*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 413 21 November 2013 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * 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 ATTENTION PLEASE **************** SUBSCRIPTIONS 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 email@example.com . 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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!" LONDON MARATHON PLACES 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 the 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 email@example.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. SOUTH OF THE THAMES 5 miles CHAMPIONSHIP 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:. RUNNERS' ROWING RACE 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 ½ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. RANELAGH HARRIERS GAZETTE 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. WHAT'S COMING ************* More details of the following from the men's Captains ( e-mail Phil, Duncan or Trevor email@example.com or the women's Captains ( e-mail Estelle, Becky or Phil firstname.lastname@example.org ) 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, Middlesex 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). WHAT'S HAPPENED *************** 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 rises. 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 Synnott-Wells. 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 TRACK AND FIELD TOURS ALGARVE CHALLENGE Wednesday 6th - Sunday 10th November 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) GRAND UNION CANAL HALF MARATHON Sunday 10th November 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 28.36 Old Deer Park: 6 Stephen Hurton 21.08, 16 Phil Roberts 23.01 Brueton: 98 Andrew Brown 25.52 FINALLY... 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:.