Newsdesk 2014

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 434             26 September 2014
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  

 *  Lee Davies wins the Thomas Cup
 *  Fastest times by Phil Killingley and Becky Hall 
 *  Ranelagh juniors win the overall team title in the Stragglers' summer
 *  Ranelagh men finish 39th in the South of England Road Relays, women 41st
 *  81.41 half marathon by Estelle Damant in Bristol
 *  Martin Halvey wins the M55 class in the Baden Marathon
 *  David Rowe qualifies for the Ironman Triathlon World Championships 
 *  parkrun placings for Leonie Kennedy, Eirin McDaid, Craig Maclellan,
     Trevor Maguire, Mark Herbert, Rick Jenner, Duncan Mallison and Ed Barker  
 *  Page Cup 5 miles handicap this Saturday 27th September - all welcome but
     please read below 

 PAGE CUP 5 miles handicap  Saturday 27th September in Richmond Park.
 Our second club handicap race of the season takes place this Saturday -
 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. Here are details and the course map:.  
 Richmond Park
 As usual we are hosting the Surrey Vets championships - now officially known
 as the Surrey Masters championships. They are open to all Surrey-qualified
 (i.e. born or resident in the county or SW London) women over 35 and men
 over 40. There are two races - first, at 2.15pm, men over 60 and all women
 race over a 6km course. Note this is an earlier start than stated on our
 fixture card  They are followed at 3pm by the men 40-59 who cover 10km.
 There are individual medals in 5 year age groups and team medals in 10 year
 age groups. Entries must be made in advance and the closing date is 12th
 October. Entries on the day are accepted but won't count for team
 competitions. Our entries are being handled by Peter Fordham
 peter_fordham@yahoo.com  (M50s and M60s),
 Trevor Maguire ranelagh.men@gmail.com  (M40s)
 and Phil Aiken ranelagh.women@gmail.com  (all women).
 Please contact them if you'd like to be added to the list.    

 OPERATION BETELGEUSE - Orion Mob Match - Saturday 25th October, Epping
 There are always new members baffled by the title, so here's a quick
 explanation of what mob matches are. Only two clubs take part in each mob
 match, of which we have four each season - two at home and two away. The
 idea is that each club should field as many runners as possible and all
 finishers count towards the final result. So it's very important to have as
 many runners in the race as possible. Last year we won three out of the four
 and came within a whisker of pulling off a clean sweep. One more runner
 would have pulled it our way...one more runner, not in the top ten or twenty
 - but anywhere in the top fifty. It was a lesson that everyone really can
 make a difference.

 Phil Killingley writes:
 "Orion is a specialist mob match club and we haven't won the away mob match
 against them, or even got close, in 30 years.  This time, we are planning to
 travel to the other side of London with a Mob worthy of that name to turn
 the clock back to 1984 (not sure if that's a selling point?). 

 Please email men's captain philipkillingley@yahoo.co.uk if you can pledge
 your support.  Runners of all standards welcome, so long as you'll be
 prepared to run 7.5 miles of hills and some mud, and have an appetite for
 reversing 30 years of hurt.   We will be aiming to put some transport on for
 those interested.  Anyone going via tube across London can also join a Blue
 and Gold contingent travelling through town.

 For anyone wondering, Betelgeuse is a large star in the constellation of

 Yes, I know it's only September but...our Christmas Party will take place at
 the Richmond Hill Hotel on Saturday 6th December starting at 7pm. It will
 include a three-course meal plus wine, followed by a DJ and (optional!)
 dancing. The price is £50, but we are offering a 10% discount for early
 bookers. That is, £45 if you book (and pay!) before the end of October. To
 reserve your place contact Michele Gibson  micheleagibson@hotmail.com or see
 Michele on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening at the clubhouse.
 parkrun 10th ANNIVERSARY Saturday 4th October  9am in Bushy Park
 Yes, it was ten years ago that thirteen pioneers lined up for the first-ever
 parkrun, or Bushy Park Time Trial as Paul Sinton-Hewitt's brainchild was
 then known. Most if not all of the thirteen are planning to put in an
 appearance at the anniversary run on 4th October. The actual date of the
 first run was October 2nd, which by happy chance happens to be the day
 chosen for Paul's investiture for his CBE.     

 Printed Fixture Cards for our 2014-15 season are now available at the
 clubhouse. Also recently 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.

 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 2,100 have already signed up, including some 50 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.

 Follow Ranelagh on Facebook. 

