Newsdesk 2001

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 A reminder, first of all, that this Saturday is our women's club
 championship for the Hugh Jones Salver, incorporated with the Dysart Cup
 women's inter-club race (though the Cup itself is, I think, still locked
 away with the rest of Kathleen Harris's things!). The club championship
 itself looks to be very open, with perhaps half-a-dozen members all in with
 a shout. We had a surprisingly low turnout for this race last year from
 Ranelagh so I hope we'll see a few more of you taking part this time. This
 includes juniors - remember it wasn't long ago that Sarah Doe won the
 championship as a 14-year-old!
 The women's 6km race starts at 2pm, followed at 2.30pm (-ish!) by the men's
 inter-club Ellis Cup. All are welcome for this race too. Just turn up and

 On November 24th we ran - and lost - our second mob match of the season,
 away to Thames Hare and Hounds on Wimbledon Common. I wasn't there so I
 can't comment on the proceedings from first-hand experience, but it seems
 that Thames's margin of victory did not disgrace us. We were fairly
 evenly-matched numerically, if not in speed - they provided no less than the
 first nine home! Fighting forties Mick and Marcus led the way for us and we
 packed fairly solidly in the middle ranks but that flying start for Thames
 meant that they were never going to lose the initiative in the team
 Andy Bickerstaff adds: "The Thames supper was good, unlike the race where
 the respective captains, one young, fast and first, the other old, slow and
 15th provided a microcosm of the race, and indeed the two clubs! The supper
 had loads of good food and wine ...and being held in a pub good ale was also
 available. Speeches were made (of sorts - no President so they were
 mecifully short), we hobble gobbled 'em, fun was had by all!"
 Phoenix Road races at Brighton, November 11th
 Under 17   2km
 1	C Best (Crawley)	6.34
 4	Jessica Harvey		7.44
 Under 13   1.8km
 1	D Daly (Crawley)	7.32
 6	Alex Hook		8.02

 Anair Beverly made the step up to top-flight competition on November 18th
 when she ran in the Reebok Cross Challenge at Margate. Anair finished an
 excellent 45th out of 115 runners in the Under 15 race in a time of 11.43,
 65 seconds behind the winner L Smith of Aldershot.
 Representing Richmond, Jessica Harvey, Anair Beverly and Alex Hook finished
 12th, 14th and 10th respectively in the Under 17, Under 15 and Under 13
 races in the London Heathrow Youth Games cross-country at Parliament Hill on
 November 25th. 

 It is with great sadness that I have to report the death aged 50 of my dear
 sister-in-law Trish Macé, who lost her fight with cancer in Mount Edgcumbe
 Hospice, St Austell, on Monday December 3rd. Trish was the middle daughter
 of club stalwarts Bob and Olive Maslin, sister of our former women's captain
 Sonia Rowland and wife of Richard Macé. Although retaining her Ranelagh
 membership Trish had lived in Cornwall for many years where she was one of
 the founders of the Falmouth Road Runners with her then-husband Dave
 Trevena. Trish went on to serve as FRR's women's captain and became a
 prolific prize-winner in local road and all-terrain races. She also
 represented Cornwall in the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships.
 Trish was Head of Physiotherapy for a local NHS Trust and is survived by her
 two sons from her first marriage, Aaron and Richard. She will be greatly
 missed by family and friends. The funeral is to take place on Saturday 8th
 at Truro Crematorium at 10.40am. No flowers please but donations would be
 welcome to the Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, Porthpean Road, St Austell PL26 6AB.
 The death also occurred recently of senior member Jack Stubbs. An obituary
 will follow soon. Jack's funeral is being held tomorrow (Thursday) at 2.30pm
 at the Breakspeare Crematorium in Ruislip.
 Frances Ratchford writes:
 "On December 15 after the Surrey League at Richmond Park Bruce Tulloh will
 give a short talk about running and answer any running questions.  He has
 just brought out a new book 'Running Over 40'. Copies of his book will be 
 available to buy and he will sign them.
 You don't have to be over 40 to attend. He has coached all ages and some of
 the best runners in the world from Richard Nerurkar to Margaret Auerback! He
 has also coached some of us through his articles in Runners World". 

 Congratulations to Janet Turnes in again winning a first prize in the
 'Kingston in Bloom' competition for the floral display at her pub, the Wych
 Elm in Elm Road, Kingston.

 More details of all the following from Andy Bickerstaff (07966 552302 /
 norris.hobs@ndirect.co.uk) or Sarah Seal (020 8995 2380 /
 Saturday December 8th    Dysart Cup 6km incl club women's championship for
 the Hugh Jones Salver. 2pm start, followed at 2.30pm by the Ellis Cup men's
 5 miles.

 Saturday December 15th    Surrey League Division 1 men and women both on our
 courses in Richmond Park. Women from 12 noon (seniors 1pm), men from 2.30pm
 (seniors 3pm).

 Saturday December 22nd   Stubbs Cup mob match v South London Harriers at
 Farthing Downs, Coulsdon. 7.5 miles. Start at 2.30pm.

 The Chinese National Games - held every four years - became notorious in the
 1990s for the literally incredible performances by female distance runners.
 Standards were not quite so high in the 2001 games, the most staggering
 performance coming perhaps in the men's 800 metres. This was won in a modest
 1.49.09 by Li Huiquan. Modest indeed...until you consider that Li had
 celebrated his 14th birthday only 11 days earlier....

 Steve Rowland
 Telephone: 01926 318734
 Fax: 0870 4006901
 e-mail: srowland@calorgas.co.uk