*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 429 9 July 2014 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Ranelagh juniors on top in Stragglers handicap series * parkrun placings for Becky Hall, Ted Mockett, Jackson Creegan, Trevor Maguire, Mark Herbert, Nick Twomey, David Lawley, Iain Wilson, Wiebke Kortum, Karen Weir, Colin Brett, Sacha Kennedy and Lydia Louw * AGM report - Life Membership for Paul Sinton-Hewitt * Coad Cup 5 miles summer handicap next Tuesday - please arrive early! * League and GP races Elmbridge 10km and Wedding Day 7km coming up this month * Ranelagh Magic Mile tomorrow * Subscriptions are overdue! ATTENTION PLEASE **************** COAD CUP 5 miles SUMMER HANDICAP Tuesday 15th July in Richmond Park All members are welcome for a 7.15pm start but if possible please arrive early to give the poor handicapper more time to calculate everyone's handicap mark. RANELAGH MAGIC MILE Thursday 10th July David Lawley writes: "This is a challenge pitting you against the clock over an iconic distance, ONE single mile. It's FREE and open to everybody, we will be setting you off in similar ability heats on the track from 7:30pm. Last year proved a great competitive spectacle and a really fun evening. This year we're hosting it at Osterley sports track, which we have exclusive use of from 7pm. It has good parking on Ridgeway Road (TW7 5LN) and at the centre itself but ONLY in the yellow bays. Public transport is handy too. Nearest train is Isleworth, tube is Osterley on the Piccadilly line nearby and lots of buses go there too. Changing facilities, showers and lockers available in the sports centre. There might even be cake, tea and beer after too at mine. More details are here:. ELMBRIDGE 10km Sunday 20th July at Walton This is the next race in the Surrey Road League and our own Grand Prix. At the time of writing we have about 40 Ranelagh entries. 9am start at Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Centre. Details:. WEDDING DAY 7km Friday 25th July in Bushy Park The always-popular Wedding Day race is not a Road League event but it is included in our Grand Prix. We are regular winners of the Father Onn Mob Match trophy for the club with the greatest number of finishers, excluding organisers Stragglers. At the moment just over 50 of us have our names down - there's room for more, but don't delay too long as this race regularly fills up before the closing date. 7.30pm start in Bushy Park. Details:. PERSEVERANCE WIMBLEDON DASH 5km Sunday 17th August at Wimbledon Park This is the final race in both the Surrey Road League and our Grand Prix. 9.30am start in Wimbledon Park. Details:. STRAGGLERS JUNIOR HANDICAP SERIES The next in the summer series of 2km handicap races for juniors takes place on Thursday 17th July at the Hawker Centre. All under 18s are welcome. Registration begins at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. For the very young there is a 500 metres race. The remaining event in the series is on 28th August. RANELAGH ROAD GRAND PRIX Details of the events that make up our summer Road Grand Prix and the current scoreboard are on our website here:. The next two events are the Elmbridge 10km and the Wedding Day 7km. Both races are popular so you're advised to get your entries in early. Then the final race is the Perseverance 5km in August. Details of all three above. GP leaders after six events: (Open) Nick Twomey 47, Paul Doyle 39, Ted Mockett 37, Ian Kenton and Trevor Maguire 25, Phil Killingley 24, Peter Faull 23, Stewart Anderson 21, Paul Rider 20 Rick Jenner 19, David Lawley 17; (Men Over 40) Paul Doyle 21, Bruce McLaren 18, Stewart Anderson 15, Trevor Maguire 13; (Men Over 50) Paul Rider 28, Stephen Logue 21, Bill Neely 14, Colin Brett 11; (Women) Lauren Stewart 18, Marie Synnott-Wells and Megan De Silva 15, Heather Martingell 9, Ellen Clague 8, Amelie Hunton and Sally Dell 6; (Women Over 40) Marie Synnott-Wells 18, Ellen Clague and Heather Martingell 14, Sally Dell and Cindy Croucher 9; (Women Over 50) Sally Bamford 14, Deirdre Inman 8, Michele Gibson 7. SURREY ROAD LEAGUE After four of the six events that make up the League programme this year, Ranelagh's men find themselves in 2nd place, trailing Clapham Chasers by two points but well clear of the rest. However, with only the best four scores from the six races to count there are several other clubs who could move themselves into contention. In the women's competition we are the current holders of the League title and we hold the lead at this point. Again it's Clapham who are our most prominent rivals and they stand just one point behind us. But just as in the men's competition it could all change with the final two races. In the individual competitions Lauren Stewart and Megan De Silva are 2nd and 4th respectively in the Senior Women category, while Nick Twomey and Ted Mockett are 3rd and 5th in the Senior Men's. Paul Doyle is 7th in the M40 class, Paul Rider and Stephen Logue are 2nd and 4th in the M50s and Alan and David Meaden are 3rd and 4th in the M60s. Ellen Clague and Marie Synnott-Wells are 2nd and 6th in the W45s and Michele Gibson is 5th in the W55s. The final two League events are the Elmbridge 10km on Sunday 20th July and the Perseverance Wimbledon Dash 5km on Sunday 17th August - see above for details. St GEORGE'S HOSPITAL TOOTING Marie Synnott-Wells writes: "I'm taking part in the British 10K London Run 2014 on 13th July to raise money for the Regional Neurosciences Unit, St George's Hospital Charity and I'd really appreciate your support. Donating to my JustGiving page is easy - just follow this link and click Donate: www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Marie-Synnott-Wells4. JustGiving sends your donation straight to St George's Hospital Charity so it's a quick and safe way to donate." RUN TECHNIQUE WORKSHOP Karen Weir writes: "Ranelagh coach Karen is hosting another Run Technique workshop on Sunday 13th July. The workshop will start at 10am with the practical element being on Richmond Green. This will then be followed by a specific yoga for runners session at the nearby lululemon athletica showroom. The workshop will finish at 1pm and costs £30. It is suitable for runners of all abilities and experience and is a great opportunity to improve your running technique from both a performance improvement and injury prevention perspective. The yoga session will be led by Veronika Harkness from YogaShooli and will be specifically targeted to reach those areas of tightness negatively impacting your running. You'll definitely leave this workshop feeling more mobile and better able to run to your full potential. For more information or to reserve your place, contact email@example.com." THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE 8 year-old Ranelagh member Daniel Rushby hit the headlines in the Richmond and Twickenham Times when he became the youngest person ever to complete the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge last month. Daniel, along with his 10 year-old brother James and parents Phil and Maia - Ranelagh Harriers all - successfully surmounted the highest points in England Scotland and Wales with just 22 minutes to spare before the 24 hours limit. Full story: THAMES MEANDER SERIES David Ross of Hermes Running is looking for marshals for the Thames Meander series, which consists of a Half Marathon and Marathon on the Thames towpath on 23rd August and 1st November. Anyone volunteering to marshal at one event will qualify for a free entry to another. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. OLGA KOTELKO There was sad news from Canada with the sudden death of 94 year-old athlete Olga Kotelko, who was featured in our "Finally" section only last week. 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 . Follow Ranelaghon 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 Captain / Team Manager ( e-mail Becky or Phil email@example.com ) Tuesday 15th July Coad Cup 5 miles summer handicap in Richmond Park. Sunday 20th July Elmbridge 10km. 9am start. Details:. Friday 25th July Wedding Day 7km in Bushy Park. 7.30pm start. Details:. Sunday 17th August Perseverance Wimbledon Dash 5km. 9.30am start. 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 *************** ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Tuesday 8th July in the clubhouse Our AGM was reasonably well attended, thanks in no small part to the post-run tea provided by Carol Barnshaw. Not surprisingly Carol's re-election was the most loudly approved! Most of the other club posts were retained by the incumbents, the notable exception being the Women's Captaincy which was taken over by Becky Hall with thanks to her predecessor Estelle Damant. Niall O'Connor decided to stand down as Race Director of our 10km, where he has done a splendid job for five years. Niall has offered to continue to help as part of a team and there are one or two possible volunteers to join him. The various reports, even the Treasurer's, were accepted with little query, and thanks go to all involved particularly David Rowntree for his detailed financial analysis. As most of you will know, Paul Sinton-Hewitt was awarded a CBE in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours list for his work with parkrun. We can't quite match an investiture at Buckingham Palace, but we were able to offer the next best thing - life membership of Ranelagh Harriers. Congratulations Paul. Full minutes of the meeting will be available shortly. STRAGGLERS JUNIOR HANDICAP 2km Thursday 12th June at the Hawker Centre This was the third race in the summer series and it saw a record turnout of 19 juniors in Ranelagh colours. And it was even better to see five of those crossing the line in the first five positions. Euan Sinclair, who was first home, brother Finlay and Astrid and Frieda Roper were all taking part for the first time and had default handicaps, so the "First Lad" award went to 5th-placed James Rushby and just two places behind James, Ciara McLaren was "First Gal". There were personal bests all down the list. Lydia Louw, although down in 28th place in the handicap set the fastest girl's time of 7.55, just 13 seconds slower than the fastest boy. Lydia was actually 3rd fastest overall, just ahead of Kabir Sait and Euan Sinclair. In the team scoring Ranelagh was well ahead of the rest. 1 Euan Sinclair 15.56 (actual time 7.56) 2 Finlay Sinclair 16.53 (8.53) 3 Astrid Roper 17.04 (12.04) 4 Frieda Roper 17.12 (9.12) 5 James Rushby 17.15 (9.15) 7 Ciara McLaren 17.29 (10.59) 10 Luke Maguire 19.03 (9.03) 11 Arthur Louw 19.17 (8.47) 12 Matthew Beal 19.19 (9.19) 14 Jonny Brook 19.22 (8.22) 15 Charlie Brook 19.27 (10.27) 19 E Andrews (unatt) 19.42 (7.42 - fastest boy) 21 Josie Kearey 19.46 (9.16) 23 Kabir Sait 19.55 (7.55) 28 Lydia Louw 20.25 (7.55 - fastest girl) 29 Noah Heron-Brett 20.28 (8.58) 30 Harvey Bloomer 20.34 (12.34) 31 Campbell McLaren 20.41 (12.41) 34 Oliver Beal 21.15 (10.45) Minis (500m) 1 F Hutchings (Strag) 2.44 2 Afrah Sait 2.51 (1st girl) Teams 1 Ranelagh H 46 2 Stragglers 12 3 Sheen Shufflers 12 4 26.2 RRC 8 NORTH DOWNS 30km Sunday 22nd June 1 S Wenk (Maidstone) 1:58.30 15 A Gounelas (Eton M) 2:16.44 (1st woman) 443 Marina Quayle 3:44.50 STRAGGLERS JUNIOR HANDICAP 2km Thursday 26th June at the Hawker Centre For the fourth race in the series we went one better than before with 20 Ranelagh runners. We didn't manage to provide the first finisher this time, but positions 2 to 8 were all Ranelagh headed by Sam Rushby and Juliet Ricketts. They and the winner were all "first timers" so the "First Gal" award went to Astrid Roper in 4th place and the "First Lad" once again was James Rushby. Fastest overall time again eluded us, but Kabir Sait with a big PB was second fastest only three seconds down with a time of 7.42. Lydia Louw's 7.52 was third fastest overall but fastest girl ahead of Livvy Ricketts. Again there were plenty of personal bests and team-wise we scored another big win. With two more events to go (17th July and 28th August) we hold a very commanding lead. 1 T Dziva (unatt) 16.01 (actual time 11.01) 2 Sam Rushby 16.02 (11.02) 3 Juliet Ricketts 17.18 (9.18) 4 Astrid Roper 18.25 (10.25) 5 James Rushby 18.30 (9.00) 6 Oliver Beal 18.32 (10.32) 7 Thomas Marwood 18.35 (8.35) 8 Livvy Ricketts 18.37 (8.37) 10 Campbell McLaren 18.59 (11.29) 17 Arthur Louw 19.37 (8.37) 18 Josie Kearey 19.38 (9.08) 20 E Andrews (unatt) 19.39 (7.39 - fastest boy) 21 Jonny Brook 19.40 (8.10) 23 Tor Heron-Brett 19.40 (9.10) 25 Kabir Sait 19.42 (7.42) 26 Matthew Beal 19.43 (9.13) 28 Luke Maguire 19.51 (8.51) 29 Lydia Louw 19.52 (7.52 - fastest girl) 30 Charlie Brook 19.55 (10.55) 35 Ciara McLaren 20.09 (11.09) 36 Noah Heron-Brett 20.10 (9.10) 42 finished Minis (500m) 1 A Lafeuille (Strag) 2.37 2 Afrah Sait 2.44 (1st girl) Teams Overall after four races 1 Ranelagh H 49 1 Ranelagh H 156 2 Stragglers 19 2 Stragglers 87 3 Sheen Shufflers 17 3 Sheen Shufflers 53 4 St Mary's Richmond AC 32 5 26.2 RRC 29 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km Friday 27th June in Hyde Park 1 R Weston (Serp) 16.00 24 C Wilding (Serp) 19.17 (1st woman) 139 Alan Davidson 23.38 RANELAGH OLD FOLKS OUTING TO SWITZERLAND Sunday 29th June Peter Fordham writes: "The finest Alpine Race team to ever represent Ranelagh Harriers (P.F. to Editor: 'Please confirm'. Editor: 'No, I won't confirm') comprising Mike Peace, Phil Jackson and Peter Fordham flew to Switzerland to take part in the Aletsch Mountain Race starting at 1950 metres in Bettmeralp. With a combined age of over 190, the three old mountain goats spent their entire annual immobility allowance to pay for this trip and were ordered to leave their bus passes and sticks at home. The team prepared with two days of extreme hiking before the race, which was shortened to 13k because of bad weather on race day. All recorded honourable times for the appalling conditions and inevitable incontinence breaks. On returning, two of the group couldn't remember having been to Switzerland, and the other couldn't remember why. However, the trip was deemed to be such a success that Ranelagh will now be purchasing a rest home high up in the Alps for knackered old members. Funds will be raised by doubling club subs, tea mornings, bingo evenings, and ballroom dancing. Fit youngsters also welcome next year." 1 C Cesar (Switz) 51.08 1322 Phil Jackson 95.18 1524 Peter Fordham 100.01 1801 Mike Peace 113.43 1904 finished HARRY HAWKES 10 miles Sunday 29th June at Thames Ditton 1 A Maud (Clapham C) 52.41 20 B Levene (AFD) 62.32 (1st woman) 183 Chris Read 83.48 193 Rachel Revett 84.13 CAPITAL RUNNERS 10km Sunday 29th June in Bushy Park 1 P Natali (Camb U) 32.25 18 K Morgan (Clap) 38.24 53 Jonny Rowan 42.57 274 Julie Teal 64.13 IRONMAN FRANCE Sunday 29th June at Nice David Rowe completed another Ironman in fine style with a 3:42 marathon, just inside the top 50 in his age group. You can read David's full account on his blog here: . Results: Swim time: 1:06:09 - 442nd overall, 94th in M40-44 age group Bike time: 5:23:13 - post bike position 202nd overall, 40th in M40-44 age group Run time: 3:42:17 Overall result: 10:21:20, 266th overall, 49th in M40-44 age group GREAT BAKEWELL PUDDING FELL RACE Sunday 29th June 1 D Archer (N Derby) 38.22 21 Ted Mockett 44.22 22 O Walwyn (Altrincham) 44.38 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap Wednesday 2nd July at Woking 1 T Bodoano (unatt) 25.44 (actual time 22.44) 2 Sonia Rowland 26.21 (20.21) 14 Louise Piears 27.43 (21.28) 17 Steve Rowland 28.14 (23.44) Also Alan Davidson (22.18) RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 28th June 1 N Hughes (unatt) 17.14 20 L Broughton (Rich CC) 20.18 (1st woman) 33 Steve Aikin 21.25 62 Amrut Sharma 22.52 87 Sally Yau 23.57 97 Eugenio Carmo 24.26 117 Carol Aikin 25.03 122 Michael Sikora 25.17 193 Tony Clark 28.05 204 Deepa Sharma 28.26 248 Martin Clark 30.44 260 Bronwen Northmore 31.22 264 Matthew Beal 31.33 288 Oliver Beal 32.56 318 Andrew Brown 37.52 327 Pat Hewlett 40.11 328 Bev Ali 40.50 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 28th June Nick Twomey and Mark Herbert were 2nd and 3rd across the line, while Becky Hall was the leading woman. 1 Unknown 17.21 2 Nick Twomey 17.23 3 Mark Herbert 18.38 15 Becky Hall 21.27 (1st woman) 19 Kevin Kearey 22.13 28 Tom Kearey 23.09 61 Emily Kearey 27.01 75 Josie Kearey 27.56 77 Ann Kearey 28.06 92 Lynne Barber 30.59 93 Penny Merrett 31.08 96 Tracey Small 31.51 98 Tamsin Burland 32.13 100 Deirdre Inman 34.06 104 Su Clark 35.04 105 Lexi Slaughter 35.30 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 28th June Colin Brett finished third. 1 D Miller (Barnes) 18.29 3 Colin Brett 19.39 8 Stewart Anderson 20.01 16 A Coates (unatt) 21.32 (1st woman) 87 Deborah Blakemore 34.22 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 28th June 1 A Lawrence (Morpeth) 15.41 18 H Page (Dartford) 18.23 (1st woman) 45 Nick Wright 19.37 135 Adam Wright 21.43 155 Simon Lawrence 21.59 256 Ian Grange 23.12 456 Teresa Segovia 25.53 469 Kirsty Bangham 26.05 683 Jackie Dunkley 29.16 905 Wally Garrod 38.02 923 John Hanscomb 41.04 OSTERLEY parkrun 5km Saturday 28th June David Lawley finished second. 1 A McGeoch-William (WV) 17.52 2 David Lawley 18.27 12 R Allsop (unatt) 23.58 (1st woman) 24 Catherine Holman 26.16 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 28th June 1 E Catmur (TH&H) 17.45 7 Iain Wilson 19.19 21 Chris Camacho 21.30 26 P Peever (Wimb W) 22.02 (1st woman) 45 Simon Taylor 23.59 79 Annemarie Goodridge 30.52 80 Wiebke Kortum 30.52 FOREST OF DEAN parkrun 5km Saturday 28th June Marc Snaith finished 3rd. 1 J Hamilton (unatt) 18.13 3 Marc Snaith 19.06 20 M Britten (unatt) 22.03 (1st woman) LYME PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 28th June Ted Mockett was the winner. 1 Ted Mockett 19.27 22 A Booth (unatt) 24.54 (1st woman) 45 Ellen Van Keulen 29.39 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 28st June)... Bedfont Lakes: 9 Ian Kenton 19.52 Reading: 93 Louise Atkinson 29.49 Upton Court: 40 Chris Wright 24.58, 72 Mary Hickson 30.27 Northala Fields: 36 Mike White 27.11 Lanhydrock: 32 Sue Camp 30.20 Walthamstow: 8 Ben Shore 21.50 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 5th July Jackson Creegan was the overall winner and Wiebke Kortum and Karen Weir were 2nd and 3rd in the women's section. 1 Jackson Creegan 16.49 7 Craig Maclellan 18.58 19 Bill Neely 20.40 35 Steve Aikin 21.56 36 C Hewitt (unatt) 21.58 (1st woman) 41 Wiebke Kortum 22.07 50 Karen Weir 22.52 55 Amrut Sharma 23.17 68 Eugenio Carmo 23.46 86 Rob Kitchen 24.37 95 Michael Sikora 25.16 99 Nick Fordham 25.32 104 Carol Aikin 25.50 145 Andrew Brown 27.28 171 Deepa Sharma 28.50 190 Martin Clark 30.34 219 Katie Walton 33.46 235 Pat Hewlett 38.44 239 Bev Ali 40.34 240 Penny Merrett 40.34 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 5th July 1 A Jaksevicius (unatt) 16.46 11 Nick Wright 18.32 18 C Fortune (Linlith) 18.55 (1st woman) 117 Adam Wright 21.50 151 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 22.28 351 Teresa Segovia 25.36 795 Danny Hobbs 37.48 798 Wally Garrod 38.03 821 John Hanscomb 41.11 832 Kirsty Bangham 67.45 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 5th July 1 Unknown 17.53 6 C Bond (Strag) 20.07 (1st woman) 11 Daniel Chiechi 21.37 34 Mel Davison 24.55 39 Michelle Davies 25.12 58 Mike White 27.13 59 Heather Martingell 27.22 71 Nigel Coombes 28.27 76 Tamsin Burland 30.53 83 Tanya Allen 31.59 87 Deirdre Inman 34.04 89 Su Clark 34.53 94 Clare Hulacki 37.54 100 Lexi Slaughter 44.15 101 Waldron Slaughter 44.47 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 5th July Top spot for Trevor Maguire. 1 Trevor Maguire 18.32 10 Paul Gilbert 21.42 161 G Munro (Old Deers) 22.09 (1st woman) 19 Phil Roberts 23.04 29 Wyn Williams 26.58 45 Christine David 31.54 46 Lynne Barber 31.54 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 5th July Iain Wilson finished 2nd. 1 A Hughes (Strag) 18.56 2 Iain Wilson 19.54 4 M Galea (Clap) 20.02 (1st woman) 14 Chris Camacho 21.34 16 Andy Bickerstaff 21.37 43 Hannah Doyle 25.04 59 Fiona Pugh 26.47 74 Annemarie Goodridge 30.08 KINGSBURY WATER parkrun 5km Saturday 5th July David Lawley was 3rd. 1 H Bush (Tamworth) 17.39 3 David Lawley 18.07 19 B Padbury (Hinck) 20.41 (1st woman) 116 Cathy Holman 26.36 NORTHALA FIELDS parkrun 5km Saturday 5th July Mark Herbert was first home. 1 Mark Herbert 17.53 8 L Marchant (26.2) 20.47 (1st woman) OTHER parkruns (Saturday 5th July)... Roundhay: 21 Duncan Mallison 21.24 Black Park: 240 Louise Atkinson 29.31 Dulwich: 77 Paul Doyle 17.29 Medina IOW: 103 Juliette Chan 32.52 Nonsuch: 27 Paul Rider 19.39 Gunnersbury: 92 John Herriott 25.13 Weymouth: 17 Phil Jackson 22.39 Peckham Rye: 55 Peter Fordham 25.29 BUSHY JUNIORS parkrun 2km Sunday 6th July Second-claimer Sacha Kennedy was the leading girl with Lydia Louw not far behind. 1 J Poncia (SMR) 7.08 5 Sacha Kennedy (SMR) 7.54 (1st girl) 8 Euan Sinclair 7.58 9 Lydia Louw 8.04 16 Leonie Kennedy (SMR) 8.19 21 Finlay Sinclair 8.32 39 Arthur Louw 9.10 48 Matthew Beal 9.23 121 Eilidh Sinclair 10.41 126 Oliver Beal 10.56 143 Ciara McLaren 11.18 170 Campbell McLaren 12.03 SAVILL GARDEN JUNIORS parkrun 2km Sunday 6th July 1 H Turner (Cookham) 7.22 7 E Jones (Brack) 8.22 (1st girl) 106 Thomas Lane 15.42 107 Connor Scally 15.46 FINALLY... From The Times: "Athletes can be tricked into beating their personal best if they are told they are performing worse than they actually are, according to research. Scientists believe that the technique helps athletes overcome an artificial performance limit set by the brain, which normally helps protect the body from exhaustion and injury. The study at Indiana University involved 14 competitive male cyclists who took part in four 4km time trials. The first time trial familiarised the cyclists with the procedure and the second was used to set their baseline performance. In the third and fourth, the cyclists were shown two avatars side by side on a computer monitor. One showed their current session's stats and the other purported to show their baseline stats - but in one of the sessions these were inflated to 102 per cent of baseline. During the deception session, most cyclists improved their performance and the group average speed increased by 2.1 per cent over baseline. Scientists believe that while an athlete's brain may tell them they are working at their limit, their body has a residual reserve of energy that can be tapped into."