*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 465 23 December 2015 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org *************************************************** MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR READERS HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Ranelagh wins the Stubbs Cup mob match v South London Harriers by nearly 500 points * Jon Pepper and Ellen Clague lead our mob of 62 * Julia Bailey wins the bronze medal in the Avon XC Championships * Megan de Silva, Izzy Atkins and Poppy Jensen represent their counties in the SEAA Inter-Counties Championship * Megan de Silva finishes 6th in the South of the Thames 7.5m * Australian Orienteering titles for Ralph Street * All welcome for the Henty Relay on Saturday * Surrey and Middlesex Championships and Surrey Leagues coming up in the New Year ATTENTION PLEASE **************** HENTY RELAY Saturday 26th December in Richmond Park Need a break from the festivities and the over-indulgence? Come along to our Christmas fun relay on Saturday 26th! All members, relatives and friends are welcome, all ages and all speeds. Start time is 12 noon but you must come to the clubhouse by 11.30 to be allocated a team. Details:. SURREY XC CHAMPIONSHIPS Sunday 10th January at Denbies Vineyard and MIDDLESEX XC CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 9th January at Wormwood Scrubs Entry for both of these closes very soon, so if you'd like to run please contact the Captains/Team Managers without delay. Note that the Surreys are on Sunday - senior women at 12 noon, senior men at 1.45pm, junior races (under 13 up to under 20) from 10.30am onwards. SURREY LEAGUES The third Surrey League events for men and women take place on Saturday 16th January at Priory Park, Reigate (women, 12 noon start) and on Mitcham Common (men, 2.30pm start). After two races our women's team is in a safe 7th place out of 15 clubs in Division 1, with three clubs only 12 points or fewer in front of them. The men's situation is more precarious as they stand in 8th place out of 9 in Division 1 with two to be relegated at the end of the season. Clapham and Belgrave are well within our striking distance so a good result is vital. All members are welcome to run in these events - register with our team manager on the day. NEXT JOB FOR THE MOB Relax, we have a break now. The fourth and last mob match of this season will be on Saturday 20th February at home in Richmond Park against Blackheath and Bromley Harriers and AC. RALPH STREET Ralph Street is spending our winter as an Orienteering coach in Australia and was soon in competitive action. The weekend of 26th and 27th September saw both the Victorian Middle Distance Championships and the Australian Middle Distance Championships at Ballarat. In both events Ralph held an early lead only to be overhauled by Kiwi Nick Hann. However, Ralph was to get his revenge the following weekend. First came the Australian Sprint Championships. Ralph "led almost all the way, and while his lead never got beyond 17 secs, he never really looked like losing." The following day saw the Australian Long Distance Championships. Ralph "...got a decisive break on the long leg, never losing the lead after that. Matt Crane pushed him for a while but three minutes lost on control 15 ended his chances, That left Street with an unbeatable lead - more than 4 minutes at the end." Quotes are taken from Mike Hubbert's The Australian Orienteer magazine. CHECK YOUR ENGLAND ATHLETICS REGISTRATION A new feature on the England Athletics website enables individuals to check their EA registration. Go to here: and enter either your registration number (if you know it) or your name and date of birth. Press "Search" and it should come back with your registration number and an indication of whether your registration is up to date. We have generally not registered members who are non-competitive. If your registration is shown as not up to date, this may be an oversight on our part or it might mean that according to our records your club subscription for 2015-16 has not been paid. Please check, and if you think your registration should have been paid, please get in touch. Note that most championship races require up to date registration of all entrants, so if you are planning on running the Southern or the National any registration queries must be dealt with quickly. Note also that if you have been previously registered with another club, we are unable to take over your registration payments. You first need to go through the formal "change of club" procedure. Download the form for this here:. ranelagh-harriers.com E-MAIL ADDRESSES Please note that as from the end of 2015 the e-mail addresses email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org will no longer be available. Please change your address books now to the following: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 here:. Online bookings can now be taken: www.ulearnathletics.com/cpdEvent/82659. 