Newsdesk 2013

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 393             18 January 2013
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  

 *  Ranelagh men finish 5th in the Surrey League and move up to 6th overall
 *  Ralph Street and debutant Eirin McDaid lead our team
 *  Ranelagh women finish 20th in the Surrey League and slip to 15th overall
 *  Becky Hall and Marie Synnott-Wells lead our team
 *  Estelle Damant and Carl Selya-Hammer are our leading finishers in the
     Surrey Champs
 *  Mark Herbert and Michelle Davies are our first finishers in the Windsor
 *  parkrun placings for Marc Snaith, Duncan Mallison, Mel Hunter, Trevor
    Maguire and Sean Paynter

 Many thanks for all the kind messages via e-mail and Facebook following
 Mike's death on December 27th. The funeral is to take place at 11am on
 Friday 25th January at Mitcham Parish Church (St Peter and St Paul), Church
 Road, Mitcham CR4 3BN, following which there will be a private cremation
 service. All are welcome at the Church and afterwards at the nearby Parish
 Centre. Family flowers only, donations to WaterAid.  

 This Saturday's race (January 19th) has been cancelled, due to poor travel

 It has been pointed out that the date originally fixed for our Baker Cup
 handicap and prize presentations supper - March 30th - is Easter Saturday.
 It has been agreed therefore that we will put the race and the supper back
 one week to Saturday April 6th.

 Our own Half Marathon to be held on May 5th has once again been a victim of
 its own success with the entry limit reached before Christmas. If you missed
 out on entering, there will be a small number of additional club places
 available - reply to this e-news if you're interested. Our friend Richard
 Xerri of the Perseverance Clinic in Richmond is organising another Richmond
 Half Marathon - which he is calling the Richmond 13.1 to avoid confusion -
 to be held on Easter Sunday 31st March.  Details:.    

 The McLeod Cup - for points scored in most club cross-country events - is
 currently being led by Steve Rowland on 684 points, but it's a close-run
 thing. Breathing down Steve's neck are Chris Camacho (675), Andy Woodhouse
 (666), Trevor Maguire (653) and Ben Shore (650). The full scoreboard is here:. 

 The awkwardly-named women's equivalent sees Sandra Prosser with a clear lead 
 on 684 points, ahead of Becky Hall (598) and Sonia Rowland (570). Scoreboard:. 

 Put the date in your diary - our next Quiz Night will be on Saturday 2nd
 March in the clubhouse.  

 Kate Brook sends the latest news:
 "St Mary's EPACC/England Athletics Workshops 2012-2013
 As part of the on-going support of London Virgin Marathon and England
 Athletics, St Mary's EPACC invites coaches and athletes to the Marathon
 workshop being delivered on Saturday 19th January 2013.
 Timetable for the day is as follows:
 9.45am            Meet in room G7
 10.15am          Training session for athletes of all levels at Lensbury
 Sports Ground (1 mile from St Mary's) led by International Coach Mick Woods
 and Martin McCarthy (2h 11 for the marathon)
 12.00pm          Lunch
 1.00pm           Presentation from Olympian Mara Yamauchi and Dr Charles
 Pedlar (EPACC physiologist) on Mara's career and coaching tips for training
 and race tactics.  This will also include mental preparation, nutrition,
 rest and recovery.   
 2.30pm           Close
 If you wish to attend please contact England Athletics mentor Neville Taylor
 on 01403 790800 or 07841 504498. Email nhtassociates@btinternet.com or

 Andy Robinson of Kingston & Poly sends details of their latest training talk
 at David Lloyd Leisure, Raynes Park:
 "K&P Talk: Marathon Training - Lessons from the 1980s   Monday 21st January
 at 7pm
 This free talk, chaired by Wimbledon parkrun director Ian Higgins, brings
 together sub-2:10 marathon legend John Graham, and Belgrave's Gabrielle
 Collison, author of 'British Marathon Legends of the 1980s'. A must for
 everyone with an interest in the marathon.   Please spread the word - it
 should be highly entertaining and informative!
 Full details and a signup  link:."

 ...continues at 6pm on Tuesday evenings from the clubhouse. All under 17s

 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 19th January             Inter-club v Bank of England and others in
 Richmond Park (Roehampton Gate). 2.30pm start.  

