Newsdesk 2015

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 463             24 November 2015
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 *  Ranelagh women finish 5th in both the London Champs and the South of the
     Thames 5m Champs
 *  Megan de Silva finishes 4th in the South of the Thames  
 *  Good junior results in the London Youth Games
 *  Good road performances abroad  
 *  parkrun placings for Jo Sinton-Hewitt, Jon Smith, Kris Davidson, David
     Rowe, Richard Gregory, Phil Killingley, Clare Fowler, Michelle Davies, Grace
     Munro, Lydia Louw, Lars Lundqvist, Mark Herbert and Jonathan Moore 
 *  All needed for the next mob match this Saturday – Thames Hare & Hounds on
     Wimbledon Common, Saturday 28th November
 *  Christmas Party now sold out

 Phil Killingley writes:
 “The blue wave rolls on and on and Thames is the next club in line to be
 washed down the river. If we pull this off it'll be nine in a row. Two years
 ago it was at this fixture on Wimbledon Common that we lodged the first win
 in that series, by a tiny margin. Last year they ran a six month mob
 recruitment operation in a bid to win in Richmond Park, thwarted by our
 sheer numbers. 

 Come and join the Blue and Amber runners for another classic battle on the
 wrong side of the A3 – 2.30pm from the football pitches near Asda. It's a
 fun course with a fair amount of flat dry running interspersed with some
 muddy undulating bits including the Rifle Butts (don't expect your shoes to
 come out clean) over the regulation mob distance of 7.5 miles. As always,
 all speeds and all ages welcome. Hobble Gobble!”

 More details including a course map:. There is parking at Thames’s
 clubhouse, but if it’s full there other alternatives include Friars Avenue
 (accessible from Asda) and the A3 service road (heading south, turn left
 onto the A3 at the Robin Hood Roundabout then immediately left again onto
 the service road).    

 Following the mob match Thames will host a supper at the King’s Head on
 Roehampton High Street. All welcome. For those with long memories, the King’s
 Head was Thames’s old HQ before a fire forced them to seek alternative

 CHRISTMAS PARTY  Saturday 5th December at 7pm at the Lass O’Richmond Hill
 All tickets have been sold and we have a waiting list. We have been obliged
 to assume that anyone who has not paid for their ticket no longer wants to
 come. If you have any questions please contact Michele Gibson
 micheleagibson@hotmail.com . 

 This comes from the Surrey County AA online-data team:
 “Dear athletics colleague,
 You may have noticed wonderful things happening in the County with
 championship online entries and in the Surrey League with declarations and
 results. Andy Robinson at Reportlab is behind all this and has sent the
 following request:
 The Surrey League site is being funded by an EU technology grant process to
 build better technology for athletics.  Our goal is to make it really easy
 to organise club races, and our next review point is in late November.  To
 keep the Eurocrats happy, it will help if people support us on social media
 in the next week.   And it will REALLY help if programmers, web designers
 and "athletics geeks" from some of the league clubs volunteer to join in.
 So please take a look at opentrack.run/, and if you think it's a good
 idea, share it on Facebook, tweet about it, or post something on the forum.
 ?Hope you can help Andy!” 

 London Marathon organisers have substantially reduced the number of
 guaranteed places on offer to clubs – citing the increase in “good for your
 age” qualifiers, most of whom are club athletes. Our allocation has
 accordingly been reduced to just two. If you have been rejected in the 
 public ballot and meet the club’s qualifying criteria of having run in two
 mob matches during the past twelve months (or run one and marshalled club
 events twice), please contact our Hon Sec Wyn Williams
 wynfordwilliams@icloud.com  before the Christmas Party on 5th

