Newsdesk 2013

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 414             6 December 2013
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  

 *  We win the mob match v Thames Hare & Hounds
 *  Jon Pepper, Richard Gregory and Gemma Cory lead our mob
 *  Ranelagh women are 5th and the men 18th in the South of the Thames 5
 *  Eirin McDaid runs 33.28 10km in Belfast
 *  Simon Martin completes Winter 100 miles
 *  parkrun placings for Polly White, Sacha Kennedy, Lydia Louw, Nick Wright,
     Michelle Davies and Estelle Damant
 *  Christmas Party this Saturday
 *  Last chance to apply for London Marathon guaranteed places
 *  Charity auction of a Ranelagh vest signed by David Weir 
 *  Surrey Ladies League this Saturday, Mob Match v South London H on
     December 14th

 CHRISTMAS PARTY  Saturday 7th December
 Our Christmas Party takes place this Saturday at the Richmond Hill Hotel.
 Cindy Croucher writes:
 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. 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 wynandlin@btinternet.com  before the Christmas Party.

 SURREY LADIES LEAGUE  Saturday 7th December at Coulsdon
 We finished second in Division 2 in the first League race, so we'll hope to
 do at least as well again on Saturday. The venue is Farthing Downs,
 Coulsdon, start time for seniors 12 noon. The race HQ is at South London
 Harriers' clubhouse. The SLH website has a map of the venue and there is
 also a link to the course map:. The
 Under17/Under 15 race follows at 1pm and the Under 13s at 1.30pm. 

 On the back of one memorable away win (see Thames H&H mob match report
 below), can we make it two in a row? We certainly can, with the usual
 proviso that we can do it only if we have plenty of runners on the starting
 line. Be there if you possibly can and do your bit to help us retain the
 Stubbs Cup. See the Ladies League above for details of the venue. It's 7.5
 miles and the start is at 2.30pm 

 The Richmond Ice Rink at York House Twickenham is looking to help local
 clubs and organisations this Christmas by introducing a 'kick back to clubs
 incentive scheme'. The incentive works as follows:
 We've been assigned a unique code offering a 10% discount off tickets. For
 every ticket purchased using this code, we get 5% donated from the Ice Rink
 back to our club.
 The code is RHarriersJrs. See www.richmondrink.com for more info on the ice

 We have had a couple of problems this season with flags marking our courses
 being systematically removed. We suspect that this was the work of the
 individual who was up to similar tricks last winter purporting to represent
 the Friends of Richmond Park. The Friends (of which our club is a member)
 would like to make it clear that they in no way condone the activities of
 this person and would stop him if he was seen. Fortunately we now have no
 home fixtures requiring course marking until February. 

 The new bridge over Beverley Brook and the half-mile path linking the Park
 to the Golf Course club house and Chohole Gate was officially opened on
 Friday, November 15th, by Linda Lennon at a ceremony attended by local MPs
 Justine Greening (Putney) and Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park). Chohole Gate
 leads onto Roehampton Vale, almost opposite the cemetery and crematorium. 

 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 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

 Saturday 21st December      South of the Thames 7.5 miles championship at
 Wimbledon. 2pm start.

 Saturday 28th December      Henty Relay in Richmond Park. 12 noon start. All
 members welcome, but you must register at the clubhouse by 11.30am to be
 included in a team. 

 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). 

 SOUTH OF THE THAMES 5 miles CHAMPIONSHIP  Saturday 23rd November at
 Streatham Common
 No-one seemed to remember the last time a major cross-country fixture was
 held on Streatham Common, but the comments about the course afterwards were
 generally favourable. It consisted of two distinct parts: first, a wide
 grassy slope some 500-600 metres down to Streatham High Road, only to turn
 and turn again to climb all the way back up; then a hilly and rough section
 in the woods. Three laps made up the five miles, and this presented the only
 problem as finishers sprinting home mingled with lapped runners.  

 There was no three-line whip for this race as far as Ranelagh was concerned,
 and the men's team was fairly low-key. However, we had a pretty strong
 women's team and they did well to take fifth place. Our new club women's
 champion Megan De Silva led them all the way to finish 17th with Gwen
 McCormack as usual not far behind in 20th. Marie Synnott-Wells 28th and
 Victoria Elbourne 34th closed in the scoring team of four. Wiebke Kortum,
 Sonia Rowland and Helen Nance followed on. 

 For the men Mark Herbert led our team all the way after an initial flourish
 from Peter Faull. They were never far apart and finished 70th and 75th with
 Dave Lawley chasing hard in 79th. Paul Doyle was virtually running in his
 own back garden and closed in the four at 88th.  The team was placed 18th.
 Rob Curtis, Andy Woodhouse and Phil Aiken were our other representatives,
 along with Waldron Slaughter who called it a day after two and a half laps.

 Saturday 30th November on Wimbledon Common
 Well, if the Orion mob match was "the one that got away" (see e-news 412),
 this was the one that we managed to net and land after a formidable
 struggle! 38 was the margin by which Orion had defeated us and today - after
 a recount - there were only 47 points between ourselves and Thames. Once
 again, the difference represented just one runner, but this time scoring 42
 a side it was Ranelagh who came out on top by 1796 to 1843. 

 We had the same number of starters as we had fielded against Orion - 63, an
 excellent turnout for an away match albeit one only just across the A3 from
 our home patch - and once again this well outnumbered the opposition who had
 45. In amongst the familiar faces lining up for us were a few welcome
 visitors like Neil Walford, Rob Wise, Phil O'Brien and Dave Muckersie.   

 In recent years we have tended to find ourselves swamped at the head of the
 field by a very strong Thames first team, so it was pleasing to see a blue
 vest at the front in the early stages. This was new second-claimer Jon
 Pepper, but sadly his lead was not to last. Jon, Richard Gregory and a
 couple of the leading Thames men all ran off course leaving fifth-placed
 Martin Shore of Thames in the lead. He doggedly held on to that lead despite
 Jon and Richard's hot pursuit and in the end only 13 seconds covered the
 three of them. Thames had the next three home before Sam Perkins crossed the
 line in 7th place just ahead of Phil Killingley. Carl Selya-Hammer completed
 the top ten. Each club provided five men in the first ten, but Thames then
 began to edge away in the scoring with 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 20th
 places against our 12th (Thomas Craggs) and 16th - 19th (Mark Herbert, Nick
 Wright, Peter Faull and Ted Mockett). Scoring ten a side Thames's advantage
 was a negligible 14 points, 98-112.   

 Thames packed well in the early twenties and extended their lead. Their
 twentieth finisher was 37th against our 41st (Niall O'Connor) and scoring
 twenty a side Thames held a 55 points advantage. We had a useful pack in the
 early forties but Thames countered well in the fifties and at thirty a side
 it was looking good for Thames at 884 points to 949. They reached their
 greatest lead at 32 a side where the scores stood at 1004 to 1076. Then at
 last Ranelagh began to make inroads. We packed well in the sixties and again
 in the seventies and we steadily chipped away at that deficit. By 40 a side
 we were exactly equal at 1641 points each. Our final two scorers, Chris
 Camacho and John Scally, were 77th and 78th. Thames's last two were 100th
 and 102nd. That difference alone made up the 47 points that separated us. 

 If ever there was a lesson on how all runners can make a difference to the
 final result of a mob match, this was it. Only those down to 78th
 contributed to our score, but all our remaining runners pushed Thames
 scorers further down the field and added to their total. We can all give
 ourselves a pat on the back for this one.     

 Leading woman in the race was Claire Day of Thames, 29th overall. Our top
 finisher, 62nd overall and 5th woman, was Gemma Cory just ahead of Wiebke

 We again outnumbered our hosts at the evening supper at the Telegraph pub on
 Putney Heath. A couple of dozen in all sat down to an excellent meal, wine
 from the Brasher wine fund and some slightly variable entertainment.  

 APHRODITE RACES  Sunday 24th November at Paphos, Cyprus
 Alan Davidson reports:
 "The Aphrodite Half Marathon at Paphos no longer offers prize money so the
 Greek national team and solo-flying Russian athletes no longer appear but as
 usual there are still shedloads of Germans! I chose the 5km (a fast, flat
 course) and included amongst the 150 or so entrants were eight Argentinians
 and one each Lebanese, Romanian, Slovak and Lithuanian.  Pretty much only
 for the duration of the 5k a black cloud came over (before and after it was
 warm and sunny) giving spots of rain and much cooler conditions for the
 return leg into a very strong wind on the exposed course. Demos Papadavid, a
 Cypriot, won in 17.28 and I was 22nd in 23.05. Thomson Holidays decided
 belatedly to close our hotel for the rest of the winter seven days into our
 stay so it meant transferring for the remaining four days to their other
 hotel poorly situated for runners - swapping good runs on miles of prom and
 nearby hills for a very busy main road. I didn't bump into Hanscomb this

 SEELEY CUP 10km  Saturday 30th November at Belfast
 This race incorporated the Northern Ireland championships, and a top-class
 field was assembled on a fast course. Eirin McDaid and Nick Twomey were both
 pulled along to new PBs.

 1   C Bradley (Derry)      30.34
 29  Eirin McDaid           33.28
 50  F Ross (Armagh)        34.45  (1st woman)
 84  Nick Twomey            36.03 

 SELF-TRANSCENDENCE 10km  Saturday 30th November in Battersea Park
 Paul Doyle was the leading over 45.

