*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 433 11 September 2014 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Gold medal for our M40 team in the Surrey Road Relays, and silvers for our W45s. * parkrun placings for Olivia Lloyd, Marie Synnott-Wells, Lydia Louw, Kirsty Bangham, Kris Davidson, Nick Twomey, Ted Mockett, Peter Faull, Lydia Louw, Fiona Ford, David Lawley, Carl Selya-Hammer, Karen Weir and Ed Barker * Thomas Cup 3.8 miles handicap this Saturday 13th September - all welcome but please read notes below * Subscriptions are overdue! ATTENTION PLEASE **************** OPENING RUN and THOMAS CUP HANDICAP Saturday 13th September The Thomas Cup 3.8 miles handicap, the Opening Run of our 134th season, takes place on Saturday 13th September. All members are welcome. We'll try to start the race as close to 3pm as we can, but before you go up to the start Ken Powley will take the annual club photograph in the Park across the road from the clubhouse at about 2.45pm. Handicapper Angus is preparing the handicap, but unfortunately he won't be there on the day. So you can help our hard-working officials in several ways: 1 Arrive early 2 Come to the clubhouse to register - please DON'T go straight to the start unless you really really don't have time to get to the clubhouse 3 If you're a new member and/or haven't taken part in more than one or two club races, it would help and save time calculating your handicap if you could arrive with some idea of what you think you can run for 5km - e.g. a parkrun time. 4 Familiarise yourself with the course. It will be flagged and marshalled but we're trying to progress to the position where all members know their way around our home courses in the Park. Here's an annotated map:. Andy Bickerstaff and Trevor Maguire have also put together a brief video of the course - quality not quite what they had hoped owing to editing problems. But it's worth a look if only to watch Andy and Trevor get progressively more soaked as the rain gets heavier and heavier! Here it is:. RANELAGH HARRIERS FIXTURE CARD AND GAZETTE Printed Fixture Cards for our 2014-15 season are now available at the clubhouse. Fixtures Sec Andy Woodhouse adds: "There is a limited number of printed cards; so if you'd prefer a electronic version, please contact me Andrewemail@example.com." The new fixture list is also now up on our website, courtesy of Ken Powley here:. Also freshly published is a new edition of our printed Gazette, covering the 12 months up to spring / early summer 2014. Please help yourself to a copy from the clubhouse. If you'd prefer to have a Fixture card and / or a Gazette sent to you please reply to this e-news giving your postal address. SPECIAL TRAINING NIGHT Tuesday 16th September Karen Weir writes: "On Tuesday the 16th September, club training night will be extra special and you are all invited. lululemon athletica will be holding a pop-up shop so you can check out the latest run and training kit - make sure you bring your credit cards. They'll also be providing post-run snacks to tempt you to stay around for a post-run stretch session led by local yoga teacher (and runner) Veronika from Yogashooli. Then to finish off the evening, Michael Nichol from St Mary's Clinic will be giving a brief talk on how the facilities at the clinic can help you improve your running performance. Training from 7pm will be on as usual, these post-run activities will kick-off from 8.30pm. Hope you can make it!" RUNNING STUDY - FREE AEROBIC FITNESS TEST Paul Hough, Lead Sport and Exercise Scientist at St Mary's University Twickenham writes: "We will shortly be conducting a short validity study using a wireless vest/bra that records physiological measures, such as breathing frequency, during exercise. We are currently recruiting male and female runners to take part in the study. The study will involve one laboratory test where we will assess a number of measures related to aerobic fitness (VO2 max, lactate threshold etc.) - this type of assessment costs £150 at The St Mary's Clinic, but if you take part in this trial it will be completely FREE . The assessment will last approximately 1.5 hours and will take place in September/October 2014 at the CHASES Human Performance Laboratory at St Mary's University. Interested in taking part? If you currently run on a regular basis and are free from illness/injury, please contact Paul Hough firstname.lastname@example.org . PAGE CUP 5 miles handicap Saturday 27th September in Richmond Park. Our second club handicap race of the season takes place on 27th September at 3pm. All members are welcome, but - just like for the Thomas Cup - we'd ask you please to register at the clubhouse rather than go straight to the start. CABBAGE PATCH 10 miles Sunday 19th October in Twickenham. The ever-popular Cabbage Patch 10 is now in its 33rd year, and entries are rolling in. Over 1,800 have already signed up, including some 45 from Ranelagh. If you're thinking of taking part, don't delay too long in securing your place. Note, however, that it again clashes with the Surrey Veterans championship, which we host the previous day in Richmond Park. Details:. PERSEVERANCE WIMBLEDON PARK 10km Sunday 5th October at 9.30am. Richard Xerri is offering a special discounted entry fee of £10 for this race up to September 21st. Use the voucher code WIM002. Entry and details:. 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 email@example.com . FACEBOOK 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 Captain / Team Manager ( e-mail Becky or Phil email@example.com ) Saturday 13th September Thomas Cup 3.8 miles handicap in Richmond Park. Start in Richmond Park at 3pm, preceded by the annual club photograph (in the Park opposite the clubhouse) Saturday 20th September Women's South of England Road Relays at Aldershot starting at 3.55pm. Sunday 21st September Men's South of England Road Relays at Apdershot starting at 12.30pm (veterans) and 2.30pm (seniors). Saturday 27th September Page Cup 5 miles handicap in Richmond Park, starting at 3pm. Saturday 11th October Surrey Ladies League 6km in Richmond Park (Kingston Gate), starting at 12 noon (followed by juniors) Men's Surrey League 8km at Coulsdon, starting at 3pm (juniors 2.30pm) 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 *************** SURREY ROAD RELAYS Sunday 7th September at Wimbledon Park The Surrey Road Relay championships moved to Wimbledon Park in 1998 and since then we can boast that we have never come away from the event empty-handed. An enviable sequence - could we maintain it? Our senior teams were not in contention this year, but our record was kept intact by our men over 40 who won gold medals and our women over 45 who received the silvers. So, let's look at the medal-winners first, starting with the gold medallist M40 team. To put it simply, we led all the way. Paul Doyle ran the second fastest time of the day in winning the opening leg, though Wimbledon Windmilers made him work hard for it. Trevor Maguire extended our lead to nearly forty seconds on lap 2, and his time was fourth fastest of the day. Then came Ed Barker who squeezed out a few more seconds from the pursuing Windmilers. This left new member Richard Holme to bring it safely home - which he did, with almost half a minute to spare. The W45 race, over only three stages, was dominated by South London Harriers who finished two and a half minutes clear of Ranelagh. Wiebke Kortum, Ellen Clague - choosing a grand way to celebrate her birthday! - and Marie Synnott-Wells formed our trio and they were equally isolated in second place, finishing over four minutes clear of the bronze medallists. Marie and Wiebke ran the second and fourth fastest times of the day. Our M50 team won silver medals last year, and three-quarters of the team were here again, but the opposition was tougher this time. The Ranelagh team ran only half a minute slower than last year, but were never able to rise above 5th place - though in the end only about a minute from the medals. Martin Halvey set our fastest time. Our B team brought up the rear in 11th place. We had somewhat scratch teams for the senior races, and the men's team was actually completed by two of our victorious M40s running a second lap! After Nick Twomey had completed the first leg in 14th place, Phil Killingley set our fastest time in moving us into the top ten. We weren't able to stay there though, and finished in 12th place. In the senior women's race Megan De Silva brought us home 4th on the opener in our fastest time, and Becky Hall kept us there. But W45 reserves Sonia and Heather had to complete the team and we inevitably slipped back a little to 7th. WHEATSHEAF AND PIGEON 5km Saturday 2nd August at Laleham Andy Hayward reports: "Michele Gibson and I ran the Wheatsheaf & Pigeon (our local pub, affectionately known as the "Wee & Pee"!) 5k on 2nd August. Fast flat course along the towpath between Staines and Laleham - it was actually 5.25k, but who's counting. Having not run for the best part of three months until the beginning of the previous week, I exceeded all expectations by coming 5th overall, just about twenty seconds behind the first lady. I was first M50. It's great to be back running. P.S. I suppose I should admit that the entire field was only SIX, Michele actually beat me and was the ONLY lady, and I was the ONLY runner over 50. Still, it sounded good for a while! Forgot to mention the times which were 27:39 for me, and 27:19 for Michele. It would be great to get a few more down for the event next year. It starts at noon on a Saturday as part of a charity fun day. The race entry is free (charity donation of £5 suggested) and they bought us all a drink in the pub afterwards - hard to beat that." EUROPEAN VETERANS ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS 22nd to 31st August in Izmir, Turkey. Alan Davidson reports: "There was stifling heat in Izmir (up to 40C) and it was only comfortable in the air-conditioned hotel or on the ferries that criss-crossed the bay - free to athletes when staff were aware, or worth splashing out 60p for the sea breeze. Common sights in Izmir include dogs roaming the streets and people with stupid slogans on their T-shirts but there was real fun in Selcuk where a stork was trying to snatch necklaces off a stall! The anticipated heat (great for sprinters) drastically reduced the distance race fields and in my M65 1500/5000/10000 metres races I was the only Brit and all became straight finals. It was ominous before my 10000m when the ambulance staff asked me to pose with them for pictures (perhaps anticipating trade later) but they did cheer me on. The race had oppressive heat and my forehead was pumping making me worry that I coudn't stay the course. Lap counting was excellent, not only personally - my last 7 laps counted down - but at each passage of the line a computerised screen gave the athletes' names with number of laps to go (not like in Poznan where my lap counter kept wandering off or in Slovenia where I was confused with another Brit I had lapped, he being pulled out at 24 laps with them wanting me to do 26). I perhaps should keep this to myself but latterly I was struggling round in 2.03 laps but upon seeing 50.06 at the bell I gave one last effort to try at least to keep my p.w. under 52 minutes. I reeled over the line in 51.58 to be gratefully held up by two young lady staff and given water and seated until recovered. My time amazingly somehow gave me 6th!. I was really impressed by a Turkish runner who had just two short stumps for arms and when it came to the drinks/sponge station manned on each lap a helper ran with him to pour the water into his mouth. Seriously I was initially a bit confounded as to what to do when post race he kindly came up to me to 'shake hands'. My best hope for a reasonable time on the track was scuppered as the 1500m came when I still had the 10000m in my legs. I was the last of the finishers in a disappointing 6.34. I had four restful days before my 5000m but it was difficult to rest in 40C heat and my only session was in the hotel fitness room where thankfully background was Mozart rather than disco 'music'. During train travel my looks got me unsolicited a 50% reduction for elderly people. The metro I found awkward with husbands getting their wives to give up their seats for me and in the amazingly fertile fields of wheat / sugarbeet / melons / peaches / nuts etc elderly women in the heat of the day were bent over planting and picking the crops. A coach trip gave me the chance to see the extensive, spectacular ancient ruins at Ephesus. The 5000m was a bit worrying as three times the medical safety officer stepped onto the track towards me but thankfully accepted my thumbs up each time allowing me to continue. Fortunately she didn't envisage the end of my rather vigorous (for me) last lap and I finished in a respectable 23.33 in the oppressive heat - then being quickly assisted by a Turkish official who sat me down, got me water, sponged my face, massaged my neck and shoulders and pointing to me said to a British official 'my father!'. Russians filled the first three places in the M65 5000m and 10000m but at least I showed the flag even if it was at half mast. A new country and culture for me which I always appreciate. Kindness was the order of the day for the local people. I survived the conditions but perhaps behind that story lies in my leaving home with my weight my regular 9st while upon my return it was 7st13lbs!" KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap Wednesday 3rd September at Woking 1 A Mayger (unatt) 24.02 (actual time 24.02) 11 Louise Piears 26.47 (21.17) 16 Sonia Rowland 27.45 (21.00) 18 Steve Rowland 28.17 (25.02) WILNE 10km Sunday 7th September at Draycott Estelle Damant finished 9th in the women's race. 1 A Holliday (Tipton) 30.34 (chip time 30.34) 28 J Coulson (Stockport) 33.02 (33.00 - 1st woman) 93 Estelle Damant 37.06 (37.04) REGENTS PARK 10km Sunday 7th September Phil Jackson was 2nd over 60. 1 W Brewin (unatt) 32.57 (chip time 32.54) 9 L Bromilow (MMK) 37.42 (37.36 - 1st woman) 166 Phil Jackson 46.50 (46.11) RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 30th August Third place for Karen Weir. 1 M Ussher (Highgate) 18.18 9 C Clover (Newbury) 19.43 (1st woman) 12 Alex Fordham 20.00 40 Karen Weir 21.59 59 Tomas Sterner 23.01 71 Amrut Sharma 23.41 99 Eugenio Carmo 24.34 114 Colin Rogal 25.15 116 Michael Sikora 25.16 120 Daniel Rushby 25.28 124 Simon Taylor 25.42 130 Maia Rushby 25.57 156 James Rushby 26.54 161 Phil Rushby 27.02 191 Andrew Brown 27.59 234 Val Lowman 29.59 265 Bronwen Northmore 31.53 270 Claire-Louise French 32.14 315 Pat Hewlett 41.31 316 Bev Ali 41.32 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 30th August 1 W Mackay (Bedford) 16.00 13 Marc Snaith 17.56 29 A Aronson (HW) 18.43 (1st woman) 120 Tom Bradley 21.04 181 Adam Wright 21.49 183 Sacha Kennedy 21.50 249 Leonie Kennedy 22.47 311 Ian Grange 23.41 384 Ali Kennedy 24.23 526 Teresa Segovia 26.27 696 Mary Hickson 28.33 751 Kirsty Bangham 29.12 783 David Meaden 29.52 985 Wally Garrod 36.23 1022 John Hanscomb 40.37 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 30th August Nick Twomey and Olivia Lloyd scored a Ranelagh double first. 1 Nick Twomey 17.47 9 Duncan Mallison 20.58 18 Olivia Lloyd 22.01 (1st woman) 19 Kabir Sait 22.09 29 Mike White 23.56 36 Colin Lloyd 24.47 61 Rachel Allen 28.03 66 Lynne Barber 28.50 68 Matthew Beal 29.04 69 Louise Beal 29.04 71 Christine David 29.29 78 Tracey Small 31.17 81 Oliver Beal 31.56 82 Simon Beal 31.56 92 Su Clark 33.34 94 Stacey Barber 34.49 95 Lexi Slaughter 36.13 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 30th August A good win for Kris Davidson. 1 Kris Davidson 17.45 4 S Pickford (Wimb W) 19.39 (1st woman) 8 Stewart Andesron 21.22 17 Mel Davison 23.21 27 Phil Roberts 24.26 29 Frida Roper 24.31 31 Luke Maguire 24.42 37 Wyn Williams 25.49 51 Paula Maguire 27.15 59 Deepa Sharma 28.14 79 Katie Walton 34.16 80 Deborah Blakemore 34.18 82 Clare Hulacki 36.35 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 30th August Peter Faull and David Lawley registered a Ranelagh 1-2. 1 Peter Faull 18.27 2 David Lawley 18.47 7 Iain Wilson 19.58 12 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 20.29 17 Chris Camacho 21.06 24 S Black (Tri Europe) 22.10 (1st woman) 37 Hannah Doyle 24.09 38 Heather Martingell 24.17 51 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 25.29 53 Tom Reay 25.38 56 Rob Kitchen 25.49 59 Tom Kearey 26.05 60 Josie Kearey 26.05 61 Kevin Kearey 26.08 62 Ann Kearey 26.10 68 Leeanne Bryce 27.00 78 Cathy Holman 29.16 84 Cindy Croucher 30.32 90 Deirdre Inman 34.04 OSTERLEY parkrun 5km Saturday 30th August 1 P Bowden (Strag) 18.40 3 Craig Maclellan 19.01 8 D Rakowicz 21.10 (1st woman) MALAHIDE parkrun 5km Saturday 30th August Marie Synnott-Wells was first woman. 1 E Keating (Portmarn) 17.31 20 Marie Synnott-Wells 20.02 (1st woman) WARSZAWA-PRAGA parkrun 5km Saturday 30th August Lydia Louw was the leading female. 1 F Babik (Poland) 17.49 17 Lydia Louw 22.23 (1st woman) 35 Arthur Louw 24.33 WOKING parkrun 5km Saturday 30th August Ed Barker finished third. 1 K Bowen (unatt) 17.35 3 Ed Barker 18.13 37 S Lavender 23.28 (1st woman) OTHER parkruns (Saturday 30th August)... Reading: 196 Louise Atkinson 28.08 Nonsuch: 31 Paul Rider 19.27 Rondebosch: 17 Daniel Chiechi 21.40 Upton Court: 9 Alberto Esguevillas 20.10, 42 Su Camp 26.30, 44 Tony Clark 26.43 Bognor Regis: 58 Ally Salisbury 26.38 Margate: 16 Peter Fordham 24.32 York: 92 Phil Jackson 22.56 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 6th September Fiona Ford was the second woman home. 1 P Lowe (Strag) 16.23 27 David Ready 18.46 85 M Savill (unatt) 20.22 (1st woman) 102 Fiona Ford 20.44 482 Teresa Segovia 25.59 569 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 26.57 786 Jackie Dunkley 29.51 1013 Wally Garrod 37.08 1055 John Hanscomb 41.02 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 6th September Another win for Kris Davidson. 1 Kris Davidson 17.39 32 S Chan (Farnham) 21.22 (1st woman) 48 Steve Aikin 21.58 70 Rachel Findlay 22.52 108 Chris Read 24.22 120 Daniel Rushby 24.48 125 James Rushby 25.00 133 Michael Sikora 25.12 138 Carol Aikin 25.19 146 Maia Rushby 25.38 176 Eugenio Carmo 26.43 187 Rob Kitchen 26.53 211 Andrew Brown 27.30 237 Sam Rushby 28.35 241 Phil Rushby 28.50 263 Val Lowman 29.37 290 Martin Clark 31.33 300 Bronwen Northmore 31.59 330 Peter Lowman 37.11 336 Pat Hewlett 38.14 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 6th September 1 M Rix (Farnham Tri) 18.47 5 Duncan Mallison 19.14 10 I Atkins (unatt) 20.08 (1st woman) 15 Tom Kearey 21.19 19 Daniel Chiechi 21.37 20 Kabir Sait 21.39 21 Eric Plue 21.43 29 Kevin Kearey 23.11 46 Jonny Brook 25.05 48 Kate Brook 25.13 50 Danni Croucher 25.27 57 Josie Kearey 26.00 58 Ann Kearey 26.00 86 Jane Craigie-Payne 30.27 88 Heather Martingell 30.28 92 Cindy Croucher 30.57 97 Tanya Allen 33.33 98 Su Clark 33.35 100 Deirdre Inman 34.23 104 Clare Hulacki 36.24 107 Tamsin Burland 37.35 HACKNEY MARSHES parkrun 5km Saturday 6th September Carl Selya-Hammer finished second. 1 J Dale (London F Tri) 16.20 2 Carl Selya-Hammer 16.29 15 H Troop (London F Tri) 19.45 (1st woman) PEGWELL BAY parkrun 5km Saturday 6th September A sub-17 win for Ted Mockett. 1 T Mockett 16.56 13 Y Elliott (Deal Tri) 22.01 (1st woman) 43 Ellen Van Keulen 26.50 OSTERLEY parkrun 5km Saturday 6th September Kirsty Bangham was the leading woman. 1 P Woodward (F of Dean) 18.06 19 Kirsty Bangham 25.12 (1st woman) HORSHAM parkrun 5km Saturday 6th September 366 runners turned up for the inaugural Horsham parkrun.. 1 N Boniface (Horsham J) 15.49 67 A Lee (Leeds Uni) 22.45 (1st woman) 96 Becky Hall 24.23 97 Rob Curtis 24.24 133 Peter Fordham 25.48 210 Mary Hickson 30.01 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 6th September)... Woking: 23 Lee Davies 22.54, 49 Mike White 25.04 Old Deer Park: 32 Mel Davison 24.54, 67 Deborah Blakemore 28.58, 68 Lorna Smith 28.59 Wimbledon Common: 292 Lynne Barber 29.31, 325 Christine David 30.48, 346 Tracey Small 32.28 Kingston: 5 Craig Maclellan 19.04, 23 Chris Camacho 20.48, 66 Tom Reay 25.23 Frimley Lodge: 64 Sonia Rowland 22.27, 167 Steve Rowland 25.50 Arrow Valley: 70 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 24.25 Northala Fields: 7 Alberto Esguevillas 19.46, 18 Phil Jackson 22.15, 21 Amrut Sharma 22.24 Bognor Regis: 8 David Rowe 21.41 BUSHY PARK JUNIORS parkrun 2km Sunday 7th September Lydia Louw was second girl. 1 H Vincent (unatt) 7.02 2 K Stilwell (Wyc P) 7.03 (1st girl) 18 Lydia Louw 8.14 39 Finlay Sinclair 8.53 SAVILL GARDENS JUNIORS parkrun 2km Sunday 7th September 1 S Lewis (Cookham) 7.45 2 M Collings (Woking) 7.52 120 Thomas Lane 15.36 138 Connor Scally 21.12 FINALLY... Thanks to Pete Mulholland for this: Japan's 'Golden Bolt': 103-Year-Old Challenges World's Fastest Man. Hidekichi Miyazaki holds the 100 metres world record for centenarians at 29.83 seconds and is dubbed 'Golden Bolt' after the Jamaican flyer. Read the full story here:.