marathon Course on 22nd April. Selection in the various age groups (U13, U15 and U17) will be on the basis of times set in Bushy Park, Richmond Park or Old Deer Park between 7th January and 11th February and you have to register your time with the Richmond SDT by 12th February. Details: RUNNING INJURIES Sharon Dooley sends this link which might be of interest: www.posemethod.co.uk/running-injuries.html SWLAN NEWS Kate Brook sends details of three free workshops SWLAN is organising in conjunction with Karen Weirs www.runwithkaren.com: These practical workshops are for coaches and athletes to learn how to improve their running by incorporating different styles of strength and conditioning training into their training programmes. They are particularly aimed at people with limited time and no gym membership! The sessions are very practical so expect to get physical and come prepared to work out! The series is accompanied by a free booklet detailing all three workshops. There are two opportunities to attend each workshop; each workshop will be held once at Ranelagh Harriers Club House and once at Stragglers - Hawker Centre. Impact of Strength and Conditioning on Running Performance Tuesday 17 January 19:15-20:15 Ranelagh Harriers Club House Petersham Road TW10 7AA Thursday 26 January 19:00-20:00 Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road Kingston KT2 5BH ? Anatomy of Running ? What is Running Performance ? Energy systems involved in Running ? How Strength and Conditioning can improve Running Performance Incorporating Strength and Conditioning Into Your Training Programme Tuesday 14 February 19:15-20:15 Ranelagh Harriers Club House Petersham Road TW10 7AA Thursday 23 February 19:00-20:00 Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road Kingston KT2 5BH ? Creating programmes, incorporating this into an Athletes overall training programme. ? Periodisation foundation, build, peak (should compliment the running training) ? Tabata training the ultimate protocol for aerobic and anaerobic conditioning ? 3, 6, 12 basic programme (getting started) no gym required! Strength and Conditioning Which Exercises are best and how do you do them? Tuesday 6 March 19:15-20:15 Ranelagh Harriers Club House Petersham Road TW10 7AA Thursday 22 March 19:00-20:00 Hawker Centre, Lower Ham Road Kingston KT2 5BH ? Fundamental exercises that develop/ improve a runners strength and movement patterns ? Lower body and upper body exercises ? Importance of single leg work, and how to do it. ? Revisiting the 3, 6, 12 programme ? How to do the exercises safely and how to progress the exercises. Booking is essential. To book contact Kate Brook firstname.lastname@example.org . WHAT'S COMING ************* More details of the following from Marc Snaith (07717 213035 / e-mail Marc email@example.com or Marie Synnott-Wells (07983 430264 (After 5pm Weekdays) / e-mail Marie and Heather firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday 14th January Surrey League men and women both at Coulsdon. Note earlier than normal start for the mens race 2.30pm. Women as usual at 12 noon. All welcome, register on the day. Saturday 21st January Inter-club at the Bank of England in Richmond Park (Roehampton gate). 5 miles starting at 2.30pm. Saturday 28th January South of England Cross-Country Championships at Brighton Saturday 4th February Harold Lee Cup mob match v Orion Harriers incl club vets championships.. 7.7 miles in Richmond Park starting at 2.30pm 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 Parks Teddington Gate. WHATS HAPPENED *************** HENTY RELAY Saturday 31st December in Richmond Park A good turnout on New Years Eve enabled fifteen teams to contest this years Henty Relay, which made for a much closer race than has sometimes been the case. Indeed at the end of the sixth and final circuit of Sidmouth Wood the first six teams were all pounding up the finishing straight together. Last of those six was Peter Haarer, but he had clearly been the man of the match with a 6.50 clocking for the slightly shorter first lap and 7.18 and 7.25 for his second and third scheduled laps. In fact Peter also ran lap 2, in an understandably slower 8.05 this was because his appointed medium runner Angus Cater tore a calf muscle warming up and was unable to take part. His two laps were therefore shared between Peter and the third member of the team Annemarie Goodridge. Nick Wright followed Peter home on the opening circuit with 7.19 and after Marion Rayner had put in a 10.28 effort Nicks lap 3 in 7.50 took him into the lead. After young Juliet Ricketts and Marion Rayner had run their appointed laps Nick took off in 6th place but a final 7.53 could only gain him one place. The first three teams to finish had none of them been prominent on the first lap. Pater Faull came in 4th in 7.44, John Ricketts was 6th in 8.06 and Chris M Wright confusingly teamed with Chris P Wright! was back in 9th with 8.36. It was the brace of Chris Wrights plus Ally Salisbury who had moved into the lead at the end of the penultimate lap, though only eight seconds clear of John Rickettss team, for whom Alan Davidson and Clive Naish had made steady progress in the middle circuits. Peter Faulls team-mates Amrut Sharma and Philippa Kitchen delivered him 4th place for the last lap just a few seconds behind the Chris & Kate Brook and Sue Camp team. Peter Faull was clearly going to be the fastest of these on the last lap though it wasnt until nearly the final run-in that he caught Chris Wright and Chris Brook. Then it was only John Ricketts ahead, but John was not to be denied and he crossed the line eight seconds to the good. Peter Faull, Chris Wright, Chris Brook, Nick Wright and Peter Haarer all followed within 70 seconds. Peter Haarer, Nick Wright and Ted Mockett were the fastest fasts, Chris P Wright, Elin Mortensen and Steve Rowland the best mediums and Peter Harding, Clive Naish and Ally Salisbury the leading slows. Fastest woman on the day was Wiebke Kortum who ran 9.04 on the opening lap. Occupying last place by quite some way was a scratch team made up of 8 year-old Johnny Brook who very nearly outsprinted Peter Haarer when the latter tried to lap him! late arrival Rodney Oliver and Kirsty Bangham, fresh from her 250th parkrun and some celebratory champagne. I only came to watch! she pleaded... SURREY CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 7th January at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking For only the second time this century the Surrey Championships escaped from Croydons Lloyd Park for the more bucolic setting of Denbies Vineyard north of Dorking. The course winds its way around vine-covered hillsides and was a delight on a brisk sunny afternoon. It was no pushover, though, with several long uphill drags (including half a mile up from the start) and a couple of lung-bursting steep climbs. One of the few who might perhaps have preferred the event to have stayed put was Estelle Damant, for whom Lloyd Park has been a happy hunting ground. Two top ten places were followed by a magnificent silver medal last year. The presence on the starting line of Aldershots Georgie Bruinvels who eventually won by over a minute and a half - meant that there was little realistic hope of Estelle moving up to gold in 2012, but in a quality field she found herself further back than she had hoped in about 10th place for most of the first lap. Some strong running on the second circuit took her up to 7th, and a spirited finish was almost rewarded with another place. Only the courses sting in the tail a sharp right turn and a nasty uphill 50 metres sprint to the finish denied her 6th. Nevertheless, this was another excellent run from Estelle and will hopefully be enough to secure her a