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. This video can be used to guide people through the process of booking:" THURSDAY NIGHT TRACK TRAINING AT OSTERLEY 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:. FACEBOOK Follow Ranelagh on Facebook. RANELAGH JUNIORS Check out what's happening in our junior section at ranelagh-harriers-juniors.com/. WHAT'S COMING ************* More details of the following from the men's Captains ( e-mail Phil or Trevor ) email@example.com or the women's Captain / Team Manager ( e-mail Becky or Phil firstname.lastname@example.org ) Saturday 26th December Henty Relay, 12 noon start. All members and guests welcome. See above. Saturday 9th January Middlesex County XC Championships at Wormwood Scrubs. Races for all age groups but entry in advance is essential. Contact the Captains/Team Managers if you want to run. Sunday 10th January Surrey County XC Championships at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking. Races for all age groups but entry in advance is essential. Contact the Captains/Team Managers if you want to run. Saturday 16th January Surrey Ladies League 5 miles at Priory Park, Reigate. 12 noon start, followed by junior races. Surrey League (men) 5 miles on Mitcham Common. 2.30pm start (note earlier time), preceded by juniors at 2pm. Saturday 23rd January Bank of England inter-club 5 miles incl Hec Petersen Trophy. 2.30pm start in Richmond Park (Roehampton Gate) 5km parkruns every Saturday at 9am and 2km junior parkruns weekly or monthly on Sundays. Venues, more details and registration at www.parkrun.com or www.parkrun.org.uk/events/juniorevents/. WHAT'S HAPPENED *************** STUBBS CUP MOB MATCH v SOUTH LONDON HARRIERS Saturday 12th December at Coulsdon Phil Killingley reports: "Floods having devastated much of the North West of England, could the Blue Wave do similarly to South London Harriers' Farthing Down? If the tide turned in our favour, the flow of consecutive mob wins would number ten. The pre-Christmas lurgies threatened to decimate our ranks but we turned out a superb 62 runners on the start, with the opposition managing a respectable 44. A strong rendition of the Hobble Gobble intimidated SLH into a speedy start and at one point the race was looking in the balance. But blue grit won through. Jon Pepper led the race from the front harried by Eirin McDaid in the closing stages and Ranelagh registered a podium 1-2-3. Ellen Clague also secured 2nd in the ladies with a superlative performance. After 11 home, SLH had 6 runners in to our 5, but guess what came next? That's right: a Blue Wave landed us all but one of positions 12-21, effectively sealing the match given our superior numbers still out on the course. Blue after blue vest stormed round the corner to the finish in the dull, grey winter half-light and as dusk descended over the Down, the lead looked unassailable. As the light faded, Carol Aikin, Tom Reay, Clive Naish, Peter Fordham, Cathy Holman and Bill Harvey (mob number 96) forged on and completed this epic course. The muddy, cambered downland had inflicted its toll, with at least five bloodied limbs counted (Nick Impey, Michael Osborne, Nick Twomey, Chris Camacho and one other take a bow), one damaged hamstring (Richard Holme) and one lost shoe sole (Emma Wellham). It was blood spilt in pursuit of victory, however, as the score announced in the clubhouse was a huge 1481-1958 victory. Ellen's performance was astonishing- this time last year she was scoring in the upper 60s for age-graded percentages - here she managed 78.5%. Eirin's 80.6% was also a pb - I was with him at halfway and he suddenly surged and took 1min 30 out of me in the second half. 73.6% for Dave Lawley was another xc record as he finished in 12th - he's getting better and better." Lots of photos here:. Steve Vincent of SLH writes: "Just to let you know that we found a pair of INOV8 X-Talon 212s (or very similar) in a red plastic bag that were left up near the start/finish of Saturday's mob match." Get in touch if they are yours. SEAA INTER-COUNTIES XC CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 12th December at Biggleswade Megan de Silva ran a fine race and was 7th finisher for the winning Surrey team in the senior race. Izzy Atkins represented the 4th-placed Middlesex team in the Under 15 girls race, while Poppy Jensen was 6th home for the Surrey Under 13s who closed in 6th. Senior Women 1 S Abel (Middx) 21.26 32 Megan de Silva (Sy) 23.46 Under 15 Girls 1 J Czura (Hants) 13.17 29 Izzy Atkins (Middx) 14.19 Under 13 Girls 1 S Moore (Hants) 10.32 47 Poppy Jensen (Sy) 11.25 AVON, SOMERSET and WILTSHIRE XC CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 12th December at Bath Julia Bailey put in a great performance to finish 7th overall but 3rd and bronze medallist in the Avon Championship. Senior Women 1 R Barnes (Avon R) 24.29 (1st Wilts) 3 J Belyanin (B&W) 25.56 (1st Avon) 7 Julia Bailey 26.59 (3rd Avon) SOUTH OF THE THAMES 7.5 miles championship Saturday 19th December at Tonbridge There was not a lot of enthusiasm for a trek down to Tonbridge the week before Christmas, but that shouldn't overshadow yet another good run by Megan de Silva who finished an excellent 6th. Vaughan Ramsay and a returning-from-injury Marie Synnott-Wells completed our representation. 1 J Gilbert (Kent) 42.29 W1 A Clements (Kent) 50.40 (1st woman) W6 Megan de Silva 54.26 112 Vaughan Ramsay 56.44 W29 Marie Synnott-Wells 64.02 HOG'S BACK 11km Sunday 6th December at Guildford 1 P Lowe (Belgrave) 40.08 16 S Ludlow (G&G) 46.10 (1st woman) 532 David Meaden 77.32 559 Alan Meaden 81.11 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km Friday 18th December in Hyde Park 1 A Greenleaf (Serp) 15.20 40 L O'Donoghue (Eal E) 18.43 (1st woman) 66 Rob Wise 19.54 162 Alan Davidson 25.12 parkrun RESULTS With so many people now taking part in parkruns it has become very unwieldy to continue including full results in the e-news. So we are experimenting with cutting down the extent of the results we will show. We wanted to avoid concentrating only on the fastest times, so we have come up with this suggestion: we will show all PBs, all performances with an age-graded percentage of 65% and above, and all junior results. You will still be able to access all Ranelagh results if you wish, by following this link:. From this screen you can also access the previous week's Ranelagh results. And of course each individual parkrun website includes their own full results. In addition we will continue to show full Ranelagh results for junior parkruns as these are not included in the above link. This is just an experiment and we'd be pleased to hear any comments or suggestions. parkruns Saturday 12th December Richmond Park Tom Bradley 18.25 (73.3% and PB), Suzy Whatmough 20.32 (72.08% and PB), Hadi Khatamizadeh 22.20 (PB), Alan Elder 22.25 (67.43%), Tomas Sterner 23.35 (65.16%), Andrew Brown 24.15 (67.9%), Sam Rushby 27.51 (jnr), Daniel Rushby 28.22 (jnr), James Rushby 28.24 (jnr) Crane Park Clare King 21.57 (68.11%), Claire Warner 27.34 (PB), Prelini Chiechi 27.37 (PB), Nathaniel Bond 29.53 (jnr) Bushy Park Nick Wright 18.39 (72.65%), Sacha Kennedy 20.38 (77.38% and jnr), Simon Collingridge 20.58 (75.2%), Emma Wellham 23.14 (PB), Léonie Kennedy 23.47 (67.13% and jnr), Ali Kennedy 23.58 (71.7%) Kingston Jo Sinton-Hewitt 25.39 (66.15%) Old Deer Park Stephen Hurton 21.12 (65.33%), Clare Fowler 21.58 (68.29%), Luke Maguire 26.46 (jnr) Lincoln Peter Weir 20.18 (72.66%), Karen Weir 22.57 (67.54%) Gunnersbury Rob Wise 20.00 (78.17%) Southwark Alan Davidson 24.52 (69.37%) Root 44 Lloyd Camp 23.05 (65.49% and PB) Osterley Phil Jackson 23.44 (70.5%) Northala Lydia Louw 20.51 (81.85% and jnr) Bognor Regis David Rowe 19.28 (71.15%) parkruns Saturday 19th December Richmond Park Peter Weir 20.10 (73.14%), Bill Neely 20.42 (74.88%), Ellen Clague 21.10 (76.54%), Wiebke Kortum 22.18 (72.65%), Karen Weir 22.57 (67.54%) Crane Park Nick Twomey 19.28 (66.35%) Bushy Park Marc Snaith 18.47 (71.07%), Nick Wright 18.49 (72.01%), Owen Delaney 18.56 (71.04%), Euan Sinclair 21.19 (69.74% and jnr), Sacha Kennedy 21.44 (73.47% and jnr), Jo Sinton-Hewitt 25.40 (66.1%) Old Deer Park Kris Davidson 20.22 (67.51%), Frida Roper 26.20 (jnr), Luke Maguire 28.01 (jnr) Bedfont Lakes Becky Hall 21.08 (70.35%) Southwark Alan Davidson 25.32 (67.56%) York Phil Jackson 24.37 (68.11%) Osterley Lydia Louw 20.52 (81.79% and jnr) Bangor Peter Faull 18.20 (70.91 and PB) Conkers Dave Lawley 17.49 (73.99%) FINALLY... From Athletics International: British astronaut Tim Peake (43) will become the first man to run a marathon in space. His mission was launched on December 15 and he will be on the International Space Station until June 5. Beginning at 10.00 GMT on Apr 24, the same time as the start of the Virgin Money London Marathon, he will run the 26.2 miles on a treadmill as the ISS orbits the earth, 400km up and at a speed of 27,000km per hour. To combat weightlessness, he will wear a harness that tethers him to the treadmill, while watching the HD video of the London course on a big screen. He ran London in 1999 in 3:18:50.