Newsdesk 2014

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 420             28 February 2014
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  

 *  Ranelagh wins the mob match v Blackheath and Bromley
 *  76 Ranelagh starters
 *  Phil Killingley wins the Wynne Cup club championship, Peter Haarer and
     Paul Doyle second and third
 *  John Herries wins the sealed handicap  
 *  In the National Championships our women's team finishes 39th and our men
 *  Peter Haarer and Megan De Silva win the Roffey Salver and the Aotearoa
     Trophy as the leading Ranelagh finishers
 *  Heather Martingell completes her World Marathon Masters tour
 *  parkrun placings for Ted Mockett, Niall O'Connor, Rick Jenner, Trevor
     Maguire, Ben Shore, Nick Wright and Marie Synnott-Wells
 *  Inter-club race and club junior championships this Saturday 
 *  Carl Nargang 100 not out
 *  Book now for the Baker Cup supper and presentations evening on Saturday
     29th March

 Congratulations to Ranelagh's oldest and longest-serving member Carl
 Nargang, who celebrated his 100th birthday on 26th February. Carl joined the
 club in 1933 so has notched up 81 years of membership - more than anyone
 else in the club's history. Carl lives in a retirement home in Eastbourne
 but is keeping well and managed a couple of glasses of Guinness at the small
 celebration his family organised for him. Although a long-serving
 Vice-President, Carl was always overlooked for the Presidency, so our
 current President was pleased to be able to appoint Carl as Honorary
 President for Life.   

 INTER-CLUB 3.8 miles  Saturday 1st March in Richmond Park  3pm start
 All are welcome for this fairly low-key race over one lap of our mob match
 course starting at 3pm. The race will incorporate our club junior (under 18)
 championships for the Lotinga Cup (overall champion) and the Camilla Cup
 (junior women). 

 RANELAGH CUP SCHOOLS RACE  Saturday 15th March in Richmond Park
 We'll need marshals for this, so please let Andy Bickerstaff
 andy.bickerstaff@goodrunguide.co.uk  know if you can help.

 CLUTTON CUP 10 miles handicap  Sunday 16th March in Richmond Park.
 10am start.  All members welcome. Ditto about marshals!

 You are invited to our annual presentations supper. All are welcome,
 especially if you have a trophy or medal to collect. 
 Date - Saturday 29th March @ 7.00pm.
 Location - The Roebuck Pub (upstairs) 
 130 Richmond Hill, TW10 6RN
 Tel 0208 948 2329
 Dress - Smart Casual

 Price - £23.00 per person - includes welcome drink, free beer (while stocks
 last) and buffet dinner.
 Places are limited to 60 people, so please reserve your place early!!! Your
 glass of sparkly awaits you!!
 Please Contact:-  Michele Gibson:-Email:- micheleagibson@hotmail.com,
 Mobile:- 07703 518 956
 Cheques payable to :- Ranelagh Harriers and posted / handed to Ms Michele
 Gibson, c/o Baker Cup Supper, 107 Elm Road, New Malden, Surrey KT3 3HN or
 leave in the club safe with the name Michele Gibson on the envelope.
 Cash:- payable to Michele Gibson @ the Club - Tuesday & Wednesday nights.

 These competitions are for points scored in all club races during the winter
 season. With three races to go, clear leader of the men's competition is
 Mark Herbert who has amassed 1134 points. Second is Rob Curtis on 976 and
 third Peter Fordham on 920. Women's leader is Marie Synnott-Wells on 978,
 ahead of Megan De Silva on 898 and Heather Martingell on 845.
 Full scoreboard:.    