 More details of the following from the men's Captains ( e-mail Phil, Duncan
 or Trevor ranelagh.men@gmail.com or the women's Captain / Team Manager 
 ( e-mail Becky or Phil ranelagh.women@gmail.com  )

 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) 

 Saturday 18th October         Surrey Vets Cross-Country Championships in
 Richmond Park. See above.

 Sunday 19th October           Cabbage Patch 10 miles in Twickenham. 10am

 Saturday 25th October          Lee Cup mob match v Orion Harriers at
 Chingford (Epping Forest). 2.30pm start - see Operation Betelgeuse above. 

 parkruns every Saturday at 9am
 Bushy Park                            Diana Fountain car park
 Richmond Park                      Richmond Gate
 Wimbledon Common             Windmill car park
 Banstead Woods                  Car park off B2219 Park Lane, Chipstead
 Bedfont Lakes                       Bedfont Lakes Country Park, Ashford,
 Kingston                               The Hawker Centre
 Old Deer Park                        Pools in the Park on the A316
 Crane Park                             Near the Hospital Bridge Roundabout
 on the A316 in Twickenham
 Other venues, more details and registration at www.parkrun.com
 2km junior parkruns for under 14s take place on the first Sunday of each
 month from Bushy Park's Teddington Gate (11am start) and from Savill Garden
 car park, Windsor Great Park (9.30am start), and also every Sunday at 9.30am
 in Wimbledon Park. 

 OPENING RUN and THOMAS CUP HANDICAP  Saturday 13th September in Richmond
 Our Indian Summer served up another warm and sunny day for the Opening Run
 of our 134th season. As usual, the Opening Run was the 3.8 miles handicap
 for the Thomas Cup - presented to us way back in 1890 by the great Sid
 Thomas, multiple world-record holder. 73 members and guests took numbers for
 the race, but not before a rather larger number had assembled for the annual
 club photograph, ably and efficiently executed by Ken Powley. You can see it here:. 

 As for the race, well, as the first event of the season it was inevitable
 that there would be quite a high number of guests taking part. "Guests" in
 this context includes not only real guests but also those new members who
 have yet to compete in three club races. Add to those one or two others who
 we haven't seen for several years, like Walter Wickham. There was also a
 pleasing number of young runners taking part, and it was one of these who
 actually crossed the line first, albeit as a guest. This was young Matthew
 Beal, who accompanied by dad Simon quickly forged ahead of those who had
 started ahead of him in the handicap. Matthew kept the pace steady up the
 last hill and dad and lad crossed the line together almost half a minute
 clear of another guest Colin Lloyd. Although ineligible for the Cup, Matthew
 later received a special gold medal for his efforts.   

 Meanwhile, the race for the Cup was hotting up. Kirsty Bangham must have
 thought she was well placed for much of the race before being passed by Bob
 Beatson. In turn Bob must have been almost in sight of the finish before Lee
 Davies passed him. And then in full flow came James Whistler, past Kirsty,
 past Bonnie Morgan, past Bob...but not quite past Lee. By a ten seconds
 margin it was Lee who won the Cup with James in silver position and Bob in
 bronze. Charging through the field to 8th place came Phil Killingley with
 the day's fastest time of 21.05. He had started 10 seconds ahead of the
 day's scratch man Peter Haarer, and although Peter had caught him early on
 it was Phil who was the stronger in the closing stages. Peter's 21.20 was
 second fastest of the day and in third place was Ian Kenton with 22.25.
 Fastest woman was Becky Hall on 26.57, ahead of Bonnie Morgan on 27.13 and
 Wiebke Kortum on 27.40.  

 A special mention for Andy Bickerstaff who was well placed when he found
 that we had a missing marshal. Andy gallantly abandoned his race to fill the
 gap. Handicapper Angus Cater was pleased with his work which brought the
 bulk of the field home inside five minutes. 
 STRAGGLERS JUNIOR HANDICAP 2km  Thursday 28th August at the Hawker Centre
 Overall numbers slipped away somewhat for the sixth and final race in
 Stragglers' junior series. Only 34 finished the main event, plus another 7
 in the Minis, though pleasingly more than a quarter of these were from
 Ranelagh. Stragglers made a late surge in the team scoring, but by a single
 point our youngsters maintained their unbeaten record in this summer's
 competition. Overall, we were the clear winners with 238 points to
 Stragglers' 147. 

