Newsdesk 2012

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 391             14 December 2012
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  

 *  Estelle Damant leads our team to 10th place in Surrey Ladies League race 2
 *  Serpentine regains the Dysart Cup women's team race
 *  Becky Hall wins the Hugh Jones Salver club women's championship
 *  Sandra Prosser wins over 40s champs (Trish's Trophy), Sonia Rowland the
     over 50s and Livvy Ricketts the handicap
 *  Milocarians win the Ellis Cup men's team race
 *  Carl Selya-Hammer leads our team to third place  
 *  parkrun placings for Cathy Jones, Michelle Davies, Jane Craigie-Payne,
     Mark Herbert and Paul Rider
 *  Phil Aiken completes the M25 parkrun tour
 *  All needed for home mob match v SLH on December 22nd

 Please wear them for Tuesday sessions! Particularly in the park in the dark
 or if running on roads. For lights, head torches, or lit armbands are good
 options. For ID, shoe tags, or the ROAD ID wristband product from the USA
 (Google it!) - please include an emergency phone number just in case.
 Coaches make sessions as safe as they can, but ultimate responsibility rests
 for health and safety with individuals. Please act on this message." 

 December in Richmond Park
 Our third mob match this season is probably our best chance of making sure
 we register at least one mob victory. We are at home to South London
 Harriers on Saturday 22nd December - not an ideal date for those on
 Christmas shopping duty but our hand was forced this year if we were to fit
 everything into our fixtures list. It's the usual two lap course making up
 about 7.7 miles altogether and the start time is 2.30pm. The chorus is
 familiar - we need everyone we can get to run and the more we have, the
 better our chance of victory. There's an extra interest for our faster types
 because the race is also our club championship for the magnificent Wynne
 Cup. There is also a sealed handicap. Be there if you can and help us make
 sure that our visitors return to Coulsdon empty-handed. Register and collect
 your number on the day at the clubhouse or at the start.  

 HENTY RELAY  Saturday 29th December  in Richmond Park starting at 12 noon
 The ideal way  to recover from Christmas excesses! The Henty Relay is our
 Christmas fun relay, open to all members, friends and family. Anyone who can
 run a mile and a bit, in fact. It's for teams of three (which are drawn on
 the day). Each team consists of one "fast" runner, one "medium" and one
 "slow". The relay is over six 2km laps of Sidmouth Wood - the "fast" runs
 three laps, the "medium" two and the "slow" one lap, in any order. The race
 starts at 12 noon, but you MUST come to the clubhouse to register by
 11.30am, in order to be allocated to a team.  

 New! at The Perseverance Clinic, Sun Alley, Richmond on Thursdays from
 Reflexology & Holistic Massage Therapy
 Special Introductory Prices: 1/3r off normal treatment rates Reflexology
 £30*, Holistic Massage £33* (50 mins therapy + free initial 20 min
 consultation) (*Offer limited to January 2013 and 1 per client).
 Call Nina on 07938557934 to book an appointment. 

 Christmas Present time. What are you buying for your loved ones this year?
 We have a huge range of treatments that would suit everyone in the family.
 Buy them a Gift Voucher, experiences are always more fondly remembered.
 Imagine opening your present to find that you have been given an 1hr
 Massage, and or several free Yoga or Pilates classes or a winter Chiropody
 treatment 'Ohhh! you've made my Christmas - best pressie ever.' Would of
 course be your reaction : ) 

 Our opening hours will be the following:
 Normal hours until Friday 21st Dec
 Saturday 22nd clinic open 9-1 & Open Yoga class 10-11.15am
 December 24th -26th & 28th CLOSED
 Thursday 27th- Physio/massage available with Richard
 Saturday 29th - Open YOGA class 10-11.15am 
 Mon 31st- CLOSED
 Wed 2nd - Yoga 5.15 & 6.30 and Chiropody appointments available 
 Thursday 3rd Jan onwards into 2013 Business as usual.

 After dangerous conditions on the river forced postponement from the
 original date, Paul Gregory has decided to try again in February.    
 Paul writes:
 "We have now reset the heats and race to start at 1.00PM on SUNDAY 17th
 Here is the opportunity to learn sculling - and if experienced, to rehearse
 that skill in a skiff.  There are men's and ladies' crews from four running
 clubs entering for the Franckeiss Cup Trophy and for The Skiff Club Ladies'
 Cup - these are held by the winning club for a year, until the next race.
 There are no entry or training fees. River conditions are now improving and
 we can commence training as follows:- 
 Saturday mornings at 8.30 am first - we could then offer Sunday mornings by
 exception.  There is a possibility of some training during the daytime
 during the week over the Christmas holiday period, depending on availability
 of instructors. 