 Karen Weir (one of our coaches) is holding a Running Technique Workshop on
 Sunday 6th April, from 2-4pm. Running is a skill that can be learned! Learn
 how to improve your running form and to run more efficiently. Not only will
 this reduce your risk of injury, once you have mastered the techniques you
 will also improve your running performance. Spaces are limited to ensure
 everyone gets individual feedback and video analysis. The cost is £25
 (payable in advance), to reserve your place or for more information, please
 contact Karen@runwithkaren.com. The workshop is not too onerous  in terms of
 running and will focus more on drills and exercises, so do not worry if you
 have done your long run in the morning or are tapering for your spring
 marathon. Workshop location: lululemon athletica, 19 Duke Street, Richmond,
 TW9 1HP.

 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:

 The entry limit has been reached and on-line entries via Sportsystems have
 closed. If you're not planning to run, reserve the date anyway - as ever
 we'll need plenty of help on the day.  Details:. 

 RICHMOND 13.1  Sunday 23rd March
 Lloyd Camp has an entry for this Half Marathon which he will not be using.
 If anyone wants to transfer the entry please contact Lloyd
 lloydcamp@gmail.com .  

 Dominic Stead of the Sporting Feet shop in King Street, Richmond, will be
 paying a visit to the club on Tuesday 4th March to give a very brief talk
 before training. He'll talk about what discounts and services the shop has
 to offer Ranelagh members.

 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 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

 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,
 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. 

 Saturday 15th February in Richmond Park 
 As this extraordinary winter continued to throw storm after storm at us we
 were lucky for the second week in a row to enjoy a brief lull between the
 tempests for our Saturday afternoon race. It was bright and sunny though a
 chilly wind blew up during the afternoon. The Park was saturated of course,
 but as ever there was more standing water than real mud. 

 Last season we secured our first away win at Blackheath for over 40 years.
 We had won at home the year before so another victory would give us three in
 a row - something we haven't achieved in more than 90 years! We expected
 Blackheath to be out in some force to make life difficult for us and we were
 certainly girded up for a close contest. No fewer than 76 Ranelagh Harriers
 assembled on the start line, where it was found that our visitors numbered
 only 25. A small turnout doesn't always mean a weak team, but on this
 occasion few of the 'heathens on parade appeared to be in the first flush of
 youth. Confidence grew that we were looking at another momentous mob match

 And so it proved. Gareth Evans of Blackheath secured third place, but our
 visitors placed only one other runner in the top ten and only a total of
 five before Stewart Anderson - our 22nd and last scorer - crossed the line.
 The result was a crushing 308 to 1057 win for Ranelagh. It was great to
 retain the Pelling-Ratcliff Cup again but a closer contest would have been
 welcome. Next season it's our turn to visit them, and I doubt we can expect
 such an easy ride! In any case, it was great to have such a fine Ranelagh
 turnout for the final mob match of the season. We won three out of four mob
 matches, and but for the excrutiatingly narrow loss to Orion back in October
 we might have secured an unprecedented clean sweep. Well done all, and let's
 hope we can retain the same level of enthusiasm next season. 

 The race incorporated our club championship for the Wynne Cup. Two or three
 who might have been contenders were absent, so the favourite looked to be
 our club Captain Phil Killingley. However, Peter Haarer, whose name appears
 so many times on the Cup, was resolved to give Phil a hard run for his
 money. Peter held on grimly to Phil for most of the first lap but then had
 to give way and Phil went on to record a fairly comfortable win in a time of
 44.51, which takes half a minute or so off the club record for our new mob
 match course. Phil will also take home the F.B. Thompson Medal for the
 overall winner. Peter narrowly held off Evans the Blackheath man for second
 place in the race and the championship. New member Gavin Pape had been their
 nearest pursuer on the first lap but as he faded it was Paul Doyle - another
 former winner of the Cup - who came through for the bronze medal. George
 Howard, Ted Mockett, Trevor Maguire, Gavin Pape and Marc Snaith all made the
 top ten overall. 

 Leading woman was Megan De Silva, whose 53.53 was a new women's course
 record. Carole Penlington of Blackheath was second, then came Becky Hall and
 Gwen McCormack. The one cup that eluded us was the Harry Sheer Memorial
 Trophy which goes to the first over 50 to finish. This was won by
 Blackheath's Neil Ayrton, who finished in 10th place overall.              

 The sealed handicap result announced on the day was not correct. The winner,
 by a country mile, was John Herries. Second place went to the fast-improving
 Megan De Silva and third to Alberto Esguevillas. 

 Most of the mob match usual suspects were there, with David Wright now
 boasting a grand total of 156 mob match finishes. Clive Naish maintained his
 extraordinary record of not having missed a mob match since 1983, but at
 some cost...Clive was suffering from a chest infection and barely made it
 round the second lap. Thanks to those who went back to accompany him in.

 We have an embarrassment of riches in photos this week! There are a few by
 Jeremy Hemming on our website here:. With further links to Paul Sinton-Hewitt's,
 Stephen Logue's and Blackheath's Mike Peel.

 In the evening up to fifty members attended "An Evening with Hugh Jones" at
 the Roebuck. Hugh gave an entertaining account of his running career from
 schooldays onwards, and there followed a fascinating question and answer
 session. Many thanks Hugh for agreeing to be in the hot seat! 
 NATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS  Saturday 22nd February at Wollaton
 Park, Nottingham
 Only a couple of handfuls of Ranelagh Harriers made the trip up to
 Nottingham for the Nationals but they ensured the Ranelagh flag kept flying.
 Our women's team did well to finish in the top half of their field and Megan
 De Silva's 145th in her first serious cross-country season was a great
 achievement. She will deservedly hold the Aotearoa Trophy as the first
 Ranelagh first-claim finisher. Julia Bailey, Becky Hall and Victoria
 Elbourne completed the team in a record field of over 700 finishers.

 Our men's team could best be described as a mixed bag - comprising as it did
 two over 60s, one under 20 and three over 40s. That they failed to worry the
 clubs at the sharp end came as no surprise. What was a surprise was that
 they had 23 clubs behind them! Peter Haarer, who probably has more National
 experience than the rest of the team put together - barring perhaps Mike
 Peace - led our team in a highly respectable 309th place out of 1657
 finishers. Peter will therefore claim for the umpteenth time the Roffey
 Salver as the first Ranelagh first-claim finisher. Vaughan Ramsay and Alex
 Fordham were in the top thousand and the team was completed by Rob Curtis,
 Mike Peace and Peter Fordham.       

 INTER-CLUB at RMA SANDHURST  Saturday 22nd February
 Alan Davidson reports:
 "Perhaps having the Milocarians' resurrected Sandhurst Military College
 cross-country challenge clashing with the National Championships, the six
 required for a team by Ranelagh had to be augmented by local conscripts!
 There were extensive views from the top of the (many) hills of sand and
 heather in the rare sunshine but lurking down in the valley for each of the
 two laps was an area of bog to cross only about two yards wide. After the
 first passage unavoidably I had shoes full of water and socks jet black, but
 perhaps due to tiredness the second time round I fell in! Luckily it was
 still a long way to go as this enabled the blackness to dry to a more
 comfortable caked mass. Our two ladies had probably partaken of the
 sumptuous free tea and left before I finished. The course had been perfectly
 flagged and marshalled by the military but when asked at the exit gate if I
 had enjoyed the race...I had to lie!"

 1   G Till (Milo)          38.46
 10  T McCrow (Ran-gst)     43.54
 12  H Jarvis (Milo)        44.23  (1st woman)
 15  A Miller (Ran - gst)   46.09
 20  P Jhapa (Ran - gst)    48.23
 34  Lara Werrett           53.57
 36  Marion Rayner          58.19
 40  Alan Davidson          62.56

 TEAMS (Scoring 6 a side)
 1   Milocarians          32
 6   Ranelagh H          155      

 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles HANDICAP  Wednesday 5th February at Woking
 1   C Johnston (unatt)     26.00  (actual time 25.30)
 11  Alan Davidson          27.19  (22.49)
 17  Steve Rowland          29.14  (23.29)    

 BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON  Sunday 16th February
 1    P Martelletti (VP&TH) 65.52  (chip time 65.52)
 44   S Hill (Farn)         78.43  (78.41 - 1st woman)
 632  Marie Synnott-Wells   94.58  (94.24)
 1019 Stephen Logue        100.36  (99.29)
 3036 Lorraine Clifton     119.25  (116.51)

 VALENTINE'S 10km  Sunday 16th February at Chessington
 1   A Maud (Clap)          31.25
 20  N Doel (AFD)           36.45  (1st woman)
 337 Alan Meaden            60.02
 371 David Meaden           65.20

 TOKYO MARATHON  Sunday 23rd February
 Congratulations to Heather Martingell who travelled to Tokyo along with Phil
 Jackson, Tamsin Burland and Carola Richter to complete her tour of the World
 Marathon Majors. More details to follow.   

 OLD DEER PARK HALF MARATHON  Sunday 23rd February
 1   T Haughian (WSEH)      70.45  (chip time 70.45)
 31  N Chydenius (Finland)  81.01  (81.00 - 1st woman)
 96  Duncan Mallison        87.58  (87.56)
 285 Kate Woodhouse         99.28  (98.43)
 314 Stewart Anderson      100.10  (99.52)     

 Half Marathons seems to be springing up all around us. This one was about
 700 metres short owing to a marshalling error.

 1    R Campbell (Morn C)   73.16  (chip time 73.16)
 30   K Wilson (26.2)       82.29  (82.24 - 1st woman)
 807  Kirsty Bangham       109.19  (107.40)
 1338 Nigel Coombes        121.15  (118.50)
 1618 Wiebke Kortum        130.03  (126.10)  

 BOURTON-ON-THE-WATER 10km  Sunday 23rd February
 1   O Mott (B&W)           32.21
 2   Chris Illman (Ciren)   32.41
 20  R Felton (Stroud)      34.40  (1st woman)
 164 Rob Wise               42.21

 BRAMLEY 10 miles  Sunday 23rd February
 1   P Wicks (Belgrave)     49.48  (chip time 49.47)
 5   T Jones (Belgrave)     55.54  (55.53 - 1st woman)
 444 Louise Atkinson        97.04  (95.09)

 CAPITAL RUNNERS RICHMOND PARK 10km  Sunday 23rd February
 1   S Yeo (Tamar T)        38.11  (chip time 38.11)
 18  P Morris (Wimb W)      43.18  (43.18 - 1st woman)
 279 Deepa Sharma           64.20  (64.03)

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 15th February
 1   N Phillips (AFD)       16.46
 3   P Law (K&P)            18.24  (1st woman)
 54  Olivia Lloyd           22.54
 64  Tomas Sterner          23.34
 68  Karl Garvey            23.53
 77  Steven Mountain        24.20
 145 Eugenio Carmo          27.48
 147 Rob Kitchen            27.51
 173 Louise Atkinson        29.33
 239 Pat Hewlett            45.30
 241 Bev Ali                45.32

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 15th February
 1   S Hayes (unatt)        16.36
 26  K Coombes (unatt)      23.09  (1st woman)
 33  David Rowe             24.10
 66  Lynne Barber           27.43
 72  Michelle Davies        28.24
 73  Mike White             28.31
 75  Nigel Coombes          28.58
 82  Josie Kearey           30.03
 83  Ann Kearey             30.17
 96  Christine David        33.06
 100 Cindy Croucher         33.54
 101 Su Clark               34.37
 102 Penny Merrett          34.52
 103 Tanya Allen            35.00
 104 Deirdre Inman          35.01  

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 15th February
 1   P Pollock (Abbey)      15.18
 28  M O'Sullivan (unatt)   19.35  (1st woman) 
 85  Simon Collingridge     21.41
 546 Danny Hobbs            38.39 
 550 Wally Garrod           38.56
 554 John Hanscomb          39.38   

 ROOT 44 parkrun 5km  Saturday 15th February
 Nick Wright was runner-up for the second week in succession.