 The handicap didn't favour us much today, and our first finisher was Matthew
 Beal down in 12th place. Livvy Ricketts and Frida Roper were the fastest two
 girls, and Kabir Sait was fourth fastest boy. Kabir's sister Afrah was the
 fastest girl in the Minis event. There's to be a prize presentation evening
 next month, where Ranelagh should feature prominently.  

 1   F Bate (SMR)           13.55  (actual time 8.55)
 12  Matthew Beal           19.49  (9.19)
 15  Sam Rushby             20.05  (10.35)
 16  Oliver Beal            20.06  (10.36)
 17  James Rushby           20.13  (9.13)
 18  K Desmond (Strags)     20.15  (7.45 - fastest boy)
 20  Kabir Sait             20.18  (8.18)
 23  Luke Maguire           20.19  (9.19)
 24  Frida Roper            20.22  (9.22)
 27  Juliet Ricketts        20.42  (10.12)
 30  Livvy Ricketts         20.50  (9.20 - fastest girl)              

 Minis (500m)
 1   A Lafeuille (Strag)     2.48
 3   Afrah Sait              2.49  (1st girl)
 5   Ben Rushby              3.40 

 Teams                             Final overall after six races 
 1   Ranelagh H             36     1   Ranelagh H              238   
 2   Stragglers             35     2   Stragglers              147
 3   Sheen Shufflers        23     3   Sheen Shufflers          89
 4   St Mary's Richmond      8     4   St Mary's Richmond AC    40
 5   26.2 RRC                4     5   26.2 RRC                 33

 September at Aldershot
 As ever, the Southern Relays at Rushmoor Arena were fearsomely classy and in
 the men's race Captain K was pleased that his squad made it into the top
 forty. Ian Kenton finished the opening leg in 66th place and from there we
 made steady progress. The Captain himself put in a good second stage, just
 missing the elusive 20 minutes barrier, and his time was exactly matched by
 Peter Haarer on lap four. In between them Eirin McDaid was only a few
 seconds slower, and the team was closed in by Marc Snaith and James
 Whistler. They crossed the line 40th but an ineligible club ahead promoted
 them to 39th. Reserve Vaughan Ramsay also ran on lap one.  

 The women's team had a late change of personnel and this meant that they
 were officially ineligible for the championship - an academic point really.
 Becky Hall delivered 52nd place at the end of lap one and just like the
 men's team it was steady progress from there on, thanks to Lara Werrett,
 Gwen McCormack and Marie Synnott-Wells. They ended up just two places lower
 than the men at 41st.  

 SURREY COUNTY TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS  Saturday 13th September at Carshalton
 Marc Snaith writes:
 "Won my first county medal today, silver in the 3000m steeplechase. It would
 have been gold if the other runner wasn't there!" 

 1   B Toomey (HW)           9:55.07
 2   Marc Snaith            10:55.14      

 MARATHON DU MEDOC  Saturday 13th September
 "Le Marathon le plus long du Monde" is the race's tag line. Something to do
 with the wine on offer at every drinks station...

 1    T Guibault (France)   2:28.41
 20   N Vasseur (France)    2:53.41
 5729 Heather Martingell    6:19.29
 5730 Jane Craigie-Payne    6:19.29

 TALINN MARATHON and HALF MARATHON  Sunday 14th September in Estonia
 Deborah Blakemore writes:
 "Didn't get the time I wanted - all went a bit pear shaped in the second
 half (mainly due to cramp) but crawled over the line in 4:51. Out for beer
 to celebrate anyway!" 

 1    D Beyene (Ethiopia)   2:17.29  (chip time 2:17.29)
 49   E Talts (Estonia)     2:56.26  (2:56.26 - 1st woman)
 1647 Deborah Blakemore     4:54.01  (4:53.04) 

 Half Marathon
 1    J Yator (Kenya)       1:05.36  (1:05.36)
 7    J Prokopcuka (Latvia) 1:12.28  (1:12.28 - 1st woman)
 175  Simon Burrell         1:33.33  (1:32.54)
 1492 Lorna Smith           2:02.08  (2:01.29)

 BACCHUS HALF MARATHON  Sunday 14th September at Denbies, Dorking
 1   M Taylor (Belgrave)    1:19.57  (chip time 1:19.57)
 8   T Johnson (Clapham)    1:34.17  (1:34.16 - 1st woman)
 192 Kirsty Bangham         2:09.49  (2:09.17)

 IRONMAN WALES TRIATHLON  Sunday 14th September at Tenby
 Congratulations to David Rowe on completing another Ironman, this time on
 the tough course in Pembrokeshire. You can read David's full account of the
 race on his blog here: . But here's his summary at the end: "My marathon time was 3 hours 38
 minutes (and 19 seconds) and my overall time was 10 hours 42 minutes and 16
 seconds. For a course as tough as Wales (rated as one of the toughest races
 on the Ironman circuit) I'm happy with that. Very happy with that. I did
 everything I could during the race and left every bit of energy out there on
 the course. I honestly believe I couldn't have tried any harder. I did the
 best I could. I was 38th overall. 1,850 people started the race and I
 believe 1,616 finished. I think I did all right." 

 David finished 7th in the 40-44 age group and was delighted to find that he
 had qualified again for the World Championships at Kona, Hawaii. 

 BRISTOL HALF MARATHON  Sunday 21st September
 Estelle Damant ran her fastest Half Marathon for three or four years in
 finishing 13th in the women's race, while Nick Twomey narrowly missed his

 1   B Siwa (Kenya)         63.55
 18  G Yator (Kenya)        73.01  (1st woman)
 55  Nick Twomey            78.19
 117 Estelle Damant         81.41       

 BADEN MARATHON  Sunday 21st September in Karlsruhe, Germany
 Martin Halvey reports:
 "I completed the Baden marathon in Karlsruhe on Sunday in 2:59:01 (chip
 2:58:50). Lovely running conditions and I won a voucher for 100 euro which
 had to be spent in a designated running shop. When I arrived I found only
 the XLLL clothing were left but I was assured by the able shop assistant
 they would shrink in the wash. Well organised run with plenty of good
 quality German beer at the finish line. Needless to say it was alcohol free
 but tasted strong with a refreshing hint of corn. Just the act of snugly
 holding the drink made me a little tipsy! Is inebriation all in the mind?" 

 Martin finished 17th overall and 1st in the M55 age group.

 KEW GARDENS 10km  Sunday 21st September
 1   W Brewin (unatt)       32.21  (chip time 32.20)
 2   J Pavey (Exeter)       32.47  (32.45 - 1st woman)
 366 Jo Sinton-Hewitt       51.04  (50.37)

 RAVENS QUARTERLY 5km  Wednesday 25th September at Wapping
 1   A Mercer (Serp)        17.06
 28  Alan Davidson          24.12

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 13th September
 1   A Lawrence (Morpeth)   16.12
 3   B Carter (AFD)         16.45  (1st woman)
 34  Nick Wright            19.16
 116 Sacha Kennedy          21.07
 134 Adam Wright            21.33
 219 Leonie Kennedy         22.41
 239 Ian Grange             23.02 
 617 Teresa Segovia         28.16
 909 Wally Garrod           37.39
 934 John Hanscomb          42.55

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 13th September
 1   P Lowe (Strags)        16.35
 14  Peter Faull            19.27
 47  K Owen (unatt)         22.00  (1st woman)
 64  Alberto Esguevillas    22.49
 72  Eugenio Carmo          23.01
 79  Amrut Sharma           23.12
 92  Daniel Rushby          23.39
 96  Nick Fordham           23.44
 117 Simon Taylor           24.39
 187 Rob Kitchen            27.15
 213 Claire McKenzie        28.08
 217 Vanessa McConkey       28.17
 230 Sam Rushby             28.41
 233 Phil Rushby            28.43
 245 Deepa Sharma           29.13
 257 Tomas Sterner          29.35
 306 Katie Walton           32.29
 325 Andrew Brown           35.00
 348 Bev Ali                41.27      
 349 Pat Hewlett            41.30 

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 13th September
 1   Unknown                17.40
 9   Tom Kearey             21.23
 10  Daniel Chiechi         21.35  
 12  Kevin Kearey           21.53
 22  A Brooks (Bearcat)     23.45  (1st woman)   
 35  Josie Kearey           25.03
 36  Ann Kearey             25.04
 57  Rachel Allen           26.59
 63  Lynne Barber           28.17
 82  Christine David        31.21 
 87  Su Clark               32.59
 90  Deirdre Inman          33.39
 92  Stacey Barber          34.30
 94  Lexi Slaughter         34.35

 LANHYDROCK parkrun 5km  Saturday 13th September
 Eirin McDaid was this week's winner.

 1   Eirin McDaid           17.53
 4   Nick Twomey            19.24  
 22  J Spry (Newquay & P)   25.53  (1st woman) 

 WORMWOOD SCRUBS parkrun 5km  Saturday 13th September
 Craig Maclellan was the first finisher.

 1   Craig Maclellan        19.06
 18  A Broughton (TVH)      22.48  (1st woman)

 OTHER parkruns  (Saturday 13th September)...
 Hackney Marshes: 53 Peter Fordham 24.16
 Exeter Riverside: 99 Luke Wilson 27.10
 Southwark: 42 Chris Read 24.00
 Gunnersbury: 69 Phil Jackson 22.48 
 Reading:  222 Louise Atkinson 27.50
 Horsham: 23 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 21.10
 Kingston:  22 Chris Camacho 20.41
 Osterley: 98 Cathy Holman 43.55 

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 20h September
 1   T Telkovsky (unatt)    17.06
 5   Ted Mockett            18.02
 13  M O'Sullivan (unatt)   18.43  (1st woman)
 138 Jonny Brook            21.29
 161 Adam Wright            21.47
 322 Ali Kennedy            23.49  
 553 Teresa Segovia         27.02
 587 Ellen Van Keulen       27.27
 634 Kirsty Bangham         27.57
 710 Jackie Dunkley         29.16
 780 Mary Hickson           30.47 
 936 Wally Garrod           36.29
 979 John Hanscomb          42.12

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 20th September
 Rick Jenner and Duncan Mallison were second and third, Leonie Kennedy was
 first female and there was an impressive sub-21 pb from young Kabir Sait.

 1   D Tanner (Clapham)     18.12
 2   Rick Jenner            18.33
 3   Duncan Mallison        18.45
 8   Kabir Sait             20.44
 9   Colin Brett            20.47     
 14  Kevin Kearey           21.50
 22  Leonie Kennedy         23.00  (1st woman)   
 56  Josie Kearey           26.48
 58  Ann Kearey             26.52
 63  Mel Davison            27.05
 72  Rachel Allen           28.05
 73  Tamsin Burland         28.22
 74  Heather Martingell     28.24 
 82  Christine David        30.26
 91  Tracey Small           31.46 
 96  Su Clark               33.40
 97  Lexi Slaughter         34.51
 104 Waldron Slaughter      43.51 

 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 20h September
 A win for Trevor Maguire.

 1   Trevor Maguire         18.22
 10  Stephen Hurton         21.21
 12  B Farr (unatt)         22.03  (1st woman)
 35  Luke Maguire           27.41
 46  Matthew Beal           31.35
 47  Louise Beal            31.36
 49  Katie Walton           32.15
 53  Oliver Beal            33.17
 54  Simon Beal             33.18

 KINGSTON parkrun 5km  Saturday 20h September
 1   G Brook (Strags)       18.07
 11  Chris Camacho          21.14
 12  S Black (Tri Europe)   21.18  (1st woman)
 18  Andy Bickerstaff       22.02
 19  Daniel Chiechi         22.07
 60  Jar O'Brien            26.44
 74  Prelini Chiechi        28.02
 84  Alison Dicks           29.22
 85  Wiebke Kortum          29.23
 86  Mike White             29.24
 89  Maya Farah             30.02
 90  Hannah Doyle           30.03     

 BLACK PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 20h September
 Mark Herbert was first home.

 1   Mark Herbert           18.03
 15  O Janke (Hill)         20.09  (1st woman) 

 TEMPLE NEWSAM parkrun 5km  Saturday 20h September
 Craig Maclellan was the winner. 

 1   Craig Maclellan        18.45
 27  J Pearson (unatt)      23.29  (1st woman) 

 WOKING parkrun 5km  Saturday 20h September
 Ed Barker finished third. 

 1   N Handley (JP Morgan)  17.11
 3   Ed Barker              18.14   
 16  K Hassall (Folk)       21.28  (1st woman) 

 OTHER parkruns  (Saturday 20th September)...
 Pegwell Bay: 26 Peter Fordham 24.14
 Gunnersbury: 60 Phil Jackson 22.37,  154 Tony Clark 27.24
 Bedfont Lakes: 19 Rob Curtis 22.06,  57 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 25.36,  119 Paul
 Sinton-Hewitt 32.14
 South Manchester: 313 Jenny Rogal 32.51
 Bournemouth: 98 Eugenio Carmo 24.49 
 Princes Liverpool: 84 Simon Taylor 25.02
 Oxford: 96 Evelyn Joslin 26.26
 Southsea:  66 Alan Davidson 23.50
 Preston Park: 106 John Pratt 23.54 

 This one has been doing the rounds in recent weeks, but for those who
 haven't seen it, it's a guy named James Heptonstall racing a tube train from
 Mansion House to Cannon Street stations.  Video: