Newsdesk 2012

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 389             13 November 2012
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  

 *  Our men finish 8th in the ZXU Surrey League Division 1 and slip to 7th
 *  Sam Perkins and Phil Killingley lead our team
 *  parkrun placings for  Marie Synnott-Wells, Tamsin Burland, Wiebke Kortum,
     Duncan Mallison, Juliet Edwards and Mel Hunter
 *  All needed for our home mob match v Thames Hare & Hounds this Saturday
 *  Fish and chip supper in the clubhouse afterwards
 *  Club London Marathon places  
 *  Still time to book for the Christmas Party on 15th December 

 MOB MATCH v THAMES HARE & HOUNDS  Saturday 17th November
 The Saltires are coming! The Saltires are coming!
 Thames Hare and Hounds, our rivals from across the A3, are visiting us this
 Saturday for our first home mob match of the season. It's one of our younger
 mob matches - our first race against Thames in the mob format was only in
 1974. There's no trophy yet for the winners, just the opportunity to bask in
 the glory! Thames are currently sitting pretty on top of the Surrey League
 Division 1 while we are labouring down in 7th place, so they will not be
 easy to beat. But...we have done it before. Thames might dominate at the
 front but if we can pack in the numbers in the rest of the field we can
 overcome the early deficit.  So here's your chance to do your bit for the
 club...we need everyone who can get round 7.5 miles! The more runners we
 have, the better our chances of winning the match. 

 The race starts at 2.30pm at our normal spot beside Sidmouth Wood (opposite
 Pembroke Lodge) and it's two laps making up seven and a half miles. Register
 on the day, collect your number at the clubhouse or at the start. Be warned
 that there is international rugby at Twickenham that afternoon, so allow
 extra time if you're coming that way.

 The race incorporates our club veterans championships and there are trophies
 for the over 40, over 50 and over 60 categories. 

 After the mob match on Saturday we'll have a fish and chip supper with our
 guests in the clubhouse starting at about 6pm. It's £10 a head for Ranelagh,
 free for our visitors. Numbers are flexible but if you are planning to come
 please contact Andy Hayward andrewhayward@catalinare.com . If you'd
 prefer a veggie alternative to fish, please mention it to Andy.

 CHRISTMAS PARTY at the Richmond Hill Hotel
 144-150 Richmond Hill, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey, TW10 6RW.  Tel. 020
 8940 2247
 Saturday 15th December 2012 at 7.00pm
 *  Dinner 3 courses and wine - choice of food at booking - see brochure link
 page 4

 *  Dancing - disc jockey
 *  Price £50 
 To reserve your place........ 
 Email Michele Gibson   
 or text Michele 07703 518 956
 or grab me at the club on Tuesdays and Wednesdays!!!
 Cheque payable to Ranelagh Harriers and give to Michele Gibson - NO paying
 on night.
 I also need your food choices. The menus can be seen at the clubhouse, there
 are two on the main table next to the Christmas Party list or by accessing
 the link to the Richmond Hill Hotel brochure as above.
 Please either leave cheque payment in envelope at the club or post to
 Michele Gibson, 107 Elm Road New Malden, Surrey KT3 3HN.   

 We have been allocated four club places for the 2013 London Marathon. The
 draw for these will take place at the Christmas Party on 15th December. To
 be eligible you need to have taken part in at least two mob matches in the
 past twelve months, or else to have run one mob match and also helped as a
 volunteer at two club events. Saturday's mob match will count. If you
 qualify send your name in to Louise Piears louise.piears@goodrunguide.co.uk
 before the Christmas Party.
 As part of the process of transferring the ownership of the land on which
 the clubhouse stands, we require a professional valuation of the clubhouse.
 Is there anyone in the club who is qualified to undertake this? If so please
 contact the Hon Sec Wyn Williams wynandlin@btinternet.com . 

 We do need help at all our home races in Richmond Park with officiating and
 marking the course. Don't wait to be asked. If you're free, please volunteer
 your services - there might be a free tea in it! Contact Andy Bickerstaff
 andy.bickerstaff@goodrunguide.co.uk .

 RICHMOND HALF MARATHON  Sunday 5th May 2013
 I know it's not until next May, but we have already received over 700
 entries and it seems certain that  - like last year - the entry limit will
 be reached by January if not sooner. There are currently only about 25
 Ranelagh names in the entry list, so if you're thinking of running can we
 urge you to get your entry in now. Numbers are easily transferrable through
 the club or Fetch Everyone and Runner's World so if you can't run after all
 you needn't be out of pocket. Details:.   

 St Mary's Endurance and Performance Coaching Centre in conjunction with
 England Athletics is holding its latest Workshop on Sunday 2nd December at
 the St Mary's track.
 The day starts at 9.45am and includes a lecture on "Preparing for
 Competition" and a track session.
 Book with Neville Taylor nhtassociates@btinternet.com . 

 Here are SWLAN's upcoming courses, all at St Mary's University College TW1
 4SX unless otherwise stated:
 Saturday 17th November 9am to 5pm  Athletics Leader Course
 Tuesday 27th November 8.30pm to 9.30pm  Endurance Running Technique (at the
 Angel, Thames Ditton)
 Wednesday 28th November  7.30pm to 9.30pm  Endurance Running Nutrition 
 Saturday 1st December  9am to 12 noon  Endurance Training Day with Mick
 Sat/Sun 19th and 20th January  9am to 5pm  Assistant Coach Course

 To book contact Kate Brook kate.brook@swlan.org.uk . 

 ...to Julia and Marc Snaith on the arrival of Imogen Grace Davison on
 November 3rd, and to Anna and John Scally on the arrival of Aaron Patrick on
 November 11th. 

 Follow Ranelagh on Facebook. 

 More details of the following from Marc Snaith (07717 213035 / e-mail Marc and Chris  
 ranelagh.men@gmail.com  or e-mail Estelle and Phil ranelagh.women@gmail.com

 Saturday 17th November         Mob Match v Thames Hare & Hounds 7.5 miles in
 Richmond Park. 2.30pm start

 Saturday 24th November         South of the Thames 5 miles championship at
 Reigate. 2pm start.

 Saturday 1st December           Surrey Ladies League 6km at Nonsuch Park. 12
 noon start.  

 Sunday 2nd December            MABAC League 5 miles at Ockham Common. 10am
 start. All welcome, register on the day.   Details:.  

 Saturday 8th December           Dysart Cup women's inter-club including our
 club women's championship  6km 1.45pm start in Richmond Park
                                             Ellis Cup men's inter-club 8km
 2.30pm start in Richmond Park.
                                            All members are welcome for both
 events, register on the day.

 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,
 Kingston                               The Hawker Centre
 Old Deer Park                        Pools in the Park on the A316
 Crane Park                             Near the Hospital Bridge Roundabout
 on the A316 in Twickenham
 Other venues, more details and registration at www.parkrun.com
 2km junior parkruns for under 14s take place on the first Sunday of each
 month from Bushy Park's Teddington Gate (11am start) and from Savill Garden
 car park, Windsor Great Park (9.30am start). 

 Richmond Park
 Marc Snaith reports:
 "I feared it would be tough and it was brutal. The impressive depth of the
 race mercilessly exposed our weak mid-pack and has left us clinging on to
 safety just one place and 24pts ahead of The Stragglers.  

 Sam Perkins and Phil Killingley once again provided our one-two punch
 towards the head of the field, on this occasion it was Sam who took the
 honours scraping into the top twenty with Phil two spots behind in 22nd.
 There was a very welcome return to racing for Jackson Creegan who hasn't
 raced for twelve months and we are very grateful that he did. Whilst far
 from his best, his 53rd provided the valuable points that kept us above the
 relegation zone. Jackson should take great encouragement from his run and is
 just over a minute away from the top 25.

 Following Jackson, albeit from quite a distance, was a stream of seven blue
 vests crossing the line within a minute of each other. Leading this pack was
 Chris Bundhun, our fourth scorer, followed by Marc Snaith, Ian Kenton, Mark
 Herbert, Ted Mockett, Steve Whitehead and John Shaw - who can take some
 consolation that he beat the tenth scorer from four other clubs. It is worth
 noting that our 11th finisher and 11 seconds behind John was Andy
 Bickerstaff who is still searching for his 50th scoring appearance. Might be
 a long wait Andy!

 It wasn't all bad
 Turnout was a very impressive 28, although Louis Randall had to drop out
 leaving 27 finishers. There were Surrey League debuts for Carl Assmundson,
 Lars Lundqvist, Stewart Anderson and Alberto Esguevillas. Carl, Lars and
 Stewart all contributed to our B team victory over The Stragglers, 1349 v
 1378. Our B team now leads 2830 v 2949. The B team competition is for
 runners finishing 11-20 for their club, last time we only had 17 finishers
 so everyone can contribute to the B team.

 Plan for improvement
 We now have a two month break from the Surrey League and unfortunately the
 next fixture is hosted by The Stragglers at Ham Lands on 12th January.
 Expect The Stragglers to field their strongest possible team and we need to
 be prepared to go into the last fixture deep in a relegation battle and
 possibly even in the relegation zone.

 What you do in the next two months can make the difference to the team. If
 each scoring runner can gain one minute in two months then we will be 115
 points better off, scoring fewer points than at the first fixture and a
 total good enough for 6th yesterday. Some will find this easier to achieve
 than others but if we train smarter, consistently make our sessions,
 gradually increase mileage, and make those weekly long runs and tempo runs
 then you'll be surprised at how quickly you can run. We can all get faster
 and just quote Nike, 'Just do it'."

 MABAC LEAGUE 5 miles  Sunday 7th October in Nonsuch Park
 1   M Nutt (Wimb W)        35.36
 33  James Barber           46.34
 76  Lynne Barber           54.44
 107 Christine David        64.41
 108 Stacey Barber          64.42 

 OXSHOTT 10km  Sunday 28th October
 Wally Garrod was the first over 70.

 1   T Elsey (Herne H)      33.31
 132 Roger Wilson           55.15
 154 Wally Garrod           59.30
 158 Alan Meaden            61.07
 172 John Hanscomb          71.33 

 MABAC LEAGUE 5 miles  Sunday 4th November at Puttenham
 1   D Cairnie (Runny)      30.58
 40  James Barber           42.58
 63  Lynne Barber           48.31
 72  Oliver Bheemul         51.04
 81  Christine David        60.05
 82  Stacey Barber          60.05
 84  Penny Merrett          62.49 

 1 lap 2.5 miles
 1   N Simmons (Wimb W)     25.18
 8   Cindy Croucher         40.21
 9   Bev Ali                40.23 

 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap  Wednesday 7th November at Woking
 1   J Brown (unatt)        25.47  (actual time 24.17)
 8   Steve Rowland          27.03  (20.48)
 10  Andy Bickerstaff       27.10  (17.10)
 16  Louise Piears          27.38  (21.08)
 18  Sonia Rowland          27.48  (21.48)    

 ENIGMA FOX@40 MARATHON  Saturday 10th November at Milton Keynes
 Jane Craigie-Payne reports:
 "A dodgy hamstring seized up at 12 miles, cramp in both calves from 22
 miles. Ouch. A one minute PB 3.43.08 but not the time I wanted. But fun all
 the same!". Jane was third woman to finish.

 LEATHERHEAD FIRE STATION 10km  Sunday 11th November
 Paul Sinton-Hewitt was third over 50.

 1   T Elsey (Dorking & MV) 33.42  (chip time 33.42)
 18  Paul Sinton-Hewitt     39.32  (39.31)
 226 Jo Sinton-Hewitt       54.00  (53.47)

 1   S Blanshard (unatt)    1:18.15  (chip time 1:18.15)
 59  Mark Herbert           1:36.07  (1:36.05)
 70  Bruce McLaren          1:38.39  (1:38.36)
 109 Paul Martingell        2:04.00  (2:03.36) 

 ALGARVE RUNNING CHALLENGE Wednesday 7th - Sunday 11th November in Monte
 Gordo, Portugal
 Alan Davidson reports:
 "The usual friendly, lively bunch of runners arrived Monte Gordo (eastern
 Algarve) for the Track & Field Tours Algarve Running Challenge (4 races in 5
 days) just after a local rail strike protesting about possible closure of
 the charming, antiquated Faro-Vila Real rail line (my internet timetable
 printout listed the stations that were more than three miles away from the
 places they purported to serve but as this was on the competing bus company
 website perhaps the miles had stretched) and we left two days before a
 national strike against budget austerity measures. On the morning of the 5k
 cross-country (three laps of pine forest sandy trails and hills) Steve
 Smythe of Athletics Weekly marked out the course in heavy rain but luckily
 the race took place in dull but dry weather and no-one got soaked or lost
 and I got round in 23.54. Deja vu the next day as an early morning storm of
 thunder, lightning and very heavy rain (causing floods in local roads)
 caused intermittent loss of TV satellite signal but it was again dull and
 dry for the one mile track time trial at Vila Real (a disappointing
 pedestrian 6.54 for me). The 10k the next day (pine forest trails plus some
 potholed road sections) was graced with low sun close to setting and 49.14
 was O.K. for me in the very competitive handicap race. The 17.5 km Milhas do
 Guadiana open road race from Ayamonte (Spain) to Vila Real (Portugal)
 featured 10k of hell followed by 7.5k of bliss! The 10k out of Ayamonte was
 mainly uphill into a very strong wind (very gusty indeed crossing the border
 on the Guadiana bridge - passport not required) to Castro Marin and we then
 had a long, downhill flat and were blown along the causeway by a very
 helpful tailwind with as just a final straw the back straight of the Vila
 Real stadium finish being back into the tough headwind again! I ran 1.30.01
 and was delighted and relieved that my taped-up left Achilles survived four
 races and yet again this was a very enjoyable trip before leaving sunny 17C
 for a miserably wet and chilly Gatwick."

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 3rd November
 Marie Synnott-Wells and Juliet Edwards were the first and second women to

 1   Unknown                16.45
 8   Mark Herbert           18.48
 10  Lars Lundqvist         18.50
 11  Ted Mockett            18.56
 22  Matt Copp              20.10
 27  Peter Faull            20.20
 30  Marie Synnott-Wells    20.34
 46  Juliet Edwards         21.08
 47  Peter Weir             21.08
 59  John Ricketts          21.39  
 70  Eugenio Carmo          22.18
 102 Simon Taylor           23.16
 118 Wiebke Kortum          24.02
 120 Polly White            24.04
 179 Lynne Barber           26.17
 182 Tomas Sterner          26.19
 213 Michelle Davies        27.17
 229 Nicholas Fordham       27.47
 233 Stacey Barber          27.56   
 237 Michael Sikora         28.07
 249 Jar O'Brien            28.40
 250 Mike White             28.41
 285 Christine David        30.23
 289 Annemarie Goodridge    30.53
 296 Bronwen Northmore      32.05   
 307 Peter Lowman           33.09
 311 Rachael Holmes         33.14
 312 Paula Maguire          33.16  
 318 Penny Merrett          33.44

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 3rd November 
 1   Unknown                16.09
 56  Bruce McLaren          19.53
 171 Egis Vincel            22.30
 221 Ian Grange             23.13   
 226 Adam Wright            23.17
 267 Peter Fordham          23.46
 398 Kirsty Bangham         25.35
 715 Ed Josey               30.31  
 765 Mary Hickson           31.45
 846 John Hanscomb          35.21 

 HAMPSTEAD HEATH parkrun 5km  Saturday 3rd November
 1   A Chetwynd (unatt)     16.59
 40  Lloyd Camp             23.47
 42  Amrut Sharma           24.03
 55  Rob Kitchen            25.36
 64  Philippa Kitchen       26.13
 67  Sue Camp               26.29
 85  Tony Clark             28.00

 LITTLE STOKE parkrun 5km  Saturday 3rd November 
 This was the inaugural Little Stoke parkrun just outside Bristol.

 1   D Norman (Strag)       17.03
 11  Paul Sinton-Hewitt     19.20
 27  Becky Hall             21.02
 29  Rob Curtis             21.23
 111 Jo Sinton-Hewitt       42.45

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 3rd November
 Tamsin Burland was the first woman home.
 1   G Brook (Strag)        17.25
 22  Tamsin Burland         25.35
 42  Cindy Croucher         35.13 

 GUNNERSBURY parkrun 5km  Saturday 3rd November 
 1   M Palser (Les Croup)   17.50
 191 Lexi Slaughter         40.01
 192 Waldron Slaughter      40.19

 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km  Saturday 3rd November
 1   R Barr (Thames T)      18.11
 52  David Bell             27.10  

 KINGSTON parkrun 5km  Saturday 3rd November
 1   D Etherdige (unatt)    18.43
 10  Chris Camacho          20.33
 35  Alan Davidson          23.33    

 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 3rd November
 Mel Hunter was third woman.

 1   K McCallum (Serp)      21.30
 7   Stewart Anderson       23.16
 16  Mel Hunter             25.21
 25  Deborah Blakemore      28.17

 GROVELANDS parkrun 5km  Saturday 3rd November
 1   N Kennerley (unatt)    20.03  
 5   Phil Aiken             21.21        

 OXFORD parkrun 5km  Saturday 3rd November
 1   B Trigg (Erme Valley)  18.08
 79  Evelyn Joslin          28.36   

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 10th November
 1   S O'Neill (Scunth)     17.36
 10  Bill Neely             19.59
 21  Matt Copp              20.58
 34  Chris Read             21.40
 78  Amrut Sharma           23.51
 98  Karl Garvey            24.40
 102 Polly White            24.54
 126 Philippa Kitchen       25.50
 129 Jar O'Brien            25.59
 130 Rob Kitchen            26.00   
 148 Lorna Smith            26.46
 170 Sue Camp               27.39
 171 Lloyd Camp             27.40
 172 Tony Clark             27.42
 173 Alberto Esguevillas    27.42
 176 Michael Sikora         27.45
 207 Val Lowman             30.50
 208 Peter Lowman           31.02 

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 10th November 
 1   Unknown                15.46
 58  Nick Wright            20.21
 148 Egis Vincel            22.36
 329 Kirsty Bangham         25.18
 544 Wally Garrod           28.40
 683 Sharon Rowe            32.48 
 731 John Hanscomb          35.10

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 10th November
 Duncan Mallison was the overall winner.
 1   Duncan Mallison        18.45
 24  Heather Martingell     24.03
 32  Mel Hunter             24.52 
 41  Tamsin Burland         26.14
 46  Stacey Barber          27.55
 55  Tanya Allen            32.51
 59  Penny Merrett          33.49
 60  Bev Ali                37.56 

 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km  Saturday 10th November
 1   P Bell (Viceroys Tri)  19.06
 47  Becky Hall             27.21
 48  Rob Curtis             27.21

 WYCOMBE RYE parkrun 5km  Saturday 10th November
 1   T Pocock (West 4)      18.41
 9   Michelle Davies        21.58
 14  Lee Davies             22.24
 40  Mike White             26.27 

 KINGSTON parkrun 5km  Saturday 10th November
 Wiebke Kortum was the leading woman.

 1   D Etherdige (unatt)    18.56
 5   Chris Camacho          20.55
 11  Wiebke Kortum          22.24 

 HUDDERSFIELD parkrun 5km  Saturday 10th November
 1   S Courtney (Stadium)   16.56
 153 Chris Wright           27.51
 156 Mary Hickson           27.53

 MALAHIDE parkrun 5km  Saturday 10th November 
 parkrun reaches Dublin!

 1   M McSwiggan (Portmarn) 18.19
 5   Paul Sinton-Hewitt     18.54

 NONSUCH parkrun 5km  Saturday 10th November
 Marie Synnott-Wells was the second woman to finish.

 1   K Kyereme (Shaft B)    18.25
 14  Marie Synnott-Wells    21.10 

 MILE END parkrun 5km  Saturday 10th November
 1   B Barikor (unatt)      17.42  
 10  Phil Aiken             20.45 

 NORTHAMPTON parkrun 5km  Saturday 10th November 
 1   P Currington (unatt)   17.54
 59  Jo Sinton-Hewitt       25.05 

 91-year-old Mary Wixey proves that you are never too old to compete: