Newsdesk 2013

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 408             13 September 2013
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  

 *  John Ricketts wins the Thomas Cup
 *  Fastest times by Phil Killingley and Marie Synnott-Wells
 *  Marie Synnott-Wells and Martin Halvey win vets prizes on the road 
 *  parkrun placings for Lydia Louw, Liz Kipling, Cathy Jones, Duncan
     Mallison, Trevor Maguire and Paul Sinton-Hewitt 
 *  Surrey Relays this Saturday
 *  Quiz Night on Saturday 26th October

 Printed fixture cards for 2013/14 are now available at the clubhouse. Please
 help yourself. If you won't be visiting the clubhouse in the near future and
 would prefer to have a card sent to you, please reply to this e-mail. The
 fixture list is also available on our website here:.  

 There are just over three weeks remaining in the captain's 10k challenge.
 There are some great improvements, especially by the category B runners!
 Current leaders are:
 Category A
 Peter Faull          1.21
 Ian Kenton           1.07
 Trevor Maguire       0.47
 Category B
 Lars Lundqvist       3.10
 David Lawley         1.54
 Simon Martin         1.40
 Hannah Doyle         1.39
 Category C
 Alan Meaden          1.17
 Annemarie Goodridge  -1.24
 David Meaden         -2.50

 ...take place this Saturday at 12 noon from the Wimbledon Park track.   

 PAGE CUP 5 miles handicap  
 Our second handicap race of the season is the Page Cup 5 miler in the Park
 on Saturday 28th September. 3pm start, all members welcome.  

 QUIZ NIGHT  Saturday 26th October in the clubhouse
 We'll be holding a quiz night in the clubhouse after the Orion mob match on
 26th October. It's £10 a head to include a supper of fish and chips (or
 veggie alternative). Make up your team of four or just come along and we'll
 sort out teams on the night. Start time 6.30pm.   

 CHRISTMAS PARTY  Saturday 7th December
 Our Christmas Party will take place at the Richmond Hill Hotel on Saturday
 7th December starting at 7pm. It will include a three-course meal plus wine,
 followed by a DJ and (optional!) dancing. The price is £45 if you book
 before October 22nd, otherwise £50. To reserve your place contact Michele
 Gibson  micheleagibson@hotmail.com or put your name on the list at
 the clubhouse. Please indicate your choice of food - see the menu at the
 clubhouse or page 4 of the brochure here:.    

 CABBAGE PATCH 10 miles  Sunday 20th October in Twickenham
 The popular Cabbage Patch 10 has already attracted over 1,600 entries so if
 you're planning to run you should not delay: Details:. Bear in mind,
 however, that this year there is an unfortunate clash with the Surrey
 Cross-Country League - the opening League fixture takes place the day
 before, the men at Wimbledon and the women at Lightwater. 

 Thames Turbo Marathon in Richmond Park  Sunday 3rd November
 Simon Martin writes:
 "The fifth Thames Turbo Marathon will take place in Richmond Park on Sunday
 3rd November 2013. Ranelagh Harriers are invited to run in one of the three
 races taking place in this free, low key and relaxed event which is by
 invitation only! 
 1)  Full Marathon: A four lap (3 equal laps and one shorter lap) race
 starting at 8.00am
 2)   2)  Marathon Relay: Teams of between 3 and 4 runners, race starts at
 3)   3)  Half Marathon: A two lap race starting at 10.00am
 Race HQ on the day will be at the Thames Turbo gazebo next to the Tamsin
 Trail near Broomfield Hill Wood car park. Registration will be at 7.45am. If
 running the half marathon you can register up to about 9.50am. There will be
 a light jog/warm up of about 2km from the race HQ to the marathon line. The
 first lap will be anti-clockwise, the second clockwise, third anti-clockwise
 and last lap clockwise. If you are racing in a relay team all you have to do
 is tag the next runner for them to start. For the half marathon there will
 be a light jog of about 1.5km to the start. The first lap is anti-clockwise
 and the final lap clockwise. For all races the drinks stations are about
 3.5km apart.

 If you would like to sign up (to either the marathon, relay or half
 marathon) please email Natarsha (Tarsha) Wendt at Thames Turbo:
 tarsh007@gmail.com and don't forget to mention that you are a Ranelagh

 Winners of the last draw were Hilary Saw (£100), Archie Taylor (£67) and
 Martin Halvey (£33).

 Follow Ranelagh on Facebook. 

 More details of the following from the men's Captains ( e-mail Phil, Duncan
 or Trevor ranelagh.men@gmail.com  or the women's Captains 
 ( e-mail Estelle, Becky or Phil ranelagh.women@gmail.com  )

 Saturday 14th September      Surrey Road Relays at Wimbledon Park. 12 noon

 Sunday 15th September        MABAC 5 miles at Lightwater Country Park. 11am
 start.   Details:. 

 Saturday 21st September      Women's South of England Road Relays at
 Aldershot. 3.55pm start

 Sunday 22nd September       Men's South of England Road Relays at Aldershot.
 Vets race starts at 12.30pm, senior race at 2.30pm. 

 Saturday 28th September      Page Cup 5 miles handicap in Richmond Park. 3pm

 Saturday 12th October           Surrey Vets Championships in Richmond Park.
 Women over 35 and men over 60 6km at 2.30pm, men 40-59 10km at 3pm. 

 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). 

 OPENING RUN and THOMAS CUP 3.85 miles Handicap Saturday 7th September in
 Richmond Park
 The Opening Run of our 133rd season attracted a relatively small field of
 just over 50 for the Thomas Cup handicap race. It saw two firsts: the race
 was the debut handicap framed by the new incumbent of the least popular
 position in the club, that of Handicapper. Angus Cater has taken on the
 difficult role, made a good start and we wish him the best of luck in
 upcoming events! The other innovation was a change to our course. The Park
 Manager requested that we completely avoid the skylark breeding area near
 the Pen Ponds and so there was a change to the route between the back of
 Spanker's Hill and the Ponds. According to our stats guru Ken Powley the new
 course measures 3.85 miles, 0.06 of a mile shorter than the previous
 version. But it does feature a very tough new hill!  

 As usual there were a number of people taking part as guests: members have
 to complete three club events before being eligible for handicaps. Most of
 the guests finished well up the field, including Katie Walton and Jenny
 Rogal who were second and third across the line. But there was no mistaking
 the winner. John Ricketts slipped under the Handicapper's radar and was
 almost two minutes clear at the end. Eugenio Carmo took the official second
 place, having just passed three more guests in the shape of Polly White,
 Euan Sinclair and Leanne Grice. Marie Synnott-Wells was next in as the
 official third placer. 

 Fastest time (and new course record!) went to Phil Killingley on 21.53,
 followed by Ian Kenton on 22.51 and Mark Herbert on 23.18. Marie
 Synnott-Wells collected her umpteenth fastest woman's time medal with 27.02,
 ahead of Sandra Prosser on 28.08 and Polly White on 28.18. A special mention
 too for 8 year-old Lydia Louw who completed the course in a very impressive

 The opportunity was taken after the race to catch up with a few
 presentations, including the President's Prize which this year was awarded
 jointly to Colin Brett and Simon Martin for their amazing efforts in the
 gruelling 200km+ Marathon des Sables earlier this year.    
 Marie Synnott-Wells was third woman in and first over 45.

 1   R McLeod (Tipton)      1:13.12  (chip time 1:13.07)
 6   Nick Twomey            1:20.12  (1:20.11)
 12  Nick Wright            1:25.15  (1:25.12)
 16  R Cassidy (unatt)      1:26.43  (1:26.36 - 1st woman)
 19  Paul Nicoll            1:27.07  (1:27.06)
 53  Marie Synnott-Wells    1:35.09  (1:35.05)
 149 Heather Martingell     1:56.39  (1:56.22) 

 LONGFORD MARATHON  Sunday 25th August
 Martin Halvey won the M50 category.

 1   F Sittuk (Kenya)       2:22.36  (chip time 2:22.34)
 5   P Curley (Ireland)     2:44.25  (2:44.22 - 1st woman)
 11  Martin Halvey          3:00.33  (3:00.29)  

 RICHMOND RIVER RUN 10km  Sunday 1st September
 1   V Lio (unatt)          37.03  (chip time 37.00)
 30  A Shaw (unatt)         43.19  (42.45 - 1st woman)
 105 Rachael Holmes         49.01  (48.31)  

 BUSHY PARK 10km  Sunday 1st September
 1   J Mohamed (N&EB)       34.35  (chip time 34.33)
 19  A Levene (AFD)         38.44  (38.41 - 1st woman)
 166 Annemarie Goodridge    61.54  (61.41) 

 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap  Wednesday 4th September at Woking
 1   M Vaughan (Woking)     25.31  (actual time 23.01)
 7   Sonia Rowland          26.45  (21.00)
 12  Louise Piears          27.01  (21.46) 
 23  Steve Rowland          30.11  (26.11) 

 VETERANS AC 10,000m TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS  Wednesday 4th September at Kingston
 Race 1
 1   B Reynolds (TVH)       34:17.3
 5   Paul Doyle             37:21.9
 Race 3
 1   V Carter (Serp)        38:56.3
 6   Alan Davidson          47:48.3  

 MAGIC MILE  Thursday 5th September at Barn Elms
 Rick Jenner reports:
 "On Thursday 5th September, twenty runners raced the iconic mile distance on
 the Barn Elms track in Barnes. It was one of 111 events taking place all
 over the country as part of Marathon Talk's Magic Mile, which encourages
 runners to do something different over the summer and add a little speed to
 their running. No-one challenged Roger Bannister's time but everyone enjoyed
 blasting out a fast pace over the 1,609 metres. It was also great to run on
 a track, a novel and overdue experience for many.

 In heat 1 men's captain Phil Killingley stormed to victory in 4:50, with
 another four Ranelagh Harriers also breaking 5 minutes. In heat 2 Dave
 Lawley led for much of the way, only to be overtaken on the final lap with
 Lars Lundqvist sprinting away to win in 5:10. All eight runners finished in
 under 6 minutes. In the final heat everyone broke 7 minutes, led by Gwen
 McCormack who just broke 6 minutes with a perfectly paced four and a bit

 Marathon Talk is the UK's number one running podcast, presented each week by
 Martin Yelling and Tom Williams. For more about Marathon Talk and the Magic
 Mile go to www.marathontalk.com."

 Ranelagh speed order
 1   Phil Killingley        4.50
 2   Jackson Creegan        4.51
 3   Ian Kenton             4.56
 4   Ted Mockett            4.58
 5   Nick Twomey            4.59
 6   Lars Lundqvist         5.10
 7   Rick Jenner            5.15
 8   David Lawley           5.20
 9   Vaughan Ramsay         5.26
 10  Matthew Copp           5.41
 11  Bruce McLaren          5.45
 12  Gwen McCormack         5.59
 13  John Scally            6.06
 14  Heather Martingell     6.45
 15  Hannah Doyle           6.50 

 MIDDLESEX 10km  Saturday 7th September at Victoria Park
 Carl Selya-Hammer ran a big PB.

 1   M Aadan (TVH)          30.34
 28  Carl Selya-Hammer      34.28 
 49  K Webster (Lon H)      35.53  (1st woman) 

 DINGLE MARATHON  Saturday 7th September in Kerry, Ireland
 Martin Halvey writes:
 "It was a tough race, very undulating, but I think one could learn from it
 and hope to improve for the next outing. Knowledge in this case would be
 valuable. My chip time was 3:01.25. I don't understand the difference
 between the two times as I was almost under the start point but was given a
 gun time of 3:02.03. It doesn't matter as I at least completed the run.
 Thankful for small mercies."
 The results don't show age groups but it's probably reasonable to assume
 that Martin was well up if not first in the M50 category.

 1   E Sugrue (Ireland)     2:44.02  (chip time 2:43.25)
 9   Martin Halvey          3:02.03  (3:01.25)
 28  A Shinners (Ireland)   3:19.38  (3:18.04 - 1st woman)

 ERIDGE PARK 10m TRAIL CHALLENGE  Sunday 8th September at Tunbridge Wells
 Mark Herbert writes on Facebook: 
 "Eridge 10 is one mean X country race. Mud, hills and a tough surface to run
 on. It's all worth it come the finish...homemade cakes and a cask beer."

 1   J Rendall (Ton)        62.50  
 11  D McDermot (Ton)       70.58 (1st woman)
 14  Mark Herbert           73.32
 235 Mike White            105.07  

 BACCHUS HALF MARATHON  Sunday 8th September at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking
 John Scally reports:
 "On Sunday, Anna (aka Wonder Woman) and I (Superman) donned our superhero
 costumes, left the kids with Super Grandparents and headed up to Denbies
 Vineyard for the Bacchus Half. Neither Anna or I had done the race before,
 although Wonder Woman had some knowledge of a Surrey League course being a
 bit hilly there.

 It's a late starter, the marathon starts at 11, and the half at 12. That was
 OK with me because I tend not to drink wine whilst running before noon these
 days and the course had six or seven water and wine stations where you could
 sample Denbies' finest en-route, which may explain the spread of finish
 times from 1:21 to 5 hours. About 70% of the field were in fancy dress -
 this is the UK's answer to Medoc. We met Kirsty who was claiming to have
 come as an athlete (Ranelagh vest) and Heather dressed in a tutu, plus some
 non-Ranelagh friends who upon seeing we were running that morning, just
 decided to turn up and enter also in full fancy dress costume!?! (Everyone
 has a batgirl costume just lying about don't they?).

 WW and I were aiming to run about 8.30 minute miles, then stop for drinks,
 so we edged around the posse of toga-toting Greeks and a group of
 suspiciously butch looking old ladies to get a better start position, I
 found it is hard to inconspicuously move forward through a crowd when you
 keep catching your cape on people. Bang on noon we were off. Like a speeding

 The course winds around the vineyards and out onto the road for a bit before
 hitting tracks and trails in the countryside around Dorking. We superheroes
 went out a little fast in the first few miles but stopped briefly at each
 bar/water station for a tipple and re-hydration. The course is beautiful,
 after a short while you get into the country and the views are amazing, It's
 a little bumpy for a bit, and some of the tracks are a bit slippy and muddy,
 and then there is a climb around seven miles that's like kryptonite to the
 legs, it's steady and goes on for about two miles up to Ranmore Common. 

 At mile 11 Superman was flagging a bit, but thankfully the course flattened
 and I was able to keep up with Wonder Woman. The last mile is a long descent
 back into the vineyard (reverse of the Box Hill leg of the Green Belt Relay
 I was informed) with a flatter last quarter mile to the finish. We finished
 at 1:56:57.

 Wonder Woman had a better constitution than Superman and tried all the
 wines, I managed about four before the stomach complained and I stuck to
 just water. We were both pleased to finish in under 2 hours, and it's one
 race we will definitely do again and would recommend for anyone looking for
 a decent hilly fun course. Really well organised race, plenty of everything
 you need, and a t-shirt, medal and yummy pork-roll to finish with a glass of
 wine included in the race fee."

 1   G Till (DMV)           1:21.04  (chip time 1:21.04)
 29  C Biever (Barnes)      1:40.24  (1:40.20 - 1st woman)
 131 John Scally            1:57.26  (1:56.57)
 132 Anna Scally            1:57.26  (1:56.57)
 232 Heather Martingell     2:09.24  (2:07.38)
 308 Kirsty Bangham         2:18.29  (2:17.57)

 1    T Haughian (WSEH)     1:11.50  (chip time 1:11.49)
 22   A Gounelas (Eton M)   1:20.14  (1:20.11 - 1st woman)
 106  Lars Lundqvist        1:26.29  (1:26.25)
 151  Colin Brett           1:28.48  (1:28.39)
 240  Simon Martin          1:32.45  (1:32.39)
 1229 Paul Martingell       2:04.30  (2:03.04)

 ALICE HOLT FOREST 10km  Sunday 8th September at Farnham
 1   J Manning (Denmead)    34.09
 15  L Locks (Hart)         38.27  (1st woman)
 240 Alan Meaden            59.26
 294 David Meaden           68.14

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 31st August
 1   R Carol (Clapham)      17.17
 6   Peter Faull            18.50
 17  S Weiland (Sheen)      19.31  (1st woman)
 39  Alberto Esguevillas    21.06
 43  Eugenio Carmo          21.17
 56  Chris Read             21.56
 78  Amrut Sharma           23.09
 79  Chris Parsons          23.12
 81  Polly White            23.24
 124 Michael Sikora         25.07
 178 Rob Kitchen            27.37
 200 Val Lowman             28.28  
 220 Peter Lowman           29.15
 252 Andrew Brown           31.05
 258 Deepa Sharma           31.32
 274 Bronwen Northmore      32.52  
 299 Pat Hewlett            42.33
 300 Bev Ali                42.33
 301 Philippa Metherell     46.13     

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 31st August
 Duncan Mallison stepped up to first place this week.

 1   Duncan Mallison        19.02
 7   Kevin Kearey           21.09
 20  Tom Kearey             23.24
 23  A Cope-Balchin (Eal E) 24.01  (1st woman)
 30  Chris Brook            24.22
 45  Heather Martingell     26.27
 53  Emily Kearey           28.01
 64  Josie Kearey           30.04
 65  Ann Kearey             30.08
 70  Tanya Allen            31.09
 75  Deirdre Inman          33.05
 78  Waldron Slaughter      37.12
 79  Lexi Slaughter         37.13 

 OSTERLEY parkrun 5km  Saturday 31st August
 This was the inaugural Osterley parkrun so the usual suspects were out in
 force to sample its delights. Liz Kipling was leading woman.

 1   J Finnigan (WSEH)      16.42
 8   Jack Moran             18.30
 9   Mark Herbert           18.41
 16  Liz Kipling            19.17  (1st woman)
 19  David Lawley           19.49
 26  Niall O'Connor         20.25
 34  Bruce McLaren          21.09
 47  Alex Fordham           21.52
 55  Rob Curtis             22.10
 98  Peter Fordham          24.34
 129 Kirsty Bangham         26.27
 135 Mike White             26.49
 140 Becky Hall             26.54
 180 Lynne Barber           28.53
 199 Tony Clark             30.59
 201 Christine David        31.17
 217 Rachel Allen           32.48
 237 Phil Aiken             34.32
 244 Stacey Barber          35.51
 258 Tamsin Burland         45.32         

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 31st August
 1   M Trees (Belgrave)     16.13
 24  James Whistler         17.49
 25  F Love (Clapham)       17.52  (1st woman)
 29  Marc Snaith            17.58
 49  Andrew Forth           18.57
 265 Ian Grange             23.02
 322 Paul Sinton-Hewitt     23.40
 705 Mary Hickson           28.20
 994 John Hanscomb          36.19

 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 31st August
 1   B Pugsley (unatt)      17.18
 13  Steve Aikin            20.48
 14  L Ryan (unatt)         20.51  (1st woman)
 16  Stewart Anderson       21.47
 22  Phil Roberts           23.04
 26  Mel Hunter             24.05
 29  Fiona Forbes           24.19
 34  Luke Maguire           25.23 
 50  Deborah Blakemore      28.08
 51  Lorna Smith            28.08
 60  Paula Maguire          29.31

 GDYNIA parkrun 5km  Saturday 31st August
 Lydia Louw topped the women's list for the second week in succession.

 1   M Pawlik (Thomson R))  18.57
 32  Lydia Louw             22.42  (1st woman) 
 70  Arthur Louw            26.54

 KINGSTON parkrun 5km  Saturday 31st August
 1   S Amory (Thames T)     17.56
 29  B Pirkle (unatt)       22.17  (1st woman) 
 31  Chris Camacho          22.36
 35  Tom Reay               22.55
 44  Hannah Doyle           23.39
 49  Alan Davidson          23.53
 84  Janet Turnes           28.48

 WALTHAMSTOW parkrun 5km  Saturday 31st August
 Cathy Jones was the leading woman.

 1   P Brown (E London)     18.01
 8   Cathy Jones            21.46  (1st woman)
 19  Ben Shore              25.02

 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 31st August)...
 Bedfont Lakes: 113 Danny Hobbs 38.02
 Frimley Lodge: 92 Sonia Rowland 22.48, 158 Steve Rowland 24.54
 Reading: 15 Sean Paynter 19.27
 Eastbourne: 87 Nigel Coombes 28.47
 Finsbury: 20 Andres Arana Garcia 20.36
 Curl Curl: 14 Grant Hibbert 20.50 

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 7th September
 1   B Gibbons (SMR)        17.43
 13  J Masters (unatt)      20.33  (1st woman)
 15  Kevin Kearey           21.12
 25  Tom Kearey             22.50
 40  Lee Davies             24.51
 41  Mark Herbert           24.51
 54  Kabir Sait             26.19
 63  Lynne Barber           28.06
 74  Christine David        29.54
 75  Josie Kearey           30.15
 76  Jackie Dunkley         30.18
 77  Ann Kearey             30.36
 87  Deirdre Inman          33.04
 88  Cindy Croucher         33.05
 89  Tamsin Burland         33.11
 96  Stacey Barber          34.47 
 100 Lexi Slaughter         35.53
 101 Waldron Slaughter      35.56 

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 7th September
 Amrut Sharma joined the parkrun 100 club.

 1   E Rees (Bracknell F)   17.54 
 36  Stephen Hurton         20.58
 38  C Carter (Epsom O)     21.04  (1st woman)
 52  Chris Read             21.49
 53  Peter Faull            21.50
 56  Alberto Esguevillas    21.54
 60  Eugenio Carmo          22.29
 64  Amrut Sharma           22.36
 65  Phil Jackson           22.37
 73  Lydia Louw             23.07
 161 Arthur Louw            26.26 
 194 Michael Sikora         27.36
 210 Peter Lowman           28.25
 217 Val Lowman             28.41
 239 Andrew Brown           29.51
 295 Penny Merrett          33.20
 317 Pat Hewlett            39.17
 318 Bev Ali                39.20 

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 7th September
 1   A Jackson (Sitting)    16.04
 4   E Pallant (AFD)        16.27  (1st woman)
 67  David Ready            19.46
 237 Adam Wright            22.28
 822 Sharon Rowe            30.54
 957 John Hanscomb          36.33

 MARGATE parkrun 5km  Saturday 7th September
 Trevor Maguire took first place.

 1   Trevor Maguire         19.12
 10  D Widdison (unatt)     25.56  (1st woman)
 24  Paula Maguire          30.20

 OSTERLEY parkrun 5km  Saturday 7th September
 Paul Sinton-Hewitt finished second.

 1   L Phair (Met Police)   19.47
 2   Paul Sinton-Hewitt     20.05
 12  E Gray (Strag)         22.16  (1st woman)
 26  Jo Sinton-Hewitt       26.06 
 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 7th September)...
 Bedfont Lakes: 121 Danny Hobbs 39.47
 Brockwell: 5 James Whistler 18.20
 Reading: 11 Sean Paynter 19.51
 Dusi: 23 Lloyd Camp 25.00
 Kingston: 25 Chris Camacho 21.56,  50 Tom Reay 24.13
 Old Deer Park: 44 Vanessa McConkey 27.02
 Southwark: 65 Phil Aiken 23.58,  74 Peter Fordham 24.34
 Woodlands: 4 Jenni Kruse 23.28

 I'm indebted to Pete Mulholland again for this:
 Prof. Yasuo Hazaki set up the Japan Hide-and-Seek Promotion Committee in
 2010 and the organisation has around 1,000 members across the country and
 believes Tokyo 2020 would be the perfect occasion for the Olympic community
 to embrace his chosen sport. 
 "I would like hide-and-seek to be one of the exhibition sports in 2020 and
 then it could become an official event at subsequent Olympics," Hazaki, a
 professor of media studies at Josai International University, told The Daily
 "I want to encourage sport for all, meaning that anyone can take part,
 regardless of age, gender or ability," he said. "When you watch sport now,
 it's all about world-beating techniques and skills - fantastic dribbling,
 running or shooting skills in football, for example. "But that's not sport
 for all," he said. "Hide-and-seek is a sport that anybody can play, from
 children as young as 4 years old to someone who is in their 80s."  

 The committee has set formal rules for competitive hide-and-seek, pitting
 two teams of seven players against each other in a 10-minute match. In the
 first five-minute half, one team is given two minutes to hide on a "pitch"
 that measures 65ft x 65ft . The opposing team then has to locate and touch
 the hiding players. In the version for children under the age of 12, the
 pitch measures 55 feet x 88 feet. 
 One of the beauties of the sport is that it can be played pretty much
 anywhere, Prof. Hazaki said, although light woodland tends to offer the best
 opportunities for the hiding team. He has, however, staged competitions in
 gardens and even on beaches - a sporting experience that he described as
 Successful players generally have the ability to run very fast at the start
 of the game to put some distance between themselves and the seekers. Being
 able to identify a good hiding spot is obviously critical, as well as being
 able to keep very still. That becomes more difficult if the pitch has a lot
 of mosquitoes or other insects. 
 "We are trying to arrange games all across Japan so many people can play, to
 see how much fun it is and that anyone can play," Prof. Hazaki said. "It may
 be difficult to get hide-and-seek into the Olympics - the IOC just kicked
 wrestling out, and that is a sport that has been around for a long time -
 but I see Tokyo 2020 as our big chance," he said.