 We currently have one men's and one women's pair from Ranelagh but more
 would be welcome.  Please let us have names and Saturday availability
 confirmed by year-end, although we can train before, and then we can set out
 a proper plan for the New Year weekends, and bring along supporters to watch
 the racing." Please contact Paul p_gregory@talktalk.net  if you're

 ...to Jessica Mary Woodhouse, who protests that she arrived to proud parents
 Kate and Andy on Sunday 25th November and not the 27th as reported in the
 last e-news. 

 Bill Bird sends news of our oldest member Carl Nargang who is still going
 strong in Eastbourne at the age of 98 and has clocked up a club record 79
 years of membership.

 Circuit Training for Runners Fitter, Stronger, Faster!   Part Two - Indoors!
 Thursday 3rd January 2013   7pm - 8pm at the SMRAC Track, St Mary's
 University College, Twickenham TW1 4SX
 Free Class - to book contact: Kate Brook kate.brook@swlan.org.uk

 For a free boost to your New Year training join Karen Weir for indoor
 circuit training session - experience new exercises and structures for your
 training to gain strength, fitness and faster running. Coaches and athletes
 should attend to take part or just observe and absorb ideas.

 Lead by Ranelaghl S&C guru and endurance coach Karen Weir In association
 with www.runwithkaren.com. 
 To book contact: Kate Brook kate.brook@swlan.org.uk

 Also upcoming at St Mary's University College TW1 4SX:
 Sat/Sun 19th and 20th January  9am to 5pm  Assistant Coach Course
 To book contact Kate Brook kate.brook@swlan.org.uk . 

 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 15th December          South of the Thames 7.5 miles championship
 2pm start in Richmond Park (Kingston Gate)

 Saturday 22nd December         Stubbs Cup mob match v South London Harriers
 7.5 miles incl Wynne Cup Club Championship  2.30pm start in Richmond Park

 Saturday 5th January               Surrey County Championships men and women
 at Lloyd Park, Croydon

 Saturday 12th January             Surrey League - men at Ham Lands, women at
 Mitcham Common 

 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).  

 SURREY LADIES LEAGUE  Saturday 1st December at Nonsuch Park, Ewell
 The League visited Nonsuch Park for the first time for many years to find a
 rather muddy rolling course, with few real hills but a lot of steady uphill
 drags. Our team was stronger than in the first League race but not strong
 enough to lift us out of relegation danger. Amongst 'A' teams on the day we
 finished in 10th place (11th overall, behind one 'B' team) but only managed
 to pull up to 13th overall. The bottom three of the fifteen Division 1 clubs
 are relegated at the end of the season and we have over a hundred points to
 make up to overhaul 12th placed Ful-on-Tri.

 The big difference this time was the presence of our women's Captain Estelle
 Damant who missed the first League race to run the Amsterdam Marathon.
 Estelle felt that she was a little short of speed but the marathon training
 stood her in good stead as she steamed past four runners in the final half
 mile to finish in 11th place. Becky Hall ran well in her first League race
 and at the finish was only a little over two minutes behind Estelle in 33rd
 place. Marie Synnott-Wells was not far behind and Sandra Prosser and Kate
 Brook completed the 'A' team. An incomplete 'B' team consisting of Sonia
 Rowland, Heather Martingell and Sharon Dooley finished 30th. 

 MABAC LEAGUE 5 miles  Sunday 2nd December at Wisley Common
 There was a larger than usual Ranelagh turnout at a muddy Wisley Common, led
 by 7th-placed Mark Herbert who was backed up by MABAC regulars the Barber
 family and half a dozen others. As usual in MABAC races, the advertised 5
 miles was something of an understatement! 