 Saturday 26th January             South of England Cross-Country
 Championships at Parliament Hill

 Saturday 9th February             Final Surrey League races - men at
 Coulsdon (3pm start), women at Denbies, Dorking (12 noon start). 

 Saturday 16th February           Final Mob Match of the season - away to
 Blackheath & Bromley HAC at Hayes, Kent. 2.30pm start. 

 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). 

 2XU SURREY CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE Division 1  Saturday 12th January at Ham
 There had been a two months gap between the second and third Surrey League
 races, plenty long enough for us to dwell on the peril we found ourselves in
 after the first two races. We stood in seventh place out of the nine
 Division 1 teams, only 24 points clear of Stragglers who occupied the first
 relegation spot. However, Captain Marc was very bullish about our prospects
 for a much stronger team and a better result this time, notwithstanding
 Stragglers' home course advantage. At first glance Marc's optimism might
 have appeared misplaced as we were missing our first and third scorers from
 the last race, Sam Perkins and Jackson Creegan. But instead we had our
 secret weapon in Ralph Street, a surprise package in Eirin McDaid and some
 subtle improvements all the way down the list. Marc takes up the story:  

 "Tide has turned in our favour
 Well done guys, our best result of the season and a bit more distance
 between us and the drop. Also there is now the unforeseen bonus that the two
 horse race to avoid relegation has an additional rider as South London
 Harriers had a shocker and now occupy 7th position. Fifth on the day and up
 one spot to sixth overall puts us in an excellent position to remain in this
 division for next season but we need another strong performance because
 South London are hosting the final fixture and The Stragglers can make up
 the gap if we lose, and cannot replace, one top performer.

 Individual performances of note
 Ralph was last seen 20m clear of the pack at the peak of the opening climb
 at last year's National XC and has since been hiding away in Sweden. His
 form was an unknown although there was a rumour he was in good shape but his
 top five finish shocked everyone except Ralph who was disappointed not to
 have run quicker. We might need to carry out some arm bending to persuade
 Ralph to delay his return to Sweden until the day after the final fixture (9
 Feb). Eirin made his club debut with an excellent 26th place and will be
 eyeing a top twenty spot in the next fixture whilst it was a very welcome
 return to the team for Peter Haarer whose 41st position provided valuable
 points. There were rumours that Ed Barker had managed one or two runs over
 Christmas and we were rewarded with his best club performance for a few
 years. Final mention goes to Lars whose hard work on Tuesday nights has been
 rewarded with a debut in the scoring team.

 B Team is best
 The B Team - first and last scorers Ted Mockett and Stewart Anderson - were
 very strong and comfortably beat The Stragglers 1317 v 1454. That gives us a
 lead of 4147 to 4403 with one race to go but failure to fill a B Team will
 give The Stragglers a chance. 

 Great running all in what was a very unusual course! Now we need everyone to
 put 9 Feb into their diaries and make sure that the hard work we have put in
 since October isn't wasted!!!!"

 Phil Killingley adds:
 OK, OK, so before you call me delusional, I admit that I'm using a slightly
 different measure to the one that gets put on the results sheet.  But as the
 Olympics showed us last summer, life isn't always about coming first, and
 one of the most enjoyable aspects of yesterday was seeing 31 people turn out
 in Ranelagh colours, and at an away fixture.  Well, Ham Lands isn't that far
 away from our clubhouse, but you get the picture.

 So I decided to do a bit of counting, and came up with a league table for
 number of participants in the Surrey League Div 1 so far this season.  See
 below. We managed a relatively paltry 17 in the first fixture, and leaped
 into third with 27 in the second match. But yesterday's 31 runners meant
 that we overtook Stragglers and Herne Hill to move into a comfortable first
 place. Phenomenal effort, fellow Harriers! With a good turnout at the final
 fixture, we will pick up the trophy. I think this means that people are
 enjoying their running, and that the club is thriving. But I don't think
 it's any coincidence that when we get lots of people out, we also do well at
 the top end of the field, and in the second ten match v the Stragglers.  If
 things keep going this way, next year we're going to need to introduce a
 third ten competition, although I'm not sure yet which teams will be able to
 compete against us. It's also nice to see so many people in the pub after
 the race. 