place in the Inter-Counties team. Daniela Mingham led the rest of the Ranelagh team all the way and finished in 64th place in a field of almost 150 runners. Louise Piears and Sandra Prosser were never far behind and closed in the team in 12th place out of 26 competing clubs. Sonia Rowland, Heather Martingell and Tamsin Burland completed the Ranelagh representation. We had a dozen runners in the senior mens race, headed by Ralph Street and Richard Gregory. They both made steady starts and were placed in the mid-twenties at the top of the opening drag. Then Ralph quickly moved through the field to occupy 13th place at the end of the first of three laps. Richard tried to do the same but though the spirit was willing the flesh on this occasion was not. It wasnt to be his day but he stuck to the task and remained in the low twenties throughout, finally finishing in a solid 24th place. Ralph, meanwhile, found himself up in 9th place and battling to hold off a herd of Herne Hill Harriers. Despite his inexperience at this kind of event he did not falter and grimly held on to 9th throughout the final circuit. 21 year-old Ralph was well pleased with his run, as he certainly should be, but regretted not having started a little faster. With nine to represent the county Ralph is on the edge of the team but it remains to be seen whether he will get a run. This performance just missed qualification for the club honours board, but there can be no doubt that the name of Ralph Street will be up there very soon. Behind the two Rs it was the steadily improving Chris Bundhun who led the way, finishing some three minutes behind Richard in 54th place. Another minute but only seven places behind came Nathan Mills, returning to action after yet another injury. Mark Herbert battled his way round to 81st and then Marc Snaith just got the better of an inspired Andy Bickerstaff to complete the scoring six. We finished 5th in the team event, our best result for several years. Ted Mockett, John Ricketts, Liam Griffin, Ben Shore and Mike Peace completed the Ranelagh line-up. MABAC LEAGUE 8 miles Sunday 8th January in Windsor Great Park The MABAC year opened with an 8 miler on the scenic and virtually traffic-free roads of Windsor Great Park. John Ricketts and Sonia Rowland were brave enough to tackle this the day after competing in the Surrey Championships - as, incidentally, did the winner, Gilbert Grundy of Woking. John led the Ranelagh representation home, while Sonia and Steve both qualified for the Beat Your Age certificates on offer (women being allowed an additional 15%). We had sixteen runners in the main event and three in the 4 miles option in which Anna Scally managed to finish third pushing toddler Connor in his buggy! 8 miles 1 G Grundy (MAGIC) 44.06 31 John Ricketts 52.57 82 Steve Rowland 58.56 108 Sonia Rowland 61.59 172 Tom Reay 70.58 174 Lorraine Clifton 71.19 185 Lorna Smith 73.01 186 Hannah Doyle 73.39 194 Simon Quayle 75.29 214 Marina Quayle 80.11 216 John Scally 80.26 220 Annemarie Goodridge 81.43 224 Cindy Croucher 84.01 232 Penny Merrett 86.00 233 Bronwen Northmore 86.59 238 Pat Hewlett 91.22 240 Bev Ali 95.44 4 miles 1 D Esslemont (Epsom O) 28.08 3 Anna Scally 30.54 13 Christine Goodsell 37.04 21 Deirdre Inman 38.28 BUPA BIRMINGHAM HALF MARATHON Sunday 23rd October I think this one slipped through the net: 299 Sean Paynter 88.19 988 Lara Werrett 96.59 FLORENCE MARATHON Sunday 27th November Martin Halvey writes: I ran the Florence Marathon in November in 2h 52m 52s. Conditions were perfect and as usual it was well organised, even supplying a huge marquee in case it rained before the start of the race. As it was cool and dry it never got too crowded within the big tent. If it had been wet I think the application of liniment along with the natural human and not so human odours might have been overpowering. Eight thousand or so runners full