 ...for 2015-16 are well overdue but there are still quite a few active
 members who have not yet paid. The club is unable to register you with
 England Athletics unless your subs are paid up. Despite the increase in the
 EA registration fee to £12, we are keeping our subscription rates unchanged
 for at least another year. That’s £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 aachrisowens@yahoo.co.uk. 
 Julia Bailey, who is our local EA Club and Coach Support Officer, writes:
 “I am pleased to let you know the Easyfundraising #SpendChristmas Campaign
 is now live. Raise free funds for your club simply by doing your Christmas
 shopping online through easyfundraising. Please click on link below for
 further details.
 SPRING MARATHON WORKSHOP with international Marathon runner MARA YAMAUCHI
  EA Club and Coach Support Officer Julia Bailey writes:
 “Our next Marathon Workshop with Mara Yamauchi will take place on Friday
 29th January from 6:30pm - 9:30pm at Southwark Council Offices, Tooley
 Street SE1 2TZ.  The cost is £10. For more details see:.

 Online bookings can now be taken here:. This is set up so athletes
 will need to be logged into uLearn in order to book on, coaches and all
 athletes registered will already have a uLearn account. Anyone who does not
 know their username or password should view this video instructing them how
 to find out: help#username-and-password
 page?id=helppage?id=help#how-do-i-book .” 

 The club is continuing to subsidise track sessions on Thursday evenings at
 the Osterley track. All groups and all abilities are welcome. The sessions
 are  every Thursday 7.30-8.30pm.  Link to the map is here:.

 Follow Ranelagh on Facebook. 

 Check out what’s happening in our junior section at

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

 Saturday 28th November    Mob Match v Thames Hare & Hounds on Wimbledon
 Common. See above.

 Sunday 6th December        MABAC League 5 miles at Farley Heath 10am start.

 Saturday 12th December    Stubbs Cup mob match v South London Harriers at
 Coulsdon. Reserve the date!  

 Saturday 19th December    South of the Thames 7.5 miles Championship at
 Tonbridge. 2pm start.

 Saturday 26th December    Henty Relay, 12 noon start. Informal Christmas
 relay around Sidmouth Wood. All members and guests welcome.

 parkruns every Saturday at 9am
 Bushy Park                            Diana Fountain car park
 Richmond Park                      Richmond Gate
 Wimbledon Common             Windmill car park
 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 and at 9am at Moormead Rec, Twickenham.  

 Parliament Hill
 To the true cross-country runner, no winter is complete without at least one
 visit to Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath. For many years it’s hosted the
 Southern or the National Championships, as well as other events.  It’s
 testing scenic terrain and everybody seems happy with the arrangement except
 the weather gods. They don’t like it at all. And they protest in the only
 way open to them – doing their best to make all these puny humans as wet and
 cold and muddy as they can. True, they showed a little mercy to the
 youngsters who were out in the morning contesting the London Youth Games.
 Eight different races in all, and several hundred youthful runners to
 prepare and churn the course for the senior events to follow.    

 Almost a dozen Ranelagh Harriers juniors were selected to represent their
 London boroughs, the best result coming from Lydia Louw, 4th in the
 Under11s. Poppy Jensen in the Under 13s and Izzy Atkins in the Under 15s
 also made the top dozen, and there were good performances all down the line. 
 There was to be no pity shown by the weather gods for the seniors contesting
 the London Championships. This is not an event that Ranelagh has
 traditionally supported, and often in the past it has clashed with another
 fixture. Our men’s team is still giving it a miss, but the women decided to
 join in the fun last year and recorded a solid 10th place in their debut.

 This year, by the time they were due to reluctantly strip for action, the
 rain was falling in torrents. Steph McCall of SLH paid but little heed to
 the conditions or the rest of the 200-odd runners. After some early
 skirmishes she broke clear in convincing style and won by more than half a
 minute. Julia Bailey led our team in 23rd place, a minute clear of Becky
 Hall in 41st. Perhaps the run of the day came from Suzy Whatmough who was
 veritably snapping at Becky’s heels. The scoring team of four was closed in
 by Bonnie Morgan just a stride clear of Ellen Clague. Becky Northmore,
 Wiebke Kortum and Elisa Ferrua completed the Ranelagh line-up. Team
 calculations found us in an excellent and perhaps surprising 5th place.
 LYG – Under 17 Girls
 1   S Sinha (Greenwich)    11.05
 39  Jess Harbert (Ealing)  14.04
 40  Cecily Day (Hounslow)  14.14
 51  Ellie Luxmoore (Eal)   14.57
 69  Grace Munro (Richmond) 15.44                     
 LYG – Under 17 Boys
 1   G Groom (Barnet)       17.14
 58  Greg Atkins (Richmond) 20.00

 LYG – Under 15 Girls
 1   E Griffin (Wandsworth)  7.48
 12  Izzy Atkins (Richmond)  8.19
 33  Sacha Kennedy           8.42
 149 Josie Kearey           10.51 

 LYG – Under 13 Girls
 1   L King (Wandsworth)     7.55
 9   Poppy Jensen            8.18

 LYG – Under 13 Boys
 1   J Kennedy (Wandsworth)  7.35
 37  Euan Sinclair (King)    8.21

 LYG – Under 11 Girls
 1   A Sibley (Bromley)      5.57
 4   Lydia Louw              6.04

 LC – Senior Women
 1   S McCall (SLH)         22.31
 2   P Law (K&P)            23.06
 3   L Bromilow (MMK)       23.18
 23  Julia Bailey           25.30
 41  Becky Hall             26.30
 42  Suzy Whatmough         26.32
 76  Bonnie Morgan          27.41
 77  Ellen Clague           27.41
 87  Becky Northmore        28.07
 88  Wiebke Kortum          28.08
 133 Elisa Ferrua           30.14

 Teams (4 to score)
 1   London Heathside AC     63
 2   Dulwich R               70
 3   Victoria Pk & TH AC     98
 5   Ranelagh H             182  

 SOUTH OF THE THAMES 5 miles CHAMPIONSHIP  Saturday 21st November at Polesden
 Lacey, Dorking
 For a long time it looked as if the South of the Thames 5 miles championship
 race might not take place this year. We were well into the cross-country
 season before a venue was at last found courtesy of Dorking and Mole Valley
 AC and the National Trust. This was the handsome Edwardian house at Polesden
 Lacey set on top of the North Downs above Dorking with magnificent views to
 the south. The start and finish were just below the house, and the 5 miles
 one lap course took in an exhilarating run through fields at the start
 before the real business began. That one of the features on the course is
 colloquially known as Cardiac Hill ought to have given a clue as to what was
 to be expected. Essentially, after leaving the grounds of the House, the
 course climbed. Steadily. On and on. And on. For at least a mile, to the top
 of Ranmore Common. Then it came all the way down again to the Tanners Hatch
 Youth Hostel, followed by a couple of bumps and a toil back up to the
 finish. Underfoot conditions varied, from fast grassland, to stony tracks to
 mud patches, making the choice of footwear difficult. Men and women run
 together in the South of the Thames Championships, and last year our women’s
 team squeezed into the medals. Could we do it again?            

 Early leader overall was Belgrave’s Phil Wicks but he had four or five in
 close attendance as they reached the foot of the hill. In the women’s race
 eventual winner Lucy Reid of Tonbridge was already in command with last
 year’s 4th placed Amy Clements of Kent looking to improve on that
 performance. For Ranelagh Megan de Silva led the way in about 7th place.

 The hill, up and down, should have sorted out the men from the boys. Except
 that it didn’t. Flying down the hill well clear of the rest, with all the
 confidence of a seasoned fell-runner, came Kent’s prodigiously talented 17
 year-old Alex Yee, bronze medallist in the Commonwealth Youth Games 3000m
 earlier this year. Speed, strength and stamina, he seems to have the lot. At
 the finish he had 20 seconds in hand over the redoubtable Wicks. Reid,
 Clements and Belgrave’s Samantha Amend filled the first three places in the
 women’s race, but Megan finished strongly to pull up to an excellent 4th
 place. Becky Hall ran well for 17th then Bonnie Morgan and Ellen Clague
 resumed their personal battle and closed in the team at 31st and 34th
 respectively. Alas, it was a near-miss afternoon for us. After Megan had
 just missed the podium, the team placed 5th, just 10 points from the bronze
 medals. Becky Northmore, Ali Kennedy, Ally Salisbury and Louise Wapshott
 formed the ‘B’ team in 18th place, with Katie Walton also finishing with

 It was very much a scratch team that contested the men’s race for Ranelagh,
 Vaughan Ramsay leading home Richard Kennedy, Rob Curtis and Paul Wapshott
 into 35th place.          

 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap  Wednesday 5th November
 1   C Scammell (unatt)     23.30  (actual time 19.30)
 2   Louise Piears          25.03  (21.48)
 12  Steve Rowland          27.13  (26.03) 

 VALENCIA MARATHON  Sunday 15th November
 1   J Mwangangi (Kenya)    2:06.13  (chip time 2:06.13)
 532 Nick Twomey            2:56.37  (2:55.57)

 VALENCIA 10km  Sunday 15th November
 Eirin McDaid and Mark Herbert were both within a few seconds of their pbs.

 1   M Bett (Kenya)         29.00  (chip time 29.00)
 43  Eirin McDaid           33.54  (33.46)
 133 Mark Herbert           36.40  (36.32)

 PALERMO MARATHON  Sunday 15th November
 1   F Lo Piccolo (Italy)   2:44.03
 22  S Bondara (Poland)     3:18.43  (1st woman)
 150 Paul Sinton-Hewitt     3:57.04

 PALERMO HALF MARATHON  Sunday 15th November
 1   M Idriss (Morocco)     1:13.39
 28  S Vassallo (Italy)     1:27.12  (1st woman)
 695 Jo Sinton-Hewitt       2:01.37

 GOSPORT HALF MARATHON  Sunday 15th November
 Amrut Sharma writes on Facebook:
 “ A real slog in a rather windy Gosport; nice medal though and liked the new
 system of water pouches!” 

 1   J Corbett (Chich)      1:11.09  (chip time 1:11.09)
 683 Amrut Sharma           1:47.29  (1:47.11)
 879 Lloyd Camp             1:54.15  (1:53.56)  

 BRIGHTON 10km  Sunday 15th November
 1    S Scullion (AFD)      31.46  (chip time 31.46)
 34   E Macready (Worth)    35.32  (35.31 – 1st woman)
 1692 Julie Naismith        59.14  (57.21)
 1786 Claire Warner         60.11  (56.56)  

 WIMBLEDON HALF MARATHON  Sunday 22nd November
 1   J Connor (Kent)        1:07.28  (chip time 1:07.26)
 45  D Godwin (unatt)       1:27.26  (1:27.22 – 1st woman)
 67  Hugo Garland           1:30.19  (1:30.11)
 492 Emma Ward              1:57.16  (1:56.00)

 WIMBLEDON 10km  Sunday 22nd November
 Blast from the past Rob Wise was the leading over 50.

 1   E Pierce (Enf & H)     33.00  (chip time 32.58)
 12  R Penfold (Fulham)     38.42  (38.38 – 1st woman)
 27  Rob Wise               42.17  (42.11)

 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 14th November
 Lars Lundqvist was runner-up.

 1   P Lowe (Belgrave)      16.24
 2   Lars Lundqvist         18.03
 21  John Hobson            20.46      
 26  Alberto Esguevillas    21.10
 37  Steve Aikin            21.59
 49  J Ross (unatt)         23.06  (1st woman)
 53  Matt Aikin             23.14
 54  Kevin Knowles          23.21
 66  Karl Garvey            23.39
 79  Andrew Brown           24.16
 130 Michael Sikora         26.39
 139 Leeanne Bryce          26.58
 142 Owen Delaney           27.01
 155 Sally Bamford          27.34
 168 James Rushby           28.21
 186 Aoife Kilpatrick       29.09
 193 Carol Aikin            29.39
 222 Sam Rushby             31.50
 223 Phil Rushby            31.59
 243 Penny Merrett          33.43    

 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 14th November
 Jonathans Smith and Moore finished 1st and 3rd and Clare Fowler weighed  in
 with second place amongst the women.

 1   Jonathan Smith         18.12
 3   Jonathan Moore         19.31
 6   S Robson (Herc W)      20.46  (1st woman)
 10  Bruce McLaren          21.13
 14  Clare Fowler           22.09
 19  Phil Roberts           23.10     
 33  Luke Maguire           26.16
 36  Paula Maguire          27.08 
 39  Julian Holden          27.51
 59  Wyn Williams           44.11

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 14th November
 1   Unknown                15.07
 16  David Ready            18.18
 24  Nick Wright            18.48
 25  S Hazel (unatt)        18.51 (1st woman)
 33  Garan Jenkin           19.18
 42  Llewellyn Davies       19.33
 46  Richard Kennedy        19.42
 92  Simon Collingridge     20.54  
 218 Adam Wright            23.04
 468 Kirsty Bangham         26.26
 635 Noel Simpson           28.58
 928 John Hanscomb          46.49 

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 14h November
 Michelle Davies was second woman.

 1   P Bowden (Strag)       18.22
 16  M Jovani (Runnymede)   20.48  (1st woman)
 17  Kevin Kearey           20.59
 18  Daniel Chiechi         21.09
 23  Michelle Davies        21.29
 36  Paul Wapshott          22.57
 43  Mike White             23.30
 44  James Barber           23.32
 59  Ann Kearey             24.16
 95  Lynne Barber           27.55
 96  Tamsin Burland         27.58
 106 Nathaniel Bond         29.05
 111 Hilary Thomson         30.45
 112 Louise Wapshott        30.47
 115 Christine David        31.05
 118 Katie Walton           31.48
 120 Tracey Small           32.03
 123 Su Clark               33.39     

 UDITORE parkrun 5km  Saturday 14th November
 Jo Sinton-Hewitt was the leading woman in this Italian parkrun.

 1   C Di Gioia (AS DIL)    18.20
 13  Paul Sinton-Hewitt     25.53
 14  Jo Sinton-Hewitt       26.16 (1st woman)

 OTHER parkruns  (Saturday 14h November)
 Osterley: 14 Phil Jackson 24.36
 Bognor Regis: 5 David Rowe 19.31,  128 Sharon Rowe 34.55
 Little Stoke: 95 Ashleigh Ferris 25.31
 Hampstead Heath: 59 Ali Kennedy 25.14
 Kingston: 16 Chris Camacho 21.30,  104 Tom Reay 30.15
 Barclay: 17 Peter Fordham 27.46
 Lee-on-the-Solent: 103 Sue Camp 27.48,  153 Lloyd Camp 30.42 
 Southsea: 106 Alan Davidson 26.12
 Gunnersbury: 18 Rob Wise 20.34,  229 Lexi Slaughter 37.18,  230 Waldron
 Slaughter 37.18
 Parke: 18 Mike Peace 25.22
 Reigate Priory: 31 Duncan Mallison 23.19 

 MOORMEAD JUNIOR parkrun 2km  Sunday 15th November
 1   L Paskin (London W)     8.17
 16  Oliver Beal            10.40

RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 21st November
 1   P Lowe (Belgrave)      16.47
 6   Lars Lundqvist         18.06
 26  A Harray (TVH)         20.31  (1st woman)
 29  Chris Owens            20.43
 30  John Hobson            20.45
 42  Stephen Hurton         21.21
 48  Daniel Chiechi         21.33
 52  Matt Sowton            21.54    
 55  Matt Aikin             22.05
 56  Steve Aikin            22.06
 91  Amrut Sharma           24.16
 107 Simon Taylor           25.12
 117 Carol Aikin            26.11
 119 Maia Rushby            26.16
 127 Mel Davison            26.58
 129 Jo Sinton-Hewitt       27.00
 130 Andrew Brown           27.04
 144 Ally Salisbury         27.50
 165 Phil Rushby            28.42
 181 Deepa Sharma           29.31
 184 Tony Clark             29.42
 187 Tamsin Burland         29.53  
 189 Aoife Kilpatrick       30.04
 208 Heather Martingell     31.25
 210 Mike White             31.29
 213 Bronwen Northmore      31.39
 237 Bev Ali                40.31
 238 Pat Hewlett            43.12 

 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 21st November
 Michelle Davies was third woman this week, and Mark Herbert placed second

 1   Unknown                17.06
 2   Mark Herbert           18.23
 10  L Killip (Strag)       20.02  (1st woman)
 19  Michelle Davies        21.18
 20  Lee Davies             21.19
 22  Tom Kearey             21.48
 24  Kevin Kearey           21.55  
 47  Ann Kearey             24.22
 49  Josie Kearey           24.29
 62  Nick Twomey            25.58 
 93  Hilary Thomson         30.44
 102 Su Clark               34.03
 105 Tanya Allen            34.30     

 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 21st November
 1   C Kissane-Wood (SMR)   17.10
 2   J Hill (SMUC)          17.13  (1st woman)
 72  Sacha Kennedy          21.02
 270 Rachel Revett          24.42
 478 Noel Simpson           29.01
 683 Wally Garrod           40.44
 696 John Hanscomb          46.09 

 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km  Saturday 21st November
 It was Kris Davidson’s turn to finish first this week, and Grace Munro was a
 close-up second in the women’s section.

 1   Kris Davidson          19.15
 13  E Shevlin (unatt)      24.01  (1st woman)
 15  Grace Munro            24.10
 17  James Barber           24.24   
 29  Paula Maguire          27.17
 52  Wendy Fisher           33.54  
 60  Wyn Williams           39.22 

 WIMBLEDON COMMON parkrun 5km  Saturday 21st November
 Richard Gregory led the field home at Wimbledon....

 1   Richard Gregory        17.28
 4   L Custance (Clapham)   18.14  (1st woman)

 GUILDFORD parkrun 5km  Saturday 21st November
 ...and Phil Killingley did the same at Guildford.

 1   Phil Killingley        17.33
 18  M Oldham (G&G)         21.50  (1st woman)  

 GUNNERSBURY parkrun 5km  Saturday 21st November
 Lydia Louw was second female.

 1   T Rowles (Ealing E)    17.54
 13  E Wallace (ESMH)       20.16  (1st woman)
 19  Lydia Louw             20.36
 231 Lexi Slaughter         37.56 

 BOGNOR REGIS parkrun 5km  Saturday 21st November
 David Rowe led the way this week.

 1   David Rowe             19.41
 11  S Gerrie (ESMH))       21.15  (1st woman)
 48  Kirsty Bangham         26.02
 121 Sharon Rowe            34.56 

 OTHER parkruns  (Saturday 21st November)
 Wormwood Scrubs: 17 Phil Jackson 26.16
 Brockwell: 10 James Whistler 19.29
 Ipswich: 6 Alberto Esguevillas 21.15
 Kingston: 18 Chris Camacho 22.18,  49 Fiona Pugh 26.21
 Malahide: 91 Leeanne Bryce 25.40
 Swansea Bay: 22 Nick Fordham 22.12,  64 Peter Fordham 25.28
 Milton Keynes: 188 Lynne Barber 28.51,  273 Christine David 32.41 
 Nonsuch: 4 Nick Wright 18.33
 Eastleigh: 145 Penny Merrett 33.50
 Crissy Field: 8 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 20.04
 Parke: 32 Mike Peace 26.03
 Reigate Priory: 16 Duncan Mallison 22.57 

 Athletics Weekly reports a recent survey carried out by the website
 vouchercloud.com which indicates that more people buy sport and fitness wear
 on a Sunday than on any other day of the week. And of those who make
 purchases on Sunday, 59% cite guilt about Saturday night over-indulgence in
 food and drink as the main motivation.