 1   M Bailey (Nedbank)     16.48 
 2   Nick Wright            18.30
 6   C Nienaber (unatt)     21.52  (1st woman) 

 OTHER parkruns  (Saturday 15th February)...
 Kingston: 9 Chris Camacho 23.34,  33 Aiah Songu-Mbriwa 31.16,  40 Maya Farah
 York: 66 Phil Jackson 23.31
 Old Deer Park:  29 Katie Walton 33.08,  30 Deborah Blakemore 33.11

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 22nd February
 Marie Synnott-Wells was third woman.

 1   Unknown                17.37
 14  Craig McLellan         19.28
 20  Stewart Anderson       19.51
 30  L Broughton (Rich CC)  20.45  (1st woman)
 40  Daniel Chiechi         21.11
 43  Marie Synnott-Wells    21.18
 48  Bruce McLaren          21.44
 92  Amrut Sharma           23.30
 93  Steven Mountain        23.38
 146 Alberto Esguevillas    25.54
 165 Simon Taylor           26.43
 191 Nick Fordham           27.42
 210 Louise Atkinson        28.25
 216 Val Lowman             28.41
 253 Peter Lowman           30.18
 267 Andrew Brown           30.45
 270 Hannah Doyle           30.58
 275 Natalia Slattery       31.27
 288 Michelle Martinez      32.09
 290 Martin Clark           32.17
 298 Bronwen Northmore      32.39
 315 Penny Merrett          34.35  
 335 Pat Hewlett            41.19
 336 Bev Ali                41.59

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 22nd February
 First place for Ted Mockett.

 1   Ted Mockett            l7.54
 2   M Dillon (unatt)       17.57  (1st woman)
 14  Kevin Kearey           21.20
 28  Tom Kearey             22.55
 30  Adam Wright            23.18
 44  Kabir Sait             24.13
 45  Nick Wright            24.23
 72  Duncan Mallison        27.13
 87  Nigel Coombes          28.46
 94  Josie Kearey           29.32
 97  Ann Kearey             29.48
 108 Tracey Small           31.29
 111 Su Clark               33.09

 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 22nd February
 A 1-2 for Rick Jenner and Trevor Maguire.

 1   Rick Jenner            18.57
 2   Trevor Maguire         19.06
 15  Phil Roberts           23.22
 18  G Munro (Old Deers)    23.53  (1st woman)
 27  Luke Maguire           27.15
 30  Lorna Smith            27.49
 31  Mel Davison            27.53
 36  Paula Maguire          31.08
 45  Clare Hulacki          37.25

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 22nd February
 1   A Jackson (Sitt)       15.54
 44  S Winter (Strag)       19.18  (1st woman) 
 100 David Rowe             20.49
 282 Ian Grange             23.49
 717 Mary Hickson           30.02
 742 Kirsty Bangham         30.26
 849 Sharon Rowe            34.02
 917 Wally Garrod           38.25

 WALTHAMSTOW parkrun 5km  Saturday 22nd February
 Ben Shore finished second..

 1   D Baldwin (E London)   20.19 
 2   Ben Shore              21.52
 16  R Emmett (unatt )      25.44  (1st woman) 

 OSTERLEY parkrun 5km  Saturday 22nd February
 Niall O'Connor was the winner.

 1   Niall O'Connor         20.30 
 10  A Allen (Burn J)       24.07  (1st woman) 

 OTHER parkruns  (Saturday 22nd February)...
 Kingston: 19 Chris Camacho 23.12,  65 Maya Farah 34.33  
 Bedfont Lakes: 42 Jamie West 23.42
 Brockwell Park: 57 Paul Sinton-Hewitt,  125 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 25.23
 Medina IOW:: 18 Olivia Lloyd 21.25
 Oxford:: 105 Evelyn Joslin 27.34

 "The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances"
 by The Oatmeal:.