of carbohydrate, water and energy drinks might make one yearn for the start and fresh air! We saw more of the beautiful city this year than previous years as more miles were incorporated in the main tourist areas. All in all an enjoyable run. PERCY PUD 10km Sunday 4th December in Sheffield Paul Keen writes: To show I'm still alive I ran my first road 10k as an over 60, winning the age category (and beating all the o/55s) at the Percy Pud in Sheffield. I managed 38.57 which felt OK, although very wet and cold and a long way behind the winner. I may join Gordon Whitson at the last Surrey League, although I will need to improve a bit to threaten your scoring team!!! 1 A Ward (Clowne) 31.13 83 Paul Keen (Hallam) 38.57 BEDFORD HALF MARATHON Sunday 11th December Phil Jackson was accidentally omitted from the results in the last e-news. He was fifth over 60 in 1:34.40 (chip time 1:34.23). CHRISTMAS MORNING 30 minutes PAARLAUF Sunday 25th December on Wimbledon Common Darryl McDonald was the only Ranelagh runner this year, just missing the prizes in 4th place. Heres a taster of the event:. 1 L White (HW) & M Kiralyfi (HW) 5m 1325y 4 Darryl McDonald & A Hegvold (Bel) 5m 1109y PILOT INN 4 miles Monday 26th December at Gloucester 1 A Kaighin (Chelt) 20.50 25 Chris Brook 25.51 58 Kate Brook 31.31 BUNTINGFORD 10 miles Tuesday 27th December After being pulled along to a very fast start Richard Gregory controlled this race in rural Hertfordshire and won by a minute and a half. He writes: I had a pretty solid 10-mile race, good tempo run on a hilly course. 1 Richard Gregory 55.14 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km Friday 30th December in Hyde Park 1 P Martelletti (VP&TH) 14.59 99 Alan Davidson 22.44 LAURISTON 5 miles Saturday 31st December on Wimbledon Common Marie Synnott-Wells finished third woman and set a new W45 record for this multi-terrain course. 1 A Bruce-Littlewood (HW)26.46 24 Marie Synnott-Wells 32.58 NEW YEARS DAY 10km Sunday 1st January in Hyde Park 1 A Rayner (B&B) 32.35 142 Stewart Anderson 46.37 155 Alan Davidson 47.31 176 Rob Curtis 48.31 188 Pete Warren 48.54 KNACKER CRACKER 10km Sunday 1st January at Box Hill Well, if you enter a race with that kind of name you should know what to expect! Here are some quotes from the race website: 'The steps at the end were actually loaned to the National Trust by Satan himself.' 'Singularly THE most excruciatingly wonderful, painfully stupendous, best, and yet also worst thing I have ever done. Thank you, I'll be back for more next year!' 1 J Moran (unatt) 58.31 35 Simon Burrell 72.35 TADWORTH 10 miles Monday 2nd January Marie Synnott-Wells ran well for second place and first over 40. 1 C Busaileh (HHH) 55.11 48 Marie Synnott-Wells 69.41 124 Chris Brook 75.47 361 Ally Salisbury 90.31 445 Lynne Barber 97.20 539 Penny Merrett 118.55 540 Annie Coates 119.34 HANGOVER 5 miles Monday 2nd January at Worthing and Cissbury Ring 1 T Owens (Shett) 29.18 136 Sonia Rowland 43.17 156 Steve Rowland 44.10 MIDDLESEX CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 7th January at Wormwood Scrubs Chris Hunton writes: Amelie had a good run on Saturday in a small but competitive field at the U17 Middlesex Champs, coming 9th. 1 S Draper (Harrow) 20.20 9 Amelie Hunton 23.09 RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 24th December 1 W Cockerell (Belg) 16.56 6 Ted Mockett 18.09 19 Peter Faull 20.02 40 Tomas Sterner 21.33 51 Chris Read 22.18 67 Andrew Brown 23.02 76 Amrut Sharma 23.42 108 Rob Kitchen 25.30 175 Tony Clark 32.35 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 24th December Mark Herbert registered another very clear win while Michelle Davies was third woman. 1 Mark Herbert 18.16 24 Rob Curtis 23.55 27 Lee Davies 24.26 29 Michelle Davies 24.28 34 Gill Wilson 25.14 41 Roger Wilson 25.43 77 Heather Martingell 30.50 78 Mike White 30.51 86 Cindy Croucher 32.14 87 Tanya Allen 32.24 89 Deirdre Inman 33.36 96 Danny Hobbs 40.06 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 24th December 1 J West (Strag) 16.01 8 Marc Snaith 17.28 13 Sean Paynter 17.49 25 Nick Wright 18.36 87 David Rowe 20.32 162 Adam Wright 22.00 259 Jose Scheuer 23.25 260 Chris Wright 23.26 481 Mary Hickson 26.46 512 Tamsin Burland 27.23 517 Wally Garrod 27.25 707 Kirsty Bangham 31.53 719 Sharon Rowe 31.54 729 John Hanscomb 32.27 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 24th December Mel Hunter was leading woman this week. 1 J Sunderland (unatt) 19.15 4 Simon Burrell 20.07 12 Melanie Hunter 25.21 18 Lynne Barber 27.59 22 Deborah Blakemore 32.00 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 24th December 1 R Reeder (Strag) 17.51 24 Alan Davidson 23.26 39 Wiebke Kortum 25.36 HAMPSTEAD HEATH parkrun 5km Saturday 24th December 1 B Yates (Preston) 19.33 4 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 20.25 28 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 24.33 OXFORD parkrun 5km Saturday 24th December 1 E Mezzetti (Oxf C) 18.30 27 Evelyn Joslin 26.47 ROUNDHAY parkrun 5km Saturday 24th December Duncan Mallison was 3rd in Leeds on Christmas Eve.... 1 G Brook (Strag) 17.55 3 Duncan Mallison 19.09 LEEDS parkrun 5km Sunday 25th December ..and moved to the other Leeds parkrun for Christmas Day and finished one place higher.. 1 M Akpan (Staffs M) 18.14 2 Duncan Mallison 18.36 BUSHY parkrun 5km Sunday 25th December Over 600 parkrunners turned out for the Bushy Christmas Day run. 1 T Haughian (SMR) 15.44 20 David Rowe 17.41 21 Mark Herbert 17.57 26 Ted Mockett 18.14 43 Nick Wright 18.57 66 Peter Faull 19.54 95 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 20.58 192 Tomas Sterner 23.03 199 Lee Davies 23.11 235 Alan Davidson 23.59 239 Amrut Sharma 24.09 256 Michelle Davies 24.28 305 Kirsty Bangham 25.31 309 Sean Paynter 25.35 339 Nicholas Fordham 26.23 340 Peter Fordham 26.23 379 Sharon Rowe 27.11 386 Phil Aiken 27.16 399 Ivan Boggis 27.33 426 Peter Lowman 28.24 435 Val Lowman 28.38 456 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 28.53 500 Alison Dicks 29.40 501 Wiebke Kortum 29.45 517 Jo Muir-Little 30.12 524 Jar OBrien 30.22 525 Heather Martingell 30.22 526 Mike White 30.23 527 Stacey Barber 30.23 529 Lynne Barber 30.26 571 Danny Hobbs 32.59 572 John Hanscomb 33.00 609 Tamsin Burland 37.02 BUSHY parkrun Saturday 31st December Kirsty Bangham writes: Some people celebrate New Year by staying up late, drinking champagne and watching fireworks. This year I thought Id do something different join the 250 parkrun club. And not only join it but be only the sixth person and first lady to do so. Way back in the dim and distant past I believe I was one of the first ten people to join the 100 club (so last year!) and have the personalised fleece to prove it. Not many of those around. However, Gill Wilson got there before me. Im never going to win anything for being good at running, so to be first in some way is a major achievement for me! I also like being rewarded for turning up a lot! Christmas time means extra parkruns and the timings worked out rather well for me. I did my 250th run on New Years Eve. This was a Saturday, also known as parkrunday. I felt that people may be less inclined to celebrate in the morning of New Years Day, so invited friends and family to join me for this run. Lots did, including several Ranelagh friends who dont often grace the scene of the Bushy parkrun! Some of us ran together, including Paul Sinton-Hewitt who was papping me all the way round. The results were some truly hideous running pictures but a nice record of the event. Before the run Suzan presented me with a fantastic gift to commemorate my 250 runs a personalised parkrun calendar. She had collaborated behind my back with David to get enough photos! Its fantastic and I was truly touched. After