*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 414 6 December 2013 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * 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 miles * 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 ATTENTION PLEASE **************** 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!" 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. 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. 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. STUBBS CUP MOB MATCH v SOUTH LONDON HARRIERS Saturday 14th December at Coulsdon 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 RICHMOND ICE RINK 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 rink. COURSE MARKING and THE FRIENDS OF RICHMOND PARK 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. NEW PATH and BRIDGE OPENED IN RICHMOND PARK 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:. WHAT'S COMING ************* More details of the following from the men's Captains ( e-mail Phil, Duncan or Trevor firstname.lastname@example.org or the women's Captains ( e-mail Estelle, Becky or Phil email@example.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, 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 *************** 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. MOB MATCH v THAMES HARE and HOUNDS 7.5 miles 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 Kortum. 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 year!" 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) training!" 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 FINALLY... The Red Bull 400 - the toughest 400 metres race in Europe. Video: .