Newsdesk 2013

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 415             20 December 2013
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  


 *  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

 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.  

 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:

 The Green Belt Relay website has been updated so for more information on the
 event please visit www.greenbeltrelay.org.uk/." 

 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:. 

 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
 Free of charge but spaces are limited. To book email kate.brook@swlan.org.uk.

 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

 ...to Ben Shore and Cathy Jones who were married last week.

 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: martin.wolfson2000@gmail.com
 or phone me on  07719 947112. A photo would be appreciated."

 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. 

 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 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,
 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). 

 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:. 

 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

 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 

 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.