Newsdesk 2013

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 397             21 March 2013
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  

 *  Mike Peace wins the Clutton Cup
 *  Mark Herbert and Michelle Davies set the fastest times
 *  Wellington College wins the Ranelagh Cup schools race 
 *  Half Marathon PBs  
 *  parkrun placings for Becky Hall, Cathy Jones, Sean Paynter, Simon Burrell
     and Wiebke Kortum
 *  Rescheduled Bank of England race at Roehampton Gate this Saturday
 *  Sign up for the captains' 10km challenge 
 *  Book for the Baker Cup Supper and Prize Presentations on Saturday 6th
 *  Green Belt Relay cancelled
 *  Women's Beginners' Course starts on Tuesday 16th April

 If you are the current holder of one of our trophies, please arrange to
 return it to Alan Hedger as soon as possible. Alan has to get all the
 trophies engraved with the names of the new winners before our prize
 presentations evening on April 6th, so time is short! Bring the trophy to
 one of our races or leave it in the safe on a Tuesday night for Alan to pick
 up - but please let him know if you are doing this. Contact Alan on 01372

 Only a few places left! It's upstairs at the Roebuck on Richmond Hill on
 Saturday 6th April, starting at 7pm. Price £22 includes welcome glass of
 bubbly, free beer while stocks last and a buffet dinner. If you have a
 trophy to collect, please try to come along. Book with Michele Gibson on
 Tuesday or Wednesday evenings at the clubhouse or by e-mail
 micheleagibson@hotmail.com or phone 07703  518956. Cheques payable to Ranelagh Harriers. 

 We have just learned that this year's Green Belt Relay, scheduled for May
 11th and 12th, is NOT going ahead. Organisers the Stragglers hope that the
 event will be resurrected in 2014. 

 Kate Brook writes:
 "SWLAN is reapplying for funding from England Athletics. Part of the money
 that we are reapplying for (if successful) will go towards assisting in
 funding Coaching Courses. To assist in this application I would like to know
 if you think you might like to do a coaching qualification in the next 12
 months. For details of courses click here
 Please can you let me know which coaching qualification you might do, what
 you are doing to warrant SWLAN funding towards the course cost - i.e.
 already volunteer coaching hours/week;  when or what you plan to do with
 your qualification. Submission date is Monday 25th March so I would
 appreciate  response before then."

 "After the success of the last Meet and Mingle morning, SWLAN are pleased to
 invite members of the four SWLAN clubs to free breakfast at the Hawker
 Centre on Saturday 13th April from 9am to 10.30am. There is an opportunity
 to take part in the Kingston parkrun which will be playing host to the mob
 match between Stragglers, Ranelagh and K&P."

 "Eva Woods, Soft Tissue Therapist from St Mary's University College Clinic
 has a marathon offer:
 'I have a special offer for those doing the London Marathon, 3 for 2 on 45
 minutes and 60 minutes sessions. The sessions incorporate both soft tissue
 therapy and fascia stretches as well as IAM tool work if needed. I also
 offer kineso taping if it is required.' Contact Eva: 07515 809559 or e-mail
 woodse@smuc.ac.uk ."

 Kate Brook also sends the following via SWLAN:
 "Dear Club Runner,
 Here at Brooks our world revolves around running. We aim to Run Happy when
 covered in mud on the trails, pounding the streets or flying around the
 track. We will be holding an event to celebrate our passion for running, in
 particular running very fast. Brooks would like to invite you to join us and
 take part in a selection of races that will be held at St Mary's University
 College, Twickenham (on-site parking and grandstand seating for spectators)
 - 75m, 150m, 300m and 1 mile distance races for runners of all abilities and
 ages.  All races will be timed and photo finish will be in operation. You
 can also watch some of the College's elite performance athletes take part in
 races at 12.30pm and 3.15pm, why not see how your time compares to theirs?
 Grab your running shoes and Run Happy with us on Saturday 27th April. We
 will also have some trial spikes (subject to availability) for you to try on
 and see how fast you really are, and some spot prizes for really fast

 Saturday 27th April - Junior Races: 10-12pm Adult/Club Runners: 1pm - 3pm.
 This event is free. If you would like to enter please email
 kate.brook@swlan.org.uk with your name, age, and the events you would like
 to run in.  Entries close Friday 19th April."

 Peter Fordham writes:
 "Just in case you missed the feature in the parkrun newsletter of 28th
 February....the parkrun Poland team are welcoming a group of parkrunners to
 the historic and fascinating Tricity area on the last weekend of April,
 where you will have the opportunity to run one or both of the parkruns. We
 experienced amazing hospitality from the parkrun team there last year, and
 it is a great way to mix with the wider parkrun community both U.K. and
 Polish. The team have also promised to show us some of the attractions. Most
 of the group will be flying out of Stansted on Friday morning and returning
 on Sunday night.
 If you are interested, it is still possible to join us. Call me on 07799
 072307 or email me peter_fordham@yahoo.com  and I can give you full
 details. It should be a great trip! 
 For information on parkrun Poland visit www.parkrun.pl/gdansk and www.parkrun.pl/gdynia         

 Marc Snaith writes:
 "To give you an extra incentive to train harder and run some fast times this
 summer we are going to reward the three runners who shave the most time from
 their 10k PBs. Don't worry if you set your 10k PB 20 years ago, we'll use
 your fastest time since 1 March 2011. 

 There are three categories organised according to your fastest time since 1
 March 2011. The most improved runner in each of the following three
 categories will win a £50 voucher.
 1. Men sub 40 minutes, women sub 45 minutes.
 2. Men 40 minutes - 49.59, women 45 minutes - 54.59.
 3. Men 50 minutes plus, women 55 minutes plus.

 Only times run between 1 March and 30 September 2013 will count. To enter,
 email ranelagh.men@gmail.com and we'll take your fastest 10k time shown on
 the powerof10 or runbritain websites, or reported in the e-news, since 1
 March 2011. We'll try to keep tabs on improvers but if you beat your best
 time it will help if you send another e-mail with your new PB. 

 Happy training!"

 As usual on this complex course we need plenty of marshals and people to man
 the water stations, ride the lead bikes etc. If you can spare only a few
 minutes we can still use you. If you have two or three hours so much the
 better. Please contact ranelaghhalfhelpers@hotmail.co.uk to volunteer.  

 Our unofficial parkrun "mob match" against the Stragglers will be
 incorporated with the Kingston parkrun on Saturday 13th April. Kingston &
 Poly are also joining in. If you're doing a parkrun that day, try to make it
 the Kingston one. Note if your parkrun registration doesn't currently show
 you as Ranelagh Harriers, please amend it before the day or you won't count
 in the scoring. Start is on the towpath adjacent to the Hawker Centre. Details:.
 On the same day at the Hawker Centre there will be free breakfast at the
 latest SWLAN Mix and Mingle morning (see SWLAN News above).  

 Know anyone starting from scratch? Our 2013 women's beginners' course is due
 to start on 16th April.   It runs for 8 weeks and is aimed at complete
 beginners to learn to run 5k.  This course is for women only and will take
 place on Tuesday evenings in Richmond Park at 7pm. Details:.

 Our summer GP will consist of the same ten events as last year, starting
 with the Thames Towpath 10 on Sunday 14th April.  Details:.  Any spring marathon will also
 count, up to our Half Marathon on May 5th. Full details are on our website here:.  

 Ranelagh member Matthew Copp writes:
 "I am a sports injuries therapist specialising in soft tissue injuries,
 rehab, runners' injuries, sports massage etc. My company is Per Ardua
 Personal Training  www.perarduapersonaltraining.com.  My availability can be
 seldom at times but I would at least like to try and help our runners...in
 time of injury...when I can. Obviously I compete myself for the club so
 would appreciate that luxury on race/training days but my help is only an
 email perarduapersonaltraining@hotmail.co.uk  away."  

 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 23rd March              Inter-club 5 miles at the Bank of England
 (Richmond Park, Roehampton Gate) 3pm start. 

 Sunday 24th March                South of England Road Relays (men and
 women) at Milton Keynes

 Saturday 6th April                  Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap in
 Richmond Park. 3pm start. All members welcome, register on the day.

 Saturday 13th April                parkrun mob match v Stragglers at the
 Kingston parkrun. 9am start.

 Sunday 14th April                  Towpath 10 miles at Chiswick, starting at
 9.30am. The first race in our summer road GP.    Details:.  

 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).  

 RANELAGH CUP SCHOOLS RACE  Saturday 9th March in Richmond Park
 Organiser Julian Smith anticipated a larger field for our annual Schools
 race this year, only for another Schools event to change its date and cause
 a clash. The result was that only six schools were represented in our event,
 with a total field of just under sixty. Judd School from Kent were out to
 make it six wins in a row, but although they put up gallant resistance they
 were obliged to give best to Wellington College who provided the first three
 home. Individual winner was Tom Johnson of Wellington, 15 seconds clear of
 his teammate Juan-Lucas del Azar. If the times look a little slow for our
 3.8 miles course it was because the whole field went off course in the woods
 before the Pen Ponds, then luckily regained the correct route only to take
 an arbitrary right turn half way up the final climb to avoid a herd of deer.
 They then completed the lap from the wrong direction! Fortunately the whole
 field ran the same course, which looks to have been only a kilometre or so
 longer than it should have been.

 1   T Johnson (Well)       26.44
 2   J-L del Azar (Well)    26.59
 3   J Griggs (Well)        27.13
 4   W Whitmore (Judd)      27.34
 5   J Harvey (St John's)   27.35
 6   M Weatherspeed (Judd)  27.48
 7   L Fisher (Judd)        28.02
 8   G Drake-Smith (Well)   28.17
 9   D Hill (Well)          28.23
 10  P Laing (Judd)         28.26
 45  Edward Hedger (St J)   34.31
 55  A Lankes (KCS)         38.07  (1st girl)

 Teams (4 to score)
 1   Wellington College      14
 2   Judd School             27
 3   St John's School        58
 4   Charterhouse School     62
 5   Royal GS Guildford      89
 6   King's College School  145 

 CLUTTON CUP 10 miles handicap  Sunday 17th March in Richmond Park
 Last year's switch to a Sunday morning for our longest handicap race
 resulted in a jump in the number of competitors, but this year we slipped
 back again to only 22 starters, of whom four succumbed to the temptation of
 calling it a day after one lap. Cold and wet weather did nothing to help. So
 it was something of a lonely grind for most, though with the compensation of
 fairly good odds on being the one to get your name on the handsome trophy.
 Mike Peace was the man who actually did it, as usual at this time of year
 getting fitter as the London Marathon looms. He had over two minutes to
 spare at the finish over Trevor Maguire setting the day's fastest time of 65.46,
 with Mike White hanging on for the bronze medal. Just a few seconds behind Mike
 was Mark Herbert, and next after Mark was Michelle Davies whose 77.08 made
 her the fastest woman.      

 MARRAKECH MARATHON  Sunday 27th January
 1   S Tum (Kenya)          2:06.25
 38  Nick Twomey            2:43.36

 BATH HALF MARATHON  Sunday March 3rd
 Wyn Williams writes:
 I also ran the Bath Half Marathon on 3rd March. I finished in 2861st place
 in a time of 1:49.02 (chip 1:47.18). The first finisher in the over 60s men
 category was Martin Rees from the Les Croupiers club in Cardiff. His time
 was 1:11.32 (chip 1:11.29).  Apparently this is the world's best time for a
 60 year old in a Half Marathon. Cardiff is my home town and I am in the same
 age group but that's as far as any similarity extends!"

 1    M Dooley (Herne Hill) 1:18.23  (chip time 1:18.22)
 1458 Monica Sule-Shingadia 2:32.22  (2:32.14)

 NEW FOREST FESTIVAL OF RUNNING  Saturday 9th / Sunday 10th March
 Bruce McLaren reports:
 "I didn't see any other Ranelagh runners but there were quite a lot of races
 over two days so there may have been some.  I went down expecting a fast,
 flat 20 miles course and a good training run pre Boston.  They seem to have
 found a nice little section of the New Forest which was pretty hilly with a
 long flattish section into a biting cold headwind with lots of mud.
 Conveniently the downwind return of this two lap course was mainly in trees
 where the wind benefit was lost!  I almost gave up after one lap but I'm
 glad I didn't as I must have passed eight people on lap two to finish so
 high up."

 1  M Page                  2:11.19
 5  Bruce McLaren           2:36.53  

 Carl Selya-Hammer writes:
 "I ran a PB by nearly two minutes over my previous best set in the Bristol
 Half in September 2012. The weather on race day morning was far from ideal
 as it was snowing with temperatures barely above freezing. In the end I
 think the cold and wet conditions provided an extra boost of adrenaline that
 helped me start a bit quicker than I otherwise would have. The course
 featured a good mix of twisting and turning miles in the city centre, and
 long straight roads a bit further out. The spectators in central Cambridge
 were extremely loud which lent some excitement to the race, especially when
 running through the narrow streets of the course. 

 Having run two half-marathons in February at marathon pace in Watford and
 Wokingham (as training runs for London), I felt very comfortable at the
 half-marathon distance. I tried to maintain a fast but sustainable pace for
 the first half of the race and then gradually wind up the pace in the second
 half, and everything went according to plan. The goal for next time will be
 to start increasing the pace a bit earlier and try to run the second half
 closer to 10K pace by chasing down the runners ahead of me. My only
 complaint about the race is, because it's a two lap course, the first
 finishing runners have to pass the middle of the pack runners on some very
 narrow paths over the crucial last two miles, and I would have rather not
 been forced to yell at these well-meaning runners as I frantically chased a
 sub-75min finish. 

 Run247 has a 12 minute montage of the race j.mp/15HERMU."

 1    J Pepper (Brighton P) 1:06.15  (chip time 1:06.14)
 11   Carl Selya-Hammer     1:14.53  (1:14.52)
 2779 Niels Andersen        2:19.14  (2:16.13)

 WORTHING 20 miles  Sunday 10th March
 1   T Stevens (Datchet)    1:56.01  (chip time 1:56.01)
 398 Lorraine Clifton       3:20.46  (3:20.26)
 454 Tanya Allen            3:44.52  (3:44.32)
 467 Deirdre Inman          3:56.05  (3:55.44)      

 MAXIFUEL HALF MARATHON  Saturday 16th March at Eton Dorney
 Ed Barker was the leading vet.

 1   I Harrison (SoC)       1:16.41  
 7   Ed Barker              1:21.14
 42  Paul Rider             1:29.22

 Sean Paynter reports:
 "Before the race I had decided to aim for 80 minutes and in the first 10k I
 stuck to the splits required very closely using my Garmin. After halfway I
 realised that a PB was possible if I could stick with the strong field I was
 running with for the rest of the course so did my best to keep up. Over the
 final two miles tiredness began to set in but when I could see that a sub-80
 finishing time was so close I had enough motivation to keep going to the
 Nick Twomey adds: 
 "Nine seconds outside my Half Marathon PB today...promising signs of my
 fitness returning!"
 And Bev Ali:
 "Wet, wet, cold and wet! Personally, I was quite pleased to have finished
 and not be suffering much after Sunday night - proved my hamstring is on the
 mend! The race is a big one- a bit of a mission to get between the parking
 and the start and the finish and the parking...20 cold minutes to get over
 the start line for anyone slower than two hours but both the start and
 finish were chip timed. It was well marshalled and well provisioned with
 water and Lucozade. Could have been scenic in the right weather...the finish
 in the stadium also could have been amazing in better weather, but the tiles
 they had put down to protect the turf were slippery, especially when wet,
 and the runner in front of me fell because of them.  I can see how it could
 be a great race, but I have never been so happy to get home to a hot bath!" 

 1     A Lesuuda (Kenya)    1:04.15  (chip time 1:04.14)
 135   Sean Paynter         1:18.47  (1:18.31)
 210   Nick Twomey          1:21.35  (1:21.33)
 506   Stewart Anderson     1:28.23  (1:28.12)
 1790  Stephen Logue        1:41.41  (1:40.04) 
 1963  Phil Jackson         1:42.46  (1:39.51)
 4258  Kate Brook           1:56.27  (1:49.32)
 4259  Chris Brook          1:56.27  (1:49.33)
 10738 Tanya Allen          2:36.35  (2:18.06)
 11415 Deirdre Inman        2:43.30  (2:23.36)
 11637 Louise Atkinson      2:46.30  (2:26.54)
 11756 Penny Merrett        2:47.57  (2:28.02)
 12574 Bev Ali              3:11.57  (2:52.02)      

 FLEET HALF MARATHON  Sunday 17th March
 1   M Blunden (RAF)        1:11.36  (chip time 1:11.35)
 127 Duncan Mallison        1:25.16  (1:25.09)

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 9th March
 1   J Pabon (Ealing E)     17.03
 29  Stewart Anderson       20.03
 68  Eugenio Carmo          21.53
 83  Steven Mountain        22.36
 90  Tomas Sterner          22.56
 92  Polly White            22.59
 110 Phil Aiken             23.50
 206 Michael Sikora         27.43
 207 Val Lowman             27.47
 226 Peter Lowman           28.45
 283 Andrew Brown           33.03
 302 Pat Howlett            36.24   

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 9th March
 1   A Jackson (Sitting)    15.53
 4   Steve Whitehead        17.56
 8   Nick Twomey            18.14
 17  Nick Wright            18.52
 18  David Rowe             18.54
 82  James Whistler         20.41
 157 Adam Wright            22.21
 192 Ian Grange             22.56
 403 Rachel Revett          26.03
 709 Aiah Songu-Mbriwa      31.02

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 9th March
 1   G Russell (unatt)      18.29
 4   Alberto Esguevillas    19.58
 9   Phil Jackson           21.12  
 13  Kevin Kearey           21.50
 15  Tom Kearey             22.07
 18  Amrut Sharma           22.46
 19  Lloyd Camp             23.21
 21  David Bell             23.25
 23  Alan Davidson          23.52
 34  Emily Kearey           25.44
 39  Peter Fordham          26.20
 40  Sue Camp               26.22
 41  Nicholas Fordham       26.24
 46  Stacey Barber          28.02
 48  Tony Clark             28.33
 49  Tamsin Burland         28.34
 50  Heather Martingell     28.36    
 53  Christine David        31.06    
 54  Cindy Croucher         31.13
 55  Josie Kearey           31.50
 56  Ann Kearey             32.03
 59  Deirdre Inman          32.50
 64  Tanya Allen            36.10      

 KINGSTON parkrun 5km  Saturday 9th March
 1   J Thurston (26.2)      18.29
 25  Tom Reay               24.01 

 GUNNERSBURY parkrun 5km  Saturday 9th March
 1   K Best (Stragglers)    18.18
 147 Waldron Slaughter      33.10
 167 Lexi Slaughter         37.12  

 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 9th March
 Third place for Simon Burrell.

 1   H Hughes (TVH)         19.32
 3   Simon Burrell          21.02  
 18  Mel Hunter             25.22
 28  Deborah Blakemore      31.08
 29  Paula Maguire          32.15
 41  Pat Hewlett            36.17

 WIMBLEDON COMMON parkrun 5km  Saturday 9th March
 1   V Vogler (Wimb W)      18.40
 219 Michelle Davies        29.52
 229 Mark Herbert           30.19
 236 Mike White             30.35
 237 Wiebke Kortum          30.36  

 ALICE HOLT parkrun 5km  Saturday 9th March
 1   I Carley (Farnham)     18.58
 30  Louise Davies          25.51
 33  Gareth Davies          25.59  

 WHITSTABLE parkrun 5km  Saturday 9th March
 1   J Pitcher (Inv EK)     17.49
 6   Paul Sinton-Hewitt     19.36
 74  Jo Sinton-Hewitt       27.01

 READING parkrun 5km  Saturday 9th March
 A win this week for Sean Paynter.

 1   Sean Paynter           19.03

 St ALBANS parkrun 5km  Saturday 9th March
 1   P Lastras (StAl Str)   17.06
 65  Kirsty Bangham         24.37

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 16th March
 1   P Lowe (unatt)         17.16
 12  Sean Paynter           19.13
 16  Nick Wright            19.21
 23  David Rowe             19.40
 295 Rachel Revett          26.35
 389 Mary Hickson           29.06
 395 Vicci Randle           29.23
 428 Wally Garrod           29.59
 433 Kirsty Bangham         30.38
 455 Sharon Rowe            31.39
 503 John Hanscomb          35.23     

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 16th March
 1   M Taylor (Belgrave)    17.27
 12  Alberto Esguevillas    20.27
 52  Phil Aiken             23.34
 60  Amrut Sharma           23.56
 62  Eugenio Carmo          24.07
 87  Alan Davidson          25.33
 110 Gemma Cory             26.50 
 123 Andrew Brown           27.54 
 141 Val Lowman             29.06
 179 Peter Lowman           32.13

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 16th March
 1   A Young (unatt)        18.48
 4   Kevin Kearey           20.55
 6   Tom Kearey             22.31 
 19  David Bell             25.09
 29  Lynne Barber           27.10
 31  Mark Herbert           27.30
 32  Heather Martingell     27.31
 43  Tanya Allen            30.40    
 44  Christine David        31.02    
 46  Josie Kearey           32.31
 47  Ann Kearey             32.39
 48  Stacey Barber          32.43
 53  Danny Hobbs            36.39  

 DULWICH parkrun 5km  Saturday 16th March
 Becky Hall won the women's section.

 1   J Addison (Beck)       17.16
 13  Becky Hall             20.11
 17  Rob Curtis             20.55
 26  Phil Jackson           22.16   

 KINGSTON parkrun 5km  Saturday 16th March
 Wiebke Kortum finished third woman.

 1   N Holt (Nene V)        18.33
 14  Chris Camacho          21.36
 24  Wiebke Kortum          22.58
 56  Janet Turnes           31.24
 61  Aiah Songu-Mbriwa      33.35 

 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 16th March
 1   R Young (unatt)        20.27
 6   Phil Roberts           23.20
 25  Molly Smith            31.25

 KILLERTON parkrun 5km  Saturday 16th March
 1   J Denne (Exeter)       19.01
 18  Steve Rowland          27.51
 21  Sonia Rowland          28.15 

 WALTHAMSTOW parkrun 5km  Saturday 16th March
 Cathy Jones was the leading woman.

 1   G Day (Orion)          19.45
 7   Cathy Jones            22.12 

 GREENWICH parkrun 5km  Saturday 16th March
 1   T Potter (Bingley)     18.36
 20  Chris Read             23.30 

 HARROGATE parkrun 5km  Saturday 16th March
 1   M Appleton (Ripon)     18.00
 8   Duncan Mallison        19.09

 WORMWOOD SCRUBS parkrun 5km  Saturday 16th March
 1   L Smith (Imp C)        17.57
 7   David Lawley           22.19

 ROUNDSHAW DOWNS parkrun 5km  Saturday 16th March
 1   R Wood (unatt)         19.05
 31  Mike White             27.57

 Formula 1 motor racing driver Jenson Button has been a serious triathlon
 competitor for some years, but in December he completed his first marathon
 in Honolulu in a very creditable 2:58. He also recently recorded 79 minutes
 for a half marathon in France.