 Ranelagh 17 27 31 75 
 Herne Hill 19 27 22 68 
 Stragglers 17 29 21 67 
 Hercules Wimbledon 21 21 21 63 
 South London 19 22 18 59 
 Thames H&H 18 20 18 56 
 Kent 17 17 21 55 
 Reigate Priory 14 16 18 48 
 Belgrave 10 12 9 31 

 But there was one unique aspect of this race that we have not yet touched
 on. Here's Chris Owens's report for his Triathlon club:

 "Ham Lands is the area between Ham House and the river. The course included
 a nice field (= one with grass on it) a ditch to jump - while negotiating a
 right angled bend onto a footpath lined with hawthorn bushes, some nice mud
 (=over your shoes but not your ankles) and a good bit of the stony Thames
 towpath crossed by a few concrete footpaths (great for those in spikes - at
 least 9mm if not 12mm recommended). The course was a "frying pan" shape -
 out from the start, a loop twice, back down the "handle" to the finish. The
 description so far is of the handle - then the fun really started. Speeds
 range down from 5mins/mile at the front, with your correspondent at
 6.5mins/mile back in 122nd place. For this I blame the swim. You might not
 expect a swim in a cross country race - well neither did we, dear reader. 

 Having negotiated the start, the mud, the ditch jumping and clattered down
 the rocky towpath, we had covered half the loop when some rather long
 puddles could be seen in the distance. As they got nearer, we could see the
 field (the leaders had long vanished from sight - see speeds above) was
 making good progress through the puddles, but they were almost knee deep.
 Well, this can be done, so we duly splashed in and out the other side after
 about 50m. Puddles are not very warm in January, cue trying to run 6min
 miling while not being able to feel your feet - nor your ankles, nor your
 calves. Looking down helps - you can then point your feet in the right
 direction, more or less. After two or three hundred metres a thaw sets in
 and things improve - you can concentrate on where the mud is less than ankle
 deep (yes, at this point there was BAD mud) and hope your spikes still have
 grip. So the pack ploughed on (literally), and eventually the puddles
 appeared for the second time. As we were all focused on other things - like
 keeping up with the guy in front - it took 15 or 20secs to realise that
 something was different. The "puddles" were much longer - more like 200m
 than 50 - and as we galloped on we began to realise they were MUCH deeper -
 knee deep or higher. Looking down again, since communication with the lower
 regions was rapidly being lost, I noticed that the water seemed to be
 flowing from left to right - and it was. That part of Ham is used to buffer
 the Thames when heavy rain falls, and the tide was coming in! The leaders
 travelled fast enough to miss much of the fun, but for me there was good
 evidence that when your quads are frozen solid the engine shuts down - a gap
 opened between me and my stork-like competitors. The last mile was an
 interesting scramble back - via the mud, the bushes, the ditch and some more
 mud while hoping communications were being restored to the engine room (this
 happened eventually - got one guy with 50m to go - result!). "

 Peter Fordham provides the view from the back:
 "Run.... Swim... Run...Swim...Run at Ham Water   
 Something was clearly going on as The Stragglers arrived at the start
 dressed in wetsuits, snorkel and flippers for their home match in the
 Division 1 Surrey League series. Were they caught out on time after a cross
 training session on the nearby river? It soon became clear, as the river
 began to seep through the floodplain with water at calf length for the back
 markers on the first lap, and well over the knees and covering four times
 the area on the second. It only needed a third lap and we could have had the
 worst peacetime water incident since the Titanic. Fortunately, Ranelagh had
 brought their best swimmers along, and achieved an excellent result overall
 and against the better equipped Stragglers. 
 The Ranelagh elite down to the appropriately named Ben Shore were safely
 back on dry land before the worst of the conditions. Amongst the early
 finishers was Captain Marc, who was enjoying his post race cocoa, having
 'abandoned ship' while Ranelagh veterans were still flapping around in the
 water. He claimed to be managing the rescue operation from ashore (I've
 heard that one before).  Fortunately, 31 Ranelagh runners were counted out
 and 31 counted in. At the back, the also appropriately named Tomas Sterner
 was rudderless, Peter crossed a ford to reach Ham, and President Steve
 predictably rowed to land. All were narrowly beaten by Peter Dry of The
 Future entries for the Surrey League are now required to prove to Captain
 Marc that they can swim 300 metres against the clock....see you all at Pools
 On The Park next Tuesday. Final message to The Stragglers ... next time
 we'll bring our bikes along, then we can make a real event of it!" 

 SURREY LADIES CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE Division 1  Saturday 12th January at
 Mitcham Common
 The general enthusiasm for the Surrey League that has so effectively
 permeated the men's team this season has failed as yet to spread throughout
 our women's squad. With Captain Estelle having to work and two or three
 others laid low with viruses we mustered only four runners on the starting
 line, with five required for the team. Consequently we had to count a "ghost
 runner" and our team finished well down the list. Overall, we still have two
 teams behind us, but with three to be relegated we would have to gain over a
 hundred points on Woking in the final race on February 9th to avoid the
 drop. It's a tough ask, but we actually beat them by almost 80 today, so
 it's not an impossibility. If we do go down we must see it as an opportunity
 to rebuild and regroup and make sure that we bounce straight back.

 Individually Becky Hall was first home of our gallant quartet, just ahead of
 Marie Synnott-Wells, with Sandra Prosser and Kate Brook following up. Livvy
 Ricketts flew the flag for us in the Under 13s race.    

 SURREY CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS  Saturday 5th January at Lloyd Park
 The Surrey Championships at a muddy Lloyd Park were low priority this season
 and we had little more than token representation. There were some good
 performances, however, particularly from Estelle Damant whose 11th place
 will probably leave her just outside the Surrey squad for the
 Inter-Counties. Becky Hall was inside her target at 40th and Sandra Prosser
 was 68th. Livvy Ricketts also finished 40th in her Under 13s race.

 In the men's event, Carl Selya-Hammer was our first home in 44th spot, ahead
 of Mark Herbert, Matt Copp, Duncan Mallison, John Ricketts and Rob Curtis.
 Our scratch team finished 15th. 

 MABAC LEAGUE 8 miles road  Sunday 13th January in Windsor Great Park
 Bev Ali reports:
 "Sunday was the annual MABAC Windsor run - 8 miles on the road with a
 shorter 4 miles option for juniors or those not ready for 8.  It was COLD,
 but the sun shone, and Windsor Great Park lived up to its name...very
 beautiful (somewhat frosty) scenery and lots of friendly walkers.  I
 personally had a very sociable run rather than a race, as you can tell from
 the results but we also had some good performances from those of a more
 competitive nature and several new participants which is good to see.  There
 was the usual well organised officiating, thanks to Ken Saunders and MAGIC,
 to Jenny for the quick turnaround of results and to the Crown Estate for
 allowing us to run in such a great location.  Unusually, parking was a bit
 of a nightmare, and we are not sure what was happening with the official in
 charge.  We would have thought that it would have been easier because of the
 earlier start of 10 am, but ???? Hopefully it will be sorted by next year.
 Perhaps there were just more people using the park because it had stopped
 raining for 24 hours!  As an aside, please all be aware that future MABAC
 runs have returned to the later start time of 11 am as voted at the AGM."

 1   D Cairnie (Runnymede)  45.25
 7   Mark Herbert           49.19
 16  Ian Kenton             50.30
 66  Michelle Davies        57.29
 149 Tom Reay               67.27
 156 Helen Nance            69.04
 161 Oliver Bheemul         70.09
 168 Lorraine Clifton       71.04
 181 Kirstin Luksch         73.19
 189 Ally Salisbury         75.01
 190 Hannah Doyle           75.02
 191 Ian Wilson             75.05
 207 Stacey Barber          77.41
 208 James Barber           77.42
 213 Christine David        80.44
 221 Penny Merrett          86.57
 224 Deirdre Inman          89.55
 225 Cindy Croucher         89.55
 228 Bev Ali                99.35           

 4 miles
 1   P Foot (Runnymede)     28.30
 11  Lynne Barber           38.11

 NEW YEAR'S DAY 10km  Tuesday 1st January in Hyde Park
 In addition to those listed in the last e-news, Wally Garrod finished in
 474th place in 62.06 (chip time 61.56) and was the first over 75 home. Pete
 Warren was the leading over 70. 

 TADWORTH 10 miles  Sunday 6th January
 1   K Lennard (SLH)        58.33
 383 Roger Wilson           90.59
 601 Penny Merrett         120.40
 608 Bev Ali               127.48  

 CLIVEDEN 6 miles cross-country  Sunday 6th January at Taplow
 Sharon Dooley writes on Facebook:
 "Massive course PB. It felt so good I wondered whose body I was running in
 and recovered from the second climb up the 172 steps from the river to
 overtake a few people with a nice strong kick."

 1   M Hiscott (Maid)       36.31  (chip time 36.31)
 260 Sharon Dooley          57.21  (57.03)

 RAVENS QUARTERLY 5km  Thursday 10th January at Wapping
 1   J Fairs (Serp)         16.34
 29  Chris Read             21.02
 35  Andy Hayward           22.50
 36  Alan Davidson          23.24  

 FRIMLEY LODGE parkrun 5km  Tuesday 1st January
 1   M Greenwood (AFD)      16.36
 108 Gareth Davies          28.21
 109 Louise Davies          28.21

 HILLY FIELDS parkrun 5km  Tuesday 1st January
 1   R Ward (Belgrave)      17.43
 22  Lynne Barber           28.14

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 5th January
 1   A Jaksevicius (unatt)  17.26
 8   Colin Brett            19.05 
 10  Sean Paynter           19.15
 14  Peter Weir             19.25
 29  Peter Faull            20.19
 38  David Lawley           20.52
 43  Michelle Davies        21.20
 74  Rachael Holmes         22.21
 101 Tomas Sterner          23.34
 103 Simon Taylor           23.40
 104 Wiebke Kortum          23.42
 110 Richard Goddard-Jones  23.47
 123 Polly White            26.49
 228 Michael Sikora         27.56
 265 Annemarie Goodridge    29.40  
 330 Andrew Brown           34.53
 334 Pat Hewlett            35.54

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 5th January
 Marc Snaith was this week's winner.

 1   Marc Snaith            18.14
 10  Chris Read             22.17
 16  Lewis Emery            23.29
 32  Lynne Barber           26.29
 36  Ally Salisbury         26.51
 37  Heather Martingell     27.11
 47  Mary Hickson           27.47  
 53  Christine David        28.57
 63  Tamsin Burland         33.03
 65  Deirdre Inman          33.17
 66  Cindy Croucher         33.19

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 5th January
 All those New Year Resolutions persuaded 1,051 parkrunners out to Bushy Park

 1   R Kowenicki (TH&H)     15.48
 45  David Rowe             19.50 
 226 Adam Wright            23.11
 842 Kirsty Bangham         30.46
 858 Vicci Randle           31.05
 958 John Hanscomb          34.07

 WIMBLEDON COMMON parkrun 5km  Saturday 5th January
 1   B Curtis (unatt)       17.43
 64  Phil Jackson           22.23
 99  Amrut Sharma           23.25
 148 Tom Reay               24.48
 235 Philippa Kitchen       28.08
 236 Rob Kitchen            28.09
 243 Stacey Barber          28.24
 251 Tony Clark             29.04  

 KINGSTON parkrun 5km  Saturday 5th January
 1   D Norman (26.2)        16.51
 21  Chris Camacho          21.14
 49  Alan Davidson          23.50

 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 5th January
 Third places for both Trevor Maguire and Mel Hunter.

 1   R Reeder (Strag)       18.39
 3   Trevor Maguire         20.10
 4   Simon Burrell          20.41
 7   Phil Roberts           22.46
 16  Mel Hunter             25.58
 17  Stewart Anderson       26.02
 25  Lorna Smith            27.36
 26  Sally Bamford          27.41   
 32  Deborah Blakemore      31.29

 HIGHBURY FIELDS parkrun 5km  Saturday 5th January
 1   R Walker (Highgate)    17.10
 23  Jar O'Brien            23.13

 WOODLEY parkrun 5km  Saturday 5th January
 1   A Stay (R Navy)        17.47
 133 Louise Atkinson        28.01

 OXFORD parkrun 5km  Saturday 5th January
 1   J Parkinson (FRA)      17.17
 91  Evelyn Joslin          30.19 

 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km  Saturday 5th January
 1   G Russell (unatt)      18.33
 15  Chris Spink            22.23

 ALICE HOLT parkrun 5km  Saturday 5th January
 1   J Hoad (Camb UOC)      17.59
 42  Louise Davies          26.35 

 BUSHY JUNIORS parkrun 2km  Sunday 6th January
 1   B Taylor (unatt)        7.48
 19  Euan Sinclair           9.13
 62  Finlay Sinclair        10.44
 130 Eilidh Sinclair        13.05     

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 12th January
 Sean Paynter finished third.

 1   A Jaksevicius (unatt)  16.54
 3   Sean Paynter           18.44
 46  Chris Read             21.33
 72  Tomas Sterner          22.50
 77  Rachael Holmes         23.07
 86  Amrut Sharma           23.27
 103 Polly White            24.13
 176 Wiebke Kortum          26.38
 193 Nicholas Fordham       27.54 
 215 Louise Atkinson        28.44
 238 Andrew Brown           29.29
 260 Val Lowman             30.40
 280 Penny Merrett          32.52
 290 Peter Lowman           33.52
 311 Bev Ali                37.28

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 12th January
 1   Z Curran (WSEH)        16.33
 37  David Rowe             20.02 
 192 Adam Wright            23.02
 256 Ian Grange             23.57
 363 Rob Kitchen            25.15
 457 Philippa Kitchen       26.13
 675 Wally Garrod           29.00
 806 Sharon Rowe            31.11  
 807 Kirsty Bangham         31.16
 809 Vicci Randle           31.21
 930 John Hanscomb          33.51

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 12th January
 It was Duncan Mallison's turn to win, in exactly the same time as Marc the
 previous week..

 1   Duncan Mallison        18.14
 10  Kevin Kearey           23.08
 11  Tom Kearey             23.09
 37  Tamsin Burland         27.03
 39  Heather Martingell     27.05
 45  Mary Hickson           27.42
 46  Stacey Barber          27.44  
 57  Deirdre Inman          31.56
 58  Cindy Croucher         32.46
 59  Ann Kearey             33.22

 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 12th January
 1   R Weston (Serp)        17.36
 22  Phil Roberts           23.18
 26  Wyn Williams           23.39
 47  Mel Hunter             26.33
 69  Lorna Smith            29.23
 86  Deborah Blakemore      36.53 

 GUNNERSBURY parkrun 5km  Saturday 12th January
 1   M Rutter (Stockport)   18.14
 22  Phil Jackson           21.25
 187 Lexi Slaughter         41.01 
 188 Waldron Slaughter      41.01 

 HARROW LODGE parkrun 5km  Saturday 12th January
 Another new parkrun...

 1   D Norman (26.2)        18.48
 21  Paul Sinton-Hewitt     23.13
 KINGSTON parkrun 5km  Saturday 12th January
 1   K Quinn (Real R)       16.34
 9   Chris Camacho          21.26

 OXFORD parkrun 5km  Saturday 12th January
 1   B Trigg (Erme V)       18.59
 74  Evelyn Joslin          28.51 

 From Belgrave Harriers' account of Saturday's epic League race (Paskar is
 the winner Paskar Owor, a former Ugandan Olympian):
 "With the swollen river meeting the incoming tide on the first lap, the
 water was lapping over the river bank ankle deep. On the second circuit it
 was far worse, up to the knees ... and by the time the tail-enders came
 through, the thighs. With the onset of global warming maybe we are going to
 have to consult the tide tables and state of the moon before setting start
 times for races at Ham Lands. Thank goodness the race started earlier than
 normal. Runners were somewhat shocked to have to wade through this, not sure
 whether their next footfall in the murky flood-water would take them waist
 deep. Paskar, who apparently doesn't swim, had the team in stitches in the
 after-race tall-tale competition, telling us to be thankful that this was an
 English river and not the Ugandan Kagera: 'If this was Uganda there would be
 pythons in there!'"