Newsdesk 2016

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 467             22 January 2016
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 *  Surrey League - Ranelagh women finish 3rd and men finish 6th 
 *  Gill Sanders wins the women's race and Jon Pepper leads our team in 8th
     place in the men's  
 *  Our women's team wins silver medals in the Surrey Championships, led by
     Megan de Silva in 8th place
 *  Jake Waldron finishes 7th in the men's Surrey Championships
 *  Izzy Atkins wins the Middlesex Under 15 title
 *  Richard Dunley finishes 2nd in the Dover Trail Marathon
 *  Lots of help needed for the women's League race on 13th February 
 *  Inter-club at the Bank of England this Saturday

 We are hosting the final Surrey Ladies League fixture in Richmond Park on
 Saturday 13th February. We can expect 350 runners or more in the senior race
 on our two-lap 5 miles course, starting at 11.30am - half an hour earlier
 than usual. To handle this number of runners we need not only marshals on
 the course but also plenty of recorders at the finish. If you can help, do
 please volunteer. No experience necessary! Most of the volunteers will only
 be needed for the senior race, which should be all over by 12.30pm. However,
 if you can stay longer there is an under 17/under 15 race at 12.30pm and an
 under 13 race at 1pm. Please contact Andy Bickerstaff andy.bickerstaff@goodrunguide.co.uk .    

 INTER-CLUB at the BANK OF ENGLAND SPORTS GROUND  Saturday 23rd January in
 Richmond Park.
 This Saturday we have a low key race on the Bank of England's 4.9 miles
 course in Richmond Park, starting at 2.30pm near Roehampton Gate. The race
 HQ is the Bank's Sports Club in Bank Lane, a short distance from the gate.
 Here's a map showing the venue:. The race is scheduled to
 incorporate the Hec Petersen Trophy race against Ealing, Southall and
 Middlesex. All are welcome, register on the day.
 SOUTH OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONHSIPS  Saturday 30th January at Parliament Hill
 The "Southern" returns to its spiritual home on Hampstead Heath. The action
 gets under way at 11am with the Under 15 Boys race, leading up to the senior
 events at 2.05pm (women) and 2.50pm (men). Entries are closed. 

 The Surrey League campaigns come to a climax with the fourth and final races
 on Saturday 13th February. The women's race is at home in Richmond Park,
 with the seniors starting at 11.30am followed by Under 15s/Under 17s at
 12.30pm and the Under 13s at 1pm. All are welcome to run, but if you're not
 planning to take part please see the note above about volunteering to help.
 After the third race our women's team has moved up to third overall, but
 with Thames Hare & Hounds and Ful-on Tri both only a handful of points
 behind. Our target on the day will be to hang on to that third spot. The
 race also incorporates our women's club championship for the Hugh Jones
 Salver and our women's vets (over 40) championship for Trish's Trophy. 

 The men's League race is on Wimbledon Common, with juniors (under 17 / under
 15 / under 13) off first at 2.30pm followed by seniors at 3pm. The target
 for the men is to avoid relegation to Division 2. Guildford, well adrift in
 9th and last place, are already booked for the drop but one club must join
 them. At the moment Ranelagh is in 6th place 21 points ahead of Clapham
 Chasers and another 22 clear of Belgrave. It couldn't be much closer, so
 there's everything to run for.   

 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. If we can win this one it will be a mob match grand slam for the
 second year in succession. All runners welcome, register on the day. Let's
 do it! 

 Our next quiz night at the clubhouse will be on Saturday 5th March. Ted
 Mockett will be your inquisitor. More details nearer the time but reserve
 the date! 

 Ralph, who is in Australia for our winter, has been in action on the track
 down under and setting some impressive times. First, on 24th October at
 Aberfeldie, he finished 4th in a 3000m in 8:44.5 and then on 19th November
 he was runner-up in the 5000m 'B' race at the Victoria State Championships
 at Albert Park in 14:51.44.  Back at Aberfeldie on 10th December, and
 presumably looking for some speedwork, he finished 4th in an 800m race in
 1:58.0. This led up to the Steigen Spectacular meeting at Geelong on 19th
 December where Ralph finished 5th in the 10,000m in 31:07.6. That time ranks
 him 54th in the UK for 2015. Incidentally, finishing 23rd in that race in
 35:20.13 was Jonathan Little, son of former Ranelagh Harrier and Australian
 international Max Little.  

 Our own Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 1st May and entries are
 already streaming in! Over 400 names are already on the list, including 26
 from Ranelagh. This race usually sells out well in advance of the closing
 date, so get your entry in early to avoid disappointment. Details:.  

 Leeanne Bryce writes:
 "The Green Belt Relay has been scheduled for May 21st and 22nd 2016. Initial
 interest is high and it looks like Ranelagh could field three teams this
 year meaning we could field some competitive teams. The GBR is a spectacular
 event hosted by Stragglers - it is a 2 day 22 stage relay over 220 miles
 around London's Green Belt.
 Teams comprise 11 people.
 Each day has 11 stages. 
 Each team member must run on both days.
 Each stage is between 7 and 13 miles.
 Details of the race can be found on www.greenbeltrelay.org.uk/ 

 Fun, social and suitable for all but note that runners average 16-22 miles
 over the weekend and must be available to run both days. Teams usually
 travel and support via minibus and accommodation and food options in Essex
 on the Saturday night can be arranged. If you wish to run and organise your
 own transport on the two days that can also be considered.
 If you are interested in attending and have not joined via our Facebook page
 then please contact Leeanne Bryce (liane22@gmail.com) or Ashleigh Ferris

 Liam Griffin writes:
 "If anyone in the club is interested I have a place in the Shakespeare
 Marathon up for grabs. It's held in Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday 24th
 April.  I have been very lucky and managed to get into London which is on
 the same day." Contact Liam griffin.william11@gmail.com .

  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:
 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:."

 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 ranelagh-harriers-juniors.com/. 

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 23rd January       Bank of England inter-club 5 miles incl Hec
 Petersen Trophy. 2.30pm start in Richmond Park (near Roehampton Gate)   

 Saturday 30th January       South of England Championships all age groups at
 Parliament Hill. 

 Saturday 13th February      Surrey Ladies League in Richmond Park. Seeabove.
                                         Surrey League (men) on Wimbledon
 Common. See above.

 Saturday 20th February      Pelling Ratcliff Cup mob match v Blackheath and
 Bromley Harriers and AC. 7.5 miles in Richmond Park starting at 2.30pm.
 Everyone needed! Incorporates the Wynne Cup club championships.  

 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/. 

 For the first time in many years Ranelagh fielded a sizeable contingent in
 the Middlesex Championships. We have increasing numbers of
 Middlesex-qualified members who are eligible to take part, and we have
 retained our Middlesex County affiliation. And, particularly in the shape of
 Izzy Atkins, they made quite an impact! Last winter Izzy had finished
 runner-up in the Middlesex under 13 championships, but only the most
 optimistic would have picked her to take the 2016 Under 15 title in her
 first year in the age group. Yet take it she did and in fine style too -
 building up a lead of almost ten seconds at the finish. Well done Izzy, this
 was I believe our first Middlesex gold since 1992. As icing on the cake,
 Izzy's photo appeared with the race report in Athletics Weekly.  Izzy's
 brother Greg finished 16th in the Under 17 Men class, Kabir Sait and Luke
 Maguire competed in the Under 13 Boys and Frida Roper flew the flag in the
 Under 13 girls. Eirin McDaid ran well to make the top twenty in the Senior
 Men's race, with David Ready 85th. We had three runners in the Senior
 Women's race, Rebecca Northmore leading home Emma Wellham and Leeanne Bryce.

 SURREY CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS  Sunday 10th January at Denbies Vineyard,
 Denbies has become a favourite venue for Surrey League and championships,
 though this year owing to clashes with other events it was necessary to hold
 the championships on a Sunday for the first time. It's a very testing course
 on the rolling North Downs, scenic but tough. There is very little flat
 running, just long drags up and down with a couple of steeper climbs and
 descents thrown in. At the foot of one of these is an interesting muddy
 chicane, which proved quite a trial for competitors wearing flat trainers.
 Choice of footwear is always a problem at Denbies, as the surface varies
 from muddy grass to stony tracks, but spikes are usually the favourite

 After Euan Sinclair had completed the under 13s race early in the day it was
 the senior women who were in action first. Right from the start the three
 eventual medal winners were away from the field and they built up quite a
 gap over the rest. Sophie Cowper was dropped by half way leaving Georgie
 Bruinvels and Steph McCall to race for the title. Bruinvels it was who was
 strongest on the final hill and she crossed the line with ten seconds in

 For Ranelagh it was no surprise to see Megan de Silva leading our team not
 far behind the leaders on the first lap, but what was surprising was that
 there was another Ranelagh runner matching her stride for stride. This was
 Abi Weeds, in her first serious cross-country race for some nine years. Back
 in January 2007 she had been fourth scorer in the silver medallist Ranelagh
 team in the Surrey Championship at Lloyd Park, but since then has been busy
 raising a family. In the 2007 race Abi finished 24th but on this occasion
 she hung on impressively to finish an outstanding 11th. Megan eventually
 shook Abi off and was at one time battling for 6th place before having to
 settle for an excellent 8th. 

 8th and 11th gave us a good start in the team reckoning, but of the
 onlookers it was only Women's Team Manager Phil Aiken who was quietly
 confident that medals might be on the cards. It was down to our final two
 scorers, Becky Hall and Suzy Whatmough, and it was their battling final lap
 which proved crucial. Aldershot waltzed away with the title with four home
 in the top seven, but with Becky 25th and Suzy 38th Ranelagh narrowly came
 out on top of the rest with 82 points to SLH's 91 and Thames H&H's 101. So
 it was silver medals for Ranelagh. Marie Synnott-Wells ran in a support role
 never far behind Suzy, and our team was completed by Clare Fowler, Victoria
 Elbourne and Deepa Sharma. Incidentally, back in those 2007 championships
 the then 16 year-old Victoria finished 28th in the combined under 17 and
 under 20 race, behind today's winner Bruinvels who finished 3rd .   

 We had but a small team in the senior men's race but it was headed in fine
 style by second-claimer Jake Waldron who is eligible to run for Ranelagh in
 Surrey county events. Jake was delighted with his run which saw him back in
 the teens early on but steadily picking off runners one by one until he
 reached an excellent 7th place. Steve Whitehead ran well for 34th and our
 scoring six was closed in by Carl Selya-Hammer, Ian Kenton, Stewart Anderson
 and Liam Griffin. Ben Shore and Rob Curtis completed our line-up.          

 The 2016 Inter-Counties Championships are to be held at Cofton Park,
 Birmingham on Saturday 12th March. Teams have yet to be announced but it
 seems possible that Ranelagh might have up to four members taking part, for
 three different counties: Izzy Atkins who won the Middlesex Under 15s, Julia
 Bailey who was third in the Avon championships and Jake Waldron and Megan de
 Silva who were seventh and eighth respectively in the Surrey men's and
 women's  championships. Nothing is definite yet, however, and particularly
 for the latter two selection criteria will have a bearing on their

 2XU SURREY CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE DIVISION 1  Saturday 16th January at Priory
 Park, Reigate (women) and Mitcham Common (men)
 In the middle of a cold snap much of the course at Priory Park was under a
 hard frost, though where the sun had been at work there were softer
 stretches. After the first two League races before Christmas Ranelagh's
 women were placed 7th out of the 15 teams in Division 1. We thought we might
 improve on that but...third on the day and a leap-frog to third overall was
 an outstanding result. We were helped In no small part by the presence of
 Gill Sanders who ran a well-controlled race after setting a hot pace from
 the start. Gill dropped her nearest pursuer Lucie Custance of Clapham on the
 steep climb which is always a feature of the Priory Park course, and strode
 away to a near half-minute victory. Gill told Martin Duff in Athletics
 Weekly, "It was good, I really enjoyed it and it made a change from the
 flatter and faster courses."  Megan de Silva 13th and Julia Bailey 26th were
 our next two home and then there was a battle between Suzy Whatmough and
 Becky Hall for the fourth and fifth spots to close in the 'A' team. 

 The team scores revealed a tight finish at the top, Belgrave pipping Clapham
 by a single point. Belgrave thus achieved the remarkable feat of finishing
 15th and last in the previous League race, and first in this one. Clapham,
 though, did enough to ensure that the League title is almost sure to be
 theirs after the final race on 13th February. Ranelagh took a clear third
 place on the day and jumped up to third overall. It's a close thing though,
 with only eight points separating Ranelagh in third from Ful-on Tri in

 Our 'B' team today lost Marie Synnott-Wells who dropped out with an injury
 but Ellen Clague, Becky Northmore, Natalie Thomas, Wiebke Kortum and
 newcomer Sandy Masters combined to finish as the day's second 'B' team,
 ahead of two 'A' teams. Overall we are 4th 'B' team. Emma Wellham, Hannah
 Doyle and Leeanne Bryce completed our line-up. In the combined under 17 and
 under 15 race Izzy Atkins ran strongly for 5th place less than half a minute
 behind the winner, while in the under 13s Frida Roper ran well for 38th.

 Phil Killingley reports on the men's race:
 "You could have been forgiven for fretting for Ranelagh's survival hopes on
 a cold and muddy start line at Mitcham Common. Without our leading scorers
 from fixtures 1 and 2 Creegan and McDaid, wouldn't the 61 and 34 point gaps
 to Clapham and Belgrave widen still further?

 But a few minutes later at the top of the first of many short sharp hills,
 their replacements Jon Pepper and Carl Assmundson were whizzing round in 3rd
 and 4th place - not unusual perhaps for Jon, but astonishing for Carl in his
 first Surrey League. Could it last?

 They didn't quite hold on but their 8th and 16th places were backed up by a
 much improved Richard Gregory in 25th. Captain Killingley ran solidly into
 38th, with Oli Murphy getting his pacing spot on with 48th, not many seconds
 behind. George Howard, Peter Haarer and Steve Whitehead packed nearly as
 well as the furniture at the neighbouring Ikea store (sorry!), with
 excellent runs. And a nervous minute later, there followed a resurgent Marc
 Snaith, with Carl Selya-Hammer closing the scoring ten.

 Commiserations to Jon Smith who missed out by seconds with a great run, and
 strong runs from a number of others including Nick Impey's first SL
 appearance, in gripless trainers, demonstrated our strength in depth - well
 done all and thanks for the great support on the course and in particular
 from team manager Alan and statto Ken for getting the results up so fast.
 Star age gradeds go to:- Jon Pepper 81%, Carl Assmundson 78.9% pb, Richard
 Gregory 80%, Peter Haarer 82.7%, Steve Whitehead 80.5%, Jon Smith 71.7% xc

 So what about the league table? Clapham were missing their top three runners
 and thrillingly we leapfrog them and Belgrave into 6th place. Like two years
 ago, the margins are tiny, but we have a small advantage of 21 points over
 Clapham and 43 over Belgrave with one fixture to go. Many will say Belgrave
 are too good to go down, so the battle looks to be between us and Clapham.
 See you at Wimbledon Common on Saturday 13 February for the final one, minus

 Belgrave's regular League winner Paskar Owor seemed set to add another first
 place to his impressive collection as he sprinted clear at the end of the
 second circuit - only to be waved on to another lap! He managed to haul
 himself back into action but couldn't get back on terms with Kent's John
 Gilbert. Greg Atkins and Euan Sinclair both ran well for Ranelagh in the
 junior events.   

 CABBAGE PATCH BOXING DAY 4 miles  Saturday 26th December at Twickenham
 Amelie Hunton finished 4th in the women's section.

 1   S Gardiner (unatt)      23.47
 6   L Killip (Strag)        24.59  (1st woman)
 12  Amelie Hunton           27.35
 15  Chris Hunton            27.57
 34  Kirsty Bangham          33.48
 54  Paul Martingell         38.33
 66  Nigel Coombes           42.48

 FITSTUFF G3 10km  Saturday 9th January at Newlands Corner, Guildford
 1   W Simmons (TZR)         43.21
 36  S Scott (unatt)         54.31  (1st woman)
 292 Heather Martingell      93.24      

 NICE WORK RICHMOND PARK 10km  Sunday 10th January
 1   S Farmer (Serp)         35.55 (chip time 35.55)
 16  Bill Neely              40.52  (40.51)
 21  B Neale (unatt)         42.08  (42.08 - 1st woman)
 45  Emma Wellham            46.41  (46.22)
 58  Glenn Wallis            48.56  (48.44)
 CLIVEDEN 6 miles  Sunday 10th January
 1   A Miller (Belgrave)     36.10
 17  S Amend                 41.04  (1st woman)
 463 Pete Warren             66.26

 Richard Dunley finished in an excellent runner-up position in the very tough
 off-road Marathon. Paul Sinton-Hewitt also completed the Marathon, while
 Gwen McCormack opted for the Half. 

 1   C Way (unatt)           3:57.30
 2   Richard Dunley          4:27.08
 8   T Taylor (Tun W)        4:58.39  (1st woman)
 51  Paul Sinton-Hewitt      5:51.15

 Half Marathon  
 1   G Dunwoody (unatt)      1:50.38
 12  A Wilmer (unatt)        2:00.45  (1st woman)
 155 Gwen McCormack          2:36.06 
 NICE WORK BUSHY PARK 10km  Sunday 17th January
 1   S MacDougal (Fulham)    36.18  (chip time 36.18)
 11  Bill Neely              39.54  (39.54)
 21  R Sampson (Greenwich)   42.14  (42.14 - 1st woman)

 parkrun results...
 ...showing all PBs, all performances with an age-graded percentage of 65%
 and above, and all junior results. For full Ranelagh results follow this
 link: http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=947. From
 this screen you can also access the previous week's Ranelagh results. We
 will continue to show full Ranelagh results for junior parkruns as these are
 not included in the above link

 parkruns Saturday 9th January
 Richmond Park
 Tom Bradley 18.52 (71.55% and jnr), Bill Neely 19.53 (77.95%), Jess Harbert
 21.49 (70.13% and jnr), Wiebke Kortum 22.55 (70.69%), Cecily Day 23.26
 (65.29%) and jnr), Ellie Luxmoore 23.32 (65.01% and jnr), Andrew Brown 24.47
 (66.44%), Carol Aikin 25.46 (65.85%), Sam Rushby 26.07 (68.16% and jnr),
 James Rushby 26.10 (jnr), Aoife Kilpatrick 28.21 (PB) 

 Bushy Park
 Sacha Kennedy 20.44 (72.01% and jnr), Léonie Kennedy 24.07 (66.21% and jnr) 

 Old Deer Park
 Kris Davidson 18.50 (73.01%), Jonathan Moore 19.47 (72.20%), Phil Jackson
 24.10 (69.38%), Oliver Beal 32.26 (jnr)

 Crane Park
 Nick Twomey 17.33 (73.60%), Kevin Kearey 20.53 (69.51%), Phil Roberts 22.45
 (65.35%), Josie Kearey 25.09 (jnr)

 Julia Bailey 20.08 (73.51% and PB)

 Sheffield Hallam
 Peter Weir  20.29 (72.01%), Karen Weir 22.56 (67.59%)

 Alan Davidson 26.20 (65.51%)

 Dave Lawley 17.56 (73.51%), Mark Herbert 18.26 (71.16%)

 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 21.43 (70.76%)

 Bognor Regis
 David Rowe 20.32 (67.45%)

 Nick Wright 20.20 (66.64%)

 parkruns Saturday 16th January
 Richmond Park
 Bill Neely 19.28 (79.62%), Paul Noel 21.21 (PB), Jess Harbert 21.00 (72.86%
 and jnr and PB), Cecily Day 21.53 (69.62% and jnr), Steve Aikin 22.22
 (65.95%), Matt Aikin 24.41 (jnr), Sally Yau 24.48 (65.32%), Aoife Kilpatrick
 28.00 (PB), Val Lowman 30.02 (65.54 %), Ben Rushby 35.53 (jnr), Sam Rushby
 35.53 (jnr), Daniel Rushby 35.54 (jnr), James Rushby 35.54 (jnr). NB mum and
 dad Maia and Phil completed the Rushby family run!

 Bushy Park
 Sacha Kennedy 19.55 (80.17% and jnr and PB), Léonie Kennedy 21.48 (73.24%
 and jnr), Ali Kennedy 23.13 (75.02%), Jackie Dunkley 28.43 (66.63%) 

 Old Deer Park
 Jonathan Moore 19.41 (73.16%), Paul Gilbert 22.43 (68.23%), Phil Jackson
 23.57 (70.01%)

 Graves Park
 Peter Weir 20.22 (72.42%), Karen Weir 23.42 (65.40%)

 Crane Park
 Kevin Kearey 22.17 (65.15%), Josie Kearey 24.38 (jnr)

 Alan Davidson 24.59 (69.05%)

 Bognor Regis
 David Rowe 20.07 (68.85%)

 Fish Hoek
 Nick Wright 18.59 (71.38%)

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