*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 372 2 March 2012 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Ranelagh wins the Stubbs Cup mob match away to South London Harriers * Peter Haarer and Marie Synnott-Wells lead our mob * Estelle Damant 50th and Ralph Street 138th are our leading finishers in the National * parkrun placings for James Whistler, Alex Fordham, Elin Mortensen, Mel Hunter and Rachael Holmes * Inter-club 3.8m and MABAC 5m both this weekend in Richmond Park * Last chance to enter the Richmond Half Marathon - and volunteers needed for marshalling * Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap on Sunday morning 18th March * Book now for the Baker Cup Supper and Prize Presentation on Saturday 31st March * Trophy holders - please return them to Alan Hedger ATTENTION PLEASE **************** INTER-CLUB 3.8 miles Saturday 3rd March in Richmond Park This Saturday we have a low-key race with a couple of other clubs around one lap of our mob match course. It's a 3pm start and all are welcome. Register at the clubhouse or the start. Details:. MABAC LEAGUE 5 miles Sunday 4th March in Richmond Park If you fancy racing 5 miles on a different course in the Park, try the MABAC 5 miles on Sunday morning at 10am. All Ranelagh members are welcome, it's free and you can register on the day at the start, which is at the Broomfield Hill car park (the big one between Kingston and Robin Hood gates). RICHMOND HALF MARATHON Sunday 6th May Although entries have officially closed a number of additional places were made available for Surrey clubs. Most of these have already been snapped up so if you want a place please reply to this e-news without delay. Last chance! RICHMOND HALF MARATHON MARSHALLING Our Half Marathon is a complicated course and requires lots of marshals. We need your help! The race starts at 8.30am on Sunday 6th May. If you have some time to spare please don't hesitate to volunteer. Regardless of whether you can commit to just a few minutes or a few hours we can accommodate you. Contact email@example.com. RANELAGH CUP SCHOOLS RACE Saturday 10th March at 2.30pm in Richmond Park Our annual Schools race takes place on 10th March, and we need a few marshals for this too. Contact Andy Bickerstaff firstname.lastname@example.org . CLUTTON CUP 10 miles handicap Sunday 18th March in Richmond Park In response to requests we are experimenting with holding the Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap on a Sunday morning this year. It is only a trial and if it doesn't prove popular we will revert to Saturday. The date is 18th March, start time 10am. All members are welcome - register on the day, preferably at the clubhouse, otherwise at the start. BAKER CUP 3 miles road handicap Saturday 31st March in Richmond Park 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. BAKER CUP SUPPER AND ANNUAL PRIZE PRESENTATION Our annual prize presentation evening takes place after the Baker Cup on 31st March. All are welcome, but If you have won a trophy this season please try to be there to collect it. Date - Saturday 31st March @ 7.00pm. Location - The Roebuck (upstairs), 130 Richmond Hill, TW10 6RN Dress - Smart Casual Price £21.00 per person - includes welcome drink, free beer (while stocks last) and buffet dinner. Places are limited to 60 people, so please reserve your place early!!! Your glass of sparkly awaits you!! R.S.V.P. Please Contact:- Michele Gibson:-Email:- email@example.com, Mobile:- 07703 518 956 Cheques payable to :- Ranelagh Harriers and posted / handed to Ms Michele Gibson, c/o Baker Cup Supper, 107 Elm Road, New Malden, Surrey KT3 3HN or leave in Club safe with the name Michele Gibson on the envelope. Cash:- Payable to Michele Gibson @ the Club - Tuesday & Wednesday nights. TROPHY HOLDERS! If you're the current holder of one of our trophies, please arrange to return it to Alan Hedger as soon as possible so that it can be engraved with the new winner's name before the Baker Cup Supper on 31st March. Contact Alan by phone on 01372 740626 to arrange a hand over, or bring your trophy to the clubhouse and leave it in the safe (let Alan know if you have done this). MINI MOB MATCH 5km at the Richmond parkrun Saturday 24th March Our mini-mob match against the Stragglers will take place with the Richmond parkrun at 9am on Saturday 24th March. So, everyone thinking of doing a parkrun that day - please make it the Richmond parkrun. Wear club kit of some kind, and if you are not currently registered with parkrun as Ranelagh please update your details before the race. MABAC NEWS Bev Ali writes: "MABAC organises the Cranleigh 15/21 mile race each March, the 25th March this year. Since we joined MABAC, I have been the Ranelagh volunteer and helped with the timekeeping. This year I cannot because I entered a half marathon held on the same day, before I knew which day the MABAC race was scheduled for. Thus I am appealing to other club members to please think about volunteering, not necessarily for the timekeeping job - I am sure that a responsibility that fits in with your availability could be arranged. If you are participating in the race, please think about whether one of your supporters could offer some assistance while you do the miles. This race is very important to MABAC and to many runners preparing for London Marathon. It raises a great deal of money that is shared amongst several local and national charities. If you can help, please contact me, Bev, either in person on a Tuesday evening, by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 02082558641 / 07974217424." The course is a pleasant three loops around country lanes. If you're interested in taking part, details are here: THAMES TOWPATH 10 miles Sunday 15th April at Chiswick Entries are now being accepted for the Thames Towpath 10, traditionally the opening event in our Road Grand Prix series. Details are here:. The full list of Grand Prix events is now on our website here:. RICHMOND 10km Sunday 24th June Entries have also opened for our 10km in June. Details:. SWLAN NEWS Kate Brook writes: "Because the first of these classes on 14th March booked up so fast and there was still demand, a second class has been organised, but be quick spaces are filling up fast: Fire up your Glutes for Stronger Running! Endurance Runners - Must do Exercise Class Second Chance - Wednesday 21st March 2012 7 - 8:30pm at St Mary's University College Twickenham TW1 4SX Booking essential with email@example.com. Please state if you can bring your own foam roller." Kingston & Poly AC's monthly athletics talks supported by SWLAN are held on the third Monday of each month. All talks start at 7:30pm and are kindly hosted by the Pure Sports Medicine Clinic at the David Lloyd Centre in Bushey Road, Raynes Park - just off the A3 and not far from Raynes Park and Wimbledon Chase stations. All talks are free to everyone. 19th March - Faster Masters A panel of successful Masters athletes will be sharing their experiences on how to stay (extremely) fit and competitive past the age of 40. The line-up provisionally includes Pat Logan (sprints), Camilla Thrush (throws) and Ben Reynolds (distance running), all of whom run for local clubs and have won multiple medals at world level. 16th April - John Bryant on Chris Brasher: The Story of the London Marathon John Bryant will be discussing the origins of the London Marathon and the story of its founder Chris Brasher the week before its 32nd running. John is a famously lively speaker and has recently written a book on the life of Chris Brasher, which is to be published later this year. LONDON MARATHON Hannah Doyle writes: "I'm running my first-ever marathon this year - London, hurrah! - to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. I'm very grateful to all my chums at Ranelagh - you're making training such fun with your advice, inspiration and company. And I'd be even more grateful to anyone who might like to sponsor me - or just read about the cause and laugh at my photos - here:. Thank you!" ATHLETICS PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT Almudena Romero writes: "I am a studio photographer doing a photographic project for the University of London Arts. This project focused on sports people and how sports players develop their bodies. I am looking for people who want to participate in this project and I was wondering if someone at your club was interested. Participants will receive a copy the pictures and they will be free to publish them for their portfolio, club website, facebook, etc. Shootings take 45 minutes and will be at the studios of the London College of Communication every Friday from now until mid March. Photographs will be taken in your usual sports clothing. They can be single portraits or group shots. All ages are welcome. The project is for the London College of Communication, so the photographs are going to be exhibited in their gallery, and might be published too. If you have any question please don't hesitate to contact me - 07845591629 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ." MORE PROJECT ASSISTANCE REQUESTED Robert Turton writes: "I am currently a final year student at Loughborough University studying psychology. For my final year project under the supervision of Professor Caroline Meyer and Dr. Huw Goodwin I am conducting research into the exercise and eating attitudes and behaviours of long distance runners. For this project I need to recruit athletes aged between 18 and 60 years to complete a short questionnaire that will take roughly ten minutes maximum to complete. Both male and female athletes are eligible to participate in the study as long as they compete in or train for any distance race that is longer than 1500m. If any athletes do participate they will do so anonymously and will be fully informed about what the questionnaire involves and the aims of the study. I have attached a link to the online version of my questionnaire below. I would greatly appreciate it if you would be able to circulate this link to the members of your athletics team asking them to kindly participate: www.survey.lboro.ac.uk/runnersattitudes. In return for your help with this project I will provide you and the participants in the study with access to the results of my project upon request." 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 3rd March Inter-club 3.8 miles in Richmond Park. 3pm start. All welcome, register on the day. Sunday 4th March MABAC League 5 miles in Richmond Park. 10am start. See above. Sunday 18th March Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap in Richmond Park. 10am start. Saturday 24th March Mini-Mob Match v Stragglers with the Richmond parkrun 5km. 9am start Sunday 25th March Cranleigh 15 / 21 miles. See above. 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 *************** STUBBS CUP MOB MATCH v SOUTH LONDON HARRIERS Saturday 18th February at Coulsdon Well, this is a strange one to write up. I suppose it's good news v bad news, so let's get the bad news out of the way first. We mustered only 21 runners, not terribly good for a mob match even on a cold wet afternoon at the fag-end of a long season. But let's forget about that, because the fact is that we won...and we have to go back to December 1975 to find our last away win at Coulsdon! As our small but select band of stalwarts milled about at the start we couldn't help noticing that the opposition seemed as thin in numbers as we were. Right up to the 2.30pm start we expected the SLH cavalry to appear over the hill...but they never did. The contest was announced as 21 Ranelagh v 23 SLH, with 18 a side to score. Two SLH runners failed to finish so in the end we were exactly evenly matched - meaning that every finishing place was important, even more so than usual in mob matches. As the field climbed to the top of the Downs in the opening mile, SLH's Stuart Major could be seen leading the way with Peter Haarer in close attendance. Following on behind Peter was a nice group of blue vests - this was clearly going to be a close contest. Major soon pulled clear and went on to win by almost a minute and a half, with Peter equally isolated in second place. Next home were Marc Snaith, Chris Bundhun and Trevor Maguire who had run more or less together all the way. That gave us four of the top five, but SLH immediately fought back with the next six home interrupted only by Andy Bickerstaff in 10th place. Then it was our turn, with six finishers to SLH's one. This group included leading woman Marie Synnott-Wells and a particularly good effort from Alex Fordham. In the second half of the field SLH packed better and Elin Mortensen and Bronwen Fisher - third and fourth women overall - were the only Ranelagh amongst nine SLH. Their last scorer was 33rd, ours was 38th, and it was all too clear that there would be no more than a few points in it. David Wright takes up the story: "This was the closest mob match result and best atmosphere at the end of a race that I can remember in 37 years of competing: both at the finish where every runner in either blue or white was cheered home by club-mates, and back in the changing room where there was a buzz of conversation: "it's close, but I think we might have nicked it."; "they packed well but had a long tail."; "surely we've won it."; "a couple of their guys dropped out, that could make all the difference." were just some of the comments shared by both clubs' runners as we showered and changed. We didn't have long to wait as SLH's efficient but bedraggled officials announced the result. Prefaced by the individual winners and times, age group leaders, SLH handicap result, the tension mounted ... a win for Ranelagh by a mere 12 points out of total scoring of 670 points. Those SLH dropouts had made the difference as had Ranelagh's Chris Owens's brave decision to plough on despite sustaining an injury. The Stubbs Cup was retained by Ranelagh but a more telling statistic, the first win for the team in blue at Happy Valley since 1975, my 4th mob match (this was my 148th)." This victory gives us three mob match wins out of four this season - the first time we have achieved this since 1984/85. NATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 25th February at Parliament Hill It was quite Spring-like on Hampstead Heath and the notoriously muddy course was no more than sticky. Record numbers took part - a total of 4,622 finishers in the ten races. The 1,688 who completed the senior men's event has been exceeded in the past, but the women's total of 650 was well above the previous record of 556 in 1996. Mind you, when you consider that we now get something approaching 400 in the women's Surrey League, that record could well not last long. It was good to have plenty of Ranelagh support on the course for our women's and men's teams. The women were away first and Estelle Damant was always prominent in the Ranelagh blue. She was lying in the mid-50s at the completion of the first short lap and pressed on to achieve a top 50 placing, which I believe is her best ever National result. This was a fine run and earns Estelle the Aotearoa Trophy for the first Ranelagh finisher. Marie Synnott-Wells was feeling well below par with a chest infection but struggled on gamely to finish just outside the first 200. Kate Woodhouse and Sandra Prosser completed the scoring team of four, both inside the top 400, and the team placed 32nd out of 73. As usual, the senior men's race completed the day's events by which time the course is usually well and truly churned up. This year, though, it held up quite well and although there were heavy patches the going overall was quite fast. But no mistake, it was still a tough course with very little flat running. Ralph Street is still fairly inexperienced in championship races and has once or twice been caught out by starting too slowly. He was determined not to let that happen this time and was keyed up to go, as they say, "...on the B of the bang". The gun went and so did Ralph. Then the gun went again - surely the starter wasn't calling a false start? Most of the front rank slowed in uncertainty - then the gun went for a third time. Perhaps the starter had recognised the folly of trying to stop 1,700 runners once they had started and decided to cut his losses. At any rate, off they went in the usual hectic sprint up the first hill. Now, maybe Ralph hadn't heard the second gun. He certainly hadn't slowed down and - presumably to his surprise as well as everyone else's - he found himself 20 metres clear of the field and still ahead at the crest of the hill. This was great stuff for the spectators, but not so good for Ralph. The inevitable duly happened, Ralph was quickly swallowed up and spent the rest of the race hanging on as best he could. The final position was 138th, probably not as high as he had hoped but still a good run which will bring him the Roffey Salver as the first Ranelagh finisher. Peter Haarer was our second man throughout, finishing 282nd, then Carl Selya-Hammer in his first National was 412th. Chris Bundhun, Trevor Maguire and Marc Snaith made up the scoring six well inside the first half of the field. The team finished one place lower than the women in 33rd place out of 125 closing in. It was good the see 14 Ranelagh in the field and in the subsidiary 9-to-score we placed 28th. This was the 125th anniversary of the men's National and the ECCA's idea was to provide a commemorative pin badge for all finishers. Unfortunately they ordered only 1,500 so a couple of hundred missed out. Further supplies have been promised. Here is some video coverage of the races, including a good shot of Ralph's scarper up the first hill. Several other RH can be spotted in the early stages of the men's race, and Estelle features well in the women's: Video:. BRASS MONKEY HALF MARATHON Sunday 22nd January at York 1 Y Hagos (Bradford) 66.42 (chip time 66.42) 396 Phil Jackson 95.03 (94.05) SEVILLE MARATHON Sunday 19th February Mark Herbert reports: "A very well organised race situated in a beautiful historic city. The temperature was perfect for the 9:30 start but as the race wore on into the later stages it become slightly warm reaching 19c-20c, Nevertheless, water stations offering small bottles, sponges and oranges (no shortage there) made coping with the conditions manageable. A very fast flat course so it's great to have a crack at any PB's, I do think its more suited to the faster/medium Marathon runner due to limited time on the road closures and a cut off point of 5hrs. Excellent support as you pass through the centre of the city with the highlight coming as you enter the stadium to an exhilarating feeling as the crowds cheer you home. In all a wonderful experience." John Scally adds: "I thoroughly enjoyed the race, and the entire weekend. I'd say Mark's comments are spot on, they're not going to let people go over 5hr, but it is a well organised, well marshalled event. I can testify the people at the drinks stations were just as exuberant for those of us at the back, and there was no danger of people running out of oranges. About mile 19 when I was at my hottest and feeling rather peaky (and a little sorry for myself) a couple of Spanish chaps ran past wearing long sleeves, tights, gloves and woolly hats..." Anna Scally, who was there in a spectating role, recalls seeing a runner pass by at 3.15 pace wearing flip-flops! 1 M Blal (Morocco) 2:13.43 (chip time 2:13.42) 760 Mark Herbert 3:13.37 (3:12.55) 1075 Phil Jackson 3:21.30 (3:20.15) 1925 Lee Davies 3:37.33 (3:35.44) 2750 Ian Grange 3:55.11 (3:52.52) 3181 Tom Reay 4:04.08 (4:01.49) 3847 Heather Martingell 4:25.43 (4:23.10) 4315 John Scally 4:56.49 (4:55.48) 4319 Mike White 4:57.04 (4:54.30) BRIGHTON "HALF MARATHON" 13.42 miles Sunday 19th February Ben Shore reports: "I and some other Ranelagh Harriers ran the Brighton Half. Rather surprisingly, the course was well over distance. It's a case study in how things can go wrong, the course doubles back on itself along a road heading out of Brighton. Someone put the dividing bollards about 250 metres too far down the road, thus adding 500 metres to the route. It's a shame actually as it was a beautiful day and a good course. The organisers have adjusted the timings after admitting the course was over distance". 1 M Durrigan (Swansea) 1:10.23 (chip time 1:10.22, adjusted time 1:08.41) 300 Ben Shore 1:32.22 (1:31.41, 1:29.34) 500 Kate Woodhouse 1:36.16 (1:35.28, 1:33.11) 529 Andy Woodhouse 1:36.50 (1:36.01, 1:33.43) 1573 John Pratt 1:49.25 (1:49.00, 1:46.23) RACE YOUR PACE HALF MARATHON Sunday 19th February at Datchet 1 M Jones (TH&H) 1:12.38 (chip time 1:12.37) 165 Bruce McLaren 1:34.01 (1:33.57) 232 Lara Werrett 1:39.06 (1:38.53) WOKINGHAM HALF MARATHON Sunday 19th February Iain Wilson was the second over 55 to finish. 1 P Wicks (Belgrave) 1:03.14 (chip time 1:03.14) 121 Iain Wilson 1:22.54 (1:22.49) 206 Ted Mockett 1:26.49 (1:26.00) 2040 Annemarie Goodridge 2:22.38 (2:17.24) HARROW HILL 6 miles Sunday 19th February 1 P Natali (Italy) 31.49 46 Pete Warren 48.10 64 Melissa Glackin 50.56 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km Friday 24th February at Hyde Park 1 J Shane (Newham & EB) 15.40 27 Simon Hedger 19.02 31 Richard Adams 19.08 74 Tim Woods 20.59 127 Alan Davidson 22.49 215 John Hanscomb 33.32 HOTELYMPIA 10km Sunday 26th February at ExCel, London 1 M Ryall (VPH) 33.36 5 Sean Paynter 36.12 12 James Whistler 38.20 RODING VALLEY HALF MARATHON Sunday 26th February at Woodford Green 1 J Franklin (Met P) 1:12.25 (chip time 1:12.25) 560 Michelle Purcell 1:58.08 (1:57.33) CHALLENGE WANAKA IRONMAN TRIATHLON Saturday 21st January. You can read a full report of David Rowe's excellent Ironman in New Zealand on his blog at rowerunning.co.uk/. RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 18th February Rachael Holmes was third woman finisher. 1 B Thursby (TH&H) 17.40 5 Peter Weir 19.28 31 Rachael Holmes 21.45 40 Daniel Chiechi 22.21 44 Duncan Brown 22.25 46 Amrut Sharma 22.30 58 Gary McKeown 23.24 60 Simon Taylor 23.32 75 Andrew Brown 24.03 85 Jar O'Brien 24.20 112 Sue Camp 26.15 131 Tony Clark 27.10 141 Rob Kitchen 27.24 149 Phil Aiken 27.40 174 Stacey Barber 29.08 181 Philippa Kitchen 29.39 192 Peter Lowman 30.23 193 Christine Goodsell 30.26 196 Val Lowman 30.37 227 Bev Ali 35.38 229 Pat Hewlett 36.15 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 18th February 1 M Trees (Belgrave) 16.39 167 Roger Brankin 22.29 250 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 23.52 534 Mary Hickson 28.37 566 Vicci Randle 29.16 602 Edward Josey 30.04 681 John Hanscomb 32.48 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 18th February James Whistler was the winner and Mel Hunter was second woman. 1 James Whistler 19.35 10 Melanie Hunter 24.34 CANNON HILL parkrun 5km Saturday 18th February 1 D Robinson (BRAT) 16.45 6 Sean Paynter 17.20 GUNNERSBURY parkrun 5km Saturday 18th February 1 J Pabon (Ealing E) 18.11 16 Karl Garvey 21.48 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 18th February 1 R Blair (Sheen) 18.07 10 Chris Camacho 20.42 52 Martin Clark 28.32 60 Janet Turnes 31.23 MILTON KEYNES parkrun 5km Saturday 18th February 1 M Glowacki (Hill) 16.56 155 Lynne Barber 29.17 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 18th February 1 G Russell (unatt) 19.12 77 Cindy Croucher 33.13 82 Danny Hobbs 34.15 BEDFORD parkrun 5km Saturday 18th February 1 C Everett (unatt) 17.45 32 Rebecca Hall 22.25 35 Rob Curtis 22.57 READING parkrun 5km Saturday 18th February 1 C Bradbury (Reading) 16.13 106 Louise Atkinson 28.08 RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 25th February Elin Mortensen was second woman with a big PB. 1 Unknown 16.36 4 Sean Paynter 17.50 9 Andrew Forth 18.49 17 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 19.32 24 Bill Neely 20.07 30 Elin Mortensen 20.29 33 Phil Jackson 20.43 34 Chris Read 20.50 35 Stewart Anderson 20.51 52 Daniel Chiechi 21.51 72 Gary McKeown 22.28 73 Gemma Cory 22.29 92 Simon Taylor 23.03 93 Rachael Holmes 23.05 111 Andrew Brown 23.43 123 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 24.06 142 Ally Salisbury 24.47 152 Sue Camp 25.17 157 Rob Kitchen 25.33 197 Philippa Kitchen 27.01 236 Wiebke Kortum 28.34 237 Mike White 28.39 278 Bronwen Northmore 32.04 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 25th February 1 G Corcoran (K&P) 16.10 186 Bruce McLaren 22.14 208 Ian Grange 22.36 454 Mary Hickson 26.04 620 Vicci Randle 28.45 631 Wally Garrod 28.58 657 Evelyn Joslin 29.35 697 Edward Josey 30.42 760 John Hanscomb 32.55 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 25th February Alex Fordham gave us our second winner in two weeks and Mel Hunter was third woman. 1 Alex Fordham 20.39 6 Tomas Sterner 22.58 17 Melanie Hunter 24.59 25 Lorna Smith 27.33 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 25th February 1 T Ford (Strag) 18.03 50 Hannah Doyle 25.28 61 Hannah Turnes 28.25 66 Martin Clark 29.49 70 Janet Turnes 32.10 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 25th February 1 S Fell (unatt) 17.58 4 Mark Herbert 19.59 83 Cindy Croucher 32.13 84 Deirdre Inman 32.22 85 Danny Hobbs 34.28 BANSTEAD WOODS parkrun 5km Saturday 25th February 1 C Phelan (SLH) 17.32 158 Tanya Allen 32.54 BLACK PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 25th February 1 R Foster (Datchet) 17.23 28 Adam Wright 20.54 READING parkrun 5km Saturday 25th February 1 Unknown 18.11 148 Louise Atkinson 27.41 ASHTON COURT parkrun 5km Saturday 25th February Rebecca Hall and Rob Curtis continued their parkrun tour... 1 Andrew Harrison (GWR) 17.38 35 Rob Curtis 23.40 133 Rebecca Hall 59.42 FINALLY... Mike Rowland writes: "I wore my 2009 London Marathon finisher's T-Shirt yesterday. It was the last race sponsored by Flora and there were some statistics on the back of the T-shirt. During their 13 years of sponsorship, 458,562 runners took part and 917,547 running shoes were worn. If you double 458,562, you get 917,124. Does that mean that, during those 13 years, 433 one-legged runners took part? Or perhaps a party of Jake the Peg impersonators?"