*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 423 10 April 2014 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Jar O'Brien wins the Baker Cup * Fastest times by Ted Mockett and Megan De Silva * parkrun placings for Duncan Mallison and Lydia Louw * Subscriptions are due! * London Marathon this Sunday * Last ever Marathon Aches and Pains Party at the Wych Elm in the evening - all welcome ATTENTION PLEASE **************** LONDON MARATHON and ACHES AND PAINS PARTY Sunday 13th April The very best of luck to all Ranelagh Harriers in the London Marathon on Sunday. As usual there will be plenty of support out on the course so enjoy the day! In the evening we'll be having the very last Marathon Aches and Pains Party at the Wych Elm. After years of most generously providing us with free grub on Marathon evening Janet and Manuel are retiring and leaving the pub next month. So do come along if you've run a spring marathon (medals required!) or thought about running one or watched one or know somebody that did! The Wych Elm is in Elm Road, Kingston. URGENT - HELPERS NEEDED FOR THE RANELAGH RICHMOND HALF MARATHON Sunday 4th May We're still looking for plenty more helpers for our Half Marathon next month. If you are not taking part in the race PLEASE volunteer to help out in some capacity - we need mostly marshals but also officials at the finish, people to man water stations etc. The race starts at 8.30am and the last finisher should be home inside three hours. However, you don't necessarily have to commit yourself to the whole morning - if you can spare just a few minutes we can still fit you in somewhere. Don't delay - these things need to be organised in advance. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help. SUBSCRIPTIONS... ...were due on April 1st. Our rates are unchanged at £40 for seniors, £20 for second-claim members and those who are retired and over 60, £10 for under 20s and students and non-running members. There is also a £70 family membership. Post your cheque to Membership Secretary, Ranelagh Harriers, 135a Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey TW10 7AA or leave it in an envelope at the clubhouse. A Standing Order form is available from our website here: . For Bank Transfers, our account is at HSBC, sort code 40-23-29, account number 81109847; please add a message, for example SubscriptionJSmith. For any queries, e-mail the Membership Secretary email@example.com . SUTTON 10km Sunday 11th May This is a Ranelagh Grand Prix and Surrey Road League event. For the past three years it has reached its entry limit early, so don't delay if you're thinking of running. Details:. GREEN BELT RELAY Michelle Davies writes: "I am sorry, I have been terribly slack with this one (new job etc.!). I need to pull my finger out and organise this year's GBR over the weekend of May 17/18. So far I have 12 people on my list (see below). We need 11 to complete a team so if there are anymore of you interested please let me know. We can enter an incomplete team so please don't be put off! In the past some of us have always stayed overnight and the end of day 1, if you would like do this please let me know as I will need to look at booking accommodation pretty quickly. For more information on the GBR visit: www.greenbeltrelay.org.uk/. Entrants as at 31st March: Michelle Davies, Lee Davies, Mike White, Marie Synnott-Wells, Bev Ali, Vaughan Ramsay, Wiebke Kortum, Phil Aiken, Simon Lawrence, Kirsty Bangham, Tom Reay, Iain Wilson." WIMBLEDON COMMON ADVENTURE TRAIL RACE SERIES Andy Bickerstaff is organising a series of three evening trail races on Wimbledon Common, on behalf of the Good Run Guide. They are on Wednesday evenings, May 14th, June 11th and July 9th. The first two are 5 miles, the third 7.8 miles. Details are on the website: www.goodrunguide.co.uk/.. RANELAGH ROAD GRAND PRIX Details of the events that will make up our summer Road Grand Prix are on our website here:. There are only nine events this year - the Elmore 7 miles has been dropped as it is on the same weekend as the Elmbridge 10km. All the Surrey Road League events are included in our Grand Prix. The GP kicks off with any spring Marathon up to May 4th and continues with the Thames Towpath 10, the Richmond Half Marathon and the Sutton 10km. McLEOD TROPHY and WOMEN'S PERFORMANCE AWARD These competitions are for points scored in all club races during the winter season. The Baker Cup was the final event and in the men's competition Rob Curtis held onto the lead he had lately assumed from long-time leader Mark Herbert. Rob's final total was 1254 with Mark on 1229 and Peter Fordham on 1183. Women's winner by a clear margin was Marie Synnott-Wells with 1177 points, ahead of Megan De Silva on 998 and Becky Hall on 963. Full scoreboard and rules:. POINTS PRIZE This one is for consistency in handicaps during the season, and again the Baker Cup was the final event. Winner on 20 points was Bruce McLaren, then came Ted Mockett on 14 and Phil Killingley on 13. Full scoreboard and rules:. THE ENORMOUS ELEPHANT RUN Amie Alden writes: "I'm helping to organise The Enormous Elephant Run www.runforelephants.com/ , a running event that aims to raise awareness and vital funds for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Taking place on Saturday 7th June, the Enormous Elephant Run is an event with a difference; two hundred participants will run 5 and 10k through Wimbledon Common dressed as elephants, with hundreds of supporters there cheering them on and we were hoping you might be able to spread the word about our event to your members, in case they would like to join us. Africa's elephants are currently in crisis and without our field teams, the future of elephants would be bleak. By taking part, your members can help us prevent hundreds more elephants being killed by poachers this year. It is estimated 100 elephants are killed for their tusks every day, threatening the future of all elephant herds roaming Africa. Many elephants targeted by poachers have milk dependent calves, and without a mother, an infant elephant has no chance of survival. Our conservation projects are vital to the protection of elephants in Africa; we offer the only safe haven and orphanage in Kenya for elephants that have lost their family, saving as many as 40 calves in a year that would otherwise not survive. Our field teams including Mobile Vet Teams, Aerial Surveillance and Anti-Poaching Units which are responsible for tracking poachers and saving the lives of wildlife injured and targeted by poachers - last year alone we saved the lives of more than 500 elephants. Without our field teams, the future for Kenya's elephants would look extremely bleak. We would love to make as many of those who live locally and who love running aware of our event and as a local running club, we would be extremely grateful of your help in raising awareness of our event. Please do get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions, I can be reached on 01372 378 321 or on 07730 783 613." Register for the run at www.runforelephants.com/. 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 ) Sunday 13th April London Marathon Sunday 27th April Thames Towpath 10 miles at Chiswick. Entries closed. Sunday 4th May Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon. 8.30am start. Details:. Sunday 11th May Sutton 10km. 9.30am start. Details:. Sat/Sun 17th & 18th May Green Belt Relay. See above. Sunday 1st June Dorking 10 miles. Details:. 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 *************** BAKER CUP 3 miles road handicap Saturday 29th March in Richmond Park It was a sunny but blustery day for the traditional closing race of our "winter" season. The wind was in the runners' faces on the long drag up from Sheen crossroads to White Lodge, making it hard going indeed, especially second time around, but the temperature was agreeably mild. Jar O'Brien fooled/bribed the handicapper somehow and received a very generous start. He'd completed his first lap before the back-markers had even started and the only way he wasn't going to win from there was if he had been directed onto a third lap! Jar cruised in to an emphatic five minutes victory, while handicapper Angus went away scratching his head wondering where his careful calculations could have gone wrong. It was good to see two juniors - Luke Maguire and Jonny Brook crossing the line next, though Jonny was competing as a guest. The bronze medal therefore went to Sue Sinclair and behind her they came in thick and fast until a few tail enders upon whom the handicapper had not smiled. The race includes the Jack Ellicock Trophy for the first junior to finish and this went to Luke Maguire. Fastest time was Ted Mockett's 17.32, just a second ahead of Rick Jenner. Third was David Lawley on 17.50. Leading woman was Megan De Silva on 19.22, followed by Marie Synnott-Wells 20.24 and Gwen McCormack 20.27. BAKER CUP SUPPER and PRIZE PRESENTATIONS The Roebuck again hosted our presentations evening. We were packed to the rafters for a filling feed, a quick review of the season from the President and then the presentations. We certainly have a very impressive array of silverware and thanks go to Alan Hedger for arranging engraving and doing the polishing! But as always it's a shame that not all trophy winners manage to attend, leaving Alan to take their prizes home again. Our thanks go to Michele Gibson and Andy Hayward for organising the evening. LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km Friday 28th March in Hyde Park 1 M Leach (Camb U) 15.07 9 Carl Selya-Hammer 16.20 48 C Jeremiah (Lon H) 18.42 (1st woman) 184 Alan Davidson 23.18 SOUTH-EAST SCHOOLS INTER-COUNTIES Saturday 29th March at Chelmsford Year 8 1 K O'Neill (Essex) 8.56 39 Olivia Lloyd 10.00 PADDOCK WOOD HALF MARATHON Sunday 30th March Chris Read reports: "I made an early start following the Baker Cup Supper to run the Paddock Wood Half Marathon in Kent. The race was recommended in Runners World as good for a pb so I thought I might possibly avoid a pw. Before the start I felt a sense of superiority over fellow runners from other clubs such as South London Harriers, Epsom Allsorts, Clapham Chasers and Blackheath and Bromley, all of whom had been on the wrong end of results mentioned the previous night. The course was flat and fast and the race began well for me. However my sense of superiority did not last beyond the 10 mile mark as runner after runner came past me. I was very pleased to cross the finish line in a time of 1.44.05 (not a pw)." 1 N Kirui (Kenya) 1:05.28 (chip time 1:05.28) 16 T Jones (Belgrave) 1:13.25 (1:13.25 - 1st woman) 600 Chris Read 1:44.56 (1:44.05) CROYDON HALF MARATHON Sunday 30th March Marie Synnott-Wells finished 7th in the women's race and first over 45. 1 K Quinn (AFD) 1:13.44 (chip time 1:13.43) 18 L Harris (Croydon) 1:26.50 (1:26.49 - 1st woman) 88 Marie Synnott-Wells 1:38.12 (1:38.05) BROOKLANDS HALF MARATHON Sunday 30th March 1 T Lambert (Winch) 1:10.10 (chip time 1:10.10) 35 C Hoskins (reading RR) 1:27.22 (1:27.15 - 1st woman) 342 John Scally 1:52.39 (1:52.30) 720 Tanya Allen 2:24.45 (2:23.51) KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap Wednesday 2nd April at Woking 1 R Thevenet (Woking) 22.47 (actual time 21.17) 2 Steve Rowland 24.41 (23.11) 7 Louise Piears 26.20 (20.56) 9 Sonia Rowland 26.58 (22.58) 23 Alan Davidson 30.52 (27.07) BRIGHTON MARATHON Sunday 6th April Here are some extracts from Cindy Croucher's report - you can read more here:. "Job done! You'll never believe what happened though! The train to Brighton was on time and quick. The trouble started as soon as we arrived. Unbelievably when we arrived to check-in at our hotel we discovered that the room we booked last August [yes eight months ago] had been cancelled as the website we had booked through had gone bust! It took a little while to sink in and then the panic kicked in.... we needed to find a room at 4pm on a Saturday, the day before the marathon! Well we found one. Yes, you guessed it, it was ridiculously overpriced but it was a room. We traipsed the mile or so through the crowds to check-in to our windowless overpriced cave. We didn't pay too much attention as we were in a rush to go and collect our numbers from the expo so we dropped off our bags and rushed to the Brighton Centre. The expo was