 1   D Cairnie (Runnymede)  33.31
 7   Mark Herbert           36.03
 61  James Barber           46.11
 77  Oliver Bheemul         48.23
 91  Tom Reay               50.46
 92  Lynne Barber           50.50
 130 Stacey Barber          60.10
 137 Christine David        61.51
 138 Deirdre Inman          61.53
 145 Cindy Croucher         67.03

 1 lap      
 1   R Winslade (Dorking)   24.57
 18  Tanya Allen            32.08
 Saturday 8th December in Richmond Park
 There was again a fairly small home turnout and this was echoed in the race
 as a whole with a total of only 18 runners. Apart from Ranelagh only
 Serpentine fielded a complete team of five and they packed in well enough to
 recapture the Cup by a clear 11 points. Serpentine couldn't snatch the
 individual honours though - they went to Becky Hall who has been improving
 rapidly in her first cross-country season and became the popular winner of
 the Hugh Jones Salver club women's championship. Becky went out hard and
 established a lead of some 20 metres on the first short lap around Sidmouth
 Wood. However, Serpentine's Jennifer Bradley doggedly refused to allow the
 gap to grow any larger and as they climbed up the final hill it was still
 anyone's race. Becky wasn't about to falter and she ran in strongly to win a
 race for the first time in her running career. 

 Our second finisher in 8th place was Sandra Prosser and she will be rewarded
 with Trish's Trophy for the leading over 40. Kate Brook, Katherine Mercer
 and Sonia Rowland completed the team and Sonia won the club over 50s
 championship. Behind Sonia came Hannah Doyle, Livvy Ricketts and Sharon
 Dooley. Livvy won the sealed handicap.

 ELLIS CUP MEN'S 5.5 MILES TEAM RACE Saturday 8th December in Richmond Park
 Five clubs were represented in the field of 63 runners for the Ellis Cup,
 four of whom closed in complete teams of ten. The inter-services club
 Milocarians came in strength and led by individual winner Frazer Alexander
 they turned over holders Serpentine to win the Cup by 15 points. Ranelagh
 finished third and Stragglers fourth. 

 Carl Selya-Hammer ran well to take individual 4th place almost a minute
 clear of Darryl McDonald who finished 7th. Ted Mockett and John Shaw also
 made the top twenty and the counting team of ten was completed by Chris
 Owens, Ben Shore, Trevor Maguire, Stewart Anderson, John Ricketts and Rob

 Apart from Carl Selya-Hammer, whose result was reported in an earlier
 e-news, there was another Ranelagh Harrier in Frankfurt in the shape of Lara
 Werrett who finished 223rd in the women's race in a gun time of 3:32.29,
 chip time 3:30.40. Lara writes:
 "I've been battling with my shins and probable stress fractures so as much
 as I would have liked to have achieved a PB,  I had to revise my race
 strategy and decided on the day, as much as I wanted to go out and run a
 race it wasn't going to happen.  I used it as a training run, and just took
 it easy and enjoyed the course.  It's amazing what you can do when you just
 enjoy the race not having to watch the clock all the time. I highly
 recommend Frankfurt,  the organisation was fantastic to the high known
 German standard."

 NONSUCH PARK 10km  Sunday 4th November
 The cumulative age of our quartet was 282 years!

 1   R Knight (Coll)        36.42
 101 Wally Garrod           60.30
 105 Alan Meaden            61.56
 112 David Meaden           67.06
 117 John Hanscomb          73.10  

 THAMES TURBO MARATHON & HALF MARATHON  Sunday 25th November in Richmond Park
 In addition to those listed in the last e-news, Ally Salisbury also took
 part and completed the Half Marathon in 33rd place in 2:03.32.

 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km  Friday 30th November in Hyde Park
 1   R Weston (Serp)        15.57
 171 Alan Davidson          23.33

 KINGSTON 10km  Sunday 2nd December
 1   D Clutterbuck (Bas)    32.34  (chip time 32.33)
 15  James Whistler         38.21  (38.18)
 22  Dan Wilson             39.15  (39.12)
 47  Alberto Esguevillas    41.16  (41.11)   

 PERIVALE 5 miles  Sunday 2nd December
 1   R Thompson (Hill)      26.11
 65  Rob Curtis             34.17
 121 Heather Martingell     38.04

 HOG'S BACK 7.5 miles  Sunday 2nd December at Guildford
 1   T Robertson (unatt)    40.52
 432 Alan Meaden            77.06
 441 David Meaden           79.18

 GRIM CHALLENGE 8 miles  Sunday 2nd December at Aldershot
 Michelle Davies was just outside the top thirty women in a total field of
 over 2,000 for the aptly-named Grim Challenge

 1   S Wurr (West Sch)      47.38
 394 Michelle Davies        73.46   

 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap  Wednesday 5th December at Woking
 1   M Knowles (unatt)      25.38  (actual time 20.08)
 10  Sonia Rowland          27.06  (21.51)
 17  Steve Rowland          27.37  (21.22)
 25  Alan Davidson          29.32  (24.17) 

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 1st December
 1   Unknown                17.02
 9   Paul Sinton-Hewitt     19.37
 12  Matt Copp              19.44
 13  Alberto Esguevillas    19.46
 19  Peter Weir             20.05
 22  Peter Faull            20.11
 25  Stewart Anderson       20.18  
 72  Eugenio Carmo          22.37
 73  Amrut Sharma           22.43
 104 Rob Kitchen            23.58    
 112 Polly White            24.28
 124 Karen Weir             24.52
 172 Lorraine Clifton       27.17
 178 Michael Sikora         27.28       
 209 Bronwen Northmore      30.07
 219 Val Lowman             31.07
 244 Pat Hewlett            39.36
 250 Tony Clark             40.33
 252 Peter Lowman           45.06

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 1st December
 1   I Johnson (Strag)      17.26
 39  Stacey Barber          29.20
 40  Mike White             29.29 

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 1st December 
 1   J Stokes (SMU)         16.01
 200 Ian Grange             23.03
 521 Wally Garrod           28.46
 672 John Hanscomb          34.03  

 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 1st December
 Paul Rider finished third. 

 1   R Maddams (Belgrave)   18.16
 3   Paul Rider             19.48
 4   Simon Burrell          19.51
 22  Mel Hunter             25.43
 27  Deborah Blakemore      30.52 

 LITTLE STOKE parkrun 5km  Saturday 1st December
 1   G McCaugherty (BART)   18.39
 36  Sharon Rowe            30.51
 37  David Rowe             30.52

 KINGSTON parkrun 5km  Saturday 1st December
 1   D Fry (Bas & MH)       17.07
 15  Chris Camacho          21.03
 55  Annemarie Goodridge    29.53

 NONSUCH parkrun 5km  Saturday 1st December
 1   K Quinn (AFD)          18.17
 32  Phil Aiken             22.26

 GUNNERSBURY parkrun 5km  Saturday 1st December
 1   R Berry (West 4)       16.56
 5   James Whistler         18.21

 BANSTEAD WOODS parkrun 5km  Saturday 1st December 
 1   T Tuohy (Dulwich R)    17.39
 42  Tom Reay               24.18

 CARDIFF parkrun 5km  Saturday 1st December 
 1   O Walpole (Exeter)     15.36
 93  Wyn Williams           22.01 

 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km  Saturday 1st December 
 1   J Harris (Woking)      17.49
 17  Chris Spink            23.37

 GUNPOWDER parkrun 5km  Saturday 1st December
 Cathy Jones was the leading woman.
 1   G Day (Orion)          19.56
 10  Cathy Jones            22.38  

 HAMPSTEAD HEATH parkrun 5km  Saturday 1st December 
 1   D Lane (unatt)         19.05
 18  Andres Arana Garcia    22.22

 WOODLEY parkrun 5km  Saturday 1st December
 1   R Brookling (unatt)    17.22
 111 Louise Atkinson        32.20

 BUSHY JUNIORS parkrun 2km  Sunday 2nd December
 1   B Taylor (unatt)        7.34
 17  Euan Sinclair           9.08
 28  Luke Maguire            9.47
 46  Finlay Sinclair        10.29
 115 Eilidh Sinclair        12.59
 153 Henry Maguire          19.04   

 SAVILL GARDEN JUNIORS parkrun 2km  Sunday 2nd December
 1   D Blake (unatt)         8.48
 11  Juliet Ricketts        10.10

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 8th December
 1   R Carol (Clapham)      17.56
 12  Matt Copp              19.40
 23  Alberto Esguevillas    20.22
 65  Duncan Brown           22.14
 82  Tomas Sterner          22.51
 83  Gemma Cory             22.53
 93  Amrut Sharma           23.16
 112 Polly White            24.11
 115 Simon Taylor           24.16
 145 Philippa Kitchen       25.45
 220 Bronwen Northmore      30.50
 251 Pat Hewlett            36.05

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 8th December
 Michelle Davies and Jane Craigie-Payne placed 2nd and 3rd in the women's

 1   G Brook (Strag)        18.45
 5   Michelle Davies        21.14
 8   Jane Craigie-Payne     22.41
 26  Lynne Barber           26.00
 31  Mike White             26.43      
 37  Stacey Barber          30.32
 38  Cindy Croucher         31.46

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 8th December 
 1   A Jackson (Sitting)    16.34
 20  James Whistler         18.37
 178 Ian Grange             22.50
 234 David Rowe             23.52
 508 Wally Garrod           28.44
 558 Sharon Rowe            30.06   
 619 John Hanscomb          33.28 

 KINGSTON parkrun 5km  Saturday 8th December
 1   D Etheridge (unatt)    18.31
 12  Chris Camacho          20.49
 37  Tom Reay               23.40
 43  Wiebke Kortum          24.08
 71  Annemarie Goodridge    29.28 

 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km  Saturday 8th December
 Mark Herbert finished third.
 1   B Kennard (WSEH)       17.16
 3   Mark Herbert           20.01
 17  Chris Spink            23.13
 32  Lee Davies             24.55 

 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 8th December
 1   R Young (unatt)        21.10
 4   Wyn Williams           23.00      
 21  Deborah Blakemore      31.10
 22  Paula Maguire          31.15 

 GUNNERSBURY parkrun 5km  Saturday 8th December
 1   J Schumacher (Eal E)   16.49
 31  Phil Jackson           21.45
 127 Waldron Slaughter      30.45
 140 Lexi Slaughter         38.06

 St ALBANS parkrun 5km  Saturday 8th December
 1   K Skinner (N&EB)       15.12
 5   Paul Sinton-Hewitt     18.58

 VALENTINES parkrun 5km  Saturday 8th December
 Phil Aiken writes: 
 "Way back in January - and it does feel a very long time ago now - put off
 by the very large field at Bushy Park and the comparatively slow times I was
 running, I decided to make my 9am, Saturday morning, 5k fix a bit more
 interesting by going 'on tour'. More specifically, I challenged myself to
 visit all parkruns found within the M25 (I'd originally called them London
 parkruns but, strictly speaking, Banstead Woods and Gunpowder Park do not
 lie within a London borough). Back in January that meant 30 and, if I did a
 different one each week, I would have finished by the time the cross country
 season started in the autumn. 

 The quest didn't start particularly auspiciously - only Bushy Park, Richmond
 Park and Kingston had been visited by the end of February. From March,
 though I wasn't venturing particularly far - Gunnersbury, Bedfont Lakes and
 Old Deer Park - at least I was running every week. Gradually I got used to
 leaving home at 7 or 7:15 on a Saturday morning to travel around London but,
 by April, came the first indication that my target was no longer fixed.
 Dulwich parkrun appeared on the scene. Then it was Beckton, Crane and
 Gladstone parkruns in June, Barking in July and, in three
 back-to-back-to-back weeks in September, Hilly Fields, Orpington and Burgess
 parkruns, which took the total up to 38. At least that's where it would
 stay, but I would not now finish before the cross country season began and
 so would have to double up on certain Saturdays.

 Over recent weeks it became hard to remember where in north or east London I
 was or had been. But the number left to visit was coming down and, finally,
 by the end of November, I only had Valentine's Park in Ilford to visit. A
 combination of me being late and the train from Norbiton being late meant I
 had to abort that attempt. And so it was that last Saturday, I arrived at
 Valentine's Park at five to nine for my 38th and final different "London"
 parkrun. And by half past nine my quest was over.

 I have been asked what my challenge for 2013 will be. A couple spring to
 mind - return to Pymmes Park on a day when there isn't a fast runner so I
 win (it's never happened to me before, ever) and concentrate on breaking 20
 minutes again. Though where that will be is another matter..."

 1   K Wotton (Barking)     18.28
 8   Phil Aiken             20.50 

 GUILDFORD parkrun 5km  Saturday 8th December 
 1   B Evans (G&G)          17.47
 41  Alan Davidson          25.03

 WOODLEY parkrun 5km  Saturday 8th December
 1   M Worringham (Reading) 17.29
 113 Louise Atkinson        31.49 

 A name for the future? Sydney Holden from Los Angeles was named USA Track &
 Field's Youth Athlete of the Year after setting an age-group record for 400m
 of 70.69. She is eight ... and has also run 1500m in 5:37.57!    Video: