Newsdesk 2013

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 413             21 November 2013
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  

 *  Ranelagh men finish 8th in the second Surrey League race
 *  Eirin McDaid and Jackson Creegan lead our team
 *  Ranelagh women win the Dysart Cup
 *  Megan De Silva wins the Hugh Jones Salver
 *  Stragglers win the Ellis Cup, Ranelagh men second
 *  Road PBs at Brighton, Gosport and Epsom
 *  2:49 marathon by Lauren Stewart    
 *  parkrun placings for Elin Berstad Mortensen, Michelle Davies, Nick
     Twomey, David Lawley and Jane Craigie-Payne
 *  All needed for mob match v Thames Hare & Hounds on Saturday 30th November
 *  London Marathon guaranteed places
 *  Last chance to book for the Christmas Party on Saturday 7th December
 *  Charity auction of a Ranelagh vest signed by David Weir 

 Just a final reminder to those of you who haven't yet paid your subs for
 2013-14. The England Athletics registration fee has been doubled to 10 per
 active member this year, and the club has for the time being absorbed this
 increase. However, we obviously can not afford to pay the fee for anyone who
 has not paid their dues. 
 Our rates are unchanged at 40 for seniors, 20 for second-claim members and
 those who are retired and over 60, 10 for under 20s and students and
 non-running members. There is also a 70 family membership.  Post your
 cheque to Membership Secretary, Ranelagh Harriers, 135a Petersham Road,
 Richmond, Surrey TW10 7AA or leave it in an envelope at the clubhouse. A
 Standing Order form is available from our website here:   For Bank Transfers, our
 account is at HSBC, sort code 40-23-29, account number 81109847; please add
 a message, for example SubscriptionJSmith. For any queries, e-mail the
 Membership Secretary achrisowens@yahoo.co.uk . 

 CHRISTMAS PARTY  Saturday 7th December
 There is still room for one or two more at our Christmas Party 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 50. To reserve your place contact Michele Gibson
 micheleagibson@hotmail.com . Please indicate your choice of food -
 see the menu on PAGE FOUR of the brochure here:. Please ensure you choose
 from the right menu - there are several in the brochure but we are
 using the one on page four.  

 Cindy Croucher adds:
 Ranelagh vest signed by David Weir
 "This Christmas I will be auctioning a Ranelagh Harriers vest to raise money
 for CLIC Sargent. CLIC Sargent is a charity which supports children and
 young people with cancer.  The Chief Executive of CLIC Sargent is a Ranelagh
 member, Lorraine Clifton. A colleague of mine, Lee Marsh, was recently
 supported by CLIC Sargent. His son Toby fell ill days after his first
 birthday and following tests was diagnosed with a brain tumour. After ten
 hours of surgery at St George's to remove the tumour Toby went to America
 for radiotherapy.  This involved daily treatments of radiotherapy for thirty
 days and each day Toby had to be anaesthetised. Toby is now home and has had
 his first MRI scan check-up (he has them every three months) and it is all
 clear! CLIC Sargent supported Toby's family by funding them to travel and
 live in the States whilst Toby was treated.  A lady from CLIC Sargent called
 Maureen helped with the all the paperwork  required for funding and
 organised accommodation whilst they lived at St George's and the Royal
 Marsden hospitals. 

 After accosting him whilst he was eating his breakfast, David Weir, holder
 of six gold Paralympic medals and six-time winner of the London Marathon has
 signed a Ranelagh vest to be auctioned at the Christmas party. David is
 reluctant to sign things since his autograph appeared on E-bay but when he
 heard Toby's story he agreed on one condition - it raises more money than
 Mo's did last year! 
 The lovely Michelle Davies and Mike White will be the auctioneers on the
 night so please come and bid for this unique, one-off piece of history and
 dig deep for an amazing cause!"

 We have been allotted four guaranteed places for the 2014 London Marathon.
 The draw for these will take place at the Christmas Party on 7th December.
 To be eligible you need to have taken part in at least two mob matches in
 past twelve months, or else to have run one mob match and also helped as a
 volunteer at two club events. If you qualify send your name in to Wyn
 Williams wynandlin@btinternet.com  before the Christmas Party.

 MOB MATCH v THAMES HARE and HOUNDS  Saturday 30th November 7.5 miles on
 Wimbledon Common 
 Our second mob match this season takes place on Saturday 30th November
 starting at 2.30pm. As ever, we need as many runners on the starting line as
 we can get. Thames are strong, but if we outnumber them we can beat them.
 The race HQ is at the pavilion off Roehampton Vale, here:.
 After the race we will be Thames's guests at supper at the Telegraph pub on
 Putney Heath. 

 We have a women's team at the South of Thames this Saturday (November 23rd),
 starting at 2pm on Streatham Common, plus one or two men running as
 individuals.  More details:. 

 Last winter Paul Gregory attempted to resurrect the running clubs' rowing
 race, which used to be held annually between crews from Ranelagh and some of
 the other mob match clubs. As the winners last time the event was held, we
 are the holders of the race trophy, the Franckeiss Cup which dates back to
 1929. Unfortunately Paul was thwarted last year by continuing bad river
 conditions, so he's trying again this year. The format would be the same as
 that proposed last winter, i.e. coxed double skiffs (skiffing involves two
 blades per person rather than the one in rowing) over a downstream course on
 the Thames of approx 3 - 3  minutes. 

 He's hoping to stage the race on Sunday 1st December with practice/coaching
 available on Sundays during November at the Skiff Club, Trowlock Way,
 Teddington. More info about skiffing here:.
 Crews can be male, female or mixed and no experience is necessary. If you're
 interested in having a go, please contact Paul at p_gregory@talktalk.net. 

 Somewhat belatedly - owing to circumstances beyond our control - the
 Ranelagh Gazette covering the year up to spring 2013 has been published.
 Help yourself to a copy at the clubhouse, or if you'd prefer to have one
 sent to you, please reply to this e-mail with your postal address. 

 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 23rd November      South of the Thames 5 miles men's and women's
 championship. 2pm start at Streatham Common.

 Saturday 30th November      Mob Match v Thames Hare and Hounds 7.5 miles on
 Wimbledon Common (Kingston Vale) 2.30pm, following which Thames will host us
 at a supper at the Telegraph pub on Putney Heath.   

 Saturday 7th December        Surrey Ladies League 6km. 12 noon start
 (followed by junior races) at Coulsdon. 

 Saturday 14th December      Stubbs Cup mob match 7.5 miles v South London
 Harriers at Coulsdon. 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 LEAGUE 5 miles  Saturday 9th November at Mitcham Common
 In the opening League fixture we had finished in 8th place, well clear of
 Walton in the basement and just five points behind 7th-placed South London.
 With two clubs to be relegated at the end of the season it already looked
 likely that the fight to avoid accompanying Walton down to Division 2 would
 be between ourselves and South London. The second race was hosted by Clapham
 Chasers on Mitcham Common, the first Division 1 League race there for many
 years. It was a three-lap course and although the morning's heavy rain had
 abated, the running surface was greasy. Each circuit featured several short

 We had high hopes of a markedly stronger team than in the first race, but
 this weekend our luck was out. First Chris Illman and then Captain
 Killingley succumbed to bugs, and we also had a couple of key runners on the
 injured list. On the credit side, Eirin McDaid made the journey back from
 Northern Ireland, but overall our team strength was just about the same as
 in the first race. SLH seemed to be in the same boat, and the team result
 was almost a repeat of the first race - SLH beating us by just a handful of
 points. This time the margin was 14 and instead of building up a small lead
 on our rivals we instead trail them by 19. Of course, in the context of the
 League this is nothing at all and there's everything to run for in the final
 two races in the New Year.   

 Jackson Creegan set out to give us a repeat performance of his great 16th
 place in the opening race, but the course didn't suit him quite so well.
 Nevertheless Jackson held on to finish an excellent 24th. Run of the day
 this time came from Eirin McDaid, who started steadily and then enjoyed
 himself fighting his way through the field and into the top twenty. Richard
 Gregory and Sam Perkins were never far apart as our third and fourth
 runners, then came a couple of strong runs from Nick Twomey and Mark
 Herbert. Marc Snaith was next, then Carl Selya-Hammer, who clearly still had
 the Frankfurt Marathon in his legs. Trevor Maguire was our ninth man, the
 only veteran in the scoring ten, and then James Whistler won the Anchor Man
 trophy just ahead of Peter Faull. We had twenty runners altogether. 

 Kent AC were the winners on the day and overall they hold a near-hundred
 points advantage over Thames Hare and Hounds and Herne Hill.  

 DYSART CUP and ELLIS CUP INTER-CLUB RACES  Saturday 16th November in
 Richmond Park
 Fixtures congestion has prevented us from sticking to a regular date for our
 Dysart and Ellis Cup races, and the result has been steadily diminishing
 fields. The Dysart Cup women's race saw only thirteen runners on the
 starting line this year, eight of them from Ranelagh, The men's Ellis Cup
 was slightly better but a field of thirty-three hardly made for a memorable
 race on a sunny but chilly afternoon. 

 The Dysart Cup race incorporated our club women's championship for the Hugh 
 Jones Salver and it was two new members who contested both the trophy an 
 the overall race. Megan De Silva led most of the way, but Gwen McCormack was
 never far behind. At the finish there were only 18 seconds separating them
 but it was Megan whose name will go onto the trophy. Dee Smale of Stragglers
 was the third finisher and then came Marie Synnott-Wells who will take
 Trish's Trophy for the leading Ranelagh over 40. The team race was reduced
 to three runners per side in order to allow Stragglers to complete a team,
 but of course it was Ranelagh with 1st, 2nd and 4th who won the trophy. The
 sealed handicap went to Helen Nance ahead of Sonia Rowland and Marie

 The team result might have been different, however, if all but one of the
 Milocarians women's team had not been delayed by traffic. They arrived too
 late for the Dysart Cup race and ran instead in the Ellis Cup, where their
 first finisher Hannah Jarvis finished 6th, suggesting that they would have
 given Ranelagh a run for their money in the women's team race. 

 Milocarians' bad luck did not end there. Most of their men's team -
 travelling over from Sandhurst - were also caught in traffic and did not
 arrive until the bulk of the Ellis Cup field had already completed their
 first lap. They ran one lap but for the team race the Milos had to depend
 mostly on their women's squad. Stragglers had brought over quite a strong
 team and in the absence of serious competition from either Ranelagh or Milos
 they were the runaway winners of the Ellis Cup trophy. Paul Lowe of the
 Stragglers was the individual winner by over a minute from Carl Selya-Hammer
 with three more Stragglers third, fourth and fifth. Dave Powell was the next
 Ranelagh finisher in 14th place, ahead of William Griffin. Team scoring was
 eight a side and our team was completed by Alberto Esguevillas, Stewart
 Anderson, Michael Osbourne, Chris Camacho and Andy Woodhouse. We finished
 second in the team race just ahead of Milocarians.         

 LOSELEY 10km  Sunday 3rd November at Guildford
 Wiebke Kortum was 7th woman home.

 1   D Chapman (unatt)      41.12
 23  S Aird (unatt)         48.33  (1st woman)
 53  Wiebke Kortum          52.25  

 Alan Davidson reports:
 "An unexpected obstacle en route to the Algarve was the road closed due to
 flooding under the railway bridge just short of my local station but whereas
 some desperate late commuters took off shoes and socks, rolled up their
 trouser legs and waded through, I took the drier twenty minutes detour
 option instead. There was the usual friendly bunch at Monte Gordo (thirteen
 Brits and three Dutch) for the four races in five days of the Algarve
 Running Challenge (a good test for my knee straps I employed to try and ease
 knee discomfort) organised to our gratitude by Steve Smythe of Athletics
 Weekly. The weather was consistent (windy but sunny 20-22C) whereas my
 racing wasn't! On handicap I started first on the three lap 5k,sandhills and
 sandy trails in the pine forest at Vila Real - very taxing on adductors and
 groin. I was somewhat bemused that only the very fast trio overtook me until
 at the finish I noted a gathering of six runners who had got lost! 24.09 was
 respectable for me.

 The one mile track time trial at Vila Real had a very strong wind to run
 into in the back straight but I did at least manage to beat the 7.04 I had
 run in wintry conditions in Portsmouth back in April with 6.43.6. The 10k
 handicap trail race in the pine forest at Monte Gordo had a sting in the
 tail for me as in the latter stages I suddenly felt dizzy and lightheaded
 with no obvious reason and eventually staggered across the line a distant
 last in 58.05.Finally we all joined the X Millas del Guadiana open race
 (17.3km) which alternates Portugal-Spain/Spain-Portugal - this year Vila
 Real (Portugal) - Ayamonte (Spain). It was a slightly different route from
 last time as the Portuguese - to make the pain more similar to the Spanish
 route - added in an extra hill and more cobbles/tiles. I set off very
 conservatively unsure whether I would get another odd turn and kept into the
 strong wind in a group near the back of the field until we hit the last 7k
 or so to be blown to the finish where I felt that I was O.K. to push on -
 although the cobbled section in Ayamonte wasn't a lot of fun to run on!.
 However 1.27.39 was only a minute slower than when I ran the same distance
 two years ago so I was happy with that. A very enjoyable trip as always." 

 LEATHERHEAD FIRE STATION 10km  Sunday 10th November
 1   P Lowe (unatt)         33.35  (chip time 33.35)
 13  L Custance (Clapham)   38.26  (38.26 - 1st woman)   
 72  Simon Burrell          45.08  (44.49)
 150 Jo Sinton-Hewitt       50.46  (50.32)
 163 Hannah Doyle           51.33  (51.16)
 245 Lorna Smith            57.24  (57.08)
 285 Deborah Blakemore      63.39  (63.23) 

 Marie Synnott-Wells finished 8th in the women's race, 3rd vet over 40.

 1   S Blanshard (Hill)     78.59  (chip time 78.58)
 15  K Morgan (Clapham)     85.55  (85.53 - 1st woman)
 90  Marie Synnott-Wells    98.09  (98.06) 

 BRIGHTON 10km  Sunday 17th November
 Peter Faull reports:
 "I ran the Brighton 10k yesterday, as did Kirsty Bangham, Heather Martingell
 and Janet Turnes. Great performances all round (I managed a PB - finally got
 under the 37 minute mark!) and great cheerleading from Ranelagh's #1
 cheerleader Daniela Mingham. As we wandered round Brighton afterwards, we
 spotted the name of a pub - The Ranelagh!"

 1    M Buckingham (Holm)   30.48  (chip time 30.46)
 46   G Turtle (Gloucs)     34.43  (34.41 - 1st woman)
 114  Peter Faull           36.59  (36.57)
 1256 Kirsty Bangham        52.12  (50.40)
 1370 Heather Martingell    53.33  (52.01)
 2064 Janet Turnes          61.16  (58.51) 

 GOSPORT HALF MARATHON  Sunday 17th November
 Personal bests by Marc Snaith, Rick Jenner and Rob Curtis. 

 1   A Wall-Clarke (Soton)  67.20  (chip time 67.20)
 40  L Locks (Hart)         77.57  (77.56 - 1st woman)
 61  Marc Snaith            80.35  (80.30)
 71  Rick Jenner            81.47  (81.41)
 86  Mark Herbert           82.22  (82.16)
 150 Vaughan Ramsay         86.48  (86.43)
 294 Rob Curtis             92.20  (91.51)     

 EPSOM 10 miles  Sunday 17th November
 A PB for Duncan Mallison on a "lumpy" course.

 1   S Winder (Epsom & E)   58.08
 11  Duncan Mallison        63.47
 27  V Carter (Serp)        65.41  (1st woman)   

 VALENCIA MARATHON  Sunday 17th November
 Second-claimer Lauren Stewart had a great run, taking almost two minutes off
 her personal best despite a stitch in the last couple of miles. 

 1   F Keny (Kenya)         2:07.14  (chip time 2:07.11)
 19  A Masrecha (Ethiopia)  2:27.01  (2:26.59  - 1st woman)
 222 Lauren Stewart         2:49.19  (2:49.00)  

 BUSHY PARK 10km  Sunday 17th November
 1   K Jack (Nene V)        36.04
 11  I Rea (West 4)         39.23  (1st woman)
 69  Lloyd Camp             45.52

 OLD DEER PARK 10km  Sunday 17th November
 1   A Milne (Enf & Har)    32.32  (chip time 32.29)
 36  C Steptoe (VoA)        40.14  (40.07)
 574 Katie Walton           69.13  (68.22)      

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 9th November
 1   S Shaw (unatt)         17.31
 11  R Bunting (London H)   19.21  (1st woman)
 39  Steve Aikin            21.04
 66  Gemma Cory             22.09
 73  Stewart Anderson       22.31 
 110 Alberto Esguevillas    24.17
 308 Pat Hewlett            38.24 

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 9th November
 1   P Lowe (unatt)         16.13
 5   A McGhee (VP Glasgow)  17.35  (1st woman)
 58  David Rowe             19.54
 103 Simon Rothwell         21.01
 438 Nick Fordham           25.39
 455 Peter Fordham          25.54
 716 Jackie Dunkley         29.58
 771 Waldron Slaughter      31.18
 877 Lexi Slaughter         36.37 
 886 John Hanscomb          37.09
 904 Wally Garrod           41.36

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 9th November
 Michelle Davies was second woman, just five seconds behind the winner.

 1   A Keane (unatt)        18.57
 17  Tom Kearey             21.56
 24  K Coombes (unat)       23.02  (1st woman)
 25  Michelle Davies        23.07
 26  Lee Davies             23.13
 42  Kevin Kearey           25.39
 43  Emily Kearey           25.39
 59  Josie Kearey           27.43
 65  Jo Sinton-Hewitt       29.26
 66  Ally Salisbury         29.27

 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 9th November
 1   W Atkins (unatt)       21.09
 11  B Farr (unatt)         23.17  (1st woman)
 38  Leeanne Bryce          27.51
 44  Mel Hunter             28.54
 54  Katie Walton           32.40
 55  Michelle Martinez      33.41  

 BLACK PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 9th November
 1   J Lawler (Gade V)      18.03
 41  J Sloan (unatt)        21.50  (1st woman)    
 184 Lynne Barber           26.53
 240 Rachel Allen           28.50
 280 Christine David        30.47
 311 Stacey Barber          32.00
 312 Cindy Croucher         32.02
 322 Tanya Allen            32.28
 325 Deirdre Inman          32.46
 359 Sally Spaull           34.59
 361 Tracey Small           35.00

 GUNNERSBURY parkrun 5km  Saturday 9th November
 Elin Berstad Mortensen on a visit from Norway was the fastest woman.

 1   T Corbett (Ealing E)   18.28
 18  Elin Berstad Mortensen 20.01  (1st woman)
 34  Eugenio Carmo          21.25
 45  Wiebke Kortum          21.54
 62  Amrut Sharma           22.45
 81  Rob Kitchen            23.25
 148 John Herriott          26.22
 162 Tony Clark             27.08
 168 Sue Camp               27.29
 249 Philippa Kitchen       33.33   

 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 9th November)...
 Ashton Court:  49 Christopher Parsons 23.16
 Bedfont Lakes: 146 Danny Hobbs 37.59
 Fulham Palace:  57 Phil Aiken 23.02  
 Kingston: 17 Chris Camacho 22.55
 Guildford: 24 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 21.29
 Osterley: 57 Andrew Brown 45.36
 Winchester: 66 Mike White 26.33

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 16th November
 A win this week for Michelle Davies, and Jane Craigie-Payne was third..

 1   G Brook (Strag)        18.03
 9   Lee Davies             21.32
 11  Michelle Davies        21.41  (1st woman) 
 15  Tom Kearey             21.52
 16  Kevin Kearey           22.01
 25  Jane Craigie-Payne     23.24
 34  Mike White             25.21
 42  Nick Fordham           26.23
 55  Janet Russell          28.12
 63  Waldron Slaughter      29.17   
 66  Josie Kearey           29.33
 69  Ann Kearey             29.47
 83  Tamsin Burland         34.14  

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 16th November
 Nick Twomey finished in second place.

 1   O Parsons (StM UC)     18.06
 2   Nick Twomey            18.11
 11  R Bunting (London H)   19.22  (1st woman)
 41  Steve Aikin            21.22
 47  Eugenio Carmo          21.34
 49  Gemma Cory             21.38
 63  Christopher Parsons    22.25
 90  Amrut Sharma           23.47
 100 Simon Taylor           24.01
 129 Tomas Sterner          25.34
 146 Colin Rogal            26.17
 190 Tony Clark             27.46
 191 Michael Sikora         27.47
 192 Jenny Rogal            28.03
 229 Deepa Sharma           30.05
 251 Michelle Martinez      32.08
 252 Katie Walton           32.15
 264 Penny Merrett          34.35
 291 Bev Ali                42.23   
 292 Pat Hewlett            42.25

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 16th November
 1   A Jackson (Sitt)       16.34
 9   Nick Wright            17.34
 57  C Saunders (TH&H)      19.54  (1st woman)
 58  David Rowe             19.54
 71  David Ready            20.15
 114 Simon Rothwell         21.14
 177 Ian Grange             22.17
 197 Adam Wright            22.35
 538 Kirsty Bangham         27.15
 568 Nigel Coombes          27.35        
 692 Jackie Dunkley         29.35
 805 Sharon Rowe            33.14

 CONKERS parkrun 5km  Saturday 16th November
 David Lawley placed second.

 1   M Slade (Hatton D)     18.09
 2   David Lawley           18.17 
 26  R Hallam (Ivanhoe)     20.50  (1st woman) 

 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 16th November)...
 Gunnersbury:  94 John Herriott 25.54,  182 Tracey Small 33.37,  183 Juliette
 Chan 33.37
 Malahide: 162 Leeanne Bryce 26.42
 Nonsuch:  59 Chris Read 22.47  
 Kingston: 12 Bruce McLaren 21.07,  19 Chris Camacho 22.07,  55 Mary Hickson
 Old Deer Park: 6 Stephen Hurton 21.08,  16 Phil Roberts 23.01
 Brueton: 98 Andrew Brown 25.52

 We have featured him before, but here's Japanese Kenichi Ito again breaking
 his own world record for 100 metres with a time of 16.87 seconds...running
 on all fours.  Video:.