*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 430 23 July 2014 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Penny Merrett wins the Coad Cup * Fastest times by Ralph Street and Megan De Silva * Ralph Street and Becky Hall run fastest times in the Ranelagh Magic Mile * Nick Twomey and Megan De Silva lead our teams at the Elmbridge 10km * Thirteen runners complete our beginners course * parkrun placings for Lydia Louw, Michelle Davies, Ralph Street, Nick Wright, Becky Hall, Nick Twomey, Mel Davison, Ted Mockett and Colin Brett * GP races Wedding Day 7km and Wimbledon Dash 5km coming up soon * Subscriptions are overdue! ATTENTION PLEASE **************** 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 70 of us have our names down - there's room for more, and at the time of writing entries are still being accepted. 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 fifth of the summer series of 2km handicap races for juniors took place on Thursday 17th July but results have yet to appear. There's a break now before the final event on 28th August 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. GILL SANDERS... ...was chosen to represent South Africa in the Triathlon at the Commonwealth Games. She is entered for the individual race on 24th July and in the relay on 26th July. Congratulations Gill, and good luck. 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:. Last Sunday's Elmbridge 10km was the seventh GP race, and the last two are the Wedding Day 7km, followed by the Perseverance 5km in August. Details above. GP leaders after seven events: (Open) Nick Twomey 59, Ted Mockett 47, Paul Doyle 39, Ian Kenton 36, Trevor Maguire 33, Peter Faull 26, Phil Killingley and Dave Lawley 24, Stewart Anderson 23, Paul Rider 22 Rick Jenner 19, Marie Synnott-Wells 17; (Men Over 40) Paul Doyle 21, Stewart Anderson 20, Trevor Maguire 19, Bruce McLaren 18, Rob Curtis 9 (Men Over 50) Paul Rider 33, Stephen Logue 23, Colin Brett 15, Bill Neely 14, Lloyd Camp 9; (Women) Megan De Silva 21, Lauren Stewart 18, Marie Synnott-Wells 16, Ellen Clague and Heather Martingell 9, Marilyn Horne 8; (Women Over 40) Marie Synnott-Wells 24, Ellen Clague 17, Heather Martingell 14, Sally Dell and Cindy Croucher 9, Wiebke Kortum 8; (Women Over 50) Sally Bamford 19, Marilyn Horne 12, Carol Aikin 10, Deirdre Inman 8, Michele Gibson 7. SURREY ROAD LEAGUE Scores following the Elmbridge 10km have not yet appeared. The final League event is the Perseverance Wimbledon Dash 5km on Sunday 17th August - see above for details. SURREY ROAD RELAYS Sunday 7th September at Wimbledon Park Owing to the unavailability of the Wimbledon Park track on the usual Saturday date, the county road relay championships have been moved to Sunday 7th September starting at 12 noon. As usual the senior men's race will be over 6 stages of approximately 3 miles, the senior women, W35, M40 and M50 events will be over 4 laps and the W45 and M60 will be over 3 laps. RIVER RELAY Sunday 7th September from Virginia Water to Ham This is a 5 stage relay over an approximate marathon distance, individual stages varying between 4 and 7 miles. The first stage is all within Windsor Great Park, subsequent stages follow the Thames towpath to finish at the Hawker Centre. Teams must include at least one woman and no more than three senior men. The balance can be made up by women or veteran men. If you're interested contact Michelle Davies Michelle.Davies@richmond.gov.uk . Note however that this is the same day as the Surrey Road Relays - see above. SOUTHERN COACHING CONFERENCE Saturday 27th September at Lee Valley Athletics Centre Julia Bailey at England Athletics writes: "This year's Southern Coaching Conference bookings are now open and if you book by 15th August you receive a £10 discount at £30 instead of £40. Follow the link:. This year we are offering new exciting workshops, for you and your members, these include: Core or Trunk - what's the difference and how do you train it? Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running Workshop Adapting Athletics - implementing the principles of the inclusion spectrum and STEP in run, jump and throw activities." MIKE MCDOWELL We're sorry to report that Mike McDowell died after a lengthy illness on Friday July 11th at the age of 86, having been a Ranelagh member for some 63 years. A full obituary will follow. ATTENBOROUGH POND It seems that there is now one more "official" pond in Richmond Park to be visited on our Brasher Ponds Runs. On Friday 11th July, Sir David Attenborough opened Attenborough Pond, located a short way up the road from Robin Hood Gate to Pen Ponds car park. Sir David arrived on a dray pulled by two Shire Horses and cut a large ribbon to formally open the pond and a new bench inscribed with a quote from Henry David Thoreau; "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see". ENGLAND ATHLETICS REGISTRATION Many of you have recently received a reminder from England Athletics to renew your EA registration, which is £10 per year. The club absorbs this charge and pays it on your behalf, though the reminders were sent out before we had been able to make our first bulk payment - so if you received a reminder please ignore it. However, the registration payment is naturally only made if you are up to date with your club subscription! If you haven't yet paid, please do so - details below. SUBSCRIPTIONS... ...are overdue! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . CONGRATULATIONS... ...to Aine and Niall O'Connor on the arrival of a son Ruairi on July 10th ...and to Stacey Barber on the arrival of daughter Rose. Follow Ranelagh on Facebook. WHAT'S COMING ************* More details of the following from the men's Captains ( e-mail Phil, Duncan or Trevor email@example.com or the women's Captain / Team Manager ( e-mail Becky or Phil firstname.lastname@example.org ) 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 http://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 *************** COAD CUP 5 MILES HANDICAP Tuesday 15th July in Richmond Park The Coad Cup became a victim of its own success this year, as 80 members and guests turned up to take part. With many of them being first-timers in Ranelagh races, the handicapper had lots of extra work to do and the upshot was that it was well past the scheduled 7.15pm start time before everyone - runners, officials and handicapper - had assembled at the start. With the Park due to close at 9pm it was judiciously decided that the race would be run this year as a scratch race, with the handicap result worked out afterwards. This came as a bit of a shock to the marshals already out on the course who, not knowing of the change, were waiting for earliest starters to appear in ones and twos, only to find Ralph Street rapidly bearing down on them pursued by a mob of blue vests! It was great to see Ralph obviously back in good shape. He loped along with the leaders for a while before taking off on his own and had time to chat to the marshals on his way round to a time of 26.41 - over two minutes clear of second-placed Phil Killingley. However, those performances only earned them 59th and 64th place respectively in the handicap. Ian Kenton and newcomer Kris Davidson also ducked inside the half hour, and Mark Herbert and Ted Mockett were both within spitting distance of the barrier. Mark's 30.06 got him up to third place and a bronze medal in the handicap, but he'd have needed to find another half a minute to challenge the two handicap leaders Penny Merrett and Marina Quayle. When the maths was complete, Penny was found to have two seconds in hand over Marina and the cup was hers - deservedly so, as she had spent the latter part of the race ushering home Helen Maxfield and might otherwise have set a time somewhat faster. Fastest woman was Megan De Silva on 33.10, ahead of Marie Synnott-Wells and Marilyn Horne. As stats guru Ken Powley remarked, this was new handicapper Angus Cater's most successfully framed handicap to date, with the bulk of the field home within four minutes. Well done Angus, you're getting the hang of it! ELMBRIDGE 10km Sunday 20th July at Walton Runners at this year's Elmbridge 10km were spared the temperatures in the high 20s that had been a feature of the week's weather, but there was still high humidity to deal with. We had a pretty good turnout of some forty runners, but unfortunately we were soon reduced by one as our leading man Steve Whitehead pulled out with a recurrence of a hamstring injury at about the 3km mark. This left Nick Twomey and Ian Kenton at the head of our pack and both ran within a few seconds of their PBs in the low 36s. Ted Mockett came in next about a minute behind and then there was Mark Herbert whose 37.36 was a PB. Trevor Maguire was just outside 38, pursued by another PB man Dave Lawley. And so it went on, with a fair smattering of PBs all down the field including a first sub-50 from Rachel Revett. Mick Lane's sub-40 was good for 5th place in the M50 section and just behind him our leading woman Megan De Silva was 10th in her race with another sub-40 performance, albeit only on chip timing. Marie Synnott-Wells and Wiebke Kortum were 4th and 5th in the W45 category but both were headed by Marilyn Horne who has made quite an impact amongst the W55s this summer. Today she won her class by a mere eight minutes! BEGINNERS COURSE Tuesday 8th July in Richmond Park Deborah Blakemore reports: "The annual eight week Beginners Running Course finished Tuesday 8th July with the traditional 5k event of two laps round Sidmouth Wood. We had a smaller number this year but the sense of achievement could be felt by everybody involved and I am once again very proud of all the ladies. A big thank you must go to Bev, Lynne and Claire for their support over the eight weeks, to Cindy for her continued support to help set this course up and to Simon for providing the timing at our final event. The Development Group will re-start again on Tuesday evenings aimed at runners who are currently running 35+ minutes for a 5k." 1 Annie Recuerda 35.31 2 Sarah Irving 37.30 Siobain Gadsby 37.30 Maggie Russell 37.30 Allison Rainey 37.30 6 Christine O'Grady 38.28 7 Claire Kearns 39.25 Joanna Tippins 39.25 9 Elizabeth Morrisey 39.54 10 Marcia Field 40.00 11 Kate McDonald 40.04 12 Sian Little 41.26 13 Penny Fahy 42.39 WIMBLEDON COMMON ADVENTURE TRAIL RACE 3 7.8 miles Wednesday 9th July The third and final event in Andy Bix's Wimbledon Common series was the longest at 7.8 miles, taking in two laps of Andy's favourite bits along Beverly Brook and up the Toastrack. Megan De Silva, Marie Synnott-Wells and Sonia Rowland were all set to whitewash their respective categories with three straight wins, but for Megan things failed to go to plan. She was unlucky to run off course early on and ended up covering an extra couple of miles and trailing home in 43rd place. Marie made no mistake, however, and finished second in the women's race and first W45. Sonia too kept on course and her 64.08 not only placed her first in the W55 class but was also the top age-graded performance at 81.25%. Mark Herbert's 6th place today gained him third spot overall, while Peter Fordham secured the M60 overall win. 1 P James (Clapham) 46.48 6 Mark Herbert 49.46 11 R Stearn (unatt) 56.48 (1st woman) 13 Marie Synnott-Wells 58.06 18 Lloyd Camp 60.15 19 Wiebke Kortum 60.37 23 Bruce McLaren 61.54 31 Sonia Rowland 64.08 38 Peter Fordham 67.27 43 Megan De Silva 69.37 57 Rachel Revett 73.01 62 Carol Aikin 74.41 RANELAGH MAGIC MILE Thursday 10th July at Osterley Dave Lawley reports: "After a muggy grey day, the sun broke out for what was to be another another 'Magic mile' evening. In true Ranelagh fashion, runners appeared from every corner of the Osterley race track and not in true Ranelagh fashion, on time. 16 runners in all took part in 3 heats. Winning heat one was the impressive Phil Andrews in 05:40, who led out from the start. Leading woman Becky Hall followed in 6.20. Next up in heat two was the surprise youngster of the evening Michael Moran who from out of nowhere shocked heat two by winning in 05:15. The ever improving and new member Mark Birch (05:16) pulled away on the last lap and gave it all to try and catch him but in the end the junior just held out. A very solid performance from the youngster and Mark adds 'I just couldn't catch him'. Last but not least came the third and final heat, which was won before it had even started. The legend that is Ralph Street made a very welcome and surprise appearance, much to Nick Twomey's dismay. I have never had the pleasure of witnessing Ralph run before and to be honest still haven't as he was so far ahead we had to squint to see him, just like the Coad cup on Thursday (15th July) where he politely stayed with the front group for the first half mile then vanished. He made 04:28 look easy and the rest of the heat average. That said, there were some great performances and improvements from last year's times. Personally I chose to ignore Vaughan Ramsay's advice from last year to 'Go hell for leather from the start', which seemed to suit me much better. It was all over too quickly but was a lovely evening, ending with cakes (of course) from the lovely Cathy Holman and big thanks to Rick Jenner for his organisational prowess. If you have never run a mile before it is great fun for all levels especially round the track for a change. So, fear not as we hope to run another one in September." 1 Ralph Street 4.28 (heat 3) 2 Nick Twomey 4.56 (3) 3 Dave Lawley 5.04 (3) 4 Marc Snaith 5.11 (3) 5 Duncan Mallison 5.13 (3) 6 Michael Moran 5.15 (2) 7 Rick Jenner 5.16 (3) 8 Mark Birch 5.16 (2) 9 Vaughan Ramsay 5.33 (2) 10 Carl Moran 5.34 (2) 11 Phil Andrews 5.40 (1) 12 Liam Griffin 5.57 (2) 13 Bruce McLaren 5.57 (2) 14 Becky Hall 6.20 (1) 15 Rob Curtis 6.23 (3) 16 Rachel Revett 7.08 (1) BRITISH LONDON 10km Sunday 13th July 1 A Milne (Enfield) 32.07 (chip time 32.07) 12 E Monks (Soton) 38.34 (38.33 - 1st woman) 413 Marie Synnott-Wells 49.27 (44.02) SURREY BADGER HALF MARATHON Sunday 13th July at Dorking 1 R MacDonald (unatt) 1:19.17 (chip time 1:19.16) 40 C Bieyer (Barnes) 1:40.24 (1:40.18 - 1st woman) 282 Chris Read 2:05.20 (2:05.03) CLAYGATE COUNTRY 5 miles Monday 14th July 1 N Aitken (Clapham) 27.43 186 Alan Davidson 42.19 321 Jackie Dunkley 51.10 396 John Hanscomb 70.08 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km Friday 18th July in Hyde Park (one week early!) 1 E McCormack (Dul) 16.50 40 I Rea (West 4) 19.43 (1st woman) 114 Alan Davidson 24.23 CATERHAM HALF MARATHON Sunday 20th July 1 M Collins (Lon Hth) 1:20.48 (chip time 1:20.48) 20 L Buchanan (CP Tri) 1:36.07 (1:35.52) 99 Tom Reay 2:02.54 (2:02.27) CHALLENGE ROTH IRONMAN TRIATHLON Sunday 20th July in Bavaria, Germany Simon Burrell reports: "OK, so I've done another triathlon but anyone who has done this distance will know, this one is all about the run. The swim and bike legs are really just warm-ups for the main event. Roth is the iconic flagship event of the Challenge series. Logistics were interesting as the swim start, bike finish, run start and run finish are in three different locations. The weather forecast for Sunday was on the crispy side of sweltering. The swim (3.8k or 2.4m) was in an impressive Germanic canal, so one stretch was almost 2k long without a turn. For a slow swimmer like myself the boredom factor was overcome every 10 minutes or so by the front of the next wave swimming around and sometimes over me as they swarmed forward in a pack. Grabbed legs, punched head and kicked ribs all featured in the fun. The bike course (180k or 112m) took in some lovely rolling Bavarian countryside and pretty villages with two large loops and the impressive Solarberg (hill) where swarms of noisy spectators lined the uphill slog in Tour de France style. Plenty of fluid was taken in on the bike but the heat still took its toll on the body. A nice German official gave me a black card for riding too close to the bike in front, so I had a welcome 8 min break at about 75m to stretch and take a loo stop. Coming off the bike was where the fun started. Anyone who has completed a marathon will know that the last few miles can require some real digging in, as the pain kicks in and the body begs you to stop. I have never had to run 26.2 miles where that feeling started from the first few steps! The only thing keeping me going on that run was the certainty that this was by far the stupidest thing I had ever done and I may as well finish in a fair time as I was certainly not foolish enough to do it again. In the last 10k of the run, mercifully the heavens opened and the thunder and lightning created a dramatic backdrop to our collective foolhardiness. I can confirm that running a marathon in high humidity at 34 degrees is not much fun but sadly the rain didn't wash away the pain. I was happy with a 4:15 run/walk on the day even if it was more than an hour outside of my best. That was by far and away the most brutal thing I have ever done, and easily the most stupid. Saying that, within 36 hours I was starting to talk about how I might be able to shave 45 mins off across the three disciplines... Deborah just looked on with a knowing smile. A big shout out to Deborah who completed a very challenging 12+ hour spectate without a car and having to hitch at one point. Having someone hold my hand as I walked up that final hill at 38k came as a very welcome support! My time of 12:06 was in context of the winner who managed 7:56 (you do the maths!) and Sister Madonna Buder, who at 83 managed a very impressive time of 16:48. Definitely a life affirming and defining experience but not for the faint hearted!" 1 T Bracht (Germany) 7:56.00 1348 Simon Burrell 12:06.14 (swim 1:40.25, trans 6.54, bike 5:57.15, trans 6.24, run 4:15.18 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 12th July Nick Twomey, Ted Mockett, Rick Jenner and David Lawley all set PBs in filling positions 2 - 5, but perhaps the most impressive performance came from 9 year-old Lydia Louw who cracked 21 minutes for the first time and was first female to finish. 1 P Cheetham (Barnes) 17.03 2 Nick Twomey 17.31 3 Ted Mockett 17.43 4 Rick Jenner 17.59 5 David Lawley 18.08 13 Richard Holme 19.14 20 Stewart Anderson 19.58 31 Lydia Louw 20.54 (1st woman) 37 Steve Aikin 21.38 81 Eugenio Carmo 24.16 94 Michael Sikora 24.54 95 Carol Aikin 25.00 98 Arthur Louw 25.18 99 James Rushby 25.26 107 Maia Rushby 25.54 115 Simon Taylor 26.30 155 Colin Rogal 28.11 163 Daniel Rushby 28.37 164 Phil Rushby 28.38 211 Michelle Martinez 32.06 213 Claire-Louise French 32.20 257 Pat Hewlett 41.00 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 12th July An impressive winning time by Ralph Street. 1 Ralph Street 15.33 8 H Munn (Kettering) 17.54 (1st woman) 407 Kirsty Bangham 25.58 546 Mary Hickson 28.07 718 Matthew Beal 32.28 741 Oliver Beal 33.21 832 John Hanscomb 41.02 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 12th July Mel Davison was third woman home. 1 G Williams (unatt) 18.38 9 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 20.35 13 Daniel Chiechi 21.18 16 Kevin Kearey 21.30 21 Lee Davies 22.26 23 Tom Kearey 22.38 29 A Kotwinski (unatt) 23.32 (1st woman) 36 Mel Davison 24.01 39 Jane Craigie-Payne 24.27 40 Michelle Davies 24.28 45 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 25.07 65 Rachel Allen 27.07 66 Ann Kearey 27.12 72 Nigel Coombes 27.28 83 Tamsin Burland 29.13 84 Heather Martingell 29.14 95 Cindy Croucher 31.46 96 Tracey Small 31.46 97 Tanya Allen 31.54 110 Allison Rainey 39.12 114 Waldron Slaughter 42.57 115 Lexi Slaughter 42.58 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 12th July Colin Brett was third. 1 K Davidson (unatt) 18.01 3 Colin Brett 19.30 17 S Hutton (unatt) 21.41 (1st woman) 35 Wyn Williams 27.03 42 Paula Maguire 27.59 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 12th July 1 P Bowden (Strag) 18.16 6 M Garner (Strag) 19.20 (1st woman) 17 Andy Bickerstaff 21.10 18 Chris Camacho 21.12 21 Wiebke Kortum 21.36 41 Tom Reay 24.48 68 Jar O'Brien 28.35 82 Alison Dicks 32.44 NORTHALA FIELDS parkrun 5km Saturday 12th July Becky Hall was second woman. 1 B Stakelum (Ealing E) 18.42 4 K Pardoe (unatt) 19.48 (1st woman) 11 Becky Hall 21.10 13 Rob Curtis 22.28 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 12th July)... Bedfont Lakes: 77 Tony Clark 28.24 Milton Keynes: 4 Marc Snaith 18.45 Southsea: 68 Alan Davidson 23.50 Wimbledon Common: 209 Alberto Esguevillas 26.43 Hampstead Heath: 6 Nick Wright 19.17 Wycombe Rye: 78 John Herriott 25.45 Frimley Lodge: 101 Sonia Rowland 23.02, 239 Steve Rowland 27.14 Dulwich: 19 Alex Fordham 19.42, 77 Nick Fordham 24.30, 78 Peter Fordham 24.41 Kingsbury Water: 127 Michelle Hovanessian 26.49 Osterley: 46 Penny Fahy 45.21, 47 Mike White 45.22 Fulham Palace: 39 Amrut Sharma 22.43, 113 Deepa Sharma 27.27 Fountains Abbey: 51 Phil Jackson 24.02 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 19th July For the second week in succession 9 year-old Lydia Louw was the leading female. 1 Unknown 17.07 10 Craig Maclellan 19.07 13 Richard Holme 19.45 26 Lydia Louw 21.26 (1st woman) 27 Bruce McLaren 21.31 39 Steve Aikin 22.24 81 Eugenio Carmo 24.37 82 Amrut Sharma 24.40 87 Colin Lloyd 24.59 99 Arthur Louw 25.37 111 Carol Aikin 25.56 119 James Rushby 26.23 125 Michael Sikora 26.37 154 Tony Clark 27.59 163 Leeanne Bryce 28.31 195 Val Lowman 30.27 207 Peter Lowman 31.58 252 Pat Hewlett 43.38 153 Bev Ali 43.39 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 19th July 1 A Lawrence (Morpeth) 16.12 34 K Tanaka (B2P Tri) 19.43 (1st woman) 36 David Ready 19.45 108 Amelie Hunton 21.44 355 Teresa Segovia 25.34 588 Mary Hickson 29.41 604 Jackie Dunkley 30.08 760 Wally Garrod 39.05 770 John Hanscomb 41.53 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 19th July Michelle Davies was the leading woman. 1 A Keane (unatt) 18.25 18 Michelle Davies 22.12 (1st woman) 22 Lee Davies 22.38 56 Rachel Allen 27.16 65 Tamsin Burland 28.32 66 Heather Martingell 28.32 67 Josie Kearey 28.41 71 Ann Kearey 28.48 79 Cindy Croucher 33.02 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 19th July A win for Nick Wright.. 1 Nick Wright 18.33 11 G Munro (Old Deers) 21.46 (1st woman) 17 Phil Roberts 23.08 38 Lorna Smith 27.10 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 19th July 1 A McGeoch-Williams (26.2) 17.48 16 Chris Camacho 21.35 27 A Gracey (Sweatshop) 24.06 (1st woman) 35 Tom Reay 24.52 59 Annemarie Goodridge 30.57 60 Wiebke Kortum 30.57 BOGNOR REGIS parkrun 5km Saturday 19th July David Rowe's 300th parkrun... 1 P Mitchinson (Victory) 17.49 7 David Rowe 20.47 15 C Moyle (Brighton & H) 22.19 (1st woman) 37 Kirsty Bangham 25.05 93 Sharon Rowe 36.01 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 19th July)... Finsbury: 50 Peter Fordham 26.20 Killerton: 21 Michael Moran 20.09 Conkers: 120 Louise Atkinson 29.30 Ally Pally: 16 Andres Arana Garcia 23.17 Greenpoint: 10 Bill Neely 19.43 Fulham Palace: 83 Lynne Barber 27.18, 106 Christine David 29.02, 121 Tracey Small 31.34 Fountains Abbey: 58 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 25.28 Parke: 44 Mike White 27.20 Oakwell Hall: 66 Phil Jackson 25.56 FINALLY... From The Times: "The weather makes a considerable difference to runners' performance, especially air temperature. Runners dread hot race days - analysis of the Boston Marathon found that a 1 degree C increase in temperature slowed the wining time by, on average 20 seconds for men and 21 seconds for women. The best race times were produced in temperatures ranging between 10 and 24 degrees C on a dry, cloudy day. Strong headwinds slow runners, but one surprise was that a light drizzle encouraged better performances, by cooling the athletes despite them having to run in soggy clothes and shoes. One reason that temperature plays such a big role is that runners generate ferocious rates of heat, which they have to get rid of rapidly by sweating, otherwise their performance suffers. Runners that cannot lose heat fast enough also risk heat stroke, when the body dehydrates rapidly and blood thickens because it does not have enough fluid, and body temperature runs out of control. The runner can fall unconscious and even die. In fact, serious heat problems can crop up even in mild weather. A 10.4km fun run in Auckland, New Zealand, in the autumn of 1982 was performed in mild conditions. Yet 64 competitors collapsed with heat stroke and about 800 suffered heat exhaustion or other heat-related illness. The problem was created because the main bunch of runners were so crowded together that their combined heat created its own hot microclimate, and the heat stress on their bodies rose more than three times higher than the solo runners."