the run we celebrated with champagne and cake, followed by tea in the cafe. My nephew, who is looking forward to his first ever Junior parkrun next month when he turns 4, gave me a huge chocolate medal! A very important person missing from the Saturday celebrations was Sharon Rowe who unfortunately had to be at work. So I thought the best plan was to celebrate twice! I only had to wait 24 hours for more. The start of the run on New Years Day was very exciting when Andy announced my achievement and Ray presented me with my beautiful shiny new shirt (which hed adapted specially to fit me!). Of course I had to change into it there and then! I had a great run on Sunday, nearly two minutes faster than Saturday and under 25 minutes. Yay. Lots of lovely comments on the way round plus some sarcastic ones too, along the lines of whether all the gold was weighing me down After the run we had more cake and champagne, followed by another trip to the cafe. No triple for me, I decided 251 parkruns are enough. Until next week that is! 1 A Baddeley (Harrow) 14.27 10 Sean Paynter 18.04 19 Mark Herbert 18.38 41 James Whistler 19.41 72 David Rowe 20.24 110 Phil Jackson 21.13 177 Peter Fordham 22.32 196 Elin Mortensen 22.52 236 Rob Curtis 23.32 238 Ian Grange 23.32 286 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 24.07 292 Amrut Sharma 24.14 293 Jose Scheuer 24.16 368 Nicholas Fordham 25.17 433 Kirsty Bangham 26.32 435 Chris P Wright 26.32 436 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 26.33 441 Clive Naish 26.34 445 Sue Camp 26.37 449 Phil Aiken 26.39 513 Mary Hickson 27.42 539 Tony Clark 27.59 544 Ted Mockett 28.03 545 Heather Martingell 28.05 550 Michelle Davies 28.09 551 Mike White 28.10 596 Rob Kitchen 28.54 597 Philippa Kitchen 28.54 652 Jo Muir-Little 29.38 727 Vicci Randle 32.12 741 Danny Hobbs 32.42 747 John Hanscomb 33.05 RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 31st December 1 W Cowell (unatt) 17.18 8 Peter Weir 19.31 40 Tomas Sterner 21.39 53 Karen Weir 22.35 63 Karl Garvey 23.12 149 Peter Lowman 28.54 157 Val Lowman 29.22 164 Stacey Barber 29.49 193 Lynne Barber 32.46 194 Christine Goodsell 32.47 202 Bronwen Northmore 34.19 205 Penny Merrett 35.22 208 Bev Ali 36.54 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 31st December 1 I Charlton (unatt) 19.49 37 Stephanie Croucher 26.29 53 Sharon Dooley 29.30 68 Cindy Croucher 31.55 73 Tanya Allen 34.48 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 31st December 1 A Lightfoot (T Turbo) 19.03 4 Iain Wilson 20.10 7 Chris Camacho 21.00 48 Wiebke Kortum 36.34 NEWCASTLE parkrun 5km Saturday 31st December 1 J Marshall (Gates) 16.44 146 Melanie Hunter 25.30 NONSUCH parkrun 5km Saturday 31st December 1 P Wilby (unatt) 18.20 23 Steve Grout 22.02 48 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 23.52 75 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 26.14 76 Peter Fordham 26.15 85 Nicholas Fordham 26.46 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 31st December Second and third for Duncan Mallison and Trevor Maguire. 1 P Clarke (Herc Wimb) 18.40 2 Duncan Mallison 19.11 3 Trevor Maguire 19.21 9 Wyn Williams 23.51 24 Pat Hewlett 36.29 BUSHY parkrun Sunday 1st January 1 A Jackson (Sitting) 16.36 9 Sean Paynter 18.35 23 David Rowe 19.25 44 Chris Brook 20.06 59 Chris Camacho 20.45 80 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 21.24 117 Martin Wolfson 22.42 119 Andrew Brown 22.42 143 Peter Fordham 23.36 189 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 24.41 190 Wiebke Kortum 24.41 194 Kirsty Bangham 24.47 196 Amrut Sharma 24.48 197 Tomas Sterner 24.48 221 Louise Davies 25.34 274 Tamsin Burland 27.52 276 Heather Martingell 27.55 278 Ivan Boggis 28.01 317 Sharon Rowe 30.44 335 Danny Hobbs 33.16 341 John Hanscomb 35.12 BASINGSTOKE parkrun 5km Sunday 1st January 1 R Brookling (unatt) 17.17 5 Mark Herbert 18.32 39 Mike White 23.49 FRIMLEY LODGE parkrun 5km Sunday 1st January With staggered start times on New Years Day the really keen types can do two parkruns... 1 R Brookling (unatt) 17.10 5 Mark Herbert 18.27 68 Mike White 26.10 BUSHY JUNIORS parkrun 2km Sunday 1st January 1 H Reynolds (K&P) 7.12 34 Euan Sinclair 9.58 45 Finlay Sinclair 11.34 GLASGOW parkrun 5km Sunday 1st January Karen Weir survived Hogmanay to chalk up a second place. 1 J Broom (Barnsley) 17.12 11 Peter Weir 19.20 24 Karen Weir 22.03 RIDDLESDOWN parkrun 5km Sunday 1st January 1 P Canavan (SLH) 17.09 18 Duncan Mallison 20.42 21 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 20.57 86 Peter Fordham 26.17 112 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 28.20 123 Nicholas Fordham 29.00 ROUNDSHAW DOWNS parkrun 5km Sunday 1st January Duncan Mallison was another to do a double... 1 T Holden (SLH) 17.46 9 Duncan Mallison 22.09 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 7th January A new milestone was passed when exactly 1,000 runners finished this weeks Bushy parkrun. 1 M Ismail (HHH) 16.45 10 David Rowe 18.19 21 James Whistler 19.05 35 Chris Brook 19.38 52 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 19.58 59 Alexander Fordham 20.04 166 Adam Wright 22.12 231 Ian grange 23.06 378 Kirsty Bangham 24.47 388 Nicholas Fordham 24.58 389 Peter Fordham 24.58 528 Phil Aiken 26.33 741 Wally Garrod 29.44 887 John Hanscomb 33.04 897 Sharon Rowe 33.23 RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 7th January Race director Karen Weir was second woman. Belated congratulations also to Karen for joining the parkrun 100 club in December. 1 A Lawrence (Morpeth) 17.10 6 Sean Paynter 18.52 15 Peter Weir 19.43 32 Tomas Sterner 21.21 38 Karen Weir 21.43 64 Gemma Cory 22.37 65 Stewart Anderson 22.38 73 Rachael Holmes 22.53 74 Karl Garvey 22.55 76 Kate Comisso 22.57 90 Amrut Sharma 23.20 100 Simon Taylor 23.42 106 Chris P Wright 23.59 131 Andrew Brown 24.54 199 Philippa Kitchen 28.09 202 Mary Hickson 28.13 204 Rob Kitchen 28.28 223 Peter Lowman 29.38 228 Val Lowman 29.54 257 Bronwen Northmore 32.16 279 Bev Ali 37.23 HIGHBURY FIELDS parkrun 5km Saturday 7th January Carl Selya-Hammer was a comfortable winner in his first-ever parkrun. 1 Carl Selya-Hammer 17.29 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 7th January 1 P Bell (unatt) 19.38 20 Chris Spink 22.25 53 Sophie Spink 26.02 95 Danny Hobbs 34.15 GREENWICH parkrun 5km Saturday 7th January 1 S Garner (unatt) 19.46 21 Rob Curtis 23.47 GUNNERSBURY parkrun 5km Saturday 7th January Elin Mortensen was the leading woman. 1 R Berry (West 4) 17.15 13 Phil Jackson 20.43 22 Chris Read 21.35 24 Elin Mortensen 21.43 58 Sue Camp 25.21 NONSUCH parkrun 5km Saturday 7th January 1 J Ball (uantt) 19.31 10 Steve Grout 21.53 OLD DEER parkrun 5km Saturday 7th January 1 J Merchant (unatt) 21.46 6 Wyn Williams 23.41 36 Christine Goodsell 33.04 FINALLY... This comes from Athletics International: The depth of performances by Kenyan male marathoners in 2011 was simply staggering, according to an analysis by statistician Ken Young of the Association of Road Racing Statisticians as published by Running Times Magazine. A compilation of marathon results through mid-December showed that 474 different Kenyan men ran 2:20:00 or faster 719 times last year, amassing 135 victories and 319 podium finishes. Kenyan men were victorious at all six World Marathon Majors events (Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, New York and the World Championships in Daegu), and recorded victories at other important marathons in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Chunchon, Dubai, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Otsu, Paris, Prague, Rotterdam, Valencia and Xiamen amongst others. At the top of the list, Kenyans broke 2:06:00 15 times (11 men), 2:07:00 31 times (24 men) and 2:08:00 47 times (37 men).