 1   N Torry (Serp)         30.53
 21  Paul Doyle             35.26
 75  V Carter (Serp)        38.52  (1st woman)

 GRIM CHALLENGE 8 miles  Saturday 30th November at Aldershot
 Here's an extract from the race info:
 "This land is used to test Army vehicles so expect it to be interesting! You
 will reach a long hill shortly after the start before descending again
 eventually reaching a water filled ravine. You will run on over
 puddle-strewn paths before having to crawl under camouflage netting. You'll
 eventually reach some man-made mounds before arriving at and running through
 some rather large puddles. Expect to get very wet! You'll run on to the fast
 vehicle driving circuit where it is rocky underfoot. This brings you to some
 more large areas of water and the finish area."
 Anna Scally was ninth woman home and second over 40.

 1   G Till (DMRC)          45.07
 24  F Cole (Belgrave)      55.33  (1st woman)
 153 Anna Scally            61.57 

 WINTER 100 miles  Saturday 30th November - Sunday 1st December at Streatley
 Simon Martin reports:
 "I'm not sure why I entered the Winter 100! It was a new challenge it
 suppose. The longest I had gone previously, when significantly fitter too,
 was about 50 miles (Brecon Beacons ultra last year and the Marathon des
 Sables long stage). I competed against medical advice as I am only just
 coming back from injury - pubic synthesis and an adductor strain. The
 injuries meant that my fitness is significantly below where it was a few
 months ago. Due to the injuries my preparation was wholly inadequate. I had
 done a total of 80 miles in the two months before the race with three weeks
 where I could not run at all in November. 

 The race started at 10am. The course comprised four different out and back
 legs each starting and finishing in Streatley which is between Reading and
 Oxford. Two of the spurs were mainly along the Thames and the other two
 predominantly along the Ridgeway. The course was almost all off road and
 there were sixteen hours of darkness. Although about 60% of the course was
 near the Thames, thankfully it wasn't too muddy. It was pretty chilly
 overnight, with temperatures below zero, when I did the most exposed section
 of the course.

 My lack of fitness really showed after about 50 miles. By that stage my
 quads were pretty tender and my knees were in agony on steep downhill
 sections. Consequently it was a game of survival in the second half which I
 marched for the greater part. Surprisingly I wasn't aware of the usual
 tiredness you would associate with staying awake all night. It was certainly
 both physically and mentally challenging. I'd recommend giving a 100 miler a
 bash. The best part is that there is seemingly no need for any (specific)

 MABAC LEAGUE 5.5 miles  Sunday 1st December at Ockham Common
 1   M Nutt (WW)            32.11
 16  S Pickford (WW)        37.53  (1st woman)
 84  James Barber           46.11
 135 Lynne Barber           53.26
 157 Christine David        61.49
 158 Cindy Croucher         61.57
 159 Penny Merrett          62.03
 166 Deirdre Inman          66.26   

 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap  Wednesday 4th December at Woking
 1   D Aitken (Unatt)       22.37  (actual time 22.07)
 7   Steve Rowland          26.35  (21.35)
 20  Alan Davidson          27.50  (22.35)     

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 23rd November
 1   A Keane (unatt)        18.39
 10  Kevin Kearey           21.48
 12  Tom Kearey             21.58
 19  N Hare (Bearcats)      22.57  (1st woman)
 49  Rachel Allen           26.33
 50  Lynne Barber           26.40 
 52  Josie Kearey           27.19
 56  Janet Russell          27.39
 62  Mary Hickson           29.21
 63  Andrew Brown           29.21
 68  Christine David        29.48
 74  Cindy Croucher         31.15
 84  Lexi Slaughter         35.13      

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 23rd November
 1   J Cornish (Herc Wimb)  17.07
 5   Duncan Mallison        18.14
 8   Ted Mockett            18.43
 10  Lars Lundqvist         18.52  
 20  C Benger (unatt)       19.21  (1st woman)
 25  Bill Neely             19.34
 51  Stewart Anderson       21.11
 65  Eugenio Carmo          21.46
 80  Chris Read             22.33
 94  Alberto Esguevillas    23.12
 96  Paul Sinton-Hewitt     23.18
 98  Steven Mountain        23.22 
 102 Amrut Sharma           23.27
 158 Jo Sinton-Hewitt       25.51
 170 Nick Fordham           26.27
 171 Alex Fordham           26.27
 271 Deepa Sharma           31.18
 317 Pat Hewlett            37.57

 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 23rd November
 Polly White was the leading woman.

 1   J Hughes (Brunel U)    18.22
 7   Stephen Hurton         21.48
 9   Polly White            22.47  (1st woman)
 39  Tor Heron-Brett        28.58 
 40  Colin Brett            28.59
 41  Mel Hunter             29.15
 42  Nigel Coombes          29.15
 52  Katie Walton           32.28   

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 23rd November
 1   A Jackson (Sitt)       16.11
 13  M Dillon (unatt)       17.51  (1st woman)
 22  Howard Gleave          18.26     
 45  David Rowe             19.22
 317 Rachel Revett          24.19
 830 John Hanscomb          39.00   

 KINGSTON parkrun 5km  Saturday 23rd November
 1   K Hill (unatt)         18.35
 13  L Fletcher (King & P)  20.36  (1st woman)
 15  Bruce McLaren          20.48
 25  Chris Camacho          22.08
 82  Janet Turnes           29.24
 84  Jackie Dunkley         29.45
 88  Annemarie Goodridge    30.48      

 FULHAM PALACE parkrun 5km  Saturday 23rd November
 Michelle Davies was third woman home.

 1   A Milne (Enf & Har)    15.45
 24  Lee Davies             20.41
 28  J Cunniffe (Barnes)    20.59  (1st woman)
 33  Michelle Davies        21.05
 90  Mike White             26.05

 SOUTHWICK COUNTRY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 23rd November
 Nick Wright placed second.

 1   W Stockley (unatt)     16.58
 2   Nick Wright            17.30 
 15  G Starkie (Bath)       19.54  (1st woman) 

 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 23rd November)...
 Gunnersbury:  4 Mark Herbert 18.38,  16 Vaughan Ramsay 19.36
 Gladstone: 46 Kirsty Bangham 24.47

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 30th November
 1   C Smit (unatt)         18.28
 12  Bill Neely             19.35
 22  A Dolinska (unatt)     20.11  (1st woman)
 37  Peter Faull            20.42
 51  Steve Aikin            21.08
 56  Eugenio Carmo          21.22
 75  Christopher Parsons    22.26
 91  Amrut Sharma           23.22
 116 Sally Yau              24.58
 141 Rob Kitchen            25.59
 192 Jenny Rogal            28.33
 208 Deepa Sharma           29.28
 213 Peter Lowman           30.06
 214 Val Lowman             30.09
 225 Andrew Brown           30.56
 247 Katie Walton           32.34
 248 Michelle Martinez      32.41
 251 Penny Merrett          32.55
 256 Philippa Kitchen       34.39
 284 Pat Hewlett            41.00
 285 Bev Ali                41.01

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 30th November
 1   G Brook (Strags)       17.52
 14  C Tuck (Dag 88)        21.58  (1st woman)
 20  Tom Kearey             22.32
 26  Mike White             23.52
 42  Kevin Kearey           25.30
 43  Emily Kearey           25.31
 64  Josie Kearey           28.41
 67  Ann Kearey             28.52
 70  Heather Martingell     29.09
 79  Deirdre Inman          32.56
 81  Tracey Small           33.04
 82  Rachel Allen           33.04    

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 30th November
 1   A Jackson (Sitt)       16.27
 10  M Dillon (unatt)       17.41  (1st woman)
 19  Charles Jans           18.18
 267 Adam Wright            23.53
 689 Sharon Rowe            32.21
 752 John Hanscomb          37.06
 764 Wally Garrod           40.45
 779 David Rowe             47.03    

 BRAUNSTONE parkrun 5km  Saturday 30th November
 Estelle Damant was third woman to finish.

 1   M Powell (Heanor)      16.01
 7   C Plateau (Lough S)    17.18  (1st woman)
 10  Estelle Damant         18.09 

 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 30th November)...
 Old Deer Park:  28 Wyn Williams 27.32,  29 Lorna Smith 27.37, 31 Lynne
 Barber 27.43
 Kingston:  24 Chris Camacho 22.25

 BUSHY JUNIORS parkrun 2km  Sunday 1st December in Bushy Park
 Sacha Kennedy and Lydia Louw were the first and second girls to finish.

 1   A Dangardt (SMR)        7.21
 7   Sacha Kennedy           8.07
 8   Lydia Louw              8.14
 11  Euan Sinclair           8.23
 18  Leonie Kennedy          8.35
 77  Finlay Sinclair        10.05
 79  Mungo Harding          10.07
 88  Arthur Louw            10.12
 126 Eilidh Sinclair        11.10                  
 SAVILL GARDENS JUNIORS parkrun 2km  Sunday 1st December at Windsor
 1   M Clutterbuck (WSEH)    7.44
 31  Charlie McLauchlan     11.22
 64  Connor Scally          18.06 

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