*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 418 31 January 2014 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Ranelagh women 27th in the South of England Champs, men 49th * Megan De Silva and Mark Herbert lead our teams * Ranelagh finish 4th in Bank of England inter-club * Mark Herbert and Marie Synnott-Wells lead our team * Gill Sanders is the leading woman in the G3 10km * parkrun placings for Eirin McDaid, Trevor Maguire, Jackson Creegan, Colin Brett, Mark Herbert and Lee Coole * Important fixtures ahead - final League races on 8th February and final mob match v Blackheath on 15th February * "An evening with Hugh Jones" after the mob match on 15th February - please indicate if you're coming * Assistant Race Director wanted for the Richmond 10km in June ATTENTION PLEASE **************** VITAL RACES COMING UP IN FEBRUARY On Saturday 8th February we have the final Surrey League races for our men's and women's teams. The women run at Lloyd Park, Croydon, starting at 12 noon, followed by U17/U15 girls at 1pm and U13 girls at 1.30pm. Our main target is to hold on to the runner-up spot, secondary target is to stay in the top three and so win promotion to Division 1. The men are on our home course in Richmond Park. The U17/U15/U13 boys run at 2.30pm followed by the men at 3pm. We're in a very tight spot in the men's League: Walton AC are to all intents and purposes already doomed to relegation, but there will be a colossal fight between four clubs to avoid joining them. Belgrave Harriers are 5th on 1602 points, Clapham Chasers are 6th on 1603, Ranelagh are 7th on 1621 and South London Harriers are 8th on 1640. It will be, to quote Bels' Will Cockerell, "a slugfest!" On Saturday 15th February it's our final mob match of the season against Blackheath Harriers and Bromley AC on our home course in Richmond Park starting at 2.30pm. Incorporated is the club championship for the splendid Wynne Cup. We've pulled off two outstanding away wins in mob matches this season, let's finish up by winning one at home! In mob matches all runners count towards the final result so weight of numbers is crucial. If you can be there, don't miss it. The winning team takes home the Pelling-Ratcliff Cup. In the evening we welcome Hugh Jones - see below. AN EVENING WITH HUGH JONES Hugh Jones has been a Ranelagh member since the age of 14. He became Britain's leading Marathon runner during the 1980s, famously winning the London Marathon in 1982 in a time of 2:09.24. He represented Britain in the 1984 Olympics, the 1983 and 1987 World Championships, the 1986 European Championships, the 1981 European Cup and the 1991 World Cup. He also represented England in the 1980 and 1982 World Cross-Country Championships. Injuries have restricted his running in recent years and so apart from visits to measure the course or ride the lead bike at our road races, his appearances at the club have become rare. I'm very pleased to say, therefore, that Hugh has agreed to come along to the Roebuck on the evening of our mob match with Blackheath & Bromley (15th February) and give a talk about his life, career, training and so on, followed by a Q&A session. The venue will be the Roebuck's upstairs room and Hugh's talk will begin at about 7.30pm. All are invited to come along, either just for the talk or to eat at the pub first. So that we have some idea of numbers likely to attend, could you please send a quick reply to this e-news if you are planning to come. NATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 22nd February at Nottingham Entries for the National at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, closed several weeks ago and we'll be well represented in the men's and women's races. EXTRA FIXTURE AT RMA SANDHURST Saturday 22nd February For those not going to the National Championships at Nottingham, we have been invited to take part in a 5 miles race at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. This used to be a regular feature of our fixture list until security concerns caused it to be discontinued. If you've never been to Sandhurst it's worth a visit, and the course is a testing one. It's advisable to take a passport