fun. As I'd booked my place using my American Express card we got some VIP wristbands which gave us access to the VIP area on the start line. It promised 'luxury toilets'. We had a look around and then went back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. Luckily we'd pre-booked a table at Zizzi's because everywhere was really, really busy. We had wine - we needed it to get over the stress of the whole hotel affair! After dinner we went back to the hotel for an early night. The control didn't work for the TV which was extra, extra loud which was probably a good thing because there was a stag group who kept knocking on doors and a rugby tour consisting of drunk men who were lost in the corridors. At 12.30pm when the noise was so loud that the bed was shaking, Deirdre went to Reception to see what time the disco would finish. It was actually a nightclub which went on until 2am. Fortunately there was a spare room so we packed up our bags and were in our new room by 12.45am. Our carefully laid out kits were hastily stuffed into our bags along with everything else as quickly as possible. The alarm went off at 6.15am for an early breakfast. The breakfast was appalling. Cold toast [no marmite]. Cold porridge [no honey]. That was all - yuk! We then packed up our bags again as the hotel promised to move us to a twin room whilst we were gone and walked the 30 minute walk to the start at Preston Park. The VIP area was brilliant. Posh toilets with hand cream, drinks, bag drop and Paula Radcliffe! We made our way to the back of the start line to the green area. By this time I knew that today wasn't going to be my day. This was disappointing after four months of training but my cold hadn't shifted and I was sweaty and clammy just walking. I felt really rubbish and my legs felt like concrete. I really wanted to give up at about seven miles but I was too stubborn. I wanted my medal! I'd also like to say we were both very pleased to beat the Honey Monster, the man with the tiger on his back [who it turns out carried on and is running to London and will run the London Marathon next Sunday], the phone and the Storm Trooper. Deirdre and I stuck it out, we walked in places, we stopped off for the loo [twice], we kept each other going and we finished it. We crossed the line hand in hand as it is probably our last marathon together. I look back over the last sixteen weeks and although I am disappointed that I didn't achieve my goal, there wasn't anything I could have done about it. A cold is a cold! I've had a great time and had some really fun runs with lots of friends.... a bit of a running adventure." 1 W Chebor (Kenya) 2:09.25 (chip time 2:09.25) 10 A Milgo (Kenya) 2:35.33 (2:35.33 - 1st woman) 1293 Rob Curtis 3:41.09 (3:39.50) Jane Craigie-Payne 3:51.46 (3:49.27) Michelle Hovanessian 5:08.34 (4:57.54) Deirdre Inman 6:02.54 (5:50.45) Cindy Croucher 6:02.54 (5:50.46) There may have been other Ranelagh runners - please let us know your result. PARIS MARATHON Sunday 6th April Lars Lundqvist and Matt Copp both had cramp problems of different kinds but plugged on to the finish. 1 K Bekele (Ethiopia) 2:05.03 13 F Cheyech (Kenya) 2:22.41 2801 Lars Lundqvist 3:18.02 4378 Matt Copp 3:26.31 MABAC LEAGUE 5 miles Sunday 6th April at Winterfold 1 D Cairnie (Runnymede) 31.40 16 R Black (DMV) 39.39 (1st woman) 89 Steve Rowland 49.52 92 Sonia Rowland 50.43 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 29th March 1 M Bishop (TH&H) 16.33 7 Tarek Mouganie 18.18 12 Craig McLellan 18.43 24 Simon Ogle 19.50 30 Z Illis (Herc W) 20.05 (1st woman) 32 Alberto Esguevillas 20.21 67 Karl Garvey 22.26 70 Christopher Parsons 22.30 84 Amrut Sharma 23.11 93 Eugenio Carmo 23.34 131 Steven Mountain 25.02 136 Carol Aikin 25.23 137 Simon Taylor 25.25 149 Ulises Alonso 26.07 151 Michael Sikora 26.11 158 Andrew Brown 26.32 166 Sue Camp 26.46 172 Tony Clark 27.06 199 Ashleigh Ferris 28.12 200 Leeanne Bryce 28.12 232 Deepa Sharma 29.24 279 Louise Atkinson 32.21 283 Bronwen Northmore 32.41 317 Bev Ali 41.13 318 Pat Hewlett 41.18 320 Maria Nunes 44.09 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 