*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 415 20 December 2013 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com *************************************************** MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR READERS HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Our women's team finishes 2nd again in the Surrey Ladies League Div 2 * Estelle Damant is the individual winner * We win the Stubbs Cup mob match v South London Harriers at Coulsdon * Richard Gregory and Megan De Silva lead our mob * Estelle Damant wins team silver for Surrey in SEAA Inter-Counties * parkrun placings for Duncan Mallison, Carl Selya-Hammer, Rick Jenner and Trevor Maguire * London Marathon ballot result ATTENTION PLEASE **************** CHRISTMAS PARTY Saturday 7th December at the Richmond Hill Hotel As usual there was a full house for our Christmas Party, ably organised by Michele Gibson and Andy Hayward. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and much thanks goes to Michele and Andy. During the evening the draw for our four guaranteed places in the 2014 London Marathon took place: we received ten applications and the lucky ones drawn out of the hat were Steve Aikin, Stewart Anderson, Wiebke Kortum and Hannah Doyle. There was also a charity auction for a Ranelagh vest signed by Paralympian David Weir. This had been obtained from David by Cindy Croucher at St Mary's on the strict understanding that it must raise more than the £200 Simon Burrell paid for a vest signed by Mo Farah last year! Under auctioneer Michelle Davies the price crept up to the £200 mark... and then Simon stepped in with a winning bid of £210. (Note to Simon - I'll sign one for £220!). Proceeds go to the CLIC Sargent charity. SURREY LEAGUE - MEN AND WOMEN Saturday 11th January on Wimbledon Common (Roehampton Vale) For the third League fixture our men's and women's teams are - for once - in action at the same venue. This is the Thames Hare and Hounds course on Wimbledon Common. Our women are currently in second place in Division 2 and their task is to consolidate that position, and if possible make up some ground on leaders Guildford and Godalming. The men are in 8th place in Division 1 and their target is to take a hatful of points off 7th-placed South London Harriers and so climb out of the relegation zone. The race HQ is at the pavilion off Roehampton Vale, here:. The senior women are in action first at 12 noon, followed by Under 17/Under 15 girls at 1pm and Under 13 girls at 1.30pm. Then the Under 17 / Under 15 / Under 13 boys race at 2pm and finally the senior men run at 2.30pm. Note the earlier start times for the boys' and men's races for this fixture only. All are welcome to run - register on the day. SOUTH OF THE THAMES 7.5 miles CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday 21st December We have a small but select team flying the flag for us on Wimbledon Common on Saturday. Start time is 2pm. HENTY RELAY Saturday 28th December in Richmond Park You're all welcome to our Christmas relay on the Saturday after Christmas starting at 12 noon. The teams are sorted out on the day, so please register at the clubhouse by 11.30am. Each team consists of three runners, one "fast", one "medium" and one "slow" (the categories being somewhat elastic in interpretation!). Between them, the teams have to cover six laps of Sidmouth Wood - that's the wood beside which our cross-country races start. It's about 1.4 miles per lap. Generally the "fast" runs three laps, the "medium" two and the "slow" one - in any order. Bring guests if you wish - the more the merrier. ***ATTENTION FUN LOVERS*** Michelle Davies writes: "The Green Belt Relay 2014 will be held over the weekend of 17th / 18th May and we would very much like to enter some teams - possibly three! (Men, Women and Mixed). There is a discount for teams entered BEFORE December 31st so please, please, can you email me if you would be interested in running: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Green Belt Relay website has been updated so for more information on the event please visit www.greenbeltrelay.org.uk/." McLEOD CUP and WOMEN'S PERFORMANCE AWARD These two competitions are based on points scored in all club open fixtures during the winter. The McLeod Cup is currently being led by Mark Herbert on 666 points, ahead of Phil Aiken on 600 and Peter Faull on 565. Leading the women's competition is Marie Synnott-Wells on 589 points with Sonia Rowland on 571 and Louise Piears on 470. The full scoreboards are on our website courtesy of Ken Powley, who keeps the scores:. SOUTH-WEST LONDON ATHLETICS NETWORK NEWS Kate Brook sends details of a free SWLAN workshop: SWLAN Workshop on Growth and Athletic Performance Delivered by Paul Graham, Senior Occupational Therapist, BSC (Hons) WBIS Level 7 and Level 2 Athletics Coach Date Wednesday 5th February 2014 from 7:30pm - 9.00pm Venue: St Mary's University College, Twickenham TW1 4SX, Room J101 Directions: Free of charge but spaces are limited. To book email email@example.com. THE CLARE BALDING SHOW Nick Micouris of Lost In TV Ltd writes: "I work for a TV audience research company and we are currently recording a brand new sporting chat show hosted by Clare Balding, taking place at Olympic Park. Given the nature of the show, we'd very much like our audience to comprise of sporting enthusiasts and would love to invite your club members along to the recordings - the tickets are completely free of charge. Clare has the biggest names in sport in the studio every week - plus it's also a chance to marvel at the stunning BT Sport studios, right in the heart of the Olympic Park. The ticket-booking link is here:. As mentioned, the tickets are free and I'll make sure your members receive priority booking (please mention where you heard about the show when booking or use promo code BTSPORTSCLUB)." CONGRATULATIONS... ...to Ben Shore and Cathy Jones who were married last week. WANTED - RUNNING BUGGY Martin Wolfson writes: "I would like to buy a running buggy for my expectant daughter. If you have one you would like to sell, please email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me on 07719 947112. A photo would be appreciated." "THE END OF THE AFFAIR or PETER PAN HAS DIED Martin Wolfson again: "My wife has been suspecting it for a long time. For the last eight years or so I have been having an affair and now it is over. The only trouble is that whenever I go out I keep seeing my love and it honestly, sometimes, brings tears to my eyes. There are runners everywhere. My love, is, or I should say, was, running. I thought I would run for ever. I came into it late in life and thought I would be one of those ninety year old marathon runners. I set myself a goal of getting a good for age place and running London in 2015 for my 65th birthday. I ran the Watford Half Marathon with my daughter back in February, our first competitive race together. She was very kind and hung back for her old dad. I ran London twice and many other races, not to mention the regular Tuesday evening training sessions and Sunday morning running round Richmond Park. Then in March I started to get severe pains in my right knee and went to see a knee expert. An MRI scan determined that I had severely damaged one of the meniscuses (cartilages) but an operation and three months rest would sort everything. And so proved to be the case. I was even able to run a lap of Richmond Park. A bit slower than before but still only just over an hour. Then the pain came back. A further MRI showed severe loss of the cartilage at the lower end of my femur. Physio and exercises were all to no avail. The surgeons talk about cartilage transplants and the like but are very pessimistic. I really doubt I shall ever run again. I am in pain even after standing for a short while. Last year I could run a half marathon without even thinking about it. Now I have to hesitate before crossing the road! It is not all bad. I have had a great time as a runner. Runners are such great people. I do not think I have ever met an unpleasant runner, certainly not within Ranelagh Harriers. I have met some lovely people and made some really good friends. The rest of me is in fairly good shape. For nearly 64 I am far fitter than the vast majority of my contemporaries. I am still in excellent health apart from my knee. I still cycle and you may see me cycling round Richmond Park. Please give me a smile and a wave. I have tried the gym. It is incredibly boring and I miss the fresh air. Swimming is worse. I miss the surge of adrenaline, endorphins or whatever. There is nothing that can replace running and, being slightly melodramatic and sentimental, I mourn for my sudden loss." 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 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. Saturday 4th January Surrey County Championships at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking Saturday 11th January Surrey League men and women both on Wimbledon Common (Roehampton Vale). Senior women start at 12 noon, followed by the junior races and senior men at 2.30pm. 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 *************** SURREY LADIES CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE Saturday 7th December at Coulsdon We had been well beaten into second place by Guildford and Godalming in the opening League fixture, but with the addition of Estelle Damant this time we were hopeful of retrieving some of the deficit. The Gs however had other ideas. They have assembled a terrifically strong young squad this season, with the result that they totally dominated the Division 2 result with their five scorers all in the top eight home. Division 1 and Division 2 run together and it came as little surprise to learn that they would have won Division 1 too. Farthing Downs were as windswept as usual but underfoot conditions weren't too bad. Estelle ("For once I didn't go off like a frightened rabbit") ran a well judged race to move through to 5th overall and win the Division 2 race by almost half a minute from the first of those green Guildford vests. Megan De Silva ran well to break into the top ten, then Anna Scally, Gwen McCormack and Marie Synnott-Wells all finished in little over half a minute to close in our scoring five in the top twenty. Backing them up came Julia Bailey, Gemma Cory, Becky Hall and Wiebke Kortum all in by 35th place, then Louise Piears, Rachel Revett, Hannah Doyle and Heather Martingell. Guildford and Godalming extended their lead over us to 77 points, but we put ourselves even further ahead of third placed 26.2 RRC. The overall standings at the half-way point of the League season show an almost unassailable lead for Guildford and already it looks fairly certain barring accidents that they will be joined in Division 1 next season by Ranelagh and 26.2. Our B team (Julia to Louise) was by far the leading B team, placing 6th ahead of twelve A teams. Our C team (Rachel, Hannah, Heather and two "ghost" runners) also led their category. Livvy Ricketts was our only runner in the Under 13 race this time, and ran well for 36th. Here's some video taken at the last corner of the senior race, 50 metres or so from the finish, by Matthew Kiernan of Croydon Harriers: Video:. STUBBS CUP MOB MATCH v SOUTH LONDON HARRIERS 7.5 miles Saturday 14th December at Coulsdon Wow. And once again, wow. Not only did we heavily outnumber SLH on their own Downs but we fairly thrashed them in the scoring for the Stubbs Cup. This was our fourth consecutive win over the Irrepressibles, itself a record and such a far cry from the post war days when we went twenty years without a single win. It was also our third consecutive mob match away victory, having defeated Blackheath & Bromley at Hayes last February and Thames H&H on Wimbledon Common just a fortnight ago. That's absolutely amazing. What a shame that we suffered that narrow defeat at home to Orion in October, or else we would have been looking at the possibility of an unprecedented mob match grand slam this season. We had 47 blue vests on the line at the start against only 33 SLH white. Chris Camacho arrived two or three minutes later and set off in hot pursuit to make it 48 for us. Much later Bill Harvey also arrived but conscious of encroaching darkness he thought better of joining in. 48 starters at Coulsdon was not quite a record for us - in 1983 we had 51, against 68 from SLH and we lost - but on a windy and chilly day when Christmas shopping provides such a tempting excuse it was a great effort. As has been seen time and time again weight of numbers plays a huge part in mob matches. We seem to have caught the mob match bug! Long may it stick around. (NB Put it in your diaries now - Blackheath & Bromley at home on February 15th!). We couldn't provide the individual winner though - this was Stuart Major recording an amazing 40th mob match victory. I doubt that this total can have been surpassed in any of the mob match clubs, and he's not yet showing much sign of slowing down. Ranelagh's best tally, by the way, is by Arthur Stansbury who recorded 28 wins during the inter-war years. Major had over half a minute in hand over Richard Gregory at the end, with second-claimer Josh Mutch another half minute back in 3rd. Captain Killingley was 5th and in 6th place was Peter Haarer in his first race this winter owing to injury and allegedly very unfit. Nick Twomey, Mark Herbert and Trevor Maguire gave us seven in the top twelve. There's not so much analysis of the result sheet to be done this time, as we did lead all the way. At ten a side it was only an eight point lead, 98 - 106 but already the respective placings were weighing in our favour (10th Ranelagh - Ted Mockett - was 18th against his counterpart's 21st). From there on the gap grew steadily and at 20 a side we were clearly ahead by 373 to 459. 20th Ranelagh was Matthew Copp in 36th place while the 20th SLH finished 51st. And so it went on. Scoring was thirty a side and Stephen Logue closed us in in 49th place. By contrast, the final SLH counter was 70th. We won by 809 points to 1083. A grand result. Megan De Silva ran well in her first mob match to lead the women home and Gemma Cory was third. David Wright clocked up his 155th mob match (of which he won four), Steve Rowland his 140th and Clive Naish his 120th consecutive since 1983. Lots of photos on the SLH website here:. FRANCKEISS CUP RUNNERS' ROWING RACE Sunday 1st December at Teddington Paul Gregory reports: "The cup was presented by R H Franckeiss (a Ranelagh member who was in the team which beat Cambridge University in 1921) in 1929 for an inter-club race of coxed fours for running clubs. The first race was in that year on a mile long course against Blackheath finishing at Hammersmith Bridge, which Ranelagh won by one length. After that, Franckeiss suggested that Orion Harriers and South London Harriers take part, which then became the norm. Whilst the race took place both before and after WW2, in recent years no opposition had been offered to Ranelagh, who have retained the cup - until Sunday! The original rowing club tub fours are no longer available, and the race is now in Thames Racing Double Skiffs, and hosted at The Skiff Club in Teddington. Sadly Ranelagh were unable to raise a crew and the main clash was between Thames Hare and Hounds and Hercules Wimbledon, and resulted with Hercules Wimbledon winning the Cup. The first heat between TH&H and HW was not rowed out, as a thole pin (the fulcrum of the oar) broke in the TH&H skiff. However there was a re-row over a half-length course which Hercules won by half a length in 2.27. The HW crew was David Riches and his son Peter, coxed by daughter Rebekah so this was a true family victory. The TH&H crew was Chris Daniels and Andrew Arbour, coxed by Stella Alexander. Chris Daniels, an ex-Para, was winner of 'Tough Guy' 2003, and with Andrew was in the winning team of the Three Peaks Yacht race. The leading Ladies crew was again Hercules Wimbledon, comprising Vikki Filsell, Sarah Riches and coxed by Rebekah Riches - no time taken in their race. In another race, the Hercules Wimbledon 'A' crew, who had won a previous heat in 4.48, lost by three and a half lengths to the HW Riches crew, who won in 4.27. Here's the race on Youtube:" WINTER 100 miles Saturday 30th November - Sunday 1st December at Streatley Simon Martin's report was in the last e-news. 1 E Catmur (TH&H) 16:05.10 10 S Law (Wootton) 18:44.09 (1st woman) 47 Simon Martin 26:07.21 PIRIE 10 miles cross-country Sunday 1st December at Farthing Downs 1 N Torry (Serp) 55.20 11 N Barberis (Serp) 61.36 (1st woman) 76 Bruce McLaren 78.24 REGENTS PARK 10km Sunday 1st December 1 H Raidi (Belgrave) 34.08 (chip time 34.08) 63 R Davies (unatt) 42.32 (42.22 - 1st woman) 99 Phil Jackson 44.45 (44.18) KINGSTON 10km Sunday 1st December 1 T Lambert (Winch) 32.08 (chip time 32.07) 7 E Pallant (AFD) 35.29 (35.28 - 1st woman) 387 Ann Kearey 60.47 (60.14) BEDFORD HALF MARATHON Sunday 8th December 1 A Milne (Enf & H) 1:09.37 (chip time 1:09.37) 39 N Sykes (Bourne) 1:22.41 (1:22.36 - 1st woman) 287 Marie Synnott-Wells 1:38.35 (1:38.25) 405 Paul Gilbert 1:43.09 (1:42.51) 921 Heather Martingell 2:02.26 (2:01.21) HOG'S BACK 11.7km Sunday 8th December Paul Doyle missed the top veteran place by six seconds. 1 J Morwood (AFD) 37.27 9 E Pallant (AFD) 42.07 (1st woman) 17 Paul Doyle 43.20 SEAA INTER-COUNTIES Saturday 14th December at Biggleswade Estelle Damant was selected to represent Surrey and she was the third counter in the team which won silver medals. 1 G Kersey (Essex) 21.59 20 Estelle Damant 23.56 BUSHY PARK 10km Sunday 15th December 1 J Mohamed (Orp RR) 34.12 (chip timne 34.12) 2 E Pallant (AFD) 34.29 (34.29 - 1st woman) 247 Julie Teal 62.07 (61.59) RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 7th December 1 J Cornish (Herc W) 16.54 4 David Lawley 18.33 11 Peter Weir 19.19 24 R Killip (WSEH) 20.24 (1st woman) 37 Steve Aikin 21.11 40 Alice Beverly 21.24 72 Amrut Sharma 23.00 102 Eugenio Carmo 24.22 108 Tomas Sterner 24.38 126 Simon Taylor 25.13 127 Sally Yau 25.13 145 Colin Rogal 26.16 180 Leeanne Bryce 28.00 195 Andrew Brown 28.41 207 Peter Lowman 29.34 216 Claire-Louise French 30.13 235 Val Lowman 31.55 242 Katie Walton 32.02 244 Michelle Martinez 32.06 274 Pat Hewlett 37.40 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 7th December Duncan Mallison finished first. 1 Duncan Mallison 18.26 7 J Downs (Unatt) 20.23 (1st woman) 17 Kevin Kearey 21.38 21 Tom Kearey 22.11 51 Lynne Barber 26.34 57 Janet Russell 28.00 65 Christine David 30.51 66 Josie Kearey 31.08 68 Ann Kearey 31.28 73 Tracey Small 33.08 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 7th December 1 A Jackson (Sitt) 15.53 26 Howard Gleave 18.28 47 H Novakovic (SMR) 19.15 (1st woman) 198 Ian Grange 22.50 288 Peter Fordham 24.02 416 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 25.56 447 Nick Fordham 26.26 591 Kirsty Bangham 28.58 642 Jackie Dunkley 30.13 682 Mary Hickson 32.05 740 John Hanscomb 36.31 750 Wally Garrod 39.58 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 7th December A Ranelagh 1-2 for Rick Jenner and Trevor Maguire. 1 Rick Jenner 18.46 2 Trevor Maguire 18.59 16 G Munro (Old Deers) 23.06 (1st woman) 38 Mel Hunter 27.31 43 Deborah Blakemore 30.14 HACKNEY MARSHES parkrun 5km Saturday 7th December Carl Selya-Hammer was the winner in a new PB. 1 Carl Selya-Hammer 16.29 18 J Albert (VP&TH) 21.01 (1st woman) OTHER parkruns (Saturday 7th December)... Brighton & Hove: 168 Sue Camp 25.45 Gunnersbury: 5 Mark Herbert 18.26, 34 Phil Jackson 22.17, 196 Lexi Slaughter 38.16 Kingston: 26 Chris Camacho 22.17, 78 Annemarie Goodridge 30.03, 79 Janet Turnes 30.06 Preston Park: 48 John Pratt 23.14 Southsea: 45 Alan Davidson 23.46 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 14th December 1 S Barrett (Serp) 17.16 14 R Bunting (London H) 19.19 (1st woman) 23 Bill Neely 20.17 30 Peter Faull 20.39 41 Alice Beverly 21.33 78 Steven Mountain 23.58 83 Amrut Sharma 24.06 116 Stewart Anderson 25.55 117 Colin Rogal 26.03 145 Jenny Rogal 27.49 162 Claire-Louise French 28.49 168 Val Lowman 29.14 175 Peter Lowman 29.40 200 Michelle Martinez 31.35 207 Eugenio Carmo 33.04 237 Pat Hewlett 36.43 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 14th December 1 J Mays (Bas & MH) 15.34 5 Marc Snaith 17.26 79 H Lidbetter (unatt) 20.15 (1st woman) 217 Ian Grange 23.02 352 Adam Wright 25.06 381 Nick Fordham 25.28 498 Mary Hickson 27.15 753 John Hanscomb 36.01 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 14th December 1 D Norman (26.2) 17.52 10 L Marchant (26.2) 20.44 (1st woman) 16 Tom Kearey 22.06 26 Kabir Sait 23.33 40 Kevin Kearey 25.41 45 Mel Hunter 25.57 63 Janet Russell 27.48 77 Cindy Croucher 32.29 78 Deirdre Inman 32.30 84 Lexi Slaughter 36.11 85 Waldron Slaughter 36.11 GUNNERSBURY parkrun 5km Saturday 14th December Sadly, this was Phil Jackson's final run before moving up to Yorkshire. 1 S Perrin (ESM) 18.11 5 I Rea (West 4) 18.38 (1st woman) 49 Phil Jackson 22.22 125 Rob Kitchen 25.36 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 14th December)... Brockwell Park: 10 James Whistler 18.13 Cambridge: 167 Sue Camp 26.10 Hilly Fields: 53 Lynne Barber 27.44 Kingston: 71 Annemarie Goodridge 29.55, 74 Janet Turnes 30.17 Leeds: 205 Katie Walton 32.18 Newbury: 10 David Rowe 19.02, 337 Sharon Rowe 33.18 Old Deer Park: 91 Phil Roberts 24.49, 111 Paula Maguire 27.50 Preston: 90 Dave Taylor 29.13 Southsea: 44 Alan Davidson 23.42 Wormwood Scrubs: 29 Andrew Brown 27.28 Preston Park: 61 John Pratt 23.04 FINALLY... Prolific Japanese Marathoner Yuki Kawauchi finished third in the prestigious Fukuoka Marathon on December 1st in a time of 2:09.05. This was his tenth marathon of 2013, following nine in 2012 and five in 2011. Just two weeks later, vowing "to go where nobody has gone before", Kawauchi finished a close-up second in the Hofu Marathon in 2:09.15 - his fourth sub-2:10 clocking this year. This took 28 days off his own world record for successive sub-2:10 marathons.