or some other form of identification to show at the gate. RANELAGH JUNIORS We are reviving our club junior championships this year. The Lotinga Cup will go to the overall club junior champion, male or female, and the Camilla Cup will go to the club junior women's champion. Both are open to under 18s. The trophies will be contested at the inter-club 3.8 miles race on Saturday 1st March. The Stragglers are repeating their successful handicap series over the summer, which consists of about one race per month over 2km at the Hawker Centre (Lower Ham Road, Kingston, KT2 5BH) It is a low key fun event, all on grass and all within sight of parents and spectators. The course is just over 2km on the grass area in front of the Hawker Centre. It consists of four laps of the perimeter of the grass area, which will be marked out. After the end of the fourth lap the runners will cross the finish line and go down the finish funnel in the order in which they crossed the line. New or inexperienced runners, if they find 2 km a bit far, can run one lap - they will be given a time, but their results will not count towards any individual or team scores. Handicap - first time runners are given a start time depending on their age. Under 4 start at 0 minutes and run just one lap (500 metres) Age 4-5 also start at 0 mins. Age 6-8 start at 5 mins. Age 9-11 start at 8 mins. Age 12-14 start at 10 mins. Age 15-17 start at 12 mins. Registration is from 7pm for an approx. 7:30pm start. 2014 Dates are (all Thursdays): 24th April; 22nd May; 12th June; 26th June; 17th July; 28th August. See the Ranelagh Juniors website here: for more info on the above and other events. RANELAGH KIT Our kit stewards Heather Martingell and Jane Craigie-Payne are in the process of changing our kit supplier to a company called Alley Catz who are able to produce items on demand, printed with the Ranelagh insignia and optional personalisation. Members will place their orders direct with Alley Catz. This will obviate the necessity for us to hold large stocks of kit at the clubhouse. At the moment the only item available from Alley Catz is a hoodie but other items will follow shortly. In the meantime we are trying to sell off some of our existing stocks at bargain prices, particularly larger sizes. To order a hoodie follow this link:. For details of the other items we want to clear, contact Heather firstname.lastname@example.org. CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING - GOOD FOR THE SOUL (AND THE LEGS) The Daily Telegraph's action man correspondent Tobias Mews is a member of Clapham Chasers and contributed this article in which Ranelagh gets a mention. LOST KEYS Kate Kingan writes: "Please could you let the Ranelagh Harriers members know that a bunch of keys was found this morning on the footpath between the Rose of York and Petersham Farm and ask them to contact me on 0771 2186847 if anybody has lost any recently." MABAC LEAGUE Note that there has been a change of date for the MABAC League 5 miles that we host in the Park. It will now take place on Sunday February 16th starting at 11am from the Broomfield Hill (Isabella Plantation) car park. There is also a junior race over 2.5 miles. Details:. Note also the Cranleigh 15 or 21 miles on Sunday 16th March FINCHLEY 20 miles road race Saturday 9th March This long-established race - in Ruislip despite the name - incorporates our club 20 miles championship for the Spendlove Cup and could be of interest to spring marathoners as a warm-up trial run. Details:. THAMES TOWPATH 10 miles Sunday 27th April at Chiswick Entries are now being taken for the always popular Thames Towpath 10. Details:. RANELAGH RICHMOND HALF MARATHON Sunday 4th May Entries are also coming in for our own Half Marathon. At the moment they number about 900, so it doesn't look as if we will reach our limit as early as we did last year, but if you're planning to run it will probably be advisable to get your name in early. The race includes the Surrey County Championship. If you're not planning to run, reserve the date anyway - as ever we'll need plenty of help on the day. Entry details:. RICHMOND 10km Race Director Niall O'Connor writes: "The Ranelagh Harriers Richmond 10k will 'run' on Sunday 22nd June at 9am. The same course and start/finish (Riverside Dr - Ham/Kew FC clubhouse) as per the last four years will be used. Entry is here: - please advertise to your friends. Closer to time I'll be seeking marshals etc so be prepared for emails from me, however for now I'm seeking an assistant for specific help on the day. Briefly, the role will involve collecting a hire van (which race will arrange and pay for), collecting the necessary kit from the clubhouse (tables, beakers, bananas, mugs, Mars etc) and driving all to the start, and then returning all to the clubhouse after the race. You will be able run the race if you wish. In previous years I've used Streetvan which has worked well and there will be assistance with loading/unloading. If you could help with this please drop a line to email@example.com LOUISE'S BIRTHDAY Louise Piears writes: "It's my 50th birthday on Saturday 10th May and I have entered the Bewl Water Half Marathon (just to prove to myself that I still can run that far). It does look a nice picturesque route. There's a few from the club already entered, but it anyone else would like to join me then that would be lovely. It's the week after the Ranelagh Half Marathon , but there isn't anything in the fixture list that weekend. Details:." Follow Ranelagh on Facebook: 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 8th February Surrey League final races - women at Lloyd Park, Croydon (12 noon), men at home in Richmond Park (3pm) Saturday 15th February Pelling-Ratcliff Cup mob match v Blackheath & Bromley including club championship for the Wynne Cup. 2.30pm start in Richmond Park Sunday 16th February MABAC League 5 miles in Richmond Park (plus junior 2.5 miles). 11am start near Broomfield Hill car park. Saturday 22nd February National Cross-Country Championships in Nottingham Saturday 1st March Inter-club 3.8 miles in Richmond Park, including club junior championships (see above). 3pm start. Sunday 9th March Finchley 20 miles road race at Ruislip. See above. Saturday 15th March Ranelagh Cup Schools Race in Richmond Park Sunday 16th March Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap in Richmond Park. 10am start. Saturday 29th March Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap in Richmond Park. 3pm 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), and also every Sunday at 9.30am in Wimbledon Park. WHAT'S HAPPENED *************** INTER-CLUB v BANK OF ENGLAND etc Saturday 18th January in Richmond Park (Roehampton Gate) This time last year heavy snow forced the postponement of this fixture and also of the South of England Championships the following week. No fear of that this time, but as storm after storm blows in from the south-west we are apparently on our way to the wettest - and probably mildest - January on record. Even good old Richmond Park, usually so benevolent compared with the mudbaths found elsewhere, was doing its best to serve up some real cross-country fare. But it was a lovely day. A brief lull between the storms allowed us sunny and almost balmy conditions for our afternoon run. We found a much bigger field lining up for the race than usual. It transpired that Paul Gregory - not content with reviving the runners' rowing race - has also brought back to life the rowers' running race, and a hundred or so oarsmen and women joined a slightly smaller number of runners, including a couple of dozen from Ranelagh. The first corner, after a couple of hundred metres, was under water. To hear the rowers scream and squeal you'd think they'd never got their feet wet before. And the women were almost as bad! The rest of the course was alternately muddy and passably firm. Hercules Wimbledon and Milocarians were both out in force and dominated the leading positions, with only Mark Herbert (6th) making the top twenty for Ranelagh. Chris Owens ran very well for 21st, followed at a respectable two minutes by Jo Peace. Blasts from the past John Herries (great to see John competing again) and Phil O'Brien came next, sandwiching Marie SW who placed 5th in the women's race. Andy Bix and Stephen Logue - minus camera - completed our eight for the main scoring event, where we placed fourth behind Hercules, Milos and Ealing but ahead of the Bank and Dulwich Park. We also competed against Ealing alone for the Hec Petersen Trophy at six a side, and our opponents retained the cup by thirty points. After the race it was back to the Bank's splendid sports club just outside the Park, where we could luxuriate in the exclusive use of rows of showers dispensing unending hot water. Finally came sandwiches and beer. SOUTH OF ENGLAND CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 25th January at Parliament Hill Trevor Maguire reports: "All seemed to go well for men, women and Livvy. I didn't see Livvy but by all accounts the mud suited her. We saw the women set off at great pace with Megan and Julia pounding up the first hill, followed by Gemma, Becky and Marie. Kirsty and Heather ran strongly after starting sensibly. Indeed, all the ladies seemed to be running really well but I didn't have too much time to chat before the men's race started. In the end, Megan made it into the top hundred, Gemma, Marie and Julia all finished close together with Becky not far behind and then Kirsty and Heather. Of course there was plenty of mud all round the course but paradoxically the muddiest patches were nowhere near as deep as previous years! There was a good effort from Mark who led the way after a strong start and kept working hard all the way. Rick, Ian and Ted ran well paced races and will benefit from the run! Marc struggled a bit as his base fitness isn't there yet and much the same could be said of Peter Faull and Niall. Alex ran well yet again - clearly student life has changed since I was a lad. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to speak to Rob, Mike and Peter Fordham as the heavens opened and we all fled for the trains etc, apart from the valiant Becky who is clearly made of sterner stuff than the rest of us and waited for Rob. For my part I started cautiously and was going well at the start of the second lap when my shoe came off (wasn't even a muddy section - just a slip and my heel twisted out). As the current holder of the shoelace cup my laces are now so well fastened that It took an age to undo them and get the wretched shoe back on! I think it tells you how tough Parliament Hill is by the fact that I got minimal abuse from colleagues passing by! Many thanks to Phil Aiken for his organisational help to both teams on the day and also to Alan Hedger for his support, coffee and surprising turn of speed out of the deluge back to Gospel Oak - once a runner, always a runner." G3 10km Saturday 18th January at Newlands Corner, Guildford Gill Sanders was the leading woman on this tough, hilly and muddy off-road 10km. 1 A Haynes (unatt) 41.53 15 Gill Sanders 48.48 19 Peter Faull 50.22 BENFLEET 15 miles Sunday 19th January It was good to see Lara Werrett back in action in her first race for over a year. 1 D Kendall (Camb H) 1:34.06 41 N Brockbank (Spring) 1:49.26 249 Lara Werrett 2:17.53 332 Rachel Revett 2:27.38 PERCH XV 10km Sunday 26th January at Epsom 1 N Reissland (Coll) 39.03 25 D Norman (E&E) 46.11 (1st woman) 173 Annemarie Goodridge 71.17 RUN THROUGH BRIXTON 10km Sunday 26th January at Brockwell Park 1 P Baque (unatt) 35.15 (chip time 35.11) 32 S Lewis (Barnes) 42.19 (42.08) 165 Nigel Coombes 51.59 (51.40) RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 18th January 1 J Cornish (Herc Wimb) 17.03 20 A Harray (TVH) 20.25 (1st woman) 110 Amrut Sharma 24.13 111 Ellen Clague 24.19 147 Steven Mountain 25.26 150 Alberto Esguevillas 25.33 181 Sue Camp 26.31 266 Val Lowman 28.59 270 Lorraine Clifton 29.08 289 Peter Lowman 28.59 302 Jackie Dunkley 30.30 311 Deepa Sharma 30.46 377 Katie Walton 36.51 384 Pat Hewlett 37.45 386 Beverly Walsh 38.22 393 Eugenio Carmo 40.40 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 18th January 1 G Brook (Strag) 17.16 11 I Atkins (unatt) 20.26 (1st woman) 13 Duncan Mallison 20.51 34 Kabir Sait 23.08 35 Kevin Kearey 23.11 36 George Inman 23.16 54 John Herriott 25.33 60 Jane Craigie-Payne 25.49 71 Emily Kearey 27.12 79 Lynne Barber 27.38 82 Josie Kearey 27.44 84 Heather Martingell 27.52 92 Janet Russell 28.28 97 Mary Hickson 28.51 101 Ann Kearey 29.08 102 Christine David 29.47 109 Cindy Croucher 31.19 112 Penny Merrett 31.47 113 Tracey Small 32.21 121 Su Clark 34.00 126 Deirdre Inman 34.21 135 Allison Peach 37.52 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 18th January 1 A Jackson (Sitting) 16.31 69 M Richards (unatt) 20.41 (1st woman) 133 David Rowe 21.58 175 Adam Wright 22.43 359 Kirsty Bangham 24.45 720 Nic Evans 29.10 926 Sharon Rowe 33.33 999 Wally Garrod 39.16 1010 Danny Hobbs 41.38 GUNNERSBURY parkrun 5km Saturday 18th January Mark Herbert finished third. 1 T Corbett (Ealing E) 18.25 3 Mark Herbert 18.48 19 E Wallace (ESM) 20.32 (1st woman) 21 Rob Wise 20.38 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 18th January Trevor Maguire was first in. 1 Trevor Maguire 19.02 13 G Munro (Old Deers) 23.36 (1st woman) 18 Phil Roberts 24.19 33 Wyn Williams 27.08 39 Colin Brett 29.18 50 Natalia Slattery 33.45 MUSA COOKSTOWN parkrun 5km Saturday 18th January Eirin McDaid was the clear winner. 1 Eirin McDaid 16.58 22 M Conway (unatt) 24.38 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 18th January)... Alice Holt: 64 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 27.01 Delta: 17 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 21.57 Barking: 22 Peter Fordham 23.44 Milton Keynes: 146 Mike White 28.59 Kingston: 21 Chris Camacho 23.24, 88 Martin Clark 34.57 Preston Park: 59 John Pratt 23.26 Southsea: 59 Alan Davidson 24.17 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 25th January Jackson Creegan was the winner today. 1 Jackson Creegan 16.38 6 Duncan Mallison 18.36 14 Craig Maclellan 19.32 22 Alberto Esguevillas 20.24 33 L Brougton (Rich CC) 21.16 (1st woman) 43 Steve Aikin 21.48 85 Amrut Sharma 23.47 88 Eugenio Carmo 23.52 188 Sue Camp 27.31 196 Rob Kitchen 27.43 221 Leeanne Bryce 28.47 261 Deepa Sharma 30.29 269 Peter Lowman 31.09 285 Jackie Dunkley 32.06 290 Bronwen Northmore 32.50 292 Katie Walton 32.58 300 Penny Merrett 33.28 301 Martin Clark 33.39 331 Pat Hewlett 43.01 334 Bev Ali 43.04 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 25th January 1 A Keane (unatt) 18.53 21 Kevin Kearey 21.55 25 Tom Kearey 22.09 30 Kabir Sait 22.50 34 S Harwood (unatt) 23.22 (1st woman) 57 Rachel Allen 26.34 64 Emily Kearey 27.02 67 Lynne Barber 27.13 81 Mary Hickson 28.29 88 Christine David 29.19 89 Josie Kearey 29.21 90 Ann Kearey 29.30 105 Tamsin Burland 31.28 107 Tracey Small 32.16 109 Su Clark 33.31 118 Lexi Slaughter 35.25 119 Waldron Slaughter 35.32 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 25th January 1 M Nixon (Forth V O) 16.27 7 Nick Wright 17.41 16 J Savill (WSEH) 18.23 (1st woman) 92 David Rowe 20.53 202 Adam Wright 22.59 270 Ian Grange 24.00 867 Sharon Rowe 32.53 971 Wally Garrod 38.47 977 John Hanscomb 39.57 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 25th January 1 D Etheridge (unatt) 18.57 16 M Ansell (unatt) 22.16 (1st woman) 17 Chris Camacho 22.31 33 Wiebke Kortum 24.36 42 Tom Reay 25.43 44 Michelle Davies 25.52 45 Lee Davies 25.53 74 Janet Turnes 29.56 75 Jar O'Brien 30.02 76 Mike White 30.03 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 25th January Second place for Colin Brett. 1 A Hussey (Ful-on-Tri) 19.48 2 Colin Brett 20.09 5 L Ryan (Thames T) 21.27 (1st woman) 17 Phil Roberts 23.37 36 Lorna Smith 27.57 37 Paula Maguire 28.44 FULHAM PALACE parkrun 5km Saturday 25th January Lee Coole was third woman home and also number 1 overall on the age-graded rating with 88.37% 1 G Machado (Imperial) 16.37 14 H Taranowski (West 4) 18.36 (1st woman) 47 Lee Coole 21.21 149 Andrew Brown 30.02 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 25th January)... Alice Holt: 58 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 27.04, 60 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 27.09 Reading: 108 Louise Atkinson 29.24 Osterley: 43 Maria Nunes 47.25 Dulwich: 6 Paul Doyle 17.04, 60 James Whistler 21.14 Preston Park: 66 John Pratt 22.47 Southsea: 65 Alan Davidson 24.07 York: 80 Phil Jackson 22.40 FINALLY... "My goal has always been to slow down as slowly as possible. It's as simple as that." Frank Shorter, 1972 Olympic Marathon champion.