29th March 1 A Jackson (Sitt) 15.34 12 Nick Wright 17.44 24 David Rowe 18.23 33 M O'Sullivan (unatt) 18.50 (1st woman) 104 David Ready 20.56 128 Simon Collingridge 21.21 200 Egis Vincel 22.32 259 Adam Wright 23.14 479 Neil Surtees 25.53 589 Michelle Davies 27.17 590 Mike White 27.20 600 Lee Davies 27.27 742 Jackie Dunkley 29.28 978 Wally Garrod 37.09 1002 Danny Hobbs 38.42 1029 John Hanscomb 42.51 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 29th March 1 D Fraser (unatt) 19.40 9 M Giglio (unatt) 21.38 (1st woman) 22 Phil Roberts 23.21 46 Mel Davison 29.36 47 Nigel Coombes 29.44 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 29th March 1 M Dillon (unatt) 18.15 (1st woman) 55 Rachel Allen 27.27 57 Emily Kearey 27.29 58 Kevin Kearey 27.30 66 Heather Martingell 27.51 76 Josie Kearey 28.44 77 Ann Kearey 28.48 90 Cindy Croucher 32.33 91 Penny Merrett 32.34 94 Deirdre Inman 33.39 98 Su Clark 35.29 104 Lexi Slaughter 36.27 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 29th March)... Kingston: 90 Sarah-Kim Holland 30.03 Southsea: 56 Alan Davidson 24.05 York: 75 Phil Jackson 21.51 Crystal Palace: 83 Peter Fordham 26.25 Chelmsford Central: 52 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 22.00, 120 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 24.14 Canning River: 48 Wyn Williams 25.42 Preston Park: 78 John Pratt 23.07 Osterley: 20 Catherine Holman 25.45, 39 Mary Hickson 30.03 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 5th April Young Lydia Louw ran a big PB and was the second female to finish. 1 A Beaumont (Serp) 18.08 15 Peter Faull 19.39 17 Stewart Anderson 19.50 21 L Broughton (Rich CC) 20.00 (1st woman) 24 Bill Neely 20.15 39 Lydia Louw 21.06 46 Steve Aikin 21.39 60 Stephen Logue 22.14 91 Amrut Sharma 23.17 100 Eugenio Carmo 23.40 116 Ulises Alonso 24.07 131 Simon Taylor 24.28 132 Steven Mountain 24.29 138 Sally Yau 24.50 147 Andrew Brown 25.00 162 Alberto Esguevillas 25.41 193 Arthur Louw 26.57 210 Michael Sikora 27.26 223 Rob Kitchen 27.58 239 Val Lowman 28.33 259 Deepa Sharma 29.26 271 Peter Lowman 30.01 291 Katie Walton 31.46 292 Michelle Martinez 31.55 302 Bronwen Northmore 32.53 323 Pat Hewlett 39.34 324 Bev Ali 40.42 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 5th April 1 A Jackson (Sitt) 15.47 10 Nick Wright 17.24 13 M Dillon (unatt) 17.34 (1st woman) 22 David Rowe 18.23 190 Adam Wright 22.17 226 Rachel Revett 22.42 292 Bruce McLaren 23.31 436 Chris Wright 25.30 700 Mary Hickson 29.20 707 Jackie Dunkley 29.27 716 David Meaden 29.37 918 Wally Garrod 36.44 950 John Hanscomb 41.41 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 5th April 1 D Miller (Barnes) 18.28 4 M Giglio (unatt) 20.51 (1st woman) 12 Phil Roberts 22.10 34 Colin Brett 26.15 42 Paula Maguire 27.31 65 Deborah Blakemore 34.51 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 5th April 1 M Kossatz (unatt) 18.55 18 S Black (Tri Europe) 21.01 (1st woman) 38 Hannah Doyle 23.10 50 Alan Davidson 24.14 88 Annemarie Goodridge 32.06 89 Wiebke Kortum 32.06 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 5th April A win for Duncan Mallison. 1 Duncan Mallison 18.05 24 A Fisk (Canterbury) 22.28 (1st woman) 30 Phil Jackson 22.59 69 Rachel Allen 27.09 70 Heather Martingell 27.13 109 Su Clark 33.54 GUNNERSBURY parkrun 5km Saturday 5th April 1 S Haddad (unatt) 16.26 20 E Goodhart (TVH) 19.52 (1st woman) 101 Mike White 24.35 127 Phil Aiken 25.58 134 John Herriott 26.10 261 Lexi Slaughter 36.39 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 5th April)... Brighton & Hove: 126 Ally Salisbury 25.29 Reading: 106 Louise Atkinson 31.12 Black Park: 23 Rob Wise 19.40 Brockwell: 104 Kirsty Bangham 23.44 Oxford: 88 Ian Bingham 27.18, 89 Evelyn Joslin 27.18 Darlington South: 75 Nigel Coombes 25.35 Walthamstow: 8 Ben Shore 21.09 Hampstead Heath: 42 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 22.06, 93 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 26.08 Lanhydroc: 38 Lee Davies 28.34 Preston Park: 69 John Pratt 23.23 FINALLY... London Marathon: the best and worst motivational slogans (Daily Telegraph 6th April) here:.